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This mammoth IPA is defined by generous quantities of premium hops and balanced with a premium selection of English malt. Traditionally unfiltered IPA’s lead to the slight haze appearance. An extensive dry-hopping process contributes to its very intense floral hop aroma. The IPA is unfiltered and as always, unpasteurized to leave all the natural flavors intact. If you’re at the brewery you’ll be able to guess what style of beer every brewer has in his hand. THE BEER YOU'VE BEEN TRAINING FOR!

Malt: 2 Row, Pale Malt, Munich, 70-80 Crystal, Wheat

Hops: Columbus, Golding

Dry Hop: Columbus, Golding


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bctdi (3) - Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2007 does not count
ok...sweetwater has done it this time.grapefruit aroma...beautiful light amber color....hops/ malt balance...this is good ipa.I went out and stocked my mini fridge with lots of this and im not sorry at all.Its not your typical IPA.Very interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2007
12 oz bottle via goldtwins (thanks!). Pours a hazy amber with a small quickly dissipating head. Nose is Orange, grapefruit and pine. Taste start with some sweet honey and caramel, then some bittersweet grapefreuit, and a dry pine finish. Pine lingers awhile in the aftertaste as well. Carbonation is moderate and body is medium. Pretty good but finish is just a bit too dry and and metallic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Fizzy off-white head atop a slightly cloudy amber pour. Stong citrus aroma mixed with sweet caramel with a hint of strawberries. Toasty malty sweet flavor followed by a crisp bitter finish. Nice IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4017) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle from goldtwins. Thanks. Pours an orangish copper with hardly any head. Floral and grassy hop aroma. Nice, dry hopped ipa. Nice, but it doesnt stand out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Thanks to both Larry (goldtwins) and Matt (TBC2) for this one! Orangey amber pour w/ coppery highlights and a lasting medium sized pillowy white head. Grassy and piney hop aromas at first. Some resiny hops as well. Caramel and toasty malts seem a bit thin compared to hops, but hey, it’s an American IPA! The combination and intensity of hops makes it almost herbal together. Flavor is well balanced for the most part. A bit on the sweet side at very first sip, resiny hop flavor throughout! Lightly dry and bitter finish. Toasty malt flavor comes out more int he flavor than the aroma w/ a touch of caramel. Herbal hop flavors into the finish and aftertaste, but also some floral notes pop into the late lingering aftertaste. Very little fruitiness in either flavor or aroma. Lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol, smooth w/ a lower medium carbonation to keep it from being prickly. Nicely done Sweetwater! Very refreshing, almost thirst quenching beer, even though it’s New Year’s Eve on a rain soaked day in northeast Ohio!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. NIce sweet orange-grapefruit hops aroma. Clear orange-yellow color with small head. Flavor an excellent sweet grapefruit and light malt. Moderate hops finish. Well blended - the bitterness doesn’t overwhelmed the beer. Very nice IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Good IPA amber color, white head leaves some lacing. Aroma is pretty much perfect -- lots of citrus and floral hops. Tastes just like it smells, a little tangy at the start, a ltitle malt balance and then finishes too quickly with the bitter hops. This is different than I remember and the beer seems to be missing something -- it’s as if they are trying too hard to make the Ultimate American IPA. All the ingredients are there but nothing ties them together. Still Sweetwater’s best beer and what I order in Atlanta if it’s on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
On draught at multiple locations in ATL, including direct at brewery and in 12 oz. bottle. Pours a light amber colour with slight haze and fairly creamy crown. Good retention and light lacing. Strong aroma full of floral and herbal hops, citrus, and a bit of pine. Flavour is bitter all the way through to the finish, full of hops and lively carbonation, and a subtle malt sweetness underlying it all. The hop formula changed within the past year since the new brews leave a grapefruit-like essence on your tongue following each drink, much like Cascade hops do. Not the strongest IPA I’ve had, but very well balanced and it really does feature the hops front and foremost. Palate is medium bodied and is very easy to drink. And while it is strong, it won’t give you palate fatigue after a 6-pack so it’s a great session beer for true hopheads. Overall a great IPA and what I consider Sweetwater’s best year-round brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with goldtwins - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Lots of spotty lacing. Has a strong fruit, citrus, and herbal hop aroma. Flavor is citrus hops and caramel malt. Has a noticeable hop bite at the end. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Larry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Thanks to unclemattie for the bottle. Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a medium head. A medium amount of lace. Aroma is citrus and pine hops and a little malt sweetness.
Medium body. Well balanced malts in the tasting. Very good, highly hopped ipa.


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