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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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2,422 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,422
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 149
Gots: 294 | 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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Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with slight cloudiness, a white thin head with a little lacing

S-citrus and hops with slight caramel maltiness and bread

T-pine and citrus with some bitter hops with a caramel sweetness

F-medium to light in body with moderate carbonation

O-decent but the sweetness was not something I like in an IPA and precludes it from a higher score

MDDMD, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of jgurley
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear luminous copper amber with a thin head and soapy lace. Smell is extremely fruity hops. Juniper, mango, and melon. Great nose. Taste is outstanding, sweet mango and melon forward with full round body across the middle. The juniper bitterness pops out at the back. Aftertaste is dry and pleasantly bitter. Refreshing, sticky mouth with medium carbonation. Excellent example of the style while having a distinct character of it's own.

jgurley, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a birght clear copper hue with fluffy offwhite head of 3 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. Head is receding slowly leaving some large craters in the surface. Sturdy surface layer and tight lattice remain on the glass throughout the sampling to the end.
Aroma is pine sap and citrus, fairly strong nose, leaving no doubt what lies ahead for this beer.
First sip reveals an average body and almost non-existent carbonation. Very smooth beer makes it super easy to drink.
Flavor is barely caramel, and quickly goes to hops. I get some grass and pine sap, but this finish is grapefruit rind and dry. General astringency lingers and rind flavors pop up on each burp.
The flavors are very hoppy, but arent overpowering punch you in the mouth strong, just defined and present. Certainly not an over the top hop bomb. I get no hint of ABV, and the beer is almost gone before I am done with this review. Quite a nice IPA that I would recommend to others and would buy if I found it in my neck of the woods.

sulldaddy, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an amber, yellowish color with a 1.5" thick froth. Brew is a little cloudy as well almost like a Hefe but not as much.

S - Just loads of fruits like citrus, apple and some grapefruit. Good dose of pine and hops in there with a hint of caramelized sugar. A very nice smell!

T - Pine, a little hop bite and some caramel sugar as it goes down. Just a really nice tasting brew that has a good mix of these flavors.

M - Settles nicely on the tongue and goes down crisp and smooth.

O - One of my personal favorite IPAs. An excellent brew!

brstls4drmrs, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger head. little lace. Clear and amber.

S: Grapefruit on top. Background of pineapple, cherry and cranberry mixed with hops.

T: Grapefruit heavy with hops taking a backseat. I love this version of an IPA. Complex citrus notes and little pine.

M: Not too spicey with medium body. A great summer version of an IPA.

Overall: I like this version. I appreciate the IPA background and heavy citrus. I will be grabing more of this from time to time.

kylehay2004, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is constantly in my fridge and I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. Here we go! Best buy 09/13/11 so it was bottled on 06/13/11. Enjoyed on 07/17/11.

A - 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice clear bright orange with some yellow around the sides and a one finger white head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

S - Grapefruit hops are the star here but there's also a good bit of biscuity malts present in the back.

T - Similar to the nose. This is one of the most grapefruit forward IPAs I've had and I really enjoy it. Very balanced through the middle with those biscuity malts and then finishes nice and dry with that grapefruity aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Nice and creamy with some prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is my favorite year round beer from Sweetwater. Please bring back the Magnum IP!!

Janderson91, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of jsanford. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange-amber with a two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Little amount of lacing.

S- Pine, citrus and tropical hops with notes of mandarine, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest and pineapple. There is some sweet bready malt in the background. Very nice.

T- A good deal of pine and citrus notes with grapefruit, mandarine and some biscuit malt. Much more bitterness in the taste than the aroma.

M- Medium carbonation and light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry.

O- There a lot of bite with this IPA. With that said, it's still very drinkable with some biscuit malt present. I'm impressed with this brew and am excited to try some other offerings from SweetWater.

Thanks again Jacob!

iadler, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. A huge frothy head tops the glowing orangish amber body. Nice retention and plenty of soapy lacing.

