Sweetwater IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 900 | Ratings: 3,372
Photo of NiceTaps
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in an IPA glass.

Everything about this beer was FRESH!

Clean, FRESH, dark golden color with a !F white cap. Nice lacing and bubbles.

Cracks open a release of FRESH hop aromas; citrus, grass, floral.

Malty enough with more of said hops. FRESH grapefruit and pine.

Medium body and balance. Not boozy. Some hope bite with a clean finish.

A good steady drinking IPA.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a wonderfully umber color with a nice lofty off-white head that has a decent foamy head and a nicely complex lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose is a robust malty experience with hints of grass and bread with pine. There are also notes of peat, cumin and pepper.

The taste is a great complex IPA that has rich and warming notes that hint at grass, bread, pine and warm hops.

The mout5feel is rich and satisfying.

Overall this is a fantastic IPA and a grat offering from Sweetwater.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a fine beer, but I'd prefer most other readily available craft offerings to it. Not much depth to the hop profile. It's nice but it's not overly well rounded and doesn't have any truly great hop notes to pull - juicy, piney, tropical or otherwise. It's not bad but I prefer others.

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Photo of djkman
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like any other IPA. nothing wrong with that.
Smell: the smell says YES you are going to drink and IPA. With a hint of like a hint of citrus.
Taste ... NICE !!! I would call it a hearty IPA. In the sense it's not meant to be a dog fish head 90
It's basically competing with the dogfish head 60 IPA's in that type of case, but it stands out.

Overall . Yes I would buy it again.
ANYWAY what's up with Atlanta Georgia ? Some great brews from there arriving at the stores I go to up here in Bergen county New Jersey. Terrapin, and now these guys. Giving my founders IPAs and such a run for my money.
I cannot drink them all !!!
But I can have fun trying.

And that's my review.

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Photo of JDaV
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Sweet Water literally never disappoints me. Anything you might want to try by them is guaranteed delicious. Poured from bottle to pint glass. loved every minute of it always.
Look: a bit of a dull hazy dark appearance. Almost clear with bits of yeast so small that you barely notice. Smell is key. I don't think this is one of those beers that is known for its smell but the aroma is notable. Very fruity and sweet. Citrusy but not in a way that makes it taste like a grapefruit. The taste is similar, fruity, citrusy, not quite too much though. Very juicy and tasty with a moist mouthfeel that leaves the pallet wet and refreshed, and stings the tongue pleasantly. Overall I highly recommend, but thats how I feel about anything by these guys.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can. Cloudy burnt orange. Juicy citrus and pine on the nose, and these flavors are magnified on the palate. This strikes me as a southern version of a New England IPA. Very well-balanced.

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Photo of MACrist
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: A very clear golden/amber. Lots of small bubbles rising. 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Head sticks around a bit, leaves nice, thick lacing all the way down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet bready malt, pine, citrus- orange, lemon, grapefruit. A little grassy.
TASTE: Mild bitterness right up front and slowly tapers off. A little pine, but nice citrus qualities. No harshness to this beer.
FEEL: Pretty dry front to back, medium body, nice bite from the carbonation, moves the flavor around in the mouth.
OVERALL: Nice balanced IPA, plenty of flavor and not overkill bitterness for the ABV. Very good stuff.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I know I've had some Sweetwaters before, but none ever got reviewed. They are generally very good products, so I am looking forward to the reviewing.

This IPA is a bit of an excuse me IPA. It may not be as fresh as would be optimal. Use by 3-15-2016. I don't know if that's bad or good. A brewed on would be better.

It's dark yellow and has great, continuous bubbles. The aroma is a weak, skunky hops smell. Inoffensive but not compelling. The taste is a fairly balanced. Bitter, but not overly so. Malts come through, which is nice. It is a good session IPA.

I look forward to drinking more of these.

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Photo of rvisual
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six-pack purchased at my local Kr0ger store, "Best if enjoyed by 04/06/16" on the label. I poured to get 1/2 inch of foam in a standard pint glass.

Excellent, very appealing color. Maybe a bit hazy but no big deal unless crystal clarity is an issue for you. Persistent and thick head for an IPA. Taste: grapefruity but not overly so, spicy, definitely bitter and appealing. Alcohol does not show up in the taste or aftertaste. Mouthfeel above average for an IPA. Overall I would definitely try this again. Confession: I purchased this b/c the store was out of Fresh Squeezed. FS has a much stronger grapefruit taste.

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing IPA, great for any occasion. The hops are so flavorful in this one, you just have to get it and see for yourself. This is the REAL reason Sweetwater has the fan base it does.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold pour with off white head; decent cap and very good clarity; good cap retention and lacing. Citrus hop nose. Citrus, lemon grass flavors and moderately bitter. Medium carbonation and medium lite mouthfeel. Bitter citrus linger.

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Photo of thatche2
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance orange-amber (copper) with very little transparency. The head was approximately one finger thick with moderate lacing around the glass. There are also a lot of small suspended particles evenly spaced throughout the glass (unfiltered).

Smell is clean and bright grapefruit and floral hops. There is a slight soapy aspect in which mango, honey and orange flavors are also present.

Mouth feel is medium bodied in which the carbonation is well placed creating a nice tingly sensation.

