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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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3/5  rDev -13%

Chagler, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bigbutter, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Daniel1973
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Daniel1973, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, corn-yellow coloring with a ton of slow carbonation in the body, and a fluffy, dense, small bubbled, white head. Aromas of citrus sweet, bubblegum, toasted grains, subtle herbal notes, and some nutmeg and clove spice. Flavors are sweet and herbal forward, with a subtle cracker and bread backbone, and lemongrass, clove, and all-spice highlights, with subtle tart citrus characteristics. The herbal tones overpower a bit, and there is subtle hops bitterness that enhances that imbalance. Light, effervesced body, that moves close to astringent as the beer leaves your palate. The aftertaste is lemon-citrus and heavy spice, still. Dry, again almost astringent, finish.

GarthDanielson, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of CM31
3/5  rDev -13%

CM31, Jun 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

JakeZWord, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Fast169, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

LJWalker, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

snoopjedi, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of BrettMRogers
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass.

A-cloudy gold color, well carbonated with a 1 inch white head forming, looks good.

S- creamy peach/orange aroma. Hints of what seems to be pineapple? Probably not but thats the best description I can think of for it

T-broad citrus flavors present, not much in the aftertaste, kind of a dry finish

M-medium bodied, very smooth

O-Everything was there for me but the taste didn't seem to correlate with the other features. I like it.

BrettMRogers, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

PGVG, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

coopdog1000, Jun 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

sebaastionb, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

ajdemma, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Zach136, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its time for the megalithic brewers to take notice. There's some really great German-style beers being made in American and none of those come from mega-marketing brands. Sweetwater is one of those doing it right with full German lager maltiness, ale-like completeness, spicy hops and a rich body to pull it all together.

Sweetwater's Road Trip takes the taste buds and olfactory sense on quite a journey of Northern German taste, starting with a deep and juicy pilsner malt character- bready, cookie-dough sweetness and peps of grain and husk give the early impressions a sense of rustic and refinement.

What follows is a spicy display that hovers over the middle. Floral hops trend spicy with elements of lemongrass, honeysuckle, straw and the aroma of a freshly mown lawn. Even as the common lager fruit of apple, lemon and pear play out in nearly estery tones, the bulk of taste is still commanded by those bready-sweet malts.

Closing with growing hop spice, the hybrid beer's stemmy and leafy character is greeted with mild sulfurs that highlight those apple tones late. A flinty mineral character ensures crispness and snappy texture as the lager finishes, just in case the hops didn't dry the taste adequately.

And with that full golden haze, one thing's for sure- Sweetwater isn't about to over filter the beer for eye appeal when the removal of its cloudiness would also remove flavor. After all, taste appeal wins in the end!

BEERchitect, Jun 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bpfrush, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

alotofcoffee, Jun 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

prototypic, Jun 08, 2014
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3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a good beer. It has a sweetness taste to it. You can tell it is a pilsner. The golden color it has is a great look. I like the sweetness to this beer. It does not have an after taste like some beers have. It go`s down smooth. It does not have an after taste like some beers have. I liked this beer, I know that I would not mind having it again.

jaredtp, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong pale malt, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and decent body.

Tone, Jun 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

kmoen, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Amedlin18, Jun 04, 2014
Sweetwater Road Trip Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.