Swamp Ape IPA
Carib Brewery USA

Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,323
Ranked #50,512
3.02 | pDev: 25.17%
Carib Brewery USA
Florida, United States
Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My good friend and old neighbor from the 'Wego gave me a bottle of this beer. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had booz and hints of citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with booz and bitter citrus on the back end. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Apr 12, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a beer of the month club. Poured a yellow-amber color with a a bit of fluffy white foam at the top. Scent is quite hoppy, with acidic citric scents and some pine. Tasting notes say caramel should be present, which can be identified once pointed out. Taste follows with a strong hop profile, a strong amount of bitterness, and a slight amount of booziness (no doubt from the 10% ABV). A bitter and smokey (?!) finish lingers long after the sip. Not exactly in my preferred flavor profile, but I can imagine this would be quite enjoyable for someone who enjoyed a more bitter, hoppy beverage.

Nov 07, 2019
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c014572 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More old-school West Coast DIPA, Piney and very bitter up front. Not much aroma. Taste follows the nose, pretty nice full mouth-feel. Bitter aftertaste and the alcohol is pronounced and expected. Nicely balanced IMO. Not sure where the very negative reviews come from, perhaps the DIPA DDH NE Milkshake IPA crowd?

Sep 19, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Swamp Ape has a thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, gold-orange appearance, a few stray bubbles, lots of gray-white sediment, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is of resinous, malty bread crust, with some apricot citrus, and the flavor is of those elements, with a building, robust, and intense hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium to heavy, and Swamp Ape finishes wet and odd. But, good!


Jun 06, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.46/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale, with a foamy white persistent head, very lacy; Aroma is faint; Slightly tangy mouthfeel; An odd taste, not delicious. It leaves an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. I will never get it again.

Update: At the recommendation of the guy at my beer store, I picked up a four-pack if 16oz cans of Swamp Ape, after having also just bought a six of another double IPA. So here is an amendment to the review above:
Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. The taste isn't so odd and there isn't an unpleasant aftertaste.
I think I got skunky beer before.
So I will update my ratings for taste from 1.5 to 3.75 and overall from 2 to 3.5.

May 20, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from FL into a pint glass.
Sweet and only lightly hoppy aroma from the amber body.
The flavor carries a substantial hint of honey despite being far more bitter than sweet. The high ABV is poorly hidden.
Overall: distinct and interesting if ultimately rather mediocre DIPA.

Dec 04, 2018
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LannyMoore from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Seems like people are rating this IPA who don’t know what to expect from IPA’s. I used to not like ‘em either till I Googled it and found out they’re supposed to taste like that. Now I’m a connoisseur. Believe me folks. This is a VERY good IPA! A new favorite for me! Swamp Ape, Please don’t change a thing! I love this beer!

Jan 09, 2018
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Bryan12345 from Texas

4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really surprised to see such a low rating. This beer is quite malty, not quite balanced by the hops. Instead of a hoppy character it is a little sour, which is not necessarily bad, just unexpected. Overall I like it.

Nov 20, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

2.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

This pours a clear orange amber with modest foam in the big wine glass. Aroma of snubbed-out incense. Tastes of bubble gum, eucalyptus soap, old peaches, last night's barbecue. It's quite spritzy and crisp, but the flavors are so peculiar and unpleasant, who cares.

This may be the worst DIPA in my experience. The first bottle I had two sips, grimaced, and in the morning poured it out. The second try I was more prepared but the woody, soy sauce flavor along with the burnt fruit cocktail taste is too much for me. From the Mendez Mobil in Coral Gables. From the refrigerator, even.

Nov 11, 2017
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ManlyWealth from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I’m going to agree with Everything Belgium and Nedry. Not sure what prompted all the negative reviews, but I enjoyed this DIPA. I thought this was a good beer. Perhaps Florida Beer Co has a brewing consistency issue? Swamp Ape pours a cloudy, golden amber color with a healthy off white head. It has a nice balance of taste and smell with a familiar high gravity aroma and a bitter/sweet taste. The finish is hoppy, but smooth and ends in high gravity alcohol bite. I enjoyed it. Florida Beer, if you're listening (reading) these reviews, check in with your quality control department... how's your output consistency?

Oct 28, 2016
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.34/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Though I am not an aficionado of IPAs I do appreciate a good one when I partake. Unfortunately, I am not so happy to have partaken the Swamp Ape.

Out of the glass it pours a clear and appealing amber color with thick head, little staying power, but very good lacing down the glass. The smell is just a smidge above marginal which goes along with the taste. This particular brew hails 10% ABV an though you don't feel it after the first bottle, it hits you pretty hard on the second. Add to that, I've actually have had plenty of 10% ABVs in my time and this one is by far my least favorite (which is unfortunate since I am a fan of the local brewer.) Anyway, the feel is crisp though with a unappealing aftertaste, all of it adding up, in my humble opinion to be a slightly better than average brew.

Aug 05, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +49%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy orange color with a small white head. The aroma is hops and sweet malt. The flavor is first rate. A nice hop flavor with a nice alcohol burn.

