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Stump Knocker Pale Ale | Swamp Head Brewery

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Stump Knocker Pale AleStump Knocker Pale Ale

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Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drabmuh on 12-28-2009

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. The can nearly exploded when it opened, producing lots of foam on the top of the can and when poured into the glass, leaving a two finger high off white head. The head has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of caramel malts and has hints of piney hops. The hops only lend a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer has a nice appearance and malt body, but seems somewhat lacking in hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium honey/apricot in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy sudsy beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of lighter aromas of grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, thanks to my in-laws for bringing this one back from the wedding they attended in Gainesville. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily have a couple of these. Refreshing.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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).

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of Zach136
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden rod body, thin head, OK lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity citrus.

Flavor: Bitter pine hop character.

Mouthfeel: Thin, lingering astringent bitter after taste.

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Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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...

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.58/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber with a stable cream colored head

S-a very faint scent of cream and hops. not much going on here

T-comes in with a very crisp taste of papaya and grains and some fresh hops. it has a very comforting bitterness to it. the tastes are of extremely high quality. matching finish

M-good creamy and medium carbonation with a good creamy finish

O-this is a success of a pale ale if you ask me. its great tasting and really easy to drink...and unique. love to see this one come out in cans...i'd always have a 6-pack in the fridge.

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Photo of pmangold
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a pint. Stumpknocker has all the things you would want out of a mid 5%abv APA. Moderate head, great clarity. A very good Pale Ale that I will be buying again.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Swamp in Gainesville.

Copper color, creamy white head with good lacing.

Floral aroma, a little fruit in there as well. Hoppy for an APA.

The taste is similar, definitely hop dominated and not much of a malt presence. Pretty good!

Creamy, slight bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink. Good brew!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Additional info;
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

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Photo of mullenite
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of aepb1
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of ZBowden
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden honey with off white head, smell is not too strong but piney hoppy resiny dank even, tastes of piney hops that last until the end, creamy mouthfeel smooth borderline thin.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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:)

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Stump Knocker Pale Ale from Swamp Head Brewery
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