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Swamp Fox IPA - Moon River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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: 44 | Hads: 110
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 mnfinnkidd
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served as part of their 4oz sampler tray.

Copper in color with little head retention. Hops are very present in the nose. American style hops are easily identified. Similar to Bell's Two Hearted. Upon first taste the hops are in your face. Easily the hoppiest brew on the menu. The malt is not there to balance correctly. My favorite on the trip but it's similarly to TH could have something to do with that.

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Photo of Mickelswit
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the only one of the Moon River beers that had an assertive smell - a good thing for an IPA. It was a nice copper color with a thick, lacy head. The taste had a good layering of fruity and floral hop flavors, with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Carbonation was appropriately vigorous for the style, though I found this one less drinkable than others - something about how the bitterness coated the tongue. All around a good IPA.

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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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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 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 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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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 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 aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Jason
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Swamp Fox IPA from Moon River Brewing Company
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