MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Bottle. Pours cloudy, sappy gold with a really nice white head. The nose on this is very enjoyable. Itís sweet of flowers and honey with pine, tea, and citrus depth. Really tasty brew here, it walks the line of a beefier APA and a more typical IPA. The finish lingers of sweetened green tea and honey with adequate hop bite to deliver refreshing zing. Citrus notes are there, but not as prominant as a piny, foresty character. This is really well done, easily one of the better india pale ales Iíve had from the south.
[Aug 20, 2007]
Bought a six pack of this while vacationing on the beach. I thought Iíd have something else to add to my previous rating, but I think I summed it up pretty well. I still like this IPA a lot. It is good. I also really like the fact that they actually put freshness dates on the bottles, so I always get a fresh bottle of this delicious nectar.
[April 13, 2008]
On tap at Brick Store. Wow, this stuff is tremendous on tap. This is one IPA that is certainly all about the hops. Malts are merely an afterthought in both aroma and flavor. They only provide a juicy quality. A surprising depth of bitter, fruity flavor and aroma is imparted on this one. Itís a journey through heavy-handed grapefruit, orange, and even a bit of herbal/pinyness. As flavorful as this beer is, the mouthfeel is only medium and works well with the acidity. I applaud Sweetwater for the consistency in their IPA. Iíve never had a bad bottle or pour from a keg.
[May 15, 2008]
bottle best before June 30, 2008. Uh oh, here we go. I poured this one into a snifter at an appropriate temperature and everything, but I didnít get that rich, floral, citrus aroma Iíve come to love from this brew. The flavor was certainly less hoppy than usual as well. I detected more nutmeg this time around and perhaps even more pine. It made me check the label again just to make sure this wasnít a 420. I have to say though, as many numerous times as Iíve enjoyed Sweetwater IPA, this is the first time that Iíve ever had a disappointing glass. . .did not change my score.
[May 21, 2008]
Bottle best before May 13, 2008. Pours a copper color with a small white head. The aroma is hoppier than my last encounter, though some cheesy, lemon drop-aged hop qualities are beginning to come out. Still, rich citrus is present in the form of grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of peach. Nice zesty flavor with suggestions of lemon, caramel, pineapple. All around this is a pretty tasty brew but I definitely prefer it a bit fresher. Not much deterioration has occurred, but I was surprised that it was noticeable. Dammit, I want a fresh sample of this now.
[July 18, 2008]
Bottle from Hot Springs, best before September 23, 2008. Yeah, Iíve been wanting one of these for a while now. The pour is hazy copper with a tall whitish head that lasts for quite sometime. wow. Iíd almost forgotten how good this smells. Completely conspicuous hops all over the aroma with spicy, peppery roughness, pure grapefruit. . .just boatloads of hop stank. The flavor delivers more huge, fresh hop character with citrus, grapefruit, dry wood. The malts are just juicy enough. This is all about the hops. While this is obviously an IPA and it packs many very typical IPA qualities, it has a slightly unique delivery of bitterness. My favorite thing about this beer is its consistency.
Bottle best before November 11, 2008. All right! Sweetwater IPA has finally shown up in TN! This is as solid as itís ever been. The aroma is aggressive and potent with a giant blast of grapefruit and spicy notes. I just love the way this smells, itís very sharp and herbal while still maintaining definite citrus quality. The hops carry over into the flavor well. Itís a spicy, dry beer with heavy grapefruit character. This is a solid IPA. Gotta love it.
[September 27, 2008]
Bottle best before November 11, 2008. Thank the gods that this beer is actually at the grocery store just a mile down the road from me. This is the godsend. The pour into the snifter reveals a fairly cloudy orange beer with a tall white head. Man. I love the way this smells. Just smell it. Itís so dank and sharp, yet remarkably clean. Itís herbal and citrusy, the hop power all ecompassing and very bold. The mouthfeel on this is pretty light considering the intense flavors and the 6.4% abv, but that actually does well to shift the focus on the massive and well defined hop character. Notes of green tea, honey, grapefruit, pine, weed are all over this place. I cannot get tired of this beer. If I want an IPA, I can always count on Sweetwater. Not only is it consistently awesome but the date stamp lets me know itís gonna be fresh. Major props on this.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with decaturstevo. Aroma: apricots, floral hops, resin and pine, some toasty malt and caramel. Appearance: Medium golden orange in color and fairly hazy. Off white head was full and rocky with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Citrus, pine and resin, light toasted malt. Nice bitterness. Semi dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A good IPA, and a good beer overall. Easy drinking and smooth.
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of footbalm! Poured a clear, very slightly hazy light-medium golden with a short cap of off-white head. The nose was very juicy with notes of pear, pine, and some floral.. honeycomb and toffee sweetness followed. Flavor had a moderate dry bitterness to it with floral and pear primarily.. sweet base held it up, with some grapefruit meat and English toffee. Medium-bodied with slight emptiness between the middle and the finish. Sticky, sweet and mildly bitter finish. Solid brew.. thanks Eric!
shigadeyo (3389) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I received a bottle of this from goldtwins as a bonus in trade. Thanks Larry! --
Sweetwater IPA is brilliant deep golden yellow in color and slightly hazy with some suspended sediment. Mild amount of carbonation with a frothy yellow head that slowly collapses to a thin crown. There is a lot of fine lacing. The aroma is floral hops with some sweet, juicy malt in the background. The flavor is initially sweet and has a delicate grapefruit/orange fruitiness to it. Then a nice, soft, and even hop bitterness emerges and grows through the finish. There is lots of great hop flavor that balances very nicely with the maltiness. The finish is a bit short, but is flavorful and bitter, yet gentle. The mouthfeel is medium to slightly thick and coats the mouth nicely. This beer is very smooth and almost creamy. I really enjoyed this IPA. This would be a wonderful session IPA. I would probably drink this brew often if it were available in my area... --
12 oz bottle from goldtwins.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via trade with decaturstevo. Gold color with small white head. This beer was interesting. It starts slightly malty and somewhat thin then a delicate hop explosion happens in the finish. The somewhat thinb body gives way to a nice medium body as it warms. I could drink this everyday. Thanks, Stevo
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber colored with a high citris flavor. Taste like grapefruit juice. Good hot-weather beer.
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange and red pour, mine wasnít hazy, but dadís was. Decent head. Frutiy and hoppy aroma. Good balance. Definatly not the "mammoth" it claims to be, but itís good.
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle (thanks to asteele8!!!) into a smaller Tulip style glass. This pours a BEAUTIFUL hazy orange with hints of red throughout. Blissfull bubbles rise quickly to the top forming a fluffy white head. The aroma is just what I would expect out of a well done IPA: sweet malt backed with grapefruits and good íol Northwestern pine notes. The flavor kicks off with a very sweet malt mixed with sweeter grapefruit, which then proceeds into a bitter grapefruit and pine hop note. All the while there is bitter and sweet hops melding with everything. Oranges are present from time to time. Joyous feel on the palate. Smooth with refreshing hints. Dies off a bit quicker than I would have thought, while ending with a light hop trace that resonates on the palate for a minute. Overall, a very well done IPA. Would defintiely drink this again.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to unclemattie and TheBeerCellar2! Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice white head on top. Aroma is grapefruit, floral hops, and pine. Flavor is pretty hoppy, full of grapefruit and pine. Malts come in to balance out the beer leaving with a nice medium body leaving it pretty smooth. Another good beer from the south!