Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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847 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 847
Hads: 3,042
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 178
Gots: 679 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We pour this brew from the bottle into Hop City pint glasses. It shows a ruddy, brassy orange coloring, with darker tawny hues around the edges. It holds a two finger tall head of off-white chunky foam with a glossy, glistening shimmer to it. Patterned specks of biomechanical lacing are left around the glasses following a nice retention. Haze and finite granules of sediment pour with the dregs of the bottle. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose shows hops that are sweetly grapefruity and deeply herbal and floral. These mingle with clean toasty pale and somewhat wheaty maltiness, fruity flesh of apricot, guava, and mango, rice and white flour, fresh concrete, confectioner’s sugar, brushed honey, and celery vegetals. With warmth comes a soft caramel depth to the grain. Our first impression is that the flavoring is clean, lightly drinking, and robustly bitter, but all with just enough sweetness for a clean, thorough sip. The taste begins with big citric hoppiness enhanced by independent lemon and orange juice and peel oils, hints of metallics, toasty pale and lightly adjuncty grittiness, cotton, drinking straw plastics, and soured but savory white flour gravy roux. The middle progresses with clean citric hop wash set high into light mineral water, dried mint, white sugar, soapy bite, and your basic pale and dusty wheaty graininess. The finish is marked by freshly squeezed lemon juice, unsweetened tannic tea, continued citric hops, sea saltiness, icy coolness of planty greenness, musky cologne sweetness, Styrofoam plastics, black peppercorns, crisp vegetal snap of cucumbers, and dirty, warming, earthy rumbles of hops. The aftertaste breathes of mineral-laden well water, sweet iced tea tannins, fresh basil, lemon zest, pine nuts, green and twiggy sap resins, coin, bittered yeast, basement musk, warmed white sugar sweetness, warmed gingerbread, and lactic acidity. The body is light to touch, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but offers nothing really special in the froth, foam, or cream departments. Finishing pop is clean and light. The mouth is left cooled and lightly speckled with a crisp, decently drying finish with foci of harsher astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability and pull are clean and easy going.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew is its aroma and its drinkability. The nose seems to have been the muse for Founders All Day IPA, as they are quite similar in base, but with more booze and medicinal bite here. That said, however, the flavoring does cheapen up a bit in the grain profile, causing the hops to come across, themselves, as a bit hollow and skeletonized. This takes the balance off in a direction that we were not too eager to follow, although we were ultimately pleased with the big picture of the beer as a whole. This is a beverage for some fun outdoor activities in the sun, and nobody can argue with how easy it slugs back. This is an excellent beer if you’re all about sippin’ and relaxin’, but if you linger too long and begin to dissect it out, you might find some unwelcomed and simplified layers here and there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An okay iPad. Nothing special and won't buy again.

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Photo of JLed
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good! smooth, tasty and EZ to drink more than a few. My wife even likes it and it makes her britches disappear!!

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Drinkability: Good.

Notes: Overall a decent beer, although nothing steller for the style but okay at least.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brownbeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rjams
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of blitz134
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 doesn’t hurt that I can get it locally and fairly cheap).

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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