Gainesville Green | Swamp Head Brewery

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Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 57
Photo of IckyT2012
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a fresh hop IPA released in September. Fresh hop brews are intended to be consumed fresh. You should disregard any reviews from January the following year.
10/2015: Far better than last year. Delicious fresh hop taste. No bitterness, just beautiful all the way down.

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Photo of Johnbenco34
4.41/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale Copper to a light amber hue 10-15 srm (standard reference method). with a light touch of tan on the head and great lacing would recommend serving in a pint glass.

S- Im lovin the tropical bouquet. Citrus and tropical aromas(grapefruit). aromas of fresh cut pine and a hint of herbal spices. The tropical citrus, grapefruit, piney, earthy,floral and spicey characters come from the 3 low to high alpha acid hops.(centennial, cascade and simcoe) :)

T- as for hop bitterness this ale drinks like a pale ale but under the category of a fresh hopped ipa (roughly around 50-55 ibu) ibu=international bittering units. Favorite thing about this ale is the soothing notes of caramel malt and toasted malt characters, almost like eating the pie crust from grandmas ancient old most loved peacan pie lol. sorry I had too.

M- Great head retention that seldom persist. Low carbonation but about 1 finger of head that laces very well on the side of the glass. Great first impression of spicey and zesty hop bitterness that only lingers for a few seconds unlike your everyday ipa. With a great finish of mellow sweet matiness that makes this beer a greatly balanced palate quencher.

PWW- because of its lack of bitterness on the palate I would recommend going with a mildly spicy food or a mild bodied plate like a smoked pulled pork nothing too over the top on spices like curry. Maybe a zesty chicken sandwich. Great with any burger honestly or English cheese like cheddar cheese or my absolute favorite...BANNANA BREAD PUDDING!!!

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Photo of mverity
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from scotchzi at Proof. Pours an amber/caramel color with almost no head and very thin collar. Aroma is mostly medium malt sweetness. Taste has some slight tropical hop notes; otherwise, just the medium maltiness. Medium body and light carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
1.63/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to a fine trader, who shall remain nameless, for this new brew, among many others. Big 750ML zombie-beater split with my wife.

Pour is a crusty, dim orange that looks like it's going into partial eclipse. The nose dances about a little. Plenty of sweet caramel malt...& not much else. Where's my fresh hoppiness.

Gainesville Green is a funny color for a brown ale. Sweet malt comes bucking out of the chute & there's no hoppy clown to distract it. A smidgeon of hop tries to rise in the mid-section, but the fresh hop descends into damp earthiness. As it warms it gets muddier. Thick, & way too much body for a modest IPA; this is tough to drink.

This doesn't taste like much besides a flooded garden; other than sweet malt & good Florida dirt, there's just nothing here. Perhaps somebody dropped the hops next to the brew kettle? A bad beer all around.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery tasting room, 3 October 2013.

Pours reddish amber, clear.

Smell is fainty, malty and a bit zippy.

Taste is zip-zingy, mildly bitter, and a lot grainy.

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, vibrant carbonation.

A decent fresh hop beer, much more spicy than juicy, and could showcase the hops more, especially in the smell.

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Photo of roger617
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into nonic glass.

A: Dark brown with a copper hue. Pours with 1 finger of off white head that reduces fairly slow and leaves a lot of lacing.
S: Malt is unfortunately the forefront, with a little bit of hops following after. Smell is good, but not what I expect out of a wet hopper.
T: Hop flavor is a little more dominant than hop aroma. Still a strong malt presence.
M: Carbed well, smooth.
O: This is a very good beer, but does not have the hop presence I hope for in the style.

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Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of light khaki head over a clear bright copper liquid. Gorgeous beer. Smells pine, green onion, resinous, dank, but also light bright citrus, lemon, tangerine, and baby aspirin. Alot to the aroma and everybody seems to get along well. Looking good so far.

Tastes yummy. Wonderful hop flavor supported by clean candy malt sweet, fruity esters, and faint light-caramel flavor. Could use more hop bitterness, but that is hard to get right when using wet hops. Overall, I'm impressed and recommend the reader give this one a try. Hop flavors are clean pine, oranges, lightly of lemon zest, mildly grassy, and baby aspirin. Malt sweet is a bit heavy for an IPA, but fill in where esters should step in. Esters are below my expectations as they are light. Pears with a dash of apricot. Hop bitter needs more umph, but the alcohol sting is clean and right on for the style. Medium in the mouth and modest carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep copper. Big white head. Retains very well.

Smell - Caramel malt. Smells very sweet. Slight grapefruit hop aroma.

Taste - Pine hop. Super sweet. Caramel and some toasted malt. Slight fruit to the finish. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Says it's only 7%, but feels heavier.

Overall - Tough to finish. Disappointing.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle from the release at the brewery, poured into a tulip only 3 days later. Pours a deep dark bronze, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy head that recedes into a creamy off white foam on top. Aroma is dank hops, sweet malts, darker tropical fruits. Not as much hop aroma as I would expect from a beer like this. Flavor is a nice malty red ale. Biscuit, sweet malt, slight grassy hop zest. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Honestly this is not a bad beer, but a far cry from the fresh zesty hops I expected. Has a very nice fruit character and sweet malt presence more of the style of a not super hoppy red ale. Nice beer, but a miss on the big hops it seems.

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark orange with huge, dense bone colored head. Smell: sugary. soft tropical fruit, citrus peel and bubble gum notes. Taste: fall style ipa - milk caramel, acidic hop soup... grapefruit peel, leafy, topical and spicy notes. Good, but somewhat messy and sweet.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with little lacing on a amber with orange hues body. Aroma of bubble gum, caramel, earthy and citrus hops. Has almost a molasses mustiness and sweetness to it. Flavors of tangy citrus, earthy hops, caramel, bitter resin in the finish and a semisweet caramel malt base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. It's a little dry and wasn't as cold as I would like, not sure what that was. This is their fall fresh hop IPA. It's about as good as any other fresh hop IPA.

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Gainesville Green from Swamp Head Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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