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RATINGS: 816   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!


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1101) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - JAN 29, 2012
A surprise find in Shibuya today! Slightly hazy orange colored beer with a rocky beige head. A hoppy citrus, grass & pine tar aroma as well as the sweetness of malt. Sweet malts up front with treacle and a mild grassy bitter finish. A bit over the top at 6.8%, closer to 2xIPA but not quite there.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2377) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
A really well done brew. Pours a hazy yellow. Aromas of pungent tropical fruit and citrus. Hoppy and vegetal flavours with some citrus rind in there too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
Hawaiian IPA from an elaborately adorned craft beer can which makes me dream of a tropical island. Hazy, orangey, ’old gold’ coloured beer with strings of bubbles here and there, supporting a medium thick and creamy, stable, delicately lacing, egg-white head. Strong hops aroma jumping to the nose when opening the can... I get a strong piney component of cedar needles or pine resin, along with hemp, yellow grapefruit, toasted bread, papaja, unprocessed cigarette tobacco, oregano, dried jalapeno peppers, apricot. Clean and crisp onset, fruity but already at this stage more so from hops than from esters, tangelo, dried apricot, mango, hops manifesting themselves from the start, bittering already with a salty edge, minerally carbo but not overcarbonated, smooth and supple, lightly caramelly malt body in the middle, only to support an ever-increasing hop character which ends in an apotheosis of piney, resiny, grapefruity, peppery bitterness, both very aromatic (retronasally) and very ’deep’, lasting for a long time and drying the root of the tongue, but allowing a bit of the juicy caramelly malts to seep through. Very fragrant, yet uncompromising, throat-drying, spicy, almost abrasively hoppy IPA, showing much more character than I had expected. An IPA with balls. Love it!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (879) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2015
Lovely tropical fruit aroma in a golden amber pour. Hop forward taste to start is perfectly balanced by the full fruity body and the sustained bitter finish. One of, if not the best, of the local (Hawaii) brews.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2812) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 10, 2015
Light golden yellow body, foamy off-white head, good retention, nice lacing, yellower and less amber than a lot of IPAs. Citrus hoppy aroma. Taste is slightly bitter, with a sweet malt balance. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
liquidbread86 (65) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Standard American IPA. Gold in color with little head. Strong in hops with bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
Can. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are classic American IPA with elements of white grapefruit, pale malt, and hints of pine and caramel. Well balanced in the mouth with a significant grapefruit and cut grass hop note set off by some mild resin and clean malt notes. Medium bodied with a solid amount of bitterness. Fresher smelling and tasting than expected, given the Manitoba Liquor Mart’s reputation of brining in products that are less than ideal in terms of age. Looking forward to trying this again at the source in a few months.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
ENG: 355ml can from Liquor Mart in Winnipeg, poured into the tulip. Opalescent, orange color with medium, white head and some lacing. Aromas are pretty sweet, citrusy hops, caramel. Tastes sweety too, but balanced. Citrusy hoppy with slight malty background. Sweety-malty aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body. Overall greatly drinkable, refreshing IPA.

PL: Puszka 355ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do tulipa. Barwa pomarańczowa, opalizująca, piana jasna, średnia, nieco lejsingu. Aromaty dość słodkawe, cytrusowe chmiele, karmelek. W smaku również słodkawe, ale nie za mocno, fajnie zbalansowane. Znów cytrusowo, w tle nieco słodowe. Słodkawo-słodowy posmak. Średnie nasycenie, średnie odczucie w ustach. Podsumowując bardzo pijalne, orzeźwiające IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (675) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 29, 2015
Clear orange with white fine pored long lasting foam. Bitter hoppy nose. The taste is bitter and too tart, but an extended amount of sweetness compensated for that. Light carbonation that could be a bit stronger. Tart and dry aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3563) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
Hazy amber, nice rocky beige head.Somewhat odd nose of light hops.Palate has a light malt start with a medium strength lingering hop finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (750) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
Can. Cloudy orange-amber pour with a thick off-white head. A tasty and balanced IPA, with a good bitterness and a combination of zesty citrus and juicy tropical fruit. Lots of flavour, some sweetness but finishes bitter and dry. Nice.


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