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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

2,180 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 137
Gots: 192 | 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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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-14-2012 23:06:39 | More by whartontallboy
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in recent trade w/ a GA BA.
Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 1/26/12) into imperial pint.

A: Hops come through as a mix of herbal and tropical fruit notes (particularly pineapple). Some honey sweetness underlies.

A: Slightly hazy copper, one-finger off-white head is a bit thinner than expected, but leaves good lacing.

F: Medium-strong, dry bitterness up front. Sweet, woodsy iced tea, and light graham cracker sweetness. Malt is dialed back, and lets the hops stand front & center. Nice bitterness on the finish, which is not overpowering. A bit drier than I would have liked.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Some drying tannins stick around after the finish.

O: A pretty decent, "sessionable" IPA. While it's not something I'd go out of my way to get my hands on, I'd like to try it fresh someday at the brewery. I didn't notice any real flaws, and would recommend you try it for yourself if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:52:49 | More by mdvatab
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Jack53

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-14-2012 20:57:10 | More by Jack53
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swimbikerundrink

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-14-2012 20:39:27 | More by swimbikerundrink
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lnashsig

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to ahlthe3rd (Hugh) for the chance to taste this. I have had it on tap in Atlanta before, but never in bottle format. Bottle dated "Best before 3-02-12", so assuming pretty fresh. Poured from bottle into my Victory tulip. Pours a rich and completely transparent orange color- on the darker side for an IPA. Smell- an interesting hop aroma- blood orange, grapefruit. Taste- a blast of bitterness hits the front of my palate. Waves and waves of bitterness without a real malt backbone. I love IPA's and love a hop forward IPA, but this lacks balance. Its wave upon wave of bitterness without anything sweet to counter. Very medium to light bodied, the mouthfeel is light and airy. This IPA would be better if the malt developed some tropical fruit sweetness, but it's still a decent IPA regardless that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:12:41 | More by lnashsig
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tatums1984

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-13-2012 08:09:01 | More by tatums1984
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper. The color of old pennies. Head is bright-white and smooth. Thins to a small ring at the edges of the glass. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Orange juice and biscuits. Big orange hop hit. Mainly juice. Doughy malt profile rounds out the back. Faintly spicy with some sweetness. Touch of caramel malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and then some. Orange juice as well. Slight pine hit. Where are the malts. Faint hints of biscuit and crust linger in the back, but fail to offer any balance to the hops. Slightly minty with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but not quite there. Smooth with a touch of dry on the end of the whole thing.

Overall: Decent, but not earth shattering. The bitterness and intense grapefruit/orange flavors drop some of its long-term drinkability. Definitely a unique hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:06:03 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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DrNo

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-12-2012 22:53:47 | More by DrNo
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MatthewD4

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-11-2012 04:41:07 | More by MatthewD4
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rebel1771

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear copper color with a frothy white head that fades quickly.

S: Strong citrus hop punch up front with pine notes as well.

T: No surprise on the taste. Hop blast up front with a slight cracker like malt in the end.

O: This is a classic American IPA no doubt about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:46:40 | More by rebel1771
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mecmd

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-08-2012 02:19:15 | More by mecmd
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Bigbandito

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-06-2012 20:00:21 | More by Bigbandito
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-06-2012 19:04:57 | More by IrishColonial
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-06-2012 02:17:36 | More by RandyBoBandy
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Kavon

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-05-2012 16:19:57 | More by Kavon
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Adrianized

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange with a small white head.  Best by of 01/26/12.  Thanks goes out to UNCCTDawg for this extra.

The nose smells good, but not terribly strong.  Tropical and citrus hops dominate.  Mangos, papayas, and lemon/lime.  Light caramel malt background.

The flavor profile matches the nose; tropical fruity hops and a light caramel malt base.  Very crisp.  Finishes with piney resin and moderate bitterness.

Nice carbonation but the mouthfeel is a bit watery.

A nice IPA overall, very crisp and satisfying.  At first sip I was "meh" but as I'm finishing my glass, this turns out to be a pretty good IPA. I'm sure I'd buy it if it were local.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:14:25 | More by Adrianized
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fantasyroach

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-04-2012 18:54:44 | More by fantasyroach
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-04-2012 14:10:37 | More by ohtheguilt
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StoutishDan

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-04-2012 03:07:00 | More by StoutishDan
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Siopisophy

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-03-2012 22:54:34 | More by Siopisophy
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-02-2012 03:26:46 | More by Skye1024
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BRLockwood

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-02-2012 03:05:34 | More by BRLockwood
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zintori

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-02-2012 01:00:22 | More by zintori
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-01-2012 20:56:00 | More by Heavenisbeer
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kizyle

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-31-2011 00:03:44 | More by kizyle
Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,180 ratings.