Sweetwater IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
This mammoth IPA is dry-hopped to the gills, delivering a kick-you-in-the-teeth hop chop. This beer is unfiltered, as with all SweetWater's brews, to leave all the natural flavors intact.

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Reviews: 961 | Ratings: 3,671
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of fluffy white foam. The head fades rather slowly over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a tropical fruit and tangerine smell mixed with some aromas of bread and a little bit of caramel. With a little bit of pine and a hint of light fruit aromas, one is left with a rather nice inviting aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather strong tropical fruit and tangerine taste with the tropical fruit being of a pineapple and mango nature. Upfront there is also a rather decent showing of a bready and caramel taste which remain steady throughout the taste. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors get slightly more intense al while some pine and grass come to the tongue. In the end with the all the flavors that are left, one is left with a nice fruity and decently mixed moderate hop taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of fruit and hop the feel is good and makes for a flavorful easy drinker.
Overall – A very tasty and easy drinking brew overall. Quite nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium copper gold color with a thin frothy layer of white head resting on top.

S - Citrus and sticky pine aroma.

T - Citrus and sticky pine from start to finish. Tastes like a classic Cascade hop profile. Nice lingering citrus and sweet pine resin.

M - Medium body.

O - A very easy drinker.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lightly hazed golden amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly to become a cap of foam and then a thin irregular island of foam with a ring around the glass while leaving a web and some patches and rings of lacing. Sipping creates a couple of arches with lots of small patches and a few legs of lacing.

The aromas are full of citrus and pine with lots of grapefruit, zest and pine resin. There’s also a bit of caramel from the malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grapefruit and pine resin showing the most. The caramel malt sweetness is a bit more noticeable than the resinous bitterness but each is noticeably present.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and fairly crisp with the moderate and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the various flavors and sweetness begin to fade away leaving the long clean fresh ending to some light dry bitterness from the pine resin and citric zest.

Overall I’d say this is a well made drinkable classic IPA with sweetness from the malts and the bitterness from the citric resinous hops in a very enjoyable balance. Looking forward to having this one again and I could easily have a second one right now.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has grapefruit and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice great fruit and hop flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good India Pale Ale

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rocky slightly off white head. Color is a pretty clear brown-amber.

The nose is dank and grapefruity. A slight hint of pine. Some hints of guava after a good swirl. Can't really smell the malt character.

The palette is pretty sweet with caramel notes, backed by some biscuit and crackers. Some grapefruit comes through on the flavor, but the flavor is not quite as hop forward as the nose. Finishes a touch dry, washing away some, but not all, of the sweetness.

The mouthfeel starts medium bodied and moves to a touch aqueous through the finish. The carbonation is moderate. The alcohol warmth is very subdued.

Overall, this is an IPA whos nose eludes to a better palette. It's a perfectly drinkable beer, but the 420 Extra Pale Ale would be a better purchase for the money. Would be tasty with a juicy hamburger or a solid cheese pizza.

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Photo of 57md
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. There is an array of bright citrus fruits in the nose and flavor profile. The finish is solid piney hop goodness.

Simple, but a real winner.

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Photo of Precisiondigital
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great, tasty Ipa. Strong lacing that sticks to the glass. Light, hazy look that is yellowish light brown. Citrus notes. Smooth finish. Pineapple, not very bitter. Overall a easy light body and good finish.

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Photo of ViggieMech
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chilled 16oz glass. Medium head which receded quickly. Opaque hazy orange in color. Nose is grapefruit and a malty hoppy aroma. Mouth is full and robust ending with a slight hop bitterness on the palette on final. Alcohol is present though not prominent, I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA. Had it the first time on tap in the ATL Sky Club on one of my may TDY trips with the Army.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it while visiting friends in Georgia a few years back. Only had a couple, but was mightily impressed. Our friend still swears by it today for good reason. Have had it once since then, but I really need to revisit.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured a fresh 12 oz. can into a Spiegelau IPA pint glass (dated best by 5-6/19) and it topped out easily with a bold crusty head that leaves very structured lace walls. Beautiful thing. Full, medium golden body with a lightly populated haze.

Lemony fresh citrus scent! I can see why there's a fish on the can! Smells like you just reeled one in. Dankish riverwater earthy, shady aromas lurks beneath that initial pop of citrus. The pale malt/grains used support this very subtly.

Taste follows nose somewhat, with nice proportions and mid/light body that makes for hoppy balance. Like gymnast on a beam balanced.
Or one ski slalom. Crisp hop bitterness, light citrus peel, matched to malt, matched to adequate carbonation makes this a killer IPA. I'm newer to the IPA style, and this Sweetwater makes it easy to like.

Enough body present to indicate that a really good beer has been consumed, and lightly fit enough to ask for more.
Crisp clean fresh and dry.

