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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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very good

2,697 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,697
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 155
Gots: 438 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/6/13.

Appearance: Caramel/orange and basically opaque. Thin off-white frothy head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Tons of citrus and a bit of grapefruit. Hop-forward like an IPA should be.

Taste: Starts with all that hop character from the aroma and a creeping bitterness that turns up the intensity halfway through. Finish adds in some bready malt flavor and long lasting dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Good amount of flavor for 6.3% ABV. Just off-balance enough to conform to the style.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with a bit of resin on the back end. A tad overcarbonated in my opinion but still decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not sure how long ago this was bottled but I'd bet it's explosively flavorful when fresh. Lots of bitterness and good citrusy hop flavor. Would I drink it again? Yep.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a light clear copper color with a very short-lived white head

S- a little bit of hops, mostly pine

T- mild pine hop notes balanced against the malt backbone.

M- thinner feel with a little carbonation

O- not a bad beer by any stretch. An above-average easy drinking IPA

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09/15/2013

A: Pours a hazy amber with a huge fluffy white head. Great head retention, moderate thin but widespread lacing everywhere.

S: Nice sweet caramel malt melds with citrusy hops. Gives it a distinct orange marmalade-type aroma.

T: Citrus and tropical fruits. Very nice. Orange, mango, maybe pineapple? Decent caramel backing it up. Bit grainy in the finish. Not hugely bitter but there is a still a decent wave of it in the finish. More of a drying finish than a bitter finish. A well balanced IPA, not so much an in-your-face west coast style IPA.

M: Nice smooth medium body - fairly dry.

O: Good hop flavor, not overly bitter. Well balanced. Easy drinking. Smooth and tasty. Pretty solid across the board but nothing stands out as extraordinary.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,697 ratings.