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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

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861 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 861
Hads: 3,125
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 177
Gots: 733 | 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: 861 | Hads: 3,125
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 denver10
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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

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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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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It's pretty available in my area and usually fairly fresh. Maybe not the most memorable IPA, but one I will continue to return to.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of BB1313
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of sourd
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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Photo of kellyej
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

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

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Photo of SysopChris
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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Photo of Boneswally
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.