Great American Restaurants Pale Ale | Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by marc77 on 07-29-2002

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Dave_Treat:
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark copper color with a lasting, rocky, whitish head. Aroma is that of a citrus-toast mix. Hoppy flavor really comes through, full-bodied, with almost no malty-sweet influence to speak of. Finished very clean and crisp with a slight bitterness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of far333
2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Amber colored with an orangey-beige head that sinks quickly.

Nearly no aroma, so light that I can't make it out.

Flavor of light biscuity malt with hints of toffee and ripe fruit. Not very complex, not much depth. Menu description says "assertively hopped" but I don't detect any hops at all. This won an award? It seems bland and boring. Could I have been served the wrong beer? This tastes nothing like the other reviews.

Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of sfdragoon
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhilHeinricke
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer.

This is available at Sweetwater Tavern. There are a handful of Sweetwater Tavern's in Northern Virginia one in Sterling just off Route 7, one in Centreville and one somewhere near the beltway. This beer GAR Pale Ale is the flagship beer. At this establishment they rotate beers. Sometimes they have something you love. Sometimes they have something that you don't like so much. But this beer is always available.

It's not heavy. The taste isn't strong. It barely has a smell. But it's a decent beer, something that if you're going to have a bunch of people over, you know that just about everyone will like it. The only problem is that I don't love it. The taste, while ok (maybe that's too strong of a word), is just ok. It doesn't knock my socks off. So I don't intend to get this too often.

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Photo of Fusion7777
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in hue, topped by a persistant off - white head. Citrusy Cascade hop nose, light caramel sweetness, and Biscuit malt in aroma. Assertively hopped w/ a crisp, cutting Cascade hop flavor. Very clean in profile, w/ no esters whatsoever. Toasty malt flavors abound. Lightly bodied, crisp, well attenuated, almost dry. Finishes squeaky clean w/ a fading soft hop bitterness. This is a good APA-- its balance is skewed towards the hops, but malt is not forgotten. Highly drinkable. Not unlike Sierra Nevada Pale on draft.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of meathookjones
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a growler of this from the Sweetwater in Sterling Virginia. This poured a clear amber copper color with a good-sized frothy white head. Fairly decent retention and it left a nice lacing around the glass as it was consumed. Aroma is heavy with hops of citrus and pine scents with a bit of malt showing. The taste is much the same with a really hoppy citrus standing out above everything else and being supported by a malt backbone with no sweetness anywhere to be found. A bit of bitterness lingers on the finish and it is defiantly very dry. Mouthfeel was about medium and creamy. Overall a pretty darn good pale ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled version contracted brewed by Old Dominion Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA. No longer being bottled due to Legal battle lost with Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA.

Clear bronze-ish reddish brown with a full beige head, good carbonation, and sheets of lace. Citrusy hop aroma and flavor. Well balanced with malt; not overly bitter but certainly more hoppy than malty. Medium bodied and creamy smooth with good hop burps. Very enjoyable.

Bronze Medal - GABF - 2002

Bottled: 05/01/03
Tasted: 08/16/03

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a small white head. Light caramel malt and citrus hops in the nose. The nose is much lighter than it should be. Medium carbonation with a very light mouthfeel. Palate is mainly pine and resin from the bittering hops. Clean finish with a litter lingering bitterness. Light and very clean, but also very one dimensional. I enjoyed their burgers here.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft

Clear, copper colored, white head. Mild earthy hop aroma. Taste is a little bitter, but not great flavors. Thin fizzy body. overall just an average beer

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ghostmech007
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Centerville location. 5/23/07

Pours a beautiful clear, but deep amber color. Nice big frothy head that leaves a good lace everywhere.

Nose is heavy on hops and malts. Some pine notes and fruit as well.

Tastes of hops with citrus being followed up my a huge malt punch. No sweetness however. The finish has bitterness of the hops and very dry. Very creamy brew all the way through.

A very good brew. I will buy this one again when I get the chance, I just hope that Sweetwater moves down south a little bit.

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Photo of JDH2000
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Jackson's in Reston, VA. Labeled as "Jackson's Pale Ale".

Pours a deep copper (not really "pale" in my opinion) with about a finger of head that quickly falls. Decent lacing on the glass.

Scent is of pine and some grass. There's a nice malt flavor followed by fresh citrus, pine, and the grass. However, not quite as hoppy as I would have expected.

Mouth feel is light to medium. I found this to be rather drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Dave1999
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark red with a frothy white head.

Smell was of malts with a little hops.

This tasted pretty good malty with a bitter hoppy after taste.

It was pretty well carbonated but still smooth to drink.

Overall a pretty good pale ale, my favourite of the offerings at this paticular chain of resteraunts. This was purchased from Mikes American Grill.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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