Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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very good

2,594 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,594
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 150
Gots: 344 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002)
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Ell
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent everyday drinker. It makes me sad to see it losing store and bar space to its smaller, more malty brother 420 (which is good, but not great).

Pours an orangey hue. Pretty color.

Nose is grapefruit. Very floral as well.

Big hop bite, then balanced nicely with a bisuity malt taste. Very hop forward, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel is light - maybe too drinkable. Very easy to down a boatload of these.

Really excellent beer from a very good brewery.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chickenflea
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz: Hazy golden color, small white head that settles quickly. Good lacing. Grapefruit aroma with a touch of spiciness. Dried apricot sweetness also in the nose. A very nice aroma. Taste is very sweet with just the right amount of bittering for an IPA. Hops taste more floral than the citrusy aroma promised. The finish is long and steady with no odd tangents. Texture is a little sticky. Carbonation is above average - biting. The carbonation gives the beer a refreshing quality. A nice IPA the selection of hops (Columbia for bittering, and Golding for aroma) made this IPA interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best if enjoyed by 02/13/13. Thanks for the extra sommersb.

A - Pours a vibrant orange body with one finger of off white foam. Great lacing and retention.

S - Grapefruit and some pine followed by a solid caramel malt backbone.

T - Similar to the nose. Grapefruit ad piney hops followed by a very sweet malt backbone. Basic, simple, tasty, to the point.

M - Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Highly drinkable with a nice lasting bitterness. Very clean and refreshing.

O - Probably a bit old at this point, but still a very solid and highly drinkable IPA. Proves the point that a hoppy beer should have a solid malt base to hold up to a bit of age.

Photo of at7000
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going with a 4.5 for this one. Hands down, an excellent IPA. More of a classic/traditional style IPA. And not one of the currently trendy IPAs, which favour a syrupy, overly malty, sweet taste/finish. What a really IPA should be, plenty of bitter hop taste, and a nice bitter/dry, and slightly crisp finish. (Not that cloying malty/syrupy taste, prevalent in many of the current IPAs)

I'm surprised Sweetwater got their IPA right. I have not been too impressed with their other beer, but they hit a home-run with this one.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of spinrsx
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark gold colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit mixed with some tropical fruit flavours like pineapple/guava and some apricots. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste with a medium to low amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – My kind of IPA.. lots of fruity juicy flavours. I'd like a little more in the hop department, but this is still a beer that I'd be happy drinking the rest of my life.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,594 ratings.