Sweetwater Fly By Night | SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by glid02 on 10-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Called Fly by Night because this beer utilizes fresh Chinook hops flown in overnight just after harvest from the bine. The beer was then aged for a time on oak. Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful creamy head that starts a couple of inches tall and settles to a cap that then leaves some excellent lacing. Smells strongly of dill and other herbs as well as cream and yogurt. I get these aromas sometimes in fresh hop ales, and sometimes with dried hop ales that use Summit hops. The taste has some similar notes. The oak is very, very light except for a touch of tannin and vanilla in the finish. There are long herbal dill notes and much less of the yogurt. Almost milky on the finish. Creamy, delicious, and easy to drink, with lots of flavor, but with the more subtle herbal flavors of fresh hops rather than the spiciness of the typical hop profile. Nice restrained use of oak for the style as well. Quite a delicious beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nearly opaque, dark mahogany-hued body with a ¾ inch-high layer of creamy, off-white foam.

Smell: Subdued toastiness bountifully layered with sweet-smelling notes of caramel candy. The hops are earthy and citrusy with some subordinate scents of leafiness and pine. Also, let's not forget that oaky, vanilla fragrance.

Taste: The soothing malts bring about a taste of sweet, candyish caramel which melds with the smooth vanilla cream flavor from the oak. Touches of toasted bread. Earthy, citrusy flavor with a modest backing of white pine from the hops along with a medium-plus bitterness. Small zip of spicy oak wood. Rebound of caramel and honey-flavored candy arrive late. For me, the finish was drying, a tad warming, and relatively bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, near-creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Delightful fusion of fresh hop character and ambient oakiness. Yes, ChainGangGuy, but how does it compare to the Dank Tank release? No friggin' clue as I have had it yet. But soon, friends... soon! How's Saturday for you guys?

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was told this was Sweetwater's Wet Dream aged in oak barrels. On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an opaque amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts and pine and citrus hops with light hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust malt flavors up front - mostly caramel but with hints of toasted - give way to solid amounts of hop flavors soon thereafter. Midway through the sip a small amount of earthy vanilla flavors make their way out before making way for a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall I have to say that I've yet to have the un-oaked version however if it's anything close to this I'll be a fan.

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Sweetwater Fly By Night from SweetWater Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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