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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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2,288 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,288
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 139
Gots: 238 | 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.

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Photo of livewire78


4.3/5  rDev +8%

Thanks to AgingWarrior for this in a trade.

Pours a hazy golden amber. The exact same color as every other IPA in the world. Pretty, but nothing super-d-duper. Nice rings of lace are left on the glass.

Smells lovely. A nice sharp piney aroma is what I'm getting first then I can't tell what the sub smells are. Fruity for sure but is that apricot? Whatever it is I like it.

Tastes like an IPA just in an unusually good way. This starts out piney, and then moves into a nice hoppy, bitter middle, and at the end fades into a nice lingering sweetness. The bitterness is there to carry the other flavors instead of being it's own separate flavor. Like I said- different but unusually good.

Feels light and crisp in the mouth. Carbonation is right in the sweet spot for me. I'd like it a little more resinous but it's still friggin good.

This is exactly like making out with a hot chick. You think it's gonna be good before you even get to it and then when you're in the middle you don't realize how good it really is. Then when it's over you wish you'd taken your time and savored things more.

10-12-2010 00:37:51 | More by livewire78
Photo of wallaceandvomit


4.18/5  rDev +5%

a- really nice opaque medium amber color, medium head with average duration
s- really peachy smell
t- mild hops taste, peach taste dominates, reminds me a lot of the orange colored v8 splash
m- decent mouthfeel i suppose, nothing to brag about
d- this is a good beer for sure, if you like fruity ipas then this should be in your wants list

10-04-2010 00:47:50 | More by wallaceandvomit
Photo of joepais


3/5  rDev -24.6%

Thanks to Kirkpjr for this brew.

I enjoyed pouring this brew into a Sam Adams glass an seeing a short lived one finger head that trailed of to a thin lace. The body of the brew was hazy amber in color. I guess maybe I have been drinking to many IPA's from tap lately. I didn't really get a ton of hoppiness coming from this brew. I got the typical citrus aroma with a lightly biter flavor. There was not much going on here in pronounced hop character. This one would make an awesome Pale Ale.

Sorry guys not my favorite offering from Sweetwater

10-03-2010 17:28:55 | More by joepais
Photo of CampusCrew


4.18/5  rDev +5%

appearance: golden amber color. poor head and no lacing. lager like

smell: huge hop aroma, tons of grapefruit

taste: hmmm, not as much grapefruit on the taste as I thought. pretty good ipa. one the balanced side

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: solid IPA selection and Im sure to have it again

09-25-2010 23:17:44 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Phelps


3/5  rDev -24.6%

Poured from a bottle received in a trade with CooperEllis. It's marked with a best by date of September 26 -- just made it!

Looks: the beer cascades into my glass a hazy cadmium orange. A half-finger fuzzy beige head quickly becomes an enduring, filmy layer surrounded by a thick ring of bubbles that leave speckles of lace.

Smells: not bad. Spicy white pepper, nectarines, crushed pine needles and a bit of grass, with a backbone of honeysuckle. Just a little mild.

Tastes: like a wave of flavor that never seems to crest. A quick, feeble shot of piney hops and orange arrives mid-palate, but they never fully reveal themselves. Instead, a moderate bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue, along with the vaguest honey sweetness.

Feels: moderately carbed, nice and velvety, with a body just a notch under medium.

Drinks: run-of-the-mill. The flavor was just too muted for me. It did, however, pair quite well with some spicy taco meat, which really brought out the sweetness in the IPA.

09-22-2010 05:41:50 | More by Phelps
Photo of holco34


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

I've had this many times living here in Atlanta and just now getting around to reviewing it. Typing as I finish this one off...ahhh.

A: Orange/Copper, good clarity, 1.5 finger head

S: Beautiful Aroma. Hoppy, citrusy, grapefruit, pine

T: A lot like it smells. Hoppy but well balanced. Same flavors that you get from the nose but slightly milder in taste.

D: Extremely drinkable. ABV isn't too high...I could drink it all night.