I've lived here close to 2 years, and this is the only east coast beer that's earned a permanent spot in the beer fridge of this west coast hophead. A grapefruit bomb; loads of it in the nose, even more awesome citrus flavor. Equal parts toasted and lightly sweet malt remain in the background where they belong. The steady stream of bitterness hurts so good, but a wave of juiciness keeps you coming back for more.

Overall impression: Awesome IPA at the peak of freshness. (And it's certainly worth noting that they date their bottles as well- kudos for that.)

PDXHops, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in SN Snifter
best before 8/7/11
6 pack $8.99

A: golden amber color with 1 1/2 finger off white bubbly, creamy head, dissipates quickly. Some lacing and alcohol legs are present, looks beautiful. Definite haze is present.

S: Piney, resiny, floral, citrusy hops flood the nose. Some caramel malt in the background, nice and complex and delicious smelling.

T: pine and citrus hit up front with a good amount of floral hops as well, with a malty flavorin the middle, leaves a prickly hoppy taste as an aftertaste. Nice taste, excellent balance and great variation of flavor.

M: medium bodied nice and creamy, finish is slightly dry

O: I may be incredibly biased because of the limited availability but for my money I'm going to pick this out of every other IPA in the store if I'm going for taste and price. This is a great IPA if not one of the best in the USA. Must buy.

fields336, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Ruger
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a two finger white head its a hazy copper color with heavy lacing.

S - Very citrus smelling with a small amount of pine.

T - Same as the smell alot of citrus with a little pine and some malts.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Ruger, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Been a long time since I'd had this beer, but seeing as the Sweetwater rep for TN is a friend and a member of my tasting group, I figured I owed it to him to give this one another try. Disclaimer: I have no idea how fresh this bottle is.

Amber color with a bright orange tint, one wouldn't be surprised to find a fossilized mosquito in a beer of this color. (Yes, I watched Jurassic Park recently.)

Good bit of sweetness on the nose, some pineapple citrus as well. Does not smell super hoppy, but it does smell tasty.

This tastes pretty good! Not an aggressively hoppy IPA, but a very citrusy one. Pretty sweet, which is not a trait I usually like much in IPAs, but the sweetness works very well with the pineapple citrus flavors. I'm really pleasantly surprised here.

Nice carbonation but nothing remarkable. Moderation carbonation + tasty sweet citrus = a very drinkable beer.

Definitely didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did, this is in the top two or three IPAs I've had that's available in east TN and I can see myself returning to this one often when I need an inexpensive six pack for a party or whatever


AlexFields, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of fsvan
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 9/13/2011. Consumed July 4th 2011.

A- Pretty bright orange in color. Just slightly murky with unfiltered yeast. A thin head that quickly dissipates.

S-Huge grapefruit notes. Not much in the way of piney-ness. A very nice, albeit a bit one dimensional smell.

T- Right about what you'd expect from the smell. A lot of grapefruit and citrus. Again, not much in the way of pine. A little yeastiness on the finish. Nice bitterness, but not overpowering by any stretch. High on the maltiness for the style, but not so much as to make it up-IPA-like.

M- Mediumish. A little heavier than some other IPAs

O- This a standby beer for me. Good, not expensive, readily available, sessionable (despite the abv) and easy to find fresh in Nashville. This beer can be divisive though, as some love it and some think it is very overrated. My take is that it is what it is. It's great for the reasons I stated above, but if you're looking for a highly complex IPA, this probably isn't your beer. Great intro IPA for people who don't like piney beers or over the top bitter beers. My wife was like this, and this was the the first IPA she liked, and it broadened her horizons a bit.

fsvan, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by 7/11/11 off we go!

Great foamy head of three fingers a little soapy looking of off white color. Sits on a body of a great nice clear orange amber, with some slow rising carbonation. Head does not have much staying power. However, on the flip side there is some good lacing ring of giant stickyness.

