Swell Rider | D9 Brewing Company

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3.58/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
d9brewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A kickflip of an IPA, Swell Rider is made to be enjoyed relentlessly throughout the day. Splashed with tangerines and waves of pineapple, mango and stone fruit hops.

Added by kell50 on 03-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,324
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
33
pDev:
11.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am CANtinuing New G7, I mean, D9, New Beer Summit, I mean, Sunday (Weak, I mean, Week 694) with this beer. It's going to be yuge!

From the CAN: "Tangerine Session IPA"; "A kickflip of an IPA, Swell Rider is made to be enjoyed relentlessly throughout the day. Splashed with tangerines and waves of pineapple, mango and stone fruit hops."; "Artwork by Christie Shinn Honolulu, Hawaii".

At last, a CAN! I Crack!ed the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug since I am getting tired & a mess is not something that I want to clean up. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention that left behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nice, pleasant tangerine-citrus quality. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of weak, like a light beer with citrus flavoring. It is too bad that it is identified as an AIPA since it lacks any sort of bitterness, which is a hallmark of the style. It was almost like drinking a citrus pop in that it was so innocuous. It's hard to hate on something that barely registers, but this was like empty calories with no return. Finish was dry, citrusy & refreshing, but so is Sprite or 7-Up. Meh.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice nose with a lot of citrus and tangerines, taste is a little muted and heavy on wheat and grains. Cloudy yellow color, medium body and low carbonation. A decent summer wheat beer, not a hoppy IPA.

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Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK IPA. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Hazy honey yellow color with a small white head. Average retention and patchy lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of pineapple and tangerine. Taste is dominated by citrus flavors. No hoppiness stands out and bitterness level is fairly mild. Mouthfeel is light and fruity. Very moderate bitterness level. Not bad for a fairly light .abv but not a standout session IPA either.

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Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srw
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pubscout
4.49/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

D-9 puts out some exceptional beers, and this is clearly one of them in my book. Are their tangerine, pineapple, mango and stone fruits both in the nose and on the palate? Is the Pope Catholic? But what sets this 5.1% session Beer apart is a crisp, clean mouthfeel and taste that sends just a hint of bitterness on the back end. It may have just been dumb luck, but I ordered this beer to accompany a six-time award-winning clam chowder in Havana’s Restaurant in Carolina Beach, NC. The pairing was so good, I urged the manager to offer this to any patron who orders the chowder henceforth. This is a match made in heaven! Good job D-9 and Havana’s!

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Photo of TastyBeverage
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge tangerine flavor, super easy to drink....great for the pool!

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the reigning champion of canned beer consumption, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tangerines, light pineapple. Taste is tangerine, orange peels, some pineapples, very light bitterness for the style. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. Great artwork on the can.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours slightly hazy light orange gold, coarse head retains as a bit of sudsy lacing.

Smells lightly of tangerine and citrus zest over cereal malt.

Flavor is of light cereal malt and some bright citrus tang.

Light body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Decent session ale with some good citrus bite. Pretty light and drinks very easy. Nice beach beer or summer beer.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeaconWhite82
2.27/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellow color with little heads. Aroma smells like school lunch orange aide. Taste is similar. Leaves you flat.

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Photo of crewfan1952
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jamol
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalebD
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Great pour. Very good aroma. Texture could be better.

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Photo of Zekenyce
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Had this beer on-tap at House of Brews, poured into a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a somewhat cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma of citrus, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a good amount of tangerine, light malt notes, a hint of lemon and lime, some tropical fruits (pineapple, especially), and spiciness. This is one of those beers that got better as it went along. Could have used a slight boost in the amount of citrus, but it was still pretty solid.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: A solid IPA that's light, sweet and drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of hman43
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: It pours golden with a full white head. It is clear and produces plenty of lace.

Smell: There are aromas of tangerine, lemon, and citrus.

Taste: The flavors produce a combination of lime, tangerine, lemon, citrus and rind.

Feel: The feel is almost like drinking flavored seltzer water due to the high carbonation. It is light, but on the high side of light for the body.

Overall: This is like a sparkling ale with a blast of flavors that don't quite work in harmony together for me.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate deep golden yellow + honey colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick (almost pillowy) layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/tangerine and hops - tropical/pineapple, tropical/mango, and stone fruit/peach. Light aromas of pale malts + caramel malts with a hint of an almost Belgian yeast spiciness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and caramel malts with only the slightest hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of Belgian-like spicy yeast and light flavors of citrus/tangerine. Finally there is a moderate flavor of tropical/pineapple, tropical/mango, and stone fruit/peach hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which linger for a moderate amount of time.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Slightly over-carbonated but still easy to drink and enjoyable. Decent flavors and aromas from the hops and tangerine. Was not expecting the hints of Belgian yeast but still sessionable.

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Photo of Keith27614
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Swell Rider from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 33 ratings