Thursday, August 1, 2013

Florida Beer Swamp Ape

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (928) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2013
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 beer. 
Grade: 8/10

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