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Sheephead Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

Sheephead AleSheephead Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%


Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: morimech on 03-26-2009)
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mnredsoxfan69

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass from the Dollar Tree (where I get all my drinking glasses.)

I love BB's Moo Joos, but the Ringneck didn't do anything for me, so we'll give this one a try.

A truly lovely pour with thick, billowy foam the color of antique ivory, four fingers easily. Very sticky on the glass with clumps rather than lacing. The beer itself is a hazy amber-orange, bright and cheerful.

Scents of aromatic grapefruit, fresh citrus and ginger, delightfully warming the nose. Even my wife, who doesn't like beer at all, loves the smell of this brew.

The taste doesn't live up to the smell, but it's still quite good. Bitter citrus with herbal notes, lightly sweet malt that doesn't quite balance the hops. Pleasantly long on the tongue.

Medium light body, easily drinkable with long lasting carbonation.

A very good, hoppy ale. Too strong for session drinking, but very refreshing for a warm summer day. I'll be getting this again come June.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 13:23:53 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger cream colored head with great retention and lots of thick lacing. Great aroma of caramel malt, citrus spicy hops with a hint of pine; the hops smell really good. Flavor follows aroma with nice semisweet caramel and bready malt and citrus, resinous piney hops, finishing with a lingering spicy pine bitterness. I don't know if they used rye in this, but there is light spiciness reminiscent of rye. Great medium to heavy creamy body. They advertise this as "tons of caramel malt and too many Cascade hops", and although disagreeing with the latter (how could you have too much cascade hops?), I think they nailed it. A very tasty, malty IPA with a nice hop bill that both smelled and tasted great. Even more to their credit, this was a bottle brought home to me by my sister and arrived after a month long road trip. Held up well and makes me hope I can try it fresh some time. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 04:33:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an odd, yet not bad brew. Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that slowly settled and decent lacing. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer, caramel malt, and mild hop. Flavor is like nose, hop flavor comes out a little more. There's more hop bitterness than flavor. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, drinkable, yet rather forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:30:01 | More by drpimento
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Deep brown oak-ish colored body, very hazy. Topped by a thin, bone-white head. Carbonation is practically non-existent and lacing is light.

Aroma:
Hoppy aroma - mostly pine and citrus. A bit of caramel breaks through. It's clean and zesty.

Taste:
Burnt caramel upfront ushers in a wave of bitterness via thick pine. Very earthy. No balance.

Mouthfeel:
Pretty thick body for an IPA and no detectable carbonation. Desert dry finish.

Overall:
For me, this is just not an enjoyable IPA. It's brutally bitter and hardly a hint of balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:39:07 | More by alphagnome
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TCMike

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produced a 1 finger, off white head. Beer color is a very translucent light brown.

The smell was piney hops, light sweetness of caramel.

The taste was similar. Light-ish body, and medium carbonation.

This is an OK beer, but not great. Too many other good IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:17:00 | More by TCMike
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lwillitz

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers of light tan head atop a transparent body of orange amber; moderate amount of rising bubbles; great head retention and lace

S - tons of citrus, hop spice, toasted malt characteristics

T - citrus goodness with a touch of pine, peppery spice, fruity notes, big bready malt backbone; dry, citrusy finish

M - oily, smooth, medium/full body; moderate carbonation; quite pleasant

O - Sheep Head is a very nice IPA. The hop profile is delightful and the malt balance is prominent, but not overpowering. Well done, Brau!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 21:11:08 | More by lwillitz
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear caramel in color with a thin off white head.

S - Bready malts, toffee, biscuit and spicy hops.

T - Same as the aroma. Bready malt, toffee, spicy, herbal hops. Bitter but still well balanced.

M - Light side of medium with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitter finish.

D - Reminds me more of a ESB than an American IPA. Wouldn't be my choice for a true American IPA but overall it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:04:02 | More by brewcrew76
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber hue with a thin soapy off-white head despite an aggressive pour.

Aroma: Bready malt and english barley. Some sugary sweet hops with a hint of orange zest.

Taste: Some spicy character from an earthy hop blend or maybe a touch of rye malt. Reminiscent of Sam Adams IPA but with better balance. Definitely east coast influenced this the spiciness of the hops. Not all that bitter but leaves a bit of bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry with an orange peel flavor. Wouldn't have guessed this was 7.7% ABV because it feels much lighter than that.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium bodied with average carbonation. Pretty easy drinkability but just a little watery.

Final Thoughts: I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer and it basically met those expectations. Would call this more of an ESB than an IPA. Would I drink it again? Nah.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:44:23 | More by JamesMN
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours a reddish brown color with an off white head with some nice lacing

S- bready malts caramel, baked bread pine/citrus hops

T- malt forward but pine and citrus hop are there with some earth and bread flavors

M-medium carbonation with crisp hops swet malts

O- solid ipa /apa good flavors nice drinkable tasty

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:06:09 | More by gatornation
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber colour with a hint of brown, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Earthy cedar hops with a solid caramel malt sweetness that comes through alongside a spicy ABV scent.

