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RATINGS: 280   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (3828) - 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 (2080) - 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 (5253) - 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 (2238) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (5041) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Total Wine, Chantilly 12oz ($3ish): Pours a light orange with a white head. Aroma is a whole bunch of hops and a hint of a whole lot of booze. Taste is unbalanced. It is extremely bitter and hopforward (though certain beers like Palate Wrecker or Terrapin Hopzilla beat it by a long shot in that regard). However, the hops are not the problem. The problem is with everything else. The backbone is just unbalanced, the booze can be tasted, and the beer is somewhat of a muddled mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghawener (1553) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle: I´m confused! This beer is GREAT? Why the low ratings? Please write. Extremely complex, full hop character, great aroma, profile continously changes, finish is awesome. Loved it. Food Pairing: Margarita Pizza.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2012
12 oz bottle, deep golden color, above average head, aroma is sweet and malty, very little hoppiness or floral aroma present for an IPA. Taste is initially sweet and caramelly that turns more bitter. Body is average, not active on the palate, long astringent aftertaste. High alcohol content very evident. Was expecting better but overall very average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pumpmaster (1352) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2012
12 ounce bottle at beer tasting in Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for Craft Beer Week. Very good!

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