Swamp Ape, an American Double IPA by Florida Beer Company

Swamp Ape is an American Double IPA brewed by Florida Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

The IPA pours a cloudy copper and is topped by a thick cap of soapy, off-white foam that shows nice retention. Looks lovely.

Aroma

Aroma is soft but pleasing with a scent that’s somewhat floral and piney.

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Flavor

Tastes rather sweet in spite of being powered by a quintet of hops. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, and grass are balanced with toasty bread. But then a heavy dose of sweet and warming alcohol drowns the palate.

Mouthfeel

Loaded with sugars, the feel is heavy but smooth with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

The Swamp Ape is a hop bomb that is unfortunately overrun with booze. Could be improved with more bite or far less of that sugary alcohol. Its palatable but one should be careful as that ten percent ABV can catch up quickly.

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