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RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Cloudy amber in color with huge head and lots of bubbles. lemon EKG hops in thnose are very nice. Nice wallop of hops, mainly citric, lots of caramel malt backbone, some juicy resin, and a tangy hop finish. Aloha indeed, nice beer. Thank Torry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Hazy orange, nice creamy beige head. Pleasant orangey hop aroma. (8+) Similar orange hops in the flavour start things off nicely, grass and resin grow in the finish. (8+) Smooth average palate. Very drinkable. Lovely. (Not sure if these scores would be quite so high on a re-rate but apparently I quite liked it!) Can, Mondial, Montreal, 3T

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
5-20-08 can shared with lb4lb thanks to hopdog!
Thick glowing orange with a nice big ivory white head that is semi short lived. Smell is peaches, grapefruit and huge apricots. Flavor is nice and creamy with a good hop bite to it. Flavor could be a hint bolder but super enjoyable and drinkable and the mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth just makes the beer even more worth while. yummers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Can Naven brought back from Hawaii for me. Thanks Dave, Shared with my gf Cyn. Paired with vegan corn chowder. Pours orange with a really big nice puffy tan head. Nose is nice hoppy citrus. Taste is very smooth very citrussy and superbly drinkable. This is one hell of an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Au Mondial 2008: Au nez, oranges, pêches et (même) écorce d’arbre. Au goûts, ces mêmes éléments se recroisent, additionnés du jus de pomme et de la limonade. J’ai fortement l’impression de boire un jus du réveil matinal, ce qui n’est pas pour me déplaire, comme je ne suis pas encore tout à fait éveillé. Une amertume bien dosée, toute en subtilité. Manifestement, cette bière ne devrait pas effrayer ceux qui ont en horreur ce genre: étonnamment rafraîchissante et en forme, cette IPA respecte en tout point les conventions du genre, tout en offrant ce je-ne-sais-quoi de jeunesse qui manque parfois à certains produits. <P>Pour ceux que ça intéresse, je vais manger un macaroni à la viande/tomates, surgelé de sucroît.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Can courtesy of Sparky27. Good pine and flaoral aroma. Copper body with off white head. Medium bodied ipa that has a refreshing citrus orange flavor. Palate is laqored with some chewy orange aftertaste. Thank Eric good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2729) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Bière #1 au Mondial 08 (28/5/08), canette. Ambrée jaunie brumeuse, petit collet avec de la dentelle. Arome métalique au début, mais une sensation d’houblon végétale, un peu amère et sûrette. Goût d’houblon bien plus fruité, amèrturme dousse et une arrière goût plaisant. Enfin, ma première bonne bière d’une canette!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2008 My Bottom Line:
The raw cohesion of honeyed maltiness, resinous and orangey hop flavors and earthy hop bitterness creates a beautifully drinkable and expressive India Pale Ale. Drinking this on a Hawaiian beach must be memorable.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A large head of foam garnishes the cloudy blond-amber.
-The mouthfeel is quite healthy with its large but soft bubbles and its cushiony maltiness.
-The malt sweetness straddles caramel and honey profiles, but remains in the supporting role throughout.
-The earthy, resinous hop bitterness is firm, and not overdone.
-This is nicely unfiltered.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Can pours a hazy amber color with off white head. Has a wonderful hop smell that makes me think palm tree pine. Very floral. Has a medium mouthfeel and is well carbonated. Tastes like a great IPA with pine, grapefruit, and a smooth sweetness on the back side. This is overall a very solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Can. Pours a cloudy amber with a 1 finger head. Nose is sweet malt and floral hops. Palate is citrus – grapefruit and orange with a touch of pine in the finish. Medium mouth feel with splotchy lacing. Not bad, and you gotta love that it’s in a can.

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