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RATINGS: 893   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2010
Sl hazy golden laced head. Big sweat armpit aroma. Some marmalade notes and citrus pith flavours rounded with sweet malts. I think the balance is about right. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Great IPA. Borders on too sweet, but overall quite awesome. Very floral. Not crazy about the $12/6 price tag.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2010
12 oz can. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a soapy white head. The nose is very big on piney hops, resin, fresh cut wood, and mild caramel malt. The taste is much more malty than expected and less hoppy as well. You do get a crisp bitter piney hop bite at the end of the caramel malt. The mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Decent ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drjohnrock (690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Draft at brewpuob on August 10, 2010. Dark golden color, small white head, very appealing sweet citrus aroma with enough hoppiness to round it out, thin body, taste is smooth with unique fruitiness--guava and passion fruit, perhaps?--with properly assertive hoppiness to keep things balanced. Very solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7540) - 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 can’t pinpoint. Very smooth with a small lasting impression of pine from the hops. Really a nice beer and I’m 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 doesn’t suffer from it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
50belair (3341) - 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.......


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