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RATINGS: 741   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2009
can poured a golden amber color with a thin white head that left pillows on the surface once settled. aroma has nice hops,(pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, and light tropical) medium malt base, and some sweetness. mouth feel is thin with high carbonation. flavor moves in the bitterness and malted direction. pines, citrus rind,and resins from the hops are well balanced. sweetness is just right and the finish with some lasting bitterness and hop resins. easy to drink and very smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GodOfThunder (1244) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Nice sweet hoppy smell with a fairly mild flavor of hops and some grain. Overall, a nice IPA without an overpowering flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Definitely an English style IPA. Some malty aromas, with honey and fresh bread with hints of spicy hops, with traces of citrus peel. Pours an amber pale with a white head. The flavor was solid, nice hop flavor with a very balanced malt profile with some honey and, mild fruitiness. Solid beer though.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Can: Amber colored pour with medium sized off white head. Piney nose with hints of grapefruit. Hoppy, piney, citrus taste. Not a big fan of IPA’s, but this wasn’t bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Can, bonused from trade with BMan1113VR. Pours hazy orange, with a nice head. Aroma of pine and fruit hops, some light spice. Taste is very piney, some fruit. Good malt balance. Finish is hoppy bitter, with more pine. Mouth is full and smooth. Overall, a solid IPA and another great canned brew!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Terrific piney pineapple aroma with a melange of passionfruit and starfruit. Not super-hoppy in the flavor, but nicely balanced. Creamy mouthfeel reminds me of 2% milk. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Can. Aroma of big, resinous hops, grassy, spicy (minty), citrusy. Flavor oddly not nearly as lusciously hoppy, though does still have a tangy citrus quality. Not much malt there to back things up. Just let me down after the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une canette de 12 oz, dégusté au festival Flaveurs, Bières et Caprices 2008 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de pin avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse avec une pointe de pin et de melon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de zeste de citron en arrière goût. (Rating #2090)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Can. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of bitter hops, light citrus, and slight floral hops. Flavor is weaker, with a sweet finish, some citrus, and grassy hops. Nice and very drinkable. Slightly high carbonation. Aroma was better than the flavor, but still a good one to try. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2009
12 oz can. Poured a hazy amber color with a two finger off white head. Aroma of citrus and pine, with a touch of malt. Flavor was well balanced with a good malt base, and a tropical fruity finish. Not quite as bitter as most I’m used to. Very good beer.


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