Sciaenhops | Swamp Head Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GallowsThief on 02-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a murky amber color ale with a large foamy head. Aroma of resinous and earthy hops is balanced against some sweet malt notes. Taste is a mix of light grapefruit notes with some earthy and resinous hops and huge sweet malt backbone. Body is full with good carbonation. Can’t say I really enjoy the hops varietal used in here and malt backbone was too sweet for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy coppery red color with off-white head. Pine hop aroma, caramel malts, and grain on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a great caramel malty note

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the brewery. Pours a deep dark red color with a big fluffy off white head that just lingers. Won't go away. Nice big hop presence on the nose with pine and light citrus and a good bit of dankness to go along with earthy grassiness and a nice sweet smelling caramel backbone. Lots of dank earthiness to the flavor with pine, a caramel backbone, some light fruit to sweeten the flavor up. The mouthfeel is slick and resinous but has a nice drying finish. The only complaint here is that the carbonation is on the low side for a brew like this. A little more bubbly would have helped out an otherwise very nice red ale with a great punch of bitter hops. Worth having again.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerBeast
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Sciaenhops from Swamp Head Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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