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Swamp Ape IPA | Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company
Florida, United States
floridabeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CampusCrew on 09-05-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
538
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
52.92%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
108
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 538
Photo of smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice colorful orange amber body, quite crystal clear also, just some faint haze, but a creamy and very even off white head that barley makes three fingers and settles into a one finger cap with some ring lacing. Pretty nice looking.

Nose is weak. Mild malt backbone but not much of a hop presence here. Nothing faulty or offensive, just a hint of juicy citrus but really reaching.

Taste is just weird. I don't know how else to describe it. Strangely malt forward with neither a hop action, but a thick sugary syrup maple sweetness and texture. Hop action seems to resonate some sugary bitter that doesn't stick around, with an almost sugar toffee finish. For the high abv this isn't very boozy at all which is a good sign.

Overall this beer is just too strange, and comes off as a sort of malty strong juicy ale with an angle that doesnt mesh in the DIPA realm. This just doesn't jive with me at all, it's too bizarre. It's not by any means awful at all, but in the DIPA realm this is just not delivering at all. Wont be having this again.

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Photo of noisepollution6
1.95/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Saw this one in the grocery store. The packaging got me as I was born and raised in Florida and I'm usually pretty optimistic about beers sold in 4-packs so I picked it up. Wish I could return it after one sip.

A - Pours a brilliant medium gold color with about an inch of head that dissipates at a fairly moderate pace and never seems to completely go away.

S - The malt definitely dominates the hops in the aroma as is usually characteristic of a double IPA. Unfortunately, that malt smell is masked by a strong scent of alcohol. The smell has me afraid to take my first sip.

T - The bitterness comes through first although it's not as much as you'd expect from a double IPA. Seeing as it comes in at a whopping 10% ABV should prove that this beer has some serious balance issues between the malt and the hops. The taste is not characteristic of the aroma as the hops seem to dominate the malt although slight notes of malt are lingering. Unfortunately, once again, this is all overwhelmed by a nagging alcohol flavor that makes this beer almost undrinkable.

M - Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O - The alcohol aroma hints at the idea that this one should be aged. The alcohol flavor hints at the idea that this one should be aged. The 10% ABV hints at the idea that this one should be aged. Yet, I would not waste three square inches of cellar space to fit a bottle of Swamp Ape. This beer has some serious balance issues and if you're looking for a good IPA, avoid this one at all costs. Unless, of course, you enjoy the taste of alcohol with some added bitterness.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
1.58/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

more like ape piss than something worth drinking. i couldn't finish the bottle. as awful as a miller high life light i need to find someone i hate and give them a bottle of this. as good as jai alai is for florida's beer rep, this one sets it back. this must be florida's way of saying "stay away, tourist!".

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Photo of scottfrie
2.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks for the tick, Dan.

A: Pours a super light clear straw color with basically no head or lace.
S: I’m not getting very much hop aroma on the nose, and what hops do come through are pretty rotten smelling. I get what smells like burnt malt as well.
T: Watery booze. There is almost no flavor at all except some bitterness in the aftertaste, a touch of sweetness, and harsh booze. Hops are rank.
M: Body is on the thin side of medium, and the alcohol isn’t masked at all. Thin carbonation.
O: An atrocious dipa and an awful beer. Avoid the swamp-ass.

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Photo of hopfiend666
3.92/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great IPa with a nice bite and a great amount of alcohol. Any more hops added to this brew and it would taste rotten. The taste is sort of like cannonball double ipa fron nor Carolina. If they were trying to get a hoppy taste fresh from the swamp, then they nailed it. I have enjoy a couple four packs on more than one occasion, though a little pricey.

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Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and piney. Not alot of depth here.

T - Spicy and little hot with some strong pine notes. Good roasted malt flavor, but the hop bite seems unbalanced.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a hot alcohol punch.

O - This is an okay Double IPA. I feels like it need more balance to be good.

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Photo of mntlover
2.86/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear burnt orange color with two finger cream colored head that falls slow to ring with some lace.

Aroma is kind of nice more barley wine like overripe tropical fruits mingled with caramel malts, stale tobacco leaves light alcohol notes. Maybe smells like an aged I2PA. Not bright and hoppy as most I2PA's.

Taste is malty caramel again tastes kind of aged with that overripe fruit notes mingling with the malt. Hops are more sticky tobacco like then anything, some fruitiness but really seems like that's coming from the malt? Some pretty good alcohol ester floating around it is noticeable but not really detracting per say. Bot sure whats going on here but not a double IPA. Label talks about a hop monster with 5 hops but if that's the case maybe its old, can't find date on it but it has recent reviews.

Mouthfeel is big medium with lightly peppy carbonation that fits the supposed style well.

Overall a bad I2PA but not terrible beer, kind of reminds me of some old I2PA's I tried to age before but not as good as those either?

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Photo of Dave1999
3.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent amber with a white foamy head which disapeared quite quickly.

The smell was malts, with a slight grapefruit, with a good dose of alcohol.

