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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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very good

2,744 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,744
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 156
Gots: 465 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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Ratings: 2,744 | Reviews: 834
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap countless times around ATL, this time at Taco Mac

A: Slight head with decent lacing. Hazy, copper body...standard IPA look.

S: Citrus and slight mango. Some floral and pine, very subtle malt.

T: Immediately taste grapefruit and mango. Surprisingly sweet for an IPA. Even has a hoppy backbone finish...pine taste on the finish as well. As it warms, the alcohol is present and compliments the hops. The initial grapefruit taste is almost overwhelming, but I feel like there is not much in the middle of the tasting...once used to the hops, the beer lacks a full bodied taste...it's almost too balanced for its own good.

M: I would say medium mouthfeel. Chewy, watery finish that makes you want to take another sip.

Overall: As an Atlanta native having access to any kind of Sweetwater brew, I would definitely say this is my favorite beer this brewery puts out. Would love to try an imperial from them--have heard certain "Dank Tanks" are delicious. This beer is a reasonably priced "go to" beer if you are at the store and not sure what to get--it doesn't let you down. Very enjoyable, solid beer. Recommend to all, not just hop heads.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 02.06.12 (June 2?). Received in CanBIF 2012 via phyl21ca. Poured ~4C into a Duvel snifter. Bottle shaken and lost ~2-5 mL in transport (neck still partially full)

A: Poured hard and only a little bit of head comes up (1/8") that laces lightly. The ring sits atop a really hazy copper body.
S: Grapefruit rind, citrus, clementines, pine & hints of malt.
T: A little thin on the hop flavours, especially given the nose. Some sweetness that easily loses the battle to the hops. Dank hop flavour in the background. Rather light on any flavours. Must let it warm a little to open up. Nope half an hour later, still not much more flavour in the body.
M: Average carbonation with great built;ding bitterness that matches the style well. Finishes dry, though almost watery.
O: A solid IPA, that I wouldn't actively have traded for but glad I got it. Would like to try it fresher in the future, as I am assuming BB June means it has been bottled 3-5 months minimum.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second beer at the ATL airport during my 3 hour layover.

Pours a deep golden straw color with a bubbly white head. half inch thick.

Smell has so much more juicy fruit than I was expecting. Lemons and Grapefruits. Sticky malt in the backbone.

The flavor is eerily like Two-Hearted. Powdery malt backbone and sticky chewy fruit. The big difference is the bitterness. They gave it a good bit of bitterness up front. I wanna say it helps, but im not so sure. Maybe I dont like how that bitterness feels in combination with the rest of the beer.

Its stil a really good IPA. I love the fruity hops. Very well put together Sweetwater!

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at taco mac in Perimeter. Pours a clear golden color with a nice one and half finger heading. Left good lacing throughout the tasting.

Nice flowery like aroma's. Nice citrus like pop in the nose with a sweet crisp malt bckbone.

Much like the nose but a bit more of a citrus hoppy presence here. Also a good touching of tropical fruit which bnds well with the sweeter malt finish. Nice bitterness this one.

Medium bodied , great cabonation and a little lighter one the balance side.

A good IPA but in a world of great IPA's this is just good. But I would definately tell you to try it if you see it.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hap on tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear dark gold with a half finger white head.

Smell is quite citrusy with a little bit of light grain thrown in.

A lot of citrus up front along with a sharp bitterness that lingers throughout. A touch of bready malt in there for balance but the hops really dominate.

Overall an above average IPA. Pretty refreshing as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Cresant
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by: 6-28-12. The body was hazy, unfiltered orange copper with a creamy white head. Solid lacing remained in the glass.

The smell was citrus sweetness with pithy bitterness. Minty. Mangoes and tropical fruits.

The taste reflected the aroma well. Juicy citrus bittersweetness. Actually well balanced for an IPA. Well constructed and solid, very flavorful. I could drink this one frequently if were available in my area. I wish I had purchased more!

The mourthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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