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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

2,587 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 150
Gots: 339 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We pour this brew from the bottle into Hop City pint glasses. It shows a ruddy, brassy orange coloring, with darker tawny hues around the edges. It holds a two finger tall head of off-white chunky foam with a glossy, glistening shimmer to it. Patterned specks of biomechanical lacing are left around the glasses following a nice retention. Haze and finite granules of sediment pour with the dregs of the bottle. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose shows hops that are sweetly grapefruity and deeply herbal and floral. These mingle with clean toasty pale and somewhat wheaty maltiness, fruity flesh of apricot, guava, and mango, rice and white flour, fresh concrete, confectioner’s sugar, brushed honey, and celery vegetals. With warmth comes a soft caramel depth to the grain. Our first impression is that the flavoring is clean, lightly drinking, and robustly bitter, but all with just enough sweetness for a clean, thorough sip. The taste begins with big citric hoppiness enhanced by independent lemon and orange juice and peel oils, hints of metallics, toasty pale and lightly adjuncty grittiness, cotton, drinking straw plastics, and soured but savory white flour gravy roux. The middle progresses with clean citric hop wash set high into light mineral water, dried mint, white sugar, soapy bite, and your basic pale and dusty wheaty graininess. The finish is marked by freshly squeezed lemon juice, unsweetened tannic tea, continued citric hops, sea saltiness, icy coolness of planty greenness, musky cologne sweetness, Styrofoam plastics, black peppercorns, crisp vegetal snap of cucumbers, and dirty, warming, earthy rumbles of hops. The aftertaste breathes of mineral-laden well water, sweet iced tea tannins, fresh basil, lemon zest, pine nuts, green and twiggy sap resins, coin, bittered yeast, basement musk, warmed white sugar sweetness, warmed gingerbread, and lactic acidity. The body is light to touch, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but offers nothing really special in the froth, foam, or cream departments. Finishing pop is clean and light. The mouth is left cooled and lightly speckled with a crisp, decently drying finish with foci of harsher astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability and pull are clean and easy going.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew is its aroma and its drinkability. The nose seems to have been the muse for Founders All Day IPA, as they are quite similar in base, but with more booze and medicinal bite here. That said, however, the flavoring does cheapen up a bit in the grain profile, causing the hops to come across, themselves, as a bit hollow and skeletonized. This takes the balance off in a direction that we were not too eager to follow, although we were ultimately pleased with the big picture of the beer as a whole. This is a beverage for some fun outdoor activities in the sun, and nobody can argue with how easy it slugs back. This is an excellent beer if you’re all about sippin’ and relaxin’, but if you linger too long and begin to dissect it out, you might find some unwelcomed and simplified layers here and there.

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

a well made if a tad generic india pale ale from the great state of georgia. richer bronze color to this, mostly clear, with an inch of pure white head that slowly settles down. it smells like cascade hops, higher alpha but overly common, the classic mix of hop bitterness and juicy punch. malt base is bigger than average and lends some biscuity aromatics, although its flavor is far more subdued. a fuller bodied gulp shows nice carbonation and a long hoppy finish that moves from lightly citric to quite bitter. well done, but the varietals used could be a little more unique i think. this is basic american ipa, well crafted, but not particularly intriguing. a good sixer to drink down thoughtlessly coming from one of the better known georgia beer makers. curious to try their other stuff though, this was good, but couldnt hold my attention past one.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,587 ratings.