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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,154 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,154
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 137
Gots: 179 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002)
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours out of the bottle just a touch deeper than gold, with a nice billowing head and remarkable retention. Yeast is suspended during the pour and eventually settles to the bottom of the glass.

The nose of this beer is all about hops; lemon-peel, orange pith, grapefruit meat. Also has a green after-image, chlorophyll, and just the faintest suggestion of caramel malts.

The taste of this beer - like the nose - is all about the hops. Unfortunately, the high acid levels and low maltiness make this unbalanced to say the least. This particularly fresh batch was searing in its hop acidity, with not enough malt to make this anything less than liquid heartburn. Fireball hop belches.

The more I drink local and regional IPAs the more I realize how good i've got it. IPA is a difficult style to hit; make it too malty and you've upset hopheads, make it too hoppy and you're drinking acid hop-tea. Balance, grasshopper.

This one falls just on the hop-tea side of things, but is fairly strong especially for the $6 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 15:33:37 | More by GreenWBush
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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.