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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2003
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2003
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
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.

Update:
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Enjoyable. Nice mix is sweet malt and hops. Piney with citrus and well blended subtle dryness. I really like when a brewer can balance hops and malt yet have the beer remaim dry. Sweetwater has pulled it off. Thanks CaptainCougar.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Hazy copper colour with strong orange highlights. Thick dense off-white head. Aroma of very strong citrus and floral hoppy notes. Medium-bodied; Hoppy taste actually fading quite quickly to reveal some peach taste. Fairly short-lasting, and actually less hoppy than I had imagined. Overall, a good IPA, but not one of my favourites. I got this twelve ounce bottle at Green's in Atlanta, Georgia.


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