Sweetwater IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

3,471 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"This mammoth IPA is dry hopped to the gills, delivering a kick-you-in-the-teeth hop chop, this beer is unfiltered and, as always with SweetWater's brews, unpasteurized to leave all the natural flavors intact." Brewed in the style of an American India Pale Ale. One of SweetWater's year round beers, their second biggest seller following 420 Extra Pale Ale. SweetWater has caught on to the growing hype, recently expanding this release to the glorious 12-pack with plans for cans to follow in early 2014!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my SweetWater pint glass. Served at 54ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light golden cream head of a medium thick foamy complexion. Body color is a bold amber orange with a very mild haze and plentiful carbonation. Retention is very good, maintaining form and shape long after the beer was poured. lacing is medium foamy and streaked. In similar form with the SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale, IPA has similar qualities to its appearance. It looks quite enjoyable in a glass. 4.5

(Smell) Aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus rind and peppery hop notes, very potent with a moderate bitterness to match. Malt profile is a smooth biscuit and caramel malt syrup. The aroma is very indicative of west coast hop varietals, a very citrusy and grapefruit combination, making for a bright, pleasing aroma, although not one devoid of acidic and rind-like aromas, which may not make the aroma as clean and accessible overall as it could be. 3.75

(Taste) Sudsy, peppery and resinous hop notes with a lesser grapefruit and citrus backbone. The flavor has a better rounded hop flavor diversity with less sharp flavors than in the aroma. Bitterness is moderate. The malt body is a light pale malt with a pinch of biscuit malt for some added malt character. The drinkability is very high and the hop flavor, while not bursting at the seams, presents many unique flavor combinations for the beer with a moderate bitterness to match. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is a smooth creamy fuzz with a clean slickness. Carbonation adds some subtle vivaciousness to the finish. Body is medium amongst IPAs and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very light. Balance is equally sweet to bitter. I appreciate the soft texture of the mouthfeel, which doesn't negatively interfere with the hop flavors in the IPA. 4.25

(Overall) I had this beer less than a year ago and did my tastes ever change dramatically since then. While this isn't the freshly-squeezed grapefruit of an IPA that some may hope it to be, there's a lot to savor in it's simplicity. The hop profile keeps a nice variety of citrusy, peppery and herbaceous hop flavor in tow and the result is a beer that is exceptionally well balanced and unique amongst one of the world's most intensely critiqued beer styles. This may not be the crown jewel that stands out in the crowd, but it remains a worthy staple choice amongst all Georgia craft beer options. 4.25

SweetWater Brewing Company's
SweetWater IPA: India Pale Ale

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy unfiltered IPA that tastes like an above average West Coast IPA. Delicious with a decent head, hop with grapefruit forward and a great finish. Clean in appearance despite being unfiltered. One of the few east coast IPAs that can compete with the left coast.

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

I got this in a trade with my local buddy, Sam Knocken, so I am delving into something other than CANs as is usually my wont.

From the bottle: "Don't Float the Mainstream!"; "This mammoth IPA is dry hopped to the gills, delivering a kick-you-in-the teeth hop chop. This beer is unfiltered and, as always with SweetWater's brews, unpasteurized to leave all the natural flavors intact."

The head that I initially created was a finger-and-a-half of tawny foam, but it fell as I was typing, leaving great sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-amber with just the slightest haze (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a pine resinous scent that was perfect for post-season baseball. Pine tar and baseball just go together. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops bite was immediate. It was not as much of a kick in the teeth as they might have liked (and I have had those, both literally and figuratively), but this hophead was getting his groove on. The lacing was ongoing and unabating. Finish was semi-dry, very pine-like and a welcome addition to my afternoon.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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