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Sebago Single Batch Series Hop Swap

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2515) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle picked up today from the Bodega Lightly hazy golden color with a smallish bubbly white head. Aromas of bready biscuity malt with a fair amount of pine resin and dankness. Light orange and tropical fruitiness provide some nice balance. The flavor is sweet bread and biscuits with a hint of honey. Moderate resinous and tropical fruit hop flavors with a mild bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent brew but the flavors have me wondering the true age of this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2261) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Hazy yellow pour leading up to a modest white head that eventually fades down. Aroma of toasted malts and floral and earthy hops. Fairly typical. Body is medium. The taste also has a good hop bite that penetrates the senses and lingers casually at the end. I think I liked it better than the majority of RB raters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
Aromas are hugely hoppy, grassy, tropical fruit, dry, berries, pine and resin. Really grassy. Flavors are grassy, bitter and quite clean, fruity, tropical fruit, citrus. Medium bodied, good carbonation, lightly warming with a dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9533) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle @ gmellison. Thanks to Luke for sending ! Pours a slightly dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Slightly dank and piney hoppy nose with some grapefruit and resin. Moderate light sweetness. Doughy, crackery flavor. Lots of citrus. Clean and easy drinking. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It appears to have been bottled on 5/11/14 and cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Golden/light orange hue over a hazy body. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates, but does leave plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dank resiny earthy character, plus some herbs and a touch of orange citrus.

Taste: There’s definitely a “je na sais quois” character to a lot of IPAs coming out of the New England states. They’ve got a little of everything: tropical fruit; spices; and pine. Though there’s still sub-genres even within this niche style. Sebago Brewing Company’s 2014 Hop Swap is a good example of what I mean since it tends to lean more toward the traditional “East Coast style” IPA with a rustic, earthy approach, but still has that New England-style character.

The malt bill to this beer is quite interesting as it uses two English specialty malts in addition to “flaked barley” (Two-row is the base malt). It’s not particularly sweet, but there’s enough malty backbone to give the palette a consistency instead of being simply carbonated hop water. As for the hops, well, there’s plenty of those. Dank, resiny pine flavor is prominent from start to finish as well as a strong - but not overbearing – bitterness. A crisp hop bite at the crest of the swig followed by slight herbal/earthy (green tea, tree bark) flavor on the back end. Slightly dry in the aftertaste, but it fades quickly. Overall, a very delicious taste that’s consistently fun and enjoyable to drink.

Drinkability: Sebago Hop Swap has the robustness of a hefty brew, but the body itself does not. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but always crisp and leaves no cloying aftertaste. It’s got a ton of flavor for 6.7% ABV, maybe even a little more than you’d expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strife21 (182) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Pours dark amber with ahalf a finger of head. Smell is huge amoungs of mango and citrus with notes of pine and resin. Taste starts off slightly sweet with mango and citrus followed by pine and hops on a bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2398) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Pours a rich warm golden color with a bit of haze and a finger or two of sticky eggshell foam. Nose is fruit forward with some tropical, citrus, pine and a touch of cheese and stale grass as well. The palate rolls with nice level of backend sweet malt, toasted grain and layers of pineapple, spruce, citrus peel, grapefruit, straw, grass clippings lead into a mellow bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Tap at the Portland location. Pours a light orange golden with a creamy off white head. Aroma is rich sweet citrus and pine and delivers a very fresh bright orange citrus and resin pine flavor. Medium bodied and nicely balanced. Smooth mouth feel with a pleasant carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5173) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Tap. Pours a slightly cloudy and hazy gold body with a small wispy white head. The nose is decent, citrusy and fairly bright with some caramel malt. The flavor is fairly bright as well with a nice fresh tasting citrusy hoppiness. Mild to moderate caramel malt sweetness on the finish. Light to medium bodied with a lingering bitter finish. OK, probably the best of the bunch as far as what was on tap that day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (12231) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Keg at the Portland branch. Pours clear, yellow-gold with a lasting, creamy white head. Nice dank citrus nose, some pee, mango, grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor with nice tropical fruit notes, mango, kiwi, papaya, grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Mellow resins to finish, lots of tropical fruit hops, balancing pale malt sugars, subtle alcohol boost. Very solid IPA.

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