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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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848 Reviews
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Reviews: 848
Hads: 3,042
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 177
Gots: 676 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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Photo of Tom_O
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was fairly wowed by this ipa. One of the most refreshing I've had in a while. The hops balance perfectly and the alcohol is well hidden. This came in my beer of the month box but I'm gojng to make it a summertime staple.

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Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange-tinted amber with a finger of white head. Juicy citrus aroma that carries to the taste, balanced with moderate hop bitterness. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My time trying anything from this brewery and it's a strong showing. The hop profile is very full and strong. Lively citrus flavors coat the palate. Reminds me quite a big of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA, now that I think of it. The alcohol content is on the lower side for something this flavorful. I'm definitely going to try other stuff from this brewery.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pine on the smell and dank on the taste. Never would have guessed this was from Atlanta. I read some of the other reviews and my beer seems much dankier than what others have noted, but either way I thought it was a great beer. Very balanced overall.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best enjoyed by 11/26/15. Poured into New Belgium snifter. Amber orangish color with with one inch head that recedes to a thin layer that remains till last sip. Smell is orgasmic with pine, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Taste just as good with the same flavors but dominated by pine and citrus. One of the first beers that got me into ipas and just as good as the first time. I think with the newer better beers in Georgia (Tropicalia, Didjits, etc) this has become an underappreciated beer. Great stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of Zraly
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/26/2015. Part of the Tackle Box. Hazy light amber. Two finger white head. Decent head retention.

Nice pine and grapefruit hop notes with a slightly sweet and bready malt backbone. Some residual sweetness. Has a West Coast feel to it with the hop bite. Medium-bodied and balanced. Good carbonation.

A good IPA. With the market saturation, I probably would have continued to overlook this as a six pack purchase. However, the Tackle Box had a nice selection in it, and I have been pleasantly surprised thus far with the lineup in general. But, back to this IPA, it's quite good and might be one that falls under the radar due to so many choices. But if you like IPAs and it is an option, give it a try.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a orangish-amber color with a 2 finger off-white head. Head is a bit fluffy and is pretty long lasting. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Floral hops on the aroma. A bit tropical as well. Caramel underneath for balance. Grapefruit, honey and mango.

Taste is grapefruit, pineapple, and honey. Caramel malt and grass. Some vanilla at the end.

Medium body with a creamy mouth feel. Medium+ carbonation. Sweet, tropical notes linger.

Very well balanced IPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a dumb cup.

Gold with 2+ fingers of creamy white head. Slightly hazy with light carbonation.

Grapefruit zest, pine needles, and candy sugar.

Grapefruit juice and pine. Smooth malt backbone of honey and slight candy sugar. Finishes with honeydew melon.

Medium bodied, crisp, and juicy with a very light bitterness.

Wow, this is a really smooth IPA! Keeps a very juicy hop flavor with very little bitterness.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold with 2 finger head.
Smells of pine and orange with lemon and malt.
Taste follows smell with pine first then the orange and lemon with the malt blended in.
Feels right. Not thin.
Overall a great beer. Will get more on next visit to friends in Alabama. Can't wait.

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is fresh, I have a hard time finding a better regularly available IPA. I have had bottles with the same born on date taste completely different. Always amazing when I've had it on tap.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, BIEB 09/06/15
A - hazed brilliany amber body with a tall and rocky ivory head that holds great retention
S - huge citrusy grapefruit & orange aroma with pine, caramel malt and bready malt
T - hop forward with a bold malt backbone: pine, grapefruit & orange rind and pith, some spicy hop notes in there also, caramel and bread try to balance out the bitterness with some needed sweetness
M - medium body, prickles the tongue, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter with pine, citrus zest, and spicy hop lingering
O - this exceeded expectations! Really nice with flavors I enjoy in my IPA!

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(8/7 Bottle) - Hazy, light orange pour, hops and pine aroma. Taste of citrus, pine, hops, and malt extremely pleasant and easy to drink and enjoy. Overall excellent offering by Sweetwater.

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Photo of Thirsty-Thor
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color pour. Tropical fruit nose. Medium mouth feel with slight bitter finish. Overall exactly what I was in the mood for on a 95 degree afternoon in Atlanta.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the pine notes in this one. It's rare that I can find an IPA that isn't fruity anymore. Well done and will definitely be having more. Recommended especially if you want a change of pace, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of ivyman
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a Night Shift snifter.
BIEB date 9/13/15

A-Hazy amber with a small white head and a fair amount of lacing.

