Swamp Ape IPA
Carib Brewery USA

Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA
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Carib Brewery USA
Florida, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,437
Ranked #30,158
3 | pDev: 25.33%
Jan 14, 2022
Sep 05, 2010
Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA
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Ratings by Rhettroactive:
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Reviewed by Rhettroactive from Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/3/11

A: Crystalized honey-orange in color. 1.5 finger head with underdeveloped lacing.

S: Lavendar and extreme alcohol esters.

T: Can you say booze? I feel like I'm back in college - it's like slamming a shot of vodka with a hint of gin's juniper kick. No hops, no malt. Just pure alcohol.

M: Surprisingly nice. It's fairly creamy and well carbonated, with good weight.

O: I read Garrett Oliver's review of Florida Beer Co's Swamp Ape a while back, and he mentioned this drank more like a barleywine. I can't seem to disagree, as it's exrtremely hot, and could use some serious time in the cellar before I'd even consider returning to it.
Mar 04, 2011
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.24 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jan 14, 2022
Rated: 3.18 by timmy2b from New York

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 2.36 by EMH73 from New York

Dec 05, 2021
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Rated by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

2.64/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Taste is lacking, kind of funky. I love funky beers normally, but this one is just OK.
May 08, 2021
Rated: 2.83 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Dec 22, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by JohnTurano from Florida

Jul 12, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by trickynicky from Maryland

May 30, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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
Rated: 3.36 by epterina from Florida

Dec 14, 2019
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
BOM 9/2019
Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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
Rated: 3.29 by nater919 from New York

Oct 01, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by bundy462 from Texas

Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by c014572 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +18%
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
Rated: 3.33 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Aug 01, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by cochan from Massachusetts

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 1.94 by CherryStreetReviews from Louisiana

Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +58.3%
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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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
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
Rated: 2 by jcarlosv from Florida

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 2.29 by MacStinson from Michigan

Dec 16, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
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
Rated: 1.24 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Jun 27, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by harpus from Alabama

Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 3 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 3.13 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Mar 04, 2018
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Rated by baldy00 from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a bottle, into a pint glass
Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 1.88 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by JmpJckFlsh from Maine

Jan 22, 2018
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Reviewed by LannyMoore from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +59.7%
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
Rated: 4.86 by FlaS4 from Florida

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Bryan12345 from Texas

4/5  rDev +33.3%
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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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
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
Rated: 3.09 by SamuelD3 from Honduras

Aug 16, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by coopdog1000 from Florida

Jul 24, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jul 10, 2017
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