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Swamp Fox IPA - Moon River Brewing Company

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Swamp Fox IPA
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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes, Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
L: Pours hazy amber with soapy white head, leaves lacing.

S: Hoppy, citrus, piney aroma. Hop smell almost oily and vaguely similar to another type I like. Nice work guys.

T&M: Hop bite and flavour. Decent brew and East Coast attempt. Smooth, maybe more carbon?

O: Local brews, gotta support 'em. These guys are coming out swinging watch out for them comning soon.

Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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 ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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 G2Brew
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Squelch
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 donniecuffs
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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 billzee
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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 barleyman
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
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 thesyko56
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Ragingbull
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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 smibroncos
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured an cloudy amber yellow color. Small pale head with decent lacing.

S. Hops pretty much overpowering other scents of citrus, corriander, and pine.

T. Hops, orange peel, bitter bite aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied beer, good carbonation.

D. Decent IPA slightly too bitter for me. the hoppy aftertaste was long lasting.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Big floral and citrus scent looming over a very thin, very light malt character.

Taste: Rather light pale maltiness that fails miserable to provide any sense of balance to the hops. A flash of flowers and Meyer lemon before the strong bitterness. Long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Very faint stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: No thanks. A beer that's altogether lacking in the malt department and relying on hop bitterness in lieu of hop flavor holds little interest for me.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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 MisterDeeds
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
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 Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of kdog630
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 mentor
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

Swamp Fox IPA from Moon River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.