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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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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Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2009
(can from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a lightly hazed gold with a thick white head that retains for a very long time. Huge aroma of citrus and tropical fruits that smells like a fruit salad. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and hints of pine all combine here for a great smell. Does get a bit of a vegetal edge to it with some warming, so I can’t give it a 9. Taste follows with a lot of juicy hops, orange, pineapple, and a lingering grapefruit peel bitterness. A bit of caramel makes its presence known, along with some biscuit on the finish to provide some balance, but this is mainly all about the hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full. Wow this is good, highly sessionable, and it rivals Furious in my opinion. This is definitely one of my new favorite IPAs. Thanks again Bill!

3.1
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
nice lacy white head, clear gold/orange color, aroma is straw and mild hop veg, flavor is a tad sweet, mild citrus hop and moderate bitters, pretty well balanced really, it just lacks any sort of explosive hop aroma/flavor, but a very drinkable and refreshing ale

3.7
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
can: Trade. very nice color and wet but airy head. nice tropical aroma citrus and hop. smooth and balanced hop layering over nicely dry malt. very nice

3.6
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Can... Poured clear golden/orange with a white head. Floral aroma. Mellow and balanced. Leafy, citrus hops and fruit characters. Cracker malts and a sweet, earthy, hop finish.

3.5
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours a copper color with an off white head. Aroma is toast, malty, caramel, pine and citrus. Flavor is caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, and a bitter citrus finish.

3.1
funkleshite (17) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
12 oz can from bev mo. I bought this can at ambient temp and realized that it says right on the side "live beer keep cold" so that may skew my impression. Pours dark yellow with a golden hue, medium head and leaves a beautiful lacing, not bad. The nose is perfume, navel oranges, and green tea. Body is medium with a oily texture and a citric hop bite that is very bitter to the end at which point the alcohol lingers still, recalling malt liquor 40’s of my young teens. I can tell this was probably an exceptional IPA when it was first poured, but there is just something off with this one...

4.1
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2009
0.33 l can at Stockholm Beer Festival 2009. Orange amber color. Good juicy hop aroma with notes of orange and pineapple. Bittersweet flavor with firm bitteness and tropical fruity hops featuring pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Hoppy mouthfeel. Excellent IPA. Good drinkability, I could drink several pints of this.

3.6
PorterPounder (7888) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Haleiwa, Hi - Malama Market - 12 oz can. Dark orange pour, thick white head that leaves good lacing. Nice pleasant spruce aroma. Flavor has a nice solid sweet caramel-like back end to balance out the grapefruity citrus. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised - glad I bought a whole six.

3.6
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2009
Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma is light caramel, hoppy, citrus and pine. Flavour is caramel, hoppy, citrus, grape and pine.

3.6
Svesse (8576) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
(Canned, Stockholm Beer Festival, 19 Sep 2009) Pale amber colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with apricots, orange and citrussy hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with notes of orange, apricots, mandarin and fresh, citrussy hops in the finish. Medium body, a touch of sweetness. Well balanced and tasty beer. Nice.


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