I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I got this as part of my #BBC13 haul.
Appearance: Orange proper hue, clear body with some CO2 visible. Forms
an average size, ivory, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Surprisingly mild nose. Only hints of stone fruit and some alcohol.
Taste: There’s an indication of "DIPA" on the label to Florida Beer
Swamp Ape, though I think it might be better classified as a blonde
barleywine (if such a thing were to exist). Though big and strong, it’s
not quite as bitter or hoppy as I expect in a double IPA. This is a
thick, sticky, almost chewy beer with noticeable sweetness for the
style. I appreciate its non-conformity.
Mild bitterness at the tip of tongue, followed by an almost nectar-like
sensation of sweetness (and texture). Lots of pale maltiness and to the
point that it’s remarkably sweet, but not cloying. There’s additional
bitterness on the back end, but there’s no hop bite per se. Dryness
balances out the malt character and there’s some alcohol warmth as well.
Probably better classified as an American Strong Ale, but regardless
it’s still a tasty, satisfying, well-balanced brew. I’ll take it.
Drinkability: Beers as big as Swamp Ape tend to be beastly. After all,
this ale is 10% ABV, which is pretty hefty. Fortunately, there’s only
minimal alcohol presence, which is quite impressive. The mouthfeel is
soft, but with noticeable weight. It goes down extremely smooth and
there’s only trace dryness in the aftertaste. A nice change of pace