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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,895 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1895
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%


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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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam's in Durham.
Beautiful clear golden pour. Off white head which leaves copious lacing on the glass.
A serious blast of hop perfume, redolent of sweet citrus fruits and perhaps some pineapple, is more of what one would expect from a double IPA. What's really impressive is how long these aromas last, all the way down the glass so far. As the beer gets a little warmer you can even smell some cracker/biscuit malts. This is one really fine beer on the nose, one of the best I can remember.
The flavors are a little dryer with some cracker like malts(you'd expect that from a Georgia brewery) and a big juicy grapefruit hop bite which is accompanied by a lesser amount of sweet malts. Brewed on the east coast, its character is very much a west coast IPA. As the beer warms, the sweet malts actually come forward a bit, enough to feel a bit more balance, but the hops remain in the foreground.
Excellent mouthfeel with some nice prickly carbonation, and very easy to drink.
I've had the 420 before and enjoyed it, but this is a really exceptional IPA and a really pleasant surprise. My only regret is only buying two bottles instead a whole six pack, but that will be remedied the next time I see this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 02:51:40 | More by kwakwhore
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Sweetwater IPA

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.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.