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RATINGS: 284   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1603) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Clear, orange-copper with a small white head. It has a hoppy citrus aroma that matches the hoppy bittersweet taste. The medium body has a slick, oily texture with average carbonation. There is some alcohol warmth in the smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Strong aroma smelling of floral and bittering hops. Taste: Definite hop notes, but comes across like there was extract used. If not extract, then maybe this is just a skunked batch. Initial taste was pretty good, but as the glass went on, I realized that I will not be drinking this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Amber body. Fairly hazed. There’s a definite hoppiness here, but there’s something almost like you’d expect from an extract homebrew here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bconch (356) - - AUG 2, 2012
Taken from old notes. Predominately malt forward, hops are hidden. Too much malt that leads to a sweet, syrupy flavor. Too sweet for a DIPA for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (3928) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with white head and little to no lacing. Aroma of hops, citrus, and slight yeasty malt. Taste is all hops, with a bitter bite afterwards. Decent, but the only thing making it a DIPA is the abv, which is surprisingly well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Shared this with some of my wife’s family. At first when I tasted it. I wasn’t overly impressed. Very weak and poorly implemented hop character. Malts were fine albeit heavy handed. This just never came together as a great imperial IPA. It was drinkable though. Not upleasant. I’d drink it again. Lacking in good specific character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Golden pour. Slightly cloudy. Smells of hops and citrus. Hops and yeast overwhelm citrus taste. Some pine and honey. Slightly bitter. Can really only drink one but jot too bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Gold with a cm of white head. Aroma is oxidized hops and yeast with sweet autolyzed englishy notes. It’s sweet with a bit of citrus and a lot of solventy alcohol- almost as much like a mixed drink as an IIPA. Cloying, but not horrible, with generic hop bitterness. Nothing distinct.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2012
On draft at ccb, poured a golden orange color, aromas are mostly hops, light citrus, light pine, with some malt comming through. Flavors are same with a light caramel thrown in. Not the style that I love, but ok beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
rubbishystuff (2300) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2015 Thanks to Randy for this. I’m going to go against the grain on this one and say I liked this beer. It is not a hop bomb at all. It is hoppy but it is subdued a but the sweetness of the malt. Very smooth and drinkable for the strength. Placed in the American Strong ale category it might have done a little better. Strangely refreshing for such a strong beer. Serving: Bottle

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