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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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Amber colored. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus and resiny hops. Caramel backing. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness. Solid IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2008
12 oz. can in trade from Snojerk321-thanks! Served in shaker- poured a slightly turbid orange with brown tints, very low carbonation, inviting one finger bubbly head kept me company. Aroima of crushed pine cones, grapefruit, and hops by the tractor trailer load. Hits the mouth with a high medium body, mild sweetness is intertwined with the malt making it just that much more enjoyable, finish is acidic and leaves you thirsty for more. Oh yeah!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Solidly dense orange-amber hue, one finger of soapy white bubbles sustains, moderate lacing. Smell is big caramel/sweet bread malts battling with equally large citrus hops, hints of pine resin and light fruit, delicious! Taste is mostly pine and citrus (orange/lemon) hops initially, nice balance of sweetbread and caramel malts soon after, tones of toffee, brown sugar, floral, and grapefruit, finishes more sweet than bitter. Palate is medium-bodied, thick resiny texture, moderate to high carbonation level. Overall, this is a solid single IPA with a very admirable malt/hop balance, the flavor tends to slip away a bit too quickly, very sessionable

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3290) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
12 ounce can in a single blind tasting with 21st Amendment IPA. Both purchased at BevMo in Vacaville, CA. Piney, herbal hoppy nose with some light musty maltiness present. A little ethanol is present retronasally. Not overly aromatic stuff. Mildly hazy honey-colored body with a medium off-white head and good lacing. Starts a little spicy before it shows off its strong, chewy, creamy malt backbone. Some sweet toffee and caramel dominates with some light roastiness. Finishes with a very mild citrus and floral hop flavor that is a bit sweet. Not overly ethanolic. Definitely heavy on the malts. Not a hop head’s delight, but this is the kind of IPA that I find enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
[1426-20080531] Can. Strong orange pulpy pip hops aroma. Hazy, dark orange amber body with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Buttery smooth wood orange pulp flavour. Medium body is smooth with a bitter background. "Fresh green twig," nice.
(3T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2008
Cloudy amber pour with a thick offwhite head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of leafy, floral hops with tropical fruits and mint. Good flavor of mint, tropical fruits and leafy, floral hops, there’s also a decent malt backbone in there. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
12oz can shared by kmweaver. Cloudy soft orange colored body. Aroma is creamed oranges and soft mandarin slices... flavor is sharp and hoppy, but somewhat dirty and harsh, lacks any sort of smoothness, with some crusty, harsh malt and noticeable lack of fruity hop flavors. Okay overall, not great, and the tea note picked up after a short time is not very well received.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
12oz can, courtesy of a trade from a while ago, pre-BCTC tasting. Thanks! Pours a hazy, pitty orange color; very light tan head with glistening, fine-bubbled lacing. Nice levels of citrus and resiny, lime-infused earthy hoppiness in the aroma; very resiny, chewy, juicy tree-fruit; really nice nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, citrus and earthy hoppiness and tea-like malts at the core; a bit disappointing after the dripping, juicy nose; bready malts, earthy malts, and sweetness. Medium finish: bready / toasty malts, earthiness, and some lasting orange / mineral bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2008
12 oz. can - thanks to my sister for dragging this back to the mainland; pours cloudy, apricot orange with 2" head; sinks slowly with some lacing; aromas are huge and very sweet; citrus hops and grapefruit; drinks smooth with very little bitterness; texture is slightly on the rich side and tasty; only letdown here is the flavors; they’re on the mild side and don’t come close to matching the hugeness of the aromas; more fruity than bitter; overall, a pretty darn impressive brew though

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
A high quality IPA out of a can? Man I love Hawaii. They give us beer lovers a 1-2 punch with the really nice CoCoNuT Porter and now this, a really tasty IPA. I was able to get two 6-packs of this beer and it was really easy to drink one alone in just a few hours. The aroma produces a very fresh blast of piney hops to the brain. Some subtle caramel malts pop their head in, as does some floral character. Flavor has many of the same nice qualities as the aroma....piney hops, caramel malts but it’s also suprisingly a bit spicy. Very creamy mouthfeel and a fantastic finish. Very good!


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