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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brent1989 (9) - USA - MAR 21, 2012 does not count
Fresh bottle from Publix in Viera, FL. Taste is incredibly smooth for the ABV, strong hop flavor. Sneaky strong beer. Look forward to every trip to Florida so that I can stock up on this again!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DWestrick (596) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2014
bottle. One of the best Imperial IPA’s I’ve had. Intense hops, well masked alcohol and big citrus - all incredibly balanced. Bummed I only had one. This is a phenomenal beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (2554) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Tho is a smooth double ipa. Really strong and hoppy. Smells super hoppy and has a malty bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrNosha (1343) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2015
12oz Flasche. Dunkle orange Farbe mit flachem Schaum. Extrem wuchtiges Hopfenaroma. Citrus, Marakuja, Kräuter, Karamell. Komplexer bitterer Geschmack, leicht alkoholisch. Nichts für Anfänger!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle at Coffee District. Dark amber color with a thin bubbly head. Aroma is pretty much hoppy, earthy, and piney. Flavor has a good hop presence with a solid malt back. The malt makes this beer a little sweet, probably a little to sweet for my liking. A solid beer non the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1533) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (1986) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Lasting head on this clear beer. Light hop aroma for a sweet smell, before you taste the sweet ipa. Like many High gravity IPA, very sweet. Not balanced, on the sweet side, but not a bad beer. Drinkable, enjoyable. Top notch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Potent hoppy aroma, poured a nice dark amber color with a thick off white head. This brew is very full bodied and smooth. Nice citrus and honey mixed with the bitter hops. Very well balanced and enjoyable IPA. I am pleasantly surprised

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I got this as part of my #BBC13 haul.

Appearance: Orange proper hue, clear body with some CO2 visible. Forms an average size, ivory, frothy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Surprisingly mild nose. Only hints of stone fruit and some alcohol.

Taste: There’s an indication of "DIPA" on the label to Florida Beer Swamp Ape, though I think it might be better classified as a blonde barleywine (if such a thing were to exist). Though big and strong, it’s not quite as bitter or hoppy as I expect in a double IPA. This is a thick, sticky, almost chewy beer with noticeable sweetness for the style. I appreciate its non-conformity.

Mild bitterness at the tip of tongue, followed by an almost nectar-like sensation of sweetness (and texture). Lots of pale maltiness and to the point that it’s remarkably sweet, but not cloying. There’s additional bitterness on the back end, but there’s no hop bite per se. Dryness balances out the malt character and there’s some alcohol warmth as well. Probably better classified as an American Strong Ale, but regardless it’s still a tasty, satisfying, well-balanced brew. I’ll take it.

Drinkability: Beers as big as Swamp Ape tend to be beastly. After all, this ale is 10% ABV, which is pretty hefty. Fortunately, there’s only minimal alcohol presence, which is quite impressive. The mouthfeel is soft, but with noticeable weight. It goes down extremely smooth and there’s only trace dryness in the aftertaste. A nice change of pace beer.

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