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Sciaenhops - Swamp Head Brewery

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89
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GallowsThief on 02-07-2012)
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SFC21, Jul 27, 2014
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RayUF07, Jun 09, 2014
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fmccormi, May 24, 2014
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HangingJohnny, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

CGMLS3, Mar 11, 2014
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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).

Aleks_P, Mar 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Oliversarmy1085, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GuttaMane138, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

cjgator3, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
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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.

babaracas, Feb 03, 2014
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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.

BMMillsy, Jan 22, 2014
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jme015, Sep 13, 2013
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Skrypt, Sep 02, 2013
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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.

macrosmatic, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Sciaenhops from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.