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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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838 Reviews
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Reviews: 838
Hads: 2,995
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 176
Gots: 637 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 838 | Hads: 2,995
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)

Photo of sfprint
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent orange with a single finger of fuzzy head. Not a particularly strong scent but a pleasant fruitiness. Probably the beers strongest trait. Not a harsh bitterness but reminds me of tree bark. A bit sour. Not so fruity for an IPA. Dry mouthfeel. Decent but odd. (271 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: earthy orange color. two plus fingers of a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a bit of a lacing behind. almost clear with just a touch of haziness

Smell: sweet bread and caramel malt flavors. strong citrusy hop with low bitterness

Taste: opens up with bready and slightly sweet caramel malts. end is full of citrus and leafy hops. a good amount of hop flavor with only a small amount of bitterness. lots of balance

Mouthfeel: light and drinkable, just a small amount of bitterness, even too little to be refreshing.

Overall: good malt backbone and good hop character, just lacking a little bit in the bitterness department. if it had more of a bold hop character this would be a top contender in the ipa world for me. (745 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this as an extra in a sweet monster trade with BA ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can and while it may have had a canning date, I failed to note it or write it down. Poured into a shitty hotel water glass because it was that or a shitty hotel wine glass. Somehow, I don't think the beer will suffer terribly for it, even though it did mean I had to pour it out in stages, given the small size of the glass.

Appearance - Pours a murky carrot orange hue that provides just a hint of translucency near the bottom of the glass as the particulate in suspension makes it's way down to disperse throughout the glass. Atop the body sits a half finger head of bone white foam that dissipates pretty quickly into a healthy film that is slightly thicker around the edges of the glass than in the middle. Lacing is sparse.

Smell - Nose comes off as decidedly citrus, but not in that pungent pop of hops that some citrusy IPAs will hit you with. Nice bit of grapefruit and orange zest are present, as well as an appearance from the grain side of things to round this out. A bit of malt and water cracker.

Taste - Similar lack of pungency to the taste as was going on in the aroma. And now I can't help but wonder if my previous beer has impacted my tastebuds in a way that isn't terribly friendly to this beer. Nice zesty citrus and now a bit of herbal grassiness and bittering elements, sort of like baby greens, but the light pith and orange are the main characters in this show. Again the malt make a play, this time a bit stronger than in the aroma, but for some reason it doesn't quite meld with the hops. So instead of balance and synergy, we have standoff and competition.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a faint bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, a reasonable take on IPA, but as the market continues to flood with them, and many really good ones, this one just probably just middle of the pack. That said, the fishing boat artwork on the can does seem to match the fact that I'd gladly take this on on a hot summer day floating down the river or out on the lake. Low bitterness and a nice gentle hop characteristic would make for easy summer drinking. (2,193 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden orange; smallish white head; good lacing

Smell: Malty; grapefruity

Taste: Good refreshing malt with grapefruit citrus notes. Very good us ipa.

mouthfeel: slightly creamy and good carb level for style

Remarks: not a huge US IPA fan but this one is pretty tasty (290 characters)

Photo of BurningTreeMufen
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful coppery-orange with a small head. Light lacing

Smell: Grapefruit with a hint of maltiness.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit but not overwhelmingly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nice, clean finish. Little carbonation.

Overall: Well balanced IPA and great for the grapefruit lovers which I am. (301 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker, the beer is a hazy, vibrant, copper coloring with a tall, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of rich and sweet caramel, tart citrus fruits (grapefruit and lemon), bitter hops aromas, subtle pine pitch, and subtle spice. Flavors are a well blended blast of grapefruit, resinous piney hops, and a caramel backbone. Cut grass, pine tassels, and hints of evergreen build as you go. Despite all the robust flavors, the body stays light and crisp. A tart, bitter, dry aftertaste loaded with hops characteristics and citrus highlights. The finish is clean, crisp, and dry, as well. Very well put together, drinkable IPA. Bravo! (651 characters)

Photo of blordo1685
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

What to say? Man North Carolina, you're killing me! I know this is a Georgia IPA, but trying to locate a good IPA in these parts is becoming a daunting challenge.
Can't blame the date on the bottle, drink before August 14, it's June 21st.

This IPA looked beautiful as I was pouring it, but appearance tells you little.

Upon smelling it, nothing. Second try, I may have dug out some piney notes.

Taste- Just bad off flavors. Would have rather had a Bud. Poured it out.

Hopefully, this was a "bad" batch, but with the date and my luck with the East Coast IPA'S, I am losing hope.

