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RATINGS: 762   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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Can from BevMo. Copper/amber color with a multifinger beige head. Impressive citrus/floral hop aroma. Flavor is lightly roasted caramel with floral hop. This comes on more like an English ESB than a NorthWest IPA. Oh, it’s not a NorthWest IPA. Rather smooth and lightly bitter finish. Extremely pleasant and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 11, 2008
12/29/07 notes: Hawaii pride! Had in can on Maui at Hali’imaile General Store. Aroma of intense citrus-grapefruit and flowers. Flavor features tart grapefruit notes, orange, and some light sweetness. Finishes smooth w/ light bitterness. A real pleasure to drink, and quite a find out in Hawaii.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Golden with a white long-lasting head. Big citrus nose, but there is also some malt balance on this one. Taste has lemon, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors. The malt backbone comes through moreso in the taste than in the aroma. Medium bodied and carbonation. Thanks to marchcow for sharing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Objectively speaking: Another fine American IPA straight out of a can.
I like: Perfumey, strongly exotic hop nose. Crisp body. Focused oranges layout. Bready, caramelly, comfortable maltiness procures lots of sweetness, but the bitterness level is appropriate to balance it out.
I dislike: More crystal than pale malt character. Not terribly complex.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3003) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Another well made great american IPA, no need to get into aroma, and flavour we all know what hops taste, and smell like. All you need to know is this is a great IPA. Hop heads rejoice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Cloudy amber in color with huge head and lots of bubbles. lemon EKG hops in thnose are very nice. Nice wallop of hops, mainly citric, lots of caramel malt backbone, some juicy resin, and a tangy hop finish. Aloha indeed, nice beer. Thank Torry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Hazy orange, nice creamy beige head. Pleasant orangey hop aroma. (8+) Similar orange hops in the flavour start things off nicely, grass and resin grow in the finish. (8+) Smooth average palate. Very drinkable. Lovely. (Not sure if these scores would be quite so high on a re-rate but apparently I quite liked it!) Can, Mondial, Montreal, 3T

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
5-20-08 can shared with lb4lb thanks to hopdog!
Thick glowing orange with a nice big ivory white head that is semi short lived. Smell is peaches, grapefruit and huge apricots. Flavor is nice and creamy with a good hop bite to it. Flavor could be a hint bolder but super enjoyable and drinkable and the mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth just makes the beer even more worth while. yummers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Can Naven brought back from Hawaii for me. Thanks Dave, Shared with my gf Cyn. Paired with vegan corn chowder. Pours orange with a really big nice puffy tan head. Nose is nice hoppy citrus. Taste is very smooth very citrussy and superbly drinkable. This is one hell of an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Au Mondial 2008: Au nez, oranges, pêches et (même) écorce d’arbre. Au goûts, ces mêmes éléments se recroisent, additionnés du jus de pomme et de la limonade. J’ai fortement l’impression de boire un jus du réveil matinal, ce qui n’est pas pour me déplaire, comme je ne suis pas encore tout à fait éveillé. Une amertume bien dosée, toute en subtilité. Manifestement, cette bière ne devrait pas effrayer ceux qui ont en horreur ce genre: étonnamment rafraîchissante et en forme, cette IPA respecte en tout point les conventions du genre, tout en offrant ce je-ne-sais-quoi de jeunesse qui manque parfois à certains produits. <P>Pour ceux que ça intéresse, je vais manger un macaroni à la viande/tomates, surgelé de sucroît.


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