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RATINGS: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Had this one on draft at the Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL. Poured a hazy copper color with a nice white head. Aroma is sweet and of hops. Taste is citusy and very hoppy. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is way up there. I thought this was excellent and will have whenever I get the opportunity. Unfortunately, not available in Mississippi.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2007
(bottle, thanks Brewfiend) Poured copper with a white head. Very citrusy aroma with pineapple, orange, lemon. Fruit flavor as well which then gives way to a bitter finish, but not as bitter as some IPA’s.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5594) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Good and better than most of the style. Good hop aroma with citrus, plants, and salt. Medium sweet malt balanced by generous citrus-herbal hops. Dry, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Nice gold color with solid hoppy nose. Hops and grainy malts in the body. Not bad, but could have used less malt flavor and more hops.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: April 06, 1999
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
Appearance: cloudy amber, thin head
Aroma: fresh nw hop aroma, medium malt
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, good lingering bitter finish, a typical nw ipa, but from ga

Date: May 13, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brewfest
Appearance: new formula with simcoe
Flavor: huge grapefruit aroma and flavor with lots of nice sweetness, a winner again

Date: December 07, 2008
Mode: draft
Score: 3.6
Words: highland grill
Words: randall with hops and oranges
Appearance: clear dark orange, creamy beige head, lots of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with a nice citrus character, slightly grassy
Body: creamy body that is mustashe dripping good
Flavor: sweet orange flavor does a great job accenting the base citrus fruityness, just enough bitterness to keep it in control

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Medium amber color - thin head. Aroma is hoppy - notes of pine, grapefruit and a hint of orange. Smooth body, flavor is moderatley hoppy, sort of tingly on the palate. Also adds a note of sugray sweetness that doesn’t fully blend well with the hops. Not bad, but not great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Re-review:
12oz bottled Mar 1, 2010. Picked up a very fresh sixer of Sweetwater IPA after not having it in quite a while and man did I forget how great this IPA is, especially when ridiculously fresh. Pours amber with a two finger off white head that leaves some nice rings and trails of lacing and maintains a nice cap. Aroma is big on the grapefruit and citrus, simcoe hops, a little bit of pine, grass, and bread. Flavor is more serious grapefruit, but there is that pine and resinous hops. Decent caramel malt to balance things out a bit. I love citrus-forward IPAs and this one delivers in a big way. Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes great, very drinkable. Overall this is one of my favorite regular IPAs. Gets a bump for being a helluva bargain since it is a local brew. I think a lot of folks in the South take this one for granted, but it’s a top-tier IPA and one I won’t go so long without drinking again.

12oz. bottle, best by 10/15/07. Pours a pretty amber/orange with a small head that diminishes to a nice swirl that lasts quite a while. Aroma is a big ’ol grapefruit to the face, whole lotta hops goin’ on here. Flavor is equally as strong. More grapefruit, tons of hops, some pine. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium carbonation, quite smooth. Finishes nice and dry. Very refreshing IPA that doesn’t hold anything back. Tone it down a little? Hell no! This stuff is great and a relative bargain! Makes me glad to live in Georgia! :)
08/22/2007
Aroma 8/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20: 4.0/5

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle from TBC. Hazy, amber body with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Lightly floral nose with some caramel. Flavor is very sweet, caramel, cotton candy and citrus. Medium body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation. Gross.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle from trade. Pours a nice hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet of hops and citrus. Has a clean crisp semi sweet flavor of hops and malt. Not overpowering in hops taste as most IPA’s seem to be today in my humble opinion. Probably my favorite IPA I have had to date. Nice smooth dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle thanks to fordest for sharing. Nice hoppy flavors with some malt balance. Pretty good IPA.


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