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Great Black Swamp Wild Duck India Pale Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   ABV: -
Well, itís finally come to this, we knew it had to at some point because everyone loves a good IPA. This IPA is a bold, assertive Northwest IPA that understands what hops and malt are for. Wild Duck IPA has a nice mouthful of hops with a big malt back bone and enough bitterness to hold it all together. Influenced by the home of the American IPA and all the great brewers and breweries of the Northwest, this brew is sure to make you long for the cloudy, wet, rainy days that good beer was made for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Sample at the North Market Ohio Craft Beer Festival on 09/12/2015. Hazy amber color with a medium thin white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of hops, fruit and malt. Light to medium body with flavors of overripe fruit, resiny hops and grainy malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a short hoppy aftertaste. Slightly below average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3267) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle from Chris and Erica. Hazy amber brown with a small slightly off-white head. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness with some fruity sweetness. Grapefruit, tropical fruits, citrus, caramel, honey and spices. Bitter ending. How come bottle does not list ABV? Feels about 7%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrSilverworm (9438) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2015
5oz on tap at Over Hang. Bigger, spicy citrusy hop up front. Kind of metallic and spicy quickly, though. Somewhat astringent bitterness, lighter sweet. Clear orange red color. Thin off-white head. Leaves some decent ridges of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of soft , lighter carbonation. Slick texture. An OK IPA. Not impressed though. Spicy and rough, a bit astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Psytron (1664) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Mild smell of hop, grass. Hazy red amber colour, small beige head. Aroma of hops, earth, basement. Mid-bitter. Flat carbon, mostly bitter, faintly sweet. Too much muddy / basement aromas, lacks the freshness needed for a good IPA. Heavy body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (7724) - Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
22 oz bottle picked up at a local grocery around Toledo. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a strange soapy floral character, caramel, honey sweetness, some citrus, aged hops, buttery, I donít know the age, but this is something I would stay away from in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italianjohn (2674) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Golden orange pour with a off white head and light sticky lacing.... Aroma is of sweet bready malts, caramel malts and some Belgian yeast and some citrusy malts .... Tastes are sweet caramel, little citrusy, resiny and fruity Belgian yeast ... Finish is dry and piney with a lingering fruity yeast touch .... Decent offering basically a Belgian pale ale in my humble opinion

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (3780) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bomber from Anderson in Toledo. Deep orange-brown pour with dirty white head and spotty stick. Aroma is sweet bready malts and candied citrus. Tastes are sweet caramel, little butterscotch, resiny, pine hops. Sharp, almost metallic finish is most interesting aspect. Little strange overall, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to buffalohead for sharing this beer one evening. It is a passable IPA although there are enough flaws that I think Great Black Swamp has plenty of room for improvement. Even so it is nice to see something popping up between southeastern Michigan and Cleveland for those drives west. I think I may at least give them one more chance.

Aroma / Appearance - A caramel base is the color of rosy bronze. Fresh white head and sheer legs complement the foundation well. Contained within are maple sugar, sweet malts, earthy herbs, and almonds along with a dash of honey. This is fairly sweet without a strong hop presence to support it.

Flavor / Palate - Almonds emerge from a creamy mouthfeel that is the one bright spot of a middle of the road IPA. Hints of green apple show some weaknesses that cannot be masked with other flavors. The finish is not memorable; imagine a typical paint by numbers pale ale. The total result is something that shows flashes of brilliance but in the end is mired in mediocrity. Scroll past this one unless you are trying to get new breweries or have other reasons to tick anything Ohio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1592) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Moderate hop aroma with a touch of caramel. Pours caramel with an oversized white head, carbonation levels seem a bit high. Malts come through first with a touch of caramel, then the hops come forward. Thereís a bit of pine and citrus that lingers, but no hops really shine through on this. A bit of a disappointing IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsquire (3964) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Murky orange color out of the bomber bottle. Light floral nose with something soapy in there. Oddly floral taste with chamomile and soap flavors. Some stale orange peel. Thin for an IPA, and the flavor profile does not fit Northwest style IPA.

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