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RATINGS: 1198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This mammoth IPA is defined by generous quantities of premium hops and balanced with a premium selection of English malt. Traditionally unfiltered IPA’s 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 you’re at the brewery you’ll 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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3.8
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Deep copper color with a surprsingly tan head for an IPA. Dissipates with nice lacing. Beautiful breadiness with powerful vegetal, piney hops. Beer sits well on the tongue, is smooth and weighty. Caramel flavors transition into a distinct pine and vegetal hop finish. Something I can’t pinpoint though seems ’off’ as the beer enters the mouth and plays between the nose and the tongue. Otherwise, solid.

3.5
tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle with Mike from Coles. nose was sweet malts and well balanced piney hops. golden color some small foam. flavor is more intense hops but still well balanced. Great beer.

4
allfreej (566) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On tap, Atlanta International Airport location. Imperial pint glass! Deep orange, tawny pour, light tan head with decent lace. Citrusy, faint nose (served a bit too cold), pine notes. Malty, citrus flavor, grapefruit, hop resin, alcohol. Finishes with a hop bite, a hint of alcohol, and some pine. A really nice IPA. Well balanced.

4.6
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Bottle. Pours nice darkish orange, with a medium off white head. Aroma is awesome lots of flowery hops, pinappley hops, grapefruity hops, and some resiny hops. This beer really has an awesome aroma. The flavor is also tastefully hoppy, not overdone, not trying to be a double IPA, but perfect pineapple, some spicy notes, and a bit of malts for balance. Mouthfeel is medium, this beer has session potential, but can also be savored. Sweetwater really made an awesome IPA with this one.

3.9
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Pours dark copper with a chil haze, and a quarter inch head of off-white that settled quickly. A ring of lacework remained. Aromatics are filled with lush tropical fruit..Oh, yea.. I’m diggin this one. Apricots, mango, tangerine, peaches, sugared grapefruit. Some mild malt follows through, but its all about the fruit, baby. Medium bodied and slightly chewy. Slightly creamy carbonation while retaining some tackiness. The pallet starts off with more grapefruit and spruce juice than the tropicals. Mildly bitter with malt to balance. The apricots, peaches, and mangoes follow through along with plenty of firm bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with lingering ripe fruit, juicy malt, and a minerally crispness. This was a great one to follow up the Hoptical Illusion with.

3.8
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep copper color. Piney & citrusy grapefruit aroma. Nice medium mouthfeel. Very good hop presence. Well balanced. Very good IPA

4
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
On tap @ the Draft House (Atlanta airport): Pours a clear copper with a frothy off-white head that is mostly lasting leaving nice lacing. Hoppy aroma has hints of pine and grapefruit. Flavor is citrusy with a tangy and bitter finish that is smooth and refreshing. A must try for any Hop lover!

3.7
DialSquare (5186) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
12oz bottle. copper pour with thin off-white head and soapy lacing. strong tropical fruit and pine aroma. really pleasant smell. grapefruit hops in the tasted. a nice smooth bitter throughout. very drinkable. good hot summer six pack material.

3.9
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
By far the best beer that I have had from sweetwater. This is one of the most drinkable IPAs I have had. Nice strong flavor of citrus hops and light malt sweetness. Lightly bitter finish. Perfectly balanced. Light carbonation and small head.

4
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a cloudy dark yellow. Thin head. The aroma is a bouquet of citrus, pine, and just a little touch of hops. Lime, Lemon, pineapple, pine. The flavor is an increadably balanced mix of all of the above. Not too hoppy and not to over baring, the palate is smooth and thick but easily drinkable anytime of day. Wonderful example of an IPA.


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