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Sheephead Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
83
good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mdwalsh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden brown with a clean, one finger white white head. Lot's of active carb in the Sam Adams sensory glass. Lacing looks pretty good and the head has some definite longevity to it.

S: Mix of floral and citrus, tending towards citrus, perhaps grapefruit. Some slight malty undertones but very much just the hops.

T: Bitter, cutting bitter rather than smooth. A little boozy even. I don't taste the citrusy hops from the nose, this is more floral. Still no malt and it leaves a dry aftertaste in my mouth.

M: Dry, as I said, but crisp and a little refreshing. Maybe if it was really really ice cold it would be better, but it's pretty cold now and just ok.

D: Ok, with the right food it would be better, but I'm not that into it.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask once and it was great. Its a bonus to find it in bottles now.

A: Beautiful light amber color. A strong off-white head with prevalent lace along the sides.

S: Plenty of hops in the nose with some citrus, definite fruitiness, and some earthiness from the hops. Really complex in regards to aroma. Faint maltiness present.

T: Fruitiness and light caramel maltiness from the malts. This trends to a flavorful citrus and earthy hop flavor profile. The hops present in the nose aren't nearly complex in the flavor, but are still there. The bitterness is toned down which makes this beer pretty easy to drink. Really quite flavorful.

M: Medium bodied. Maybe a tad bit too heavy to be sessionable, but pretty solid nevertheless.

D: This is a really good beer. The hop aroma really stands out. I wish the complexity stood out in the flavor a tad more. A definite must have from this brewery. Highly recommended.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Coincidentally, my boss was going to be playing sheephead with some friends tonight.

A-Quite clear amber brew. Tannish head reduced slowly, leaving a thin, at times sparse bubble layer.

S-Butterscotch. Toffee malts. A resiny, bright hoppiness comes in and out, perhaps a bit too faint.

T-Bright hoppiness, spicy and earthy with a hint of resinous goodness. Hearty biscuit malt, with a nuance of toast, provides a solid base, with a bit of butterscotch detracting from the otherwise clean flavor. Bitterness adds a pleasing balance to the brew.

M-Drab, medium-bodied beer. Carbonation is enjoyable and appropriate.

D-Decent. A slightly hoppy sessionable brew, to be sure. I once had this brew on cask, which I thought was better than from the bottle.

Photo of katan
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours an amber to copper color. Little hazing. Amazing head retention - pearly white and at least a cm in height.

S - Dominated by a floral hop bouquet of citrus and grapefruit. A light nutty malt note is hiding in there as well.

T - Starts off with a nutty sweet malt flavor - almost seems Christmas ale like in a way. Bitterness does build to a balance mid-stream, but I never get the outright hoppy notes that I expected from the nose. Just a small hint of earthy hops comes through right before the aftertaste. Finishes with a bitter bite and a bit more of that nutty roasted malt.

M - Moderate to thick body - certainly an area where this beer shines. Carbonation builds a backbone that supports the hefty malt bill - giving a creamy and clinging mouthfeel.

D - Moderately drinkable - uknown what the abv is and the flavors work fairly well.

Not sure if this is the toned down "Iowa" version of the beer, but if it is, I'd like to compare it against the real thing. Perhaps the real thing is more able to bring through the flavors as originally intended by the brewer. Although, I would have to say that if it is better, it is only improving on a solid beer.

Reminds me very much of a DFH 60.

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

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. Eh, this is disappointing and I keep hoping the Brau Brothers will kick up their beer from decent to a beer really worth talking about. This just tastes like a hoppy amber, but not that hoppy. The malts are dark bread crust with a hint of cocoa and the hops are a plain citrus punch. The hops dominate the aroma, thought that's not to say any of the flavors are that great. OK so the hops are pleasant and the malt has a little depth, but there's nothing that stands out here. Meh to this beer.

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pours an orange amber with a very large head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with some toasted malt.

Taste: Begins with a very nice balance of strong citrus/pine hop taste (but not too much bitterness) and semi-sweet toasted malts, then suddenly turns very dry and bitter towards the finish.

Feel: Very smooth and dry. Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Exceedingly drinkable due to the smooth body and great balance.

I personally don't see the confusion regarding the style of this beer. It seems to be very much an American IPA, albeit in the Torpedo "Extra" IPA direction based on the higher alcohol, smooth body and more balanced malt. It is very nice to have another high quality IPA in Minnesota other than Furious.

Photo of Buebie
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown long kneck 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. The head forms an inch of white foam, leaving behind thick lace drapes. A thin color of retention is left behind as well.
The color is a pale hazey amber.

Aroma is of solvent alcahol, which is not desireable, pine and malty sweetness.

