Sweetwater 420 Strain G13 IPA

I'm expecting dank, how about you? I didn't realize when I picked this up that I should have noticed the big 420 written on the bottle rather than the smaller G13 IPA I based my purchasing decision on. I've had some good dank beers, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to pick another one up. But, Sweetwater is a brewery that knows how to produce some good beers, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Strangely, the first thing that jumped out at me when I started to pour was the aroma. This beer smells skunked. I checked the bottle as closely as I could to try and find a date, and I eventually found an incredibly hard to read number written at the bottom of the label on the back. It says this beer is good for at least another month and a half, so I don't know where the skunk smell came from. Aside from the aroma, this is a very hazy, straw-colored beer with a relatively modest head that does not leave any substantial lacing as it goes down to the scant covering floating across the entire top of the beer.

First sip sure is dank. I'm still getting notes of the skunkiness when I breathe in before taking the sip, but I'm not getting it in the flavor. Instead, that flavor is the fuzzy dank added to a kind of pine hops and citrus hops mix. I don't know if there's a malt underneath that, as the dank is strong with this one, as you might expect.

Tip-in is moderate carbonation burn with a bread malt backing a citrus hop on the front end. The middle is smooth with a juice-like quality while the citrus and tropical hops mix with just a little bit of pine, and that bread malt manages to settle everything down so that nothing is too bitter; I'm not getting any dank yet. The finish comes and - oh wait - there's the dank. It mixes with the bitterness to create a substantive downturn from the high notes of the middle to a fuzzy slosh of dampness, bitterness, and a pale dust.

Bottom Line: I should've trusted Sweetwater to come up with something that was pretty good.



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