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RATINGS: 790   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!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours a copper color with an off white head. Aroma is toast, malty, caramel, pine and citrus. Flavor is caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, and a bitter citrus finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
funkleshite (17) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
12 oz can from bev mo. I bought this can at ambient temp and realized that it says right on the side "live beer keep cold" so that may skew my impression. Pours dark yellow with a golden hue, medium head and leaves a beautiful lacing, not bad. The nose is perfume, navel oranges, and green tea. Body is medium with a oily texture and a citric hop bite that is very bitter to the end at which point the alcohol lingers still, recalling malt liquor 40’s of my young teens. I can tell this was probably an exceptional IPA when it was first poured, but there is just something off with this one...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5008) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2009
0.33 l can at Stockholm Beer Festival 2009. Orange amber color. Good juicy hop aroma with notes of orange and pineapple. Bittersweet flavor with firm bitteness and tropical fruity hops featuring pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Hoppy mouthfeel. Excellent IPA. Good drinkability, I could drink several pints of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5833) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Haleiwa, Hi - Malama Market - 12 oz can. Dark orange pour, thick white head that leaves good lacing. Nice pleasant spruce aroma. Flavor has a nice solid sweet caramel-like back end to balance out the grapefruity citrus. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised - glad I bought a whole six.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2009
Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma is light caramel, hoppy, citrus and pine. Flavour is caramel, hoppy, citrus, grape and pine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
(Canned, Stockholm Beer Festival, 19 Sep 2009) Pale amber colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with apricots, orange and citrussy hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with notes of orange, apricots, mandarin and fresh, citrussy hops in the finish. Medium body, a touch of sweetness. Well balanced and tasty beer. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Tasted on tap at the Bistro 12th Annual IPA Festival on 8/8/09. This IPA pours an orange gold color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and citrusy. A medium to light bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and citrus. The hops are floral and herbal. A little sweet tasting, with a little bit of pineapple at the finish. Mild to medium bitterness. Nice balance. Descent carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2009
12 oz can-tarde w/blutt59. Clear off orange color w/a moderate white head. Citrus hop aroma. Flavors of pine & floral hops, some citrus, & a little bit of a malt finish. Nice balance, not an overpowering hop bomb. Smooth & refreshing brew, long finish. Good basic IPA, thanks Bob!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2009
Nice dull orange pour, nice head with some lacing. Citrus aroma, not too sweet, nice and dry, grapefruit hop flavor, some pepper, resin, mellow, great drinker.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1538) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2009
12 oz. (thanks to Austin for bringing me one of these). Golden orange pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of pine and tangerines. Good bitter hop flavor. Not too sweet but still nicely balanced. This is a very good IPA. It will not blow you away but it is very good.


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