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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   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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2.8
SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2011 translucent golden copper with a thin but dense and lasting white head; sticky medium-full body with high carbonation.

aroma: piney hops and a bit of pale malt.

taste: lots of piney hop bitterness with some citrus and apricot notes, toffee malt, and some subtle fruity yeast esters.

Hides alcohol well. Lacks malt balance and depth. The malt character is overwhelmed by sticky hop bitterness. The hop character is too raw and piney for my taste, although the undertones of apricot is nice.

3.6
Tmoney99 (15224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft. Poured a clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a smooth long lasting bitter finish. Good brew with a small alcohol bite.

3.3
PorterPounder (8396) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
DeLand, Fl - the Mad Hatter - on tap. Pours a nice dark orange with a sticky off-white head. Light spruce in the aroma with a hint of apricot jam. Flavor has a solid bitter citrusy backbone with some mint accents, a bit of apricots and a bit of booziness - but the 10% is hidden quite well. Mouthfeel is slightly cluttered.

3.5
jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2010
on tap-pours an off white head and gold color. aroma is herbal/metallic, secondary medium malt. taste is herbal/metallic hops bite, secondary sweet medium malt-caramel, which is overtaken by the hops bite in the finish. OK carbonation.

3.6
hopscotch (11491) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Draft… Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is quite sweet and busting-at-the-seams with tropical fruit and overripe apricot. Full-bodied and oily with mild carbonation. Fruity, bittersweet, mildly boozy flavor and finish.

3.4
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Sweet caramel malt with light citrus. Sweet caramel malt and a light resiny bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.1
obguthr (6926) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Balanced floral/citrus nose, oranges and dandelions detected. Clear amber, headless. Honey comb and orange flavor, medium body. Orange peel in the end. Respectable DIPA.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2010
SAVOR. Small off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, orange, some cantaloupe. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some orange, light alcohol warming, faint bread. Medium body, light resin.


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