The taste was sweet with a little bit of a bitter malty after taste.The hops are present but not as obvious as you would expect in a dipa.You can certainly taste the alcohol,kind of like a whisky but not as strong.

The mouth feel was creamy with a bit of a tingle from the alcohol.

Overall definately unexpected not enough hop taste, no citrus flavours just nothing dipa about this. But on the other hand a pretty interesting beer. I didn't think it was a bad beer but I won't buy it again. It was more like a spirit than a beer.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Light tan appearance. Slightly hazy with a cream colored head.

S: Some grapefruit aroma, but crazy boozy.

T: A citrus taste that is overwhelmed by the alcohol. Nothing quite stands out. Plain.

M: Medium-to-heavy body.

O: Nothing especially outstanding here. I expect more flavor out of an Imperial IPA. Good attempt here, but I don't expect that I'll be coming back.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo's wife for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, grapefruit, and kitty litter. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus, kitty litter, and woody hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. Just something about this brew was a little off-putting in my opinion. Not sure what was going on here but it was just a little weird. Worth trying if you are a ticker, but otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

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Photo of beergod1
3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden amber, foamy short lived head, soft lace. Smell on this one is rather sweet, full of doughy sweet malts, oranges, and somewhat earthy/peppery hops.The flavor is big and doughy, pale sweetness on top of candied oranges, floral hops, earthy notes, and a peppery bite in the finish. 10% is hidden well. Several different flavors are swirling around this brew. A little confusing for a 2 IPA but, but pretty good.

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Photo of devinoconnor
2.96/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with little foamy white head from the bottle.

Smell is bitter and citrus.

Taste is burnt orange. Yeah, sorta gross. It's bitter and unsmooth. Hops are overpowered by bitters.

Overall, a decent IPA especially considering the region.

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Photo of nofearbeerishere
2.86/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden orange with nice head and lacing.

S: Not much to it, but a faint spicy citrus

T: Ashy, malty (very malty for an IPA), biscuit, very slight citrus, fairly heavy alcohol towards the end. Not very desirable and especially not what I would expect from an IPA.

M: I actually liked the mouthfeel very much. Thick, frothy, and silky.

O: This ape needs to evolve a little more before I can even come close to recommending it. As a Florida native, I wanted another beer that I could rep! But it's just not the case....and it was expensive, too! $2.99 for a single bottle at Total Wine. Stick to Cigar City, for now...

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Photo of Chaney
1.96/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at the Yard House in Palm Beach.

A: Poured a clear, fairly translucent golden color (a tinge of haze), with very little visible carbonation. It had about a 1/3 finger sticky white head.

S: Muted citrus, candy sugar +++. That's about it.

T: OMG! This tasted like formaldehyde! Additionally, the aftertaste was very boozy, sugar-infused (+++!), and with a tinge of skunky sourness. Not good...

M: Swirly lacing, but I honestly didn't give a shit since the taste was so bad. Low carbonation. Sugar bomz r' us in spades!

O: This was by far the worst beer I've tried so far in 2012.

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Photo of BeTheBall
2.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber color witha foamy head. Smell has some hops, but strong sort of rusty overtones. When just out of the fridge, the taste is worse. Like rusty water with some hop sting in tghe back. Not good. When it warms, the hops take over more and the rust sort of recedes, making it at least drinkable. Mouthfeel? who cares when the taste is wrong. I won't make that mistake again.

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Photo of Beer21
3.67/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer is average in carbonation and somewhat light for a typical IPA. It is clear with minimal to no head.

Smell - It has an overall sweet smell with minimal hop aroma. The degree of hops is less than I was expecting.

Taste - This is a sweet IPA that has a little hops flavor. It seems to be more pale ale and less india to me, however I do like it. It is good for being 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel - This is a light IPA with a smooth consistency.

Overall - This is a good beer overall, but I have had better. I would rank it as an average IPA, and it is quite strong. A feature that I like! I am from Florida and will support this beer. However I have heard that the Florida bigfoot is know as a skunk ape, not swamp ape. Bottoms up!

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Photo of srhoadsy
1.84/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer was given to me by a friend who knew I was a beer geek and thought I would love it. I had seen it on the shelves but never got around to trying it myself.

It pours a nice orange color with a nice cream colored head. After that it's all down hill. The aromas are sweet and cloying. The flavor is overly sweet without being balanced by the hops. I also got a mineral aftertaste.

Being from Florida I had high hopes for this beer, but there is not much to love here.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 ounce mug

Appearance: This pours a nice rich copper amber color with a small yet noticeable head that leave some nice faint lacing down the glass. Decent clarity.

Smell: The smell is not overpowering at all. As the label reads its an IPA and really what i was looking for in an IPA. The aroma is crisp and refreshing with lemony spicy floral notes.

Taste: The taste is very very sweet and not up to my standards. i also did not realize that this was a DIPA and 10% abv! this really hides the alcohol but the sweetness sucks.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel although sticky and overly sweet is not harsh at all in terms of alcohol bite. NIce feel to it, drinks like a lower abv beer but sweet beer.

