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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!


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
joet (2245) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
For being a Paciific IPA I was expecting a nod in the hop profile to the local PNW hops. That was not there. Also there’s a heavier, creamier texture than is usual to the style. Some residual sweetness adds to the flaws. Still an enjoyable beer, just not quite meeting expectations - part of those were from me and part of thsoe stemming from the label as an IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 19, 2009
On tap at the Yard House, Waikiki. Clear, dark gold with a dense white head. Very citrusy nose, some light pine and caramel. Snappy citrus and resin flavor, some caramel and earth. Excellent!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Can from BevMo..Pours light golden with a with head...Smell is citrus and piney hops with a slight sweetness..Nice citrus hop bite.. Solid IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2009
12oz can. Pours a slightly hazed, bright orange body with a finger-width, slowly dissipating, white head that leaves a moderate to heavy soapy lacing. Aroma is straight up citrusy and flowery hops. A light earthy pine and some nice, soft, lightly sweet caramels. Flavor is much more subdued than anticipated. Some juicy oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and lemon with a nice caramel body, but still misleading after the big-time dry hopped aroma. Finishes dry and lingers with a moderate earth, resiny citrus. Medium bodied and clean. Overall, a decent and well balanced IPA, but not nearly as tasty as some other west coast IPAs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36563) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle 355ml.
Light unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, light caramel, moderate to light heavy hoppy, grass, orange. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and shell bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20090321]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5273) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Sampled from a 12-oz can during Dark Lord Day ’09 at table 1. Pours a semi-clear orange amber colored brew with an average off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of caramel malt tangerine and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malt, citrus zest, a hint of grapefruit and a touch of spice. Finish is semi-sweet, mildly bitter with a short lived grapefruit and caramel aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
12oz can. Opaque amber with a medium sized, sticky white head. The aroma is fruity, malty, and hoppy, with flowers, spicy tangerine and some cherry. Not very powerful for an IPA aroma, but it is quite nice. The flavor is a little on the malty side with more juicy hop flavor and not very much bitterness for an IPA. There are notes of caramel, toast, and oranges. Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a soft finish that seems a little empty due to the lack of any lasting bitterness. Started really nice with a cool aroma, but couldn’t really follow through in the finish.

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 (3587) - 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 (443) - 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.


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