Bouquet is a subtle mild sweet grapefruit, and a mild malt backbone. It's nice, it's mellow... it's not overpowering it's all there just very subtle but also long lasting. A little bid of bread but not much... still I like this for it's simplicity.

Taste is like mild honey in the palate, with a great malt texture. Wet bodied and easy tasting as hinted from the nose. On the palate a hint of dryness, but super easy drinking.

I actually really like this but I think a fresher bottle might have been better. It will do and seems like an alright IPA to me.

smakawhat, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks really good. Cloudy orange amber with decent sized off white head.

Hops in the smell. Piney and grapefruit and orange citrus. Kind of sweet at times, but always has hoppy reinforcements. Sometimes grainy or bready.

Spice note leads to a pine/citrus combatted quickly by a malty almost caramel then to hops that bitter and linger.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation medium light.

Overall good ipa, good bitter close.

Sensaray, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark copper with an off white head, poor head retention.

S- Grassy, earthy, malt.

T- Grass and resein, carmel notes and grain. ok bitterness that lingers, to much grass for me not enough citrus or grapefruit.

M- a bit cloying but over all ok carbonation.

O- Not to impressed, it is a average to good IPA but it has a lot of hype in GA that is a bit over rated. I think one of the cases of the fresh IPA is the best plus some SE bais. still decent though and worth a try if in ATL.

SeattleBeerBlog, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Swim424
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pouring this from a 12oz bottle into a freezable beer mug (mug is slightly cold). cant find my normal pint. it is past the date to enjoy so hopefully not skunked.

A-distorted by the glass. but looks sort of like dark apple juice. about a 1in head, but dissapated quickly. leaves some residue behind though.

S-smell is good. smells sort of fruity with some hops. maybe like a grapefruit/appricot.

T/mf-it is a bit warm but tastes slightly fruity, maybe appricot, upfront and finishes with a strong hop bite. even a little bit after taking a sip i can still feel hops in my mouth, but not to over powering.

O- I am not the biggest IPA fan. But I never mind having one. But this one is really good. This is one I will defintly be buying again. It is just all around a very well balanced beer. good flavor with the right amount of hops.

Swim424, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that my brother in law Steven and his friend Allison brought up from Atlanta into a plastic “ocean fishes” glass (the best thing that I could find while on vacation in the Outer Banks, NC). Best if enjoyed by date of 09/17/11.

A Very generous, pleasing 3 inch head that sticks to the inside of the glass over a translucent, copper body. Both are very true to the style but pleasing to see none-the-less. 4.0

S Floral, sweet hops in front, some sweet malt in there but the hops are center stage here. Solid smelling IPA. 4.0

T Some hops bitterness, some malt, as the smell suggested. A good, solid IPA that does not do a whole lot else. 3.5

M Appropriate bigness but accessible. Only moderate malty, syrupy goodness here. 4.0

D/O A solid, serviceable IPA from a well respected craft brewery. I could have a few of these without any problem. 4.0

Notes: Thanks to Steven and Allison for bringing it along!

adamette, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A straw yellow color with some fizzy head, but not as much as you’d like.

S: Smells very fruity: orange citrus, strawberries, kiwi, guava, mango, passionfruit, it’s like smelling a pack of tropical Skittles, an unbelievable cornucopia of exotic fruitiness.

T/M: Has medium hoppiness with some orange and lemon citrus, peppered with some mild kiwi. The flavor isn’t nearly as exciting as the aroma, but it’s still good.

If Skittles made a beer, it would be a lot like this one.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy gold with a ln orange tiny. There were tony of carbonation bubbles at first, but have since died down. Moderate sized white head that didnt have much retention or lacing.

S- sharp citrusy hops dominate the nose. Little bit of grass and pine are hidden within.

T- the hops settle down a bit from the nose. Hoppy upfront with some bitter pine but fades in the middle. Crisp in the finish with a small hop lingering

M- lighter mouthfeel wih some nice, medium carbonation. Pretty good easy going cook out beer

O- the taste almost died after the initial hop presence. I wish the flavor stsyer through out the beer.

