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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,815 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,815
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 163
Gots: 520 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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Ratings: 2,815 | Reviews: 845
Photo of groogas
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fruity and with a nice dry mineral bite at the finish. Showers your mouth with hops. Very tasty.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of 10/2015 printed on the label. My second beer from SweetWater Brewing Company, out of Atlanta.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark coppery orange body with about a finger and a half of foamy fluffy off-white head. Leaves lots of thin webbed lacing all over the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Not a particularly intricate or amazing aroma, but it hits it's mark I suppose. Bready, floral, piney, grassy, soapy, juicy citrus fruit presence (orange, grapefruit, etc.)

T - The taste follows the nose: bready malt base, and juicy, fruity, resinous, piney hop presence. Oranges, mangoes, grapefruit, pine, slight sugary sweetness. Lots of hop bitterness, but nicely balanced with the bready malt bill.

M - The feel is crisp, smooth, bitter, piney, & resinous on the finish. Slightly dry, which beckons the palate for another sip. Medium-bodied and very easy drinking.

Overall, a nice IPA offering from SweetWater. Fairly average, but a very solid example of the style. Would definitely be able to drink this one again and again.

SweetWater IPA -----4/5.

Photo of 1upstate
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent IPA. Enjoyed a fresh one on a warm day. Fruity up front with a nice hoppiness to it.

Photo of lukejhoward
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- beautiful amber orange with soapy white head
S- grapefruit, hops, malt
T- this brew is awesome. Very well balanced between the fruity hippiness and the malt. A fine example of an IPA!
F- medium body medium carbonation. Smooth.
O- awesome brew! Would definitely be on my list to seek out over and over!

Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LABEL IS A 5.0 IN MY BOOK

Photo of KensWorld
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hard to beat! Perfect balance, incredible smell and great price. One of the best IPA's ever to be brewed in the south. Try it! 4.80

Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly one of the most well balanced IPAs ever.

Photo of Kyseber
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Malty aromas, astringent off gasing.
M: syrupy foam. Pleasant.
A: orange tinged clarity. Unfiltered yet minimal residue from brew. Looks filtered.
T: orange up front, bitter aftertaste that leaves you thirsty for more. Approaching singular citrusy flavoring, not very complex still one of the better iPa's that I've seen at most non microbrew carrying grocery stores. Would buy again but usually if either stone or something a bit more appealing to my particular taste weren't available.

Photo of MDHopster
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what I had hoped Delicious IPA would be, lemony hops but without the cloying aftertaste.

Photo of wingman14
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellow with a frothy white head. The smell is very hoppy, sweet, with nice citrus notes. Unfortunately, the smell isn't very aromatic. The taste compensates with a big flavor, hoppy up front, slightly bitter on the finish that sticks around. A nice medium body, the mouthfeel is not as smooth as it could be, but it still adds a great dimension to the beer. Overall a nice ipa, very enjoyable.

Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a little bit of chill haze that quickly goes away as it warms and finger of straight white foam.

Citrus rind, resin, lemon, grapefruit, and little bit of a toasted biscuit sweetness.

Has a great citrus meets pine flavor, worth noting is the grapefruit, lemon, resin, pine combo that's not too bitter and matches well with the biscuity malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, smooth, but the subtly leaves the palate wanting a bit more from the mouthfeel.

I've long wanted to sample some of the offerings from SweetWater, but their non-presence in Chicago left that want unsatisfied. However, SweetWater distro just reached the Chicagoland area and I'm glad they did! This is a very solid IPA, nothing that screams mind blowing, but well balanced and interesting enough to make this adding to my list of go-to IPAs.

Photo of Yrecon
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA! Safe bet when you want a great tasting beer at a decent price.

Photo of Cafu912
2.89/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2 months past best by date

Photo of Lanypany88
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great beer the after taste for me is weird, although it's great.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. There is a lot of precipitate. Has a fresh citrus aroma; grapefruit, lemon, resin. Malty taste up front with a piney hop burst at the end. A grapefruit/lemon aftertaste predominates. Mild soapy astringency but not overwhelming. Perfect amount. Great beer. Glad to have them in Texas now.

Photo of Mikus
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into the Spiegelau. 4/19/15 enjoy by date. Weed joke, or actual freshness date, I don't rightly know... but I do know that I can't pick fresh IPAs with a gun to my head. 3 fingers of beige head on a golden body, crystal clear (despite being marketed as unfiltered). Astringent pine on the sinuses, bitterness, and an alarming savory hop note (comes off as a cheese aroma to me, more interesting than off-putting, but definitely from the 'dank/earthy' hop varieties; have gotten the same aromas in Six-Point Hi-Res and a couple of others that escape me at the moment; more of a headscratcher than a deal breaker). Clean bitterness on the front of the palate, bit of that dank hop note on the finish. Average IPA mouthfeel with a couple of slightly odd lingering flavors (yeasty bit). Nothing special in the wide world of IPAs, but I wouldn't refuse a fresh bottle at a BBQ. Wouldn't trade my firstborn for one though.

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very solid IPA... excited for Chi Distro

Photo of Pepper7
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Closest thing to zombie dust I've had!!!

Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a slightly hazy reddish amber.

The aroma is traditional American IPA. Floral, caramel sweetness, breadiness, grapefruit.

The flavor is slightly different heavy floral up front, medium plus bready quality and sweetness. A spicy pine as well. Then onto some sweet grapefruit. In general, the flavor is a bit brighter than other beers in the style.

Reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted.

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid ipa. Wonderful floral notes great beer for the price. Sweetwater is always a good go to

Photo of UKBeerman
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a dense white head and an amber color. Awesome hoppy aroma. Head dies down to amber light cover that laces well. Not too bitter. A very good IPA

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprise not to hoppy
L: blood orange color 3 finger off white head that last till the end
S : citrus I smell grapefruit and pine
t : citrus little grassy very good
F: kinda watery
O: I was surprised wife had good pick up

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a nice clear orange with a slightly off white head. excellent lacing.

S: wonderfully citursy, fruity nose oranges, slightly pine.

T: again, big fruity citrus with grassy / piney flavor mixed in. excellent. Finishes with a trace of hop on the palate. very easy drinking. slight malt backbone balances nicely on the finish.

M: crisp and appropriately carbonated.

O: excellent beer. I understand they'll be distributing to TX in the summer...I'll be buying some of this.

Photo of CBeato
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer offers a great value. It is a pretty good IPA at a phenomenal price.

Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: 1inch of white pillow-like layer of head, and a body color of hazy orange, and this beer left a beautiful spider web of lacing around my glass. Smell: Wonderful citrus, grassy and hoppy aroma. Taste: A great complexity of a earthy hoppy flavor up-front, with a very clean finish at the end. M. Feel: Very carbonated, which helped pronounced the flavors even more; This beer, lets you know that it's a beer. Great American IPA, right now it's my favorite

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,815 ratings.