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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 youíll know, Swamp Ape is for real. Editor: if you have a black IPA in your hands, rate it under "Black Swamp Ape," not here...


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
This beer has been reviewed by many others so I'm not going to break it down in typical fashion - this has already been done ad-nauseum. I would just like to say thay I do not feel it has been represented here entirely fairly. While I would admit that it should rate only fair AS AN IMPERIAL IPA, I do find it to be a very drinkable beer and I would certainly encourage anyone to sample it for yourself. I say this as a tried and true Imperial IPA fan (my favorite style). Perhaps one should take it in the spirit of Florida as a hot weather brew which perhaps should sacrifice a little purity of 'type' for drinkability. As a final note, I've drank this from tap in Florida and remember it as being better than the bottled version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (8037) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ben. Pours a clear orange gold with medium creamy white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is floral and pine. Thick mouth, strong bitter hop bite, grapefruit, dank, lingering resin finish, good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (3352) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Thanks Kelly. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a subtle transparent burnt golden/orange color with a slim fingerís head. Messy lacing is somewhat foamy and clingy. The smell has a ton of dried tobacco/leafiness over top of subtle dried floral over some caramel malts. Slight floral? Patchouli? Really? Is this some liberal hippie beer? The taste was mainly the dry tobacco flavoring. Definitely the dry tobacco aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it, if one can look past the dryness of it. Overall, hard to say if Iíd try this again, maybe if I saw a date on this....not sure, Iím left scratching my beard.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (15532) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2016
Bottle in Miami. Clear amber color, medium-sized white head. Cardboard, sweet alcohol aroma in the nose. Medium-bodied, rich palate. Punch of alcohol, herbal bitterness, pine with long aftertaste. Grassy and grainy. This is quite heavy on booze.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kathouse (1493) - Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2016
High alcohol and strong pine hop makes this beer pretty one sided. Cloudy orange with a decent foam. Bitter and lingering.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (4526) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz bottle. Amber orange and cloudy with hop crud and a decent off-white head. Aroma is of apple juice, oranges, resinous, and caramel. Taste is of pine, grass, pear, lots of booze, citrus, melon.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4725) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle. The look is a slight haze, off white head, lots of hop crud, orange colored. The smell is hops, grassy, fruit, earthy, and ok. The taste is fruit, pine, alcohol, cleaning solution, ok.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
geologyguy (1220) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2015
More mild hop smell than expected...almost none....slightly colloidal appearance..taste is strong hops and bitterness...in a weird way (unique hops?) VERY Floral....prob the most out of any beer Iíve had...not a fan off the bat but the floral buttery finish earns points on uniqueness...medium hot alcohol taste to boot

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenryHello (1) - Miami, USA - DEC 4, 2015 does not count
My beer of choice. Extremely underrated probably because of its extremely sharp bite. It is massively hopped: strong and bitter. But leaves a nice (if powerful) aftertaste. But forget the taste: this is the only beer that takes me where I want to be. Two of them, and Iím in a great place.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
MetalNHopHead (1163) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Iíve got to express some admiration. Swamp Ape comes at you with balls-out bitterness and alcohol. I just wish there was more style with all the substance. This is an uncoordinated attack. The resinous hops hit you at all full force and the malt backbone tastes off somehow - musty, maybe? Thatís too bad, too, because the aroma is decent. On the nose, you get caramel malt and dank hops. I love my Imperial IPAís and tend to think Iím an easy scorer on them. Not this time.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HuskerTan (1427) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle. A- Caramel, malty, hops. A- Amber color, hazy liquid, off white head. T- Caramel, bready, bitter, cigar smoke. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finsh. O- Not as bitter or nasty as most previous reviews seem to point towards. Yes, itís bitter, but I think I must have had a bottle with some age on it because a lot of caramel and malty backbone came through. Not bad, but I donít want another.


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