This is one of my favorite IPA's and definitely my favorite of the Sweetwater beers.

09-17-2010 00:43:21 | More by holco34
Photo of Xul


4.3/5  rDev +8%

A: Pours translucent orange with an amber hue, capped by one finger of frothy white head. Retention is moderate to poor as the head recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind some scant lacing.

S: Strong hops up front with a blend of citrus and pine character. Lots of juicy grapefruit and orange along with some light tropical fruits. Some faint bready malts in the background.

T: Big citrus character up front with the same juicy grapefruit and orange as in the nose, and a big dose of pine follows right behind. Some floral hops come in on the mid-palate along with the malt base before giving way to a fruit-filled finish with both citrus and tropical sides.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very drinkable with a good hop bite, this is a rather impressive IPA.

09-09-2010 04:23:16 | More by Xul
Photo of gmfessen


4.7/5  rDev +18.1%

Reading the best by date, this should have been consumed by 6/13/10... hopefully the hops haven't faded too much. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy burnt golden orange color with a thick, soapy white head. The nose definitely tells the story of an AIPA, thick with citrus notes like orange and grapefruit, resinous piney notes also are present. Upfront the flavor is very malty sweet, hops are almost unnoticeable in bitterness but are definitely present in the preceding flavor components. This IPA is very interesting in that it does have an intense hop nose/flavor but most of it must come from dry hopping because it doesn't have the mouth puckering bitterness you would expect. Very well done indeed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin yet creamy carbonation. Overall an incredibly easy drinking beer due to the excellent hop flavor but subdued yet balanced bitterness. Definitely a winner in my book, cheers to Sweetwater for this one!

09-05-2010 20:07:48 | More by gmfessen
Photo of SuperSpy


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Golden amber and hazy from the lack of filtration. The head is huge and eggshell white. As it dies down it leaves behind a lot of lace and finally settles into a 1/4 inch foam cap. The aroma is very citrusy with grapefruit, hints of lemon, sweet wildflowers and a slight earthiness. The first impression is that it is quite creamy, medium bodied and actually has more balance to it than I initially expected. Some light malt flavor is intertwined with all the citrusy hop flavors that the aroma prepared me for. The malt is very good, but not what I would expect from the style or the aroma. A great IPA and I have to say that so far this is my favorite Sweet Water beer.

08-30-2010 23:58:41 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle, as pictured, with a BEST BY 11/03/10 date on the label.

A: Clear amber/copper color with a 1/2 finger white head. Minimal to moderate lacing.

S: Mild pine, grapefruit, and floral hops. Almost nothing compared to a fresh growler or tap pour though!

T&M: Nice and smooth. The taste follows right along with the smell, but closer to the freshness I remember from the pint I had last week. Fruity hops with some grapefruit and piney flavors. Nice balance with the mild malt sweetness. Medium bodied. Starts smooth but ends with a semi-dry, oily hop feel.

This is definitely better fresher!!! Still a good, drinkable IPA.

08-29-2010 20:22:03 | More by cdizinno
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.03/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a hazed orange gold.

Aroma: Floral, dank hops. Lots of malts. Some citrus flavors.

Taste: Lots of bready malts up front. Bitter floral hops. Grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but bland. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, an average ipa at best. Decent drinkability, but nothing special. Too malty for me.

08-28-2010 22:36:58 | More by mothman
Photo of billshmeinke


3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

From notes. Poured into a nonic.

Hazy golden body with a half finger white head. Dies down to a thing layer of ofoam on top. Wisps of lacing left behind.

Smells piney and citrusy (orange and lemon). A hint of sweet malts.

Tastes of biscuity malts, a bit o pine, citrus remniscent of lemon and orange rind, and a slight grassy note.

Mouthfeel is mediuam bodied, wel carbonated, a bit creamy with a nice crispness.

An eas drinking, pleasant IPA.

