Is it just me or is Sweetwater Ipa Hopslam Light?

Discussion in 'South-Atlantic' started by abb610, Feb 1, 2013.

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  1. abb610

    abb610 Disciple (311) Oct 14, 2010 North Carolina
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    Sweetwater Ipa has been my session beer for years. I love the simcoe flavors!! After picking up Hopslam today, it reminds me so much of Sweetwater Ipa. I love the flavor of Hopslam and even more it's efficiency, but for 11 months out of the year SWIPA fills in the void for me. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make (fresh) Hopslam my session beer for 12 months out of the year.... But until then its SWIPA
  2. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    i dont see how you knock Sweetwater IPA. Its not the heaviest IPA, but its balanced and fruity. The best part isthe $8-9 per six price tag and its a regular shelf beer. And the best shelf hoppy beer in NC that ive seen.

    ok i misread it. this is a post loving on both Hypeslam and SW IPA.
  3. brstls4drmrs

    brstls4drmrs Defender (669) Jan 30, 2011 North Carolina
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    I 2nd your homage and admiration to SWIPA. It is my favorite iPa and one I will always turn to. But a hopslam light......I'll have to do some research and get back to you.
  4. GatorBeerNerd

    GatorBeerNerd Disciple (340) Sep 15, 2007 Georgia
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    I do think it tastes like the little brother of a Bell's IPA but it isn't Hopslam. It tastes like Two Hearted to me.
  5. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    I'll agree with this. Closer to Two Hearted, to me. And it's a great beer, especially when you can get six-packs for $7.99!
  6. beerFool28607

    beerFool28607 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 North Carolina

    Great beer! Crazy that you can get it at wal-mart around here..
  7. kempshark

    kempshark Initiate (54) Jul 22, 2009 Florida

    It's $8.99 a sixer in the Tampa Bay area.....have never tasted it. Since I like Two Hearted I will definitely have to give it a try. I'm kind of just getting into the IPA scene. My first love is still stouts and porters, but I do like Two Hearted, Sculpin, White Oak Jai Alai and Lagunita's Little Sumpin (Wild and normal).......still only normally drink one IPA at a time, but I am slowly getting more into them. I started out mild (Mama's Little Yella Pils and Hennepin), but I have progressed to stouts, porters, quads and lately have gotten into sours. Well, what limited selection of sours I have been able to procure in the Tampa Bay area!!! :(
  8. samtallica

    samtallica Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2010 North Carolina

    To me it has too much medium/dark crystal malt flavor to taste anything like Hopslam or Two Hearted. Maybe Oracle light?
  9. PDXHops

    PDXHops Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Hopslam Light? Not to my taste. (Also, I reckon I'm in the minority, but SWIPA is the superior beer by far, IMO. Not a huge fan of big boozy sweet DIPAs.)
  10. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Defender (692) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina
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    Not sure that I would compare it to HopSlam or 2 Hearted, but it is a very nice IPA
  11. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2012 Georgia

    Agree about the crystal malt taste, and I think Sweetwater IPA has a much more pronounced grapefruit flavor than Hopslam. Its mouthfeel is similiar to 2 Hearted but it is way juicier than Hopslam IMO
  12. abb610

    abb610 Disciple (311) Oct 14, 2010 North Carolina
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    it sounds like its just me, but the nose is very similar on both beers with there being a lighter aroma on the SWIPA. kinda like how the lagunitas daytime is to lagunitas sucks.
  13. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,380) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Fresh Sweetwater is along the lines of Hopslam IMO, even though one is a big double and the other an IPA. Hopslam is just more of it.
  14. Shaw

    Shaw Meyvn (1,434) Aug 27, 2003 Florida

    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid is closer to Hopslam Light to me.
  15. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,787) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Its just you.
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  16. stevefarace

    stevefarace Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2006 Georgia

    SweetWater IPA is hitting the shelves in 12 packs in late march
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  17. Alilley

    Alilley Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 Georgia

    This is my favorite post ever. 12 packs should be the new 4 packs.
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  18. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,380) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Fresh Sweetwater is a real treat, Hopslam is all over the place every year, this years release was a disappointment.
  19. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (1,228) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
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    Nice, didn't know about the 12'er of the IPA coming.

    I can drink that stuff like water, so a 12 would do well when I'm in the mood.
  20. Yesac

    Yesac Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2007 Georgia
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    The 12 packs cost more than two six packs at Total Wine.
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