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Tater Ridge - Collaboration With Asheville Brewers Alliance - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014)
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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearence 4.25
Aroma 3.5
Taste 4.25
Mouthfeel 3.75
Overall 4.0

Pours dark, hazy reddish color with a finger with foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is mild. The aroma was good at first pour but was hard to decipher after starting to drink. There was a mildly boozy, sweet aroma. Some caramel. Possible sweet potato. Smooth caramel malty taste with sweet potato at the end and aftertaste, mild bitterness. The beer is actually tasty. I just wish there was a little more of a hop bitterness to it. Not very strong for a scottish ale either.

jngrizzaffi, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Home sweet home with the Asheville brewers, Sierra Nevada's collaboration is a bit of a peace offering with the taste of down home cookin'. With the malty-sweet "Wee Heavy" base and sweet potato additions, a sense of tradition and invention gives the taste as much charm as it does quirkiness.

Its garnet-brown austere preludes a sweet toffee scent and a creamy taste. With peps of toasted pecan, chocolate and molasses, the malt character is front and center on the early palate.

With the slightest tinge of starchy sweetness, any vegetable additions are easily dismissed as true malt texture and sweetness. Light blackcurrant and cherry weave into the toasted sweetness for mild vinous complexity along with the slight earthen peat of scotch ale.

Medium-dry to close, the beer's sweetness and rich textures are persistent and the beer squimishly develops the complex dryness of authentic versions. Its light warmth is accompanied by mild evergreen and rye bite in a long-lasting finish.

BEERchitect, Aug 04, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

frlrv1020, Today at 12:35 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jkrug5, Yesterday at 01:49 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Washuffizi98, Yesterday at 01:11 AM
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

badmammal, Sunday at 06:34 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

AirZombie, Sunday at 01:46 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

EB1, Sunday at 12:35 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Light starchy malt on the nose with some floral hop notes. Some lemon and tea leaf malt in the back. Very smooth flavor but I don't get a lot if sweet potato. There is an earthy gourd like flavor but I struggle to find it. Instead it's just a nice smooth malt like barley grain, tea leaf and burnt toast. Some fruity hops, lemon I think, along with a bit of pine compliment the malt. Not an overly complex brew this has a lot of great flavor to make it stand up against the rest of the 12.

KYGunner, Saturday at 11:42 PM
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3.69/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle from a mix pack from Tipples. Pours deep orange then settles as dark amber with a two finger off white head with some orange hue. Aroma of sweet malts and SN characteristic yeast, sweet caramel, breadiness. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, some other interestingly sweet notes that I assume comes from the sweet potatoes, the same characteristic yeast or water or something that I get from every SN beer, black cherries, bitter straw to balance. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly resinous with a dry finish. This was interesting, sort of like a light bodied old ale. Lots of flavor very dominated by the malts. Not bad.

BMMillsy, Saturday at 10:57 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

st9647v3, Saturday at 08:13 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

zeff80, Saturday at 08:13 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

osant37, Saturday at 01:46 AM
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

robgage, Saturday at 01:30 AM
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

tb4475, Friday at 03:47 AM
Photo of fmccormi
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This bottle’s got a packaging date of June 4, 2014 printed in light grey ink near the top of the back label (“PKGD 06/04/2014 0912”), making this beer just over three months old at the time of consumption. Normally I’d drink a beer when it’s fresher, but it’s been refrigerated consistently and I intentionally saved the less hops-dependent beers in this mix pack for last, so as to review them more at my convenience. Should still be delicious.

Appearance (3.75): This beer pours with a finger and a half of light tan foam rising off of the pour, capping a dark amber body with deep red highlights and only a light chill haze. Looks like dark bourbon. The head dies down at an average pace for a malt-forward beer at 7% ABV, showing some alcoholic legs and leaving wide, unbroken swaths of foam here and there. They don’t last, though, and the head leaves only a few scattered patches of lace.

Smell (3.75): Not surprisingly the malt is up front here, with nice, light caramel, a little sweet apple cider, a touch of sweet lime, earthy and sweet cooked yams, a bit of pineapple in the background, and some rich, sweet bread (like brioche) with dulce de leche. Pretty solid—not too heavy but not at all smoky, showing a nice earthy side to the malt and subdued hops.

