Sweetwater IPA

Georgia
United States
Sweetwater IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

This mammoth India Pale Ale is loaded with intense hop character and subjected to an extensive dry-hopping process. Sweetwater's IPA is unfiltered, leaving all the natural flavors intact.

Profile

ABV: 
6.3%
IBUs: 
61
Served at: 
45° F
Hops: 
Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, Simcoe, US Golding
Malts: 
Two-Row, Munich, Wheat, 70/80
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Proving that you don’t have to spring forth from the West Coast if you want to be a hop monster, SweetWater’s IPA comes out of Atlanta bursting with great fistfuls of hops. This bruiser hits the glass with a deep, seductive golden color that verges on being brassy. It pitches a towering creamy, pure-white head that refuses to subside and floats on top of the beer ‘til the bitter end. Redolent of sun-ripened grapefruit and herbs, the hop aroma reveals depth and complexity as it opens up. Lying beneath the dominant hop character, a luscious, malt-based fruitiness wafts in and out as the beer is swirled. While the grapefruit aroma was pervasive, Tim applauded the light, plummy fermentation notes and found the overall aroma captivating. In keeping with the intense aroma, this beer reveals a deep, brooding maltiness that meshes seamlessly with its bold bitterness. Tons of fruity esters, reminiscent of pears, nectarines and citrus, dominate the flavor up front, yet the finish is pure malty silkiness. Nick and Lee agreed that the hop and malt flavors were bright, clean and fresh, yet diverged on their opinion of their prominence. Lee was unrestrained in his praise for the “rich, filling malt enrobed in piquant, spicy hops,” while Nick felt the hops were marked by flavors tending toward “big bursts of grapefruit backed up by sweet, bready maltiness.” Panel members were in complete accord in their final assessment – this is a beer that needs to be on your table, in your glass, as soon as possible.

Popular Reviews

farrelldd14bt@gmail.com's picture

My Score: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
38/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
8/ 10
Overall Impression: 
19/ 20
This has become one of my favorites alongside Yazoo's Hop Project.
Cloverland's picture

My Score: 
86
Aroma: 
19 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
8/ 10
Overall Impression: 
17/ 20
Cloverland's picture

My Score: 
88
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
8/ 10
Overall Impression: 
17/ 20
A great IPA for anything! Really smooth and easy to drink.

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