Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bunnyhop:
4.13/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A hazy, slightly dark golden IPA with a moderate, creamy, white head. The smell has a fruitiness to it (grapefruit and apple), blending with a mild sweet maltiness, and a cedarlike undertone. The taste to me is a quintessential example of grapefruit. The taste continues with a maltiness in the middle, and finishes with a citrus rind bitterness. The body, when cold, is moderate to firm in my mouth; as it warms some, the body becomes nicely rounded and firm. Overall, think grapefruit! A fine example of what an IPA should be.
"The beer 'I've' been training for." Originally, I found this beer a bit bitter for my tastes, but as many people experience, this changes over time. Now I find myself reaching for the bottle with the yellow label more and more. In my opinion, one of the best beers brewed in the state of Georgia.
Incidentally, this is my 100th review. I chose this beer because it is my husband's favorite session beer, and the first beer review he entered on Beer Advocate.
(source: By-Air Package Store; St. Simons Island, GA)
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2003 18:18:49 | More by Bunnyhop
More User Reviews:
3.64/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Serving- bottle from a friend who brought one over the other day when we were trying some homebrew. Into a pint glass it goes. Glug, Glug!
Appearance- Certainly filtered and force-carbonated, as most readily available IPA's seem to be. It's that clean type of IPA. Not the down and dirty, hazy, cloudy, sediment I prefer but it looks good.
Nose- Very nice with emphasis on the lighter notes- sweet, juicy fruit punch and light, floral hops.
Taste- Very clean and crisp. The malt is balanced well with the hops. I'd probably prefer an IPA with more assertive hop characteristics. Grapefruit was the one taste that shines through. It finished a bit sweet on the lips after about half of the glass was gone.
Overall- A pleasant, easy and smooth drinking IPA. Not an IBU or high alpha stronghold but not a wash, either. At 7% it's really not a session ale for me and doesn't have quite a unique or bold taste for a beer I'd relax with at the end of the day. So, for me, it doesn't have a place in my fridge as a regular resident but it's not a bad choice if you're on the go and looking for something less expensive and yet enjoyable. Probably good for a day in the sun or on the lake when you just don't want a massive IPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 18:53:15 | More by HopHog87
Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.