Sheriff's India Pale Ale | Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.

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Sheriff's India Pale AleSheriff's India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.46%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by gentlebubbles on 09-05-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy orange body with a big long lasting offwhite head , lots of carbonation and spotty lacing. Aroma of pine sap, orange peel and earthy malt . Flavor is of piny resiny hops more of the earthy malt and a bit of citrus , finishes with a grassy note. Medium body with a slightly oil thin mouthfeel , light to medium bitterness . This has the the makings of a good IPA but everything seems a bit muted , nothing offensive and quite sessionable , a nice try but nothing memorable .

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Marketed as "The Sheriff of Nottingham, a devious fellow with a certain affinity for women and for hops." Uh?

Pours a semi-hazy, rich, copper-colored brew that's topped with an eggshell-colored, creamy foam head. Great head retention and stick to the glass, too, which is what we expect from a hoppy beer. Aroma is perhaps a bit too subtle, but balanced with sweet malt suggestions, some biscuity notes, fruity citrus and herbal hops. The first sip gives way to a medium body that's slightly chewy, and a foundation of sweet malt and hint of caramel.

A firm smacking of hops clears all of this, with herbal and citrus on the palate that sticks a bit with an oiliness that lingers well into the finish. Sweet floral and orange notes pulls through. Finish goes dry with an out-of-place biscuity character.
Focus less on the marketing shtick, clean up that malt profile and amplify the hops with some added depth, and this could be a great IPA for New England beer geeks.

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Photo of steelerguy
2.54/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Hazy amber with lots of particulate matter floating in it. Small beige head, that fades quickly, with low carbonation.

S - Citrus hop aroma with some caramel malt sweetness. Could use some more finishing hops as there is not enough on the nose.

T - A little floral hop flavor to start which turns more citric in the middle. Not much hop flavor compared to bittering hops. Malt does not seem to be in balance with the hops as it does seem like a lot of IBUs but the stick out a bit too much and are out of balance. It is out of balance because there just isn't enough malt for this to be an IPA. Much more of an AAPA than AIPA.

M - Light without enough carbonation for an APA or really an IPA if it were one.

D - One is more than enough...unfortunately I have more than one.

Overall, this beer isn't good. I would skip it if you have another choice other known bad beer. I don't know if mine was bad or what, but this isn't a (good) IPA in my book.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with lots of sediment. The head is off-white and creamy with good retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some caramel malt and grassy hops with a little fruit.

The flavor is a little sweet caramel malt, slightly fruity, with a good size grassy bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and watery.

Overall, an OK IPA. It has a good amount of bitterness, but not much character.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cavie for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very malt heavy with very little hop character. The flavor is pretty bitter with just a little bit of hop flavor. Overall, the beer tastes about like iced tea. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Must be a new label with the promise of "citrusy and floral flavor's"

A golden honey color with really large "floaties"...obviously not a filtered brew! the head is large and very thick like whipped cream and some brown tinting on the otherwise off-white color head. slow dissipation with really nice lace.

A sweet but gentle honey scented malt, and a big 'ol whiff of pine tree sap and orange citrus scented hops. a rather well balanced aroma.

The flavor is much less balanced with a bunch of bitter hop flavor. the hops taste really fresh but not very complex, it's all earthy bitterness and citrus without any sweet aspect. The malt that comes through in the aroma is nowhere to be found over the one-sided bitter hops attack.

The feel is a crispy medium body with a rather astringent bite that doesn't really fade in the finish.

if you like your IPA's bitter featuring the hop=attack with little balance this one is for you.

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Photo of hopsandhickory
2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Part of a beer of the month shipment.

Color was a hazy, golden orange. Frothy cream head, plenty of carbonation. The aroma was quite pleasant... cirtus and floral hops with a light, bready malt.

Flavor was awful. Strong citrus hops up front, but it quickly became bitter, finished bitter and left a strong aftertaste.

This is the first beer I've poured out in a long time.

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Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy bronze beer with a finger or two of foamy white head.

Floral notes with a hint of citrus in the nose.

Nice lacing. An earthy taste with what I think is grapefruit.

Has a cleansing mouthfeel with the citrus softening the bitter finish.

This is a good beer to drink for any occasion.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky orange (complete with yeast chunks) with a finger-width of off-white head. I will say that once the head settled down, it formed a very nice looking layer of creamy retention that left behind some great lacing. The aroma is pretty much all hops with bitterness and citrus running through the nose. No residual sweetness to speak of.

The taste is a decent sized bite of hop bitterness up front that is tempered by a sweet splash of citrus and caramel malts. Finished more on the sweet side with a touch of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creamy feel.

