Bacterial (1981) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour at the Surdyk’s in MSP Terminal 2 waiting for my flight. Very little head, but it was also served in a cold glass, which is bad bad bad. Bad. Nice biscuit nose with a big hoppy nose (pine and floral). Hoppy, some bitterness and a strong malt taste with a dry bitter finish.
rubbishystuff (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Pa for this one. Quite good. Nice level or hops, a bit on the pine side. Malt nicely balances. Serving: Bottle
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: amber and copper with orange streaking along the bottom. Soft head large in girth. Leaves a solid wall of lace in its wake while a puddle floats lazily in the middle. Swirls with more lace and a thicker blanket.
Nose: chewy, heavy whole grain rolls of wheat, flax, and grains. Dry grass underneath and in the back. Dry hop cones with residual sticky resins. Inner pith of citrus and mango. Overall very cohesive with aromas working together in thirst-inducing harmony.
Palate: clean and smooth. Creamy up front before building to a dry grassy hoppy middle and finish. Whole grains in bready form: rolls, loaves. Hint of orange and apricot sweetness. Dry grass and hop leaves linger in bitter form in the back of tongue and throat. Practically floats atop my tastebuds. More orange, apricot, and now peach in the front, their juices dripping into the whole grain loaves of bready delights.
Final Thoughts: drinking the Sheeps Head Ale was very much like drinking liquid bread. In fact, who needs bread when one has beer…oh wait, I do. In that case, I’ll have both seeing as I love both.
TheHOFF43 (1771) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with foamy head. Some mild hop aroma. Flavor is hops but well balanced. Abv is well hidden. Nice APA
milewide (1682) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful red amber color with medium head. Fine combination of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Good brew, but no different than many ales.
AWISLguy (1622) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Woodmans in Waukesha. Pours an unclear amber color with a faint white head. Aroma has pine and caramel, and more toasty, caramelly malt. Taste is of sweet caramel, faint pine and a lot of resin. Medium bodied and fairly thick for a pale. Shrug? Not the type of take on the style that is enjoyable.
csaso (1589) - Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - average size foamy head, murky dark copper color, well balanced with citrusy hops, solid malt backbone, and some yeasty complexity, very good overall
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ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark orange pour with a white head. Aroma is catty hops and a bit of resin. Flavor is sharply bitter, but not unpleasant. Good malt bill. Resinous and pungent. Pretty decent, but I have no idea why this is 7.7%
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
copper color, clear, decent citrus hoppiness in the nose. flavor is a nice mix of brown sugar and citrus. the bitterness is more along the lines of an IPA rather than an APA. clean and crisp...not bad.
islay (1378) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Biscuity aroma features orange, peach, yellow plum, and golden raisin fruit scents. Barley wine-esque smell. Also reminiscent of white wine. Smacks the nostrils with its power. Highly appetizing aroma. Pours a bronze to light amber color. The liquid is clear and effervescent. Moderate amount of yellowish, cream-colored head. Good, long-lasting lacing. Dry taste. The taste is less complex than is the aroma. Interesting finish that is heard to describe beyond being spicy, and I’m of mixed opinion as to its desirability. Light grape flavors, but mainly dusty dryness. Mostly English barley wine-like, but some dry Belgian, saison-like notes. Dry finish. Medium body. Easy to drink, especially given its strength. The palate effects generally are not remarkable. Low on the liveliness scale. It’s remarkable how different the flavor is from the aroma. The fruity notes of the aroma are barely present at all in the taste. Enjoyable and interesting, though not great (but good indeed). I’m glad I tried it.