Sheephead Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Sheephead AleSheephead Ale

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

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

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Photo of djschnabel
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of IllHaveAnother1
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of MinnesotaIPAGuy
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Wonderful bitter beer

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Overall, a very nice IPA, taste is good!

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Photo of rossracing
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't always get a chance to drink it but love it

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes into a thick cap of lacing that leaves foam all over the glass. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, pine resin, and some nice floral notes. This is a very aromatic APA. The taste leans more toward the pine and floral aspects with a firm lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer on the border between APA and IPA. I really like that the hop bill seems to consist of more the just Centennial and Cascade. I like those hops, but it seems that every brewer is using nothing but them in their hoppy beers. Sheep Head is a refreshing change, and I would love to see it take the place of Brau Brother's regular APA.

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Photo of DarkhorseII
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I keep coming back to this one. I generally like the IPA style but more is not always better. This brew has a fine balance & at 7.7% it's deceptively intoxicating.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers of light tan head atop a transparent body of orange amber; moderate amount of rising bubbles; great head retention and lace

S - tons of citrus, hop spice, toasted malt characteristics

T - citrus goodness with a touch of pine, peppery spice, fruity notes, big bready malt backbone; dry, citrusy finish

M - oily, smooth, medium/full body; moderate carbonation; quite pleasant

O - Sheep Head is a very nice IPA. The hop profile is delightful and the malt balance is prominent, but not overpowering. Well done, Brau!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed, deep ambercolor, big,boisterous, creamy-toned head. Long lasting, lace leaving.

Soft, hoppy aroma, gentle citricnotes...Cascade?Pungent pineapple, prickly pine, lemon rind. Lovely stuff. Just gorgeous.

Hoppy, spicy smack on the palate, then mellow, but never gone. Same flavors felt in the nose return on the tongue, mixed with lush, tasty caramel & pale malt. Medium bodied, great texture, long, hoppy finish, and terrifically refreshing.

A very interesting brew, the hoppiest yet from the Brothers. Wheat malt, too, eh?
It comes through, and aids the drinkability, yet the flavor and hop profile doesn't suffer.

Great brew, Bros! I'll be back for more!

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Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery.

Golden brown color with a fluffy tan head on top.

Huge and bright citrus comes from all of the hops in this one. Sweet caramel rears its head as well.

This is balanced, but contains huge citric hops with lots of orange and loads of caramel malt. It's satisfying for any hop head or malt head. The hops are so fresh and tasty, it's crazy. Nice bit of complexity to it.

Smooth feel, about medium bodied. Good clean finish.

Really drinkable beer. Lots of flavor going on and the alcohol is well hidden. Really refreshing and satisfying. My favorite beer from Brau and it will now thankfully be year round.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with a nice foamy head with very good retention. The foam is a sort of off white perhaps muslin or a canvas. Very faint prickle. A picturesque beer. Nice nose of malt and hops with the hops sort of laying on top of the malt. I believe I can pick out the cascade hops, but there is more to it than that. Nice attack of hops that gives way to a tasty malt flavor with just a bit of cracked grain. Lots of great flavors. There are floral hops flavors, caramel malts and some nice grains. The grains are pronounced in a good way, which is saying something as I usually prefer my grains more muted. This is well crafted as it is a bitter beer with a wonderful malt flavor that finishes it off. I have really been missing out, as I haven't had that many Brau Bros. Beers. I hated the first two that I tried and it took about a year after each to try another. No joke. This one is finally a winner and in a big way. Well done, and oh, I am sorry for not trusting Brau Bros. more.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Orange/amber...leaves a nice lace on glass as I drink

S-Great aroma...tons of toasted malts...also some candied toffee ...I guess that is what toffee is :)...some caramel notes too...very sweet aroma and a fresh hoppiness complements perfectly...great smelling beer.

T-Where the nose is malt forward, the taste is more balanced...some good hopping to this...a citrus like grapefruit rind bitterness is evident..but it mingles nicely with the great malt backbone..

M-Medium bodied....seems sessionable but still loaded with flavor.

D-I really like notch beer....Doesn't really fit a style....a cross between an ESB and Red Ale in my opinion..I definitely would buy again...right up there with Ringneck as my favorite from this off notes at all....

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Photo of rundocrun
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very deep dark copper color. Almost brown, but still crystal clear. A finger of white head forms and stays around for quite some time. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Lemony citrus and sweet carmely malt predominate. Mild, earthy and piney notes also present but not as noticeable. I get the impression that this beer will have just as big of a malt presence as hops. Let's see if the taste proves that right...

T - I sure was! Lots of rich dark malts give this unique IPA a good balance of chocolate and caramel flavor that compliments the bitter and mildly acidic notes from the hops quite well. Don't get me wrong, this is still one for the hop heads too. A strong hop bitterness takes over the flavor profile in the middle and mingles with the malt through to the finish leaving the tongue actually a little numb (something I've found to happen with particular IPA's I've tried.

M - Medium body. Thicker than most IPA's I've tried. I'd dare say this fits squarely in between an "average" IPA and an "average" DIPA as far as mouthfeel goes. Good bright carbonation. Dry finish.

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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try this for a couple weeks now, my friend DerrickBerg came over, and we thought it was a perfect time to try it out.

With a decently aggressive pour it yielded a 1.5 finger off white head which dissipated at a medium to slow rate, but never fully dissipates. Clear caramel-amber in color with a good amount of carbonation coming up. Lots of lacing, a full wall of bubbles are left on my glass side.

Smells very nice. I smell malt, hops, and subtle citrus notes in the background.

Taste consists a lot of malts, with a bitter hop background. The malt taste settles into a slightly roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Easy to drink, very tasty, and well balanced.

Overall a really good beer. The label is misleading, not quite as hoppy and bitter as it claims, but that doesn't deter from how good it is. I recomend this beer!

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

Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright orangish brown with a thick, foamy light khaki head. Lots of lacing left behind and very good head retention. Lots of actvie carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top as well.

S - Excellent mix of malt and hops in the nose. Lots of grassy and citrusy hop notes dominate. A little grapefruit and lemon. The malts are primarily caramel and a little biscuity. Excellent mix of aromas.

T - The malts are much stronger in the taste than they were in the nose. Lots of caramel and a sweet biscuity taste as well. Hops are present and provide a nicecitrus and grassy balance. Bitterness is mild but lingers. An excellent example of a pale ale, but I was expecting a little more hoppiness from the label.

M/D - Medium bodied with some resinous aftertaste to it. Carbonation is very good and drinkability is high.

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Sheephead Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 201 ratings
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