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RATINGS: 762   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy orange gold color with a huge white rocky head that dissipates slowly. Very long lasting sticky lacing. AROMA: Big aroma of sweet citrus, pineapple and floral honeysuckle. Light biscuit like malt. FLAVOR: Surprisingly light taste. Light caramel, citrusy fruit and apricot. There is some light lingering piney hop bitterness. MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied beer with a slightly syrupy texture. Light Fizzy carbonation. DRINKABILITY: Very light and easy drinking IPA. It smells and looks like an Imperial IPA but tastes like a light pale ale. This would be a nice session beer, especially due to the fact in comes in a can. NOTES: BBCSD-0902-DanM

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
12 fl oz can. Pours hazy orange with a thick and white head. Dry, peachy and grapefruity hops aroma. Dry peachy and grapefruity flavoured with a nice bitterness coming through. Citric and dry bitter finish. Lingering peachy and grapefruity impression into the far finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4271) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Pours a amber color, white head. Pretty basic IPA. Grapefruit, citrus, some sweet caramel, moderately hoppy. Sweet and bitter, pretty easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Poured amber orange, citrus hops, caramel, little carboard, little spice, little malt, little fruity.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Spent 3 months in Hawaii and this was the best beer I had from the islands. Maui cans all beer. Sweet hoppy flavor. Smooth finish. Not a huge aftertaste in my opinion. Great for laying in your hammock watching the waves on the big island.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of citrus and caramel. Tastes bitter and peppery with a grapefruit hint on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Can. Pours amber with a thick off-white head. Nose is fruity hops and caramel. Tastes mostly the same, with a little more of the malt and brown sugar. Pretty well-balanced. Mouthfeel is nice and full with a lasting finish that starts fruity and malty and becomes increasingly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbeaaach42 (3) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 25, 2009 does not count
A simple can of goodness. Not over hopped. Well balanced. I am not an IPA fan, but I like this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 Can at home... Thanks to Secret Santa 2008 for this one ... amber big bubbly white head ... big toffee pine hop nose ... light fruity bitterness ... big pine sweet resins ... juicy with a little lime ... Really good drinking... rich mouthfeel ... OPPS ... a rerate ... i was meant to keep this to share... still its lovely im enjoying it ... so who am i to complain.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2009
Can: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops seems very fresh with a subtle caramel malt base. Taste is also dominated by some green citrus and grapefruit hops with a subtle malt base sustaining quite well the hops profile. Full body with good carbonation. Better then expected and very well done for a West Coast IPA.


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