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RATINGS: 1182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Pours a dramatically opaque orange with chunks of yeast stirred up in the brew. Catty hops on the nose and tongue, little malt sweetness to balance them out. Seriously, tone it down a little. Citrus hops dominate every step of this beer. I like hops as much as the next imbiber, but really, balance is nice too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Pours orange with white head. Aroma is of sweet hops and some citrus. Mouth is somewhat thin with a decent amount of carbonation. Very refreshing. Flavor is full of malt, hops, spice and finishes sweet. A very good IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Bottle. (trade with Papsoe) Clear, golden-copper color with a beige head. Pine, hops and tropical fruits in the aroma. The flavor is quite bitter and fruity, with pine and tropical fruits, the latter dominating the fruit-part. Full body. Very piney finish with a distinct bitterness. I find it a bit on the hoppy side, but it is a nice beer. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.7. 070608

On tap at the Atlanta airport taphouse, terminal A. Looking cute in the glass, even though there’s not much head, just a thin layer of off-white bubbles. Some lacings. It’s deep golden in color, and clear. The aroma is peachy and citrusy, sure nice, but lacking some of the freshness found in the Lowryder IPA. Still not much malts to be detected. The flavor has a nice bitterness, with citrus peel and resins, and a little malty sweetness as a backdrop. Full body and a soft carbonation. Bitter, resiny finish. I could easily drink more of this, but it’s far from the most exciting IPA I’ve had. 140511

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Thanks aracauna. Copper pour, small white head. Aroma of pine and malts. Flavor is caramel malts mostly, pine hops, with citrus hops in the background and some grapefruit. Easy drinking IPA but nothing special and could use more hops in the aroma and flavor additions.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Pours out a hazy copper color with big white head. Great big aroma of hops, pine and grapefruit. Taste has some of the citrus, but very smooth, not overpowering at all. This beer is one of the absolute joys of going to Georgia. Sweetwater has many great beers, but if you want to try one to get you hooked, this is the one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4753) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 $1.79 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. The Fourth of July. The one day in July you absolutely have to go out and let loose in an uncontained expression of American freedom, fun, and perhaps even a little licentiousness. Yes sir. Hm. Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-colored body with a small, white head. Smell: The aroma is showing of juicy, ripe grapefruits, with only a trace amount of dough in the background. Taste: Faint toasty caramel malt sweetness before the grapefruit plunge and piney hop character that creeps into the long finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability: Definitely one of Sweetwater’s better beers!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2011 big hoppy, wonderful IPA out of ATL... definitely the best year round beer from Sweetwater. you can smell the hops right after you open the bottle... big citrus & floral hop nose... beautiful unfiltered deep orange pour with a 1 finger white head - which falls rather quickly. medium body with lots of bitterness from front to back. citrus hop notes dominate the mouth. some other light fruit lingers including some white grapes and light banana. big bitter finish that lingers in the back of the throat... love this IPA!!! my local favorite and go to craftbeer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle thanks to Decaturstevo poured a clear amber/gold color with nice off white head. The aroma was cirtus and english hops with a nice clean caramel malt. Flavor had a good balance of bitterness and malts. A clean hop taste followed by a dry finish. One of the better IPA’s out there.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2509) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Thin head which shrinks quickly. Little bit dissapointing. Pretty much no carbonation at all. Wonderful aroma though. Watermelon, citrus, pine, succulent juicy hops. Color is a medium orange. Light to medium bodied. A little bit of carbonation life in the mouth. Very fruity flavor. Quite soft up front then the bitterness shows up late swallow. More pine, orange, watermelon. Not overly bitter. Does not a leave the dry pasty feeling in your mouth that some overly hopped IPA’s bring. Very easy drinking. Finishes soft and smooth with a little lingering bitterness and grapefruit rind. An excellent IPA. Thanks to TBC for this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Bottle via thebeercellar. Amber color. Smell of citrus, pine , orange zest, grapefruit, hops, lemon oil, malt, spice and some pine. Taste of hops, pine, grapefruit, lemons, spices, appricots, citrus zest/peal, bitters, flowers, grass and a little bit of bread/toast. Wonderful IPA! Very enjoyable!


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