GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle pour. copper in color with a thin off white head. aroma is of caramel malt and spicy hops. on the lighter side of medium bodied. flavor is kind if weak, more malty than hoppy. thought itíd bring a little more to the table from the appearance/aroma. not a bad brew by any means.
benfergy (191) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma of the Sheep Head Ale is quite strong; I can sense floral hops and a hint of citrus as well. The flavor is slightly sour, with very little sweetness - but thatís not a problem at all. The palate is rather smooth as well with a good body. This is a pretty great beer; I recommend giving it a try. Might be hard to find out of the upper Midwest.
philvil (173) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good texture but syrupy sweetness drowns out the hop flavors. Some spiciness like a holiday seasonal. Doesnít have the crispness Iím looking for in an APA
o_Merlin_o (159) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Features a light brown creamy head. The aroma is rather pleasant. However, this is an EXTREMELY bitter beer, which I didnít find pleasant at all. Itís over powering, so much so that you really canít taste any of the flavoring which Iím sure is there.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Heathery herbal nose leading into a very tinny flavor. Palate is crisp but not intriguing. Hops are noticeable throughout, but hardly dominant.
joechristenson (146) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle at home. Aroma reminds me of a smokey Scotch . . . not what I expected, but I like it. No barn or sheep detected . . . mostly Scotchy malts and some grassy hops. Tastes nothing like Scotch . . . great malt/hop balance, though the hops come to dominate on the finish. Theyíre a bit bossy for me to say this qualifies as a great balance, though since I love hops i"ll let it go. The hops have a nice taste -- a bit rustic, earthy, somewhat light but they pack some punch, too. Welterweight hops! Tasty -- Iíd love to buy this out on tap instead of Summit EPA any day. Hereís to dreaming.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber pour with a very small off-white head. Piney hop aroma with some very light licorice notes. Taste is a blend of citrus hops and sweet malt with a faint smoky taste. Hides the ABV quite well. Pretty decent APA.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A murky hazy redish orange, decent hop nose, quickly receding head.
Carmel malt sweetness, slightly astringent bitterness. Hop profile a bit muddled, overwhelms the pallet/malt after a few sips.
Not a bad beer, nothing spectular. This brewery could definitely be more. The malt profile to me scans more as an amber ale or more than an APA, but still a nice beer.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours copper and gold with a medium white head. Aroma is heavy citrus hops with a hint of biscuit and malt. Taste is citrus hops, malt, with a long lasting residual bitterness. Body and carbonation are medium. To GFF and those who are trying this beer in Iowa, Brau Brothers brews 5.0% ABV versions for Iowa distribution to comply with their distribution laws. Give it a try again if you are out of state.
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thin, slightly yellow head over a coppery-brown clear beer. Nose is a big malty sweetness that is tempered just enough with a floral hop that I was ready to like this before I tasted it. First trip over the lips was a big malty sweetness, followed by a dusty grain depth, followed by a slight hop bitterness. Maybe coming on the heels of a Furious is making me appreciate the malt flavors a bit more than I normally would in an apa, but Iím liking this beer just fine. The finish is a bit sweet: there is a caramelized sugar flavor that lingers a bit long at the finish, but the beer is a keeper. Iíd serve this to a non-geek guest with confidence that I was giving them a treat and something that wouldnít turn them from craft beers. And Iíd drink it because I liked it as well.
The last Brau Bros beer I offered to a guest was a Scotch Ale or Brown ale that was horribly infected. My guest turned up her nose at my offering and I had to apologize for the bad bottle. That experience left me reluctant to buy their beers, and this Sheep Head is reassuring me that they might be OK to serve.