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RATINGS: 766   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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours deep golden yellow, initially lots of white head that dissipitates. Grapefruit aroma, and taste. Average mouthfeel, very drinkable and satisfying. A bit stinging on the tongue, comment on the carbonation? Mildly astringent.Above average for style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
12 oz can, a gift from Odeed; Thanks Jake!!! Nose super hoppy with citrus and ivy notes; very lightly hazy dark yellow with a big, glass-lacing pale yellow head; flavor has bitterness and a light caramel note; finish lightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Another good canned beer from these folks. This was a hazy yellow to orange with fat white head nd good lacing . Citrus hop nose with some light caramel malts. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of carbonation. Flavor is mostly citrus hops, and the finish is bitter. Very easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Poured from the can, opaque yellow color with a one-finger head. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma is fresh and crisp grapefruit and light caramel malt. Very refreshing flavor packed with more grapefruit, hay, and orange rind. Finishes easy. Definitely a session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Can... Cloudy amber ale with an orange emphasis and a small, creamy, white head. Long-lasting retention. The aroma is fruity, malty and just a tad earthy - notes of biscuit and black tea with grapefruit to a lesser degree. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. Well-balanced. Biscuit and honey sweetness alongside citric bitterness. Finishes bittersweet and then dry with a couple grains of salt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2008
From the tap poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
12 oz can, shared by kmweaver. Pours a hazy amber body with a creamy foamy off-white head. Nice hoppy nose with citrus, tangerine, and tropical fruit notes. Lightly bitter with lots of citrus and tangerine hops. Nice clean and brightly hoppy finish. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty decent, I’d drink this again anytime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2008
12oz can. Pours cloudy golden with a hint of amber, capped with a big off-white head. Earthy hops, flowers, and caramel. Good balance between piney hops, citrus, and caramel malt. Long mildly bitter flavor. Above average IPA

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
12oz can picked up a 6er today at the BevMo on Blackston Ave. in Fresno. This stuff rocks very easy drinking IPA. The taste is very tart and somewhat dry on the aftertaste. Has a very powerful aroma of hops and pine. The beer is somewhat sweet so more than a few of these would be tough to drink. Good solid beer, recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2008
12oz can. I love canned beers. Pours a hazy red color with a huge off-white head. Aroma is a blast of fresh hops. Mango, pineapple and an assortment of other tropical fruits. Orange peel. Very resinous. This has one of the nicer aromas of any regular IPAs I have smelled recently. Flavor is very fruity, citrusy and sweet with little to no malt background. Bitterness is very low, to a fault. As good as the aroma is the flavor is lacking malt balance and bitterness. There is nothing to hold up the nice hop flavors. A great aroma with a disappointing flavor.


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