kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Thanks to both Larry (goldtwins) and Matt (TBC2) for this one! Orangey amber pour w/ coppery highlights and a lasting medium sized pillowy white head.
Grassy and piney hop aromas at first. Some resiny hops as well. Caramel and toasty malts seem a bit thin compared to hops, but hey, it’s an American IPA! The combination and intensity of hops makes it almost herbal together. Flavor is well balanced for the most part. A bit on the sweet side at very first sip, resiny hop flavor throughout! Lightly dry and bitter finish. Toasty malt flavor comes out more int he flavor than the aroma w/ a touch of caramel. Herbal hop flavors into the finish and aftertaste, but also some floral notes pop into the late lingering aftertaste. Very little fruitiness in either flavor or aroma. Lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol, smooth w/ a lower medium carbonation to keep it from being prickly. Nicely done Sweetwater! Very refreshing, almost thirst quenching beer, even though it’s New Year’s Eve on a rain soaked day in northeast Ohio! shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. NIce sweet orange-grapefruit hops aroma. Clear orange-yellow color with small head. Flavor an excellent sweet grapefruit and light malt. Moderate hops finish. Well blended - the bitterness doesn’t overwhelmed the beer. Very nice IPA. brstp (201) - - DEC 27, 2006
Good IPA amber color, white head leaves some lacing. Aroma is pretty much perfect -- lots of citrus and floral hops. Tastes just like it smells, a little tangy at the start, a ltitle malt balance and then finishes too quickly with the bitter hops. This is different than I remember and the beer seems to be missing something -- it’s as if they are trying too hard to make the Ultimate American IPA. All the ingredients are there but nothing ties them together. Still Sweetwater’s best beer and what I order in Atlanta if it’s on tap. marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
On draught at multiple locations in ATL, including direct at brewery and in 12 oz. bottle. Pours a light amber colour with slight haze and fairly creamy crown. Good retention and light lacing. Strong aroma full of floral and herbal hops, citrus, and a bit of pine. Flavour is bitter all the way through to the finish, full of hops and lively carbonation, and a subtle malt sweetness underlying it all. The hop formula changed within the past year since the new brews leave a grapefruit-like essence on your tongue following each drink, much like Cascade hops do. Not the strongest IPA I’ve had, but very well balanced and it really does feature the hops front and foremost. Palate is medium bodied and is very easy to drink. And while it is strong, it won’t give you palate fatigue after a 6-pack so it’s a great session beer for true hopheads. Overall a great IPA and what I consider Sweetwater’s best year-round brew. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with goldtwins - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Lots of spotty lacing. Has a strong fruit, citrus, and herbal hop aroma. Flavor is citrus hops and caramel malt. Has a noticeable hop bite at the end. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Larry.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Thanks to unclemattie for the bottle. Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a medium head. A medium amount of lace. Aroma is citrus and pine hops and a little malt sweetness. NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Medium body. Well balanced malts in the tasting. Very good, highly hopped ipa.
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Bottle. Pours cloudy, sappy gold with a really nice white head. The nose on this is very enjoyable. It’s sweet of flowers and honey with pine, tea, and citrus depth. Really tasty brew here, it walks the line of a beefier APA and a more typical IPA. The finish lingers of sweetened green tea and honey with adequate hop bite to deliver refreshing zing. Citrus notes are there, but not as prominant as a piny, foresty character. This is really well done, easily one of the better india pale ales I’ve had from the south.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
[Aug 20, 2007]
Bought a six pack of this while vacationing on the beach. I thought I’d have something else to add to my previous rating, but I think I summed it up pretty well. I still like this IPA a lot. It is good. I also really like the fact that they actually put freshness dates on the bottles, so I always get a fresh bottle of this delicious nectar.
[April 13, 2008]
On tap at Brick Store. Wow, this stuff is tremendous on tap. This is one IPA that is certainly all about the hops. Malts are merely an afterthought in both aroma and flavor. They only provide a juicy quality. A surprising depth of bitter, fruity flavor and aroma is imparted on this one. It’s a journey through heavy-handed grapefruit, orange, and even a bit of herbal/pinyness. As flavorful as this beer is, the mouthfeel is only medium and works well with the acidity. I applaud Sweetwater for the consistency in their IPA. I’ve never had a bad bottle or pour from a keg.
