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Sweetwater IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA
BA SCORE
3.97/5
Very Good
3,525 Ratings
Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,340
Reviews:
930
Ratings:
3,525
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
1,066
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 3,525 |  Reviews: 930
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the plus bitter side, with citrus from Chinook hops? Citrus aroma. Smooth. Well gulped on the night of a humid day. Malts present though not that balanced. Delicate taste, medium mouthfeel. Thanks Mr_kimchee.Had on tap at the brewpub 3 1/3 years later and better than average IPA. Good bubbly head onto grapefruit.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger head. little lace. Clear and amber.

S: Grapefruit on top. Background of pineapple, cherry and cranberry mixed with hops.

T: Grapefruit heavy with hops taking a backseat. I love this version of an IPA. Complex citrus notes and little pine.

M: Not too spicey with medium body. A great summer version of an IPA.

Overall: I like this version. I appreciate the IPA background and heavy citrus. I will be grabing more of this from time to time.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a well made if a tad generic india pale ale from the great state of georgia. richer bronze color to this, mostly clear, with an inch of pure white head that slowly settles down. it smells like cascade hops, higher alpha but overly common, the classic mix of hop bitterness and juicy punch. malt base is bigger than average and lends some biscuity aromatics, although its flavor is far more subdued. a fuller bodied gulp shows nice carbonation and a long hoppy finish that moves from lightly citric to quite bitter. well done, but the varietals used could be a little more unique i think. this is basic american ipa, well crafted, but not particularly intriguing. a good sixer to drink down thoughtlessly coming from one of the better known georgia beer makers. curious to try their other stuff though, this was good, but couldnt hold my attention past one.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light amber in color, the beer poured with a finger high creamy beige head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The hops contribute moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit and pine resin to the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are flavors of grapefruit and pine in the taste as well as notes of caramel and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable. I would definitely have another one of these again because it has a nice amount of bitterness and a good amount of flavors. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seriously formitable and stern IPA with delicate sweetness and bold hop character- such a bitter beer for a Sweet-water brewery.

Pouring a froathy orange hued beer, the lush head gives an off-white, cottony textured appearance. Vibrant carbonation makes the beer dance with zest and sprite. Solid rings of lace reminds me how many drinks it took to reach the bottom of the glass- turns out four on this particularly thirsty day.

Bright and fruity aromas, lead by tangerine and orange zest, fill the nose with a juicy and highly citrusy character. Soft malty sweet scent provides the slightest of caramel scent to give a ripe and sweet citrusy dominance to the nose.

Flavors are very consistent with aromas: Focused on dripping citrusy fruity flavor with a dry bitter finish that remains clean and smooth. The hop showcase is focused more on the flavor of tangerine, pineapple, oranges, and ripe ruby red grapefruit and a little less on the resiny bitterness in finish. A background of powdered sugar sweetness gives a ripe and juicy roundness to support the hop flavor and bitterness, and without interferring with the drinkability.

Soft creamy textures seem less scrubbed to the palate than most IPA's and somewhat reminescent to Witbiers. The malty textures waiver at mid palate and allow for a very clean, very crisp hop bitterness and light alcohol dryness to govern the finish; and with a moderate linger of citrusy hop flavor and bitterness in aftertaste.

Sweetwater's IPA is certainly a showcase for hops on all fronts (aroma, flavor, and bitterness), but in superb balance and with high drinkability. This is an effortless beer to drink!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

C- (2.59) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper color with a prodigiously rocky head that leaves swaths of lace all over the glass

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma that leans toward the piney side but has some fruit to it as well; a caramel undertones, tool

Taste: Starts with a moderately sweet caramel presence that is quickly overtaken by a fruity, piney bitterness that continues after the swallow; some residual sweetness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An excellent mainstream IPA - not sure whether this is the new recipe or not - "Best if Enjoyed by 5/5"

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with medium head and medium retention. Aroma is quite hoppy and I can already feel the bitterness. Taste is extremely bitter, probably one of the most bitter IPA that I had the chance to taste but also I can feel very light sweetness in the background which make this beer very interesting. Body is just above average and carbonation is medium. Probably one of the most interesting IPA, which mixes some extreme characteristics as well as some balance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. There was an aroma of citrus and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Great piney/resiney hop bitterness upon first sip. It had a sharp burnt toast maltiness and some sweet caramel & toffee backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that goes down very easy.

D - Glad to find this on tap. I had 420 in a bottle and hoped to find some IPA. I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/5/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Outstanding aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a hazed orange gold.

Aroma: Floral, dank hops. Lots of malts. Some citrus flavors.

Taste: Lots of bready malts up front. Bitter floral hops. Grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but bland. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, an average ipa at best. Decent drinkability, but nothing special. Too malty for me.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,525 ratings
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