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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
India Pale Ale was developed in Burton, England, as a "Super-Premium" hoppy pale ale around 1800. The extra strength in alcohol and hops helped preserve the beer on its long export journeys to India and beyond. The style developed a following worldwide. Its flavor begins with a smooth, malty creaminess followed with a big burst of dry-hop flavor from English Kent Golding Hops. It then finishes with a lingering yet pleasant bitterness.

Big Swell IPA is a fresh handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with huge amounts of American hops and malted barley...dry hopped to perfection!

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3.7
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 355 ml can.
Pours a golden colour with a large, thick, white head. Very strong aroma of stinging floral hops and pale malts. Flavour of strong pale malts and strong floral hops with hay and citrus. Extremely well balanced. Smooth mouthfeel and a long, bitter, dry and slightly sweet finish. One awesome IPA.9-4-8-4-16, 4.1

355 ml can @ Kaisla, Helsinki.
Pretty much the same as before, except this one had loads and loads of biscuity maltiness and some honey-like sweetness as well, which took the edge off the bitterness. Metallic notes as well. It’s a shame. Did they change the recipe? This was a fairly fresh can. 8-3-8-3-15 3.7

3.8
FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2011
The beer pours with a frothy, three finger thick, pale tan tinged, off-white colored head that leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a red stained copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, slightly orange tinged, pale copper hue when held up to the light. The beer has more of a dank herbal character in the aroma than the Hi.P.Hay had, this is backed by a bright, Curacoa orange zest character. There is a dusty, dried malt and dried hay like note here as well, though this plays a purely supporting role and there is also a suggestion of golden-toasted crackers. The herbal hop aromatics almost have a peppery note to them at time and while the citrus / fruit character is the dominant note here, it isn’t quite as juicy and ripe as in the Hi.P.Hay. Still this is a very nice aroma, it is actually a bit more balanced than the Hi.P.Hay, but I find that I like it just a smidgeon less.

Big citrus fruit flavors dominate the flavor profile, these are backed by a solid, though not aggressive bitterness, a peppery, dry, somehow dusty herbal character that is a mix of menthol, pine, and “hemp” oil as well as just a hint of garlic chive; this last note is quite subdued and adds to the complexity rather than detracts as this type of note can often do. The beer has a fairly light body, though there is clearly enough malt body to accentuated the hop fruitiness; I wouldn’t say this is on the dry side for an IPA, but it certainly attains the easy / dangerous quaffability that a good IPA should have. The finish really dries out substantially from the bitterness, a biting pine needle flavor as well as a woody, spicy black pepper like note; all of these make you feel like taking another sip so that the touch of sweet malt and big hop fruit character has a chance to coat the palate again.

As the beer warms up it picks up even more fruitiness in the flavor, but this is still balanced by the drier, herbal / bitter character that defines the finish of this beer. This is a very nice IPA, I have been impressed by both IPAs from Maui, but I think I prefer this one for its slightly more complex approach and less focus on crystal malt.

3.7
Bragesnak (5393) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
From Voldby, DK. Can, 010911. Amber with white head. Aroma of citrus and flora. Flavor with malt and spices.

3.8
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from can into clear plastic cup. Appearance: Bright amber-orange with sustained white head and lacing lines. Aroma: Strong grapefruit, with light citrus, pine and toasted malt. Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malts countered by bright citrus and grapefruit. Ends somewhat bitter with an emphasis on pine. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish (I prefer drier in an IPA). Overall: Solid IPA overall that is a trifle too sweet for my personal tastes.

3.5
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Typical can IPA. Nice and bold with a good amount of alcohol and a nice balance of hops. Malt is a little light but it does go down smoother.

3.5
Dedollewaitor (16545) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2011
Can @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Pours cloudy golden with a small creamy white head. Grapefruit and peach. Dry and very bitter. Smooth. Fine.

3.8
RasmusOtt (2933) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2011
Pours a cloudy amber with a solid creamy beige head. Aroma is hops, bread crust, tropical fruits like passionfruit, mango, pineapple and peachalong with some light malts in the bakground. Taste is hops, citrus, bread, caramel, pine, peach, passionfruit, mango and grapefruit. Extremely refreshing! Sessionable!

3.6
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. can from State Line Liquors. It pours a crystal clear orange color with a small off white head. The nose bursts forth with notes of tropical fruit, orange, pineapple, and a bit of pine. The flavor leans more towards the herbal side with an aggressive bitterness. This brew is high on the bitterness scale so the malt is hard to find. Clearly there is some given the medium body and perhaps a bit of toasted notes, but not much else. The label pretty much says it all, big, hoppy, bold, smooth, and hoppy!

3.1
baraciisch (3444) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Fairly hoppy and dry, kinda has some soapy notes... Not the best IPA, drinkable tough...

3.2
llcooldave (1226) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Fruity hoppy aroma mixed with some floral notes. Pours a clear golden copper color... awesome foamy head. Good solid citrus pine hops upfront with a slight medicinal aspirin aftertaste. Overall, it’s drinkable but not that exciting.


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