Swamp Fox IPA | Moon River Brewing Company

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84
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132 Ratings
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81
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moon River Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
moonriverbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Hayden34
4.95/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this fresh on tap at Moon River in Savannah, Georgia over the weekend and was literally blown away by this amazing IPA. I could smell the hops as soon as the bar tender set the beer on the bar which let me know this beer was super fresh. I don't know if the recipe has changed but I noticed it is listed at 5.8% here but on the menu it was advertised as 7.0% ABV. Awesome beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky brown color with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a lot of citrus and hops. The taste is packed full of hops with some citrus at the end. A really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Graebner
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes compiled at the 2006 Southern Brewer's Festival:

Golden/amber. Few bubble columns, no head.

Knocks you upside the head with pine, medicinal and floral hops. Wow. This is rapidly approaching Ruination territory.

Taste is the same. Hops, herbal and floral. Pine needles all over the place, and substantial, almost oily bitter. Devastating.

Pineneedle finish, clean, dry, hoppy.

Overall a tremendous brew. Huge hops, dangerously drinkable at 7%abv. This was one of the best brews at the festival. Props to Moon River, the two of theirs I tried were both top notch, and Mr. Pinkerton, the owner/brewmaster, came all the way to Chattanooga just to let us try his beer.

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Photo of Vylo
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barleyman
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the 2009 Blues and BBQ festival in Savannah, GA on a fairly balmy evening in mid November. The appearance was one of fairly dark golden, served up in a 16 oz, plastic cup. Aroma was one of overwhelming hop. The taste also of hop, US Centennial, US Chinook, and German Brewer's Gold. I have never tasted a beer that had more hop flavor In my life than this one!!! Is there a hopinator, dry hopping, what causes this?? The mouthfeel is very piney and citrusy. After tasting this wonderful product, I would prefer that all other beers be this good! The drinkability is perfect for having just a couple on a chilly evening.

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Photo of Wajohnst
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flatsskipper
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andy1701
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MSchae1017
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite an interesting name for a beer in Savannah, GA. Wasn't the Swamp Fox Francis Marion of South Carolina? Anyways this beer was had on tap at the Moon River Brewing Company this past Friday.

This beer poured a nice amber color with a big frothy head that laces nicely. The smell is a big citrusy hop aroma. The taste is very sweet with more citrusy hop aroma. There is a thick, full body and nice carbonation. Overall, a great IPA, this is the beer to get if you are at the Moon River Brewing Company.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly dark copper with a medium head and decent retention. It had a strong and hoppy(obviously) aroma but some citrus and other fruit, mild spice and malt.
The taste was once agian, rather hoppy but it was well-balanced, with a sweetness in there to mild things out. It was slightly bitter btu this was once agian well-balanced. It was exceedingly drinkable and a great interpretation of the style.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of some of my fav west coast IPA's has a nice color to it and a decent aroma. The hops are there even for this hophead. Goes great with spicy foods which I enjoy, I recommend this beer form Moon River over the others, of course I love my hops............CHEERS

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Photo of BeerT3ch
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at "The shrimp Factory" on the river walk downtown Savannah. Surprisingly good. 7% goes a long ways. Smooth, rich texture, golden color, crazy legs. Good beer!

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Photo of Justindemino
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I remembered having this one night in town visiting Savannah, It was memorable. This is a good beer to be appreciated from an experienced IPA drinker. Not the best, but worth while and I would recommend seeing the brewery as well.

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Photo of mentor
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger yellowed tan head over a very clear light copper liquid. Looks quite nice with a frothy head. Smells oranges, woody, piney, grapefruit, and mildly pithy. Nice bouquet. Some deep earthy from the hops and a mild alcohol that is clean.

Tastes yummy. Nice prominent hop flavor with moderate hop bitter and a mild malt sweet underneath. Hop flavor is woody oranges with a bit of saaz-like metallic. Hop bitter starts brisk and clean and this drops quickly leaving a gentle flat hop-oily...like an achey muscle. Malt has no distinct flavors (with searching, some bread crust), but some light-fruity esters enter (apricot and peach). Alcohol sting is mild. Aftertaste has a bit or grassy hop character retro-nasal. Light body and mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I was in the mood for hops and this was really quite nice. I can see this being a fantastic qummer quencher.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The recipe must have changed some, as this is now listed on the menu as 7.0% ABV.

Hazy pumpkin topped with a packed beige foam.
Scented of grapefruit rind, spruce, and crushed lilacs, backed with sweetbread malt.
Begins with a dryish breadiness. Almost cracker-like at first, then expanding into sweeter notions of caramel and apple. The hops hit, full of Cascade cues, all citric acid, pine pitch, and florals.
It's neither overly big, nor over bittered. This is well balanced in its medium structure and low carbonation. Geared towards drinkability more than anything.
An all around solid, basic IPA.

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Photo of EricP
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree this is more of an American IPA flavored with Cascade & Centennial hops. Not sure of the IBUs but this was not an overly hoppy IPA. Good smell and a nice grapefruit flavor from the hops. I enjoyed it but would have liked it more if it used more hops.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to have a nice IPA to wash down the burger I got from Moon River.

Appearance: A nice hazy brown color with yellow hues. A bit darker than I thought this would be. The pour was nice so the head stays up above the glass, especially with a quick swirl. Lacing's nice, a bit spotty but sticks around.

Smell: Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops backed by some fruity malt and a bit of pepper-like spiciness. Without any huge risks, but very nicely balanced.

Taste: Everything comes through rather well. The hop attack stays for the long haul, with only a bit of the fruitiness coming in and being swept away by the hops. Hopheads will dig this for sure. I could've used a bit more balance with the malt, but the lingering finish is nice, not too terribly bitter, and complimented my burger very well.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation and fullness for the right mouthfeel. Nothing overpowers the other.

Drinkability: I'll have another indeed. This is a good IPA, and I'm sure it'll go with just about anything on the menu.

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Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Gkguliani
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Swamp Fox IPA from Moon River Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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