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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   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 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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle pours dark gold with white head. Aroma is caramel, hay, and resin with some flowers. Taste is IPA like with hop bitterness and a bit of malt. The finish is long and astringent with a lingering bitterness that is not very pleasant. Overall, not one I would try again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2012
12 oz. bottle - pours clear orange-yellow with small white quickly diminishing head, very slight lacing. Faint aromas of pine, citrus, orangey hops. Decent enough palate, of a bit thin, light bittering on the back-end, with a finish that becomes a bit metallic.. Not bad, bit of a burn, funky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4205) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Pours clear orangy amber with a small off white head leaving lace. Aroma is sourish malty sweet bready spicy yeasty cutric. Flavor is malty sweet fruity citric piny bitter grapefruits, canít really feel the 10 % ABV. Finishes dry bitter and grapefruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, citrus, and a hint of vegetables. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, tons of resin, slight citrus, and a little plastic. Light to medium body. Oily, then slightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, hop, resin finish is slightly dry. 10%ABAV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours hazy golden amber, foamy short lived head, soft lace. Smell on this one is rather sweet, full of doughy sweet malts, oranges, and somewhat earthy/peppery hops.The flavor is big and doughy, pale sweetness on top of candied oranges, floral hops, earthy notes, and a peppery bite in the finish. 10% is hidden well. Several different flavors are swirling around this brew. A little confusing for a 2 IPA but, but pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
Draught. Amber and bright with a big but loose head. Lightly citrusy aroma, mostly just some dull hops though. Earthy and a little bit ashy, again quite hoppy but not too bright. The malts are just slightly syrupy. The problem is that this beer is in many places in Miami the only IPA on tap and it is just far too big for that. They need a sessionable version.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Iím going to disagree with a lot of other peeps and say that this is a really interesting beer, very worth trying. I had a fresh bottle, poured into pint glass. Had a solid head, which retained well. Very little traditional IPA hop-bomb aroma, but does carry a hint of whatís to come. The flavor is where things really get interesting. I donít think it comes from the tettnang, but I think they may smoke their malts, which lends a really interesting character. Not like any of the west coast IPAs Iím more used to, and I appreciate it for that reason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhliesen (782) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle--I really wanted to like this one.......The beer had a slow forming, small head that left a little lacing. The color was shiny copper and the aroma was muted hops. The taste was a chewy biscuit flavor with the alcohol at the forefornt, nowhere near the hop taste I expected. The finish was thick with a little smack. Produce place, 2.49.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1276) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Aroma is pretty faint. It pours a golden color with no head & leaves a little lacing. Taste is slightly sweet upfront & finishes just a touch bitter. Itís ok. I think itís way too thin to be 10%. Needs a little more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Draft at yard house Merrill park. Warm amber with attractive lacing. Aroma is subdued but certainly fruity, with understated hops in the citrus, orange peel vein. Toasted malts are equally as mild, and there is hardly any booze greeting the nose. That is not true with the flavors, which are hotter and not as clean as the aroma, which is pretty clean. There is a little bandaid here, not so much to be off-putting but enough. Very resinous. And boozy. Not the brightest ipa in the bunch but perfectly drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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