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RATINGS: 1057   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 Courtesy of a Ratebeerian who is a fine human being, but whose name I have forgotten <P> Citrusy in both the bitter rind qualities and the sweeter orange fruit aromas. Lusterous amber in color with a thumb thick white head that is mostly lasting. Sweet fore tastes a bit of orange/lemon spiked cake, slightly toasty with a firm malty feel. Hops are fairly low in bitterness and an excellent compliment to the fruity malt base. I put of trying this because I tend to dislike IPA’s (really hoppy ones anyway) but this is a tasty fine beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Pours with a frothy tan colored head that is initially one-finger thick, but does not hang out for too long. The beer is a brilliantly clear, full copper color. The aroma is suitably hoppy with a sweet orange note being the most prominent. A dry biscuit like note is noticeable towards the end of the aroma, but you have to look for it. The citrusy hop notes in this are so clean, and remarkably similar to orange.

The beer is lightly sweet up front, with a solid citrusy orange note. The beer finishes with a light, though strange astringency, and a solid toasted malt note. Candied orange zest was definitely used in this beer, I just know it. The beer has a solid bitterness to it that starts up front and becomes more noticeable as it finally has a strangle hold on the long, lingeringly bitter finish. The hop character creates a bit of a tingling tongue sensation, much like carbonation does, and it is accompanied by an herbaceous hop character that is quite nice as well. This beer is fairly light and drinkable, of course I mean that it has a medium fullness to eat that is not so much that I couldn’t see drinking a couple pints of this quaffable IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours copper, small white head. Aroma of hops a bit muted, but first thing you notice with some malt sweetness lingering. More malt than expected, hops subdued and contribute more to bitterness than aroma. Medium bodied, sweet middle with grapefruit rind finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2006
London Gathering Nov 05: Clear gold with a beige head. Nice hoppy smooth pale ale, with pine and citrus notes evident.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Poured clear orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma was well hopped with sweet orange and lemon notes. Had a good malt body with grassy hops being the main taste. The finish was sweet orange hops. Good balance with a great finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Bottle courtesy of goldtwins. Hazy amber with white head that fades to film. Appears oily, coats the entire inside of glass. Aroma has alot more citrus hops than expected (after reading the description). Big citrus zest character (grapefruit and orange), along with residuel pine resin and malt sweetness. Flavor much the same, quick sweet malt kick up front, turns to citrus zest, mostly grapefruit, and some more pine. Finishes with a nice bitter bite that cleans the palate. I prefer a little more malt sweetness, but this is still a very nice IPA. Great session brew...hot summer day, an "erie deerie" in the water, and nothing but time.....ahhhhh

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle from kp Thanks!

Pours a nice amber with a quickly diminishing head and clinging lace. Aroma is strawberry and grapefruit. Flavor is well-rounded floral sweetness, with hints of strawberry, orange, grapefruit, and, uh, flowers. Palate coats nicely. VERY good beer. I’d love more, hint hint.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with kp - Thanks Keith! - Pours slightly hazy amber with a creamy offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aroma is a nice balance of sweet caramel malts and citrus grapefruit hops. Flavor doesn’t dissappoint either. Very balanced between the bitter grapefruit and the sweet caramel. Nice bitter finish.. Just the way I like an IPA. Smooth creamy and balanced. Very nice brew!..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Sweetwater IPA pours to a deep golden to murky light orange color with a thick white head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose has some nice, crisp, pale malt aroma, paired with mild citric hop aromas. The palate is a bit lean, with some biscuity malt flavors, a touch of ripe estery fruit, and a soft, drinkable body. This beer is very fresh tasting, and goes down so easy in the blazing Georgia heat. Sweetwater IPA finishes with just a touch more fruit up front, and ends with a mild citric hop bite that lingers slightly on the tongue. A very drinkable IPA, one you could have a few of and your tastebuds would not be overwhelmed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5089) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
12 oz bottle, via CaptainCougar. Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a fluffy beige head. Sediment in bottle. Aroma equally balanced between caramel malt and citric hops. Some pine and grapefruit notes. Well balanced flavor as well, leaning slightly towards the malty end of the spectrum. Finish is softly bitter. Medium bodied with very soft fine bubbled carbonation. Well rounded and creamy. A decent IPA, not overly assertive, more of a mellower earthy version.


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