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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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philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2012
From the can. Outstanding canned IPA. Well balanced with a moderate hop bitterness and a pleasant sweetness. Very subtle pineapple flavor, although Iím not sure if there really is pineapple in it or if itís just the combination of hops. Whatever it is, itís awesome.


4
superspak (5504) - Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2017
12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/8/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, grassy, citrus peel, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink; with the balanced bitter/drying finish. Very dank, vibrant, and juicy on hops; nice malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
milewide (2219) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Fine balanced IPA. Slightly hazy golden color. Hops lean fruity rather than herbal. Hop bitterness in the finish however.

3.9
LearninBeer (578) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2017
The aroma is hops, spruce and citrus. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with big white head, lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium/full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Very good!

3.8
rosskyle (665) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2017
12oz can. Hazy orange color with a white head. Citrus hops aroma. Melon citrus resin hops flavour. Medium body. Easy drinking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
Lore (2665) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 23, 2017
opalescent golden colour, one inch creamy, slightly yellowish off-white head; aroma of grapefruit, pine resiny and grassy, as well as slight floral notes,hints of manygo and celery; taste of surprisingly intensive malty-honey-like sweetness, grapefruits, tropical frutis and bitterness of resiny hops; great IPA

3.7
explosivedog (1102) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2017
355ml can. Pours orange brown with a quickly disappearing head. Pineapple, peach, mango, caramel. Peppery bitter finish. Very good.

3.8
johndoughty (5398) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2017
Can. Strength shown as 6.8 not 6.2. Bronze with a big head that soon dissipattes. Pleasant fresh flavour. Quite fruity and hops are only in the background. Well balanced and nice.

4.2
yy0pp (1480) - - APR 14, 2017
Can. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma - Tropical, caramel, orange, yeast, peach. Taste - Medium bitterness, light sweetness, malt, passion fruit, lemon, caramel, grain, pine.

3
Korcz (3310) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 9, 2017
Przeciętne IPA z dość agresywną goryczką i solidną, choć przyjemną słodowością.

3.6
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2017
[Can (12oz)] Pours a murky orange-copper with a large lasting frothy off-white head. Some lacing. Nice fruity and piney hop aroma. Flavourís the same, fruity and hoppy, along with some bready malt in the back and a touch of alcohol. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good IPA.


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