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Stumpknocker Pale Ale - Swamp Head Brewery

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Stumpknocker Pale Ale
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89
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber. Mildly hazy.

S: mild hops. More malty and some citrus notes.

T: nice and hoppy with great drinkability. There is no overwhelming bitter finish for this one. Caramel and floral notes

M: medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is not as offensive as many pale ales

Overall: an excellent pale ale. One of the best out there. The right amount of hop character and flavor.

kylehay2004, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +0.3%

nickfl, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

drabmuh, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -6%

dmorgan310, May 22, 2014
Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Lare453, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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
Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thanks Ben!

Reagan1984, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Holland, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +0.3%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

st9647v3, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending this my way.

A- Can poured into a glass for the review with a ever so slightly hazy light amber body. A white cap builds up to one finger with decent retention. Frothy ring leaves small spotty lace.

S- Balanced aroma reveals slight citrus hop notes and pale malts. Notes of grapefruit, orange, biscuit, lightly caramelized grain and yeast bread. Lacking some overall strength.

T- Hops bring citrus notes of grapefruit and orange as well as some floral tones. Malts are present with hints of cereal grain, toast, biscuit and light caramel. Light yeast fruits and bread.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp, slightly creamy texture. Carbonation comes in at a medium-high level with a light bitterness in the finish.

Solid APA that finds a nice balance between citrus hops and light malts.

cbutova, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Gatordaddy, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap over at World of Beer in Orlando.

A: Clear, solid gold color, with about a finger or so white head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: Yeast, fruity, and with a mild and pleasant hop profile. Smells like a world class Pale Ale should!

T: First a foremost, the lack of upfront bitterness made this a PA as opposed to an IPA. Fruity as he'll, and sort of reminded me of Sweetwater's IPA in that regard.

M: Ridiculous lacing, carbonation aplenty, and tempered sweetness and bitterness.

O: This was my first Swamp Fox brew, and if this one is any indicator, I'm already a fan and supporter...

Chaney, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Lovely85, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Smokehouse in Gainesville. This was my first SH experience when moving tot he area. Pours a light clear golden with creamy head. Aroma of light sweet citrus, some pale malts. Flavor follows with a beautiful boquet of floral citrus flavors, some nice sweetness, and an easy crisp finish. This is light bodied with plenty of carbonation. A really nice brew to have in the warm Florida weather, and very drinkable.

BMMillsy, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Davepoolesque, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Stinger80OH, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - It pours a copper-amber hue, and is capped with an inch of off-white head, with little retention or lace.

S - The nose is flat-out unimpressive. The malt is too heavy in caramel and the brew seems to have a metallic overtone. Hops are not specifically dynamic in the aroma.

T - The flavor carries over the themes of the nose; pretty unremarkable stuff here. I'd like to like it, but what's to like? The malt is cheap tasting, metallic and caramelized, there are hints of diacetyl, and the hop presence is totally uninspiring.

M - Normal feel, maybe even a tad drab.

O - I do not see a purpose for this brew's existence.

ktrillionaire, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Kmlund, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of macrosmatic
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at James Joyce Pub (the new location). Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear, dark gold, with a half-finger's worth of white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Cracker malts, pine and some light citrus hops.

T: Light cracker malt with pine, grassy and citrus rind hops. Lightly bitter on the finish.

M: Light body, minimal alcohol presence, good carbonation sensation.

O: An easy drinker and enjoyable with dinner, but nothing exciting to particularly seek out.

macrosmatic, May 13, 2012
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with a solid head retention

smell: very bold and assertive hop presence. pine and citrus

taste: nicely balanced pale ale

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I tried this at the kickbacks Swamphead dinner among many others. This brewery in new and going in the right direction. Solid beer from a solid brewery. I would love to have this again.

CampusCrew, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -6%

ssimpson89, Mar 14, 2014
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Stumpknocker Pale Ale from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.