Sweetwater Double IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Had quite some time ago at Leon's. Reviewing from notes. Pours a nice golden with a very good head and nice lacing. In the nose there is a good deal sweet malt than found in the regular IPA, neither is it nearly as citrusy and grapefruity as the regular IPA, but there is some citrus, pine, and floral notes from the hops. The taste is basically the same- some nice hops, but slightly overwhelmed by the level of malt. Smooth enough,and I enjoyed it well enough, but I like my DIPAs to be more of a hop bomb.
09-07-2010 01:58:05 | More by Georgiabeer
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Well, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one. I liked it so much I tapped a keg at my house. Poured into a snifter.
Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a massive fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a one-finger cap and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the way down. Gorgeous beer.
The aroma is big and sweet. There no abrasive hoppiness in the nose with this one as it's all about the juicy sweet citrus fruits - mangos, tangerines, oranges, they're all in there. There are hints of pine and bready malts in the background, but the juicy tropical fruit rule the nose.
The taste is just as fruity. I don't get a lot of bitterness in the taste as it's just tons of sweet, juicy fruits. Lots of tangerines and mangos but with an extra bit of sugary sweetness. The malts are there to support the fruits which leave a slightly bitter aftertaste, but much less so than most DIPAs.
The mouthfeel is sticky sweet, like taking a big bite of a tropical fruit. The carbonation is active and absolutely keeps the sweetness from being over the top.
This is one of the better beers I've had from Sweetwater and while not in the top few DIPAs I've ever had, it may very well be the most drinkable. It's much sweeter than most with a hop presence that doesn't get too bitter. I could (and often do) drink it all night.
07-21-2009 03:55:03 | More by gford217
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a luscious bubbly coppery amber with a pale cream fine-bubbled head. Aroma is richly hoppy, like getting a good whiff of a pine tree. One mouthful and you realize this is an epic IPA! Flavor is ferociously hoppy but not too bitter, and has a hint of lemon and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is thick, smooth and strongly tingly.
07-12-2009 21:39:18 | More by Cyberkedi
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light copper body capped with a ¼ inch of off-white suds.
Smell: A predominately hoppy nose smelling of sweet, juicy tropical fruits. Small notes of pale malts and peppery alcohol are present, but they're pretty much tucked away well behind the fragrant hops.
Taste: Pale malts with a faint hint of caramel sweetness initiate a running start of mostly tropical hop flavors, notably lemon, grapefruit, and even pineapple. It delivers an emboldened, moderate bitterness, but it's never ever harsh. A meager hint of pine needles rendezvous with the persistant, strong tropical fruit flavors. Finishes quite dry with a long, enduring bitterness and a nip of alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a touch of stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Though definitely deeply bitter, it's not remorselessly brutal, instead being about as easy-going as a Double IPA really can be.
05-25-2009 17:53:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
After enjoying this beer at 420 Fest, I had to have more and get a review of it in. I am really enjoying this beer. I actually had it at the brewery and the Leon's this weekend, and still have not had my fill. Pours a rather light copper color with a huge two finger white head. Decent lacing as that head recedes. The aroma is overwhelming, and delicious. A huge citrus hop aroma, but the pine hints are there too. On to the amazing taste; it has a strong bitter bite upfront, that is nicely balanced on the back end with a sweet malt backbone. Turns it into a grapefruit with sugar on it, in a pint... A nice medium density in the mouthfeel, without overbearing carbonization. Drinkability is amazing for a beer of this character. These review notes were from my first pint, but I had many, far too easily, but it was a lot of fun.
05-10-2009 14:45:30 | More by bhalter8
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
On tap @ Porter Beer Bar, 9 percent. Clearish golden color with a smallish white head. Tropical fruit aroma with a hint of spruce.
Huge pineapple, minty hop flavor. Light in body...really bright & tasty. Dash of bitter in the back. Dangerously drinkable...no hint of 9 percent. Really different tasting dipa...no big blast of citrus or pine that I have come to expect. Good job Sweetwater.
05-07-2009 23:32:36 | More by RustyDiamond
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Also had on tap at the Porter in L5P on a Wednesday night. $5.75 for 8oz.
Looks nice. Bright and hazy deep orange topped by a this soapy white head that reduces to a long-lasting ring.
Nose is as expected - Floral hops all the way.
Taste is like the normal Sweetwater IPA ramped up just a notch and refined a bit. Not a hop bomb. Nice floral hops intermingling with a gentle sugar syrup sweetness. I don't really get as much citrus as expected, but there are nice gentle sour tangerine flavors that are over-ridden by the floral attributes. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
05-07-2009 21:44:06 | More by shivtim
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
This is the third installment of Sweetwater's Dank Tank series. Had on-tap at the brewery.
Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells similar to their IPA but with more of a malt presence. Lots of grapefruit hop aromas joined by pale malt with hints of pine hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors start things off and are soon followed by lots of citrus flavors. Very light pine flavors join in right before the bitter ending. The ending is a tad more assertive than the IPA.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation. Since I've compared everything else to the IPA I'll say that this is a bit thicker.
Drinkability is very good. As with the IPA I could drink a lot of these.
Overall I won't say I'm disappointed but I wouldn't have minded a bit more distance between this and the IPA. Better mouthfeel, more malt presence and a more assertively bitter ending differentiate this from the IPA. Definitely worth a shot - hopefully we'll see a few bottles of this.
04-23-2009 01:18:58 | More by glid02
Sweetwater Double IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.