The beer itself is thin and watery with an abundance of carbonation. Some hop bittering, also some off flavors here.
Very dsipleased with the mouthfeel. Its one sided with carbonation and hops, lots of watery thin feel. Its almost like drinking air that has been sparayed with arosal of a hop flavor.

For an american pale ale I would expect alot more from a beer. I'd give it a well hopped pilsner profile before apa.

Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Orange/amber...leaves a nice lace on glass as I drink

S-Great aroma...tons of toasted malts...also some candied toffee ...I guess that is what toffee is :)...some caramel notes too...very sweet aroma and a fresh hoppiness complements perfectly...great smelling beer.

T-Where the nose is malt forward, the taste is more balanced...some good hopping to this...a citrus like grapefruit rind bitterness is evident..but it mingles nicely with the great malt backbone..

M-Medium bodied....seems sessionable but still loaded with flavor.

D-I really like this...top notch beer....Doesn't really fit a style....a cross between an ESB and Red Ale in my opinion..I definitely would buy again...right up there with Ringneck as my favorite from this brewery....no off notes at all....

Photo of drdr48
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.7% at 88 IBUs is what it was listed at.
Served at Ngon Vietnamese Bistro in st Paul, I believe it was standard tap not Cask serving but I am not positive.
Very nicely balanced beer, hoppy but done so with what I guess was a low Co-humulone hop.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer it had a nice creamy, light chocolate finish that is very unique for an IPA.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed, deep ambercolor, big,boisterous, creamy-toned head. Long lasting, lace leaving.

Soft, hoppy aroma, gentle citricnotes...Cascade?Pungent pineapple, prickly pine, lemon rind. Lovely stuff. Just gorgeous.

Hoppy, spicy smack on the palate, then mellow, but never gone. Same flavors felt in the nose return on the tongue, mixed with lush, tasty caramel & pale malt. Medium bodied, great texture, long, hoppy finish, and terrifically refreshing.

A very interesting brew, the hoppiest yet from the Brothers. Wheat malt, too, eh?
It comes through, and aids the drinkability, yet the flavor and hop profile doesn't suffer.

Great brew, Bros! I'll be back for more!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes into a thick cap of lacing that leaves foam all over the glass. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, pine resin, and some nice floral notes. This is a very aromatic APA. The taste leans more toward the pine and floral aspects with a firm lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer on the border between APA and IPA. I really like that the hop bill seems to consist of more the just Centennial and Cascade. I like those hops, but it seems that every brewer is using nothing but them in their hoppy beers. Sheep Head is a refreshing change, and I would love to see it take the place of Brau Brother's regular APA.

Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

I honestly don't think this is a APA. I'll explain in my review.

Pours a 1 finger slightly tan head. Good retention, slightly splattered lacing. Color is a dark golden copper.

Aroma has an amazing floral/pine hops, like an IPA. Some musk to it as well as sweet sugar malts.

Taste very weird as compared the the smell. Doesn't taste like an IPA. The smell is a lot better. Carmel and floral hops. Reminds me of an ESB, not a pale ale. There is also alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly bitter. Very smooth going down. Leaves a mouth full of hops.

Overall, I thought it was an IPA from the smell, then I tasted it and didn't think it fit the style, thought about it and figured it could be an ESB, not an APA. Hard to rate this beer, because I do not know what the real style is.

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber, good head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel, a little citrus.

Taste: Pretty balanced pale ale, caramel sweetness and a mix of earthy bitter hops.

Drinkability: Could be a session if I wasn't looking for bitterness.

I thought this was a balanced pale ale, not exactly the bitter monster described on the label. Not a lot of citrus bitterness, more earthy to my palate. A pretty good beer.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try this for a couple weeks now, my friend DerrickBerg came over, and we thought it was a perfect time to try it out.

With a decently aggressive pour it yielded a 1.5 finger off white head which dissipated at a medium to slow rate, but never fully dissipates. Clear caramel-amber in color with a good amount of carbonation coming up. Lots of lacing, a full wall of bubbles are left on my glass side.

Smells very nice. I smell malt, hops, and subtle citrus notes in the background.

Taste consists a lot of malts, with a bitter hop background. The malt taste settles into a slightly roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Easy to drink, very tasty, and well balanced.

Overall a really good beer. The label is misleading, not quite as hoppy and bitter as it claims, but that doesn't deter from how good it is. I recomend this beer!

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The latest in the Brau Brothers Single Batch Series. Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of white head that has good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of biscuit and toasted malt with some citrus, grass, and earthy hop aroma. Has a strong malt flavor foundation. The hops add a complimentory grassy and spicy flavor and moderate bitterness. Not nearly as hoppy and bitter as I was led to believe. Carbonation is present without being overbearing. Has a nice texture. I liked the malt profile in this beer. A nice APA that I would drink again.

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Sheephead Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.