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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

2,101 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,101
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 132
Gots: 166 | 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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Klym

California

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to N2185 for this generous extra! Poured into a surly nonic.

This was quite good for a single IPA but I found it lacking backbone a bit. Hops came through in a strong and elegant manner, but the body was a little thin and the hop flavors had very little backup from the rest of the beer. Definitely a good six-pack beer but not in my dream team lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 04:35:38 | More by Klym
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this as an extra in a sweet monster trade with BA ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can and while it may have had a canning date, I failed to note it or write it down. Poured into a shitty hotel water glass because it was that or a shitty hotel wine glass. Somehow, I don't think the beer will suffer terribly for it, even though it did mean I had to pour it out in stages, given the small size of the glass.

Appearance - Pours a murky carrot orange hue that provides just a hint of translucency near the bottom of the glass as the particulate in suspension makes it's way down to disperse throughout the glass. Atop the body sits a half finger head of bone white foam that dissipates pretty quickly into a healthy film that is slightly thicker around the edges of the glass than in the middle. Lacing is sparse.

Smell - Nose comes off as decidedly citrus, but not in that pungent pop of hops that some citrusy IPAs will hit you with. Nice bit of grapefruit and orange zest are present, as well as an appearance from the grain side of things to round this out. A bit of malt and water cracker.

Taste - Similar lack of pungency to the taste as was going on in the aroma. And now I can't help but wonder if my previous beer has impacted my tastebuds in a way that isn't terribly friendly to this beer. Nice zesty citrus and now a bit of herbal grassiness and bittering elements, sort of like baby greens, but the light pith and orange are the main characters in this show. Again the malt make a play, this time a bit stronger than in the aroma, but for some reason it doesn't quite meld with the hops. So instead of balance and synergy, we have standoff and competition.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a faint bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, a reasonable take on IPA, but as the market continues to flood with them, and many really good ones, this one just probably just middle of the pack. That said, the fishing boat artwork on the can does seem to match the fact that I'd gladly take this on on a hot summer day floating down the river or out on the lake. Low bitterness and a nice gentle hop characteristic would make for easy summer drinking.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,101 ratings.