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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

2,367 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 140
Gots: 268 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hands22, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

buffs9, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Daehpoh
2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle labeled best by 11/20 sampled on 11/4.

Pours a clear golden orange color with minimal head.

Smell is mostly citrus hops including mango and orange. A bit of pine in there as well. This one has the standard IPA aromas, but nothing that really pops out.

The taste mirrors the smell with citrus flavors of mango and pineapple with some light caramel and white cracker underneath. This IPA seems light on flavor to me. It comes and goes rather abruptly.

The mouthfeel is dry with a light body and quick, bitter finish. I prefer my IPAs to linger with a bit of slickness before the dry finish.

Overall this seems to be a middle of the road IPA that came across as a bit dull. It was nearing the best by date, so perhaps this bottle was past its prime.

Daehpoh, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +25.9%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jmhart
5/5  rDev +25.9%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

funkel81, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got this as an extra from titosupertramp
reviewed from notes

pours a slightly darker orangey almost amber color with a creamy marangue-like white head. Some luxurious looking rings of lacing left behind. Really a nice looking beer-- though I prefer my IPAs a little lighter in color.

Really lemony hop notes coming through. Kinda floral and a touch grassy. The taste isn't as sweet as the color had me expected-- but there is some sweet malt action in here. Well-balanced, good flavor. Nice crisp bitter bite on the finish, but it doesn't linger. I like my IPAs to be more like a bulldog- bite and hold! This is more like a little pekineese that bites and lets go right away.

Overall, this is an easily drinkable and very enjoyable every day kind of beer.
As it warms, I get more grapefruit notes.
The body is good-- firm and well-carbed.

AleWatcher, Nov 05, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I had after a week of Presidente while in the D.R. and it was so damn refreshing and tasty. The amber color and low carbonation was nice to look at. The aroma was hoppy and a bit woody. The taste had a lot of the hops up front with a touch of citrus followed by a light driness then a sharp flavor decrease. The body is spot on and burps up a good amount of the hops. Little malt present. This is definitely a repeat buy if I go through Atlanta again.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 31, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass....the remnants of my haul from Atlanta. I wanna cry

A- pours a crystal clear shade of orange with a two finger white head that fades relatively quickly. The head isn't too solid, and the lacing is a little spotty. But the beer itself looks gorgeous

S- yummy citrus, and a lot of it

T- super strong taste of citrus....a nice bitterness too, though not an overwhelming one.

M- a little syrupy, actually...thicker than I'd like to see for a single IPA

O- love it. So easy drinking. Excellent beer

bigfnjoe, Oct 30, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice deep orange color with a 2 finger head that dissipates and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of pink grapefruit and pine.

Big pink grapefruit flavor and a well balanced bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

A very good IPA. Really nice hop flavor balanced well with the grains.

busterwhite, Oct 22, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice burnt orange color with a nice 2 finger head on it that stays around for awhile

S- Has a nice grassy aroma to it. also getting some citrus hops and pineapple aroma coming through

T- Has a nice citrus hops flavor at first sip then has a nice malty backbone in the middle and then finishes with a nice grassy hop flavor

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-overall this was a nice ipa. Good hop profile and good citrus flavors. I got a 6 pack of these and am glad i did. A really nice ipa. Now id just like to have their DIPA

zrab11, Oct 13, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinduva copper color hey? White head.

Aromas are a little bit wood sap or pine forest floor with a touch of orange peel.

The flavor kinda heads that way too. Somewhere between the aroma and flavor is a brackish wet leaf thing. Damp earth by pine forest swamp thing!!! Well, ok, just being erky-jerky like Garret Oliver's stepchild.

Medium body with a moderate hoppy finish reprising some of the above flavors and aromas.

I'd buy it again, but I can also see getting tired of it before I ever really get behind it. You can't go wrong with it though, so...

dedrinker, Oct 09, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a drink by date of 11/1/11 poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy golden-orange with a 1/4" foamy white head. The carbonation flowed steadily throughout. The head faded to a thin lacing on the glass.

