Alpaca Kisses | Swiftwater Brewing Company

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3.9/5
Very Good
23 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swiftwater Brewing Company
New York, United States
swiftwaterbrewing.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hazy fruity NEIPA with notes of blueberry and Fruit Loops

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,271
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
23
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of smithj4
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is pine, grass, pineapple, mango and citrus sweetness. Mellow with a light bitterness. Beer opens dank. Notes of mango, papaya and citrus rind. Some grassiness in the back creates a dry, almost resiny light bitterness. Solid. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Prickly and crisp on the palate but dank going. Super dry finish.

This beer is more than the cute label. Pretty good!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden yellow in appearance with streams of rolling carbonation. Topped by a tight and silky white head. Great retention, and lots of lacing.
Smells like oats, peanuts, honeydew melon, yellow grapefruit, lemon candy, pineapple, blueberry, and grass.
Tastes like blueberry, honeydew melon, pineapple, lemon, yellow grapefruit, cracker, honey, oats, peanuts, grass, and green pepper. Very melony and gently fruity upfront, softly malty and very oaty in the middle, and then dry and just faintly bitter on the finish.
Well carbonated, creamy, well rounded, smooth and crisp.
A damn fine NEIPA. Subtle but well rounded and tasty. Similar to a Tired Hands IPA.

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Photo of RobHutch
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit zest are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, and has oily flavors of grapefruit zest along with notes of herbal hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little too herbal for a New England IPA (I wouldn't consider it to be really that "juicy") but it does mask most of the bitterness.

Serving type: can

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Photo of sjones5045
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greybrew
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexsergio
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StrangerTides
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow/pale golden-colored body is full of haze under a fat foamy white head... Canned 10/12/18, this beer is a real stunner... Aromas suggest light pine and grapefruit pith, followed by a sweeter impression on the sip, bringing pineapple, melon, and even a suggestion of coconut and berry... The bitterness is moderately strong, keeping the sugars at bay after that initial wash of sweetness... The beers dries out wonderfully on the finish, with grapefruit and pine reasserting themselves... Amply carbonated, soft and smooth, this beer really delivers... Features Vic Secret and Denali hops...

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Swiftwater Brewing Company in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very hazy and gravy like dark yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells exceptionally grassy, with lemon rind, grapefruit, and orange peel.

This feels maybe a little bit young, as it's muddled and pretty bitter. It's very sharply grassy, almost medicinal, with a little bit of grapefruit and lemon fruitiness. This might settle out with time, but as it is now, it feels unfinished.

This is creamy, and fairly crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Swiftwater knows how to make better IPAs than this. Hopefully it's only an aberration.

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Alpaca Kisses from Swiftwater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 23 ratings