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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Added by CampusCrew on 09-05-2010

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Ratings: 551 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +37%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of nickmantia
2.71/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Murky with a reddish orange tint

Smell: Very sweet; caramel tones, but sugar overpowers the nose

Taste: I found this very hard to get past the overwhelming sense of sweetness here. For a double IPA, this has an abundance of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation; medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I was not a fan of this beer. I took a few sips and ended up pouring this down the drain. Some may like the sugary overtones; I was hoping for something with a better hop backbone to it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a nice, murky, orange in color with a modest head.

Smell – The malts are sickly sweet at the nose with some rich caramel mixed with stiff orange rind and light pine. The hops are actually pretty substantial here but they are dwarfed by the sweetish malts and easy to overlook.

Taste – The monster sugary malt hits hard at the taste. I get some cane sugar now with enough sweetness to cause a “sour face.” The “three Cs” are out in force here as well.

Mouthfeel – This is huge, almost full-bodied, with some bittering that would be harsh but again with the sugars it’s all evened out. Carbonation is wanting, however.

Drinkability – I didn’t care much for this beer but for different reasons than most of the other reviews. Everyone is complaining about the sweetness, but this is a local preference so I wasn’t bothered much by the huge sugars. The lack of bitterness and carbonation was the problem for me. Obviously you don’t want your DIPA bubbling like Alka-Seltzer, but this was almost flat and for all the hops lacked that bitter aftertaste characteristic of more sophisticated efforts at the style.

Update - I had a chance to try hit again in Jan 2017 and unlike before it was rightly carbonated with good bitterness. It seems that are having problems with consistency. I'm raising the Mouthfeel rating up a full point but otherwise this is still a mediocre offering.

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -48.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Lighter shade of yellow-copper in color. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head. Little retention as it quickly falls to a patchy surface coating. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas is fairly average. There is a particular pungency to the beer, which I believe the brewers were going for, but it's a not a particularly pleasant pungency. Vegetal hops, green pepper, alcohol, and a faint hint of orange.

T: Taste is not as bad as I was expecting, though it's far from good. Mildly sweet with a blend of fruity notes, apples, light caramel, green vegetables, and aggressive alcoholic spice. There are hops in this one, but they are not center stage and I can only describe them as "green."

M: Medium bodied. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Lots of peppery alcohol.

O: If you're going to name your beer after a stinky beast that lives in the swamp I figure the beer is either going to be badass or taste like gorilla sweat. While I suspect gorilla sweat tastes worse than this beer, this beer is not at all badass. That said, the flavors are aggressive as is the alcohol content. Unfortunately the flavors are not overly pleasant and the alcohol is quite harsh.

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2/5  rDev -31.5%

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2/5  rDev -31.5%

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4/5  rDev +37%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
2.92 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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