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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Firsthand accounts describe an intense beast with a potent aroma and bite. Proof that the elusive monster exists? Or proof that brewing with five distinct varieties of hops creates an unbelievable, relentlessly hopped India Pale Ale? One taste and you’ll know, Swamp Ape is for real. Editor: if you have a black IPA in your hands, rate it under "Black Swamp Ape," not here...

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2.6
dmac (6257) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2011
12 oz bottle extra from smith4498, thanks Jason. Poured a light body orange/amber with a smaller white foamy head. Aroma was not good. Notes of alcohol, old bad banana, dough, tropical fruit skins, pineapple juice. The palate was syrupy and dry with a lingering dryness that should have had far more of a bitter bite for DIPA. Flavor of old cold burnt rubber, pickel barrel, dirty citrus skins. Ugh this is pretty lousy but I will finish it because I’m a trooper.

2.5
Block (2722) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
This is a very light and bland beer. I would seriously reevaluate the style, much more of a pale ale. Light with a mild hop presence. Higher on the alcohol but besides that there isn’t much there.

3.2
Cavie (4717) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy drowland. Pours a clear orange color with very little carbonation. Aroma is sweet hops, drippy sap, pine notes, and some small amounts of wintergreen mint. Flavor is slightly sweet with gentle toasted notes and hops. Spicy flavors and a spicy finish.

2.7
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle from Cavie. Light amber pour with a white head. Aroma is earthy hops, bready, and a little fruit. Taste is grainy, a little alcohol, and awkwardly hoppy.

3
pushkinwow (2789) - Ottawa, CANADA - AUG 29, 2011
12 oz bottle from dimenhetfield. Clear golden orange with a nice white creamy head. Citrus, booze, soap, pine, hint of nail polish remover. Very sweet, medium bodied, alcohol, not very well balanced, good carbonation, brash finish that is very hoppy, booze and some pungent and almost painful citrus (like eating raw zest from a lemon and grapefruit).

2.9
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2011
(12 ounce bottle - shaker glass) Pours an amber color with a head that disapates fast. Taste has a boozy character and has a citrus hops character too. I would much rather have a dogfish head 90min ipa than this.

3
smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours clear amber color with thin off white head. Aromas of pine and citrus hops with lots of caramel. Overly sweet malty flavor with grapefruit and pine. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Too sweet for my tastes.

3.4
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2011
It’s time to piss some of the long time raters off! No doubt a bruiser of a beer from the great state of Florida. The aroma is like the taste, starts off sedentary but builds as it warms. The warmer it gets, more nuances emerge. Certainly not for the light hearted, but for the more seasoned Hop Hound. Lots of piney hops that finish fairly clean with an attempt of balance in it’s sweetness. When it reaches optimum temperature, take care to extinguish any open flames near it. I followed this one with a Ranger IPA that was really bland in comparison. You’ve got to like this beer for it’s bold nature, if not for a lable and title that rivals only Stone Brewing. Thumbs UP!

2.9
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Aroma is pine and citrusy hops, booze, and a solid dose of cardboard. Pours golden, fluffy white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing. Flavor: high bitterness, fairly boozy, cardboard again, bit of a metallic note, caramel malts, fairly sweet. Medium body, medium carbonation, sticky on the palate.

3.6
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Draft. Amber pour with a thin tan head. Scent is hoppy and piney. Taste is sweet malts, bready and finishes dry and bitter.


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