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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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3.6
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2011
can. Pours a clear orange color with nice off white head. Aroma of hops, in this IPA very citrusy, imparting pineapple, orange, with a caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a decidedly bitter finish. Flavor is more bitter than the aroma would suggest, with a sharply intensifying bitterness taking on the characteristic of orange and lemon peel. There is definitely a malt backbone of caramel and biscuit in the flavor, but overall the beer seems somewhat unbalanced and coarse around the edges. Still, this IPA was more enjoyable for me than others I’ve had lately, and I recommend it to anyone.

3.6
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2011
12 oz. can from Foodland Princeville? Ar: Great IPA aroma here. Lots of tropical fruit (guava, passionfruit) floral flavor, along with a bit of dankness. Ap: Pours a orange tinted gold with a 1" white head. Nice spotty lace. T: Floral flavors abound. Quite hoppy but as it warms to 55’F it’s actually not an exceptionally hoppy IPA. Nice and refreshing. P: Medium body with medium carbonation. A touch of stickiness on the lips. O: Damn good IPA. Well, maybe it’s just typical, but I’m sitting on a beach in Kauai right now.

3.6
Camons (13520) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2011
Can @ Hotelroom, Denver. Pours golden with a think white head. Aroma of citruss, grapefruit, pine and caramel. Taste is grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, and caramel malt. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting medium bitter finish. Refreshing and easy drinking IPA. Good. 090311

3.6
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Can. Sticky foam and lacing on crisp gold. Moderate hop and sweet malt scent. Thick body. Light sticky sweetness. Tasty light very drinkable IPA. Steady hopiness.

3.5
drjay44 (3892) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
12 oz. can. Pours a lasting off white head of long duration, with attractive lacing, over a clear light amber (SRM 9) body.....nose is pine, citrus with lighter toffee/caramel.....taste is light sweet malts (toffee/caramel) to start then bitter pine and citrus arrive with a lighter lingering side of tongue grapefruit dominant bitterness....mouth feel is medium, with minimal stickiness, carbonation adds a pleasant creamy sensation. This is a good, but incredibly typical IPA. These things are everywhere. We are so lucky. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

3.3
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2011
Can. I’m used to American IPA’s that smash your face in with hops so this was a pleasant surprise. As the can describes it is smooth and hoppy - very pleasantly so. Not the taste sensation of so many of its compatriots but extremely approachable. Bitter, but not overwhelming. Hoppy with a mixture of floral, citrusy, piney flavours. Overall a real surprise.

3.1
LinusStick (3532) - 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
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
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
AmEricanbrew (7080) - 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.


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