Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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830 Reviews
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Reviews: 830
Hads: 2,961
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 170
Gots: 617 | FT: 8
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SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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Photo of denver10
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a minimal off white head. Aroma is dank, full of sticky ganja, with florals, citrus, a little pine, and toasted grains. Flavor is pretty similar. Medium bodied, dense mouthfeel. Overall, solid IPA. Like their 420 Extra Pale Ale would drink again, won't seek it out though.

My rating: 3.60 (307 characters)

Photo of Cayce
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried this tonight and found to be very enjoyable. I still prefer the SIerra Nevada IPA more, however this is very good as well.

I drank out of the bottle so didnt see how the head or color was. looks like a light gold or amber color.

The taste was very floral and fruity. It wasnt too bitter like some IPA's and had a great mouthfeel and body. This tasted more natural than other sweetwaters. Some of there IPA's I have found to taste somewhat soapy and more carbonated than this one. This is one of the best overall tasting Sweetwaters I have had and plan to drink it again.

Still has that traditional grapefuit taste to it that sweetwater does, but a little more pronounced. A fantastic sipping beer and tastes like a quality beer for the money. if you like IPA's and haven't tried it yet, do yourself a favor and pick one or a couple up. Definately a recommend. (871 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/5/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Outstanding aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,486 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered draft at a restaurant, when it arrived there was decent lacing left. Smell was good, not an over-hopped monster, not too much malt. The beer was yellow gold, neither of either. Taste and mouth feel were very good. I had one with my meal and another after while my wife finished. This is a very good beer. (317 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. A golden orange with lots of hazy particles sizable dark yellowish head that leaves lot of lace. Citrus and pine nose, mild caramel and toffee. Taste is solid east coast. Caramel malt sweetness pine hops citrus finish. Medium body light but effective carbonation. Quite quenching and drinkable. A solid got to IPA. (328 characters)

Photo of Ironstutz
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was fairly impressed with this brew. I have not had a sweetwater beer before and this wasa good first experience. lighter orange color, good hop aroma. mouthfeel was crips and refreshing. overall a solid effort for what is now a lower ABV IPA (243 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Even though I'm drinking this one a month beyond the "enjoy by" date on the label, I find it to be a very nice, light and enjoyable IPA. Has a sweet light apricot flavor to it. (177 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong hop, citrus and slight pine smell.
Appearance- An orange-ish colored beer with a small white head.
Taste- Has a citrus and pine flavor with maybe some grass tossed in. it is an average flavored brew.
Palate- A basic IPA very hoppy with a light bodied feel, the carbonation is moderate and the finish is dry.
Overall- this is an average beer, I have had many Sweetwater beers that were better than this (469 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, hops, pine. Taste is hops, minty, piney, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting more. (237 characters)

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a mostly clear orange, not too much carbonation, frothy pure white head. Smells delicious, very potent nose on this guy, very juicy pine hops, slightly citrusty with some grapefruit. Taste is very similar, mostly piney hops coming through, goes down nice and easy, very smooth. This is a good beer I really enjoy it. (322 characters)

Photo of HeightsEats
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, but I am not getting the "hop bomb" angle on it. Hops on the nose and front of the palate are definitely there, with dominant grapefruit and a bit of sour apple. The beer's body is where it differs from a typical IPA, though. The hopping doesn't seem heavy in the boil, leading to a some sweetness after a couple sips. While the bitterness of many IPAs can get cloying, the balance of a sharp hop nose and sweeter body make this really drinkable. My wife, who typically tends towards sweeter beers and shies away from bitterness even in food, found the grapefruit element refreshing. A great beer and really unique. (643 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

This was the first Sweet Water beer I've had. To be honest I was expecting more. There's nothing off with the beer but it's lacking in the flavor and aroma that I expect in an American IPA. The nose was very muted and it appeared to be hopped along the lines of a pale ale. I perceived the flavors I expect in an IPA, but it didn't burst with flavor. Not a bad beer, but nothing warrants another buy. (400 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 1/5/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent orange color with a one-finger head
S: Pretty classic IPA. Heavy on the tropical fruits. Also grapefruit/orange and a hint of pine
T: A touch on the sweet side with citrus, earth, and a hint of tropical fruit
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet/bitter
O: Solid IPA. I agree with BB1313 the nose is easily the best part. If the tropical fruit was more prevalent on the palate this would be outstanding. Still definitely worth a try & glad to have it available in Ohio (527 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best if enjoyed by 1/6/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with nice clarity; very subtle haze; fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are great. It has a bit of a westcoast vibe going on. Lots of melon. Lots of mango and pineapple. It has tropical notes, but there are citrus notes as well. Sticky grapefruit. Some sweet bready malts are there. A touch of caramel too. It smells great. The flavors fall off a bit compared to the nose, but it still tastes good. Lots of earthy fresh grass. Some pine needles in the mix. More melon. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel. There's an earthy bitterness to this one, but it's definitely not an over-the-top bitterness. It's balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. This is smooth and clean. Easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

