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RATINGS: 759   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Microbrew in a can, turned out a lot better then I had thought it would. One of the better beers I had in Hawaii while I was on vacation. Nice IPA. Nice citrus and pine notes in the flavor as well as the aroma. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4772) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2008
12oz Can - The Liquor Collection - Honolulu, Hawaii
2008 Great Hawaiian Beer Run
Aroma Nice hoppy aroma with a good malt background.
Appearance Amber in color, clear with a nice head.
Flavor Nice hops flavor this was a decent IPA. The malts where sweet and the bitter hops added to the flavor. A very nice IPA.
Palate Great Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall I liked this beer it was one of the better Hawaii beers. The IPA flavor was very good. I will recommend this to friends.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark amber body with a fizzy, off-white head. Smell: Herbaceous, pine needle-strewn scent with notes of grapefruit segments. Some pale malts as an afterthought. Taste: Sharply herby, with further hop flavors of pine and citrus. Not too terribly much in the way of malt or sweetness, which exaggerates the medium bitterness. Piney, herbal hints in the bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Drinkability: Decent enough for an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours a transparent copper orange with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of fresh citrusy resiny hops with pale malty undertones. Body starts lightly malty sweet and has good resiny piny hoppy balance. Finishes drier, bittersweet and crisp. A pretty nice and drinkable IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwkrieger (14) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Six pack of cans purchased from the Safeway grocery store on Kaui ( also found at Safeway on Maui). Compared with the other IPAS availble on the islands this is far superior. Great hoppy aroma, large off whit ehead, with lacing. Very well balanced sweet malts and sticky hops. Made sitting at the beach in the sun very enjoyable. Glad I brought a few home with me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Drank a bunch of these on Maui recently. Rich copper hue with a nice and creamy head. Bright, inviting nose was filled with a banquet of hops and fruits. Malts were on the sweet side, not surprisingly, with notes of caramel, candy and lightly toasted grains. Hops and esters were exuding with tropical fruit from start to finish. Mango, agave, kiwi, starfruit, papaya, you name it. Overall, it was a pretty drinkable IPA that I kept going back to (partly because I had no other choice, but also because it was a decent beer).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Light brown rather than golden or amber, with a small white head. Nose of hops and malts, less sweet than most American IPA. Can talks about American hops, but this seemed to me to be more of a Kent Goldings kind of IPA. Better than I expected.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (770) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
From a can. Apricot color; straw and grassy aroma. Flavor of plastic, medicine, herb, big hops...should be bad but at a tasting we all loved it! Some malt, caramel, but a big mix of herbs and lovely hops...intriguing and tasty!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Brought a couple cans back from a recent trip to Oahu. Bought at liquor collection. After tasting, I wish I had bought a bunch more. Tasted at Logans house with Logan and deftim13. Big 1 finger fluffy off-white head. In your face huge hop aroma that was phenomenal on the pour. Grassy herbal aroma notes. Lots of hop flavor, but mellow hop bitterness. Sweet, but extremely well balanced. Yum!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
12 oz can brought back from Maui. Murky golden orange with smallish head. Lots of citrus hop aromas. Apricot and mango too. Flavor was greenery and more citrus. Sweet sweet grapefruit finish. Pretty tasty


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