Gushue3, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper color with lots of tightly carbonated off-white head.

Smell is nice and hoppy with a bit of caramel malt coming through as well.

Taste is absolutely delicious. I really liked the hop flavor throughout. Bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel was great. This beer went down smooth and easy.

This beer was really enjoyable. Id really like to drink more of this one on a regular basis.

richkrull, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Tackle Box Mix Pack

Bottle: Best by 08/14/11

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a solid hazy amber with a nice 1 finger off white head. Nice netted lace as the head recedes.

S: Wonderful smell. I smelled it the second it left the bottle. Very hoppy. Nice smooth flowers with a great grapefruit.

T: Nice light bitterness to this guy. Dips down to a light citrus in the middle, but the bitterness picks back up at the end and leaves a little nice bitterness with a slight dry malt.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to light carbonation. Smooth on the palate and leaves a nice dryness that keeps tapping your taste buds to take another sip.

O: I nice IPA. I enjoyed that the hops were the main character and it wasn't overtaken by a certain fruit or spiced addition. A very solid go-to brew.

Treebs, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice fairly hazy lighter copper color. Little head that quicky dissipates into nothing. Good carbonation by eye, tiny bubles make me think its going to be fairly light on the mouthful.

S - Really nice! Smells of fresh hops, both earthy and citrusy. Malty sweetness makes an obvious appearence as well. A seemingly nice balance. This hop aroma is pretty appitizing

T - Sweeter than the nose, the hops aren't as tasty as my nose told me they would be. A little bitter and a little sweet, bummer.. just noticing that the aftertaste is pretty good (hoppy smells actualize a bit), + .5. After letting it warm up a bit (guessing 50 degreesish) the hops start to develop some character + .5 more. My initial impression has changed drastically in timeS

M - Not as light on the body as I had expected, maybe a 4 out of 10. As much carbonation as I'd hope for

O - Great aroma, pretty decent taste after letting it warm a bit. Pretty good, and 7.99 a growler is tough to beat..

MacQ32, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) best before 3/9/11 (it was)

A- The slightly hazy slightly aged copper body has a thick mousse antique white head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The pungent herbal green hops are full in the nose. Not a lot of other character comes through but nice hops aroma.

T- The sweet caramel malt is quickly overtaken by pungent earthy hops that are full and there is a sweetness in the finish followed by a pineapple weed bitter bite that lingers. There are some fruity notes to the hops as the beer opens up.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a tight little fizz in the finish.

O- Hops have a herbal pineapple weed flavor with a soft bitterness but there is not quite enough to support the full caramel sweetness that is a bit to much.

rhoadsrage, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been a long time off the shelf favorite of mine and thought it high time I give it a review.

A: Dark orangish amber in color. Two fingers of soapy white head with nice texture. Recedes slowly and leaves a foamy cap and loads of lacing. A really nice looking beer.

S: Pine and citrus, pine and citrus. This really nice smelling beer. Fresh and juicy hops mixed with sweet malts.

T: Pine hops seem to take control in the taste with the fruit like hops playing the sidekick role. Sweet malts towards the middle with a slightly bitter, hop finish. Like the taste a lot and would score it a notch higher if the citrus and pine were reversed.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy texture. Pretty dry finish.

O: Afordable, tasty and easy drinking, Sweetwater IPA goes down well and will leave you wanting another. In my opinion, this is the best IPA(non-DIPA) that you can get in Nashville for the money.

titosupertramp, May 28, 2011
Photo of RoboScreech
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

A-Deeper yellow/orange than the 420, fluffier, longer retaining head
S-Grassy, noble hops? Like a good IPA should.
T-Like a bigger 420, much hoppier. Still clean though.
M-Lighter carbonation than expected, frothy.
O-A solid IPA. Very refreshing but interesting.

RoboScreech, May 23, 2011
Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,422 ratings.