420 Strain G13 IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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420 Strain G13 IPA420 Strain G13 IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
G13 IPA is a strange new strain, indeed. We took the dank hop profile you’d expect from a hazy IPA, and married it with terpenes and natural hemp flavors. The result is a big yet balanced IPA that mimics the aroma and taste of a heady, green G13. G13 IPA is a sticky super-hybrid that’s ready to rip.

Pungent and dank aromatics on this terpene infused IPA fill the room once the beer is opened. We went with an aggressive dry hop schedule which interlaces nicely with the unique flavors to bring forward citrus and earthy notes followed by a resinous finish. This one’s fire!

Colombus and Simcoe in the boil and dry hop!

Added by superspak on 06-07-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
34
Ratings:
98
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
Wants:
4
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Korbynlehr
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color. Nose is, well.....skunky. That smell goes away rather quickly though. Hop forward flavor. Lacing is good. Flavor is good and would buy again.

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

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, light golden color with a nice, thick head with good retention. Excellent lacing.

S---Strong & dank. Strong, like from a couple of feet away, it's obvious. I honestly don't know what terpenes are or what hemp smells like, so I might not be the fairest judge of what they're shooting for here. There are unspecified fruity & floral notes.

T---Again, I'm not knowledgeable about terpenes or hemp flavors, so.... Dankness is obvious as well as some tropical fruit. It's a little lighter in the finish than the strong aroma implies.

F---Nicely carbonated. Medium ABV leads to no heaviness.

O---While I might be missing some of the brewer's intent, this is still a damn good IPA. Not a hop bomb or a fruit monster. I will definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of addiwilliams
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If the Waldo's Special Ale by Lagunitas had a little cousin, this would be it. Pours light gold with lots of floating sediment. White head - lacing falls uniformly down the side of the glass. Aroma is definitely dank - resiny, floral and citus aromas. Or more specifically, buds. Tastes resiny and slightly spicy with hints of citrus. Feel is a little bit lighter than other IPAs in its class with medium carbonation. Overall, this was a treat that anybody looking for a specifically dank IPA should enjoy. Would gladly purchase this again.

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

Been trapsing around Orlando for 2 days looking for something worth drinking. I am always very skeptical of things with 420 in the name - it smacks of “I want you to know that I like the canabis culture”. Yet, having known every beer on the BJs menu except “420 Strain G13 IPA” and “juicy goodness”...I tried this ipa. Surprisingly good - hell if the aroma doesn’t smack of the namesake then I don’t know what does, and flavor is good. Juicier than the “juicy goodness” which I only had a taste of, but this ipa is also bitter enough to make you like the immediate and post flavors. Color is golden straw and slightly hazy, which I like. Overall I think it’s a really good beer. Not up there with the best of the best for sure, but better than any other nonsense you might lay your hands on in Orlando.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lightly hazed orange tinged golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” finely bubbled white head that leaves lots of web like lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly but visibly recedes to eventually become a cap of foam on the surface and then, eventually, an irregular thin island of foam. Sipping creates two arches of lacing and a few scattered small patches that cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas are fairly complex with a noticeable woody and herbal earthiness, a bit of fruity orange, some orange zest, some resin and way in the background just a bit of crackery malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the woody, herbal earthiness, a bit of orange zest and the resin. There’s also a bit of crackery malt sweetness that tempers but doesn’t hide the resinous bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with some finely bubbled gentle carbonation. The long finish begins as most of the flavors soon fade to reveal a very dry and lightly bitter, almost peppery ending that goes on and and on with the light, woody, resinous bitterness fading very slowly as it moves to the back of the palate and then just hangs out there to eventually disappear.

Overall this is an interesting, fairly complex combination of aromas and flavors that has kept me engaged trying to sort things out and identify the things that seem to be going on. It is a beer worth trying once but I’ll not be revisiting it since there are other IPAs that I find more enjoyable. I should also mention that it is fairly temperature sensitive in that as the beer warms all the aromas and flavors become more tightly integrated into a harmonious whole.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep straw/pale gold. It has a more straw like color while being poured. The pour produces 2 fingers of white, short-lived, frothy head that leaves minor speckling on the sides of the glass above a 1/2 inch wash of lace. The damn stuff smells like marigolds. MARIGOLDS!?! Can't say that I've ever said that about any other beer. I'm giving it a 4.25 on aroma because of the uniqueness. Aroma is anything but sweet, it is a musty blend of grapefruit & resinous pine with orange & pineapple well defined in a malty matrix. Taste is sweet malt, orange, grapefruit & pineapple riding wave of pine resin. Herbal, floral & dank. There is a definite platic note in the finish reminiscent of those old wax Halloween harmonicas of my 1960's youth. Starts sweet but becomes bitter before mid-sip with a very bitter finish & aftertaste. Like Hop Hash it is more balanced than expected in the first half of the sip for such a hop heavy brew. The taste is a letdown after the promise of the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, prickly & slightly oily with numbing bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a fingernail of eggshell white on top. Moderate lacing.
The aroma is of dank pine to juniper along with some vegetal hops in the mix. I'm getting a strong taste of vegetal to pine and juniper all blended together. There's a long aftertaste that's a bit more vegetal, but there's a lot of pine in there. The mouth is lightly sticky and dry.

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Photo of Don_Sancho
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose and palate are both dank. Resin, piney hops. A ton of them. Citrusy, light tropical notes on the palate as well. Finish includes a touch of cracker. Citrus rind. Crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish. Lingering dank resin. Excellent

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egoo33
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/20/18 presumed best by dating on the bottom of the can.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, orange-gold body with a goodly-sized, off white head.

Smell: Presents a decently dank, light pungentness, though, for me, it fades out, leaving behind the grapefruit, spicy resins, earthy herbs, mild lemon and melon water wrapped in a pillowy wheat-oat slurry.

Taste: Bready, lightly barley gently puffed and fluffed with some wheat and oat additions. Minimal sweetness, leaving it fairly dry throughout. Resinous, peppery, then the fruitier elements come forward, tasting of citrus, tropical fruit as well as some accompanying florals and pine. Moderate bitterness. Smooth finish, it's got a bit of bitterness and some nice, spicy peppery tones.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft, somewhat airy mouthfeel.

Overall: Hemperor was almost glaringly gimmicky and hokey, whereas Sweetwater's G13 IPA has a better beer underneath to back it up.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LloydDobler
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BBD 11/19/18. Pours golden with a touch of amber. It is moderately hazy, by design. Head volume and lacing are quite outstanding, while retention is world class.

Outstanding nose that is as advertised - dank - but not overly earthy. Also present is a good dose of citrus (orange and tangerine) with a touch of zest. As it warms, the citrus becomes more pronounced and becomes the primary aroma. Underneath is a hint of bready sweetness with a touch of biscuit.

Light medium body with a surprisingly oily texture producing a nice slick mouthfeel. The body / carbonation balance is quite outstanding. The middle provides a prickly effervescent burst while the finish is finely bubbled and prickly.

The flavor profile is very good. Bitterness is slightly above moderate and is mostly zest but does have a pine element. It begins with mostly tangerine then orange arrives during the subtly sweet middle. These fade while dank assumes center stage. The dank aspect lingers through the finish and bitterness maximizes about 3/4ths of the way through.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psycHOPathy
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange, half finger head
Resiny hops, dank, pine, brown sugar
Spice, pepper, honey, grass, pine, orange peel. Kinda watery finish
Medium body, slightly abrasive
An oddly spicy IPA. Interesting but not super drinkable

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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420 Strain G13 IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 98 ratings