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RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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India Pale Ale was developed in Burton, England, as a "Super-Premium" hoppy pale ale around 1800. The extra strength in alcohol and hops helped preserve the beer on its long export journeys to India and beyond. The style developed a following worldwide. Its flavor begins with a smooth, malty creaminess followed with a big burst of dry-hop flavor from English Kent Golding Hops. It then finishes with a lingering yet pleasant bitterness.

Big Swell IPA is a fresh handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with huge amounts of American hops and malted barley...dry hopped to perfection!


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2060) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2010
Poured out a clear dull amber brew with a decent sized white cap on the fuzzy side and leaves sloppy lacing. God damn does this smell freaking excellent! Sweet and caramelly with a boat load of peaches, ruby red grapefruit, nectarines, weak amount of resin. Damn stuff smells mouth watering - pretty straight forward aroma but that’s ok cause it’s got massive presence. Ahhhh, this is just what I wanted - tasty flavours and lots of bitterness. My love of the taste is waning as I go though - seems to consistantly start empty before revving up mid taste.. or in this case the beginning.. what the hell am I talking about? Caramel, peaches, grapefruit, tropical fruits (light), pine. The mouth feel is bugging me - comes across pop-like - a fine bubbly pop but it has a good body to it. Finishes malty with medium lengthed bitterness that is not crushing. This beer really faded from a standout first impression to less than impressive. I still liked it enough and wouldn’t hesitate to buy it if I ever saw it.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2010
Can. My second IPA in a can. Not bad. A real good IPA. Great pour. Nice orange copper color with a nice white head. Aroma was pines, citrus, and grass. Flavor was big and aggressive. Hop bite in the aftertaste. Sticky mouthfeel. A great IPA. I love this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
A golden brown beer with a nice head. The aroma is sweet, citrus, and pine. The taste is nice citrusy, pine with a very smooth ending. A nice IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2010
In trade from bhensonb I believe, awhile ago. Golden orange, huge rocky head. Aroma has a nice balance of floral and juicy citrus up front, huge malt sweetness coming through. Flavor much the same, residuel sweetness takes over a bit. Another beer I owe a rerate to. Probably pretty solid fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (635) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Beers always taste better in Hawaii. At the yard house, which I highly recommend. 100 taps. Aroma is bright hops. Color shines a dark golden color. Taste is ideal. Hops, sugar, alcohol, and fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2010
On tap at Cafe Mambo in Maui. My estimation of IPA just keeps going up and up as a taste more great ones like this. Really enjoyed this one, which seemed to have more characteristics of an APA but still the recognizable hoppy bitterness of an IPA. Almost like a perfect mix of both syles - the flavour of an APA with the more complex palate of an IPA. Rosewater, passionfruit, superbly realised maltiness and great lingering finish. Very welcome on a hot Maui afternoon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2010
pretty impressed with this one. nice smell, little head, big taste. why do these things cost so much though? $11 for a sixer? Come on.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2279) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Orange hazy golden pour white head sweet malt and a little citrus hop aroma taste of sweet malts and a little bit of citrus light lacing ...... kind of metallic not very hoppy but does have a nice mellow hop bite in the finish an average ipa

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (8737) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2010
Can (big thanks to joss!!!!!!): Deep, very,very deep piney-hoppy nose with a solid sweetish (exotic-) fruity background; deep golden coloured, a bit unclear, medium-sized white head, sticking to the glass; solid bitter and sweet flavour, very smooth and medium bodied; lingering fruity (grapefruit, lemons) and gorgeous hoppy (piney, citrussy) finish, balanced by sweet pale malt. Wow!!!!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2010
(can, 35.5cl) Hazy, golden colour with a thick and slightly off-white foamy head. Fruity and very piney hoppy aroma with moderately sweet pale malty and slightly spicy background. Slightly bitter flavour with a rounded malty sweetness, medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. Soft pale malty base with a cornucopia of hop flavours, most of all exotic fruits (guave, mango) and grape-fruit; leading into a medium-dry, slightly bitter very and lasting exotic hoppy finish. A Hawaiian taste bomb. 03.III.10


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