Overall, this wasn't a bad IPA but it's probably not one that I would turn to on a regular basis either. A more appealing clarity to the beer and a little better balance in the aroma and taste areas would probably go a long way for it.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into an alesmith pint glass.

clouded copper bordering on crimson w/ an unassuming head that dissipates fairly quickly. although an average pour, it does little to stimulate the senses on presentation alone. lacing is barely present.

toasted malt invades the senses. a very faint spicy/grassy hop profile lingers in the background. the brewer's mix of ingredients almost leaves a "skunked" beer effect, but i'm giving this one the benefit of the doubt.

taste is dominated by the bready malt characteristic while the hops appear an afterthought. i'm not sure this was intentional, as i kept expecting to get something different after a few sips, but found myself asking, "where's the hops?" this is a noticeable departure for the style.

semi-light w/ mild carbonation.

i won't be seeking this offering from sherwood forest brewers ltd. any time soon. albeit my favorite style, i found this interpretation of an american ipa, a complete miss. i noticed some reviewers giving kudos for sherwood's departure, but i felt sticking to the style, it was too hard to ignore their basic blunders i.e., crafting an IPA minus the ever so important hops. i'm not sure if this beer has staying power among its competitors. its blatant lack of balance will have the sheriff working on his target practice.

try this as a last resort.

notes: the label artwork is the coolest thing about this beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: slightly hazy, slightly burnt orange

Smell: mellow flowery, fruity hops of a UK variety im guessing. slightly toasty, caramely malt aroma

Taste: pretty reflective of nose. mellow fruity, floral hop flavor with meduim bitterness. good toasted and carame malt flavor supports. finish is slightly dry with a low-medium bitterness that lingers

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation.

Notes: a pretty textbook english ipa. nothing wows you here but a great example of the style

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Photo of matjack85
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All the beers from this company have a Robin Hood theme to them. This label features the Sheriff of Nottingham. I found this one at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer pours a cloudy copper color with a creamy white 1½ finger head that lingers awhile and produces some great lacing.

Definitely full of hops. I get both piny and citrus varieties along with some sweet malt in the background.

Smooth and delicious. Nice blend of pine flavored and orange peel flavored hops without being overly hoppy. Bready and caramel flavored malts used for balance. Overall a really good tasting beer.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with only moderate carbonation. Medium to full bodied - very filling.

A little too thick to down a 6 pack all in one sitting, but I certainly wouldn't turn down a second one if offered.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in the Growlin BIF, and I am always a sucker for Beers I have never heard of,
so needless to say I was thrilled to see this one come across the counter. Decent artwork on a 12oz
bottle, I served this one up right out of the fridge.

Appearance - The pour was decent, with a translucent amber being poured into the glass. A nice amount
of carbonation then could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass. A nice two finger head of
white foam formed on the top, but retreated almost immediately and left behind a touch of side glass
lace, but that too seems to have faded right away.

Smell - The aroma had some hops in it, but was a more balanced act to be honest. Some light floral
notes, maybe some orange and pine mixed in were present. A healthy dose of bready malts layered in,
and some underlying sweetness in it as well.

Taste - A little dull to be honest, this one came across as more of an English style IPA, with out the
huge hop character you would expect in the American IPA. Some light citrus notes, mostly sweetened up.
A big biscuit like taste keeping them from really shining through. The finish had a touch of bitter,
but was a little slick, lacking that big drying kick I would like to see,

Mouthfeel - Decent enough feel, it had some good carbonation but I felt like it was a touch thin,
possibly watered down almost with a somewhat oily aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very easy to throw down, this one is easily a session able ale. I could have had a half
a dozen before I felt it, however the taste would not make me really want to.

Overall not bad, I have had better, but this was by no means the worst. A run of the mill IPA, needs a
little bit more of a kick to make its presence felt, but decent overall.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, yet bright medium copper/orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy hop with some citrus notes, along with some caramel.

The taste was upfront heavy and spicy hops followed by a moderately sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a light creaminess.

Overall a tasty but rather mundane AIPA.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Cloudy golden color, huge head when poured. About 1/4 head but crazy lace all over the glass.

smell - All hops here.

taste - Lots of hops up front, lots of hops in the end. Very bittern beer.

mouthfeel - Medium body, bitter present.

drinkability - Very bittern beer, lots of hop in this one.

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Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy orange amber with a 1/2 inch beige/off white creamy head; very pungent floral hops up front, with a massive hop aroma followed by sweet malt and caramel, as well as citrus and orange peel. A fantastic nose that really sets the tone for a tasty brew.

