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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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very good

2,536 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,536
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 149
Gots: 325 | FT: 6
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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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Butchnasty, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of AmitC
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good IPA once more for me.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Had passed this brewery the first time around shopping in Atlanta. Went to their brewery, it was not yet open and i did not have much time so had to come back as is.

Very good overall appearance. Hazy Orangish amber color. A good one finger thick off white colored head with good persistence. Receding head leaves an excellent looking head. Sticky yes. Some bubbles are seen through the haze.

Wow citrus and flowery hop aroma. Full of life. Pervasive. Strength is good to strong. A decent malt backbone with very slight hint of sweetness. A lot of citrus type - grapefruit or orange aroma come through. Very near to Hopslam aroma just a tad low.

A nice mix of citrus hops that impart a lemony, grapefruit or orange peel like flavor. Punches the tongue for a little while more due to carbonation than bitterness. Decent malt presence. End and finish is bitter with a slight lingering and fading malt. More like a well balanced pale ale than an IPA.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. No astringency. Punch packed IPA with no alcohol to speak of.

AmitC, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

mtnbikesage, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

cw577enfield, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dooleymon, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mfleagle, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

En29356, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

whickman44, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. There's supposed to be a Best By date but it's blank.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains for quite a bit before decaying to an 1/8 inch head. Thick, foamy lacing is very adherent to the glass.

S- Smooth, citrusy hop aroma brings to mind grapefruit, pineapple and Starburst candy. Malt is a distant afterthought but still there to round out the profile.

T- Taste is a bit more balanced with the malt sticking in and bringing a bready characteristic to back up the mildly bitter hops. The hops are more grassy and piney than in the aroma. The flavor is also decidedly less sweet than the smell. Alcohol is masked as well as one would expect for the ABV.

M- Slightly sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a light-medium body.

O- A subtle, yet effective IPA. Very sessionable and enjoyable, like most of Sweetwater's beers.

Immortale25, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JagerBombAFJ, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

nkeckhar, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater IPA pours to a slightly hazy orange hue with a nose that includes scents of citrus, tropical fruit, and a small amount of pine. The foam looks good and the beer manages to leave some lacing on the sides of the glass as you consume.

The taste of Sweetwater IPA is about what one would expect based on the nose. The flavors of grapefruit and light spice stand out, but there are also some tastes of caramel and a sweet maltiness that balance out the bitterness of the hops. The bitterness level is lower than most IPA but there is still enough present that you cannot help but take notice.

Sweetwater IPA is not over the top like other American IPA and this fact adds to its appeal. When I first sampled this beer, my initial impression was that it didn’t contain enough hops and wasn’t worthy of the IPA label. But the more I tried it, the more I appreciated and respected its unique flavor angle. The juiciness of this beer and the wide acceptability of its taste are two of its best qualities and it seems like a good beer for the uninitiated as well as the seasoned craft beer geek.

This beer is not as hop- infused as others of its style, but it does have many positive qualities. It offers a more unique twist on the style and makes a good option for the craft beer curious who want to like IPA, but cannot make the palate leap to the 90+ IBU level. Try it if you can find it- you should like what you discover.

BryanCarey, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JClarson, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

UnderPressure, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Thedrizzle, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

VeganUndead, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jalogan2, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Gerred, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate bottle-poured head. It leaves good ring/spotty lace on the glass. The liquid is copper gold in color. Mildly hazy.

Strong grapefruit rind aroma from the hop. In the background is some melon and caramel with a dash of sweetness. Some alcohol to the nose.

Starts with a neutral malt flavor, but the prickly and peppery hop kicks in quickly. The aftertaste is shorter than one might expect given the biting finish. The body is middle of the road as is the carbonation level.

smcolw, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

GarretD, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Number3red, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Alek, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

FLBeerGuy, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of acsprouse
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: orangish pour/ cloudy in appearance. Soft pour produced thin white head. With some retention.

S: floral hops. Citrus. Some malt sweetness in there.

M: slightly resiny, Yet still on the more thin side.

T: everything From the nose is there. Its floral. The hops are straight forward. Its piney. Some citrusy.

O: pretty average beer. I suggest a try

acsprouse, Feb 15, 2013
Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,536 ratings.