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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,154 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,154
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 137
Gots: 179 | 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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Ratings: 2,154 | Reviews: 781 | Display Reviews Only:
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jmbraxton

Alabama

1/5  rDev -74.9%

04-03-2012 03:01:33 | More by jmbraxton
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phishinNYC

Florida

1/5  rDev -74.9%

08-31-2012 19:32:52 | More by phishinNYC
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ToddL1130


1/5  rDev -74.9%

12-30-2012 02:25:30 | More by ToddL1130
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DuffDaddy

Florida

1/5  rDev -74.9%

04-21-2014 15:50:58 | More by DuffDaddy
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Chuck1835


1.25/5  rDev -68.7%

06-27-2014 06:50:32 | More by Chuck1835
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cantstandya65

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -62.4%

03-12-2012 20:30:48 | More by cantstandya65
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Harper1717


1.75/5  rDev -56.1%

06-14-2014 04:04:55 | More by Harper1717
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Magna941


1.75/5  rDev -56.1%

07-22-2014 22:55:51 | More by Magna941
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Filabee

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -56.1%

04-18-2014 01:54:40 | More by Filabee
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mulliwater

Virginia

2/5  rDev -49.9%

05-25-2013 03:12:59 | More by mulliwater
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Nich7601

Michigan

2/5  rDev -49.9%

03-01-2014 03:04:45 | More by Nich7601
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Titanium147


2/5  rDev -49.9%

07-19-2014 14:10:12 | More by Titanium147
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blordo1685

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 04:35:02 | More by blordo1685
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nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

had this from a 12-oz bottle

A: pours a rich dark goldn color with a good head and good lacing. A good looking bier.
S: weird. it smells like those little bottles of lemon juice mixed with grapefruit. Very different.
T: follows the smell well. the grapefruit taste is a little overpowering and really takes away from any pale ale taste.
M: Not bad, but the taste is really overpowering and is not pleasing.
D: One, maybe two at the most.

overall, I did not really care for this bier. Not a typical pale ale. Try it if you want...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 00:46:50 | More by nocheinsbitte
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Cobrito

Georgia

2.38/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thought I'd give one of the more popular, highly-touted local brews another chance. Didn't much like it the first time, but reviewers who like it describe it as citrusy and hop-forward, a style very much to my liking. Made sure I got a fresh bottle--best by date of March 13, which means it's only two weeks old. Here goes.

Not much head for such a fresh beer. Standard amber-copper, mostly translucent.

Aroma is of grapefruit peels. Did they actually put them in there? Some earthy smells, but faint. Aroma pretty one-dimensional and kind of un-beerlike in a way.

Ok this is no different than my first try. Beer is not only one-dimensional, but also rather thin; ingredients don't hold together well. There is something clearly off about this beer. There is grapefruit, yes, and there are two or three other flavors, one is earthy, the other is almost artificial chemically, I hate to say it.

A down-the-drainer, I can't believe it gets so many good reviews.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:20:59 | More by Cobrito
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first beer since the Boston marathon and the bottle says "the beer you've been training for." Ain't that somethin'.

Pours a clear, dark gold. Decent white head that leaves some lace but has good retention. Freshness dated for 6/1/09!

Smells of floral hop at first pour but as the head faded so did the scent. More of an herbal swamp muck hop. Very malty for an IPA.

Tastes like lemon iced tea. Very mild bitterness and very malty for an IPA. Hops mainly serve as a peppery twang to the lemon tea malt.

I had this on tap in Nashville awhile back and it was great. Not so good in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 22:12:06 | More by donkeyrunner
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearence: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a decent, creamy white head. Dies down quickly to a collar. Decent carbonation.

Smell: The smell is of floral hops, not too strong though, and well balanced out by a malt background.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is not as hoppy as I'd expected, and I didn't expect it to be very hoppy. The hops are almost gone, and it's basically blond ale malt flavor from there on out. Doesn't even taste like an IPA, so maybe it's a bad bottle. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: Not an IPA, in my opinion. More malty than hoppy. I just really didn't like this one. Seems like it would be a lot better if on-tap at the brewery. Oh well, can't win them all.

Thanks again to rajendra for the package.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 22:44:09 | More by santoslhalper
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wchasse222

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

03-12-2012 03:06:40 | More by wchasse222
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DuffBeer14

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

06-29-2014 23:51:01 | More by DuffBeer14
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bhawk1

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

03-18-2012 13:46:53 | More by bhawk1
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HOPHEADNATIONMATT

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

04-10-2014 23:02:20 | More by HOPHEADNATIONMATT
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SavvyStudent

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

04-16-2013 00:09:30 | More by SavvyStudent
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Coreynezy4

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

07-25-2013 21:55:43 | More by Coreynezy4
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Daehpoh

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle labeled best by 11/20 sampled on 11/4.

Pours a clear golden orange color with minimal head.

Smell is mostly citrus hops including mango and orange. A bit of pine in there as well. This one has the standard IPA aromas, but nothing that really pops out.

The taste mirrors the smell with citrus flavors of mango and pineapple with some light caramel and white cracker underneath. This IPA seems light on flavor to me. It comes and goes rather abruptly.

The mouthfeel is dry with a light body and quick, bitter finish. I prefer my IPAs to linger with a bit of slickness before the dry finish.

Overall this seems to be a middle of the road IPA that came across as a bit dull. It was nearing the best by date, so perhaps this bottle was past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 22:22:19 | More by Daehpoh
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PeterLemonjello

Alabama

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had in bottle and on draft.

Good looking beer with nice carbonation and a decent head. Dark golden, hints of orange color. Unfiltered IPA so it's not crystal clear (kudos).

Smell is very citrus leaving the senses anticipating a big hoppy experience.

Taste is where I get lost after such a great smelling beer. Sweetness from the residual sugars combined with the big/particular hop flavor (as opposed to hop bitterness) have me thinking I just cracked open a can of pineapple juice.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for style.

Drinkability for me is very low as I'm just not a fan of this beer.

Quality brewery and I'm a fan of some of their other offerings (Sweet GA Brown & 420)...but I'll always pass on their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:29:30 | More by PeterLemonjello
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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.