Taste is nice tropical hop flavor with the citrus (grapefruit) nicely balanced with the bitterness. Other flavors include pine, honey, and light caramel malt. Although this beer is hop forward, it is not over the top. The finish is semi dry in which the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall this is a well balanced IPA with good hop flavor (grapefruit/pine) and just the right amount of bitterness. There is nothing surprising or overly complex, but everything is well placed with good drinkability.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Center Street Pub in Darien, CT.

a: Proven├žal yellow body with minimal head due to the pour. Nice lace.

s: Hop forward but not crazy. Grapefruit, orange zest with some herbs.

t: Toasty malts but just enough. Herbaceous and citrus rind, a hint of the grapefruit from the nose, nice spiciness mingles with the fruit. Nice dry finish.

mf: Creamy, medium light body with just enough carbonation. Hop bitterness and alcohol leave a tingling in the mouth. Just enough to cut through the creaminess.

o: This was a pleasant surprise. I need to look for this in bottles to get a better pour.

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Photo of Moose88
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is consistent, available, and delicious. I believe it is one of the most well balanced year round IPAs. Grapefruit, pine, and crackers. Pairs well with food. It's availability and popularity make this beer underrated.

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Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is kind of a straightforward IPA but I mean that in terms of all the good things about the style. Nice hop punch but nothing overpowering. Some pine qualities, some light citrus but really not overly bitter. Looks great in the glass, a nice deep amber with a just off white head that leaves an interesting splotchy foam cap on top. A touch of dankness but again it's on the tame side. This is a good beer for when you want an IPA but don't want to dissect it or have to think a whole lot about it. Just a really well done "down the middle" brew.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is malty sweet with some light earthy hops. The taste Is pretty balanced and average. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and it has a sweet aftertaste. nb

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Photo of Roci
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Amber and a hint of haze... really, just the right color for my IPA tastes.
Smell: Nothing too strong. Mild hops, some pine.
Taste: Are you sure this isn't a lager? I mean seriously. Tastes almost like a hopped up Yuengling to me.
Feel: Very light; prickly... again, reminds me of a lager or a pilsner even.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Slightly than a fingers worth of late to develop lush feathery light khaki colored froth comprised of medium sized bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a deep rich mix of caramel and copper... Light carbonation which moves at a moderate pace... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Big tropical fruitiness to start... This is followed by more tropical fruit goodness... Finally there is some more sweet tropical fruit goodness... A light malt base lingers beneath the surface... This is a one trick pony but damn it's a good trick... I would make an air freshener out of this stuff I could...

T - A slight kiss of sweet tropical fruitiness alluded to by the nose to start... The fades rather quickly as the hops take on a distinctively more earthy and piney nature on the palate... The malt base is in the form of rich buttery biscuit...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Even and consistent... A touch of lushness... Limited carbonation... Coats the mouth evenly and fully... Rather enjoyable...

D - A rock solid American IPA... The aroma is the best part, but the other facets are solidly above average as well... A welcome addition to the Central PA beer scene that I'll enjoy with some regularity...

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a hazy gold color with a small white head that leave a lace
S-a strong grapefruit smell with a sweetness to the smell
T-grapefruit taste with a good hop bitterness in the aftertaste that fades and leaves the mouth dry
F-medium carbonation and medium body
O-great hop smell and flavor that gets better the longer you drink it

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; blood orange in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: soapy for a moment, then floral and tropical fruit hops;

T: lightly bitter up front; orange, pineapple, and mint from start to finish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the mint is an interesting addition to the usual IPA character;

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Photo of dcotom
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into 6-oz sampling glass. L-Translucent light caramel color with tight white foam head. S/T- In my book, this is what an IPA should be. Hoppy aroma, not overpowering, balanced on the palate with a solid malt backbone and a pleasantly bitter and resiny finish. This sample was part of a Craft Beer Club shipment that was shared by some friends. Glad I got to try it, will look for it again.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, deep golden body under a coupla fingers of ivory foam. Citrus with pine undercurrents waft to the nose, followed on the sip by more of the same. Juicy, big bouncy character, full and round and softly sweet. Bitterness is resinous and gentle. Feel is soft and smooth. A super nice IPA.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sample at the sweetwater draft house and grill, hartsfield-jackson atlanta airport, terminal B. oct 17 2015

a: golden yellow with white head

s: super piney nose. some grapefruit and orange

t: all the possible pine notes extracted from the hops. grapefruit follows, with medium-minus bitterness. light malt profile

m: medium-minus mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: a good, super piney IPA. i like it!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I do not understand the strong ratings for this one. There is not a lot of there, there -- mouth feel, flavor, nothing offensive but entirely "eh". Won't get again.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought this because of its high rating on BA. Was expecting a hoppy bitter IPA, so I was disappointed at first because this beer poured into a tulip and the color of a copper dark orange with a white thick head threw me off, as did the aroma and the taste. Smells and tastes like a juicy wet/fresh hopped pale ale like Neshaminy Creeks JAWN or Victorys Harvest and Headwaters ales. Was disappointed because I wanted a true hoppy bitter dank IPA. But on 2nd tasting, this is a very good tasting beer, just wish they recatagorize it as not an IPA. Mouth feel is juicy and refreshing and overall now that I know what it is, I will get again if I can't find JAWN.

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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