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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,696 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,696
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 155
Gots: 438 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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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.

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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Deep amber gold. White head with low retention but nice lace.

S – Nice nose with a dry, floral bitterness and a touch of coriander.

T – Slow and steady ramp-up of dry, resiny alpha oils. Light, wheaty malt sweetness.

M – Bright with par carbonation and a medium body. Lightly syrupy.

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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another beer I got from my 2011 Secret Santa Gdodd12. Thanks Greg.

Sweetwater IPA has a bright orange body with shades of gold and yellow. There are a lot of carbonation bubbles and a good bit of haze. The off-white head is about a finger tall and made of up tightly packed bubbles. The retention is solid, and a a few spots of lacing stay behind.

A sharp grapefruit aroma greets my nose, follow by orange and a little bit of pine and resin. Some sweet malt comes into the background.

A good bite of bitterness comes through immediately, with an equal mix of pine, resin and grapefruit. The hops are definitely the most powerful flavor here, but after the hops a mix of pale malt that taste like crackers and a bit of sweet caramel malt round things out.

Slightly oily feel with a bitterness that attacks the tongue. Moderate body with a good bit of carbontion.

This is a solid Flagship IPA that is definitely on the bitter side. Very nice mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,696 ratings.