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: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GallowsThief on 02-07-2012)
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Reviews by Aleks_P:
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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).

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear red body with a decent white head. Nice surface foam.

Smell - Kind of a musty hop aroma. Grapefruit. Caramel malt. Some pine hop in the back.

Taste - Pretty hoppy. Nice hop flavor. Grapefruit. Some pine. Not as musty as the nose. Caramel. A little on the sweet side. Some nutty flavors. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Good hop balance and a nice hop flavor. Medium body.

Overall - Too big for my tastes. Lots of hops with an equivalent amount of malt.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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