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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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very good

2,591 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,591
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 150
Gots: 343 | FT: 6
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of brydeen
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Firestone Walker pint glass

A: Pours a hazy copper color. Very thin white head with little retention, but sticky lacing.

S: A dry piney aroma with hints of grapefruit

T: A big bitter oily hop resin flavor up front, with very subtle grapefruit hints.

M: An oily texture on the tongue with nice amounts of carbonation

O: Not an overly memorable brew. Flavor is a little lacking, as is the smell.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rjknyy
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle

Very nice appearance with an orange/copper color to it and a white head. Lacing is good for the style.

Smell has a little citrus in it mixed with piney resin, not overpowering but you know what you are getting.

Taste is heavy citrus with some pine and malt in it as well. Even though the citrus is strong the caramel sweetness rounds it out nicely.

This is my favorite Sweetwater offering and is one of my go to IPA's. The combination of taste, price and availability can't be beat in this area.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely clear orange with a small white head.

Smells of pineapple, stone fruit, pears, and biscuit malt...I get some citra character. Some oxidized character also comes in.

Up front stone fruit, some pear notes that fade into a bitter, bread character, that ends on a slightly bitter and oxidized, sweet note. Not much lingers. Different and interesting taste.

Lighter body with lower carbonation work well.

Slightly chalky, oxidized, citrus IPA that is bready and well balanced. I bet this would be much better fresh nearer the brewery, but it is still good. Interesting citra type flavor that is nice if not exactly my preference.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (from a Tackle Box) into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color typical of IPAs, though this one is a little cloudier than the typical IPA. The smell is strong of citrus hops. It almost seems like some citrus flavor has been added, because it is so strong in the smell.

The taste has enough hops to at least slightly satisfy a hophead, but it has a very strong citrus flavor. It is definitely a good flavor, but the amount of fruit in the taste is stronger than I have ever had in an IPA before. I feel like some will love this beer, while others will not really like it. For me, it is a very drinkable beer that I will definitely buy again. In my opinion, this is a very good and exciting IPA, though it is not quite on the level of those really great IPAs that are just unforgettable.

Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,591 ratings.