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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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869 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 869
Hads: 3,193
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 177
Gots: 793 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

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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Reviews: 869 | Hads: 3,193
Photo of lukejhoward
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- beautiful amber orange with soapy white head
S- grapefruit, hops, malt
T- this brew is awesome. Very well balanced between the fruity hippiness and the malt. A fine example of an IPA!
F- medium body medium carbonation. Smooth.
O- awesome brew! Would definitely be on my list to seek out over and over!

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Photo of Kyseber
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Malty aromas, astringent off gasing.
M: syrupy foam. Pleasant.
A: orange tinged clarity. Unfiltered yet minimal residue from brew. Looks filtered.
T: orange up front, bitter aftertaste that leaves you thirsty for more. Approaching singular citrusy flavoring, not very complex still one of the better iPa's that I've seen at most non microbrew carrying grocery stores. Would buy again but usually if either stone or something a bit more appealing to my particular taste weren't available.

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Photo of wingman14
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellow with a frothy white head. The smell is very hoppy, sweet, with nice citrus notes. Unfortunately, the smell isn't very aromatic. The taste compensates with a big flavor, hoppy up front, slightly bitter on the finish that sticks around. A nice medium body, the mouthfeel is not as smooth as it could be, but it still adds a great dimension to the beer. Overall a nice ipa, very enjoyable.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a little bit of chill haze that quickly goes away as it warms and finger of straight white foam.

Citrus rind, resin, lemon, grapefruit, and little bit of a toasted biscuit sweetness.

Has a great citrus meets pine flavor, worth noting is the grapefruit, lemon, resin, pine combo that's not too bitter and matches well with the biscuity malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, smooth, but the subtly leaves the palate wanting a bit more from the mouthfeel.

I've long wanted to sample some of the offerings from SweetWater, but their non-presence in Chicago left that want unsatisfied. However, SweetWater distro just reached the Chicagoland area and I'm glad they did! This is a very solid IPA, nothing that screams mind blowing, but well balanced and interesting enough to make this adding to my list of go-to IPAs.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. There is a lot of precipitate. Has a fresh citrus aroma; grapefruit, lemon, resin. Malty taste up front with a piney hop burst at the end. A grapefruit/lemon aftertaste predominates. Mild soapy astringency but not overwhelming. Perfect amount. Great beer. Glad to have them in Texas now.

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Photo of Mikus
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into the Spiegelau. 4/19/15 enjoy by date. Weed joke, or actual freshness date, I don't rightly know... but I do know that I can't pick fresh IPAs with a gun to my head. 3 fingers of beige head on a golden body, crystal clear (despite being marketed as unfiltered). Astringent pine on the sinuses, bitterness, and an alarming savory hop note (comes off as a cheese aroma to me, more interesting than off-putting, but definitely from the 'dank/earthy' hop varieties; have gotten the same aromas in Six-Point Hi-Res and a couple of others that escape me at the moment; more of a headscratcher than a deal breaker). Clean bitterness on the front of the palate, bit of that dank hop note on the finish. Average IPA mouthfeel with a couple of slightly odd lingering flavors (yeasty bit). Nothing special in the wide world of IPAs, but I wouldn't refuse a fresh bottle at a BBQ. Wouldn't trade my firstborn for one though.

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Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a slightly hazy reddish amber.

The aroma is traditional American IPA. Floral, caramel sweetness, breadiness, grapefruit.

The flavor is slightly different heavy floral up front, medium plus bready quality and sweetness. A spicy pine as well. Then onto some sweet grapefruit. In general, the flavor is a bit brighter than other beers in the style.

Reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted.

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Photo of UKBeerman
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a dense white head and an amber color. Awesome hoppy aroma. Head dies down to amber light cover that laces well. Not too bitter. A very good IPA

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great copper color with a great white head. Orange or tangerine smells. Tangerine grapefruit hop taste. Great carbonation with. Medium body. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprise not to hoppy
L: blood orange color 3 finger off white head that last till the end
S : citrus I smell grapefruit and pine
t : citrus little grassy very good
F: kinda watery
O: I was surprised wife had good pick up

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a nice clear orange with a slightly off white head. excellent lacing.

S: wonderfully citursy, fruity nose oranges, slightly pine.

T: again, big fruity citrus with grassy / piney flavor mixed in. excellent. Finishes with a trace of hop on the palate. very easy drinking. slight malt backbone balances nicely on the finish.

M: crisp and appropriately carbonated.

O: excellent beer. I understand they'll be distributing to TX in the summer...I'll be buying some of this.

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Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: 1inch of white pillow-like layer of head, and a body color of hazy orange, and this beer left a beautiful spider web of lacing around my glass. Smell: Wonderful citrus, grassy and hoppy aroma. Taste: A great complexity of a earthy hoppy flavor up-front, with a very clean finish at the end. M. Feel: Very carbonated, which helped pronounced the flavors even more; This beer, lets you know that it's a beer. Great American IPA, right now it's my favorite

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, floral aroma, lighter in taste. The hops are not over powering and it finishes off with a crips mouth feel. The beer really does not stand out to me. Still a good ipa.

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

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

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Photo of Cayce
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Ironstutz
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -25.2%
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

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.