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Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2010
12oz Bottle
Courtesy of Mikesgroove

My first beer from Sweetwater. Finally getting around to it. Sweetwater's IPA poured a crystal clear golden with an orange tinge into my pint glass. Very few tiny carbonation bubbles rise through the body. Poured with a 1+ finger creamy white head that fades to a half finger but then stays put. Leaves spotted sticky lacing.This is an attractive beer.

The smell is what I encounter with a lot ofthe better IPAs. Solid aromas of sweetened grapefruit and orange rind. There's even a touch of pine but it comes in very faintly. Surprisingly there's a strong caramel maltiness and lightly toasted white bread. I like the smell of this one quite a bit.

The gulp starts off with the caramel bakbone which is quickly pushed back by sweet lemon hoppiness up front. The caramel stays in the background throughout but sweetened grapefruit takes the place of the lemon mid-palate. on the finish the grapefruit turns tart with a nice moderate lingering bitterness. Nicely balanced IPA with a nice hop kick on the finish. Enjoyable.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Crisp and refreshing. Coats the mouth nicely to let the hops linger. Gives the tongue a jumpstart with the hoppy bitterness. Very nice.

This beer is very easy to drink. It's crisp and refreshing with a nice hop kick to it. The abv. is right to enjoy a few in a sitting.

Thanks for the sample Mike. I'm glad I have the chance to try Sweetwater's IPA. To tell you the truth I was expecting a middle of the road IPA but this one really surprised. Many familiar IPA flavors but very polished and done just right.

Reviewed: 2/4/07

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 11/09/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
I got this in a sixer from Cheers in Carrollton, GA. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Poured a dark gold, wants to be brown. Got a little bit of head that receded quickly. Creates a nice sticky lace.

S: This beer smells of hops. Nice, sticky, citrusy hops. This beer actually smells like the sticky icky at times. Just dank with a touch of sweetness. The big waft of grapefruit really comes in with some light tartness along with some bitter. Malt backbone is nice with a light breadiness, but this is about the hops. Very tropical with a touch of pineapple sliding out. Oh so good.

T: A seriously nice hoppiness is what this flavor profile is about. It has that fresh, open a bag of fresh hops aroma that translates very nicely in the flavor. It doesn't taste like the sticky icky as much as it translates in the aroma, but its there. No sir, this is about a nice and fruity, grapefruity hops experience. Tropical fruits along with more citrus mingle easily and beautifully. Tart and bitter, just a nice depiction of the hops. The malt is yet again a light bready flavor, but it doesn't stand anywhere near the hops. The malts allow the hops to work.

M: This beer is a medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation. The carbonation is just enough to keep this in a crisp and refreshing category without it being too much. Bitter and dry on the palate with just enough to have you wanting and taking more. ABV is masked wonderfully and doesn't even play a roll. This beer is sticky and slightly oily. Aftertaste is all bitter grapefruit with a touch more of tropical fruits.

D: Just a damned good beer. It not heavy, or is it too sticky. It doesn't wear on you like over hopped west coasters tend to. This is not a west coast hop bomb, and I am not trying to sell it as one. What it is is an easy drinking IPA with fantastic, big time flavors and aromas. Its not going to wreck you with bitterness or dryness but it has those qualities. This is a beer that needs the respect it deserves. Fine crafted IPA that is certainly a diamond in the rough of Southern offerings.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Thanks to my man everetends for this one!

Pours an earthy lookin', coppery amber - slight chill haze - but otherwise, I believe this would be clear. Slight, 1/2 finger of khaki colored head make it's assent... only to rapidly fall to a thin collar of tiny bubbled foam around the glass. Light carbonation finds its' way to keeping this collar ever present, and lends to the light lacing clinging to the sides.

Aroma is both floral and citrus.. with the focus on the citrus notes . Strong, sweet caramel malts find themselves adding their sweet aroma to the mix... this is really doing it for me.

Taste is grapefruit baby! Yeah! Sock you in the back of the throat kinda grapefruit... I love it! Some pine thrown in for that resiny flavor... and the caramel malts bring to this the needed back bone, and sooth the whole thing out... Everything carries through so well, nice balance.

Light to moderate in body, smooth, crisp and appropriately dry mouthfeel. A little lacking in carbonation, but not disturbingly so. ABV is not noticeable.

This is one easy drinking IPA. Little to no notice of alcohol, refreshing in every way, and balanced. I could put these away all day, and take a nap where I fall over...blissfully.
Highly Recommended!
Thanks Gilly!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by RyanC on 09/30/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 0
Sweetwater isn't my favorite brewery by any stretch, but they brew a winner here.

A: Light amber, a little hazy. Nice two finger head and plenty of lace on the pint glass.

S: Tons of citrus hops, a little caramel malt, and grapefruit. Love the smell of this one. It's no Sculpin, but it's damn close.

T: Easy drinking, with tons of citrus hops. Not a very bitter IPA by any means, just citrus juice backed by some sweet malt.

M: Goes down smooth and easy. Medium body IPA with the right carbonation.

D: My go to IPA. Can't beat the price and always delicious. It's a baby Sculpin at half the price, but you must try this one fresh. This IPA goes downhill quickly.

If you're ever in need of a fresh bottle let me know!

Price: $7.99 Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 0
Review from 02/01/07

A - Pours a nice apricot colored body with a very slight haze to it, possibly from the chill. One finger head one the pour has now been reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Citrusy hops. Light sweet malts. Little bit of grapefruit.

T - Sweet and hoppy. Light strawberry taste. Grapefruity citrusy sweet hops bursting all over. Big hoppy flavor without a big hop bitterness. Not a big malt presence, this beer highlights the sweet and hoppy.

M - Medium bodied with light, fine carbonation.

D - This is what I really like in a good IPA. Nice and refreshing with some good sweet and floral hop flavor. Better than I expected. Would be a superb hot weather beer and I am more than ok with having it while it is cold outside.

Served In: Pint Glass

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