Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by rdilauro:
4.43/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
My brother-in-law brought this one up to us from Hilton Head, SC. It poured a dirty amber color reminding me of a wheat beer. Medium light colored head. The aroma was outstanding. A perfect match of citrus and hops. It almost reminded me of the bouquet you get from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
The taste was nice big and crisp with the perfect blend of bitterness to go along with the mouthful. It was a type of IPA that kept on making me go back for another sip and another. Very thrist quenching and satisfying.
Thanks to my bro for bringing this one north
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2012 16:16:15 | More by rdilauro
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3.69/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
Serving type: can
07-10-2014 04:39:05 | More by LambicPentameter
Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.