Swamp Head Sciaenhops Imperial Red Ale

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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...

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3.5
WillRunForBeer (2766) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2017
12oz can shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours murky brown gold with an off white head. Aroma is mostly grapefruit. Flavor follows, caramel, grapefruit. Grapefruit peel bitterness in the finish.

3.4
AirForceHops (7813) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2017
12 oz. can shared by Chalumeaux, much thanks. Dirty red brown color, lasting bubbles of head. Aroma is light grassy, citrus, caramel. Flavor has a caramel base, with the same grass, citrus, and maybe pine. The alcohol content is hidden pretty well. Decent.

3.6
Chalumeaux (1709) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Poured from can thanks Dchmela hazy copper red with a nice tan head. Aromas of caramel malt grapefruit and pine hops. Taste is slightly sweet caramel citrus pith bread and nice pine finish.

3.4
pushkinwow (2896) - Ottawa, CANADA - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle at dirty Matt’s. Dark copper with a beige head. Fairly sweet with a bunch of grains and cereals up front, caramel, some resiny but sweet hops, bit boozy, grapefruit, moderate carbonation and body, sweet and boozy on finish.

3.7
zoucrew102 (2104) - - AUG 20, 2016
750ml bottle, bought in Florida. Caramel malt aroma with resinous pine hops as well as a bit of grapefruit hoppiness. Pours reddish-amber colored with a large tan head that has good retention and excellent lacing. Starts sweet caramel malt flavors. Finishes dry with resiny pine hops and light grapefruit citrus and acidity as well. Pretty nice red ale.

3
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle: Poured a murky amber color ale with a large foamy head. Aroma of resinous and earthy hops is balanced against some sweet malt notes. Taste is a mix of light grapefruit notes with some earthy and resinous hops and huge sweet malt backbone. Body is full with good carbonation. Can’t say I really enjoy the hops varietal used in here and malt backbone was too sweet for the style.

3.6
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
A reddish copper ale with a thick frothy lacing mocha head. In aroma, nice caramel malt with loads of dank musty resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice caramel malt with resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, treacle, light butterscotch, alcohol warmth and smooth. Bottle at Matt’s.

3.6
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2016
ours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of spices, and some other hints, maybe fruit, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice dry finish.

3.6
TBone (18227) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2016
Tap @OIB, Vero Beach, FL
Nut brown color, good beige head, lace. Nutty, caramel, resin and pine in the nose. Medium-bodied. Also flavor has resin, pine and caramalt. Robust and good.

3.6
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Dark red hue, some floaties, cream colored head. Large pine and citrus resin, light caramel. Balanced. Medium body.


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