Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by HeeNalu:
4.33/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First off, I was previously a culinary student, worked in fine dining for some time, and was well trained in wine tasting, so I'm sorry if the references don't particularly fit what you'd consider beer-speak.
Poured into standard tumbler from 12 oz bottle that reads "Best if enjoyed by 8/12/09."
Appearance - Pours a fair orange color with a nice 2 - 3 inch head that pillows just over the rim of my glass. Head dissipates in an average amount of time - doesn't fizz out right away, but doesn't stick around for very long. Leaves a bit a sporadic lacing down the sides.
Smell - First off, nice hop front quite reminiscent of grapefruit, or grapefruit rind. Behind that a nice caramel smelling malt backbone that barely doesn't stand up to the citrusy hop bouquet.
Taste - Two words - Hop Sandwich. Up front, nice big citrusy hop taste with big grapefruit notes. As the hops mellow on the palate the almost caramel malt sweetness makes an appearance to balance out the initial hop. Then it finishes with a piney, hop bitterness across the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel - Medium-ish body. Initially feels fairly light on the palate, but makes its presence well-known shortly after. Leaves a fairly nice coating of hop oil across your tongue that hangs for a moment, but doesn't linger too long.
Drinkability - Fairly high drinkability. Scales tilt to the hop side a bit, but balanced enough with malt enough that you can keep drinking it. Nice, clean, and pretty refreshing.
This would be wonderful with some nice ceviche of shrimp, squid, and scallops marinaded in lime juice, cilantro, and chilis on a hot summer day. Very nice beer that should be a regular IPA for all who have it available.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2009 05:52:59 | More by HeeNalu
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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
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