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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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2,276 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,276
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 139
Gots: 233 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

On the plus bitter side, with citrus from Chinook hops? Citrus aroma. Smooth. Well gulped on the night of a humid day. Malts present though not that balanced. Delicate taste, medium mouthfeel. Thanks Mr_kimchee.Had on tap at the brewpub 3 1/3 years later and better than average IPA. Good bubbly head onto grapefruit.

09-12-2004 01:52:08 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-26-2013 02:18:06 | More by t0rin0
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours copper with a white head. Nice staying power and good lacing as it goes down my glass. Nose brings some fairly strong citrus hops and a tad bit of light malt. The taste is mostly citrus. There is some light bread and caramel flavors underneath. Good feel with nice bitterness. Not too high in alcohol with a good levels of hops, this is a drinkable beer.

10-28-2010 11:52:58 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-25-2011 03:14:21 | More by nmann08
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Hazy light amber in color, the beer poured with a finger high creamy beige head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The hops contribute moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit and pine resin to the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are flavors of grapefruit and pine in the taste as well as notes of caramel and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable. I would definitely have another one of these again because it has a nice amount of bitterness and a good amount of flavors. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

12-27-2010 03:06:20 | More by metter98
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Dusky, ripe pumpkin orange with an internal flurry of fine yeast. The cap is pastel orange-tinted cream in color and is impressively thick and creamy. It morphs into a melted mesa as it descends and deposits a fair number of fat pseudopods of lace. This is a good looking IPA.

The aroma is beautifully hoppy, but since it's dry hopped, I expected a little more boldness. That borders on nitpicking though since citric hop esters (white grapefruit and sweet orange) are mighty pleasing to the nose. Too bad I can't appreciate a little Georgia peach as well.

While calling Sweetwater IPA 'mammoth' (website) is something of a stretch, it is nicely hoppy and is some kind of delicious. Malt is well accounted for with the merest hint of caramel flavor. Hops, naturally, have center stage. As in the nose, white grapefruit peel is uppermost, with supporting roles played by orange and pineapple. The medium-full body is big enough to provide plenty of flavor intensity and flavor linger.

Sweetwater IPA is a wonderful example of the style from one of the best craft breweries in the South. I'd be thrilled if I had the opportunity to buy their beer on a regular basis. Thanks to aracauna, a man with ready access and a willingness to share.

12-30-2004 22:22:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper color with a prodigiously rocky head that leaves swaths of lace all over the glass

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma that leans toward the piney side but has some fruit to it as well; a caramel undertones, tool

Taste: Starts with a moderately sweet caramel presence that is quickly overtaken by a fruity, piney bitterness that continues after the swallow; some residual sweetness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An excellent mainstream IPA - not sure whether this is the new recipe or not - "Best if Enjoyed by 5/5"

07-27-2006 02:03:14 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-08-2014 02:56:04 | More by zestar
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with medium head and medium retention. Aroma is quite hoppy and I can already feel the bitterness. Taste is extremely bitter, probably one of the most bitter IPA that I had the chance to taste but also I can feel very light sweetness in the background which make this beer very interesting. Body is just above average and carbonation is medium. Probably one of the most interesting IPA, which mixes some extreme characteristics as well as some balance.

12-07-2004 20:14:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

A seriously formitable and stern IPA with delicate sweetness and bold hop character- such a bitter beer for a Sweet-water brewery.

Pouring a froathy orange hued beer, the lush head gives an off-white, cottony textured appearance. Vibrant carbonation makes the beer dance with zest and sprite. Solid rings of lace reminds me how many drinks it took to reach the bottom of the glass- turns out four on this particularly thirsty day.

Bright and fruity aromas, lead by tangerine and orange zest, fill the nose with a juicy and highly citrusy character. Soft malty sweet scent provides the slightest of caramel scent to give a ripe and sweet citrusy dominance to the nose.

Flavors are very consistent with aromas: Focused on dripping citrusy fruity flavor with a dry bitter finish that remains clean and smooth. The hop showcase is focused more on the flavor of tangerine, pineapple, oranges, and ripe ruby red grapefruit and a little less on the resiny bitterness in finish. A background of powdered sugar sweetness gives a ripe and juicy roundness to support the hop flavor and bitterness, and without interferring with the drinkability.

Soft creamy textures seem less scrubbed to the palate than most IPA's and somewhat reminescent to Witbiers. The malty textures waiver at mid palate and allow for a very clean, very crisp hop bitterness and light alcohol dryness to govern the finish; and with a moderate linger of citrusy hop flavor and bitterness in aftertaste.

Sweetwater's IPA is certainly a showcase for hops on all fronts (aroma, flavor, and bitterness), but in superb balance and with high drinkability. This is an effortless beer to drink!

06-13-2006 17:34:54 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +12%

Poured a cloudy pale orange with a nice white creamy head that lced up well. Smell was strong and very hoppy. Citrus flavors abounded this. The taste was wonderful. Big citrus and pine pop up front with a dry hopped back. All hops, no real balance on this, and non needed. Could easily drink this all night! Goin to get more ASAP!

