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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   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 you’ll know, Swamp Ape is for real.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madvike (3006) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle shared by nuplastikk...thanks Greg! - Pours clear light amber with a thin off-white head. Pretty sharp alcohol, a bit of citrus, but not assertively hoppy. Fairly sweet. Tons of citrus rind and alcohol, sweet malt, but very sharp. Not well-balanced at all. Slick and low-carbed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Slightly hazy honey golden coloured body with a bit of a bright orange glow and a very thin off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, flowers, honeysuckle, a touch of hops and a bunch of malt. Full-bodied; Pungent malt backbone with a little bit of hops, a lot of yeast complexity and some assertive floral and grassy notes. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol, some spice characteristics, a bit more yeast and a lot of grassyness - not so much of the hops, however. Overall, not a good beer, but not really a bad one - just a lot of alcohol, not hoppy at all, and the grassiness is a bit overdone. More of a failed belgian ale than an imperial ipa, but not a drain pour by any means. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-July-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 21-November-2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4820) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2011
12oz bottle. Unfiltered orange-tan, respectable off-white head. Alcohol-tinged citrus aroma...spiked grapefruit juice. A big, bold IIPA..rather straightforward, in a good way. Bright hoppy citrus tastes dominate. Some orange-liqueur tastes going on. I sort of enjoy the malt being on the lighter side, which seems to accentuate the stylistic differences between it and a Barleywine. Not quite World Class, but a a pretty solid example of the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cavery (35) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Thanks to a Florida trader for this extra. Beer pours an ambery sappy orange with an almost syrupy quality to the pour. Disjointed pockets of pondwater bubbles form a fairly weak eggshell foam around the rim of the glass. What bubbles do form fade quickly back to stillness. Smell is very much an old bandaid drawer you forgot about in the attic. Faint woodiness to the nose that makes you think they’re chopping rotted wood in woodshop. Taste is a dessert sandstorm with an unusually potent iodine or other intensely bitter finish. Really this is a beer to avoid, this takes the elegance out of bitter profile IPAs that are done well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cpetrone84 (1568) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Pours a light orange, mostly transparent with a touch of haze, and a tight cream colored head and a few large bubbles mixed in. The nose is a bit grainy for an imperial IPA. There are notes of citric orange with some nail polish type acetone. The flavor is a bit hoppier, thick syrupy feel, rather sweet with some citirc hops, the grains are lighter and more balanced, assertive carbonation, semi dry finish and fairly present alcohol and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Suttree- thanks, Phil! Pours a clear golden color that leans a little toward the orange side, with a finger-thick eggshell white head that leaves some lace streaks. Aroma of leafy hops, vegetal notes, corn, toasted sugar, and phenolic booze heat. The flavor is sticky sweet, with frosted flakes, sweet malts, toasted sugar, and more harsh booze in the back. Medium-bodied, with a sticky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Packs a punch. I didn’t finish the bottle, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
theisti (3340) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2011
12 oz bottle given to me by Suttree. Pour is a mostly clear orange golden, with a smallish off white head. Aroma is sweet booze, phenols, cloying honey and a sort of off floral note. Weird and cloying nose. Taste is resin bitter, followed by artificial honey sweetness that cloys, finishing with a blast of dry alcohol heat. Finish is hot and grassy. Palate is medium bodied, coats the mouth, and then the alcohol dries it all out. This had some of the harshness of a malt liquor. The bottle cap on this was the highlight, nice design. Thanks Phil.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle:   Translucent golden, fairly bright, slight orange hue, light carbonation, moderate to large foamy off-white head, few rings of lacing.   Right up front, a bit of overcooked vegetable.   I might add, seems a bit swamp too, heh.   Luckily its not overcooked vegetables I get on the tongue, but instead a huge dose of alcohol and sugary sweet maltiness.   This one is a bruiser, much like a Swamp Ape might be.   Odd smelling, and if you get close, POW, right in the kisser!   Seriously, its thick, a little resiny, hops are biting but its moreso in the alcoholic sense.   Not a refined IIPA by any means.   I can’t help but think of Dave Chapelle... "It’ll get you drunk!"   Wooo weeee, thats some powerful stuff.   Its a bit like paint remover.   Happy to try it, and I really dig the label.   Thanks for the freebie Jason!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thirdeye11 (5671) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to Cavie) clear bright gold, creamy offwhite head. Nose of creamsickle, orange, and citrus zest. Taste is syrupy, alcohol, bitter, gross, oranges. Like a reduction sauce it’s so syrupy. Not good as a beer at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear orange and gold with a small beige head. Aromas of sweet corn, wheat, slightly sweet raisin and cherry, and alcohol. Sweet sugar cane and raisin flavor, toffee, and brown sugar. Also some sweet plummy fruit, light cherry, and alcohol. The finish is bitter grass with medicinal cherry NyQuil. Medium carbonation and medium/full body; very hot. Alright, I suppose, but nothing great. I’d categorize this as a barleywine or ASA. [855]

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