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RATINGS: 1207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This mammoth IPA is defined by generous quantities of premium hops and balanced with a premium selection of English malt. Traditionally unfiltered IPAs lead to the slight haze appearance. An extensive dry-hopping process contributes to its very intense floral hop aroma. The IPA is unfiltered and as always, unpasteurized to leave all the natural flavors intact. If youre at the brewery youll be able to guess what style of beer every brewer has in his hand. THE BEER YOU'VE BEEN TRAINING FOR!

Malt: 2 Row, Pale Malt, Munich, 70-80 Crystal, Wheat

Hops: Columbus, Golding

Dry Hop: Columbus, Golding

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
12oz bottle. pours glowing amber with white head. nose is orangey, resiny juicy. flavors are sweet orangey hoppy juice, some caramel and cookie malt finish. watery feel. sure its flavorful but too juicy and watery. not a fun ipa to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - APR 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours a translucent golden amber with a diminishing pale head. The aroma is has some sharp piney hops with some light, soothing citrus. The initial flavour is citrusy, much like a pear or apple paired with pineapple. The hops create a slight tinge on the tongue. As the brew passes, the hops become a little more evident, but doesnt nearly surpass the fruit flavours. Pine begins to burst but quickly fades. Pear, apple, and pineapple continue creating a smooth finish with some light bitterness from the hops. While I would usually say, "this needs more hops," I think this is nicely balanced letting the more citric flavours to accentuate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
calgone (17) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottled. Very lovely strong hop aroma. Amber in color. I think the hop combination smells almost like a pineapple. Nice bitter finish. Probably my favorite Sweetwater.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 12oz bottle, best by 12/07, consumed 4/08, hops have faded dramatically and so has my score for this IPA, easy to drink moreso than a Pale Ale of the same caliber, i think Alpha King was more hoppy than this... at its age, glad to have tried this but was unimpressed, mild taste no hop bitterness just a boring beer. ReRate: 4/17/14 Tap at the rookery, decent nose for a golding hopped beer, still rocking the columbus vibe and taste is not bad its short and crisp for an IPA no lingering, not bad easy to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle from jimbowood, thanks! Pours a nice amber orange color with thin white head. Aroma is of fruit and honey blended with hops. Taste is sweet, with a long bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle from robbmotiwalla. Thanks!
Pours an attractive medium to rich amber with an offwhite head that hangs around for a bit. Smell is fruity and earthy hops. Perhaps some light citrusy quality. Flavor is thin and mildly bittered up front, while the body is average. Light malt backing and it needed more hops for my taste. Kind of hop tea like, I thought. Not bad, but not one of my preferred IPAs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2012 12oz from ucusty - thanks, David! Man, this one goes down smooth on the first hottish day of the year. I believe this is my first Sweetwater brew to boot. At any rate, this is a really solid IPA with a nice honey smell in the nose to complement the floral qualities. Full but not cloying, sweet but not slick, this is a lively citrus-heavy brew that would be a major session favorite if it were available locally.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2008
Draft at Atlanta airport location. Poured a clear amber color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate floral tart citrus aroma. Medium body with slick texture. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout drinkable brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Quite floral on the nose. Pleasant cranberry and blackberry on pastry notes. Mild citrus bitterness. Pours a nice clear copper. Decently bitter with some orange and grapefruit zest up front with toasted biscuity malt on the backside. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing. A nice IPA. Thanks Matt!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (7483) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Strong smell of hops. Surprising for Georgia. Well balanced. Nice aroma. Much better than other Sweetwaters.


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