12-27-2006 23:02:14 | More by mikesgroove
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy straw color with a fluffy white head on top and somewhat minimal lacing.

S: The nose is full of fruity hops which tend to lean towards a mix of grapefruit and assorted tropical fruits, especially pineapple. The malt provides a biscuity aroma.

T: The hops are front and center as they should be with an IPA. The flavor is slightly sweet with some grapefruit and pine to provide bitterness. Again, the biscuity, bready malts are present.

M: The body is somewhat light and the carbonation is plentiful. The overall mouthfeel is rather light and refreshing.

D: A decent little IPA from a region which is not necessarily known for good craft beer. Not a hop-bomb of an IPA, but an easy drinking example

04-10-2010 05:52:45 | More by womencantsail
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

08-24-2013 02:07:59 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-23-2013 23:46:16 | More by kjkinsey
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-29-2012 02:46:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-09-2013 23:34:25 | More by spycow
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

03-06-2014 14:55:12 | More by GRG1313
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

A: 1.5 finger head. little lace. Clear and amber.

S: Grapefruit on top. Background of pineapple, cherry and cranberry mixed with hops.

T: Grapefruit heavy with hops taking a backseat. I love this version of an IPA. Complex citrus notes and little pine.

M: Not too spicey with medium body. A great summer version of an IPA.

Overall: I like this version. I appreciate the IPA background and heavy citrus. I will be grabing more of this from time to time.

07-18-2011 06:40:22 | More by kylehay2004
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3.95/5  rDev -1%

$1.79 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The Fourth of July. The one day in July you absolutely have to go out and let loose in an uncontained expression of American freedom, fun, and perhaps even a little licentiousness.

Yes sir.


Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-colored body with a small, white head.

Smell: The aroma is showing of juicy, ripe grapefruits, with only a trace amount of dough in the background.

Taste: Faint toasty caramel malt sweetness before the grapefruit plunge and piney hop character that creeps into the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely one of Sweetwater's better beers!

07-05-2007 05:25:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. There was an aroma of citrus and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Great piney/resiney hop bitterness upon first sip. It had a sharp burnt toast maltiness and some sweet caramel & toffee backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that goes down very easy.

D - Glad to find this on tap. I had 420 in a bottle and hoped to find some IPA. I wasn't disappointed.

07-20-2010 13:08:05 | More by zeff80
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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

A slightly hazy (unfiltered), very deep amber-orange body reveals wide golden highlights when held to the light; and it's creamy off-white head slowly drops to a good-sized collar and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The aroma is bold with brightly floral, sweetly citrusy, and softly piney hops over a sweetish malt. Very nice!!! The same hoppiness appears in the flavor (it's loaded with grapefruit!), tempered a bit by the fuller sweetness of the gently biscuity and softly caramelized malt; and accentuated by a delicate, fruity contribution from the yeast. It's bitterness is firm, but never steps ahead of the rich maltiness; and only makes it's full strength known in the dry finish and long-lingering aftertaste. It's rich, and the medium-full body and very fine, moderate carbonation serves to accentuate that. I'd almost like to try this beer a little bit crisper (with the thought that that would add to it's drinkability), but I like it so much as it is that I feel that might be a fool's errand. Quite nice! Brewed with a firm but delicate hand. Well worth trying!

07-29-2003 02:52:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to BeerMark for this one.

Pours a slightly gazed amber with a creme head. Flavor is heavy on the bitter with a pine and resin tone. Feel is well bodied on the liquid and the carbonation is fairly noticeable. This is a good IPA. Some might consider it rough around the edges, but if you are looking for something intense, I think you'll like it.

05-02-2009 02:36:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +11%

Acquired via trade from SilentSabre, so big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color with a thin white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Strong floral hops aroma when you crack open the bottle, but once the beer is poured the hops smell fades and you smell a heavy fruity citrus & malt sweetness.

T: The taste starts with a decent burst of hops, but not very heavy. What follows is the same fruity sweetness that you get in the smell. I picked up lemon, grapefruit and some dark fruits (which is slightly different for the style) and the hops keep trying to break through as you drink it. The after-taste is a combination of hops bitterness and citrus sweetness.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: I drank this one down fairly quickly for a review. Even though it may be a little sweeter than most IPA’s, it’s very tasty, not-too-filling and is the type of beer I could stick with for a long, long time. This was a very pleasant surprise for a beer that was added in to round out the trade. I think I’m now intrigued by this brewer and I’m going to have to deal for some more stuff from them.

09-28-2006 03:26:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

A - Half finger of white foam on a clear copper body. The head settles quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S - Nice hop aroma, mostly grapefruit with notes of plums, oranges and pepper.

T - Big citrus hop character up front, followed by balancing malt and caramel. Malty sweetness shows in the middle and the finish is dominated by moderate hop bitterness and grapefruit hops flavor with a hint of mint.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Well balanced with excellent hop character, easily drinkable. I have been less than impressed with most of what I have had from Sweetwater, but this IPA is a wonderful exception.

03-03-2008 04:16:47 | More by nickfl
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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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