Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by HeeNalu:
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
06-03-2009 05:52:59 | More by HeeNalu
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a slightly hazy peach with a tight one finger head that leaves a ring of lace behind,big lemon essence in the aroma along with spruce anf touch of nutty malt.Really like the flavors going on here citrusy and pine/resin really stand out but there is real nutyy malt presence to keep this beer in my mind a true quaffable,sessionable IPA.True American in its big hoppiness but not over the top,well done.
08-14-2005 21:43:24 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance This one poured a beautiful deep but illuminating orange in color with a wonderful, lacing head.
Smell Ah, the dry-hopping leads the nose here followed by a deeper, leafy hoppiness and some nice, creamy malts. The malt aroma is thick and laced with caramel.
Drinkability The malts and light yeast come up a bit bigger at the taste, making this a balanced down South IPA. The finish is sweet and caramelly.
Mouthfeel This one just is medium-bodied with some good bitterness throughout and a modest but effective carbonation level.
Drinkability This IPA is well put together, very balanced, and highly drinkable.
Comments Thanks to the ever-thoughtful Uncle Flip for putting this in my WTF BIF box.
09-30-2005 02:04:47 | More by RoyalT
3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
Appearance: Cloudy orange color with small head development on the pour.
Smell: Sweet, candy-like aroma.
Taste: Tangy, tuttie-fruity flavor.
Mouthfeel: Pretty much what you would expect from an American IPA, medium-bodied and moderately bitter.
Notes: Overall a decent beer, although nothing steller for the style but okay at least.
05-22-2011 18:50:12 | More by ExtraStout
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours bright orange with some friendly yeast floaties.
It has a really nice nose, very hop forward. Grapefruit is noticeable with American hop resins.
Well balanced flavors with juicy grapefruit notes and fresh orange citrus.
The body is almost too light, though that adds a sessionable element.
I would say if you're having a few, this is a good choice. If you just want one, you might want to go with something a little more satisfying. Good pizza beer.
01-01-2010 20:50:01 | More by brownbeer
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
Nice extra sent from Everetends-Thanks Gilly.
A-Honey, Iced tead color with 1 inch head white head that quickly dissipated
S-Grapefruit and sweet melon like flavor
T-Strong grapefruit and lemon lime citrus and pine, very strong flavor, as you drink there is a little more malt forward flavors(honey?) but they are hard to pick out because of the strong hops,
M-Not the creamiest or smoothest mouth feel, decent carbonation, drying finish that isn't the greatest
O-Pretty decent IPA but very rought about the edges, Could use a little time to mellow
12-16-2008 23:46:25 | More by hopsleeroy
3.63/5 rDev -9%
Sweet Water IPA...6.7 alcohol content.
A- Pours a beautiful orange hued fluid that turns to a firey blood orange color in sunlight.
Has a nice foamy head that falls into a small bubbly rim around the edges of glass. Nice lacing grabs the sides.
S- Smells of sweet sun ripened grapefruit with tangy overtones of lemon and sugar.
T-M- Taste is a very balanced grapefruit with tones of orange, lemon zest, mild grass and a whole lot of fruity sweet tart and tang. Strange balance of hops... are there malts? Mouthfeel is wet with slick feel of citrus astringentcy nothing more.
D- Drinkable in my eyes, but strange flavors and burps make me think hop extracts where used in place of real dry-hopping. Hey worked for Hop Stoopid... Would have again just wouldn't look to hard.
10-08-2009 23:54:19 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Clear bright copper-gold in color with very light white head that reduces to a thin film of bubbles and a solid ring. Lacing clings nicely down the glass.
S: Very sharp hops on the nose, a very hard floral hop smell.
T: Nice hops are immediate but not nearly at the intensity that might be expected from the initial smell. Nicely matched with a light or pale malt and finishes mostly clean, with just a bit of bitter in the linger.
M&D: Light to moderate mouthfeel with light and persistent carbonation. The quick clean finish makes this enjoyable to drink as you get plenty of hops but don't seem overwhelmed. Nice brew!
Special thanks to Maria for picking this up for me on her travels.
03-26-2008 00:02:50 | More by SIRIUS2
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:
The brewery states that it's unfiltered, unpasteurized, with an intense hop character. Crafty sounding to say the least. Sunrise orange hue, nearly crystal clear. The froth clings well. Sticky sweet pink grapefruit with some herbal and wild flower aromas form the hops. Not a whole lot of malt in the nose as the hops are clearly dominant. Exceptionally smooth with a creamy medium body. The prickly sharpness from the hop bitterness needles the taste buds with a clean, spicy character. Heavy and deep herbal and citric rind flavor wrings out the taste buds with each sip. Spikes of malt pop up here and there with dry biscuity flavors, alcohol drops a clean fruitiness that resembles pears and Red Delicious apples. Puckering dry finish with a long dragging trail of hoppiness.
The label deceives, or perhaps we were not ready for the hop onslaught that was delivered from this bottle. A hophead's beery dream. Without a doubt this a good call when it comes to American IPAs.
11-13-2009 19:18:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.15/5 rDev +4%
This beer takes on a nice golden straw color with a slight orange hue. Head was rather small and disappeared quickly. Aroma is quite strong and runs rampant with juicy hops. Aroma is characterized by a blend of grapefruit and a touch of tangerine. Taste is slightly different than the smell and is a nice crisp blend of citrus, pine and resin flavors. Initially the juicy citrus and pine show through but the finish is of resin. Mouthfeel is average in heaviness for an IPA. Flavors linger for a short while, a little too short. Drinkability is awesome for this beer. The intense aroma and nice taste make this beer my usual session beer of choice (it doesnt hurt that I can get it locally and fairly cheap).
01-20-2005 04:26:58 | More by blitz134
4/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at ATL airport draft house.
A- Pours a clear reddish orange with a small off -white head. Does leave some lacing.
S -- Mostly citrus hops up front. Subtle aroma, but good.
T - Definitely hop-forward, but not a hop bomb. Again, mostly citrus but a bit of pine as well. A subtle malt presence throughout the taste. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter.
M -- Medium mouthfeel with nice creaminess. Carbonation level seems spot on.
O -- A very good IPA,and one of the best beers I've ever had in an airport, but a step below the best of the style.
11-19-2011 21:20:15 | More by warnerry
Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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