SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,504
Ranked #12,678
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Apr 25, 2022
Feb 05, 2002
Very Good
Notes: This mammoth IPA is defined by generous quantities of juicy American hops. The extensive dry hopping process contributes to its bright and flavorful character. This beer is unfiltered to leave all the natural flavors intact and bottle conditioned to stay super fresh.

Malt Bill: Munich, Wheat, 2-Row, 70/80
Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe, Golding
Dry Hop: Simcoe, US Golding

50 IBU
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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 12 oz single as part of a mixed sixer from the Ingles cooler on Spartanburg Highway 1-20-22 for $1.83. canned 9-2-21; consumed 4-25-22. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice white head.

Nose is floral hops forward with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste follows the nose with a lighter pale malt base that has some grapefruit flavored hops and finishes pretty bitter with a nice piney bite; 8/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth and refreshing.

Overall a pretty good IPA that i would have again.

Apr 25, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jd333 from South Carolina

This is my go to IPA. Great balance of hops and malt. Reliably consistent bottle to bottle, year around. Reasonably priced and easy to find in upstate South Carolina.

Apr 23, 2022
4 by tonystanhope from Florida on Apr 04, 2022
3.97 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Apr 03, 2022
3.97 by DOCRW from Washington on Mar 10, 2022
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Mar 10, 2022
2.05 by wilfonzo from Florida on Feb 19, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Parmesan from Colorado

L: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a pillowy white head and nice lacing around the glass.

S: Very tropical lots of pineapple, orange, mango and some sugary sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, pineapple, orange followed by a stronger hop bitterness, juicy but still old school.

F: Smooth mouthful, medium body.

O: This is a nice old school IPA.

Feb 13, 2022
2.84 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 08, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz can EB date 4/29/22 into a 16oz pint glass.
L: Pours a light sediment-hazed thick light amber gold w/a 2" off-white rocky head with decent retention. Med-low carbonation and light sticky lacing. It's look reminds me of Firestone/Walker IPAs with fine sediment in suspension.
S: Citrus fruits, gently spicy hops, orange, mango, a hint of banana.
T: Citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramelized malts, a hint of bread. Bitterness lingers and hops are slightly resinous and stay centralized on the tongue.
F: Med-bodied slick & juicy mouthfeel with a med-length finish that is gently drying and lingering.
O: Good bitterness and balance and is fairly easy drinking even at at cellar temps. A straight up no-frills American IPA that is very good in it's style.

Feb 04, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Attractive clear amber appearance.
Around a medium body with carbonation that seems a little bit too much but still a pleasant feel.
Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, malt,floral earthy.
Taste is mildly sweet with a nice hop bite that doesn't dominate and take over.
Im not a big fan of ipas but this seemed to have enough of a malt taste to create a really nice beer.

Jan 11, 2022
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3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by dkoehler42 from New York

This particular beer is described as a "go-to brew". It pours a light amber with a white head. The nose is full of malt and hops and the taste is the same. My chief complaint is the mouthfeel is thin for an IPA. If you were planning a session or wanted something quick and easy I suppose this could work, but I'd have liked a little more body. Otherwise it's a fine beer.

Jan 10, 2022
3.89 by Seshin from California on Jan 07, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Clear, dark amber body; excellent carbonation; thick, sculpted head, white and sticky; lacing weaves along the glass. Nice dank, pine-like aroma with a bit of citrus. Nicely balanced taste; unobtrusive malt backbone supporting a moderate, zesty hop bitterness; pine resin; light esters. Medium body; crisp and slightly prickly on the palate; semi-dry mouthfeel throughout.

A very nice American India pale ale, clean, crisp, balanced and tasty.

Pouring temperature: 52 °F; canning data: 03/31/22 (best before date)

Jan 03, 2022
3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Jan 01, 2022
3.71 by Giggy from Michigan on Dec 30, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Mdog from Minnesota

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, particles in suspension, big head.

Smell: Nice pink grapefruit aroma, some sweetness.

Taste: Mild sweetness followed by moderate citrus bitterness. Clean feel, dry finish, easy drinking.

Overall: Kind of an old school IPA here as beer #2 from the Sweetwater mix pack. I like it a lot, hits the right balance between sweetness and bitterness and is an easy drinker.

Oct 23, 2021
4 by rdub from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2021
4.26 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Oct 02, 2021
3.47 by desint from Belgium on Sep 05, 2021
3.72 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Sep 04, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by digboy from New Hampshire

Very smooth and bland but generally good flavors - sort of citrusy. No bitterness, soft feel, no real aroma to it oddly enough, not much head either. Reminds me of sam adams hazy IPA

Aug 10, 2021
3.93 by GRhoads from Ohio on Aug 01, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours light amber with a 1.5" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma is floral, citrus, pine.

Taste is mango, papaya, grapefruit, pine.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry finish.

This is a very good IPA.

Jul 06, 2021
4.2 by Rhetion from Florida on Jun 18, 2021
3.99 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Jun 10, 2021
Photo of Nass
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Nass from Florida

The pour is dark yellow. The taste is grapefruit, pine hop resin, & a mild papaya note. Cheers! B

May 25, 2021
3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on May 15, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lagrluvr

Dated can is best by 4 months away. Rich, medium honey gold body, a nice thick 2-3 finger head, which slowly thins down a little by halfway and leaves good lacing . Appearance-wise, it's practically perfect.

Smells excellent, but words escape me for this. Very fresh and hoppy with some malt undertone. One that I love to schnoff on for a few good minutes of whiffage. Fruity , vegetal and dank and great!

Taste is excellent, with a bright overall hoppy vibe and enough malt notes to have some balls. Versatile and smashable, while still being crafted with enough dank hops to satisfy as a sipper. Quality brew, obviously.

Feel is just right for the balance of malt and hops. Really right.

Overall, it's one of my go to standard IPA's for the reasons above, and the Sweetwater mix pack 12ers are killer. Hell yes!

May 11, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 6.3%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of citrus / oranges, also notes of flowers and spruce. Slightly dry flavour, grapefruity and resinous hops with a bitter finish, sufficient malts.

May 05, 2021
Photo of BFCarr
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Not great, certainly not bad. Plain IPA that unremarkable and easy to drink.
Though the date on the bottle is 11/17/19 and today is 4/25/21, so there's that.

Apr 25, 2021
4.08 by Burgy from Minnesota on Apr 16, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

Pours a clear darker golden color. There's a 2 finger white fluffy head. There's pretty good head retention and there's nice lacing on the glass.
The nose has a nice mango, and pineapple aroma.
Taste. Mango, and pineapple. There's also a biscuit flavor as a backbone to this IPA.
The body is crisp, and decent.
Tasty IPA overall.

Mar 24, 2021
4.13 by Mctr234 from Rhode Island on Mar 10, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by davidward from Florida

A very solid IPA.

Mar 07, 2021
Photo of fastpat
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by fastpat from South Carolina

Still one of the best IPAs available in the Southeast.

Mar 01, 2021
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