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RATINGS: 759   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Can. Strong orange-pineapple hops aroma with a hint of malt. Amber color with large white fluffy head. Smooth orange-pineapple hops and malt flavor - bitter bite of hops in the finish with a malty finish. Nicely smooth. An excellent IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Can courtesy of WeeHeavySD

Pours a warm cloudy amber with a big fluffy head. Really nice aroma, fruity and heavy on the pineapple. But the flavor leaves a bit to be desired. The malt balance is somehow off; it’s harsh and a bit vegetal and a touch buttery and the lovely hops can’t quite cover up the flaws that keep breaking through. Nonetheless not a bad effort at all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2008
12oz can. nice looking can and thanks to hophead22 for this one. pours hazy orange with white head. nose of tangerine, metallic. flavor is citrusy, earhty, metallic, this doesnt seem too fruit or something is off here. light and a bit spritzy mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2008
12 oz. can courtesy of DYCSoccer17 - thanks. Nice slightly hazy sunny orange, ample and long-lasting head. Orange and pine needle aroma, light roastiness and toffee. Rather reminiscent of Drake’s IPA in the nose. Rather dusty grain flavor with rounded mandarin orange hops flavor, spiky sprucey notes, sweet doughiness/honey. Lightly sweet finish, some grain powder and moderate bitterness. Very nice IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Can shared at the CA-GA cultural beer exchange hosted by alexanderj. Gold with white head. Aroma is sweet malt, citrus, and pine. Flavor is the same, somewhat grainy / biscuity, but the bittering hops are a nice addition.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. Cloudy dark copper-golden color, thin sparse head. Moderate earthy hop aroma, fruity malts. Light citric hop character on the taste. Pretty mild hops on finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Thanks to Dansting for this one. 12 oz can served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a finger of tight bubbled white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma with some sweet malt. Some caramel malt sweetness, decent amount of hop bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable. I got a slightly soapy taste from the hops that dinged my rating a bit. A decent IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2008
12oz can. bonus from agentsteve. pours a copper with a sizable off white head. aroma is pine and citrus hops. mouthful is a smooth caramel malt that is followed by some big citrus hop. finish is pretty crisp, excellent ipa. gotta love the micro cans!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
12oz. can. poured a nice hazy orange/yellow color. Very nice piney/citrus aroma, very enjoyable. Big hoppiness in the front, very smooth afterward. . A very good IPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
12 oz can from a trade with suzygreenburg. pours hazy orange with a big rocky tan head that lasts all the way down the glass. aromas are citrus hops and caramel malts. the flavours are big citrus hops and caramel up front that blend together really well, this lead to a bitter piney hops finish. extremely well crafted and patlatble IPA. thx for the can ben!


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