The aromas steal the show, but everything else is on point. This is a very nice IPA, especially at its price-point. I understand why this beer was always reguarded as one of the better IPAs in the past. This was something that was ahead of its time at one point. Maybe other breweries have caught up and eclipsed this, but this still holds up as a winner in the world of IPAs. I like it. (1,231 characters)

Photo of sourd
4/5  rDev -1%

poured into a 16oz jar glass...be burley

beautiful orange, bordering on red in the right light

lovely herbal, sweet aroma with grapefruit zest in the end

pine and grapefruit with an spicy herbal tinge...dank

slightly on the lighter side, bitter and a pinch sticky as it flows over the gums...also, dank

this is my kind of beer. dank, resinous, piney...in the vein of lagunitas, racer 5, and stone. well done, excited to try their other seasonal ipas (454 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Lots of piney aroma at the pour. Lots of piney taste. Kinda like drinking a Christmas tree. Without the tinsel floss afterwards. Taste improves as beer warms.

It actually gets pretty drinkable by the middle of the bottle. Considering I just can't get into IPAs, even though I try them on occasion, it isn't bad. (321 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

A: Hazy to opaque; weak head; amberish color
S: Peppery, dank, musty, wildflower, mint, floral, malty
M: Smooth, medium body
T: Citrus skins, pine; hints of wildflower and mint

Note: Beer taste and smell opened-up after letting it warm-up a bit (249 characters)

Photo of SysopChris
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Hard to believe this is 6.3% ABV. Extremely smooth, very drinkable. Unlike other IPA's that are similar ABV I don't feel the need for a glass of water after every glass of beer. (177 characters)

Photo of Boneswally
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Had this in cans while on vaca in the smokey mountains...took a sixer with me fly fishing and this beer was such a treat to have, I felt guilty that I actually found a great beer while on vacation. Usually settling for some macro crap. Thanks for the great day guys. Word, Atlanta! whodathunk. (293 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours an amber color. Pine and citrus smell. Smells great. Great taste that lines up well with the smell. Smooth and easy to throw back a few of these without thinking twice. One of the first IPAs I have ever had. I Love Sweetwater brews. An overlooked beer that I don't drink often enough.

Wife's Review: "It is one of the more drinkable IPAs. I could enjoy that if it was my third or fourth drink of the night." (415 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear golden/amber color with a 1 finger off white head some adequate lacing and a nice collar
S-Citrus and pine hops with malt
T-nice citrus and slight tropical start to this some bitter pine plays here also a toasty malt presence mellows the hops
M-dry and sweet with a touch of bitterness
O-a solid IPA not great but one to look for and try (355 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $15.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 30, 2014
Consumed: July 30, 2014
Misc.: Enjoy by Sept. 22, 2014

Poured a caramel, amber, honey clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good spiderweb lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top of the glass all the way down.

Smelled grapefruit, piney, citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, bitter spices and orange rind. It all dried up late.

Tasted similar to the nose. Very good. Got piney grapefruit, citrus, floral, caramel, Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic. It reminded me a bit of a session IPA.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Really enjoyed this IPA. (823 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 9/15/14. Clear medium amber pour with a very faint ruby tint. Excellent head, lacing and retention. Very nice nose of grapefruit and tropical (mango) with a touch of spice and pine over a very light biscuit. Medium bodied with a normal carbonation level that imparts a bit of effervescence on the finish. Nice balanced flavor profile with a bit of hop complexity in a blended fashion. It begins with the flavors of the nose then flows into a mild bitterness. The finish is dry, not quite crisp, and leaves you with a light grapefruit rind bitterness and a touch of spice. (575 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful dark amber with a flurry of cascading bubbles and a one inch billowy foamy head. Leaves a slight amount of lacing along the glass. The smell -- grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit! Also subtle hints of mango in there. Really nice. Grapefruit is also the overwhelming quality of the taste. Nice level of carbonation. Really fresh tasting beer. I had one on 8/7 that had a Best Buy date of 8/17 and it felt like I was drinking this right at a brewery. Really solid IPA. For a 6.3% ABV, very easy to drink. (520 characters)

Photo of FocusDave
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into a tall tulip.

A - Nice amber color with about a finger of light tan soap bubble head. Short retention and sticky lacing.

S - Nice and balanced citusy hop aroma.

T - Tastes like an IPA. Bright and citrusy up front with a bitter hop finish. Nothing life changing or Earth shattering, but not bad by any means.

M - Crisp with a nice dry finish.

O - A good IPA. Nothing more, nothing less. (420 characters)

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