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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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

A: Pours a clear, shimmering amber with a thin, creamy white head that recedes slowly.

S: Aromas of nectarine, peach, apricot, honey, orange, lemon, lime, pine, cedar, caramel, and biscuits dominate the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, biscuit, and crackers emerge on the entry, but are soon joined by flavors of cedar, pine, juniper, lemon, lime, grass, herbs, and orange. Around mid-palate delicate notes of apricot, honey, peach, and nectarine manifest, providing an interesting of balance of sweet fruitiness and resinous, citrusy bitterness. The finish is delicately integrated with a combination of biscuit, cream, caramel, apricot, honey, nectarine, orange, lemon, and pine flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium and only mildly resinous. Carbonation is crisp, yet delicate. This ale displays a very slight, unobtrusive mouthfeel for the style, but it works, as this is one of the most drinkable American IPAs I have had in some time.

O: A really interesting ale. So far, this is my favorite Sweetwater beer. I really enjoy the odd combination of flavors on display here and would have no problem approaching this beer again.

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

This IPA is a brightly shining clear amber. Gentle bubbling rises from the glass's bottom for the duration. The head is very nearly white, a bit spritzy though it has a thick, creamy texture. Lace is moderate, a thin ring at the top with spotting to follow. Slightly mineral undertones lie beneath perfume and floral bitterness with light fruity esters and breads. Ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, lemon peel, and floral bitterness show a hoppiness not foreseen in the aroma, strong and straightforward with most of the balance coming from a hint of sugared fruits and some bready malts. There's a strong crispness in a medium body with plenty of smoothness running over the tongue and into the finish with a mildly lingering bitterness.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich copper color. Head retention leaves something to be desired, fading quickly with minimal lacing.

Powerful tropical fruit nose with mango and pineapple. A little note of citrus in the background.

Tropical fruits up front in the flavor but with a more prominent grapefruit and orange peel citrus. Finishes with a hefty dose of pine resin and a nice lingering bitterness. Pretty clean hop profile. Malts are noticeable but subdued and act more as a balancing note. I will say the hop aromas are much more powerful than the flavor which fades pretty quickly but while it's there it's really tasty.

Carbonation is lively and nice palate cleanser considering the pretty solid bitterness on the back end.

Overall a really nice IPA. The big hop aromas had me hoping for more than what the flavor delivered but still pretty solid in general. If I wanted an IPA this wouldn't be my first choice but I can see drinking it from time to time. Very drinkable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque, golden with an off-white half-finger head that dissipates fast. Low lacing.

S: Piney hops and grapefruit dominates. This could be a hop bomb.

T: But it wasn't. I get a really nice balance of grassy hops and sweet caramel malts. Smooth.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Now I see why this one is so popular. I like my IPA's well balanced between the bitter and the sweet and this one fits the bill. Recommended.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,558 ratings