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Sweetwater IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater IPASweetwater IPA
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3,525 Ratings
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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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. There's a finger worth of barely off-white colored head, with retention that's average for the style. Touches of lacing are left on the glass, also. Generally, it looks quite good.

S: There are some decent grapefruity hops on the nose, also taking on some piny notes as well. The malts aren't exactly timid, either - some caramel, honey, and toffee can definitely be tasted. Decent, but a bit too standard for the style.

T: Much like the nose, there are no surprises or amazing moments, just a rock-solid IPA. Herbaceous, grapefruity hops open it up, while caramel malts finish it off. The hop profile also takes on a slight tea leaf character on the aftertaste. It's definitely a balanced example of the style, maybe *sliiightly* erring towards sweet.

M: It has a light-to-medium body, with some lingering sweetness post-swallow to balance out the crisp bite. Carbonation feels restrained. I figured out what I like so much about this - it's so refreshing going down. In a way, it's just like drinking a glass of sweet tea...except it's a 6.3% IPA.

O: This one really hit the spot, more than I anticipated it to. It's one of the more refreshing IPAs I've drank in a while (I've drank many of them recently, keep in mind), and it's just so drinkable without having to resort to being hop water. I'd drink it again, absolutely.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/Copper. Minimal lacing, nice but small white head

S: pine, citrus, grapefruit, floral. Pungent but refreshing

T: Great balance of malt/hops. Similar to the nose. The hops are not overbearing. easy drinker. Clean and smooth. A very tame but refreshing IPA

M: medium carbonation, mouthfeel is just right

O: A very accessible IPA (you can find it in almost any grocery store in South Florida, despite the limited and behind but ascending craft beer scene here). It's a great staple. It's a great blend of both West Coast and East coast IPAs. The citrus/floral aspect does not completely overpower the beer like some west coast varieties, and neither does the malt like east coast. A very solid, staple choice in your rotation.

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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at a bar. I might revisit the review at some point with the bottled version, because to be fair, it was not as good as I remembered it while I was down in Columbia, SC last year, close to the source.

It was good, but that is about it. The hops were not overwhelming. Nothing about what I had was overwhelming. In fact, it tasted a little watered down. That might be because I have had some very good, very bold IPAs as of late. It may be because it was on draft and who knows how long it had been there for.

Still, for the price and availability, it is a good IPA. It won't knock your socks off, but you can have more than a few and won't get tired of it.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We pour this brew from the bottle into Hop City pint glasses. It shows a ruddy, brassy orange coloring, with darker tawny hues around the edges. It holds a two finger tall head of off-white chunky foam with a glossy, glistening shimmer to it. Patterned specks of biomechanical lacing are left around the glasses following a nice retention. Haze and finite granules of sediment pour with the dregs of the bottle. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose shows hops that are sweetly grapefruity and deeply herbal and floral. These mingle with clean toasty pale and somewhat wheaty maltiness, fruity flesh of apricot, guava, and mango, rice and white flour, fresh concrete, confectioner’s sugar, brushed honey, and celery vegetals. With warmth comes a soft caramel depth to the grain. Our first impression is that the flavoring is clean, lightly drinking, and robustly bitter, but all with just enough sweetness for a clean, thorough sip. The taste begins with big citric hoppiness enhanced by independent lemon and orange juice and peel oils, hints of metallics, toasty pale and lightly adjuncty grittiness, cotton, drinking straw plastics, and soured but savory white flour gravy roux. The middle progresses with clean citric hop wash set high into light mineral water, dried mint, white sugar, soapy bite, and your basic pale and dusty wheaty graininess. The finish is marked by freshly squeezed lemon juice, unsweetened tannic tea, continued citric hops, sea saltiness, icy coolness of planty greenness, musky cologne sweetness, Styrofoam plastics, black peppercorns, crisp vegetal snap of cucumbers, and dirty, warming, earthy rumbles of hops. The aftertaste breathes of mineral-laden well water, sweet iced tea tannins, fresh basil, lemon zest, pine nuts, green and twiggy sap resins, coin, bittered yeast, basement musk, warmed white sugar sweetness, warmed gingerbread, and lactic acidity. The body is light to touch, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but offers nothing really special in the froth, foam, or cream departments. Finishing pop is clean and light. The mouth is left cooled and lightly speckled with a crisp, decently drying finish with foci of harsher astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability and pull are clean and easy going.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew is its aroma and its drinkability. The nose seems to have been the muse for Founders All Day IPA, as they are quite similar in base, but with more booze and medicinal bite here. That said, however, the flavoring does cheapen up a bit in the grain profile, causing the hops to come across, themselves, as a bit hollow and skeletonized. This takes the balance off in a direction that we were not too eager to follow, although we were ultimately pleased with the big picture of the beer as a whole. This is a beverage for some fun outdoor activities in the sun, and nobody can argue with how easy it slugs back. This is an excellent beer if you’re all about sippin’ and relaxin’, but if you linger too long and begin to dissect it out, you might find some unwelcomed and simplified layers here and there.

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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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