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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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very good

2,589 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 150
Gots: 341 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with an inch dense, white head that has great retention. The nose is piney and citrusy; it's very bitter at first but as the head settles it becomes very grapefruity. The malt character is slightly bready but takes a back seat to the citrusy, floral, bitter hop character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but actually feels pretty full. The carbonation is spot on.

This is a well balanced, smooth, very drinkable IPA. The hops aren't overpowering so it makes for a good beer for someone who is getting into the style or just trying to have a few IPA's.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up on my recent holiday travels. Appearance is hazy amber in color (according to the label it's unfiltered) and the carbonation is quite low. The head is quite thin and dissipates rather quickly. Nose is pretty punchy. Citrus and floral tones and some piney notes.

One sip and I immediately thought ``now THAT'S and IPA!'' A sweet caramel flavor is immediately overtaken by a load of hoppy bitter sour apple and pear flavors. Somehow, the beer never loses that malty sweetness. It's great that the brewer went all in with this beer and didn't play it safe. I'm sure they figured ``oh, what the heck. Let's just toss ALL those hops in. Somebody will like it.'' They're right. I do.

This is an excellent IPA at any price. It would be a go-to IPA for me if it was available in this area. I will certainly pick it up again the next time I travel. I want more.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color with hints of orange, with some minor head and good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus (as cliché as that sounds), but not overwhelming.

T: Plenty of hops, but not enough to dominate the beer. Very, very balanced. I like the strong but not excessive hop character. Not quite as balanced as Dogfish Head 60 Minute, but still sessionable and a great beer to make you half-drunk.

M: Not offensively carbonated, which is good. Easily drinkable, which I like.

O: Good beer to begin with, and the fact that it's local really helps.

Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,589 ratings.