Sweetwater IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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Reviews: 922 | Ratings: 3,460
Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nabbed on-sale at a Whole Paycheck in Brooklyn for $8/sixer.

"Unfiltered." "IPA." "Bottle conditioned for fresher taste." "Dry hopped." 6.30% ABV.

Hop flavour is piney but balanced out by pale malt sweetness. Hop pungency is lacking, as is depth of flavour. Muddled, lacking a fresh taste. Coating resins make it stick to the palate, which is unpleasant in this beer's case. Very shallow and simple fare; I don't dislike it but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated. Slightly oily. Coating.

OVERALL: I'm appalled this currently has a 90 overall rating on BeerAdvocate; it's mediocre at best. Perhaps this would have dazzled drinkers in 2003, but up against contemporary competition it's dreadfully lackluster. A shrug of an unremarkable IPA that I wouldn't recommend to others. Very forgettable fare from SweetWater.


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Photo of haines710
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at the local grocery cooler. Poured into a pint glass. Thin head and not much lacing as I drink it. This beer has a nice citrus smell, but taste is very dry and bitter. It is easy to drink and i enjoyed it more as i drank more. Not my favorite IPA, but still a quality beer.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: copper, with a consistent thick white head
Smell: citrus, floral, and pine.
Taste: citrus, floral and pine, malt at the end
Feel easy to drink, medium carbonation. Would I buy again? Yes, I am going to try other beers made by this brewery first

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Photo of Creevo
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very citrusy, floral tones and a nice aftertaste. Had in Destin, FL SB 2017. At 7% this would seem to be a new and great session brew. Very flavorful, nice job Atlanta, if only your highways were as smooth!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Hooters in Atlanta, GA.

Copper orange body with an inch of white collar. Steady effervescence. Earthy hops, pine, spiced bread. Hop forward, moderate alcohol presence. Medium body. Medium-high bitterness. This is ok.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow appearance. Hoppy flavor, although not as strong as some IPAs. Notes of coriander and orange peel. Smooth finish. Gotta get this on tap. I had in from a bottle and the hop flavor was almost gone.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (05/08/17) ,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thick frothy white colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with good retention and sticky lacing.Hazy gold colored body,with low clarity and distorted light showing through the glass.Heavy amount of sediment,and low carbonation.

On the nose I get heavy amounts of citrus hops,mango and pineapple,along with piney hop notes.These are balanced by sweet biscuit and caramel malts.This IPA has a very nice,very pleasant aroma to it.

On the palate I get tropical hops,mango and pineapple up front,and bitter piney hops on the back end,with sweet biscuit malts balancing throughout.This is a very good tasting,very well balanced hop forward IPA with a bit of a dank taste.Very nice beer.

The body is medium heavy,with a sticky mouth feel and a medium dry finish.Good amount of oxidation on the tongue.

This is a very good IPA.Nice bitter backbone with a good balance of citrus and pine hops,and sweet malts.Very smooth,very drinkable.One I will definitely revisit in the future,and would recommend to any hop head to at least try.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant IPA that I can best describe as solid. It smells and tastes fine. It's definitely a good beer to keep handy, meaning that because it's available in pint cans, keeping it at the back of the fridge makes it a great substitute when you run out of various beers that you like to keep in a regular rotation. You could do much worse.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Im really liking the scent of this beer, sweet and citrus with some melon and malt on the edge. The nose is a bit better but the taste follows fairly well with initial bitterness flowing into citrus and malt flavors with the ever so slight bitterness lasting through the finish of this beer. Fairly well balanced. Not very bitter for an IPA. This has a bit less carbonation than your normal IPA and decent flavor coating on the palate. Good solid beer where the overall might be a bit better that the individual parts.

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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Dark gold in color, clear with a fluffy wheat head that settles into a thin lacing. Citrus/lemon hop aroma with a bit of sweet toasted malt. Lots of citric hop bitterness nicely balanced by more toasted malt sweetness. Pleasantly dry finish.

A really solid American IPA that can distinguish itself in a beer market that is now flooded with American IPAs. Good stuff.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter appears clear copper with a white head that fades leaving a wall of lace.

Aroma is herbal and citrusy with sweet graininess.

Taste is herbal and vegetal before some caramel malt sweetness.

Medium in body with modest carbonation, pretty average IPA.