08-25-2010 20:57:26 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Great assertive IPA with a rich hoppy, grapefuit and melon sense.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Yellow background label with a fishing illustration, two men on a bout catching a trout-like fish in the foreground. Side notes hyperbolize the character of the brew, offer main ingredients, and intent. Shows best by date (10/11/10) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour, 1" head with medium to moderate retention, thin surface memory ring, and some spots of lace.

S - Nice hoppy nose, with a rich sense of grapefruit and watermelon, fresh sense.

T - Long hoppy sense, not too aggressive but very assertive, lightly malty in the backbone with a touch of caramel covered in rich grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of resin, and a very nice melony and floral touch.

M - Light-medium body with medium carbonation that emerges towards the finish picking up the closing bite.

D - An IPA with a presence, very nicely crafted and stimulating.

Notes: One of the first Sweetwater offerings I am lucky to try and this is a rock solid and quite recommendable IPA. Worth the trip to Atlanta...

08-23-2010 14:21:39 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of kbutler1


3/5  rDev -24.6%

Bottle. Cloudy orange color with a slight white head. Aroma is more malty than hoppy. A very pedestrian everyday IPA in my opinion. Not super hoppy but hoppy enough to know you are drinking an IPA. Medium mouthfeel. Citurs hop notes. We don't get Sweetwater here in MN but if I'm down south I'll be sure to try this on tap to see if it is any better that way.

08-23-2010 12:28:58 | More by kbutler1
Photo of wedgie9


2.73/5  rDev -31.4%

Tasted from 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours clear bright amber orange with a good-sized beige head that has some real retention. Nose is more caramel malt with the hops, citrus, and light yeast taking a back seat. The palate is similar with the caramel and some chocolate malt taking over. The hops kicks in as bitterness on the back of the palate and finish, and there is also some grapefruit citrus. The body is light with heavy carbonation and a decent bitter and chocolate finish. Kind of strange for an IPA.

08-22-2010 18:14:02 | More by wedgie9
Photo of samie85


3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a half-finger head.

S-Smells faintly of grapefruit and some pale malt notes.

T-Some bitter tropical fruit notes upfront (pineapple, mango, and some grapefruit)with some malt backbone and a slightly bitter finish.

M-Really smooth, velevy mouthfeel with a medium body and low carbonation.

D-This is an insanely drinkable IPA, although when you mention "extensive dry hopping" on the bottle I expect from the nose.

08-21-2010 20:34:09 | More by samie85
Photo of AgentMunky


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Ruddy amber, with a beautiful head, bubble streams, and decent lacing. Mmm.

S: Almost exclusively grapefruit. Some hops underneath.

T: Yummy, but overly citrusy. The foretaste is smooth, leading into a main taste which is hoppy but balanced by a chewy maltiness. The endtaste is lightly dry with some traces of bitterness. The grapefruit lurks throughout.

M: Pleasant and smooth, with some citrus spice.

D: A good American IPA that goes too heavy on the grapefruit. However, this is my only complaint, and a mild on at that. Worth picking one up if you're in the Southeast.

08-12-2010 02:09:01 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Snamnoum

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +3%

Edit: Just had a second one but let it warm up. A lot more malt came through taste wise, and somewhat eliminated my gripe about being unbalanced.

Appearance - hazy caramel orange with one finger of beige head. Significant lingering sticky lace.

Smell - big floral piney hops, grapefruit, and some light malt and yeast.

Taste - very much like it smells. Big west coast style IPA. Massive floral/piney hops dominate. Not much malt presence. Mouth puckeringly bitter finish. I would have prefered a little more balance.

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Oily hops make this a very slick feeling beer.

Drinkability - extremely drinkable and thoroughly thirst quenching. Worth another purchase especially fresh. I tend to prefer IPAs with a little more sweet maltiness to help mellow out the IBUs, but this is certainly a good brew. Iconic American IPA.

