Swamp Ape IPA | Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ManlyWealth
3.97/5  rDev +36%
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?

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.34/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +54.1%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.29/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of mdfb79
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.16/5  rDev +42.5%
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.

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Photo of Moose88
1.65/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

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Photo of godlessape
2.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of JerrySmith
1.76/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
2.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
2.64/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of connorverrill
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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Photo of DuffDaddy
1.75/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear amber small white head, smells of alcohol slight malt not many hops, tastes boozy less hops than malt which is barely any, creamy mouthfeel clean finish.

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Photo of buckslayer50
1/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

God awful, tried it as an entrance to craft beer and almost turned me off completely. Now that I have tried other IPA's I know that it's just that this beer in particular is terrible and I shouldn't judge all IPA's off of it. Just a terrible beer, try for yourself if you wish but I would not recommend it.

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Photo of Zach136
3.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear light amber. Thin head.

Aroma: Big sugary sweet malt bill, medium intensity tropical fruit and pine hop character.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Some fruity hops and again a big caramelly malt bill. The smoked malt used really hits you in the finish. At first it adds a nice earthy quality and kind of rounds out the sweetness, but as it sits it get's this unbecoming band-aid quality and lingering cigarette-esque finish. Especially as it warms.

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Photo of Chrisbreeze
1.36/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is not borderline un-drinkable, it is un-drinkable. Hoppy-ness is lacking and the alcohol dominates. One of the few times I've actually poured a beer out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Florida Beer Company "Swamp Ape Double India Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating but coded "14275"
$2.63 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Swamp Ape DIPA pours a very hazy deep golden body beneath a massive head of off-white foam that slowly settles to an 1/8" thick solid cap. The lacing is quite good as well. Subsequent pours, which rouse the lees from the bottom of the bottle, are quite cloudy with visible particulate in suspension.

The aroma is not nearly as strong as you might expect, but it does deliver some resinous and citrusy hops over a sweetish and bready malt base.

The first sip lets you know that it's a big beer because you can feel it in your mouth: it's full bodied and dextrinous. A moderate, very-fine bubbled carbonation leaves it creamy smooth.

Hops deliver in the flavor more than what they promise via the aroma, and it's loaded with sugary dried fruit, pineapple, orange, and pine resin. The malt is thick and rich, maintaining a straightforward grainy and biscuity character. The alcohol steps in and lends some spice, and in combination with a bold bitterness it finishes with some quickly fading residual malt followed by some longer-standing citrus pith, pine, and fruit.

If what you're looking for is an aggressive, strongly alcoholic, solidly bitter, and boldly hopped beer (at least for flavor), this might just be for you. Unfortunately, it is a little brutish (although that seems to work with the name pretty well). The aroma is dull, and the hop flavors are solid but not 'bright'; and with the alcohol coming through straight off the bat (and at only 10% !) it's more of a Mike Tyson than a Mohammed Ali - meaning that it hits hard but lacks finesse.

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Photo of M_J_Z
2/5  rDev -31.5%

Tried a sample of this last night. Glad that I didn't get a whole one as I didn't enjoy it very much. You can see what the brewery was going for here, but this one needs a lot of work. The aroma was decent, but the taste, IMO, left a lot to be desired. The hoppiness and crispness weren't all that present and the aftertaste and mouthfeel were disappointing.

This has a lot of potential, but currently falls short of the higher-level double/imperial IPAs. I can see the brewery improving this beer eventually, but it also is entirely possible that this will remain below-average.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Pours a hazy orange color body with a foamy head.
Aroma has a grapefruit and pine to it.
taste is bitter hops upfront then followed by pine and then some malt
Mouthfeel is good and overall i enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Big_V
2/5  rDev -31.5%

A-Orange golden with minimal head
S-Floral with Citrus and Tropical fruits, Oranges
T-Brooze hit me right away followed by the sweetness, very off balanced. Does not taste like it smells. The hops were the last thing to hit me.
M-Medium bodied med carbonation smooth swallow
O-Glad I only bought a single. Can't remember the last time I poured a beer out but I had to drain pour this Ape back to the swamp it came from

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Has a hazy orange, tangerine color with chunks of sediment floating around. Very thin, foamy head produced.

Aroma- Heavy on tart grapefruit, lime, and pine aromas. Sweet caramel malt hiding in the background too.

Taste- Big punch on bitterness upfront with pine and grapefruit flavors balanced with subtle cracker malt flavors. Towards the end it shows of it sweeter side with a smooth caramel malt and some lingering citrus hop flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied beer with a well balanced malt presence that coats the tongue but dissapates rather quickly. Not cloying or over malty by any means.

Overall- Tons of bitter hop flavors in this with grapefruit and pine really shining through. Not sure I'm drinking the same beer as everyone else, but there's no way this is a "poor" beer as the ratings would indicate. Maybe this has gone through a recipe change, but I notice a lot more positive reviews as of recent dates for this beer. If I lived in Florida I would definitely pick this up on occasion. A solid DIPA overall. (84/100)

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