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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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1,887 Ratings
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Ratings: 1887
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%

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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Photo of woodychandler


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this in a trade with my local buddy, Sam Knocken, so I am delving into something other than CANs as is usually my wont.

From the bottle: "Don't Float the Mainstream!"; "This mammoth IPA is dry hopped to the gills, delivering a kick-you-in-the teeth hop chop. This beer is unfiltered and, as always with SweetWater's brews, unpasteurized to leave all the natural flavors intact."

The head that I initially created was a finger-and-a-half of tawny foam, but it fell as I was typing, leaving great sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-amber with just the slightest haze (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a pine resinous scent that was perfect for post-season baseball. Pine tar and baseball just go together. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops bite was immediate. It was not as much of a kick in the teeth as they might have liked (and I have had those, both literally and figuratively), but this hophead was getting his groove on. The lacing was ongoing and unabating. Finish was semi-dry, very pine-like and a welcome addition to my afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 19:12:08 | More by woodychandler
Photo of chefhatt


3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a burnt orange color body, with a small, foamy head. The aroma has a piney notes. The taste is of piney hops and some malt. I also get some citrus also. The mouthfeel is well balanced and very drinkable. Overall this a really good ipa, wish I could it up here in Pa.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:47:42 | More by chefhatt
Photo of kell50

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed many times. This particular review is from s bottle version. Botting freshness date- 9-30-2013.

A- A bright orange, golden color brew that pours with much carbonation. Upon pouring, it appears to just attach to the glass. A one finger head with a small thin layer of bubbles sits a top.

S- A lot of citrus and pine on this nose. I'm noticing a lot of tropical notes as well as a hig crusty malt backbone. Very surprised by how "zesty" this beer smells.

T- Awesome blend of citrus, grassiness, and malt. A very heavy dose of pine. The hops are very lively with a lot of zest and crispness. It's quite surprising how easy drinking this IPA truly is until the glass is about half finished.

M- A medium bodied beer with a relatively thick level of carbonation. Large citrus punch that seems to almost attach to your tongue.

O- This is pretty damn tasty for $6.99 a six pack. I liked this one much more than I ever thought I would. The tropical hop notes and malt are very well balanced. This is an IPA I'll definitely select more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:27:42 | More by kell50
Photo of Mikecap


3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden amber with a small whitish head when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian style chalice.

Smell: Caramel malt, lemon peel and a bit of grapefruit sweetness come out first. This is followed with some earthy character but this is definitely an east coast style IPA.

Taste: Citrusy most with tastes of lemon, peach and grapefruit. A bit of hops and grassy character on the backend and some toasted notes.

Mouthfeel: A good balance pretty light bodied and easy drinking for an IPA. I could use a bit more bitterness personally but this is good.

Overall: A bit of a letdown as I had high hopes for this but this is a good IPA that all should try if they can.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:35:57 | More by Mikecap
Photo of dwren89


4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber orange with thick moussey off white head and great clarity

Aroma: toasted biscuit notes, slight citrus and pine and caramel notes

Taste: toasty, caramelly and biscuit with a nice thirst quenching bitterness and citrusy kick on the finish. Great balance and delicious blend of hops.

Mouthfeel: a delicious light-medium body that is a little lighter than most IPAs which aids in its overall drink ability. Crisp, biting and very thirst quenching with medium-high carbonation

Overall: A definite winner of as a go-to IPA because of its great balance and easy drinkability even with great bitter and hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 22:52:57 | More by dwren89
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

SweetWater IPA has a thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, orange-golden appearance, lots of powdery sediment seen throughout, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of piney, sweet hops and grain sweetness. Taste is of pine, grapefruit, and semi-sweet malt. Bitterness is not so high. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Sweetwater IPA finishes dry, sweet, piney, and mellow. Overall, this is nice and enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 15:06:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of jabadehut


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Tonight I started with Yazoo Pale Ale, I like it and it's local. After finishing my Yazoo I opened the first bottle of Sweetwater IPA I've had in months. I'd forgotten everything about this beer except the fact that I remember it was pretty good. The liquid flowed through the neck and hit my tongue and left me with an "Oh My God". This beer is extremely interesting for an IPA. It doesn't just sit there and tell you how hoppy it is. It's got great flavor that keeps you interested but so very satisfied from the first drink. I feel Dr. Oz would tell you that you become satiated with this beer with just one drink. How many beers do you know that can leave you "satiated"?


Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:51:05 | More by jabadehut
Photo of KYGunner


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For a beer that claims to be unfiltered it is a crystal clear coppery color with very active carbonation bubbling to the top. The head is a bright white, loosely knit tide of foam with ample lacing.

Ahhh, what a pleasant aroma of citrus; like grapefruit, tangerines, orange and mango. Hints of pine and grain hide at the back.

More malt, grain and pine come out in the taste as I don't get nearly the same rush of citrus fruits. Some grapefruit and lemon pops up and some woodsy flavor glides by but the flavors tend more towards the Pale Ale genre. Very crisp and very easy to drink it has a highly carbonated feel.

Overall, it's very well done with a wonderful aroma and crisp feel but the citrus I like seemed to be washed away by high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 20:28:12 | More by KYGunner
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a almost clear orange with the slightest of hop hazes, half finger of head

Smell is very "west coast", reminds me a lot of Stone IPA and White Rajah, Orange, citrus peel, bready malt, pineapple, a little pine

Taste is nice, lighter then some IPAs, very bittering citrus, lemon, orange, orange peel, grapefruit, really bitter on the finish with a slight malt backing.

Mouthfeel is medium light with sharp carbonation with a very dry finish.

Nice IPA here, nothing to blow you away but very refreshing and citrusy which is something I like! I do prefer there 420 pale which I also had for the first time tonight but this is also very nice. Sweetwater continues to impress!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:58:56 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of barczar


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep golden with copper highlights and a lingering, frothy ivory head.

Resin, fresh cut grass, citrus, and that Amarillo savory note form the initial aroma. Earthy hop character, pine, cannabis, and body odor emerge later.

Flavor reveals more fresh cut grass, with a citrusy background, on a bed of lightly nutty caramel malt, which becomes resiny and slightly bitter at the finish. Muted grapefruit and sour orange contrast the toasted bread notes well. Bitterness is not overpowering, but lingers.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of harshness from the hops.

More earthy and grassy than citrusy, it's like a Chilean sauvignon blanc vs a Marlborough sb. There's enough citrus to add intrigue, but not dominate. Malt is present and identifiable for somewhat more than support. Probably the best I've had from Sweetwater.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:27:53 | More by barczar
Photo of ehammond1

3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, HeyOhhh!

While a decent IPA from the South, these simply don't stack up to the hop bombs brewed on the West Coast. Moderate bitterness, somewhat faded citrus hops in the background, and sweet, caramel malts. Nothing bad, and well made, but disappointing as well. Decent enough, but unexciting. Regardless, I'm very glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:03:13 | More by ehammond1
Photo of IPAdams


3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a reddish gold with half inch head that recedes quickly, leaves little lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of grapefruit and citrus. No malt or resiny hops detected.

Taste- Fruit bomb. Strong taste of grapefruit and bubble gum along with some lemon notes. Very tasty with just a enough citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A bit heavy for the style but it woks. Very good carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good IPA, not your typical hop bomb though. Strong grapefruit flavor with very little malt character.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 05:44:26 | More by IPAdams
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 9/25/13

Happy National IPA day

A: Pours a crystal clear orangish yellow with 2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves a moderate amount of honeycomb lacing.

S: Dank, resinous hops, citrus, tropical fruit, sweet malts. Excellent.

T: Piney bitterness and citrus rind. Some grapefruit, orange peel. Floral hops.

