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

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. 06/04/14 packaged date.

Pours clearish rich reddish brown with a slightly reddish-brown head which rises slow and fades slow. Lots of fine slow carbonation. Smell is roasty and sweet, slightly yeasty.

Taste is slightly roasty, pretty sweet (which I associate with scottish ales, so that's fine), surprise level of bitterness which seems as much from the roast on the malt as from any hop addition.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, with a somehow dry finish. Overall, this is pretty good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BrewUSA
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Real nice Scottish ale, brewed with Sweet potatoes, honestly I cant pull much of them out. It really tastes like a nice Octoberfest to me. Has the perfect balance of flavor and a nice light body. Overll, I would definitely like to see this brewed for mass distribution one day~

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into my Isle of Arran glass a deep rich amber with a full one and a half finger off white head that slowly settles into a frothy mass leaving broken chunks of lace as it does.Some spiced sweet potatoes show thru in the nose along with some brown sugar and malty cakiness.Not overly sweet on the palate with sweet potatoes being quite noticeable in the back end,pretty rich in maltiness.I think I like this a little more than most,it has subtle nuances that I catch,a good beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a garnet color. There was a small tan head that left a tiny bit of lace.

Sweet aroma, very sweet. Caramel.

Taste of caramel and toffee. Some bread.

A very sweet mouthfeel, probably a little sweeter than I wanted.

I probably would enjoy this beer more in the winter, and not when it's 90 degrees outside.

Photo of Beaver13
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep ruby brown with a medium rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is subdued - sweet and slightly smoky roasted malts.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts with some peaty smoke and a medium bitter finish. It has an odd chemical note in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I don't get any sweet potato. Just an OK scottish.

Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Not a ton going on, beer was solid but not what I expect from a Scotch Ale. Didn't have a ton of malt to it

Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with decent tan head.

Smell: Brown sugar, toffee, cherry and other dark fruit. There are also definite floral and spicy English-style hops going on.

Taste: Sweet with brown sugar and loads of dark fruits. Some caramel and sweet bread. The English hops are milder than the aroma but still give off some floral and spicy notes to help combat the sweetness with only moderate success.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium to full body that is still lighter than expected given the abv and sweet malts. I am guessing that the sweet potatoes lightened the beer a little as they would leave less body behind than malts. Finish has only a titch of dryness.

Overall: Fairly sweet but tasty, and certainly within my expectations for a solid Scotch Ale.

Photo of PSU_Mike
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a deep amber with a 2 finger tan head that lingers. It laces the glass nicely and legs run quickly down the sides of the glass. Its very sweet smelling. I get a decent amount of caramel, toffee, and what I think is sweet potato at the very end. I wouldn't know what that smell was if they didn't advertise it. Pretty typical for a scotch ale but a bit subdued. The flavor is very mild and not nearly as sweet as I expected from the nose. I get some toasty notes at the finish that are preceded some mild fruityness and toffee. I don't think the sweet potato comes through at all. The finish is fairly dry with a low bitterness. Medium body with a low carbonation. Overall, I am not a fan of the style and I think the use of the sweet potato was a general miss.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. 6 oz. serving as part of a flight.

Appearance: Color is a dark brownish ruby. About one finger of off white head.

Smell: A bready and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Toasted malt with upfront hints of biscuit, grains, toast, caramel, toffee, and a little smoke. Some hints of the sweet potato come through. Subtle hints of earthy hops with some grass. Also some hints of brown sugar and very subtle peat. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and bready malt driven taste with notes of sweet caramel and biscuit. Toasted malt with nice upfront notes of biscuit, grains, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, and some subtle smoke. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Earthy notes of sweet potato. Light note of peat and molasses. Background hints of earthy and grassy hops. A solid malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Scotch ale. Lighter but has some nice toasty malt notes.

Photo of Mantooth
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My fourth brew today from the Beer Camp 12 pack. The color is amazing, dark plum. I took a picture of it and sent it round to my friends. It smells like a Belgian, super sweet with some dark fruit notes... but it lacks the malt backbone required for the style. It tastes interesting, again - like it wants to be a Belgian. I don't get sweet potato from it, but I do get sweet, like cotton candy sweet. Still, there's a lot here to be admired and I'll freely admit to an afternoon of drinking. If you get a chance, definitely try this. I'll review it again my second time round... picking up a second box tomorrow.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It makes perfect sense to go with this style Highland Brewing Company pretty much lead the way with great microbrewed traditional European styles specifically from the UK. Deep ruddy ruby dark mahogany hue a light khaki tan head forming thick and leaves behind scattered lacing.

Aroma is nice but it smells like a base Scottish Ale, a bit of warmth from the 7% abv comes off tame mellow hop profile enough to balance out the big malts at 35 IBUs. However, I’m trying to find some hints of the sweet potato additions. Earthy hops blended nicely with malt laden caramelized sugars, really nice brew.

Flavor has nice dark malts, robust earthy finish blended with comfortable levels of alcohol notes on the back end of each sip. A really well made Scottish Ale, I would like some buttery/brown sugar notes to make the sweet potato additions really explode but as a solid style from a hot bed of brewing culture, I’m thrilled to be drinking this.

Mouthfeel has medium to full bodied lingering earthy notes in the finish, really well made Scottish Ale typically the style is way too sweet. That’s not the case here, even keeled carbonation with a pleasant lively overall feel.

Overall experience I’ve stated much more pleasant than I anticipated, I can’t wait to try new beers from the Mills Creek Sierra Nevada…eventually a pilgrimage to tour Asheville vibrant brewing scene.

