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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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very good

2,249 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 139
Gots: 221 | FT: 5
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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Reviews by resirob:
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Many thanks go to rajendra82 for this one! Awesome selection.

Appearance: Cloudy, burnt-orange hue with lots of fine yeasties. Ample off-white head that settles down to a nice ring of bubbles. Some decent initial lace.

Smell: Nice floral hoppiness, with some citrus and pine notes.

Taste: Mmmmm! Very balanced for an IPA, this is not a hop-bomb. The sweetness of the malt is allowed to play alongside the citric bitterness of the hops in a most satisfying way. Detected a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. The hops are most prominent in the finish, which is long and dry. Nicely done!

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel with maybe medium body - seems just about right.

Drinkability: A wonderfully drinkable IPA. I WILL be having more...well, 3 more, anyway...

12-10-2003 22:08:57 | More by resirob
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-14-2005 21:43:24 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

09-30-2005 02:04:47 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Hoppin_mad


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-03-2014 18:33:12 | More by Hoppin_mad
Photo of ExtraStout


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

05-22-2011 18:50:12 | More by ExtraStout
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-09-2013 00:44:48 | More by OhioBobcat
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-02-2012 23:25:27 | More by Zakk
Photo of brownbeer


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

01-01-2010 20:50:01 | More by brownbeer
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -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

12-16-2008 23:46:25 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.63/5  rDev -9%

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.

10-08-2009 23:54:19 | More by wesbrownyeah
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-25-2013 01:49:07 | More by tbryan5
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-25-2012 02:48:17 | More by BenTherHppedThat
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

03-26-2008 00:02:50 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

11-13-2009 19:18:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-07-2014 00:36:31 | More by Bitzer
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4.15/5  rDev +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).

01-20-2005 04:26:58 | More by blitz134
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-23-2013 22:25:18 | More by markallmon
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-22-2014 22:16:47 | More by sabitu
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-08-2011 20:59:29 | More by Jimbo62
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-21-2014 23:42:22 | More by jonny1138
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

09-12-2013 02:35:05 | More by csmartin6
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at ATL airport draft house.

A- Pours a clear reddish orange with a small off -white head. Does leave some lacing.

S -- Mostly citrus hops up front. Subtle aroma, but good.

T - Definitely hop-forward, but not a hop bomb. Again, mostly citrus but a bit of pine as well. A subtle malt presence throughout the taste. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with nice creaminess. Carbonation level seems spot on.

O -- A very good IPA,and one of the best beers I've ever had in an airport, but a step below the best of the style.

11-19-2011 21:20:15 | More by warnerry
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

08-15-2014 07:12:58 | More by Afroman
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

07-04-2014 23:10:12 | More by JonBrand
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

08-29-2013 16:20:24 | More by megamass
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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.