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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!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2530) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of hopdog in trade. Thanks!
Pours an attractive dark, murky amber with a lasting beige head. Smell is nice and fruity with citrus, peaches, and grapefruit scented hops in particular. Taste is sweet and fruity with a hoppy backing to it. Very nice fruity taste of peaches and sweet ruby red grapefruit with a good dose of refreshing hops to it. Very well balanced and super drinkable. Full mouthfeel, slightly creamy and nice moderate carbonation. Add the fact that it comes in a can and this is one hell of a fun beer to drink. Really solid all around. Thanks again for this one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Can. Gold/orange, with a white head. Aroma is citrusy hops and caramel. Flavor is citrus, malt, and caramel, with a body on the heavy side. Thanks to Foolish_Mortal for this can.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Can: Golden to amber in color. Aromas are of citric and floral hops and maybe a touch of spice. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with a tart midpalate and a bit of added dryness on the finish. Really enjoyable and drinkable on a warm day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
In a can from O’Briens. Pours a hazy amber color with a foamy off-white head. Nice juicy citrus hop aroma, some toasty and caramel malts, along with floral notes. Pleasant American (mostly West Coast) IPA character, solid malt backbone supports lots of c-hop flavors of citrus and evergreen with a light spiciness - quite nice and somewhat unexpected from this Hawaiian canned brew. Medium body with creamy smooth carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Canned 6-er from BevMo. I simply love the idea of good craft beer in a can. The aroma and taste of this is not overwhelmingly good for the style, but my over impression is higher based on the canned aspect. Something simple and "green" about this so I would regularly buy their beer for the entrepreneurship of canning craft beer. I also bought some of their coconut porter which I will review soon. My wife is having one now.....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
12oz can from BevMo Mission Valley. Big floral hop aromas, with some citrus and pine to boot. Its nice to be able to have a great IPA by the pool and not have to worry about breaking the glass. A great IPA either way!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Can from BevMo. Medium copper color upon pouring. Nice citric hop aroma. A little bit of syrupy sweetness. Sweet grapefruit up front. Good hop bitterness with quite a bit of maltiness. Good balanced IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
Can at O’briens. Pours with an amber body topped by a thick, off-white head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a light grapefruity hop note and a little apricot. Reminds me more of a Pale Ale than an IPA. Medium bodied and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2008
can from naven. A very nice IPA. Tons of citrus. Very drinkable. Me likey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Draft. Amber body, somewhat malty nose with light hop presence. Substantially underhopped for the style, with its balance much toward the malt side, fruity, slightly grainy. Drinkable. 6 3 7 3 14 RERATE: At the brewpub on draft, this is much hoppier.


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