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured with a clear, dark red-brown body topped by a fine tan head.
This is quite hoppy for style, but without much added bitterness. This scotch ale definitely leans towards an APA. There's a hint of sweet potato that I'd likely miss if I didn't know to look for it.
Carbonation seemed a bit too high when fresh but was just right a few months later.

Photo of timontheroad
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark broom, semi-opaque, big brown fluffy head, good retention and nice lacing. Smell is vegetal and sweet malt. Taste is pretty sweet malty, with some caramel and grassy hop notes. Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, with a nice bit of carbonation to add just the right feel. Overall, it was OK, but I've certainly had lot better scotch ales.

Photo of azorie
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

first a rant for me:
almost through the case and most of these are typical hop forward beer, so much so they almost all taste the same, piney. really sadly is no hope for the NON hop head with SN.
ok end rant:

T : really like the malt of this beer then the hops kick in and ruin, its a mess of unblanced scottish IPA, yea I know just invented the style. I want to love this, becuase I like malt forward beers, 35 IBu wow, must be dry hopped to hell and back, its a piney terrible overpowering mess.

A: looks like the rest except this one is brown, shit brown to be exact. nice 3/4 head, and good lacing.

S: is ok but once the pine tar bomb goes off it ruines it for me.

m: is good, medium carb, pine tar after taste.

O: love hate, if I could tone the hops down this would be a great beer. I have to age the second one. nd revisit. right now I am a tad pissed off. SN and world class brewers and that make all this hop bomb crap. at 25 for 12 bottles. I will have a hard time paying that again.

I mean when they put IPA on the label I know what I am getting and SNPA is of course another IPA. but geez you guys really need some who knows how to make a balanced beer to come there and school. yea. yuck.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts off with a healthy head, bubbly, fluffy and persistent. Plenty of lace lines the sides of the glass and the head shows good persistence. Carbonation trickles through the dark brown liquid with amber hues. It's mostly opaque except for some slight transparency near the base of the snifter it's poured in.

Quite citrusy and floral for a scotch ale. I am surprised by the initial lack of maltiness. Some bready, caramel malt is underneath but it is definitely playing the background here. Honestly, this just smells like a juicy orange. I'm deducting some points here for the lack of anything that even remotely suggests a scotch ale.

I don't know where all that hoppiness on the nose went, but it fortunately did not take over the flavor of this beer. I certainly get that distinct, earthy sweetness from the sweet taters, and a smidgeon of some spice and syrup. The malts add some caramel and I finally begin to notice a hint of piney hop, but it's subtle.

This beer drinks with a thick feel and a tinge of booziness. It's pleasantly sweet until a touch of hops provide some bitterness and dryness.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Glad I have a few more to sip.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours auburn brown with a light tan finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Small, spotty lacing around the glass, with fair stick.

Smell - Fair notes of caramel at the forefront, along with a light cola aroma. Is that potato, George?

Taste - Caramelized brown sugar, hints of smoke and a vague sweet potato sweetness make up the bulk of the flavor. Hints of earth. Faint citrus notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with tingly carbonation. Slick. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - Nice brew, and it fits well within the scotch style. That said, it probably won't knock anyone's socks off.

Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, ruddy, almost crimson amber in color. Huge, magnificent head of tan foam, and an attractive spiderweb lacing on the glass.

Nose is subtle malts, with some elements of an earthy peat much in the realm of a good Scotch ale.

Taste is rich and sweet, again with elements of earthiness, and a pleasing hint of bitterness. I didn't detect much of the sweet potatoes used in the mash here, but this one was still an easy-drinking 7% ABV, and one I enjoyed with no problems whatsoever.

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

Nice, dark reddish-brown brew, clear on the edges, hazy in the center. Thick cream head with excellent retention and thick lacing.

Caramel and toffee malt aromas dominate the nose. Maybe a hint of sweet potato hiding behind some brown sugar.

Flavor follows the nose, with a huge malt profile of caramel and toffee, some earthy bitterness, and a little bit of sweet potato and citrus peel on the back-end. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Sweet, sticky medium finish; medium-light body.

This is a pretty good beer; definitely a solid malt-forward entry. It's sweet, but not overly so, and balances the flavors nicely in an approachable package. I'd definitely order this at a bar if it were available.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours three fingers of head on a murky brown colored body.
The aroma is malty and a little caramel.
The taste is sweet and spicy with a dry bitter finish. Very interesting.
The texture is thicker.
Worth trying.

Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer Camp offering poured into shaker glass. Medium brown in color with slightly hazed ruby highlights and a fairly short lived cap of mocha foam. Bit of muddled/faded hops on the nose accopany rustic caramel notes and a bit of roasted malt. Cleans up and clear up with some warming yet reveals a bit of ethanol as well..

Taste improves the overall outlook of the brew with potato muddled caramel, a nice creamy texture and some spice. Touch of molasses on the finish and some cocoa spice. Smooth creamy feel. Overall a good blend of flavors, interesting yet not really memorable.

Photo of larryarms847
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick plum brown with an opaque appearance.

Smells of sweet potato, caramel malts, and scotch.

Flavors of scotch, sweet potato, and caramel malts. Not much too this.

Mouthfeel is meh for a scotch ale, I'll stick to Dirty Bastard.

Overall, pssh this has to be a joke.

Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/26...BCAA 9/12...pours deep reddish brown, light through in the bottom blocked at the top. Laces along the sides. Amber ale smell - caramels, toffee, breads and a little earthy. Taste is very peat-y with a scotch whisky blend. The sweet potato flavor is modestly apparent. Backed by a nice hop bite. Interesting.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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