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Sheephead Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States
braubrothersbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sheephead is a bitter card game. It deserves a bitter beer. Brewed with loads of caramel malt and too many cascade hops, this crimson colored ale straddles the line between a malty amber and tongue bruising IPA.

Added by morimech on 03-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,862
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
200
pDev:
13.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Photo of Abstractspirit
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donspublic
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into NB goblet, 1 finger creamy light tan head, nice retention and good lacing. Crystal clear reddish amber in the glass. Smells of caramel malt, and some dankish resinous hops. Taste is initially sweet malt, caramel, toffee, and some pine resin, middle has some citrus, floral and a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, malt forward beer with a goo hope profile. Nice drink

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate burnt orange + golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of toasted + caramel malts with slightly stronger than moderate aromas of pine, floral, and spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine, floral, and spicy hops which contribute a slightly heavier the moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: While it does not nicely fit into any specific style, I still found the beer to be enjoyable albeit with a pretty aggressive hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly settled down, leaving a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and hints of floral hops with a slight bit of pine. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is mostly dominated by caramel flavors, but it doesn't seem really that malty on the palate as the hops mostly serve to cancel out the maltiness and provide the bitterness. It seems more like an English Bitter.

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Photo of jebrew
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of marker2525
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 4/5 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, fig, hint of wine, hint of liquor, slight hops, slight all spice, and a hint of cinnamon. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, fig, hint of liquor, slight hops, slight all spice, and a hint of cinnamon. Overall, too carbonated, complex, odd blend, body and aroma are dominated by malt, spice, and fig.

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Photo of clager
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NodakEric
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lupigrant
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber color with nice clarity and a thin lacing ring.

S - Caramel honey toasted malt, somewhat biscuit, some citrus aroma.

T - Toasted caramel malt backbone with a nice citrus finish.

M - Medium body.

O - A very balanced traditional IPA.

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Photo of pauldig
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler pint.

Appearance : Dark honey, almost iced tea colored. Popcorn colored head measuring three fingers and sticking around for several minutes. Lace is left behind in several broken webs and flecks. Opacity is 90%. This is one seriously thick looking IPA.

Smell : A surprisingly nostalgic smell to me. Malts are balanced with hop almost impeccably. Wood, snow-tipped pine, graham cracker, very faint honey glazed biscuit. The aroma is the perfect volume and medium strength. I can't fault much about this beer's aroma.

Taste : Cracker malt out front with a quick rush of piney hop and citrus peels. A bit of spice mid-palate, and finishes out tropical and fruity with cantaloupe, melon rind, and guava.

Feel : Substantial. Creamy, well-carbonated, finishes moderately dry.

Overall : I could have done with a touch more malt in the taste. I realize this is an IPA but I really look for balance and this one only fell short a slight bit in the taste category. Everything else was stellar. I still would recommend this beer, in fact, their variety pack is quite a bargain. Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a rich reddish amber. The aroma leads with a sweet, toasty malt, followed by the accent of tropical and piney hops. The flavor is malt forward, very reminiscent of a red ale. The pineapple and vaguely piney hops are accents here. The mouthfeel is pleasant and coating. T\his is a good beer. It is not a great beer. It is something I am very glad I got in a single, as it just does not have the flavor clarity I am looking for. If you approach this as a hoppy red, you may like it more.

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Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CruzWilder
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DruC4
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Sheephead Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 200 ratings
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