Swamp Head / Twisted Pine Swampy Mountain High - Swamp Head Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Straight pour from a 32oz howler to a can-glass (which I’ve come to decide is a surprisingly good choice for almost any beer style). The keg was tapped today, the howler filled today, and it’s being opened maybe two hours after filling it. Fresh-ass “farmhouse IPA” time.
Appearance (3.5): This beer pours into the glass with an even, two-and-a-half-ish finger, custard-colored head with fine texture that dies down at a pretty average pace. It caps a clear, toasted, golden-colored body—like honey, with no orange or red tones. Very pretty. Retention is average, showing just a little bit of lacing—kind of the remains of one very thick collar of foam. Great body, average at best head.
Smell (4.0): Juicy-fruity hop aromas (passionfruit, pineapple juice, juicy apples and pears) pairs with slightly spicy, dusty grain-like malt character out of the growler; as it opens up a bit, piney, coniferous hop aroma mixes with a slightly phenolic yeast note, but not in a distracting or displeasing way.
Taste (4.0): Much more farmhouse in the flavor department than in the nose: a pronounced yeast-driven spiciness offers a mostly peppercorn-like bite (not too bitey, though), a little phenolic medicinal bitterness, and something that reminds me of grains of paradise (but don’t quote me on that—it’s been too long since I’ve tasted them directly). As for the hops, there’s a bright but soft juiciness in the mid-palate that buddies up with both some yeast-driven and malt-based fruit tones, and a moderately firm, piney bitterness that underscores the front-, mid-, and back-end of the palate. There’s also a grapefruit juice-like bittersweet(ness?) that sticks around from start to finish, as well—that’s part of what comes off as the light juiciness and slightly medicinal bitterness at the same time, actually. No idea how much booze there may or may not be in this—it feels non-existent. Everything melds a little better as it warms
Mouthfeel (4.5): Modest carbonation spreads all over and tingles moderately before washing out, leaving a dry finish from the medium-weight body. Dry, drinkable, very easy to put back if you’re down with IPA bitterness and farmhouse spiciness (which I very much am).
Overall (4.0): This is a pretty tasty beer, overall, that kind of fits into “Belgian IPA” more than “Saison,” though it definitely shows clear farmhouse character more than Belgian Pale or some other iteration of the “Belgian IPA” spectrum. And, like most examples of the style, it is much better after it warms up a bit: slightly phenolic and jumbled when served too cold, it evens out and everything melds nicely as it warms. This is a very tasty beer that ought to see cans (though I doubt that’ll ever happen :-( . . . )
Serving type: growler
03-23-2014 23:34:34 | More by fmccormi
Swamp Head / Twisted Pine Swampy Mountain High from Swamp Head Brewery
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.