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Photo of TheWolfofMibu
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite IPA. The smell is phenomenal; very floral. The best smelling brew I've had the pleasure to sniff. The taste is very similar to the scent. Perfect amount of bitterness. Superbly balanced. Simply good stuff.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BItter, tasty, easy to drink, clean beer. Not too dank. I am sure I am higher than the average on this beer but it just does it for me. And the price point is great. I get 6 = 16 ounce cans for $8.99.

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Photo of mickwin
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: pale, a little yellowish with lots of frothy head
Smell:very hoppy with citrus
Taste: dry, lots of bite, a lot of citrus, strong hop flavours
Feel: full bodies, rich in flavour
Overall: very nice beer, leaves you wanting more! I found the smell of the beer very attractive, it takes me back to working in the drying kiln on a hop farm many years ago, that peculiar and distinctive hop smell.

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a deep, cloudy gold with a light white head

Smell: sweet and citrusy

Taste: I generally don't like IPAs but this is honestly a perfect balance of citrus and bitter hops. I think it's the best IPA I've ever tasted.

Feel: perfect consistency

Overall: This is my favorite standard IPA (i.e. no added flavors like Mocha or Grapefruit) ever!

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

L: Somewhat cloudy and very golden--less amber and more golden than many IPAs. Two finger head (although I poured a bit too aggressively); white-ish head that dissipated quickly with very little lacing.

S: Very pleasant on the nose--hoppy and floral. A lot of citrus and hints of pine (maybe not pine, but some evergreen-ish aroma). A bit of malt lingers, too.

T: Very good taste, but not outstanding (relative to all the other excellent IPAs that have flooded the market in recent years). Citruses dominate with hints of lavender and rye. Malty, but not as much as I expected from the aroma.

F: Dry and refreshing. The beer is moderately effervescent, and the fizziness lingered through the final sip.

O: Overall very good beer. It doesn't distinguish itself from many of the others of its genre, but I would absolutely purchase it again.

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Photo of pwpratt
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Somehow at festivals, when palate exhaustion sets in, this is the callibrator. Thoroughly fermented, delicate somehow, cascade yes but is their a floral noble streak. Criticized as common, but to me it reminds me why we love IPAs.

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Photo of Mardukk
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange haze, darker than most in this style. Extensive lacing and slightly off white head.

Smell is subdued for the style, some citrus and sweetness.

The taste is remarkably well balanced for an American IPA. Citrus hops with a solid malt backbone. No residual bitterness in the finish. With the low carbonation medium body and almost perfect hop to malt balance...this is the most drinkable 6%+ IPA I've had. The best of the Sweetwater bunch.

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Photo of Gatorjoe5150
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice lacing. Unfiltered and home brew like haze and taste since its unfiltered. Nice light ambor color. Taste is nicely balanced. Grassy citrusy taste from dry hops. As close to home brew as you could expect from a comercial brewer. Pleasantly surprised with thier beers.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. fairly clear, burnt orange copper, 2-finger eggshell head with excellent lacing
Smell: pine, grapefruit, toasted malt, bread, citrus peel
Taste: sweet ruby red grapefruit up front, a little touch of malt, a little wheat, pine,
Feel: medium body, pleasant carbonation, just a hint of resin
Overall: a great tasting reliable IPA with a great balance strong citrusy, piney hops and toasted malt

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a cloudy amber with a solid head.

smell is sweet, nothing very noticeable going on here. not bad but not great either.

for a 6.3% beer this has a nice hop bite. i'm pleasantly surprised by this. crisp bitterness and finishes with some lingering bitterness. this is actually pretty good.

my first SweetWater Beer as they just came to NJ recently. low-ish in abv but a full IPA flavor.

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Photo of SlappyMcGee
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I could smell almost no difference at all between it and the Goin' Coastal seasonal, which has pineapple in it. The hops hit your senses immediately when you drink it, with a nice, malty finish. Slightly more bitter than I like, but otherwise a fine beer. This is an occasional beer for me, not one I'd go for regularly.

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Photo of frykid
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this served from tap in a pint glass. Nice looking, amber color. Citrus aromas. The taste a little stronger/more bitter than i usually like, however, it tasted very good.

Overall, very good and one that I would drink again.

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pinnacle of southern India Pale Ale. The SweetWater IPA is highly crisp, carbonated, refreshing, and classy. In cans or in bottles, this brew is perfect for summer shenanigans. No other IPA comes close to this. SweetWater IPA is the standard for which all other IPAs aspire to meet.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle copped from Total Wine and More. A surprisingly decent IPA. Faint notes of grapefruit and pine linger in the nose and on the tongue. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Smooth and easily drinkable. Not bad.

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