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Sciaenhops - Swamp Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerHunter76, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moose3285 for another bottle from a brewery I've grown fond of. And when Mike sends me a box, it's a good day, because I don't have to shop for beer for a month. 750 ML bottle with one of my favorite creatures, a game fish, on the label. Thumbs up.

The beer red pours a dark, rusty iron with a significant head. Plenty of pine & citrus in the nose, with more nuttiness than I've had outside of flat tins on a grocery shelf with the word "nut" on the label somewhere. Big malts back everything up.

Sciaenhops first impression is that I could drink this in a Big Gulp size, a first sip turns into a hefty swig; tall drinkability. The malts drive the beer more than the hops, low-country caramel, flecks of rustiness, before the hops come in the middle with middling doses of gentle pine, citrus, but mostly a warm earthiness, & a bit of salted peanuts (?). Ends on a slightly bitter note.

Drinkability is the game here. Overall the beer is good, but I'm cutting through my half of the bomber faster than can be measured by a traditional stopwatch.

maximum12, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

AndrewScottPentland, May 28, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

beernads, May 17, 2013
Photo of AltBock
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 750ml bottle with a label of a small school of Sciaenops or Florida's Red Fish. Behind the fish were vines of hops. To the left of the fish is all the mandatory US information. To the right of the fish is a description of the beer. Missing from the bottle is a bottled date.

When poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass, this Red Fish was a nice semi clear dark cherry amber with a small glimmer of orange at the bottom. On top of this amber brew was a large 1+ inch pillowy off white head of foam. Nice retention that left behind an everlasting skim of foam and a plentiful number of streaks around the glass.

This Imperial Red Ale had a slight sweet aroma. This sweet aroma started off with a little toasted caramel malt. Following the malts was the slightly bitter citrus hops. Stuck in with hops was a hint of grapefruit. The aroma then finished up with a little pine. The aroma wasn't overly hoppy. I thought it was just right for this style.

The taste was very crispy and slightly bitter. It wasn't the malt that kicked off the taste. The taste didn't want mess around so it kicked off with the slightly bitter citrus hops. Quickly following the hops was a little dry grapefruit and pine resin. When the pine said it was done, the taste then ends with the sweet toasted caramel malts.

This was a slightly dry crispy medium bodied Red Ale that had plenty of carbonation and a good malty/hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste will filled with sweet toasted malts, a drop of pine, and bitter citrus hops. This aftertaste will linger on the roof if your mouth for a long time.

First I would thank fellow BA Lionssoccer for picking this up at the brewery. I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't overly hoppy and it had a nice solid sweet caramel malt backbone. I would pick this beer up if I ever saw it.

AltBock, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

tswater, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

goatsby, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Lob, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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TheMonkery, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

JReites, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Gatordaddy, Mar 30, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, Winter 2013
Riedel unmarked tulip

A: Pours a pretty deep reddish amber color. Slight hazy but it's almost clear. Finger of off white head. Tight bubbles. Nicely carbonated. Leaves some sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Piney earthy hop aroma coming from this but more nose from those big malts. Nice caramel nuttiness from those. Bready notes.

T: Big dose of those earthy hops up front. Tip of the tongue. Then you get more on the palate balanced by those malts. Sweet and caramel like. Really helps smooth the beer. Don't taste the alcohol at all. Finish is dry with lingering hop flavors.

M: It's a big medium. Malts help coat the mouth.

inlimbo77, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

vapodge, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

twizzbeatz, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

nickfl, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Lovely85, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

djtomain, Jun 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

jgagne, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jsurfs82, Feb 11, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a growler into my tulip.

A – Deep ruby red pour with a finger of sticky off white head that stayed around.

S – Really nice light floral smell with a nice piney hops aroma to follow. Lemon and citrus as well.

T – Big citrus hops hit right up front. Really rolls over the tongue. Get some light sweet orange followed by a more lemon and grapefruit. Nice malt backbone. Fairly good punch of hp bitterness but it balances nicely.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly drying feel at the end but is also slick on the palate.

O – Really nice offering here. The flavor is extremely balanced and works well together. Very easy drinker despite a pretty sizable ABV.

GallowsThief, Feb 07, 2012
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Sciaenhops from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.