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Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America)Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America)

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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 101 | 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:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.

We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.
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Photo of DaverCS
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange cloudy brown color with 1 finger off-colored head.

Aroma gives big toffee, roasted notes, I surprisingly do get a roasted sweet potato quality. Smell is pleasant.

Taste just lacks all around. The first 2/3 of the beer is primarily carbonated malt and molasses with a light mouthfeel. At the end I get some toffee, little bit of hop, and a almost roasty-earthy note.

Really just an average brew all the way around. Not worth the time or money unfortunately. It is the worst in the pack by any means, but still not anything to write home about. I see it pairing well with bread pudding with rum sauce or the classic sweet potato pie. It gets a 72/100.

Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with Six-row Riverbend, Golden Promise, Caramel, and Chocolate malts and sweet potatoes. Bittered with Horizon. Finished with Motueka, Mosaic.
OG=17.4P, FG=4.1, 7.1% ABV, 35 IBUs.

Pours out to a murky medium brown with copious sediment...looks like fish food in my beer. Forms a nice sized yellow head with average retention and nice sticky sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 or so. The nose is malty, nutty and sweet, minimal hop nose, a little bit of cherry and plum. The mouthfeel is clean, medium bodied, a little chewy. The taste opens with plums, cherries, a little touch of roast, some crystal sweetness in the middle, with a medium bitterness and woody finish with a touch of leather. Metallic in the middle, which accentuates the bitterness and hop flavor, which is more pronounced than most scottish ales.

A well crafted brew, but it's not something I would go out and buy. One is plenty.

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This rich and malty Scottish ale gets a kick from sweet potatoes, a North Carolina staple."; "Brewed in Collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance"; "We’re fortunate to call the passionate and talented folks in the Asheville Brewers Alliance our North Carolina neighbors. Tater Ridge is our nod to the area's Scottish Highland history and we hope this ale accented by sweet potatoes will be the first of many collaborations to come."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap and commenced another light pour down the side of the glass in consideration of its age. I still got a finger of dense, light-tan head with great retention for a cap as the result! Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with copper highlights and NE-quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose had a malty, boozy smell which caused me to pick up the bottle and look more closely at the ABV (7.0%). Mouthfeel was big, full and creamy with an initial heat that gave 'way to a powerful sweetness. Phew! This one seemed like it was going to set my heart to pounding and send me into diabetic shock. I have said repeatedly that, as a hophead, I am not big on sweet anything, but this was pretty good, although one would be plenty. I know that I would not have pinpointed sweet potatoes on my own, but having drank Scottish Ales before, there was definitely something more than simply malt in this one. Finish was sweet, no getting around it, but it was also oddly satisfying. I usually finish malty beers and turn back to hoppy ones, but this one was tasty. Last pour: a little bit of lees, so at least there was no question of filtration. Nose had a more pronounced vegetal, not malt, sweetness.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I thought that the sweet potatoes would give more mouth feel than it had. Not disappointing, just lighter than I expected. Good beer though.

Photo of brywhite
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SocalKicks
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgeddis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewale4me
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/26/15

A: Medium brown with some dark copper and dark caramel around the edges - lightly hazy - medium sized, light beige head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves a nice wall of spotty lacing

S: Toasted and cooked malt - cooked and caramelized grains with some caramel and molasses - very bready, with dark bread and bread crust - some cooked sweet potato, but the smell is not particularly obvious - earthy

T: Malty with some more obvious potato - malty, as the style should be, with toasted, cooked, and caramelized malts - dark, crusty bread and some sweetness, caramel, molasses, hint of toffee - earthy flavors blend with the starchy sweet potato flesh, which becomes apparent in the finish - kind of an odd flavor combination, but it seems to work - alcohol is a bit obvious for only 7%

M: Medium body, maybe a little thin, nice carbonation but really could be smoother

O: What we need is a few good taters

This is almost as weird as I wanted. The sweet potato aroma and flavor is just subtle enough that it works. Unfortunately, as a Scottish Ale, this is somewhat lacking. Still entertaining.

Photo of CJNAPS
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I thought the beer looked a lot better then it tasted.

Photo of tabhill
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dactrius
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarkQ617
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a growler of this to accompany NFL conference championship day, poured into my mug. Color was outstanding, mahogany, but more red maybe. Not a ton of head. The flavor however wasn't great. Usually you get more flavor out of a Scottish ale, and this one was lacking. Some hints of wood and malt. The flavor was similar. Somewhat disappointing.

Photo of HopBomb515
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep mohagany with some ruby hues and a tan head that settles to a cap and laces really well, it's a pretty beer. Aromas are of toffee, caramel, earth, really light citrus and a touch vegetal. Aromas are very muddled and really needed to be focused on to pull out. Taste follows with some nice toffee and burnt caramel notes, a touch of citrus mid palate gives way to an earthy and vegetal note in the finish that I assume is from the sweet potato. Not overly bitter and very drinkable. Medium body with lower carbonation and a really nice creamy feel that coats the palate well. I can't say I was over the top with this but I found it enjoyable all the same.

Photo of zenithberwyn
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of oldsailor
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vande
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very deep mahogany brown color hazy with 2+ inches of head that dissipates slowly.
S - Candied Sweet potato's similar to yams, sugar sweetness, a touch of smoke, and some peat.
T - Pretty damn good sweet and sugary with a touch of vegital potato and hops. Has some spice and peat but it's a very tasty balanced brew.
M - Medium bodied, slightly dry, with a mild hop finish.

Overall I am impressed with this I haven't had many Sweet Potato brews and this one was pretty damn tasty.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mahogany to dark copper body with a sparse tan head. Aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, a touch of spice. A tad sweet, finishing with a sharp hop bite. No easily discernible yam flavor, though I can see it a bit since I'm seeking it. Whatever.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada collaboration with Wicked Weed and Green Man, as a part of 2014 Beer Camp

L - Copper, with 1 finger of head, no clarity, and some lacing left on the glass. Particles float around in the brew. Impressive

S - Rich and malty and not much else going on.

T - A malty scottish ale, but not getting a lot of the sweet potatoes. Easy to drink, and hidden ABV

F - Medium bodied and well carbonated

O - Not too much going on in this brew. Its an easy to drink ale, but was hoping to get more of the sweet potato in this one

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Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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