One of my recent favorite IPA style brews.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near translucent yellow with a half a finger of white foam. Minimal lacing. It has a very floral Aroma with hints of grapefruit and orange as well. It tastes almost the same as it smells with a heavy Floral presence, mixed with pain and grapefruit. The ABV is 6.3% but you cannot detect any booze flavor. The Hop-heavy brew provides a great sensation after swallowing, coating the entire mouth, but mainly the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth, with that lovely pine flavor that I love. Overall, it is a very strong offering from Sweetwater and I would recommend you pick up a 6 or a 12 at your earliest convenience.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - 2.5 finger creamy white head atop a near-transparent yellow body.

S - herb, floral, grass, orange, caramel.

T - follows the nose. Floral and grassy. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - very decent for the price.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes 6/1/13: Pours an orange/amber gold producing a finger of white, chunky, moderately lasting head and nice clumpy lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus (particularly grapefruit), grass, some caramel with hints of black tea and roses. Taste has a low malt profile and sweetness, grapefruit and pine heavy hops. Starts and finishes bitter with a half sweet, peppery finish. Some sweet taste and syrupy feel in the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid AIPA. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice hazy light amber color with a medium size foamy, bubbly white head. Head retention is about average but there is plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet, beady malt, piney hops and a little grapefruit. Flavor is more of the same with a nice balance between the piney hops and the malt, The grapefruit/citrus kicks in at the back end. Good bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat bitter. A good balanced beer rather than a hops blast. This would be a great every day, go-to IPA in areas where it is readily available.

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Photo of EMH73
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a half inch, poorly retained white head that left some spotty lacing. Smells of citrus fruits ,pine, malt and earthy notes. Tastes of orange, orange rind, lemon, some sweet malts, pine and earthy notes. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, light to medium bitterness that lingers on the finish.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This probably would have been a great ipa about 15 years ago. Now it’s just pretty good.
I could drink a lot of them.
Not much on the nose
Piney and a little sweet on the finish.
Lingers bitter - old school
Good beer overall

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear deep golden color with off-white head. Aroma has candied orange peel, hop resin and slightly nutty malt notes. Taste is quite bitter and medicinal up-front. Some citrus rind at first but then you only get the leafy bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Quite unbalanced and flawed by some off-flavors.

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Photo of Shroom
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A well priced and tasty brew, a little on the malty side. $15.99 for a twelve pack with a good drink by date. This and SN Hazy Little Thing are my favorite everyday brews.

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Photo of sirspins
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange, string notes of pine and floral off the nose. Followed up by slightly bitter and earthy tasting notes. Overall a smooth and easy drinker, a classic IPA and good introductory beer for the style for new consumers.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey amber in color. Head is off-white and foamy. Retention was minimal and no lacing.
The nose is tropical. Orange, lemon, a bit of pineapple and some piney bitterness. This one is very aromatic.
Bitter hops and citrus peelings. Absolutely delicious.
Mouthfeel is clean and smooth with great carbonation.

A solid IPA for sure.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer, somewhat hazy orange color. Nice thick head. Very good aroma. Not overpowering hop aroma. It follows suit with the taste . Nice hop but not too strong. Makes for a nice creamy smooth IPA. I get citrus, oranges and maybe some lemon. I’ll look for this at home. On draft at Fish on Fire, Orlando.

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Photo of TerryMills
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smooth easy drinker.. Not super bitter like a lot of single ipa's , plenty of malt to back up the hops..

Also easy to find at gas stations and such.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour with 1 finger of foamy white head. Fell fast... reasonable lacing.

S: Citrus and pine... lightly toasted grains.

T/F: Pretty tasty stuff... crackery grains and lemon/citrus forward hops. Solid bitterness... balanced.. a little bit of pineapple but mostly lemon/tangerine. Light and crisp.

O: A tasty IPA... easy drinking... and one that could easily be a 'go-to' in terms of quality and price point (assuming availability.. only just now seeing it regularly in the northeast).

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Photo of Apellonious
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best if enjoyed by 5/29/18, poured into an IPA glass, a rubbish orange with visible floating sediment (unfiltered) and three fingers of white head. Smell is initially dank hop with some onion, and some citrus peeks through eventually. The taste is much more grainy/bready up front; the hops more in line with pine and lemon, but very much still intact. The feel is medium heavy, somewhat smooth due to carb release on the pour and the sediment, but there is still a medium low level of carbonation to hold it together. Overall, a good solid IPA, will have to check into their dating to see how old this was.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 04/10/18.
A: Pours a hazy, dark amber to light copper color with a half inch, white head, spotty retention and soapy lacing.
S: Tangerine > pineapple aromas predominate, overlaying cracked grains.
T: Palate largely follows the nose, although tangerine is, by far, the most notably fruit, and caramel malt backbone much more evident. Light, refreshing bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with a light effervescence.
O: A very respectable, enjoyable, relatively light bodied IPA from SweetWater. Very, very drinkable. I will be looking forward to their other offerings, if this is representative.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,671 ratings