Taste (3.75): A lot of what’s going on in the nose is present on the palate, too, although it skews toasty and slightly boozy, adding some very nice, welcome depth to the malt body. The malt contains dark fruits—dates, plum, whiskey-soaked raisins—toffee, some honey, caramelized nuts, brioche, and running through it all is a stream of moderately earthy, fruity yam. Some spicy and citrusy hops pick up toward the end and carry into the finish, the spicy aspect in particular melding with a light booze character. I dig it.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Subtly-textured, fine but tingly carbonation carries the body, which is definitely on the full- side of medium-weight with a velvet-smooth, syrupy feel. The alcohol heat lightens up the body in the finish, encouraging the next sip. Smooth, rich, and absolutely fitting for the style.

Overall (4.0): I think this beer is better than the sum of its parts. The appearance is almost on the next level, the smell is very solid but not outstanding, and the flavor is absolutely on par and hitting all the right notes, but nothing in particular sets it apart. That said, it all comes together to make an exceptionally well-integrated beer for the style, smoothly incorporating the sweet potato (which I’m guessing is actually just a yam, but that’s another conversation entirely and immaterial to the subject at hand). Very good stuff.

fmccormi, Friday at 02:38 AM
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3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

A- Poured to a tumbler from the 12oz bottle with a brown body that has some red hues towards the edges. A frothy and creamy light tan head forms to a finger with a thick consistency. Good head retention leads to a foamy ring depositing plentiful webs of lacing.

S- A mix of strong notes of amber to browned grains with some dark dried fruits from the yeast. Toasty, nutty, toffee and caramel notes joined by raisins, bread and something spicy.

T- The spiced, dried dark fruits and heavily toast grains combine with slight alcohol to bring on a hint of harshness here that I didn't expect after the aroma. Raisins, wheat bread, nutty, toasty, caramel and slight medicinal notes and feel. Potato skin comes to mind but I might be searching too hard.

MF- Medium bodied with a puffy and somewhat creamy texture. Carbonation on the high side but padded by the texture and feels silky. Finishes with some warming from just 7%ABV.

Overall I don't get much from the sweet potatoes but I wonder if the abundance of sugars in them might have boosted the alcohol without any buffer. I don't want to say it is alcoholic but for 7% it does have a bit of a harsh edge when this combines with the somewhat medicinal fruit flavors (which grow with each sip). I appreciate the malt flavors here and they are the best part of the beer (along with the aroma) to me but it just doesn't end up sitting well on the palate towards the end.

cbutova, Friday at 01:48 AM
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is darker amber, head is tan and presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to solid top and laced the glass

Aroma is very nice, simple, fairly clean malts, light crystal and subtle sweeter notes that remind of the earthiness of sweet potatoes

Taste is also very nice, fairly clean and simple, solid malt flavor, subtle crystal, then leads to typical scottish ale like flavors such as toffee and chocolate with lighter sugary notes; bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel is clean and pleasant with light flavor and carbonation upfront and some light linger sweetness

mvanaskie13, Thursday at 11:20 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Diggy, Wednesday at 08:11 PM
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Sparty55, Wednesday at 05:36 AM
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

dbauer78, Wednesday at 04:28 AM
Photo of Nugganooch
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz bottle from the BeerCamp pack
Notes on 08/03/2014 – Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Dark walnut color body with some garnet hues and decent clarity to it for a dark ale. Another heady production by Sierra Nevada with a good three fingers worth of dense khaki foam. Holds true for sometime eventually crowning out to hug the glass edge and leave a bit of stick behind.

S: Smells like a sweeter Scotch Ale with that toasted brown sugar over yams quality. Very nicely balanced however with a good dose of biscuit malt to caramel toffee ratio. Lightly earthy with some mild spice. Really like how you can pick up on dem taters here in the nose.

T: Tastes of roasted yams with brown sugar, dark biscuit, dark dried fruits, toffee, and a touch of chocolate with molasses there. More squash like than say sweet potatoes but it is noticeable. The beer has a light earthy bitterness with alcohol making a shy appearance towards the finish. It is a touch on the sweet side but with just enough drying maintained. The balance delivers a very smooth drinking experience as everything comes together well.

M: Heftier filling body with an even to lower amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy texture throughout with a light drying towards the finish. Very clean overall.

D: Not the best Scotch I have had but a solid offering in the Camp pack. I like how the sweet potatoes are perceptible yet still in balance with the base brew. I think a Scotch style Ale was a good choice to deliver some nice malty sugars with those starchy taters.

Nugganooch, Tuesday at 09:25 PM
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Tater Ridge - Collaboration With Asheville Brewers Alliance from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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