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RATINGS: 229   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear burnt orange color, one finger of off-white creamy head, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet, caramel malt with some brown sugar and sweaty orange flavored hops. The taste is sweet and malty up front with some bitterness from the hops in the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nero55 (714) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of light floral hops. Medium/light body with malt notes and an astringent hop bitterness including resinous and earthy hops. One of the worst double IPAs I’ve had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rondphoto (1900) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Rich deep amber with a persistent small head, bands of lace. Taste is confusing - there is some malt, but there is also an odd flavor of stale sweet dough. Combine that with understated hops and mild alcohol, and it becomes somewhat undrinkable. Surprising that in a brew that has a high abv, so little else is delivered. Not recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (5730) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Clear deep golden. Aroma of stale hops and lots of malt, a bit cookie-ish. Sweet malty caramelly flavor, a bit cookie-ish, with a bitter and slightly alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied, a bit heavy. Seems old.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (3906) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2013
12 ounce thanks to BMMillsy. Malty with big fruit tones. Pretty sweet. Nothing stands out too much overall, though. Not sure of bottle age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerandbeyond (673) - ISRAEL - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle sample. Clear deep golden color with a small off white head. Light fruity hop aroma with caramel and faint floral notes. Sweet and a bit cloying malt flavors, alcohol, hi bitterness and some marmalade. Full bodied, heavy and not very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zacgillbanks (2255) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from Knightly Spirits, Kissimmee, Florida. This is a golden beer with a very strong citrus fruit and peppery hop flavour, slight sour and tea leaf notes with a warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Psytron (1299) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2013
Smell of yeast, caramel. Amber colour, yellow-ish head. Aroma of alcohol, cognac, oak, mint. Finishes with apple, cough mixture, some nuts. Very little like IPA overall. Very oily texture, fizzy carbon. Sweet due to alcohol level, slightly sour, medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-caramel color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour, funky, tangy, earthy, piney, oddly vegetal and had a hint of tropical fruits. The flavor was very tangy and very sweet with notes of brown sugar, vegetal malts and tropical fruits. Long finish and full body. Odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smaynard6000 (623) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours an amber color, with small off white head. Interesting aroma that resembles more of a barley wine than an IPA. Malty flavor with a bit of hoppiness. Definite warm alcohol notes. Not bad, but strange for an Imperial IPA, definitely not hoppy enough and more like a barley wine.

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