T - Flavour is very bitter with the sour earthy hop notes dominating. Fresh greens and tree bark alongside some toffee and caramel notes on the finish. The bitterness lingers with hints of burnt sugar.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and quite dry.

O - I bought this expecting an ESB, but was pleased to find out it was an IPA, and not one for the faint of heart. This packs a load of bitter hops, so if you're a fan of IBU's, than this brew is highly recommended. The ABV is nicely hidden making is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:09:04 | More by andrenaline
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Hazy Dark Amber color, good amount of lacing on the side. Excellent head retention

Smell - Toffee, Malts, Caramel, Citrus Hops Grapefruits, and Yeasts. Lots of scents here, but it doesn't pack the punch you'd expect.

Taste - Very Tangy Piney Hops, Toffee, Malts and yeasts. Very resiny aftertaste with a bitter kick

Mouthfeel - Moderate body, but it's got a very creamy feel to it and it's very smooth to top it off

Overall - It's a good IPA to try out, especially with it's strong piney hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:18:23 | More by NuclearDolphin
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david131

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, orange copper with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head is thin but has nice coverage and retention.

S- Pine, grass, and some caramel. Simple and effective.

T- Pine and grass from the hops aa well as some caramel malt sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden and the bitterness is kept in check.

M- Clean body with some lingering bitterness. The carbonation is a little light.

O- A fairly standard IPA with an above average alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:13:03 | More by david131
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irrgalaxy

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Advertised as a "bitter beer", suitable for its eponymous card game. I'd agree with its characterization as a good beer for playing games - meaning that the beer itself won't take a lot of your attention. A nice, mellow hop flavor that's more laidback than many of the pale ales on the market. Extremely drinkable, but not likely to leave a lasting impression on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:18:57 | More by irrgalaxy
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this IPA, which I would not have been able to tell from the bottle, in a nonic pint.

Appearance- The head was a frothy, puffy crown of off-white that managed almost a fingers width before receding, not really leaving behind any lace.

The cloudy and luminous amber-orange body shines brilliantly out of the glass. The bright copper highlights come out all over the place.

Smell- The hop oils are akin to resin. candied pineapple and passion fruit scents blending in almost imperceptibly. Sheephead has a good nose, but more of the fruity qualities would be appreciated.

Taste- Unfortunately, very little of the nose has transferred to the drink. I guess as a disclaimer I will say that no freshness date was available on the bottle, so this could be past recommended freshness.

Mostly what comes through is just a straight hop bitterness. It really hits the cheeks and holds on for a long time on the finish. But it is just that, a general hop bitterness.

There is just a touch of ruby red grapefruit and pineapple that leads into the back of the drink, but so hard to pick out. That resin is apparent mid-drink and really needs another flavor profile to compliment it, just too overwhelming by itself.

I also picked up some biscuit malt buried miles under the surface of the hop bitterness.

Mouth feel- A medium to light body is not really that impressive. I like my IPA's bigger and creamy, with some stick, to really have those hops build on the palate.

This is just a tad too watery to accomplish that, and just smooth enough.

Overall- The nose, while lacking slightly with the citrus hop scents, was a promise of better things to come. Alas! The overly bitter, and flavor hop-lacking palate was a real let down.

A little more biscuit malt and flavor hops would have made this a respectable IPA without a doubt. This is still a good beer, could just be so much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 05:26:30 | More by Pintofbrown
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice foamy off white head. Good lace. Medium neutral brown w/amber orange tones.

S: Very piney and resinous. SOme grapefruit over the complex malt.

T: Pretty mild. Hops are bitter and dry, offering resinous flavors. Malt gives a caramel note with a very earthy back drop.

M: Med-low carbonation. Medium thickness. Good.

D: Overall, good. If you can, try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 15:34:30 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of piney hops and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Nice bitter piney bite on the tip of the tongue with some citrus kick. It had some sweet caramel and toastiness for a backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice IPA. A nice brew from Brau Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:13:24 | More by zeff80
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a big lively head. The brew looks good. The aroma is mainly a flower and pine affair. The mouthfeel is interestingly creamy. The The malt is present and adds a slight caramel undertone. It is almost nutty through the center . It finishes with with a dash of bitterness. This brew is crafted and balanced, but a little timid for being characterized as an American IPA. I would say it is more in line with a Bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 00:34:23 | More by BeardedBoffin
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pBRale

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-28-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Clear amber pour with a 2-finger off-white head that settles quickly. Head retention is mild, but there is a delicate lace left behind that is thick and coating initially (a big thick ring at the top) but has some spotty blobs here and there down the glass and fades to virtually nothing even further down the glass.

Smell: A nice bready and caramel malt backbone with some hops on the nose (herbaceous and grassy).

