groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly hazy, but wonderful, hoppy IPA. This is the way it should be done... medium body with a wonderfully hoppy aroma that smells just like it tastes!!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite good. Bright copper, creamy grayish head. Lots of suspended particles, huge floaties for a standard IPA. Nose packed with grapefruit. Tart, citric burst, lots of sharp grapefruit and orange. Malts are a bit toasty, provide a nice balance. Doesn't really have a depth to the maltiness, no real creaminess to lengthen it out but still very enjoyable.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sharp nose alluding to the dry-hopped aspect. Very clean hoppy flavor as well, but the malt is there providing some nice support. Nothing extraordinarily unique, but a very solid tasty IPA.
SpringsLicker (2942) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I get to drink all the Georgia beers side by side and think that this one is a little over rated. A very good IPA by itself but it is running in some fast company and it's a beer I would drink again, there are other available regionals that I prefer.
As a good IPA should there is a beautiful hop aroma, a nice thick head over a nice amber beer. Very smooth and well balanced but could use a little more body to suit me. A very good IPA that some will find to be their favorite GA IPA.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shimmering bronze color with creamy tan head with light lacing. Aroma is nicely hopped, subtle, but rich and caramely. The flavor is VERY well balanced, the rating here is well deserved. Delicious malts and hops blended into a body that isn't cloying not too bitter. Thanks JagerQueen
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent orange with a big creamy head and nice lacing. Citrus hops in the aroma. Some candy, maybe bubblegum. Underlying malts. Hops are present throughout the flavors. Again with the citrus and candy as well. Alcohol. Pretty smooth palate with a slight bitter, but more floral finish. Pretty nice IPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear sparkling orange, forthy off-white head/ Hugr citrus grapefruit with loads of resinous pine. The flavor is even better, tons of hops, grapefruit mainly, themalt really shines through allowing for a great balance.Body is medium with a semi-dry finish. Yum.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy copper color, lots of floaties, thick white head. Aroma was quite hoppy with a lot of citrus, especially oranges. Flavor was a bit more malty, but still had a good hop kick. Mouthfeel was soft, medium body. Easily quaffable, and did not destroy my palate. Thanks a lot jgb!
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber hue with solid creamy white head and very good lace, yeast floaties in glass, my fault however. The aroma is standard pine, grapefruit, toasted malt, zesty yeast, and light spice. The flavor is more sublime than expected, mellow pine and citric character with a soft and sweet malt background. Very balanced and very traditional. Medium-bodied with a soft zesty tone. A surprising IPA, very good and something that will not crush your palate. Thanks CaptainC for the brew.
rajendra82 (913) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 A great IPA by any standard, and my favorite every day beer. Pours a cloudy peachy orange with a rapidly rising and thick creamy head that recedes fairly slowly. The aroma of hops is heavenly, and inviting. The taste is however much more balanced than the aroma first suggests. The sweet malts make this brew much less bitter than others of this style. It might disappoint some dedicated hop heads, but is highly recommended for all others. Goes great with spicy foods. A masterpiece.
After the new brewery opened, Sweetwater IPA has taken a turn for the worse. What was once a cloudy, gritty, hoppy, exciting beer, has now turned into a clear bodied, timid little IPA. Not a bad beer, but not as good as it used to be. I wish they would go back to the old formula, or better yet brew a Double IPA for the adventurous types.