Tastes like it smells, with huge hop flavor up front, including floral and piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, citrus, orange peel, biscuits, grains, grapefruit and some mild spice from the massive hop flavor. I am loving this hop combo, as this beer is not overkill on the hops and very enjoyable. The brew has medium carbonation and a thick chewy feel in the mouth and on the tongue, but it still goes down easy even though it has a strange heavy feel on the tongue and yet actually feels light and crisp as it slides down. Good lacing that leaves spotting throughout the glass. The taste is dominated by the hops and malt sweetness, and it has a semi-bitter finish that leaves a slight pucker after each sip in a good way.

An very good beer that is very drinkable and a very enjoyable beer experience. One of the best beers that I've ever gotten from the BOMC.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, yellow label with a cartoon baddie (the sheriff, I guess) straight from a Disney movie, or maybe that old Gummi Bears cartoon, on the front. Pours with a dense head that dissipates quickly and a body of medium amber color with golden highlights. The aroma is full of American hops -- mostly piney, with some citrus and just a hint of honeyed malt notes underneath. Pretty typical for the style. The palate is about hop bitterness, again typical for an American IPA. Big-but-soft carbonation opens things up, followed by oily bitterness that reminds me of pine and rose hips. The malts crop up in the second half, displaying a honey-nut character, before things fade out into a mouth-coating hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is bracing and full of hop oils, but only of medium weight.

Overall, this is a solid, fairly typical American IPA. Its flavors are well integrated, and the balance of hops and malt isn't too far out of whack. Decent.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived at my door as part of a BOTMC, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a nice citrus hop smell and some red licorice. Pours to a nice orange bronze with a pillow top like off white head. Taste starts with a hop bite that continues throughout. Mouthfeel is a little thin but with that hop bite its not a huge factor. Hop bite goes from citrus to earthy through the taste but doesn't diminish in bite. This is a good IPA the IBUs are right the mouthfeel although a little thin is ok. Head is tremendous and laces nicely. Very bold but not very complex. There are better IPAs out there. A good one to knock your sox off, however.

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Photo of cbutova
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy dark orange with a very creamy white head, ice cream style. Great head retention, cloud and ring. The cap never really disappears. Pretty nice coat of lace, great looking ale.

S- A nice balance of hops up front. A good amount of fruit (dark, tropical), citrus and floral notes. A bit of caramel malt behind to balance.

T- Something is off here. I think the citrus zest note is just so big that it tastes almost like plastic. The grapefruit bomb is totally out of balance. Besides that there is some floral notes and light caramel.

MF- Light end body with moderate carbonation. The bitterness level is moderate but with the huge grapefruit note makes it a bit too much.

DB- Control your grapefruit. The huge citrus bomb here distracts me, combining with the bitterness and a floral note to make it taste a bit artificial. Not a bad beer, and not even bad for what I describe, just distracting.

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Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A dark orange and brown color with white floaties inside the glass. The head isn't that big but its thick and creamy and stays with the beer until the end. Plenty of lacing left on the glass after the beer is finished. An ideal looking IPA.

Smell - A sweet orange and citrus smell comes through the strongest. Strong floral hops and grains under the orange aroma. Mild sweet caramel malts and grains round out the rest of what I could detect.

Taste - Bitter. The hops are wonderful, they flash on the tongue with a solid bite and fade smoothly but too quickly. An orange, light grapefruit and caramel malt after-taste that stays with your palate.

Mouthfeel - The hops hit your mouth like a suckerpunch, and then a quick retreat. The body is solid and has a light amount of carbonation but its a little too watery for an IPA.

Drinkability - A nice and bitter sipper, not the best IPA but I wouldn't think any hop-head would scoff at it. Enjoyable and hard to put down as you drink it.

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Photo of gatornation
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy amber color with a nice 1 finger head and some sticky lacing on side of glass..the smell citrus and hops in a bitter smell..the taste is a bitter blast of hops followed by an orange peel rind taste some grass and a burnt toffee tatse was present..mouth feel was medium but kinda metallic i found this not to enjoyable and was glad i only bought one..not recommended

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and floral hops with a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste is pretty nicely balanced with caramel and citrus sweetness and a good, strong burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and a little sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, good kick, not too filling, nice representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening, especially if you’re the mood for an IPA that has some hoppiness to it, but isn’t going to overload you with it.

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque ornage-amber color with a rapidly disappearing thin head. Subdued citrusy hop aroma is inviting. This beer is all about balance - the hops are there in generous proportion with a solid malt background that provides just the right amount of sweetness. A solid, well crafted IPA that's a pleasure to drink.

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Sheriff's India Pale Ale from Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 76 ratings