Thankfully, I can still get Lagunitas out here. (630 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at barcadia in New Orleans.
A-served with a thin finger of a sticky white foam this brew is murky and a ruddy orange.
S-I like the aroma. Nice tropical fruit aroma with a lot of orange like citrus. Nice clean Bready malt.
T-not bad but not as sweet as the smell. A bit heavy on the bitter pine sap taste for me. The citrus is still there but is drowned out a bit. Malt is still there-the bitter hops dominate the finish.
M-low carbonation. A bit of an oily mouthfeel. Fairly long finish.
O-a bit too piney bitter for me but a well made ipa for those who like the in your face bitter punch. (601 characters)

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a twelve pack of sweet water beer the other day and I am working on the IPA beer tonight and tomorrow. I can enjoy drinking one IPA but any more than that and I feel bloated. With that said, I do like the IPA better than most.

Bought a twelve pack of sweet water beer the other day and I am working on the IPA beer tonight and tomorrow. I can enjoy drinking one IPA but any more than that and I feel bloated. With that said, I do like the IPA better than most. (474 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper with a tall off white head.

Smells a little dank and largely of citrus = bright and tropical.

Taste is a big citrus punch of a little lemon and lots of grapefruit - bitter, sweet, and delicious. It has some minor earthy undertones and the whole thing is hung on a thin malt backbone only slightly detected. A very nice American India Pale Ale. (365 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - very cloudy orange, some carbonation bubbles that build a thin, off white head. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - mostly grapefruit, with some sweet bread possibly.
Taste - bitter grapefruit with a nice malt backbone!
Feel - highly carbonated with a powerful bitter finish.
Overall - good value and worth a shot if you find yourself with a chance to try! (394 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a single 12 oz bottle of this from a Publix in Osprey, FL, as I am currently on vacation there. Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a mainly clear, slightly cloudy, medium golden/copper/amber color. The white head was only about 1/2 inch thick when first poured, settling all too quickly to a thin to medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with bits of foam dotting the beer's surface here and there. Not much lacing at all either. Aromas of some sweet caramel malt and zesty citrus hops and not much else really. The aroma is a bit weak overall, it needs to be more pungent for sure. The taste is much better, with flavors of caramel malt sweetness that gives way to nice zesty, citrus, piney, and earthy hops. Good balance between the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness here. Has a crisp yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. A pretty solid IPA here indeed!

Eric (951 characters)

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

A- Hazy orange body. One finger white head, good retention, solid lacing.

S- Citrus, a bit of pine, biscuits. Not terribly complex or interesting but not exactly a one-note brew either. Solid.

F- Grapefruit, oranges. Biscuits, a bit of caramel malt. Altogether balanced in my opinion; not overly hoppy but not overly sweet either.

M- Medium body, a bit on the lighter side with good carbonation. A bit of grapefruit rind bitterness on the backend.

O- Pretty good southern shelf IPA that isn't terribly bitter nor sweet. (523 characters)

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

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight floral hops, strong citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body. (428 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color with a really good 2 inch head that leaves lots of lacing on a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is a little weak but I do get the hops, mostly pine.

Taste follows the nose with the pine hops right up front but I do get some malts that really tends to balance the brew quite nicely.

Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation.

Overall, a really good IPA. Probably my favorite IPA thus far. It has all that you want from an IPA, the balance of hops and malts with an ABV of 6.3%. (496 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee glass. Best by date of 09/30/15

Unfiltered cloudy amber to dark orange body; 1 finger's worth of head. Not much lacing.
Aromas of pine, pineapple, some lemon and some sweet malts.
Really nice representation of an American IPA, Hoppy up front, nice rounded malt sweetness on the end with a bitterness that stays on the tongue. Nice amount of carbonation on this beer with a lower abv makes this beer an easy drinker any time of the year.
Overall, I've had this on draft before and now out of the bottle and it is a solid offering from this brewery. While I am now a fan of their 420 IPA this beer is just a great beer all the way around. (682 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Best by 6/26/14

Nice light copper color, with 1 inch foamy white head. Decent carbonation and lacing.

Smell was a fresh floral and citrus.

Taste is spectacular big lusciuos fruity hops with a nice bite to it.

slightly dry finish with a sharp hops bite around the edge of the tongue.

Much sadness that Sweetwater do not distribute to PA, hafta wait until I visit down south to grab some of this excellent IPA. (451 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle best by 7/3/14 into New Belgium globe

A-The beer had a cloudy deep amber-straw color with some fine sediment and an one finger foamy white head with modest retention, but very nice cling and lacing.

S-Its aroma had a pleasant blend of citrus, floral, and pine hops with bits of grain and perhaps wheat.

T-The taste was a mostly grainy-citrus bitter blend with some earthy straw notes and a very light sour effect.

M-It had very lively, fizz mouthfeel with high carbonation, and a thicker, fuller feel with a very dry character and finish.

O-Overall very decent IPA I enjoy it more and more I have it. (621 characters)

Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.