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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Can:   Gold, slight haze, large frothy white head, clumpy lacing.   Candyish sweet hops, citrus zest, and evergreen or pine on the nose.   Sweet citrusy hops on the tongue.   My kind of IPA.   Clean on the exit, a little bit of bitterness emerges after the citrus sweetness dies down.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Good solid example.   More citrus zing than most, and enough of a malt background to carry it.   Good stuff.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Floral overtones with a bit of sweetness (maybe a little honey with slight citrus). I’m not usually a big fan of overly hoppy beers, but I really like this one. It goes down smoothly with some hoppiness, but not overpowering or bitter. Good clean finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Can from my parents’ trip to Maui. Oranredishamber pour leaving some lacing. One inch creamy head fades to ring. Aroma of citrus and grass. Nice malt sweetness quickly attenuated with a lingering, moderately bitter finish. Sweeter that most IPAs I’ve had, but, that’s OK with me. Even my anti-hop wife likes this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
d07c0m (126) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
Well-hopped with a creamy mouthfeel and floral notes. Slight dark chocolate after-taste adds a sort of "stickiness" at the back of the throat that is very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Pours from can a nice clear light golden hue, forming a craggly white head of foam. Lacing very evident, aroma nice of light pines, ocean water and malted sweet goodness. Flavour was pine driven with a malt balanced character. Very drinkable beer, proud that it comes from my home state of Hawaii. Hana ho!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2009
First off love the can! I wish more breweries went to cans, but anyway the pours is a cloudy orange with a small white head. The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and pines. The taste is of citrus and pines with a bitter finish. Good beer, definitely drinkable!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5474) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Can from Hi-Time. Man, the can movement is on fire. This is another excellent product from the good folks in Maui. Beautiful golden body with big head. Hoppy nose but not too much. Refreshing and cool texture with plenty of big wave hops gushing around. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Can. Awesome. 090109 date on the bottom. Fresh enough. Medium-light gold, strong creamy whipped head. Softer aromas of lime leaf, orange and dried leaves. Creamy head leads to a creamy body, sweet cotton candy base, green Cascade-y hops and some bubblegum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5651) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Pours orange/golden with an orange head. The aroma is doughy, caramel, citrus, and mildly piney. The flavor is cookie dough, caramel, and citrus fruit. Full bodied and tasty, but a little on the sweet side for an IPA for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2009
(can from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a lightly hazed gold with a thick white head that retains for a very long time. Huge aroma of citrus and tropical fruits that smells like a fruit salad. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and hints of pine all combine here for a great smell. Does get a bit of a vegetal edge to it with some warming, so I can’t give it a 9. Taste follows with a lot of juicy hops, orange, pineapple, and a lingering grapefruit peel bitterness. A bit of caramel makes its presence known, along with some biscuit on the finish to provide some balance, but this is mainly all about the hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full. Wow this is good, highly sessionable, and it rivals Furious in my opinion. This is definitely one of my new favorite IPAs. Thanks again Bill!


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