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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,352 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 791
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 140
Gots: 260 | 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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Edv0cate, Sep 13, 2014
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2.3/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

blordo1685, Jun 22, 2014
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2.35/5  rDev -41%
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...

nocheinsbitte, Jun 15, 2009
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2.38/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Cobrito, Dec 29, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

donkeyrunner, Apr 23, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

santoslhalper, Sep 11, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.