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Swamp Fox IPA - Moon River Brewing Company

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Swamp Fox IPA
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 44
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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MisterDeeds
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.)

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thesyko56
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fattyre
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Squelch
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Ragingbull
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of G2Brew
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moon River Brewery, poured into a straight-sided pint glass.

A - Golden Amber with a slight haze. Poured a short finger of creamy, yellowish nearly white head that didn't last very long, but left decent lacing.

S - A little short on aroma. There was some nice, sweet malt and citrusy, floral hops, but I would have liked more in an IPA.

T - This beer has a strong flavor profile, not entirely typical, which makes it interesting. The malt comes through, but it's very hoppy, as I want in an IPA. Citrusy, floral, and a little pine. Very nice. It's fun to taste a beer that fits type but still manages to surprise you.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slightly astringent. Feels like an IPA should feel.

D - This is a very pleasurable beer, these guys know what they're doing. When I go to Moon River again, I will drink two beers: this IPA, and something new.

Photo of barleyman
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the 2009 Blues and BBQ festival in Savannah, GA on a fairly balmy evening in mid November. The appearance was one of fairly dark golden, served up in a 16 oz, plastic cup. Aroma was one of overwhelming hop. The taste also of hop, US Centennial, US Chinook, and German Brewer's Gold. I have never tasted a beer that had more hop flavor In my life than this one!!! Is there a hopinator, dry hopping, what causes this?? The mouthfeel is very piney and citrusy. After tasting this wonderful product, I would prefer that all other beers be this good! The drinkability is perfect for having just a couple on a chilly evening.

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This tastes very similarly to the SLO-Vannah Pale Ale. Straw to gold in color, quite cloudy. Great lace left on the glass.

Muted floral hop. Missing the strong bitter nose of a typical IPA.

Good flavor of bittering (biting) hop. This is a richer IPA than most. It's exacerbated by the lower than average level of carbonation. Nice, long bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a 1" head that lasts a bit. Some light lacing paints the glass.

Smell: bits of floral bitterness is detectable.

Taste: caramel, nice balancing bitterness with some soft grapefruit citrus tones. Basic mild IPA here that is not in your face.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. A bit of dryness arrives at the finish. Medium bodied. Short aftertaste as the flavors linger softly in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy to quaff IPA. One of those beers you get in a plastic cup to walk around town with.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden orange into a pint glass with less than a finger of white, average retention, and decent lacing. Decent visible carbonation. Smelled of bitter herbal hops, and some malt; not much in the way of citrus or fruit in general. Tasted very bitter with a dry finish, and again, little in the way of any fruit flavor. Highly carbonated, and on the thin side. This is an ipa that has potential, given the strong bitter presence that other failed specimens crave, but definitely needs some beefing up.

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very slightly hazy, golden-orange India Pale Ale with a smallish, rocky, white head. The smell is herbal and hoppy, with a very slight bit of malt. The taste has a creamy beginning, a malty middle, a citrus bitter finish, with a very mild grapefruit aftertaste. The body was moderately full and rounded in my mouth. Overall, while drinking this I found it sweet, mild and malty, afterwards the bitter grapefruit that lingered reminded me more of its actually style, an IPA.

Moon River's description on the menu: "Short for India Pale Ale, ours leans more towards the styling of brewers on the U.S. west coast. It has a pleasant bitterness and a huge Cascade hop aroma, balanced by malt sweetness."

(source: Moon River; Savannah, GA)

Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a soapy slight head which leaves a little lace on the glass. The aroma is faint, there is more of a malt smell with a slight hop bite of citrus at the end. The taste is of citrus hops big and bitter, not alot of balance, but a good citrus hop bite and flavor. The mouthfeel is a little bit undercarbonated. Overall it was an average ipa the taste was good if not unbalanced, the nose lacked something and needs to be more inviting.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured off tap a orange color with not a lot of head. I had to agitate it to get the head back and it was a nice 1 finger head that hung around a little longer this time.

The smell was hoppy and slightly citrusy. Would have liked a better grapefruit smell it it but it certainly had a green hop smell.

The taste was very hoppy and a little unbalanced. Again would have liked a little more fruit taste and a little more malt to balance it out.

Overall, a very drinkable brew but needs a little tweaking!

Cheers!

Photo of kdog630
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared to be a light amber color with a decent head. Hard to tell is the plastic cup. Not my favorite way to experience a new beer, but one does what one can.

Excellent hop aroma. Hits your nose from a good distance even amid all the other aromas within the building.

Nice malty flavor with a crisp hop finish and just the right amount of effervescence. Even in a plastic glass, a good amount of lacing was left.

As a hop head, I'd rate this beer pretty highly and would have it again if I make it back to Savannah.

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Swamp Fox IPA from Moon River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.