[May 15, 2008]
bottle best before June 30, 2008. Uh oh, here we go. I poured this one into a snifter at an appropriate temperature and everything, but I didn’t get that rich, floral, citrus aroma I’ve come to love from this brew. The flavor was certainly less hoppy than usual as well. I detected more nutmeg this time around and perhaps even more pine. It made me check the label again just to make sure this wasn’t a 420. I have to say though, as many numerous times as I’ve enjoyed Sweetwater IPA, this is the first time that I’ve ever had a disappointing glass. . .did not change my score.
[May 21, 2008]
Bottle best before May 13, 2008. Pours a copper color with a small white head. The aroma is hoppier than my last encounter, though some cheesy, lemon drop-aged hop qualities are beginning to come out. Still, rich citrus is present in the form of grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of peach. Nice zesty flavor with suggestions of lemon, caramel, pineapple. All around this is a pretty tasty brew but I definitely prefer it a bit fresher. Not much deterioration has occurred, but I was surprised that it was noticeable. Dammit, I want a fresh sample of this now.
[July 18, 2008]
Bottle from Hot Springs, best before September 23, 2008. Yeah, I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now. The pour is hazy copper with a tall whitish head that lasts for quite sometime. wow. I’d almost forgotten how good this smells. Completely conspicuous hops all over the aroma with spicy, peppery roughness, pure grapefruit. . .just boatloads of hop stank. The flavor delivers more huge, fresh hop character with citrus, grapefruit, dry wood. The malts are just juicy enough. This is all about the hops. While this is obviously an IPA and it packs many very typical IPA qualities, it has a slightly unique delivery of bitterness. My favorite thing about this beer is its consistency.
Bottle best before November 11, 2008. All right! Sweetwater IPA has finally shown up in TN! This is as solid as it’s ever been. The aroma is aggressive and potent with a giant blast of grapefruit and spicy notes. I just love the way this smells, it’s very sharp and herbal while still maintaining definite citrus quality. The hops carry over into the flavor well. It’s a spicy, dry beer with heavy grapefruit character. This is a solid IPA. Gotta love it.
[September 27, 2008]
Bottle best before November 11, 2008. Thank the gods that this beer is actually at the grocery store just a mile down the road from me. This is the godsend. The pour into the snifter reveals a fairly cloudy orange beer with a tall white head. Man. I love the way this smells. Just smell it. It’s so dank and sharp, yet remarkably clean. It’s herbal and citrusy, the hop power all ecompassing and very bold. The mouthfeel on this is pretty light considering the intense flavors and the 6.4% abv, but that actually does well to shift the focus on the massive and well defined hop character. Notes of green tea, honey, grapefruit, pine, weed are all over this place. I cannot get tired of this beer. If I want an IPA, I can always count on Sweetwater. Not only is it consistently awesome but the date stamp lets me know it’s gonna be fresh. Major props on this.
12oz bottle via trade with decaturstevo. Aroma: apricots, floral hops, resin and pine, some toasty malt and caramel. Appearance: Medium golden orange in color and fairly hazy. Off white head was full and rocky with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Citrus, pine and resin, light toasted malt. Nice bitterness. Semi dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A good IPA, and a good beer overall. Easy drinking and smooth. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of footbalm! Poured a clear, very slightly hazy light-medium golden with a short cap of off-white head. The nose was very juicy with notes of pear, pine, and some floral.. honeycomb and toffee sweetness followed. Flavor had a moderate dry bitterness to it with floral and pear primarily.. sweet base held it up, with some grapefruit meat and English toffee. Medium-bodied with slight emptiness between the middle and the finish. Sticky, sweet and mildly bitter finish. Solid brew.. thanks Eric! shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
I received a bottle of this from goldtwins as a bonus in trade. Thanks Larry! --
Sweetwater IPA is brilliant deep golden yellow in color and slightly hazy with some suspended sediment. Mild amount of carbonation with a frothy yellow head that slowly collapses to a thin crown. There is a lot of fine lacing. The aroma is floral hops with some sweet, juicy malt in the background. The flavor is initially sweet and has a delicate grapefruit/orange fruitiness to it. Then a nice, soft, and even hop bitterness emerges and grows through the finish. There is lots of great hop flavor that balances very nicely with the maltiness. The finish is a bit short, but is flavorful and bitter, yet gentle. The mouthfeel is medium to slightly thick and coats the mouth nicely. This beer is very smooth and almost creamy. I really enjoyed this IPA. This would be a wonderful session IPA. I would probably drink this brew often if it were available in my area... --
12 oz bottle from goldtwins.