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Swamp Fox IPA - Moon River Brewing Company

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Swamp Fox IPA
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moon River Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002)
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Reviews by Graebner:
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Graebner

Germany

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

From notes compiled at the 2006 Southern Brewer's Festival:

Golden/amber. Few bubble columns, no head.

Knocks you upside the head with pine, medicinal and floral hops. Wow. This is rapidly approaching Ruination territory.

Taste is the same. Hops, herbal and floral. Pine needles all over the place, and substantial, almost oily bitter. Devastating.

Pineneedle finish, clean, dry, hoppy.

Overall a tremendous brew. Huge hops, dangerously drinkable at 7%abv. This was one of the best brews at the festival. Props to Moon River, the two of theirs I tried were both top notch, and Mr. Pinkerton, the owner/brewmaster, came all the way to Chattanooga just to let us try his beer.

08-28-2006 01:23:24 | More by Graebner
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

I had sampled this once before a few weeks back at the WBF and was not overly impressed but decided to try it from the source,poured a light copper color with a thin white head that was gone quite quickly.Very piney aroma pretty one dimensional I also picked up a light caramel sweetness underneath but it was faint,not a big hop profile flavor wise there is a big fruitiness wich was nice but other than that somewhat run of the mill.

10-23-2005 23:19:57 | More by oberon
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

On tap, pours a hazy orange with a decent sized head.

Aroma full of citrus and spices. Some malt backbone but the spicey notes own the stage. For me, it was too much.

Cascade hops provide a citrus flavor with a very light sweetness. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Pretty good if you like some of the spicey seasonals out there. Flavor is a bit one-dimensional, but it is an easy drinking IPA. I think a little more hops would really help this beer out.

05-28-2011 01:35:50 | More by ExtraStout
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Not a bad stab at the West Coast IPA style, if it had a cleaner palate it would have been close to dead on. Fruitiness, yeast and ester have a hard time trying to meld with the hop bitterness. Other than that this is a decent brew.

02-10-2002 21:37:31 | More by Jason
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MisterDeeds

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Pours copper/amber with a slight white head.

Smells extremely hoppy.

Doesn't taste as strong as the menu suggests. It seems like standard IPA with nothing too extreme going on.

Lighter than expected, and not to overpowering.

Not un-drinkable, but nothing to write home about here. This beer was named for the "Swamp Fox" who fought off the British soldiers in the 1700s. Many of you may have seen "The Patriot" starring Mel Gibson. Several movie critics dubbed the film "a weak attempt to re-create Braveheart." If Braveheart is a really good IPA, then "The Patriot" is the Swamp Fox IPA.

(At one point during the movie "The Patriot", Mel Gibson repeatedly swings a hatchet into the body of a British soldier until he is literally covered in blood. I am fairly certain that my waiter at "Moon River" wished he had a hatchet.)

08-03-2008 00:44:47 | More by MisterDeeds
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-28-2013 23:06:42 | More by SkinnyElvis
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2011 05:46:23 | More by virinow
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asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Had to have a nice IPA to wash down the burger I got from Moon River.

Appearance: A nice hazy brown color with yellow hues. A bit darker than I thought this would be. The pour was nice so the head stays up above the glass, especially with a quick swirl. Lacing's nice, a bit spotty but sticks around.

Smell: Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops backed by some fruity malt and a bit of pepper-like spiciness. Without any huge risks, but very nicely balanced.

Taste: Everything comes through rather well. The hop attack stays for the long haul, with only a bit of the fruitiness coming in and being swept away by the hops. Hopheads will dig this for sure. I could've used a bit more balance with the malt, but the lingering finish is nice, not too terribly bitter, and complimented my burger very well.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation and fullness for the right mouthfeel. Nothing overpowers the other.

Drinkability: I'll have another indeed. This is a good IPA, and I'm sure it'll go with just about anything on the menu.

03-21-2006 01:53:40 | More by asabreed
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

The recipe must have changed some, as this is now listed on the menu as 7.0% ABV.

Hazy pumpkin topped with a packed beige foam.
Scented of grapefruit rind, spruce, and crushed lilacs, backed with sweetbread malt.
Begins with a dryish breadiness. Almost cracker-like at first, then expanding into sweeter notions of caramel and apple. The hops hit, full of Cascade cues, all citric acid, pine pitch, and florals.
It's neither overly big, nor over bittered. This is well balanced in its medium structure and low carbonation. Geared towards drinkability more than anything.
An all around solid, basic IPA.

05-31-2005 18:15:04 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%

On-tap at the brewpub. Above average IPA, with some dry hopping. Grapefruit colour, a solid white head and lacing, with good carbonation and above-average bitterness. C-hop aroma. A good drinker. Active carbonation fortunately does not detract from creamy mouthfeel.

02-10-2008 04:27:01 | More by Sammy
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours hazy orange, decent sized head.

Aroma full of citrus and grapefruit. Some malt backbone but hops own the stage.

