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RATINGS: 278   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
12 oz bottle. Light copper color, thin head. Aroma of simple Pale Ale. Bready malts, some Autumn leaves, peppery hops. Flavor is... whoa! Fusel. Brutally strong! Some sweet malt taste, with an orange/mango essence in the finish. Sweet hop oils disguise this beer from being an amber-colored Malt Liquor. Cool Label though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Pours dark orange with a sticky white head. Flowery and alcohol aroma. Sweet malt flavor, with some flawed butter diacetyl notes, hops are astringent and piney.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tightslice (773) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Turns out the Swamp Ape is no beast at all, just an alcoholic working a part-time job at a local beachfront flower shop in Melbourne, FL.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OmegaX (1365) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle pour. Nose had very little pine/citrus aroma for a double IPA. Some alcohol on the nose. Pour was clear brown with minimal head. Taste had some more hop presence + alcohol + malt. Ok for getting smashed but not something I would encourage anyone to buy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured just slightly hazy lighter orange with a dusting of white head. The aroma picked up heavy orange meat and honeyed sugars upfront, evolving into a very serious Circus Peanut character.. after I got that, it was hard to pick out anything else.. just a little orange zest and alcohol warmth around. The flavor found tacky artificially-sweetened orange and Circus Peanut sweetness at the core.. bitter and boozy on the edges, with lots of residual sugars too.. almost like a barleywine made with cheap ingredients.. it warmed the belly, though. Medium-plus bodied with a whole lot of sugars on the palate.. not a bad beer, but don’t try to rate it to style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - JUN 27, 2011
Amber straw color with a foamy white head. Citrus and pine hop nose. Medium bodied. The flavor is rather bland and slightly medicinal. The best thing I can say about it is that the high ABV is not imediately apparent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6778) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Draft at Rustico. Poured a golden body, small white head. Aroma was pine notes, sweet caramels, touch of honey I’d suppose? Hops aren’t nearly as big as I expected, but still pretty balanced for a Double IPA. 10% alcohol is hidden quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Clear orange pour with a laced hard white head. Aroma of heavy malts and caramel with citrus and herb notes. Flavor is overwhelmed with aromatic hopps with citrus fruits. Sweet and bitter start that finishes crisp and dry. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1623) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 12, 2011
did not see any abv on the bottle, thought I was going to sample a regular IPA. This one is HUGE. Aroma is very grassy, almost smelling a new cut lawn. Bit thin on the palate but nice hop bite. Not very complex but a good brew nonetheless

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ExpendableHero (825) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Hazy orange/copper colored brew with a decent white head. Weak floral aromas emanate from pint glass, some tropical fruit in there too. Tastes of herbs, spruce, faint grapefruit, and maybe some mango. Bittersweet hop finish. I was expecting a hop bomb, but this was nicely balanced. The ABV is hidden nicely, I just found this beer to be a bit bland/underwhelming.

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