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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Brewed to drink long winter sessions of our favorite card game. Extensive dry hopping combined with a formidable malt bill creates the hoppiest beer in Redwood County!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (3927) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2011
A little different malt character than the usual APA, almost a caramel flavor in there. Good hop character and overall a good APA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
This brewery now has one of my least favorite named brews to one of my favorite named brews. College was just an excuse to play hours upon hours of Sheepshead – two handed, three handed, lousy four handed and the Cadillac, five handed. I don’t play as often as I’d like to these days but when a game break outs I’m ready to go. Murky mahogany with a quickly fadgin tan head that wastes into pond scum. Aroma of deep caramel, roasted malt, grains along with light floral and citrus hops. Tastes of caramel, light floral hops, citrus, nutty notes and mild bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2010
I thought this was rather good in sum even if not in its parts. I can see why some would have said that this seems like a homebrew--I’ve had homebrews (admittedly from award-winning homebrewers) that are more polished and sophisticated than this, but despite being a bit noticeably strong (alcohol) in the flavor, and lacking complexity in hops, it strikes a rather nice balance between hops and malts--it’s plain in the aroma and then in the flavor it carries through with a rounded woody caramel. Sweetish finish without any hop unpleasantries. Decent and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2009
In the bottle from HyVee CB. Pours an orange amber with an off-white medium head. The aroma is the best part of this beer- lots of chocolate oranges as though this is going to be an Impy. But wait, the taste does not back up this tempting thick scent. A fairly good APA with a nice sweet malt thickness, but it is not over the top in nature. I like it and hope to try it on tap.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
12oz bottle as an extra in a trade with deliriumfest on BA. Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. Aroma is really nice - lots of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) and orange, somewhat hoppy, along with sweet caramel malt. Flavor is also good but not quite as smooth as I hoped from the aroma. Tropical fruits are in there, pineapple mostly, as well as orange and grapefruit. Sweet caramel malt and pale malt balance, along with some noticeable booze (wow, this is 7.7% I see now!). Medium-bodied and just a little boozy for the style with average carbonation and some hop oils. Overall a pretty solid pale ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3454) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2013
12 oz. bottle that I picked up in Wisconsin on my way out to Yellowstone. Pours a clear amber with a think tan head that dissipates by the second sip and leaves little lace. Pleasant aroma of sweet malt and overripe orange. The flavir begins with sweet malt and is followed by a combination of overripe orange and bitter orange pith. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Dries out just a bit towards the end as well. Medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3421) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Golden pour with thick, creamy white head. Caramel nose with light bittering hops. Flavor is lightly bitter, some nice hop flavor. A bit pineapple and nice malt. Solid pale here.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Holy cow this is 7.7% abv? I guess this is the second night in a row of something absurdly strong for the style from Brau Brothers.... Pours a rust color with a small white head. The aroma is soapy at first but gives way to some toffee and toast-like maltiness. there is a good deal of citrus hops here as well along with some hairspray. The flavor is fruity with a nice toasty malt character. The beer is very hoppy, and as such very bitter. It retains more of a character of an APA as opposed to an IPA because of the noticeable malt character. The high level of bitterness works about as well in harmony with the malt flavor of this beer as I could imagine. There is a bit of astringency on the palate, I think if they could take care of that sensation this would be a lot easier to drink, but it’s all right beer nonetheless.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3258) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2011
12 oz bottle purchased at TC Craft Brew in New Hope, Minnesota. Pour is a hazed orange golden with a big fluffly light tan head. Head is quite lasting, eventually falls with coating lacing. Aroma is nice toasted malt, along with some fainter sweet resin. There is perhaps a bit of vanilla cola present as well. Taste is a grainy, resin, mildy bitter hop and malt mix. Finish is earth and mineral, a bit more of the bitterness. Palate is light to medium bodied, lower carbonation, the earthiness lingers and turns dirty in the long finish. This was likely not real fresh, but was also not bottle dated. Bonus point for naming a beer after Sheepshead.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle from HyVee, Storm Lake, IA. My first encounter with these brewers. Sure, there was a pils and a dark ale on the shelves, but when you see "single batch series" on a label, that’s what you gotta grab. Claims four "spicy" varieties of hops besides the dry-hopping. Pours a rich-looking amber color with a lot of bubbles at the start. Doesn’t kick up much of a head. Smell says "pale ale" indeed, a bit more peppery and hoppy than malty. But the taste is pretty big. I get the impression of German hops, it seems, balanced by a little bit of American piny hops. Slight ale fruitiness noted in this hop-forward beer. Ends up with more malt in the finish.


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