M/D: Full bodied, moderation carbonation, smooth, good drinkability. Great mouthfeel.

O: Ive not a huge fan of Sweetwater but this is a really good IPA. Pleasantly surprised here. I'd drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 00:20:07 | More by zac16125
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright orange colored brew with a fine clarity. White head forms and leaves a bit of lace on the pint. Active carbonation rises busily to the surface.

Smell: The fairly strong aroma is of piney, resinous hops, grapefruit, almost metallic, floral, orange and other fruits.

Taste: Hop flavor upfront, quite nice and bitter. Good bite of hops with suggestions of pink grapefruit, pine, resin, and orange rind. To taper the hops there is a biscuity, neutral malt backing.

Feel: Light to medium bodied, quite smooth and crisp. Carbonation is high but not overly so. Refreshing and quaff worthy.

Overall: Sweetwater IPA is a solid interpretation of the style. Nice hop profile, and a lighter body. Thanks Scarci for sending me the samples!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:40:02 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BeerDocT


3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3.25: Nice 1/4" CO2 head quickly faded leaving swirls on top. Color is very attractive, a deep, opaque golden. I actually notice some particulate matter in here, which is a good thing!

Smell 4.0: Very nice, "snappy" bouquet. High in the nose, it accentuates the citrus hop aromas and is certainly not overpowering, but is, nonetheless, big and inviting.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet and the alkaline hops first hit you in this tasting zone. Middle is dry, but malty and very pleasant: big citrusy, grapefruit-rind tastes abound. Finish features another very nice malt/hop marriage that is difficult to unravel for the purpose of identifying individual tasting notes. Aftertaste is somewhat short and top of the palate, but features more hoppiness, this time a floral, somewhat clorophyll-tinged flavor. Nice.

Mouthfeel 3.25: A bit too much carbonation for this type of beer. The bubbles almost burn the throat.

Overall 4.0: Great IPA. Excellent balance of malt and hops. Also, the hops that were selected for this beer are an excellent and complementary blend. The label says it was dry-hopped, which no-doubt added to the excellent bouquet. This is definitely an IPA that IPA lovers should try. It may not appeal to non hop-heads due to its level of carbonation, but they should give it a shot, too.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:52:38 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of Sark


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden orange with a finger of eggshell white head

Smell- citrus, grapefruit, centennial hopped, light sweeter malt notes

Taste- bitters up front followed by the pale malts and breadiness, there is a lingering sweetness and hop to it

Mouthfeel- medium/ light bodied with a quick fade, the hop oils keep it zingy

Overall- A very solid IPA that tastes even better in an airport

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 13:58:11 | More by Sark
Photo of JamesMN


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/6/13.

Appearance: Caramel/orange and basically opaque. Thin off-white frothy head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Tons of citrus and a bit of grapefruit. Hop-forward like an IPA should be.

Taste: Starts with all that hop character from the aroma and a creeping bitterness that turns up the intensity halfway through. Finish adds in some bready malt flavor and long lasting dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Good amount of flavor for 6.3% ABV. Just off-balance enough to conform to the style.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with a bit of resin on the back end. A tad overcarbonated in my opinion but still decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not sure how long ago this was bottled but I'd bet it's explosively flavorful when fresh. Lots of bitterness and good citrusy hop flavor. Would I drink it again? Yep.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 01:45:50 | More by JamesMN
Photo of delta490


3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a light clear copper color with a very short-lived white head

S- a little bit of hops, mostly pine

T- mild pine hop notes balanced against the malt backbone.

M- thinner feel with a little carbonation

O- not a bad beer by any stretch. An above-average easy drinking IPA

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 22:12:38 | More by delta490
Photo of Dope


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09/15/2013

A: Pours a hazy amber with a huge fluffy white head. Great head retention, moderate thin but widespread lacing everywhere.

S: Nice sweet caramel malt melds with citrusy hops. Gives it a distinct orange marmalade-type aroma.