Taste: The malts hit initially, but the bitter, earthy and slightly grassy hops follow closely behind, and they linger well into the finish. After taste is bold, earthy, and bitter. Even an one hour and 3 glasses of water later, the bitterness of this beer still lingers faintly (but distinctly) on my palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation with a biting finish that is both crisp and bitter.

Overall: This beer hides its alcohol in its bitterness. Not the typical American IPA aromas and flavors--this one is very earthy and has a nice lingering bitterness afterward that is distinct from most other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 22:07:42 | More by pBRale
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rob for the sample. On the lighter side of reddish amber with a short pale head that disappeared with slight lacing. Smell was roasted malt with some subtle vanilla notes. Taste was earthy and watery, slightly bitter, heavily charred like burnt whole wheat toast. Medium body. I don't really find a lot to like about this IPA and quite frankly had no idea it was and IPA until now.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:49:55 | More by JackieTH
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly cloudy, dark amber with a large foamy, fairly thick, sticky, off-white head. Good retention leaving a sticky patchy lace.

S - A good amount of caramel and biscuity malt. Fair amount of pine, herbal, and citrus hops. Pretty sweet overall.

T - Taste somewhat like a weak English barleywine or strong ale. A lot of caramel and biscuity malt flavors provide a lot of sweet flavor. Along with this, there is a good amount of resinous pine and herbal/floral hops. Touches of dark citrus as well. Slightly bitter and astringent.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. A little sticky and astringent. A slight lingering bitterness.

D - The mix of astringency, bitterness and sweetness don't make this the most drinkable beer. Just a little off. Not exactly undrinkable, but I don't exactly want another.

Notes: Interesting IPA, a mix between a Dark ale, IPA, barleywine, and strong ale as well as a mix of English and American hops. It doesn't fully work, but it also isn't horrible. Intriguing, worth a try but probably not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 19:44:34 | More by FreshHawk
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish amber with a one finger offwhite head that leaves about five little wisps of lacing.
S- Not as hoppy on the nose as the style suggests, as well as the bottle. There is a floral and slightly pithy note, but it's primarily biscuit and caramel malt.
T- The hops come through even less so here. There is a bit of that floral, slightly citrus, note in the finish. But the hops are overwhelmed by a toasted malt, caramel note. It also leans pretty heavily on the sugary side.
M- Full bodied for an IPA. Sugary at times, with a bit of astringentness in the finish.
O- At 7.7 and as much malt as went in this, it's almost like a IIPA but without enough hop flavor to make it a regular IPA. It's an ok beer, but it just doesn't seem to have a firm direction with where it wants to go.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:38:55 | More by jsprain1
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beagle75

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky caramelized grain and carbon dioxide are both prominent, with some weak vinous fruit and earthy herbaceous plant stems also detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with malt that tastes surprisingly brown and roasty, despite the beer's pale appearance. Mild dark citrus fruit follows, but is never really able to move ahead of the intensely toasty malt presence. Acidity is moderate but restrained into the middle, where a flash of precocious bitterness flares then drops off. A whiff of butterscotch is detected late, seemingly spurred on by the savory malt. Bitterness returns at the back-end, tasting mild and herbaceous, then finishing clean.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is a fair contribution to the style that manages to distinguish itself not just by being malt-forward, but by presenting particularly robust roasted malt. The smell lacks the distinctive qualities of the favorable flavor, landing this beer in the position of being short of exceptional but still drinkable and food-friendly.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 15:12:02 | More by beagle75
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Florida9

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper in color. Very clear. Forms about an inch of off-white head. Decent retention and lots of lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt. Some citrus hops and a faint tinge of pine.

T: Starts off with an appreciable earthy hop bitterness. Some pine. A little citrus. But really the malt dominates on this one - lots of caramel malt. Some burnt toast on the finish.

M: Heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A decent beer, but more like a Red Ale than an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 21:04:32 | More by Florida9
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DaCheesehead

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Deep red ale, crystal clear, with one finger of off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, flora hops. Taste follows the aroma - the swallow starts with sweet malts and traslates to a fine complex hoppiness, ending iwth a pleasant bitterness and dry finish. Hops are flora with overtones of spice, citrus, and pine. I didn’t know the style before looking here, but guessed pale ale, so it seems true to me, but the maltiness may also suggest a hopped a red ale. Either way it is a fine fine brew and one that I’ll be getting again. It may be a winter seaosnal but I’m quaffing it on a 96 degree day and loving every drop.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 21:10:18 | More by DaCheesehead
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enfield249

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber in color, two fingers of off-white foam.

S - Biscuit malt, roasty malts, slight medicinal hop aroma.

T- Same as the smell. A strong biscuit malt flavor, almost like like the bottom of an over cooked biscuit. A little bit of hops, but not much for an IPA.

M - I get a lot more of the hop feeling vs. flavor here. Slightly astringent.

Overall, I like this beer pretty good, it just tastes more like a big pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 21:11:33 | More by enfield249
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Sheephead Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.