Overall this is a ok beer. i really didn't expect the flavor off of the aroma but i guess it is what it is. Really misleading label.

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Photo of Jammies
1.86/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a deep gold with about two inches of foam. Head retains well.

S - light and slightly smoky.

T - Tastes awful. Finishes like a wet sock. I will absolutely never try this again. It actually tastes like an ape in a swamp.

M - light and watery, with a horrible coating.

O - Undrinkable. Probably the worst beer I have ever had in my life.

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Photo of stakem
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness. Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a clear color of light orange. A finger of white froth sits atop the brew and quickly recedes down to a thin film. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top and a light swirl agitates a few bubbles out of solution. As sips are taken some small spots of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes some mellow fruity hops that have a bit of citrus inclusion somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit and other citrus zests. A bit of mellon character exists through the middle as well as a bit of dank character emerges and mixes with a bit of stinky almost cheesy grain inclusion. More smells reveal some solid alcohol character that is lightly solvent that has some acetone. This is one of those brew that doesn't smell too bad while it is cold but as it warms up it turns.

The taste is as much hoppy as it is grainy. Hops are present with a flavor that is lightly pine-like and cheesy character is present with a musty grain inclusion. The alcohol is quite bold and solvent and imparts a bit of plastic character that gets increasingly noticeable as the brew warms up. The aftertaste is primarily plastic and solvent alcohol which just isn't that enjoyable.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel and the alcohol, while not as aggressive as some at this level, is still noticeable for double-digits. Overall I felt like this brew needs some work. It has some nice points about it but the plastic character has got to go.

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Photo of Lutter
1.26/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Brought some of this back from Florida after visiting the 'rents a week ago.

I've had two out of the four bottles I brought home with me and have been trying to put my finger on the taste...

It pours a light amber, very clear. The smell is sickeningly sweet like a cheap High Gravity Ale with a big malt wiff on the tail end... I smell no hops.

It tastes like it smells... it tastes almost exactly like Hurricane HGA. It's honestly gross.

It will howecer get you buzzed after 1 bottle. But there are cheaper ways of doing that, honestly. Steer clear. Blech

Edit: I should add that Papa Lutter says its much better on draft... for what its worth.

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Photo of Holland
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: looks light gold with a small lacing in my pint glass.

S: sweetness, bitter hops

T: tastes very sweet, some malt, and bitterness. Not a complicated beer, and too sweet.

M: too sweet, not enough carbonation, not a super thick body but the sweetness was killer

O: paid $7.50 for a pint at Tall Paul's in Gainesville. Never again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange, mostly transparent with a touch of haze, and a tight cream colored head and a few large bubbles mixed in. The nose is a bit grainy for an imperial IPA. There are notes of citric orange with some nail polish type acetone. The flavor is a bit hoppier, thick syrupy feel, rather sweet with some citirc hops, the grains are lighter and more balanced, assertive carbonation, semi dry finish and fairly present alcohol and bitterness.

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Photo of bierbrauer
2.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased as a single and brought back from visit to Florida. No date, but marked "FL56AB i" on bottle neck. freshbeeronly.com states that Florida Beer Co. marks bottling date on the shoulder, but there is none present. Red flag--this may predate the date-marking process. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, gold, with 1" fast-falling, off-white head that leaves very sparse lacing.

S: Pleasant light apple, vanilla & peach.

T: Hot alcohol and strong, sweet caramel/toffee, small traces of hops w/ very mild lingering bitterness.

M: Very thick feeling, with some light carbonation; omnipresent alcohol.

O: In my experience, this is not a typical American DIPA. It definitely got my attention -- though not for the best. Too much alcohol & malt, not enough hops to balance. At 10%, it's a definite sipper, but offers scant reward. I couldn't finish it. In fairness, it must be very old, but one never knows without a brewer's bottling date. I checked the company's website for info about the code, but did not have success. I do like the name, graphics and mythological connotations and hope I sampled an old bottle. If I ever try it again, it will be at the brewery or with a freshness date that is recent.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Swamp Ape IPA pours a golden orange. The head is extremely tiny small (not matter how hard you pour it or swirl it). The retention is also lacking.

Its smell is faint, however there are a handful of disguisable notes: malty (similar to malt liquor) and apricot.

The taste starts of somewhat tame with slightly sweet tones. After skipping over any type of middle body, the beer lives up to its name with a big Donkey Kong slam on the tongue. The fairly long finish is a mixture of bitterness and alcohol heat. There is little to no balance.

Its mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, with a small amount of carbonation (unusual feeling for the style).

Overall, the lack of quality with this beer was surprising. It is the first beer I have had from the Florida Beer Company, so I cannot judge the entire brewery by it. Also, the lack of carbonation (contributing to little head and unusual mouthfeel) may characterize a bad bottle. This beer would not be top on my suggestion list.

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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
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