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RATINGS: 766   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
straight from the can as Jesus intended. Fresh grassy nose with some nice spice behind it, a little sweet pine, maybe a touch of candied grapefruit ribbon candy. The beer pours (yes, i poured a little into a glass for ratings sake) a slightly hazed orange with a very full blanket of lace-inducing off-white suds atop. Flavors were juicy citrus and sweet pine and not very bitter...thus the english variety of hops..Extremely balanced but with enough hop flavor to make it qualify for IPA standards...not very bitter and more sweet and juicy than anything. Very clean though...with the flavors coming on strong and refined. Needs a bit more alcohol to dry it out a bit, but I dig it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Can from Ledger’s Liquors in dirty, hippie-infested Berkeley, CA. Pours a clear golden-amber with a one-finger white head. Nice citrusy aroma with malty sweetness. Flavor is very sweet caramel malt with a somewhat unique citrusy hop character (from the Kent Goldings maybe?). Hop oils on the palate and a bitter finish that lingers.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larryLSB (418) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
12 oz can, poured into a pint glass. Goldish amber with big off white head.Citrus and hops in the nose,Taste is too smooth, not enuf bite, however a thoroughly enjoyable beer, A little pricy for a 6 pack.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1824) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Big thanks to Odeed for this bonus. Love the can! Poured a clear golden/amber with a soapy off-white head. aroma is all citrus hops. The flavor is mostly a sharp citrusy hoppiness, with some sweet undertones. medium mouthfeel. a great ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2136) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Can poured into a pint glass. Golden amber color, good clarity, nice off-white cap of foam. Aroma is orange and grapefruit hoppiness, with a little pine and a little neutral malt. Flavor is rather muted. Tastes like a ’diet IPA.’ The orangey tropical hops are there, and the pine is there, and the pale malt is there, but there’s no robustness. Watery, a little soapy, and with low bitterness. Above average but not a great IPA by any means.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 11, 2009
Can, 12 fl. oz. Pours a light golden beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is hops (pine and citrus) and notes of sweetness. The flavor is hops and malt. The palate is a little weak, but overall a good IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Thanks to Odeed! Aroma is obviously dry-hopped with grassy, resiny, citrus hops scents showing up. The appearance is about normal for a craft IPA - slightly unclear light orange amber with white head. Flavor matches the aroma - malt sweetness + American hops on the less grapefruity more bitter side. Mouthfeel’s about average. Overall, a solid IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2009
(12oz can) Hazy amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma is pine/grapefruit, some caramel, peach/orange. Taste is what the aroma suggests, fairly bitter. Medium body, light chewiness, acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2009
Canette de 12 oz. Arômes complexes de houblon résineux, fruité et floral. Robe ambrée et claire, mousse moyenne. Relativement bien maltée, le côté aromatique du houblon est très agréable, avec des touches résineuses (Simcoe ?), fruitées et florales. Amertume moyenne. Une excellente IPA, encore meilleure sur une plage!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 6, 2009
Cloudy dark golden with a small white head. Sweet and juicy pine hops, with small hints of peach and grapefruit. Sweetish malty flavour with bready notes, and a citrus hop flavour. Excellent malt/hop balance in the aftertaste


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