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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Swipe Light by Southern Tier Brewing Co.

March, 2019
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
20 / 20

Swipe Light by Southern Tier Brewing Co. is an American Light Ale and is being evaluated as an American Light Lager (category 1A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). American Light Lagers (such as Bud Light, Coors Light, or Miller Lite) are known for their very light malt flavor, no hop profile, thin body, low bitterness, low alcohol content, and low calories. Swipe Light is brewed with ale yeast, is hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops, and measures in at 4.0 percent ABV and just 110 calories for a 12-ounce beer.

This beer pours straw in color with excellent clarity and sports a small, white, fading head. The aroma is an unexpected (but welcomed) moderate-light citrusy hoppiness with a hint of malt and no esters. The mouthfeel sports a light body with a very clean and crisp character. The flavor again surprises with a light lemony and herbal hop flavor and a hint of malt. The beer finishes with just a hint of bitterness and a lingering light citrusy hop flavor. This is a light, refreshing beer with a welcomed light hop aroma and flavor. But, don't confuse this example with a Session IPA as this example has a lighter hop profile and much less bitterness than typical Session IPAs.