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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,640 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,640
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 151
Gots: 380 | 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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Photo of Pocketharpy
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EricTeusink
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice smooth IPA...mine was a bit flat, but I think I attribute that to the poor tap at the tavern where I purchased. Overall, a drinkable thumbs up.

Photo of SedateSix
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad local brew,

Photo of Cayce
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of FogDishHead
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsteve89
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spencerg
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PVMT
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wulfie85
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eball33
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertConway
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WillWillows
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of fbc4
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nate139
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ironstutz
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of Mikexw
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,640 ratings.