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Swamp Head Sciaenhops Imperial Red Ale

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An Imperial Red Ale with an overdose of six different types of hops. Sciaenops ocellatus, better known around Florida as the "Redfish," is an extremely popular game-fish which gains more and more notoriety each year. From early fall through the spring, Redfish can be found in the bays and inland waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida. Florida enforces a slot size restriction on Redfish - anglers can only keep fish that measure 18 to 27 inches in length, with a bag limit of one or two per day, depending on the management region. Not too little; not too big; a "keeper" Redfish provides a strong challenge on light tackle, and a feast on the half-shell - a filet grilled with skin and scales intact. Much the same can be said about Scieanhops, a holiday celebration Ale, created by our brewers to meet craft beer angler’s thirst for a hearty red ale with a feast of hop flavor and aroma. This Imperial Red Ale was brewed the day after Christmas, using eleven malts and twelve hop additions; it weighs in at a healthy 8.3% ABV. We expect it to become a Swamp Head holiday tradition...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4523) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2015
750 bottle. Caramel and hoppy with big notes of resin and pine. Pretty decent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4501) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2015
22oz bomber via trade with Homer321, thanks bro. Poured a good looking deep red bidy with some rising effervescence and a large foamy bright white head. Aroma/flavor of spicy hops, pineapple, dry breads, citrus rind, pine needles, slight chocolate, medium toast and earthy. Body is medium but finishes lighter, softer to average carbonation, quicker fading aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (2750) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle during the hotel lobby share after the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Clear golden brown/orange with off-white head. Aromas of floral, pine. Tastes of citrus, floral, pine. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle during the RBWG lobby share. Pours a clear copper with small white head. The aroma is pine, dank, floral. Medium mouth with citrus, pepper and resin hop finish, very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (5369) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle @ RBWG hotel share. Amber with a small head. Red beer and string caramel. Boozy heat. Similar butterscotch and strong booze. Plum. Full body, active carb. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14702) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle. Hotel beer, RBWG 2014 Tampa. Clear amber color. Nicely hopped. Taste is bright bitter caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (13270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle shared late night during RBWG 2015. Pours Clear Amber with a creamy off-white head. The aroma has lightly toasted malts, piney and leafy hops. Medium sweet flavor with notes of rindy orange, grainy malts, earth, leaves. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish, some leafy hops, rindy citrus. OK.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2668) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Shared 750ml bottle. An extremely hoppy and highly bitter red ale. Lingering biter grapefruit peel aftertaste. Bright red-brown clear body with a good head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
750ml bottle, tasted during RBWG. Clear orange amber reddish color. Thin ring of off white head. Leaves good bits of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Toasty malt, some caramel malt. Some spicy citrusy grapefruity hop. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Pretty tasty, resiny hoppy stuff.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jjgmd (1623) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a reddish brown color with a nice head. Nose is hoppy. Taste is bitter and hoppy but without any real flavor. Finish is bitter, fair at best. Quaff Score 6 / 10


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