Delicious. Plenty of Cascade hops to provide a citrus hop flavor with a very light sweetness. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Pretty good. Flavor is a bit one-dimensional, but it is an easy drinking IPA. I think a little more hops would really help this beer out.

09-26-2004 20:58:22 | More by Southernbrew
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thesyko56

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Dark and cloudy amber color with a two finger head.

S: Floral and hoppy but it did not really stand out as special.

T: Very nice hoppy taste. Hints of citrus and a nice bitter finish.

M: Nice carbonation and a medium body.

D: Bitter but still pretty drinkable.

09-09-2009 03:25:39 | More by thesyko56
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Will_The_Thrill

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-27-2014 02:06:16 | More by Will_The_Thrill
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fattyre

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

This IPA was served in a standard pint glass and was a hazy yellowish orange with a smallish white somewhat rocky head. It smelled of crisp grapefruit with an underlying malty sweetness. The taste was a sweet malty front that was quickly followed by a sharp grapefruit hoppiness that lingered as an aftertaste. This was a good drinkable IPA that is definitely more along the lines of an American style IPA than English.

02-25-2003 15:38:57 | More by fattyre
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t_holland

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-04-2014 21:58:24 | More by t_holland
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-19-2013 03:56:53 | More by jaydoc
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jsanford

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

On-tap at the Moon River Brewery in Savannah, GA. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Clear glowing gold with a thin, creamy white head. Nice retention, leaves a bit of sticky lacing.
S - Fairly pungent hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and a slight cattiness with some sweet honey malt.
T - Very similar to the nose, orange zest, pine and grapefruit make themselves know with the same sweet malt backbone. Nicely balanced.
M - Slightly creamy with a medium body and moderately prickly carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, but none too sessionable at 7% ABV (that's what it was listed as on the menu). Really wish I could try the Rosemary version.

03-03-2011 01:15:52 | More by jsanford
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour was rather decent, with a light amber color taking shape in the glass in front of me. Nice clarity with literally no cloudiness in it what so ever. Nice bit of carbonation coming up from the bottom converged into a smallish white head of maybe an inch in height that settled down to a bald top after a few moments.

The aroma was very nice, some pungent pine like hops coming through immediately, and as it warmed balanced out nicely with a touch of light grain and some choice biscuit like aromas. The flavor was more of the same, starting out nice and light with a rich resin like taste, this one quickly transferred over to a biscuit like middle, with the bready malts taking the front and center on this one. Quick hitting hops bringing up the tail end, dried out the palate enough for me to start the search for my next sip rather quickly. The medium bodied feel was more then adequately carbonated keeping it from feeling too full while still providing a nice refreshing palate cleansing. Easily session able this was thoroughly enjoyed throughout the afternoon,.

Overall another very solid offering from Moon River. I cannot wait for my next trip down to savannah to get a taste of this stuff again. They are really putting out some quality products, at least from what I have tasted.

09-28-2008 03:13:14 | More by mikesgroove
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance- slightly hazy amber colored. Fast dissipating head no lacing

Aroma- sweet malt and citrus hop aroma. Need more aroma hops.

Taste- citrusy hops dominate. Very nice. Slight malt backing. Hops are slightly harsh.

Mouthfeel: somewhat astringent. Medium bodied. Fits style.

Drinkability- not the best ipa in the world but suitable for a hot Savannah night!

08-01-2010 23:20:49 | More by Squelch
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jlove5

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-11-2013 16:39:55 | More by jlove5
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Ragingbull

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

This beer enjoyed with a friend in the Moon River facility a while back. Review taken from notes.

The beer was gold in color with moderate prickle. The nose was definitely hoppy, but was a mildly hoppy experience compared to many IPA's nowadays. The same can be said for the flavor. The hops definitely carried the beer's flavor from start to finish, but there was decent balance of the malt. I couldn't pick out anything in particular aside from the hops however. The bitterness was above average for the style in my opinion, but I do think that the crafters showed some restraint as it seems many IPA's have gone over the top recently.

05-01-2009 13:14:03 | More by Ragingbull
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

On-tap at Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of pine resin hops but not much in the way of underlying malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a good representation of the style because it is hoppy but not overly difficult to drink.

12-27-2011 23:45:10 | More by metter98
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TheSquire23

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-28-2011 01:31:41 | More by TheSquire23
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dpage27

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-15-2014 03:52:32 | More by dpage27
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aracauna

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

This was probably the best of the four beers available at the Moon River outpost in Cartersville. It leans more toward hop bitterness than hop flavor than I prefer in an IPA, but it was still a tasty beer. There was a good bit of a fruitines something like dried apricots, grassy hops and a touch of sweet malt. The flavor had grapefruit-rind bitterness backed up by a pleasant fruitiness and a touch of malt. Pretty tasty.

09-25-2004 03:06:53 | More by aracauna
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Swamp Fox IPA from Moon River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.