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RATINGS: 925   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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3.3
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, it’s from Maui. There are definitely better IPAs out there, but there are also MUCH worse.

3.4
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
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
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. I’m impressed and will look out for Maui more. Great stuff and very promising micro brewery.

3.9
Beaver (1800) - 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.

3.7
Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours a big 1 inch white head, body is a clear dark gold. Head retention and lacing were mediocre. Aroma is of floral, earthy hops. Sweet malt and honey are also there. For only 6 percent abv, no alcohol is detected. Taste is of sweet, caramel malts mixed with grassy hops. Getting lots of herbs, fresh cut grass, and finishes off with some bitter citrus. No alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Head didnt last too long which knocked down the score a little. Drinkability was high with this beer. Overall, very sessionable and since it comes in the can, could knock down 3 or 4 of these by the pool without having to worry about breaking any rules. Biggest downside to this beer was that since its coming from Hawaii, it’s a bit pricey compared to the tons of other Ipa’s available in Colorado.

4.1
freeboard (1) - Hawaii, USA - JAN 6, 2011 does not count
Just opened a Keg of this beer and the Hops bitter and sweet taste have a nice balance. At first it seems too sweet however will balance out after you start to drink it. Aroma is on the citrus side. Clear amber orange color with a good off white one finger head after it’s pored from the tap. The head dissipated to half after I started to take a few sips and seems to remain a thin film until the beer is finished. Medium body with a light texture and average carbonation. This is my first keg, so, I’m still tweaking the Co2 levels for this beer. Looks like 6.5 - 7.5 lbs is going to be the best pressure. Overall a very nice IPA from Maui Brewing and it takes a few beers to appreciate this brew. The colder the better for the hops kick. Mine is set around 34-36 degrees starting out and the hops really taste great at that temp. Aloha

3.6
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
Sampled from a can at Mondial de la bière. Crystal-clear orange with a nice white head. Sweet citrus aroma with some resin underneath. The taste is very drinkable - piney hops and caramel in a nice balance. The finish is not as bitter as some, or perhaps as it should be. Depends on your tastes. Nice IPA, though.

3.9
shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2010
12oz can delivered from Hawaii. Pour is a bright orange with a very thin head of creamy lace that clings to the glass. Aroma is a little different from what I had expected. Aroma includes the normal hop character but there is also vanilla - the odd part - which is welcome. The flavors are bitter upfront, but the body is full and the finish is flowery and complex. This beer is a real winner. I’m impressed.

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jonno (2761) - JAPAN - DEC 29, 2010
Pours a stunning Sunset amber glow. Really Piney beer in the nose and on the tongue. Good body and the finish is very nice. Excellent IPA.


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