S- floral and citrus hops, mostly grapefruit with a hint of peach and maybe some pineapple.

T- peach, sweet red grapefruit, a slight bitterness at the finish.

M- thin-to-medium with moderate carbonation. The carbonation leaves a faint tingle in its path.

O- This would make for an awesome summer day beer. It goes down smoothly while not being too light on taste. It is sweeter than I usually pursue, but that only adds to the summer feel of it.

Ungertaker, Oct 07, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopDiggityDawg for a great locals for locals trade

Poured a nice deep gold color with a thick white head that sticks around nicely. It has a good IPA nose with strong piney notes, some vegetal scents and a touch of sweet, caramel maltiness. The taste has a medium bitterness for an IPA, it definitely doesn't overpower the beer. The mouthfeel was slightly thin and the carbonation had lots of small bubbles. Overall, this IPA is not going to blow you out with ultra bitterness or ultra hop aroma but it is eminently quaffable and in this sense the thin mouthfeel and dry finish add to its drinkability.

quirkzoo, Oct 05, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

833rd Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
12 oz bottle
Best by: 10/22/11

Thanks to @thehughbachi(via twitter) for this one. Had a bet that my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- A orange burst color with some yellow and some deep sunset orange as well. A one finger head with a small thin layer of top bubbles. A touch of whispy lace was left.

Smell- A lot of citrus on this one. My boy Hugh nailed it when I said I like citrus vs malty IPAs. Tropical with a well balanced and blended malt backbone. A bit of pineapple with some fresh pressed orange and tangerine and some hop oil.

Taste- A very good blend of citrus. A very lush taste with a low bitter note. Smooth malts on the back to balance this one out. A lot of vibrant fruits.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a paired medium thick carbonation. Large citrus resonate on the palate with a small small amount of bitter.

Drink- This was pretty damn tasty. I liked this one a lot for the tropical notes and being very well balanced. I am a little sad this one is from the SE. I could see drinking a lot of these.

FosterJM, Sep 28, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a small off-white head leaving light lace, leaving a thick stillness.

Smell is hoppy, some cat pee, herbal, earthy, with a light crystal sweetness.

Taste is good, a nice hop flavor, some citrus, pine resin, herbal, on a caramel accentuated biscuit malt base. Finishes sweet, with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, this is a solid IPA, especially for the east coast! Still has the iced tea maltiness I don't love so much.

ccrida, Sep 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a thick, creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the side of the glass. It has a wonderfully sweet, floral, perfume-like aroma. This floral hop character is well-balanced, however, by an abundant but light malt sweetness. The hop character is a welcome change from the citrus hop flavor that is so prevalent in many of the IPAs on the market. In addition, despite being an IPA, the bitterness is not overwhelming, making this a very easy-drinking.

MayLattimore, Sep 27, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger head, decent lacing throughout. Aroma of all citrus hops, simply delicious flavor profile that balances out with malts. Taste follows the nose, well balanced. More than average for an ipa but man, this is easy drinking and delicious!

jcartamdg, Sep 26, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to N2185 for this generous extra! Poured into a surly nonic.

This was quite good for a single IPA but I found it lacking backbone a bit. Hops came through in a strong and elegant manner, but the body was a little thin and the hop flavors had very little backup from the rest of the beer. Definitely a good six-pack beer but not in my dream team lineup.

Klym, Sep 14, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visited J. Clydes in Birmingham and was able to due a flight of tap beers and selected Sweetwater IPA as one of five to try. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a white head that settles into a very sticky lace that loves to cling to the sides of the glass. Wonderful IPA aroma of pine oil with some underlying fruity notes. Medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation that does a nice job of offsetting the sticky texture of the beer. Taste begins with some sweet and biscuity malt flavors that soon give way to tart acidic citrus rind and bitter hop resins that remain in a lasting aftertaste. I certainly would recommend any hop head to try it.

WoodBrew, Sep 14, 2011
Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,367 ratings.