08-05-2010 01:35:05 | More by Snamnoum
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6%

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured a golden-orange, with a finger of white, decent retention, and good lacing. Huge citrus nose, with pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot, with some bitter hops. The taste confirmed the aroma, with a huge citrus flavor, though more balanced with malt at midpalate than expected, and then finished on a sweet pineapple citrus note. Not as overpoweringly sweet on the finish as some other pineapple-flavored ipa's I've had recently. Modestly carbonated, and very smooth and medium-bodied. Very nice, citrus-oriented specimen of the style.

08-03-2010 21:42:24 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

A: brownish orange color; moderate head dissipates quickly; slightly cloudy
S: very sweet, fragrant
T: very hoppy, bitter, herby; a classic IPA, this beer has an abundant flavor that lingers long
M: rich mouthfeel
D: very attractive for repeats

Overall this is one of the better IPAs I've had.

08-02-2010 13:19:28 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of robwestcott


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

poured from the bottle a thick translucent honeyed orange, to a sun king shaped pint glass with an extremely thin head.

aroma of orange cream, piney hops and lemon rind.

tastes of sweet pink grapefruit followed by sweetened, and barely tart lemonade ad piney hops. very refreshing.

medium carbonation, sweet forward followed by a mildly bitter bite.

quite drinkable.

07-25-2010 21:38:01 | More by robwestcott
Photo of boss302


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Sweetwater IPA, draft

A Amber, not clear, big thick head. If you like filtered beers, this is not for you.

S Flowery piney aroma. Overwhelming hop aroma. Excellent for an IPA, my favorite part of this beer.

T A rather subdued flavor after the hop aroma. Obviously abundantly dry hoped to get that nice aroma without imparting over the top hop bitterness. Flavor is more malty than the smell would suggest. Kind of drying in the finish. There are some yeasty notes here also. There were some "old beer" flavors that I was going to gig it for, but then the bar keep told me that they just finished the keg. Update, I had this on tap again and the flavor was better. I have increased by rating from 3.5 to 4.0.

M Medium to heavy mouth feel, good carbonation, I like the unfiltered quality of the beer, but again this may have been a by product of the end of the keg.

D Very good IPA, but a little more subdued in the hops from others.

07-21-2010 03:04:08 | More by boss302
Photo of nickd717


3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

12oz bottle thanks to Arbitrator on BA.

Golden in color with a small off-white head.

Great aroma: lots of herbal, citrusy, and resinous.

The flavor isn't quite as good. Sweet pale and caramel malt with a medium intensity hop profile of orange, grapefruit, resin, and herbs.

Average palate: medium body with average carbonation.

Pretty good but not elite level IPA overall, better than I expected from the dirty south.

07-20-2010 17:15:35 | More by nickd717
Photo of zeff80


4.18/5  rDev +5%

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. There was an aroma of citrus and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Great piney/resiney hop bitterness upon first sip. It had a sharp burnt toast maltiness and some sweet caramel & toffee backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that goes down very easy.

D - Glad to find this on tap. I had 420 in a bottle and hoped to find some IPA. I wasn't disappointed.

07-20-2010 13:08:05 | More by zeff80
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

This is beer #3 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK Reviewed totally blind.

Its a bright, burnt orange with pretty decent clarity. The head rises up pretty big and stays for a while. Im getting pretty lacing in big thick rings.

The smell is nice and bright. Lots of hops. This already seems like a dead give away, I think its some incarnation of an IPA. Really, really nice smelling. Fresh pine bough and juicy oranges. While this smells distinctly like some sort of IPA/IIPA it remains unique. The combination of pine and different citrus fruits make this smell very appetizing to me.

Taste is nearly equally as bright and delicious. Plenty of piney, resinous hoppy stuff going on but bitterness is nicely balanced by some bread crusty malts. Starts and finishes piney but somewhere in the middle Im getting lots of juicy, slightly sweet citrus along with a floral earthiness and spice.

Sharply carbonated, drying, crisp and very clean despite the resinous pine and lingering bitterness.

This stuff is very good. I am thoroughly enjoying it. The perfect thing for an 87* Saturday evening like this.

07-19-2010 22:26:09 | More by MbpBugeye
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