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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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861 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 861
Hads: 3,125
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 177
Gots: 732 | FT: 8
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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 861 | Hads: 3,125
Reviews by garthwaite:
Photo of garthwaite
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish amber with a massive creamy head & an absolute crapload of floating debris. Nice floral hoppy aroma that also features loads of grapefruit some toasted caramel malt and hints of sweet fruit (apricot, peach). Muted base of pale malt lends some sweetness, but is outdone completely by the hopping. Moderately bitter with flavors of citrus & pine - great use of hops here, this is delicious stuff. Finishes slightly acidic with more fruity notes. Amazing creaminess to this IPA only adds to its delightfulness & makes it more drinkable & unique. Top notch.

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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 CampusCrew
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden amber color. poor head and no lacing. lager like

smell: huge hop aroma, tons of grapefruit

taste: hmmm, not as much grapefruit on the taste as I thought. pretty good ipa. one the balanced side

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: solid IPA selection and Im sure to have it again

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A pretty bright honey amber with a very steady and strong column of bubbles ascending to the heaven that is my palate. Leaving behind almost a finger worth of foam and lacing. Great beer to look at in wonder.

Smell- A mild hop aroma for an American IPA. Plenty oof bittersweet bread crust aromas. Lots o biscuit dough.

Taste- Some orange peel mixes with the toasty malts to give it a burnt orange peel hopp flavor. Clean hop presence. Not resiny or syrupy. Almost like a lager with IPA flavors.

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Photo of blordo1685
2.33/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

What to say? Man North Carolina, you're killing me! I know this is a Georgia IPA, but trying to locate a good IPA in these parts is becoming a daunting challenge.
Can't blame the date on the bottle, drink before August 14, it's June 21st.

This IPA looked beautiful as I was pouring it, but appearance tells you little.

Upon smelling it, nothing. Second try, I may have dug out some piney notes.

Taste- Just bad off flavors. Would have rather had a Bud. Poured it out.

Hopefully, this was a "bad" batch, but with the date and my luck with the East Coast IPA'S, I am losing hope.

Thankfully, I can still get Lagunitas out here.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; blood orange in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: soapy for a moment, then floral and tropical fruit hops;

T: lightly bitter orange from start to finish; slightly metallic with mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: flavor didn't make me think of an IPA;

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I do not understand the strong ratings for this one. There is not a lot of there, there -- mouth feel, flavor, nothing offensive but entirely "eh". Won't get again.

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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%

Photo of Zakk
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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Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.