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RATINGS: 811   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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17313) - 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 (5185) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (3475) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012
++++ RE-RATE 28 May 2012 ++++
12 oz can purchased at the Rodeo General Store in Makawao. Canned 052312 (thank you Maui for clearly dating your beers). Woah, drinking this 5 days after it was canned. The pour is light haze golden. The aroma is fresh resin, dank and catty. Really clean and alive. The taste is fresh bright resin dank hops, along with nice clean fresh toasted malt under the hop brightness. The palate is medium to light bodied, with nice gentle natural carbonation. This was super fresh and nice, I was very happy to have it available pretty much everywhere I went on Maui. (8,4,8,4,17 - 4.1)

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 2 February 2009 ++++
12 oz can from MaltOMeal. Pour is cloudy copper orange with a rocky one inch white head. Some floaties, pleasingly unfiltered looking. Aroma of round soft, citrus and resin hops. Some bready maltiness behind that. Taste is the citrus hops, nicely bitter - resin is present though more subdued than in the nose, and towards the back. Malt picks up midway, giving it a nice body and balance. Palate is medium, unfiltered, bitter with a nice hoppy lingering aftertaste. Nice IPA. Thanks Bill. (8,4,7,3,15 - 3.7)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (35101) - 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 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - 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.

3.6
   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 (6355) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.6
   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.


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