Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by airheadmtrcycle:
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pours a beautiful opaque orange in a Duvel tulip. Particles of yeast or other debris are floating around in the brew just like another of my faves, Smuttynose IPA. The head is substantial and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass. An exceptionally good looking IPA if you like your ales unfiltered as I do. If you don't, subtract a half point here.
The aroma is a hoppy citrus one that promises great IPA flavor. When it's cold the aroma compares well to Two Hearted Ale from Bell's. The flavor delivers everything promised. Of course you get the intense citrus hops, but there's also a counterpoint of earthy yeast flavor that not many other IPAs have. The yeast plays more of a role in the aroma as the beer warms and diverges completely from Two Hearted Ale when it does. Its finish is not as bitter as you might expect, but slightly sweeter and more balanced, not dry at all. Absolutely delicious.
Perfectly carbonated with a substantial mouth feel for an IPA makes every Sweetwater IPA a great experience. An eminently drinkable ale that I like on a hot summer afternoon or a cold winter evening, with a meal or finger food, or all by itself.
Sweetwater IPA is complex; I find different subtle flavors each time I drink one. It's an under-rated beer, even here in its home town. I'm always searching for that perfect or new IPA, but one of, if not my favorite is always right under my nose, at least in the bottle. You can find Sweetwater's ubiquitous 420 everywhere on tap here in Atlanta, but their IPA is not served in nearly as many places. Too bad, as it's a far superior beer whether you're a hop head or not.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2011 18:19:02 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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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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