May 10, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing a single finger of frothy, short-lived, beige head that leaves minimal lace. Aroma is wet & resinous with citrus (primarily orange wih hints of grapefruit) balanced with caramel & pie dough breadiness. Taste is caramel & biscuit maltiness wrapped up in syrupy & sugary citrus & tropical fruit notes where orange & pineapple are predominant with resinous pine in the finish & aftertaste. There is a high octane bitterness following the cloying sweetness that is pine resin, grapefruit & alcohol intense. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, low-moderate carbonation, oily, slick, juicy, wet & slightly drawing in the aftertaste. A syrupy & overly sweet, noticeably high octane alcohol brew that finishes sweet & gravitates to an intense & lingering bitter aftertaste. I think it gets a low rating because of its syrupy body & cloying sweetness not typically associated with a DIPA. It is my opinion that the Florida Beer Company has pulled off something quite unique if not very pleasant. For those liking something far out of the ordinary in their beer styles this might be the Holy Grail of DIPAs. What the hell do you expect out beer relating to something so unpleasant as the Florida swamp ape myth dictates. For that it deserves a rating of at least a 3 or better!

Apr 22, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From 02/27/16 notes. 12 oz. bottle at Chop in Marco Island, FL.

Not a very good beer; not very hoppy and bitter alcohol in the taste. Not worth checking out, wouldn't seek it out again.

Feb 29, 2016
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stella77artois from New York

4.16/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why this is rated so low. I really liked it. Possibly it's because I had it fresh on tap in Florida. Nice floral aroma with notes of grapefruit and dankness. Hoppy bitterness, grapefruit, some citrus and booze on the tongue. Only thing I wasn't crazy about was the feeling. A bit sticky.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA and I will certainly but it again if I come upon it.

Feb 03, 2016
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Moose88 from Georgia

1.65/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The Swamp Ape is as brutal and harsh as an actual Swamp Ape. This thing is so amazingly horrible you have to try it for yourself. Just take my advice and order one for the table so no one person is responsible for the whole beer. Sweet malts and grassy hop flavors are met with a skunky booziness. Think Bell's Two Hearted Ale aged in Mr Boston Vodka trash cans.

Jan 15, 2016
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gentlystewed from Georgia

2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy honey colored body capped with a thin whitish head.
The aroma is nothing like your average American IPA but more like a British pale ale or IPA and that's not a bad thing at all. I do pick up a heady wiff of booze here along with burnt toffee.
I wish I could say something nice about the flavor, but that would be impossible. It's boozy and bitter and that's all folks.
The mouthfeel is medium in carbonation and dry.
Overall I'd say this was pretty disappointing.

Dec 09, 2015
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I get a lot of leafy, tobacco, almost ganja like notes from the aroma and taste...floral maybe bu not fresh floral....a little syrupy in texture and feel...a little boozy splash of alcohol on the finish provides some drying bitterness.

Nothing in the way of citrus in this one. Kind of interesting but the more I drink it the more boozy and alcohol laden it feels......worth trying a bottle....not something I would buy more of.

Nov 26, 2015
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JerrySmith from Florida

1.76/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Born in the cavernous anus of a vicious, marsh-dwelling jungle monster, this concoction will leave you confused, trembling and asking for maternal care.

When it touches your lips, you WILL know the taste of an unwashed monkey's bumbum. The visage of the beast shall haunt your dreams, and the bitterness will leave you nevermore. Beware this strange and unholy potion.

This is .............. Swamp Ape.

Nov 10, 2015
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Possibly one of the worst IPA's I've had in a long time.

Appearance is a murky muddy dark brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma reeks of sweet caramel malt, candied fruit, some diacetyl, and definitely alcohol.
Flavor is overwhelmingly sweet and boozy. Candied orange and cherry cough syrup, caramel malt, booze and more booze.
The mouthfeel is straight alcohol burn and chewy coating.
Felt like drinking some kind of awful homebrew from someone that did their first attempt at scratch.

Nov 06, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent, golden color with a one finger head that quickly fades and leaves a small ring of lacing at the very top of the glass. Aroma is skunked beer and pine hops. I think that is intended and not a rotten beer. The taste follows the nose. The skunked, almost gone bad taste hits first before a wave of bitter pine hops leaves a bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. There was no malt whatsoever and the skunk and hops were both very dominant.
I don't understand the thought behind this beer and had to pour it. I couldn't finish it due to the unusual (but purposeful) aroma and hops.

Jul 13, 2015
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connorverrill from North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

It was hard to focus on any particular flavors i may have gotten from this beer due to the overwhelming boozy aftertaste. Wasnt alot of hop flavors to me either, just left a vodka like after taste in my mouth. Kinda felt like i took a shot of crappy liquor

Jun 12, 2015
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DuffDaddy from Florida

1.75/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Tastes fine on the front end, but the hops accumulate in your throat. By the time you finish the bottle, it's awful. Extra points for the cool label. 50 cent single from ABC.

Jun 11, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had from bottle

L: Pours a medium semi translucent amber. Thick white head with decent lacing.

S: Hops forward, piney and floral. Bit of a vegetable flavor. Malts and alcohol both present.

T/F: Medium hops, good piney and citrus notes. A stronger malt presence than expected and definite alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation and a bit thick

O: A reasonably pleasant imperial IPA and better than its very low rating. It's nothing to compare to guys like Stone, Lagunitas, or Dogfish Head but it's at least passable. 10% ABV hides a lot of defincies and I'd drink it again... but not more than one in a session.

May 05, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with unknown date.

A- Light orange body, clear, one finger white head, minimal lacing and retention time.

S- Sweet caramel, and honestly that's about it.

F- A bit more of pineapple and tropical fruit, caramel and a bit of an alcohol burn. Very sweet beer with a big malty presence.

M- Medium bodied, slightly syrupy and resinous, otherwise decent carb, nothing special. Not as bitter as it is sweet.

O- Eh. Very sweet DIPA that seems to trend more on the American barleywine side. But even if I review it as a barleywine, it's quite pedestrian.

Apr 02, 2015
Swamp Ape IPA from Carib Brewery USA
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 587 ratings