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RATINGS: 816   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Terrific piney pineapple aroma with a melange of passionfruit and starfruit. Not super-hoppy in the flavor, but nicely balanced. Creamy mouthfeel reminds me of 2% milk. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Can. Aroma of big, resinous hops, grassy, spicy (minty), citrusy. Flavor oddly not nearly as lusciously hoppy, though does still have a tangy citrus quality. Not much malt there to back things up. Just let me down after the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une canette de 12 oz, dégusté au festival Flaveurs, Bières et Caprices 2008 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de pin avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse avec une pointe de pin et de melon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de zeste de citron en arrière goût. (Rating #2090)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3539) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Can. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of bitter hops, light citrus, and slight floral hops. Flavor is weaker, with a sweet finish, some citrus, and grassy hops. Nice and very drinkable. Slightly high carbonation. Aroma was better than the flavor, but still a good one to try. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2009
12 oz can. Poured a hazy amber color with a two finger off white head. Aroma of citrus and pine, with a touch of malt. Flavor was well balanced with a good malt base, and a tropical fruity finish. Not quite as bitter as most I’m used to. Very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
12oz can in trade from Odeed. Hazy amber-orange color. You could smell that hops as soon as you cracked the can. Fruity, tropical fruit with pineapple, mango, etc. Lightly sweet. The flavor has light tropical fruit that you first noticed in the aroma on top of lightly sweet malts. Mellow and well integrated ingredients. Medium body with a drying mouth feel. A solid drinker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 12oz can thanks to Odeed. Pours a clear amber with a nice off-white head. Nose is of citrus, pine hops and caramel malt. Taste is same as smell. Mouthfeel is medium-thin but not as bitter as should be for an IPA. Good tasting though with sweetness more noticeable than bitterness. More like an APA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Can courtesy of rustychiles. Pours a clear copper color with a big foamy head that lasts. Aroma of pine hops, a bit of fruit and caramel malt. Flavor is much the same. The fruit comes through more than Im used to for an IPA. Very good. Thanks Rusty!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours a nice copper color with a soapy white head. Aroma is lots of hops, malt and pine. Flavor is citrusy hops, piney resiny bitterness, and a touch of malt and fruit. Nice IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
copper in color with a nice white head that leaves lacing on the glass.wonderful citrus/fruity aroma.flavor is much of the same with a bit of a pine/ivy finish.pretty nice stuff.


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