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RATINGS: 811   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9307) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Can from Wally’s LA. Pours a clear gold with a rocky, off-white head that has very good retention and spotty, big lace. Aroma is lemon, strawberry sorbet. Taste is a bit soapy but has a beautiful caramel and honey backbone that seems absent in lots of IPAs of late. Long, nutty, bitter aftertaste. Oily mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (5796) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
Can at SBWF. Slightly hazy golden with a medium white head that did not last for long. Pleasant aroma of fruits, grass and some light malt. Refreshing taste of grapefruit, medium body. Finish was quite bitter. Nice beer without being extreme. My first ever beer from Hawaii.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2010
In a can at Lanai. Pours an amber color with moderate hops. Very citrus and resinous hop aroma. Moderate sweet malt. Flavor is hop bitterness with sweet malt. Very balanced and good. Medium body. Excellent IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Can: Drank from can. Hoppy nose with a mostly earthy pine note and light citrus, some sharp co2 and malt notes. The flavor is balanced and hoppy, nice ipa for a can. Finishes clean and the bitterness helps accentuate the pale malts. Good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1682) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Can: Clear gold with a white head. Crispy hops aroma with a little hay. The taste is pretty basic hops,a little tinny. I don’t know if it is because of the can. It also has a bit of a paint thinner aftertaste. It’s ok.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
12 oz. can from PCC. Though I feel a little bad about drinking beer all the way from Hawaii, this is a pretty fantastic beer. Smells strongly of conventional grapefruits. Big bitterness is well-tempered with just enough maltiness. How come I can never make an IPA like this? Whenever I throw a bushel of hops in a batch to make a big IPA, it aways ends up tasting like hop tea. But I digress... Totally smooth brew.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Pours with a hazy, golden, medium-yellow color and a foamy white head, making it look similar to (albeit a bit darker than) the brewery’s lager. The similarity stops there, though, with the aroma being packed with a fresh and bold combination of floral and earthy hops. It honestly smells like slicing open a vacuum bag full of hop pellets for a new batch of home brew. The flavor is similarly bursting with a dominant and bold hop bitterness with very little sweetness to balance. The texture is resinous and tongue-coating, letting the hoppy bitterness linger for a few moments. Unfortunately, although the hops are bold and distinct, it comes across as a bit one-dimensional.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pours a clear gold from the can with a brief white head which leaves a heavy lace. Grassy dry hop aroma present in the nose and all the way through. Medium-heavy body with a very smooth mouth feel and moderate to low carbonation. Nice, grapefruit hop bitter finish. Malt is subtle, as it should be in an IPA, but toasty and primarily supports the beer in the body and mouth feel. best IPA ever from Hawai’i and compares favorably to many West Coast IPAs.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bozoNZ (734) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2010
Sl hazy golden laced head. Big sweat armpit aroma. Some marmalade notes and citrus pith flavours rounded with sweet malts. I think the balance is about right. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1464) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Great IPA. Borders on too sweet, but overall quite awesome. Very floral. Not crazy about the $12/6 price tag.


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