Sciaenhops - Swamp Head Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance: I wanted to call this red or ruby or something because it is labeled a red ale, but looks brown, maybe a bit orange to me. Similar to root beer. Light tan foamy head, about an inch.
Smell: Picked up some syrupy grapefruit bitterness and certainly some hops, but the more noticeable scent is of a bitter citrus fruit. Not a strong aroma though.
Taste: First reaction was that it was very very good, but after a few sips I was able to better gauge it. Likely that after a stressful week the fact that I was having a beer bumped it up .25. In any case the most noticeable characteristic, get some piney citrusy notes and not nearly as bitter as I was expecting. Typical flavor for a red ale but the flavors are strong, which I like. Hardly noticed the alcohol, which is pretty high (8.3%). Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Pretty dense beer, smooth carbonation if that makes sense. I describe this as syrupy. Didn't notice the alcohol until well into the aftertaste where the warmth starts to be noticeable, but not overpowering at all.
Overall: Good beer. Nothing remarkable in terms of appearance or smell but thought the flavors were appropriate and strong and worked well together. I like red ales to be a bit lighter and this one certainly is heavy but I enjoyed it. First beer for me from Swamp Head and I would try others (and not just because I'm a Gator).
03-08-2014 03:12:51 | More by Aleks_P
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a clear dark red with orange edges, big fluffy cream colored head. Settles slowly to a big cap with thick continents of lace on the glass. Smell: green tropical fruit, big pine hit, citrus rind, hint of stone fruit. Taste: sugared grapefruit, resiny pine, mango, big caramel backing with red plum. Soft, creamy feel into citrus peel and caramel coated drying and sticky finish. A very tasty double red.
02-03-2014 03:42:42 | More by babaracas
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Fresh bottle from the brewery. Pours a deep dark red color with a big fluffy off white head that just lingers. Won't go away. Nice big hop presence on the nose with pine and light citrus and a good bit of dankness to go along with earthy grassiness and a nice sweet smelling caramel backbone. Lots of dank earthiness to the flavor with pine, a caramel backbone, some light fruit to sweeten the flavor up. The mouthfeel is slick and resinous but has a nice drying finish. The only complaint here is that the carbonation is on the low side for a brew like this. A little more bubbly would have helped out an otherwise very nice red ale with a great punch of bitter hops. Worth having again.
01-22-2014 00:59:31 | More by BMMillsy
3.86/5 rDev -4%
Bought this bottle at The Wetlands (Swamp Head tasting room). Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Russian River pint glass.
A: Deep amber in color, and has some chill haze but otherwise appears clear. One finger of off-white head forms with average retention, and moderate visible carbonation.
S: Grass, pine resin, and a bit of citrus rind hops up front, with a nice toasted malt noticeable in the background.
T: Follows the nose closely. Toasted malt with some sweet character and mild caramel flavors under a nice hoppiness up front (grapefruit, resin, grasses) but falls just on the hoppy side of balanced. Moderate bitterness with some malt sweetness in the hang.
M: The alcohol is noticeable, but stops short of being distracting. Nice full body, and good carbonation sensation.
O: This was an enjoyable drink and, while not my favorite example of style, I wouldn't hesitate to drink another if I found it on tap somewhere.
08-18-2013 16:36:48 | More by macrosmatic
Sciaenhops from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.