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Is it just me or is Sweetwater Ipa Hopslam Light?

Discussion in 'US - South-Atlantic' started by abb610, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. abb610

    abb610 Savant (315) North Carolina Oct 14, 2010

    Sweetwater Ipa has been my session beer for years. I love the simcoe flavors!! After picking up Hopslam today, it reminds me so much of Sweetwater Ipa. I love the flavor of Hopslam and even more it's efficiency, but for 11 months out of the year SWIPA fills in the void for me. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make (fresh) Hopslam my session beer for 12 months out of the year.... But until then its SWIPA
  2. i dont see how you knock Sweetwater IPA. Its not the heaviest IPA, but its balanced and fruity. The best part isthe $8-9 per six price tag and its a regular shelf beer. And the best shelf hoppy beer in NC that ive seen.

    ok i misread it. this is a post loving on both Hypeslam and SW IPA.
  3. I 2nd your homage and admiration to SWIPA. It is my favorite iPa and one I will always turn to. But a hopslam light......I'll have to do some research and get back to you.
  4. GatorBeerNerd

    GatorBeerNerd Savant (415) Georgia Sep 15, 2007

    I do think it tastes like the little brother of a Bell's IPA but it isn't Hopslam. It tastes like Two Hearted to me.
  5. Handle

    Handle Savant (395) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    I'll agree with this. Closer to Two Hearted, to me. And it's a great beer, especially when you can get six-packs for $7.99!
  6. Great beer! Crazy that you can get it at wal-mart around here..
  7. kempshark

    kempshark Aficionado (150) Florida Jul 22, 2009

    It's $8.99 a sixer in the Tampa Bay area.....have never tasted it. Since I like Two Hearted I will definitely have to give it a try. I'm kind of just getting into the IPA scene. My first love is still stouts and porters, but I do like Two Hearted, Sculpin, White Oak Jai Alai and Lagunita's Little Sumpin (Wild and normal).......still only normally drink one IPA at a time, but I am slowly getting more into them. I started out mild (Mama's Little Yella Pils and Hennepin), but I have progressed to stouts, porters, quads and lately have gotten into sours. Well, what limited selection of sours I have been able to procure in the Tampa Bay area!!! :(
  8. To me it has too much medium/dark crystal malt flavor to taste anything like Hopslam or Two Hearted. Maybe Oracle light?
  9. PDXHops

    PDXHops Savant (475) South Carolina Nov 19, 2008

    Hopslam Light? Not to my taste. (Also, I reckon I'm in the minority, but SWIPA is the superior beer by far, IMO. Not a huge fan of big boozy sweet DIPAs.)
  10. Not sure that I would compare it to HopSlam or 2 Hearted, but it is a very nice IPA
  11. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Savant (325) Georgia Mar 21, 2012

    Agree about the crystal malt taste, and I think Sweetwater IPA has a much more pronounced grapefruit flavor than Hopslam. Its mouthfeel is similiar to 2 Hearted but it is way juicier than Hopslam IMO
  12. abb610

    abb610 Savant (315) North Carolina Oct 14, 2010

    it sounds like its just me, but the nose is very similar on both beers with there being a lighter aroma on the SWIPA. kinda like how the lagunitas daytime is to lagunitas sucks.
  13. nc41

    nc41 Advocate (745) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008

    Fresh Sweetwater is along the lines of Hopslam IMO, even though one is a big double and the other an IPA. Hopslam is just more of it.
  14. Shaw

    Shaw Advocate (525) Florida Aug 27, 2003

    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid is closer to Hopslam Light to me.
  15. Its just you.
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  16. SweetWater IPA is hitting the shelves in 12 packs in late march
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  17. Alilley

    Alilley Aficionado (110) Georgia Dec 23, 2010

    This is my favorite post ever. 12 packs should be the new 4 packs.
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  18. nc41

    nc41 Advocate (745) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008

    Fresh Sweetwater is a real treat, Hopslam is all over the place every year, this years release was a disappointment.
  19. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (730) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    Nice, didn't know about the 12'er of the IPA coming.

    I can drink that stuff like water, so a 12 would do well when I'm in the mood.
  20. Yesac

    Yesac Savant (325) Georgia Dec 28, 2007

    The 12 packs cost more than two six packs at Total Wine.

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