wlajwl (7121) - 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. CanIHave4Beers (4233) - 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.... crossovert (14006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
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.
Interesting take on the ipa, has a mild alcohol bite and some fruity esters. LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Sample at Winterfest. From notes. Double Dry hopped cask version. Pours a hazy gold, with minimal head and decent lacing. Can see the hop resins in there...great looking beer. Aroma is a big punch of hops. Flavor is much the same, with a bit of toffee, but unbalanced hop bitterness throughout. A nice, hop forward IPA that could use a bit more balance. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
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.
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
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.
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2015 Thanks to Pa for this one. Quite good. Nice level or hops, a bit on the pine side. Malt nicely balances. Serving: Bottle bigred22 (85) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2010
This is a great beer. It resembles not one other APA that I have had. It was very drinkable with notes of chocolate. This would be a keep a six pack in my fridge at all times beer if I could get it around here. For now I just have to wait till I go visit my brother again in MN. Very well done Brau Brothers! DrnkMcDermott (3159) - 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. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
From a 12oz bottle,shared by CapnCali,strong smell and taste of Carmel,light brown color,lightly bitter. capncali (12) - USA - JUN 15, 2010
caramel, chocolate, roasty, earthy, brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, average carbonation, bitter finish,