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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Firsthand accounts describe an intense beast with a potent aroma and bite. Proof that the elusive monster exists? Or proof that brewing with five distinct varieties of hops creates an unbelievable, relentlessly hopped India Pale Ale? One taste and you’ll know, Swamp Ape is for real. Editor: if you have a black IPA in your hands, rate it under "Black Swamp Ape," not here...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DialSquare (3666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2011
12oz bottle from ABC. Strong malt and butterscotch aroma. Taste is a quick rush of sweet nutty malts and then an acidic piney hop bitterness. Palate is thin to medium with a syrupy vibe. Leaves an ashy aftertaste. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2609) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly orange-tinted gold with little head and actively rising carbonation. Aromas are a fairly nice mix of citrusy and tropical hops. Flavor is much better than expected, especially after looking at some of the previous reviews. Sure, the ABV is out in the open and bites a bit, but this is some sort of swamp monster, so biting seems acceptable. The malt presence is light and sweet... kind of like honey with a bit of moonshine added, and the hops swirl around, peeking out from time to time in little bursts of oranges or mangoes, papayas or herbs. In spite of the unbalanced booziness, I found this to be a pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1978) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle from Total Wine & More Stuart, brought back on spring break trip. Pours an orangey amber color with a thin head and a lot of floaties. Very active under the head. Aroma is very piney with some citrus and some earthiness. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, some grapefruit and some pine. A bit syrupy, but that is the only indication this is a double ipa. The malt is strong, but it finishes bitter. The flavor blend appears to be a little off - grapefruity caramel without a clean bittersweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Tap at the Ale and the Witch. Pours a light copper pour. Piney, citrus hops and a bit boozy aroma. Taste is much more malty, sweet with loads of citrus and pine notes from the hops. The draft version is a lot bettre than the bottle version.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2015 4/25/11. 12oz bottle. Clear light amber pour with a fluffy off-white head that sticks. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, and soap. Sweet flavor that shows caramel at first but then transitions to huge metal and a bit of sweet orange. Its not horrrrible, but it could definitely be better. Just stop trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2011
Amber pour with frothy white head. Aroma is heavy pine. Caramel and grapefruit rind. Hot finish quite astrigent

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2011
12oz. bottle, pretty fresh. The pour yields a dark, copperish-orange amber body with a small, smooth head of dense beige foam. Settling to a small outer ring, the head leaves sticky, tattered ribbons and small, isolated spots of lacing behind. The nose is astringent and alcoholic right off the bat, slicing through a thick waft of sugary grape and toffee laden, dessert bread malts. Hops are both pithy and piny, certainly very aromatic and pungent, but also serving as a weak cover for the numerous flaws at play. Flavors are just as harsh, showing buttery diacetyl and dry, astringent alcohol amidst clashing citrus hop bitterness and sweet, sticky, sugary bread and fruit malts. The palate is dense, weighty, and laborious, burning with alcohol, and just generally unpleasant. It’s a pretty terrible beer, from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle at Coffee District. Dark amber color with a thin bubbly head. Aroma is pretty much hoppy, earthy, and piney. Flavor has a good hop presence with a solid malt back. The malt makes this beer a little sweet, probably a little to sweet for my liking. A solid beer non the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2011
Draft. Small nose. Intense bitterness tappers to alcohol burn. Lackluster palate w/ little going on. Drinkable for abv.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Aurelius (4779) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
Pickled, phenolic/chemical aroma with some artificial banana notes. Bad label that doesn’t glow in the dark as it appears that it ought. Clear tinged tan beer. Potent, sweet, and nearly undrinkable. Long hoppy aroma. ABC Liquors, Betton Hills.

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