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RATINGS: 904   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 Can at home... Thanks to Secret Santa 2008 for this one ... amber big bubbly white head ... big toffee pine hop nose ... light fruity bitterness ... big pine sweet resins ... juicy with a little lime ... Really good drinking... rich mouthfeel ... OPPS ... a rerate ... i was meant to keep this to share... still its lovely im enjoying it ... so who am i to complain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2009
Can: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops seems very fresh with a subtle caramel malt base. Taste is also dominated by some green citrus and grapefruit hops with a subtle malt base sustaining quite well the hops profile. Full body with good carbonation. Better then expected and very well done for a West Coast IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012
++++ RE-RATE 28 May 2012 ++++
12 oz can purchased at the Rodeo General Store in Makawao. Canned 052312 (thank you Maui for clearly dating your beers). Woah, drinking this 5 days after it was canned. The pour is light haze golden. The aroma is fresh resin, dank and catty. Really clean and alive. The taste is fresh bright resin dank hops, along with nice clean fresh toasted malt under the hop brightness. The palate is medium to light bodied, with nice gentle natural carbonation. This was super fresh and nice, I was very happy to have it available pretty much everywhere I went on Maui. (8,4,8,4,17 - 4.1)

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 2 February 2009 ++++
12 oz can from MaltOMeal. Pour is cloudy copper orange with a rocky one inch white head. Some floaties, pleasingly unfiltered looking. Aroma of round soft, citrus and resin hops. Some bready maltiness behind that. Taste is the citrus hops, nicely bitter - resin is present though more subdued than in the nose, and towards the back. Malt picks up midway, giving it a nice body and balance. Palate is medium, unfiltered, bitter with a nice hoppy lingering aftertaste. Nice IPA. Thanks Bill. (8,4,7,3,15 - 3.7)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2009
can poured a golden amber color with a thin white head that left pillows on the surface once settled. aroma has nice hops,(pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, and light tropical) medium malt base, and some sweetness. mouth feel is thin with high carbonation. flavor moves in the bitterness and malted direction. pines, citrus rind,and resins from the hops are well balanced. sweetness is just right and the finish with some lasting bitterness and hop resins. easy to drink and very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Nice sweet hoppy smell with a fairly mild flavor of hops and some grain. Overall, a nice IPA without an overpowering flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Definitely an English style IPA. Some malty aromas, with honey and fresh bread with hints of spicy hops, with traces of citrus peel. Pours an amber pale with a white head. The flavor was solid, nice hop flavor with a very balanced malt profile with some honey and, mild fruitiness. Solid beer though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Can: Amber colored pour with medium sized off white head. Piney nose with hints of grapefruit. Hoppy, piney, citrus taste. Not a big fan of IPA’s, but this wasn’t bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Can, bonused from trade with BMan1113VR. Pours hazy orange, with a nice head. Aroma of pine and fruit hops, some light spice. Taste is very piney, some fruit. Good malt balance. Finish is hoppy bitter, with more pine. Mouth is full and smooth. Overall, a solid IPA and another great canned brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Terrific piney pineapple aroma with a melange of passionfruit and starfruit. Not super-hoppy in the flavor, but nicely balanced. Creamy mouthfeel reminds me of 2% milk. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Can. Aroma of big, resinous hops, grassy, spicy (minty), citrusy. Flavor oddly not nearly as lusciously hoppy, though does still have a tangy citrus quality. Not much malt there to back things up. Just let me down after the aroma.

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