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RATINGS: 921   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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3420) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2011
A decent but uneventful IPA. Aroma was very nice. Straw, grass and citrus with a hint of staleness. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was a little weak. Strong malt backbone like an east coast IPA with a stale grassy aftertaste. Even mix of sweet caramel and citrus hops. Decent carbonation. A little watery and not very full in flavor, but not a bad beer altogether.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours a golden color with a small white head. Smells of pine and citrusy hops and some bread. The taste is light hops, some pine, citrus. All very subtle flavors and a bit of bitter hops at the end. Very light flavors for an ipa but very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle; Pour is clear golden with a nice frothy white head - it retains well , and has nice lacing, honestly. My first high end can experience and I am quite pleased, because this brew is quite fine. The blend of hops and malts is quite perfect, honestly. Grapefruit, Caramel Malts, a hint of creaminess, honey ; this brew has a lighter feel in a general sense but it is honestly perfect as is, in my opinion. Now if I could just get a can in Maui on the beach.......

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 16, 2011
12oz can. Glowing dark golden color/ lingering white head. Spicy, herbal, floral hop aromas with some pale malts. medium bodied with average co2. Lightly sweet grainy pale malt flavors with herbal, spicy hoppage--not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14228) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
Can from Brewdog Bar, Aberdeen. Pours a cloudy orange colour with low carbonation and a foamy white head. The nose is pine, varnish, red chilli, lime and grapefruit. The taste is initially full of citrus fruits (orange, lime, grapefruit, peach), leading to bread, wood and honey with a long bitter varnish finish. I found the beer to be well balanced and Im impressed it tasted so good out of a can!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours golden yellow, with white foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is box standard IPA. Hops, a little spice, and more hops. Taste is a well balanced combination of hops with a slight hint of tropical sweetness. Figures, its from Maui. There are definitely better IPAs out there, but there are also MUCH worse.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Pours a light gold with very quickly dispersing foam. Smells bitter and citrusy. Tastes superbly bitter with a quick drop-off of bitterness. Right at the end of the bitterness, there is a hint of 2-row or possibly rice, that takes away from the flavor, but is quickly covered again by hops and better malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
12oz can. Pours golden orange with a big offwhite head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy with bitter lemon peel and spruce. Flavor starts dry and bready with a fruity citrusy bitterness. Very bitter finish with touches of bready crust and toast. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Overall, a very hoppy brew. Quite nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2011
Can, bought from Brewdog.com website. Poured into Brewdog glass. Thick white lacing; bronze-gold colour, a little dark, Aroma is full on mango; peaches, apricot, grapefruit, yeast and fresh bead.Taste is oranges, mangos, peaches, apricots, grapefruit, fresh bread, really subtle bitterness but well measured, good balancing, can conditioning has held up well and this is the way forward. Im impressed and will look out for Maui more. Great stuff and very promising micro brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1773) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2011
12oz can. Pours a clear yellow gold with a thinnish white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with fruity piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet malts with solid fruity (grapefruit, orange), resiny, piney, hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation, slightly watery.

Overall, a very solid IPA, albeit a bit pricey at $11 a 6 pack. It was brightest cold...as it warmed it faded some IMO.


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