Stumpknocker Pale Ale - Swamp Head Brewery
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4.85/5 rDev +21.6%
Served on tap @ Kickbacks
Appearance was golden copper with fluffy head and enduring lace.
Bold aromas of hop citrus, impressive aroma of distinct Amarillo hops as confirmed by the owner.
Tastes as it smells with a bold Citrus hop flavors and a solid malt/caramel backbone. Sweet support to the bold citrus hop flavors. Right on IMHO!
Mouthfeel was medium-full for an APA, appropraitte carbonation.
I very much enjoyed this brew. It was a standout offering in my opinion, a stellar showcase of the Amarillo hop!
I attended a Swamphead Beer dinner at Kickbacks here in Jacksonville Florida 12/13/2010. The lineup overall impressed me, brews were appropriatte to style and well done across the board. I most notably enjoyed the Hoe Hoe Hoe Wit, Tupelo Cream Ale, Stumpknocker APA, and 10-10-10 Whiskey Barrel Aged as standouts for the evening. Overall a very talented brewery across the entire lineup. I had chance to meet Luke the owner who was a great guy, and Craig the brewer who was passionate and open to share his processes. Both were knowlegdable and I am very excited about this new Florida Brewery.
Here is are most of the Swamphead brews that were offered at the dinner;
Hoe Hoe Hoe Winter Seasonal - a Belgian style specialty ale with cranberries, ginger and orange blossom honey
Wild Night Tupelo Honey Cream Ale
Cottonmouth Belgian Style Wheatbier
Stumpknocker American Pale Ale
Big Nose IPA
Saison du Swamp - Florida Style Saison with rye
10-10-10 Imperial IPA
10-10-10 Imperial IPA aged in Palm Ridge Whiskey barrels
Midnight Oil Oatmeal Stout with locally roasted organic fair trade coffee
Alderwood Smoked Porter
Chipotle Smoked Porter
Stumpknocker infused with Chipotle peppers
Catherine's Inspiration - Russian Imperial Stout
Catherine's Passion - Russian Imperial Stout infused with organic cocoa nibs and Midnight Oil coffee
12-17-2010 16:05:58 | More by unclejimbay
4.47/5 rDev +12%
Beer is mostly clear, there may be a slight haze but its hard to tell, and amber in color. Carbonation is low and the head is broken and made up of a microscopic thin layer of tiny white bubbles that congregate at the edge of the glass. There is some but not a lot of lacing on the glass as I drink. More than other beers I've had from Swamphead but not much overall. It looks like a decent APA.
The aroma is great. Mild citrus hops and slight malt character. Really inviting, smells like an APA should smell.
Beer is medium to full bodied, really nice body, great hop flavor and a lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. This is definitely an American Pale ale and not an American IPA. Drinkability is high, the hop bitterness is not in your face overwhelming, it is definitely present but connected nicely with the citrus hop flavors in the mid-palate and a subtle malt character at the front. The beer finishes nicely, leaving some bitter flavors in the back of the mouth but without a strong aftertaste that would otherwise render the beer less than. I'm going to hazard a guess that the dominant hop in this beer is a cascade or a close relative. Its too weak to be an amarillo or something of that and not piney enough to be a chinook. Carbonation level is appropriate for this style as the carbonation on the tongue plays an important role in connectivity of the flavors and to accent the sweetness of the beer.
A superb beer, the best beer I've had from this brewery yet (although I didn't get to try the stout).
12-28-2009 15:27:31 | More by drabmuh
4.47/5 rDev +12%
Thanks to BHalter8 for bringing a mini growler of this to our little tasting the other night. Really enjoyed with the beer and agreed with the comment that it drinks more like an IPA.
Beer appeared to be unfiltered and was a hazy brown/amber color. Nice foamy/creamy light beige head formed and then proceeded to leave a nice amount of lacing.
Aroma was bright/fresh and floral. Lots of citrus notes. First hint that this was a bit bolder vs. a standard APA. (Not a bad comment)
Excellent balance here which perhaps is the characteristic that keeps this in the APA category. Again, this drinks like a fresh/bright beer. Bready malt notes balanced with a nice citrus, fruity flavor. You do taste the yeast in the background which worked nicely with the bread flavors.
Medium Light body, very mild carbonation.
Excellent APA.... Really enjoyed having this one and will seek it again, when/if I have the opportunity.
06-13-2010 17:19:52 | More by Reagan1984
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
06-18-2010 04:55:04 | More by mullenite
4.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
07-03-2011 20:56:56 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +11%
Pours a cloudy amber with one finger thick dense white head. Chunky rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: tropical fruit juice blend, mild sweet caramel, a solid hit of grapefruit rind with a little pine in the back. Taste: salted cracker + a small dose of sweet caramel, grapefruit rind, herbal bitterness, sugared mango. Lightly prickly carbonation and an overall fluffy feel. Does a lot with its 35 ibus. Very enjoyable hopping that mixes with a light sweet caramel and tropical fruit sweetness. A really nice pale ale.
04-21-2011 05:06:16 | More by babaracas
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
Filled my quart growler today, pouring into a snifter. Not my first or last time having this beverage.
A: Pours a thin, average looking head for a pale ale, sits for a minute until bubbles burst into lacy rim on the edges. Orange hazy colored body. Carbonation looks average, really have to force thick head if desired.
S: Citrusy hop notes off the bat, extremely candy sweet like jollyranchers. Hop smell is similar to a Bell's HopSlam just alot more subdued. Suttle caramel malt undertones.
T: Great hop taste FOR a pale ale, not an IPA, which I appreciate because it is true to style. Light body from the pale malts really shine after the resiny, citrusy hop character fades.
M: Starts out with a resiny bitterness then transitions to a crisp, clean light feel from the malts then finishes with lingering notes of wonderful hop bouquet of flavor.
O: The only knock to this pale ale is it could be too hoppy, but Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is full of hop flavor and is nationally renowned as a great beer for its style. Extremely well-balanced and I would put this up against any pale ale on the streets. Great work Swamp Head, thanks for all the great beer:)
10-06-2011 05:53:46 | More by One2Remeber
Stumpknocker Pale Ale from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.