Tropical Disturbance | Swamp Head Brewery

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Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BMMillsy on 02-14-2014

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Photo of larryarms847
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and semi chill hazed golden orange with a pilloy finger of white foam that dissipates but leaves a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Orange and lemon rind, mango, caramel malt sweetness, and pine.

Strong piney bitterness right up front. The caramel sweetness, citrus, and tropical fruit notes are also there, but very muted due to the noticeable abv and piney brashness.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, piney, bitter, dry.

Overall, a very gorgeous and quaffable brew, but it falls apart at first sip. The bright citrus and tropical fruit notes that dominate the aroma are overpowered by a dry, piney, bitterness. Good, but needs some touching up.

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Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy 2 finger head and great lacing. Smells of tea leaf and sweetness. Tastes of earthiness, mild hop bite after drinking turns to medium bitterness aftertaste. Tastes very smooth for a double. Not much of a flavor profile to go with this beautiful looking beer. Would be a one glass and done.

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Photo of rickrem
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not too sure here about this review since it looks like the bottle date is about 9 months ago. Not really sure if I'm getting the correct representation of this beer or an old or 'aged' version? ?

Pours a murky coppery orange color with a big slightly off white large bubbly head. End of the bottle has a fair amount of yeast sediment.

Smell has the tropical fruity aroma with some mustiness.

Taste is quite easy drinking. Has some tartness to it which is not what I was expecting nor maybe what I should be expecting? If I'm getting a correct interpretation of this beer, It somewhat misses the mark of a DIPA, but if they were going for a brett IPA, they might be on to something. Picks up the tropical, bitter taste and has a slightly heavy mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, I would love to give this another try, especially if it were fresh on draft. I might then have a better idea of what to expect so you Floridians might have a better opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep gold with a nice thick white head.

Nose is all tropical fruit and assertive IPA tones.

Mouth feel is a nice balance; medium carbonation and an invitation to drink more.

Flavor is big tropical fruit bitter with nice citrus tones. An aggressive double IPA that's quite nice.

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Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy darker amber with one finger thick dense creamy head, thin sheet of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: toffee, biscuit, citrus rind, notes of melon, pine and minty herbs. Taste: whole wheat biscuit, honey, a bit chalky, grapefruit rind, pine, herbal. Medium bodied, sugary and oily, creamy carbonation, with slightly drying finish. Nice flavors, feels unfocused.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was lucky enough to pick this newly bottled 750ml bottle up at the swamp last week. Pours a 4 finger light cream head and slight cloudy orange Amber color. Great head retention and lacing. Smells of fresh hops. Sweat citrus aromas. Taste is much lighter than expected. Slightly tart hoppy taste with almost no aftertaste. No alcohol presence at all. For being 8.7%, it's hard to believe. This is got to be the lightest tastings DIPA out there. I like this a lot. Very drinkable. If it were only canned it would be a perfect potent IPA. 4.50

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep gold draft with white foam and good lacing. Citrus hop nose. Lite grass and Meyers Lemon start; malt balances nicely with the hoops. No hint of 8.3 % alcohol. Medium lite mouthfeel with dry hop finish on tongue. Very easy drinking " double IPA".

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Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

I have only had one opportunity to relish this beer, and sure wish I could find it again. It is an excellent Imperial IPA. I was smiling with every sip.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange, almost copper. Medium white head. A few wisps.

Smell - Lots of caramel. Grapefruit hops. Pungent and a little dank. Smells very sweet.

Taste - Sweet orange and grapefruit. Deep caramel. Very sweet. Grapefruit pithy bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Too sweet for me.

Overall - Tasty hop flavors. It would be really good if it weren't so damn sweet.

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Photo of Kword55
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally write reviews but I just tried this on tap at a Naples bar, having never heard of the brewery and a little more than skeptical, but the bartender seemed to know what he was talking about and fulfilled my request for a hoppy, juicy IPA. Coming in at 8.9% it has that chewy, hoppy mouthful accentuated my mango and citrus fruits dancing and merging so well on the tongue. The finish lingers and doesn't fall off like so many Imperial IPA's. Very well rounded, I don't get too much of a malt backbone but it doesn't over-do it on the bitterness either. I brought a group back the next night to try it but the keg had already kicked so get this one if you can, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 32oz twist-off “howler” filled earlier today at the brewery to a nucleated can-glass. Been refrigerated as soon as it got home a few hours ago, so these constitute more or less ideal conditions in every regard.

Appearance (4.25): The pour yields three very full fingers of a slightly yellowish, custard-colored head that dies down slowly, capping a clear, rich, honey/golden-colored body with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top. The head shows much better than average retention, taking its sweet time to die down while leaving wide, fat, arcing legs of lace loosely connected to equally fat, sloppy, foamy collars.

Smell (4.5): A pungent mixture of dank resin, passionfruit liqueur, overripe pineapple, booze, and zested lemon peel sits atop and almost masks a slightly toasted, biscuity, rustic white bread malt aroma. There’s booze in there, sure, but the boundary between it and the hops is well-blurred so it’s all good by me.

Taste (4.25): It maintains a lot of the elements in the nose, but a smooth, juicy, tangerine fruitiness easily balances the weird harshness of the weedy, resinous component—though that is still sitting pretty, underpinning the whole affair and again blurring lines with the booze and toasted aspect of the malt body. (Doing so earns major points in my book.) There’s a juicy red grapefruit push towards the back of the palate, but other than that it’s mostly tangerine sweetness and resiny dankness going back and forth over a solid but low-profile malt base, which as in the nose is mostly pale and bready, a little toasted, and a little biscuity. Some booze, but again, it blends with the hops.

Mouthfeel (4.25): This has a full-side-of-medium-weight body and a viscous feel, facilitated by a smooth, modest, but lush carbonation that foams up gently and richly before washing out. And yet, the bitter underbelly of the beer still allows it to finish a bit on the dry side—way too easy to drink, the feel is great for a medium-full DIPA.

Overall (4.25): This is a really, really enjoyable DIPA with really no negative aspects that I can think of, at all. It’s full, it’s a little boozy and a little sweet, but it’s all pulled together nicely to make a juicy, modestly dank, well-executed and way too easy to drink DIPA. Definitely recommended—I’d love to see it in cans!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the brewery today. Pours deep golden colored with a creamy white head. Aroma of massive tropical citrus fruits, vegetal and grassy hops. Really nice. Flavor follows with big bitter and raw grassy hoppiness. Lots of citrus here behind the bitter and the beautiful aromatics really lend a fresh and light character to this one. Medium bodied with medium is carbonation and very easy drinking. Hope this becomes a regular as it is one of their more well done brews.

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Tropical Disturbance from Swamp Head Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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