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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CNeilP09 on 05-09-2007)
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1.25/5  rDev -63.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Polarslag, Jun 03, 2013
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2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to McDiddypop for re-gifting this brew in my direction. It is least worth a tick, I’d think.

A - It pours with an identical appearance to any golden BMC brew. Not impressive; a plea for conformity marketed as a special take on a brew.

S - The nose is basically sweaty pils, with some off-flavors in the vegetal dept.

T - This is a bad excuse for a one-off special beer; about as lame as it gets. It tastes like they made a poor lager and decided they couldn’t just dump the batch, preferring to see if people are stupid enough to buy this. It was given to me, so I wasn’t stupid enough.

M - Not impressive. Felt flat after just a few minutes.

O - Just bad beer; I don’t know what else to say about it. This beer has diminished my view of Sweetwater’s standing as a brewery.

ktrillionaire, Apr 10, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

freduardo, Nov 22, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

SoCaliC8, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Reaper16
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a pretty typical golden yellow for a pilsner. It looks fairly bubbly like a pils should, but the amount and activity w/r/t the head is unimpressive. Barely a finger at its peak, the white foam dissipates very quickly. Average looking pilsner.

This seems like an average pils on the nose as well. I can make out a generous portion of Saaz hops, and some biscuit like crisp malt aromas. That's about it. Well, there's some unexpected yeast aromas coming up. I say unexpected because usually pilsners don't come across as obviously yeasty. This is less clean than most proper lagers, and it suffers in score as a result.

OK, I'm not crazy. There's a definite ale yeast flavor here. This beer tastes like a pale ale that's been single-hopped with Saaz. Despite the pilsner malt base, it tastes like its been fermented with American pale ale yeast. It's got the proper hop level of a pilsner, but there's fruity esters that shouldn't be there. As a pilsner, this beer is too muddy and confused to succeed.

Road Trip feels fine enough on the tongue, though it does nothing to distinguish itself. Overall, this is a below average pilsner, primarily because of the spurious decision to ferment the beer with ale yeast of some kind. This is a fine enough summer drink when it comes in the Sweetwater variety pack, but this is certainly nothing to seek out on its own.

Reaper16, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

SweetWater Road Trip 12oz into pint. Pours yellow, like a bit of real beer into a glass of water.. Has a small 1/4" white head that doesnt stick around. Smells of steamed veggies and other adjuncts in the corn department. Tastes like a adjunct lager, honestly one of the lower grade ones. A touch of pale and crystal malts, and a bit of noble presence. This is another that I wont be getting again from SW, these summer creations just aren't up to par with the rest of the others. Overall, if you get it from a pal, or an extra in a trade its worth a shot, but if you see it in the store and are pondering on purchasing, your best bet is to grab whatever is sitting beside it, even if its a pack of swill in my opinion. Cheers!

OhYesILoveBeer, May 08, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical pilsner yellow to golden color. Thin whispy head faded pretty quickly. The slightest hint of lace sticks on the rim of the glass.
Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Mildly sweet with a slight hint of butter.
The flavor starts of pleasent enough but leads to a metallic and buttery finish that is a bit unpleasent to drink. The metal last a while in the aftertaste. Feels like I'm sucking on a penny.
Mouthfeel is light and thin enough for a hot summer day.
I'm having a hard time finishing this beer. But my daddy didn't raise a quitter.

wcudwight, May 28, 2007
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2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very odd. Bottle said it was brewed to be a pilsner but ale yeast was used instead. And I am not sure if an American double pilsner is spot on for style.

Pours a relatively clear but slightly cloudy golden color. No head but some film. However, there is a some extreme carbonation going on in the glass. Nose is malty and an off-sourness that I don't really like.

flavor is just wierd. Ale body and texture but a pilsner flavor. Is there such a thing as a bi-polar, schizophrenic beer? Malts and biscuits and something akin to wet paper. I would almost say this beer is passed its prime but the bottle says best before 9/17/07 (plus it is summer and this is the summer seasonal). hops give off a wierd sourness that is like sucking on cardboard. Ale-like body is a bit heavy for the style. Not something I would grab on a hot summer day.

MuddyFeet, Jul 12, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I like double pilsners....this isn't one of them.

Pours a clear straw color with a one finger head. Very mild aroma is primarily biscuits, grains, and earthy florals. Taste is very malty with grass and some hop bite. Astringency ruins the beer. A little too heavy for a summer seasonal for my taste. I didn't finish the bottle.

Duster72, Aug 10, 2007
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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.