Hop Swap
Sebago Brewing Company

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IPA - American
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Sebago Brewing Company
United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Each year we change the hops in Hop Swap to showcase new and unique flavor and aroma characteristics. In this release, bold citrus and ripe melon are accompanied by passion fruit and subtle mint.

North American 2-Row
Thomas Fawcett Pale Crystal
Thomas Fawcett CaraMalt
Flaked Barley

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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden with minimal white head. Light hoppy aroma, I smell rye malt. A touch of grassiness and earthy funk. Tastes like a rye IPA, nice malt flavor, slightly bitter on the finish. Mild hop flavor, good carbonation. Overall this is an easy drinking IPA. Can lacks a canning date which doesn't allow me to determine how much the hop flavor dissappated.

16 oz can, undated
3.75 rating

Nov 27, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a hazy amber with a modest head, which reduces to a thin layer quickly. Lacing. Citrus in the nose, along with some maltiness. Taste is Pleasant.

Sep 04, 2017
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tvv375ia from Iowa

3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice golden color with 2 finger head with good lacing.

Smells of somewhat citrus. Maltiness is more pronounced than the hops.

Lots of carmel comes through in the taste, much like the smell.

As an IPA it is not the best example, but solid beer just maybe misclassified,

Jul 25, 2017
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CHickman from New York

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tallboy can it pours slightly hazy gold color with a 1+ finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of grapefruit, piney hops, floral notes like skunk weed, biscuit, herbs, faint toasted grains and some wheat bread. Pretty basic IPA nose which is malty and leans towards English IPA.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, with citrus notes including grapefruit and lemon up front, followed by piney hops, floral hops, tea leaf, skunk weed, fresh cut grass, biscuit, faint caramel, toasted grains, herbs and some wheat bread. Trailing dry chalky yeast helps tame the bitterness, but the hops in this brew were rather muted. Smells better than it tastes.

Mar 14, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

from 16 oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a clear light amber with moderate carbonation

Aroma is yeasty and not very appealing. It is trying to impart some hop aromatics but there is some yeast scent that gets in the way. I possibly sense some tropicals but it is hard to discern

Taste is mostly caramel malts. And here is where I think this beer fails because the typical American IPA in the northeast is providing a balance of caramel malts and aromatic hops ver a moderate to low malt backbone.... this beer has out-of-scale caramel malts but doesn't deliver on the hops. On top of that it has a yeasty flavor that permeates and IMO ruins the experience.

Mouth feel is relatively clean of stickiness and low in carbonation and bitterness.

Overall I am disappointed here. It is trying to mimic the revolution in flavor coming out of Maine (specifically Portland) beers but falls flat on its face. I am keeping a few cans of this beer around to educate friends on what the difference is between a fantastically crafted beer and one that is a wannabe. I am unsure if this is more a factor of "big brewing" in that they don't procure quality ingredients or if it is just missing the target.

Gotta say that I have stayed away from Sebago beers after having a few early on and thinking "meh". It will take a miracle to get me to try one again now.

Feb 11, 2017
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 29 ratings