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RATINGS: 782   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (656) - 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 (2492) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
(Can, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear copper body with a thick foamy long-lasting off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, lime, and toasted barley. Flavor of citrusy hops, caramel, and toasted malt. Has a nice carbonation upfront that extends to a soft mouthfeel and mild bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
12 0z. can, good yellow gold color with grapefruit nose, very nice balanced taste and smooth slightly bitter finish, quite a surprise for an island beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2008
Can courtesy of a traveling colleague. It’s strange being a fan of craft year and being aware of the stigma beer has compared to let’s say wine. However, even knowing how off-base the bias is, I tend to apply a similar stigma to canned beer. This beer went a long way in breaking that stigma. Anyway, the beer pours a mostly clear dark amber-orange color with a thich and foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of grapefruit, hops, toffee and malt. The finish is dry with a grassy hops aftertaste that lingers awhile. Solidly above average all around.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomciccateri (1021) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 30, 2008
12-ounce can from mixed-6 in Kona. Labeled 6.2%. Light-to-medium body, well-carbonated with a pronounced hop flavor and bitterness. Little detectable malt with a sharp bitter finish. Even for an IPA, very out of balance. Not pleasant.


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