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Swamp Fox IPA - Moon River Brewing Company

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46 Reviews

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 113
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moon River Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 113
Photo of Hayden34
4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this fresh on tap at Moon River in Savannah, Georgia over the weekend and was literally blown away by this amazing IPA. I could smell the hops as soon as the bar tender set the beer on the bar which let me know this beer was super fresh. I don't know if the recipe has changed but I noticed it is listed at 5.8% here but on the menu it was advertised as 7.0% ABV. Awesome beer.

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Photo of Graebner
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of barleyman
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite an interesting name for a beer in Savannah, GA. Wasn't the Swamp Fox Francis Marion of South Carolina? Anyways this beer was had on tap at the Moon River Brewing Company this past Friday.

This beer poured a nice amber color with a big frothy head that laces nicely. The smell is a big citrusy hop aroma. The taste is very sweet with more citrusy hop aroma. There is a thick, full body and nice carbonation. Overall, a great IPA, this is the beer to get if you are at the Moon River Brewing Company.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly dark copper with a medium head and decent retention. It had a strong and hoppy(obviously) aroma but some citrus and other fruit, mild spice and malt.
The taste was once agian, rather hoppy but it was well-balanced, with a sweetness in there to mild things out. It was slightly bitter btu this was once agian well-balanced. It was exceedingly drinkable and a great interpretation of the style.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of some of my fav west coast IPA's has a nice color to it and a decent aroma. The hops are there even for this hophead. Goes great with spicy foods which I enjoy, I recommend this beer form Moon River over the others, of course I love my hops............CHEERS

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Photo of BeerT3ch
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at "The shrimp Factory" on the river walk downtown Savannah. Surprisingly good. 7% goes a long ways. Smooth, rich texture, golden color, crazy legs. Good beer!

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Photo of mentor
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger yellowed tan head over a very clear light copper liquid. Looks quite nice with a frothy head. Smells oranges, woody, piney, grapefruit, and mildly pithy. Nice bouquet. Some deep earthy from the hops and a mild alcohol that is clean.

Tastes yummy. Nice prominent hop flavor with moderate hop bitter and a mild malt sweet underneath. Hop flavor is woody oranges with a bit of saaz-like metallic. Hop bitter starts brisk and clean and this drops quickly leaving a gentle flat hop-oily...like an achey muscle. Malt has no distinct flavors (with searching, some bread crust), but some light-fruity esters enter (apricot and peach). Alcohol sting is mild. Aftertaste has a bit or grassy hop character retro-nasal. Light body and mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I was in the mood for hops and this was really quite nice. I can see this being a fantastic qummer quencher.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of EricP
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree this is more of an American IPA flavored with Cascade & Centennial hops. Not sure of the IBUs but this was not an overly hoppy IPA. Good smell and a nice grapefruit flavor from the hops. I enjoyed it but would have liked it more if it used more hops.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of billzee
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with dinner at the Brew Pub. Pours a dark and cloudy golden color with two finger off-white head. Floral hoppy notes with a bit of spice. Nice fresh hoppy taste, citrus and pine with a dry bitter finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer with a very big head..surprisingly nice head.
I will say the beer seemed a "touch" light for style. For some reason I was eexpected a little more color.
The beer smelled nice, with bold maltiness mixing and backing up the wonderfull hops.
Tatse was good as well. Nice malty backbone along with medium hoppiness and a nice, bitter finish.
Enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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!


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Photo of kdog630
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Ragingbull
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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)

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Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold pour with 1- finger fluffy cream head. Very little lace.

Nose is weak floral hops. Definitely needs more aroma.

Lots of malt body backs the floral hop flavor. Very flowery in the finish. Creamy texture with only a slight fizz. Pine starts to creep in mid pint.

Could have more bite, but fits the Savannah heat.

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Photo of fattyre
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - grapefruit and pine hops with a sweaty now and some beady toffee in the background.

T - grassy, pungent hops up front with a lot of pine, grapefruit and some onion character. Some orange and more sweaty hops in the middle. The beer finishes with a balance between sweet, light malt and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very nice aroma, the flavor works well at first, but gets kind of medicinal and cloying in the finish.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap ate the brewpub. Poured a hazy yellow with good lacing. Smelled lightly fruity and with spicy hops. The taste is of good mellow hops balanced with some malt. A fruity spicy profile on the hops, maybe with a finish of apple. The mouthfeel is very light, but smooth and with low carbonation. Quite drinkable and refreshing, with enough hops to keep it interesting.

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Swamp Fox IPA from Moon River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.