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RATINGS: 879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2010
12 oz can. Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a big fluffy rocky off-white head. Plenty of stringy lace following it down the sides of the glass. Pleasant piney aroma, almost smells a little like fresh cut wood. Not quite to a pencil shaving yeast aroma, more of a woodshop smell. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramelly mid-palate showing plenty of pine. Crisp and refreshing. Long piney finish, very resiny. Tasty and harmonious. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. Pours a slightly opaque bright, vibrant orange with a slight reddish hue. Nice light tan, slightly orange hints involved. Good lacing and a mild retention level. S: smells like simcoe and Amarillo hops off the bat. Absolutely amazing nose. Big, bold, and absolutely delightful. T: big nose but not as much flavor in my opinion, maltier than expected with the huge hop nose. A little lackluster for me, but a great flavor over all. The nose is the best part of this. Good citrus hops but they faded a little too much, and the malts are big and bold. Cotton Candy flavors once it warms up a little. M: mild body with a lower carbonation level. Not as much bite as expected from the nose. D: good brew, but the nose made me think it was bigger than it was. My own fault at prejudging by aroma. Great IPA and well worth getting.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
12 oz. cans. Poured with a full, thick head. Tangerine and slight pine with a touch of grassy aroma. Citrus comes out a little in taste, but has some grass and a touch of funkiness that I canít pinpoint. Very smooth with a small lasting impression of pine from the hops. Really a nice beer and Iím glad I have 5 more cans!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Poured a medium golden yellow, nose was epic, huge citrus and pineapple hops, taste is great, real fresh hop flavor, dry body, drinkable but dank.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2010
12 oz can from Market of Choice. Orange colored pour with a thick and foamy white head. Smells of grapefruit, tangerine, some pine and floral notes. Taste is big citrus of grapefruit and tangerine up front with some hints of pine and floral in the finish. Very little malt balance, but the beer doesnít suffer from it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
50belair (3267) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Another disappointing canned beer. In fact I would have been better off if this disaster would have been left in Hawaii.......

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2010
12 oz can from Maui Brewing company thanks to some nice neighbors. Golden colored pour with a fluffy three fingered head. Quite effervescent, bubbles continue to steam as Iím drinking it. Very nice hoppy aroma, piney with some citrus notes. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with some hoppiness but not too bitter at all. Finish is a bit dry but leaves a bit of a bitter bite on the tongue. Iíd imagine it would be perfect for laying on the beach in Maui.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
This stuff is seriously $16 a six pack...? Pours a clear darker golden biscuit color with a big white frothy sudsy head. Aroma is a bit weird, funky weed, biscuit sweetness, grass, toffee, stinky, Iím guessing this has English hops..., stewed beats. Flavor is mildly hoppy, light sweetness, fairly dry, biscuity, toffee, very bitter, grass, dry dead grass, alcohol is very nice though, quick finish leaving behind toasty bitterness. Nice body, quite drinkable, soft and full with perfect carbonation, crisp sizzle but not overly aggressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
12 oz can purchaced in a bar in Lahaina. Head is thin and leaves no lacing, though thatís probably mostly due to the frosted, moist glass I was given. Aroma and taste are all hops. Itís a very good version of a West Coast IPA, Hawaiian style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
Mahalo! Can while on vacation on Maui. Pours a cloudy amber with a 1 finger head. Nose is sweet malt and floral hops. Palate is citrus Ė grapefruit and orange with a touch of pine in the finish. Medium mouth feel with minimal lacing. Not bad, and you gotta love that itís in a can.


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