T: Citrus and tropical fruits. Very nice. Orange, mango, maybe pineapple? Decent caramel backing it up. Bit grainy in the finish. Not hugely bitter but there is a still a decent wave of it in the finish. More of a drying finish than a bitter finish. A well balanced IPA, not so much an in-your-face west coast style IPA.

M: Nice smooth medium body - fairly dry.

O: Good hop flavor, not overly bitter. Well balanced. Easy drinking. Smooth and tasty. Pretty solid across the board but nothing stands out as extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 04:05:18 | More by Dope
Photo of ale1


3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bought a twelver sampler pack from local grocer and like this Ipa they are offering ..appears dryhopped real carbo and good finish, some simco hops possibly providing the citrus nose and taste. or cascades. hallertau ? absence of them, nice to see a brewer really tryin to make a decent Ale

I'll buy these again .
served in a Sierra nevada pint glass at around 60° ..cellar? why not ? make for interesting tasting 3-4 years from now ..if you leave it alone

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:36:54 | More by ale1
Photo of zeledonia


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 21 April 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy orange, not quite see-through. One finger of white head, good retention and lacing. Nice column of bubbles.

Smell is a fruit bomb, juicy pulpy sweet fruit. Melon, orange, peaches, and pineapple, all melded into one. Pungent and delicate at the same time. Delightful.

Taste is also fruity and sweet, with only a soft bitter bend in the finish. Don't know exactly what to call this, but IPA might be a stretch, due to the very light hop bitterness. More pineapple, less of the other stuff. A moderately dry bitter in the back, flirting with the grains.

Feel is fine. Medium-light body, enough carbonation. Lasts long enough, nicely drying. No complaints, no plaudits.

This is a really nice, hoppy beer, though it's much heavier on the aromatic hops than the bitter. More in the realm of what brewers have been calling dry-hopped APAs. But whatever. It's fruity, it's dry, and it's tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 18:31:07 | More by zeledonia
Photo of sleuthdog


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 7/15/13
Poured into 7venth Sun tulip
Shout out to LiquidDegenerate for this

Pour: Hazy orange with a finger and a half of off white head.

Smell: Tame nose on this one. Citrus, some orange and also some pine. Light caramel and biscuit.

Taste: Citrus notes with grapefruit and orange dominating. This is actually a very easy drinking IPA and not all that hoppy. I find the malt backbone helping to give it this smooth feel and a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: Like stated already, smooth and easy drinking. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'll just say I could drink this all day long. Not too bitter and not too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:41:59 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head.

The smell is fantastic, sweet malts, oranges, citrus.

The taste is sweet malts up front, finishing with citrus tasting hops, oranges and lemons.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, with medium carbonation.

This was an interesting ipa, more malt forward than most and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:50:38 | More by Dave1999
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured refrigerator cold into two pyramidal wine glasses. Consumed over 15 minutes.
A: Hazy marigold with fair foamy head retention.
S: Bitter forward wood-pine. Tobacco peeks out from behind grapefruit and Italian green scents.
T: No flavors are wildly compelling, but a nice balance between and among flinty carbonation, lemon, ginger, starfruit and guava, all ushered in by an early puff of smoke.
M: Nothing remarkable, but holds on long enough to distribute flavors. Almost quenching, making this flavorful beer still an easy helper of heavy food and a stand-alone drink. More depth and body would be an improvement.
O: A fine product for high production beer. Toasty length wraps around the bitterness nearly to the finish of a rather complex creature. Bright, versatile, lacking excitement, but worthy of a loyal return.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:24:25 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of silverking


3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- it pours a deep golden with two fingers of white head. Head retention is minimal and lacing is moderate.

S- citrus and pine. A bit woodsy . Non-descriptive fruit aromas.

T- starts off grainy. Hints of refreshing citrus throughout. Mild herbal hop bitterness on the finish.

M- light, refreshing, crisp.

O- not the greatest ipa ever, but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 18:53:56 | More by silverking
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