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Stumpknocker Pale Ale - Swamp Head Brewery

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Stumpknocker Pale AleStumpknocker Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 12-28-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

cambabeer, Aug 04, 2014
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wo87810, Mar 07, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. The pour was medium amber with an off-white head that was average in terms of retention and lacing. The aroma is excellent, with a well balanced mix of sweet malts, and fruity hops, as well as a clear toffee/caramel note. The flavor is nicely hoppy but without excessive bitterness. Highly drinkable, this one went down fast. Easy recommendation.

chinchill, Mar 20, 2013
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dsauter, Mar 16, 2013
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Beer21, Apr 26, 2013
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Griffith, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL.

A- Pours an Amber color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and a good dose of citrusy hops (most notably grapefruit).

T- The taste like the aroma is some sweet malt up front with a good amount of citrusy grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid pale ale. It's great seeing another great brewery open up in Florida. I look forward to trying more beers from Swamphead in the future.

cjgator3, Aug 19, 2010
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

StevenMilligan, Oct 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Kmlund, Aug 05, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light brown/amber, very little white head

S- Citrusy (grapefruit?) and very bright for an APA

T- Citrus up front here too that turns to some bready malts and then the hop finish -- not too different from most APAs other than the nice twist of big citrus

M- Light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D- The citrus make it great to turn to when in the mood for an APA

aepb1, Jul 05, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Shawnxa3, Sep 25, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber and incredibly hazy and cloudy with tons of carbonation just ripping toward the surface. Immense white foam just leaps over the top of the glass, reaching a height of near three inches before finally settling down into a firm two fingers of head and rich lacing that lasted the entire session. Aroma is sharp citrus, lemon, orange, nice notes of grasses along with a great little hint of light bready malts providing some nice balance. Crisp, clean, near perfect flavor as the sharp and lightly tart notes of citrus work perfectly and are so well balanced I was amazed. Such a light, and easy drinking ale, I cannot believe how quickly this one snuck up on me. I could see myself drinking this for days all summer long, it was just that good.

mikesgroove, Jul 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Hopsiam14, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

SirFreakOn, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

st9647v3, Oct 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

JKG, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

markjarema11, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ninaturner, Jan 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

tjsmith910, Apr 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

genogirl, Sep 28, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

bloodysundae, Aug 24, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a teku; no canning date, but I picked this up yesterday at the brewery. Should be reasonably fresh.

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of a very light tan-colored head come off of the pour, capping a deep, slightly orange-tinted amber body that’s almost perfectly clear; the foam is fine-grained in the middle, fat and a little crackly around the edges, and dies down at a moderate speed. Just a few splotches of lace here and there—an attractive body and a nice head, but kind of lacking in retention and lacing.

Smell (3.5): A nice, even mixture of caramel-y malts, citrusy hops characterize the aroma: a little bit of molasses cookie and some rich caramel make up the malt body, and some candied orange peel mixed with a little pineapple, some sweet lemonade, and a tiny bit of grassiness make up the hops profile. It’s nice and to-style, but could use more “oomph.”

Taste (3.75): The flavor is kind of a better-matched version of the aroma: some caramel-rich malt with a nutty, slightly tangy toffee tone alongside it matches well with a moderately juicy, moderately citrusy fruit character, showing a mellower side than most hop bombs (apricot, sweet orange), followed by a modestly bitter finish composed of bitter herbs and grass. A little bit citrus peel in the end. Kind of executes the style well without exactly surpassing any expectations.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth but moderately foamy carbonation with a moderate tingle washes all over, ahead of a body that’s lighter-than-medium-weight and very smooth. The finish is dry and easy-going—definitely easy to drink, but not lacking in character.

Overall (3.75): While it doesn’t come off as exceptional in any regard, this is another beer which the sum of its parts elevates it to an average of those parts. Or rather, in retrospect, it’s more enjoyable than the numbers might suggest at first. To be frank, it’s a very nice, well put-together American Pale Ale that’s plenty enjoyable to drink, but not mind-blowing in any way.

fmccormi, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

malonelocke, Jul 29, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey/amber in color with a nice white head. Very nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell has a lot of grapefruit, some orange rind and a tiny bit of breadiness hanging out in the background (but letting the hops shine.)

Taste is similar to the smell, lots of American, citrus forward, hops with a small amount of bready malt character coming through in the background. No esthers or phenolics.

Body is on the thinner side of medium but still medium bodies with a really nice carbonation.

Overall, this is one of my favorite pale ales. It's like a light IPA. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

mullenite, Jun 18, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

AndrewScottPentland, May 28, 2013
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Stumpknocker Pale Ale from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.