Great American Pale Ale | Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woodychandler on 08-05-2004

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper with a single-finger white head and minimal lacing.

S: A good amount of grain with some fairly-hefty citrus hops backing it up.

T: Mostly dominated by malt; a bit of citrus bitterness comes through, but that's definitely the less-dominant portion of this.

M: Light-to-medium bodied; fairly smooth.

D: Nothing special like some of the other beers I've had at this location, but certainly nothing wrong with it either.

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Photo of Shane7
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one as soon as I laid eyes on it. It had a beautiful deep copper color to it, along with a decent head and lots of carbonation in eveidence. It was very dry, both in the mouth and on the finish. It had a very citrus-like flavor, maybe grapefruit or some other tangy fruit, I just couldn't quite put my finger on it. The citrus lingered in the mouth, which was very enjoyable. I found it hard to believe that this is the one that they were calling an APA. Very nice!

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of LagerMan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a restaurant that I really don't like going to, the beers here are very nice to drink. I'm trying to expand my horizons from amber lagers to the pale & amber ales, and the Pale Ale at Sweetwater Tavern is a great beginning.

Nice golden/amber color, with a nice 1 1/2 finger head. Sweet/oakey smell, with a hoppy aftertaste. Lacing evident on the glass as I drank. One of the better brews I've experienced at Sweetwater; I'll probably order this one again if I ever go back.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is an old stand-by for me, as I lived right down the street from Sweetwater in Merrifield for years. I've had it on tap and in the growler, and would generally get two growlers at a time of this beer if none of their seasonal beers looked good... or more often than not, one GAR Pale Ale, and one seasonal.

Coppery brown in color, with a slight haze. Foamy head, not long lasting, and a dull off-white tan color.

Slight bite of hops, but not huge on the IBUs. Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable beer - what I would call an everyday drinker. Guests at my house would always be pleased with this as an offering, and I was often surprised at the bottled beers that would often get turned down in favor of this growler. Crowd pleaser.

If you find yourself in the area (or in Sterling, VA, where they have opened another Sweetwater) - by all means stop in. Great food as well (as was previously mentioned)... but be sure to give their beers a try. They are definitely capable of consistency - which I think is admirable in a small restaurant / brewery... and the fact that the GAR Pale Ale is consistently Good makes them all the better. I would drive an hour to an hour and a half for this beer.

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3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/07/12 notes. They brought this to RFD for Lupulin.

a - Pours a deep amber red color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cascade hops, pine hops, mint, light fruit. Nice but very light and weak; would have liked more hops to come through.

t - Taste of cascade hops, pine , fruity malts, caramel malts, mink. Taste is better than the nose, and more hops to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice APA. Nose is a bit weak but the taste is much better, and it is very easy to drink. Would have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of alysmith4
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, ok.. the house APA is great, but the food here is to die for! Anything from the warm dinner rolls served with ideal-temperature herb butter, to the succulently seasoned baby-back ribs- you won't be disappointed! And if you don't care for red-meat, go for the butter-roasted chicken. You'll leave feeling intoxicated, whether you have a brew or not.

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Great American Pale Ale from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 16 ratings