Stump Knocker Pale Ale | Swamp Head Brewery

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215 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
swamphead.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drabmuh on 12-28-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
40
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber. Mildly hazy.

S: mild hops. More malty and some citrus notes.

T: nice and hoppy with great drinkability. There is no overwhelming bitter finish for this one. Caramel and floral notes

M: medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is not as offensive as many pale ales

Overall: an excellent pale ale. One of the best out there. The right amount of hop character and flavor.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. The can nearly exploded when it opened, producing lots of foam on the top of the can and when poured into the glass, leaving a two finger high off white head. The head has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of caramel malts and has hints of piney hops. The hops only lend a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer has a nice appearance and malt body, but seems somewhat lacking in hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. The pour was medium amber with an off-white head that was average in terms of retention and lacing. The aroma is excellent, with a well balanced mix of sweet malts, and fruity hops, as well as a clear toffee/caramel note. The flavor is nicely hoppy but without excessive bitterness. Highly drinkable, this one went down fast. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium honey/apricot in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy sudsy beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of lighter aromas of grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, thanks to my in-laws for bringing this one back from the wedding they attended in Gainesville. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily have a couple of these. Refreshing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber and incredibly hazy and cloudy with tons of carbonation just ripping toward the surface. Immense white foam just leaps over the top of the glass, reaching a height of near three inches before finally settling down into a firm two fingers of head and rich lacing that lasted the entire session. Aroma is sharp citrus, lemon, orange, nice notes of grasses along with a great little hint of light bready malts providing some nice balance. Crisp, clean, near perfect flavor as the sharp and lightly tart notes of citrus work perfectly and are so well balanced I was amazed. Such a light, and easy drinking ale, I cannot believe how quickly this one snuck up on me. I could see myself drinking this for days all summer long, it was just that good.

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Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is mostly clear, there may be a slight haze but its hard to tell, and amber in color. Carbonation is low and the head is broken and made up of a microscopic thin layer of tiny white bubbles that congregate at the edge of the glass. There is some but not a lot of lacing on the glass as I drink. More than other beers I've had from Swamphead but not much overall. It looks like a decent APA.

The aroma is great. Mild citrus hops and slight malt character. Really inviting, smells like an APA should smell.

Beer is medium to full bodied, really nice body, great hop flavor and a lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. This is definitely an American Pale ale and not an American IPA. Drinkability is high, the hop bitterness is not in your face overwhelming, it is definitely present but connected nicely with the citrus hop flavors in the mid-palate and a subtle malt character at the front. The beer finishes nicely, leaving some bitter flavors in the back of the mouth but without a strong aftertaste that would otherwise render the beer less than. I'm going to hazard a guess that the dominant hop in this beer is a cascade or a close relative. Its too weak to be an amarillo or something of that and not piney enough to be a chinook. Carbonation level is appropriate for this style as the carbonation on the tongue plays an important role in connectivity of the flavors and to accent the sweetness of the beer.

A superb beer, the best beer I've had from this brewery yet (although I didn't get to try the stout).

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL.

A- Pours an Amber color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and a good dose of citrusy hops (most notably grapefruit).

T- The taste like the aroma is some sweet malt up front with a good amount of citrusy grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid pale ale. It's great seeing another great brewery open up in Florida. I look forward to trying more beers from Swamphead in the future.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Stump Knocker Pale Ale from Swamp Head Brewery
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