S-Citrus aroma on the nose.

T-First hit is citrus, then some pine.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a quite reasonable head. Well balanced east coast IPA with mild hops and a nice finish. Dangerous in that it is so easy to drink.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden pour from the bottle into two glasses. The crown is white, thick and creamy with good retention. Large lace sheets.

S- Citrus hops off the top with a dank and fresh floral edge. Mostly those hops but also a light Crystal grain sweetness. Warmth brings slight mango.

T- All of the elements really balance out here and flavors seem to cascade on and off the taste buds opening up for each other. Citrus fruits, mango, flowers, oranges, sweet zest, dank herbs, yeast bread, pale malts and a light sweetness.

MF- Creamy consistency to the medium bodied brew. Carbonation isn't quite on the high side but it is close and finds a sweet spot with the flavors present.

An impressive effort for a balanced IPA and especially a bottle conditioned one. Hits tones of citrus, stone fruit, floral hops and just enough pale grains. Never heard much about this and wish I could drink it more often as an end of the day relaxer.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company. Poured from a tall can into a weizen glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and rather frothy with secular lacing, and hazy amber body.

I smell a fair portion of west coast style hops, only can detect a small malt complex.

Tastes like a nice portion of citrus-like grapefruit-y hops that get rounded off just before getting too sharp for the beer's own good by the witbier aspects included. This a very enjoyable balance of attributes, in my opinion.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is clean and crisp. It would certainly hit the spot on a hot day.

Overall, I'll give Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company a 4.5. This is a refreshing unfiltered American IPA that will probably be enjoyed by me throughout the summer months.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater IPA brewed by SweetWater Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.30% This brew pours out a nice cloudy light brown color, with a nice off white head. This is an unfiltered brew. The smell of Sweetwater IPA is rich with hops, grain and malts. There is also some citrus in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bitter , sweet. You pick up the bitterness in the hops , but there is a nice sweetness at the end of this brew. There is a lot going on in Sweetwater IPA, it has a nice balance to it. SweetWater Brewing Company did a nice job with this one, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how Sweetwater IPA is different from most IPA's on the market. The mouthfeel is full bodied with hops and grains. This is a nice drinking brew, I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving Sweetwater IPA a 4.5 out of 5.

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Photo of beerboy21
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy hops in the nose, with some malt sweetness once the head dissipates. Carbonic acid, followed by hops and malt. Finishes with citrusy hops flavor. Solid brew.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was right up there with Jai Alai for me. Very similar in the respect that it was all fruit and hops. This one was more about the citrus flavors though, with a huge grapefruit presence, while Jai Alai was more on the tropical fruit flavors side.

Would absolutely purchase again.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Nice, slightly hazy gold with 1 1/2" foamy white head that recedes slowly. Lacing & retention looking good.

S: Citrus & fruity hops. A bit of caramel. Slightly floral notes, spring-like aromas.

T: Lemon, then lime, then grapefruit. Consistently balanced throughout the mid palate, the finish is more on the resinous, slick side with a nice little hop-bitter bite. Not much in the way of malt notes here beyond a bit of wholegraininess that sits underneath everything else.

M: High-ish carb & a body on the ever-so-lighter side of medium. I actually like the level of carb in this brew. Overall pretty dry.

O: This is just a really nice, well-balanced, citrusy IPA. Super quaffable.

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Photo of FreshEsh
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deserves higher ratings, this IPA is very well balanced. Nice sweet malty notes with some assertive hops. For the money, I'd make this a regular session beer for my fridge. You know how IIPAs usually have that stronger malt backbone, kind of reminds me of that, just in a lower ABV brew. Cheers!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden amber with rich head of nearly white carbonation. Thick head of loopy lace.

Aroma: Pungent grapefruit and tropical hops. Quite nice.

Taste: Citrus-hoppy with virtually no bitterness at all. I get some tropical notes (pineapple) in the mix, too, which is certainly welcomed. A very delicious and worthy IPA, and one I’d enjoy more often if it were available in my area of Indiana.

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Photo of Spamtastic
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour was a 16oz from tap at Mellow Mushroom. This is a very serviceable session IPA. A little lighter and less hoppy than most IPA's, this beer is easy to knock back and is a goo summertime beer to enjoy outside or with a burger or slice.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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