hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Great beer; poured copper brown, clear with white head. Aroma is malty, fruit and hops highlights. Taste is sweet, some roast, some caramel notes and some alcohol. Very good beer and one of my favorites from these guys. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. jb (3407) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2017
Seemed quite solid, towards an amber or a red IPA, Booze well hidden. Thanks for this Andy! IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
On cask for Firkin Fest at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul 09. Had a medium pour with a good malt character accompanied with medium hops. It was a bit big to be a pale ale malt-wise but I guess the hops didn’t kick it into IPA mode. Pretty good brew overall. 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. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours copper with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, some earth, tea, spice. Tastes resiny and sticky sweet with some earthiness on the finish.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Bottle pours copper gold with small head and some residual sheets. The aroma is quite fruity, almost surprisingly fruity, cookies, and some floral stuff. The flavor is nicely bitter, malty, fruity, and quite decent actually with a rather substantial palate. I’m pleased. vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Pours a hazy golden-orange color with medium foamy white head. Strong earthy, piney hops aroma. Hops definitely dominate the flavor but itâ€™s balanced nicely with some sweet and citrusy maltiness. Notes of orange, grapefruit, piney cascade hops, grassy floral hops, and some sweet cereal malts. Long hoppy finish. This is better than expected; much more complex and a fuller mouthfeel. Very good ale from Brau Bros. nickd717 (4886) - 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. 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.
wlajwl (7065) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2011
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.
A little different malt character than the usual APA, almost a caramel flavor in there. Good hop character and overall a good APA.