Swamp Ape IPA brewed by
Florida Brewing Company - Melbourne, Florida
Beer Swamp Ape IPA is an Imperial India Pale Ale. The fresh and
lively hop character is derviced from using 5 distinct varieties of
hops: Tettnang, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, and Amarillo. This
beer has an intese hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma balanced by
complex alcohol flavos, moderate frutiy esters and a medium malt
character from the balance of 2-row, Europ and cherry wood smoked.
What is a Swamp Ape?
Firsthand accounts describe an intense beast with a potent aroma and
bite. Proof that the elusive mystery monster exists? Or proof that
brewing with five distinct varieties of hops creates an
unbelievable, relentlessly hopped Indian Pale Ale? One taste and
you'll know. Swamp Ape is real.
Review from Beer Advocate
According to the pamphlet they had at the table, the malt used in
this beer is 2-row malt, Europ, and Cherry Wood Smoked Malt; the
Hops are: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Tettnang.
Apparently they brew this with Rock Sugar, so that the yeast
"releases a bunch of esters." This seems like an odd tactic, but it
makes for a unique beer.
The appearance is a deep gold/amber with a decent head. The smell is
not too strong, but the bottle I have now is pretty cold, which may
be suppressing it.
You can taste the esters, but I think it works pretty well. The
sweetness is balanced out at the end by the characteristic Cascade
The mouthfeel is a bit thick for my taste. It IS an imperial IPA,
and the mouthfeel is probably the only point where you can tell. The
taste and mouthfeel don't mesh too well.
Overall, I'm glad I grabbed this beer. The sweet and bitter balance
pretty well, but you expect a bit more bite from an imperial IPA
with this thickness. If it had a bit less gravity, it would be a
great mild-imperial IPA, like 90 Minute.