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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - 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 (2326) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Poured a nice light orange color with a white head. Aroma is of mainly piney hops. Flavor was much different, a bit of hops up front and then way to much sweetness and malt in the finish. Maybe this was an old can, but I didnt like it much at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2008
12oz. can with thanks to AgentSteve for this great bonus! Pours a cloudy golden orange with a large fluffy tan head, excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is hoppy floral, citrus and light pine. Flavor is a lighter hops bite than expected from the aroma, but pleasant none the less, with more citrus standing out. Enjoyable and an IPA I would have in the fridge regularly if it was locally available. Thanks again Steve!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8997) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
12 oz can from my Secret Santa. Thanks! Hazy brownish red pour with slight hazy and lively effervescence. Big, frothy head. Nice citrus, floral hop aroma. Spicy, fresh hop taste with notes of green apple. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Can, thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a murky brownish-amber with a thin white head and lingering white lacing. Big hops aroma, with pine and spices. Bitter hops taste, with cloves, pine, and a hint of alcohol. Nice lingering bitterness. Very tasty IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (516) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2008
From a can pruchased at a loca gas station. Poured dark gold with a nice big head. Aroma is spice and floral hops. Mouthfeel is full and bubbly. Flavor is very good with a lot of citrus and sweet malt balanced perfectly with hop bitterness. This is really good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle with a big thanks to KieferUGA, who procured this from a trade. Aroma was good with a nice amount of citrus and grapefruit with a good caramel base. Flavor was balanced with a nice caramell backbone. Bitterness had a good amount of bitterness. Really good for the style and glad that I was lucky enough to have this.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beereality (4) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2008 does not count
Poured from a 12 oz. can.Beautiful orange hazy pour.big fat fine white head that dissapears quickly. some fine light lacing. Very nice smell! Hoppy, biscuity,malty wonderous.nice smooth feel. wow I could just smell this all night! you know that smell.nice bitter dry finish, that makes you want more. sorry I only have one more can. but fortunate to have it al all


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