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Sweetwater IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
882 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
882
Ratings:
3,296
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
22.19%
 
 
Wants:
184
Gots:
889
For Trade:
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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

User Reviews
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Reviews: 882 | Ratings: 3,296
Photo of a0lbudman
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a hazy gold color with a small white head that leave a lace
S-a strong grapefruit smell with a sweetness to the smell
T-grapefruit taste with a good hop bitterness in the aftertaste that fades and leaves the mouth dry
F-medium carbonation and medium body
O-great hop smell and flavor that gets better the longer you drink it

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; blood orange in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: soapy for a moment, then floral and tropical fruit hops;

T: lightly bitter up front; orange, pineapple, and mint from start to finish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the mint is an interesting addition to the usual IPA character;

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Photo of dcotom
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into 6-oz sampling glass. L-Translucent light caramel color with tight white foam head. S/T- In my book, this is what an IPA should be. Hoppy aroma, not overpowering, balanced on the palate with a solid malt backbone and a pleasantly bitter and resiny finish. This sample was part of a Craft Beer Club shipment that was shared by some friends. Glad I got to try it, will look for it again.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, deep golden body under a coupla fingers of ivory foam. Citrus with pine undercurrents waft to the nose, followed on the sip by more of the same. Juicy, big bouncy character, full and round and softly sweet. Bitterness is resinous and gentle. Feel is soft and smooth. A super nice IPA.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sample at the sweetwater draft house and grill, hartsfield-jackson atlanta airport, terminal B. oct 17 2015

a: golden yellow with white head

s: super piney nose. some grapefruit and orange

t: all the possible pine notes extracted from the hops. grapefruit follows, with medium-minus bitterness. light malt profile

m: medium-minus mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: a good, super piney IPA. i like it!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I do not understand the strong ratings for this one. There is not a lot of there, there -- mouth feel, flavor, nothing offensive but entirely "eh". Won't get again.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought this because of its high rating on BA. Was expecting a hoppy bitter IPA, so I was disappointed at first because this beer poured into a tulip and the color of a copper dark orange with a white thick head threw me off, as did the aroma and the taste. Smells and tastes like a juicy wet/fresh hopped pale ale like Neshaminy Creeks JAWN or Victorys Harvest and Headwaters ales. Was disappointed because I wanted a true hoppy bitter dank IPA. But on 2nd tasting, this is a very good tasting beer, just wish they recatagorize it as not an IPA. Mouth feel is juicy and refreshing and overall now that I know what it is, I will get again if I can't find JAWN.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and fresh oranges fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and moderately hoppy. Excellent brew.

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

Had this beer on tap at a local place on a visit to Atlanta. Had never heard of Sweetwater and I wasn't hopeful about an IPA from Atlanta, but this is an all around solid IPA. Nice broad range of hop smells and flavors.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Date is 90 days from bottling, so this beer is just over a week old.

Such a solid IPA. Big hop aroma and flavor but balanced with a biscuity, light caramel malt backbone. Wish they'd send cans here.

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Photo of Tom_O
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was fairly wowed by this ipa. One of the most refreshing I've had in a while. The hops balance perfectly and the alcohol is well hidden. This came in my beer of the month box but I'm gojng to make it a summertime staple.

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Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange-tinted amber with a finger of white head. Juicy citrus aroma that carries to the taste, balanced with moderate hop bitterness. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My time trying anything from this brewery and it's a strong showing. The hop profile is very full and strong. Lively citrus flavors coat the palate. Reminds me quite a big of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA, now that I think of it. The alcohol content is on the lower side for something this flavorful. I'm definitely going to try other stuff from this brewery.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pine on the smell and dank on the taste. Never would have guessed this was from Atlanta. I read some of the other reviews and my beer seems much dankier than what others have noted, but either way I thought it was a great beer. Very balanced overall.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best enjoyed by 11/26/15. Poured into New Belgium snifter. Amber orangish color with with one inch head that recedes to a thin layer that remains till last sip. Smell is orgasmic with pine, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Taste just as good with the same flavors but dominated by pine and citrus. One of the first beers that got me into ipas and just as good as the first time. I think with the newer better beers in Georgia (Tropicalia, Didjits, etc) this has become an underappreciated beer. Great stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of Zraly
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/26/2015. Part of the Tackle Box. Hazy light amber. Two finger white head. Decent head retention.

Nice pine and grapefruit hop notes with a slightly sweet and bready malt backbone. Some residual sweetness. Has a West Coast feel to it with the hop bite. Medium-bodied and balanced. Good carbonation.

A good IPA. With the market saturation, I probably would have continued to overlook this as a six pack purchase. However, the Tackle Box had a nice selection in it, and I have been pleasantly surprised thus far with the lineup in general. But, back to this IPA, it's quite good and might be one that falls under the radar due to so many choices. But if you like IPAs and it is an option, give it a try.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a orangish-amber color with a 2 finger off-white head. Head is a bit fluffy and is pretty long lasting. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Floral hops on the aroma. A bit tropical as well. Caramel underneath for balance. Grapefruit, honey and mango.

Taste is grapefruit, pineapple, and honey. Caramel malt and grass. Some vanilla at the end.

Medium body with a creamy mouth feel. Medium+ carbonation. Sweet, tropical notes linger.

Very well balanced IPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a dumb cup.

Appearance
Gold with 2+ fingers of creamy white head. Slightly hazy with light carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit zest, pine needles, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and pine. Smooth malt backbone of honey and slight candy sugar. Finishes with honeydew melon.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and juicy with a very light bitterness.

Overall
Wow, this is a really smooth IPA! Keeps a very juicy hop flavor with very little bitterness.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold with 2 finger head.
Smells of pine and orange with lemon and malt.
Taste follows smell with pine first then the orange and lemon with the malt blended in.
Feels right. Not thin.
Overall a great beer. Will get more on next visit to friends in Alabama. Can't wait.

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is fresh, I have a hard time finding a better regularly available IPA. I have had bottles with the same born on date taste completely different. Always amazing when I've had it on tap.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, BIEB 09/06/15
A - hazed brilliany amber body with a tall and rocky ivory head that holds great retention
S - huge citrusy grapefruit & orange aroma with pine, caramel malt and bready malt
T - hop forward with a bold malt backbone: pine, grapefruit & orange rind and pith, some spicy hop notes in there also, caramel and bread try to balance out the bitterness with some needed sweetness
M - medium body, prickles the tongue, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter with pine, citrus zest, and spicy hop lingering
O - this exceeded expectations! Really nice with flavors I enjoy in my IPA!

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(8/7 Bottle) - Hazy, light orange pour, hops and pine aroma. Taste of citrus, pine, hops, and malt extremely pleasant and easy to drink and enjoy. Overall excellent offering by Sweetwater.

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Photo of Thirsty-Thor
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color pour. Tropical fruit nose. Medium mouth feel with slight bitter finish. Overall exactly what I was in the mood for on a 95 degree afternoon in Atlanta.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the pine notes in this one. It's rare that I can find an IPA that isn't fruity anymore. Well done and will definitely be having more. Recommended especially if you want a change of pace, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of ivyman
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a Night Shift snifter.
BIEB date 9/13/15

A-Hazy amber with a small white head and a fair amount of lacing.

S-Citrus aroma on the nose.

T-First hit is citrus, then some pine.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.