Hoggetowne Irish Red brewed by Swamp Head Brewery - Gainesville, Florida
Hoggetowne Irish Red is a traditional Irish Ale brewed with the finest
English malts and hops. This beer was developed through a collaboration with
the Hogtown Brewers - Gainesville's American Homebrewers Association
recognized homebrew club. The Hogtown Brewers serve the Irish Red along with
other Swamp Head beers at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, a Renaissance Faire
held each year during the last weekend in January and first weekend in
February. Thanks to the outstanding reception of Hoggetowne Irish Red, it is
now served by better craft beer bars and restaurants through St. Patrick's
Hoggetowne Irish Red has a medium light body, with moderate malt aroma and 6.5%
alcohol by volume. It is deep amber in color due to the use of roasted barley;
it features low hop aroma, with almost no hop flavor. Hoggetowne Irish Red is an
easy drinking ale with a clean caramel malt flavor and a hint of roasted grain.
Beer Review by Beer
Appearance - The pour is a tawny amber capped with a tidy and persistent
off-white head. The hue has an appreciable radiance.
Aroma - The nose is lightly malty balanced with a subtle earthy-meadowy hop
Taste - The taste is quite mild, and in this case that is perfectly fine. The
beer seems to have a soothing or quenching character that is at least equal to
any specific notions of flavor. There are hints of everything in this one, but
the notes are very delicate; I detect caramel, cocoa, roast barley, chicory,
floral and herbal hops and some sweet fruitiness from the yeast. Alcohol is
Mouthfeel - The feel is real nice. Creamy, lighter-than-medium body.
Overall - Overall this is a very solid and easy drinking brew. It is not
over-the-top with any strong flavors nor is it hugely dynamic; instead it shines
in its simplicity.
Owner/Operator/Keg Washer at
Swamp Head Brewery - Luke Kemper
If you know Swamp Head Brewery there is a good chance you know Luke Kemper. A
lifetime Gainesville native, Luke has made the roots of his hometown and the
state of Florida the backbone of Swamp Head's personality and ideals.
During his College career at University of Colorado where he studied Business
Administration, Luke developed a love for craft beer and the people and culture
that surround it. Upon his return to his hometown of Gainesville, Luke saw the
need for the growing market of handcrafted ales to have an appearance here... so
he did it.
You will find Luke's passions of being outdoors, appreciating nature and
creating flavorful, innovative and interesting beers come through in everything
that is Swamp Head. From the Stump Knocker Pale Ale that gets its name from the
Florida Stumpknocker fish to the Tupelo Honey used in Wild Night Honey Cream Ale
that is unique to the Apalachicola rivers of Northwest Florida... Swamp Head is
Florida and Luke makes sure it stays that way.