SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) to let me try this interesting beer.
It pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with some decent lacing, with a hazy coppery reddish colored beer.
Nose is essentially an imperial red ale, with tons of reddish malts, slight toasty malts but mostly sweet, caramel and toffee up the wazoo, the red candy that you get from candy apples, etc. Plenty of sweet malts, reddish malts, with a coppery sweet malt, bringing a hint of booze, and some light reddish fruit aromas. Then a bit of earthy bittering hops.
Taste starts with more copper malts, reddish toasty malts, with plenty of sweetness that doesn't overpower. in comes the sweet additions with plenty of caramel, toffee, light nutty flavors, and the candied apple candy again. It gets slightly juicy as well, as the malts really layer upon itself, and a slight warming booze kicks in. Then slight earthy chewy and a bit spicy hops come through, with fair bitterness that doesn't get too strong and keeps the malts forward. As it finishes the hops gets even more spicy and earthy, as well as chewy, with a bit of sweet caramel, toffee, and candy lingering.
Mouth is fuller bodied, slightly syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.
Overall a nice beer, nothing too special, but does fairly well. Malts come forward with nice flavors and sweet additions, with hops adding a nice touch without overpowering. Booze is there a bit but drinks much easier than 10%. A nice tasty beer that I wouldn't necessarily make an anniversary beer since its more basic imperial red ale, but still a well done beer.
06-03-2012 00:28:26 | More by jlindros
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
A - Pours a very murky, deep amber/brown color. One finger, off white head. Minimal lacing.
S - Toasty malts, stoned fruit and caramel.
T - Malty, hoppy and slightly sweet. Raisins come out. Very one dimensional.
M - Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Not heavy but slightly cloying sweet and alcohol rich.
O - Disappointed to say the least. I was expecting more out of Sweetwater.
05-26-2012 01:14:38 | More by cvm4
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
This was my first beer I enjoyed in my pool in 2012. The swim-up bar is open!
A: Poured a mildly cloudy, burnt orange/brown color, with a half-way dangerous off-white head that didn't add up to much in the long haul.
S: I got the sweet smell of toast, caramel, and red velvet cake batter mix. Glorious!
T: The taste was a little more suspect. Sure, the toastiness was there along with a good bit of candy sugar and more booze than you can shake a stick at... seriously.
M: Like I stated, lots of booze.... entering solvent territory. Actually though, the sweetness was tempered substantially by this, but still didn't do much in terms of drinkability.
O: This had potential from the outset and I dug the ESB quality of this, but overall, this was WAY too hot at this point. I'm going to grab another bottle of this. I have a hunch that it will be world class several years from now.
05-24-2012 19:44:03 | More by Chaney
3/5 rDev -20.4%
Bar pour into a 12 oz glass yields a thick white head with great retention, solid collar and cap. Hazed amber brown with no carbonation. On the nose is a whiff of citrus and not much else… kind of disappointing. Tastes boozy – bitter- astringent. Piney hops are biting, unpolished. Hints of diacetyl and caramel. Mouth is bubbly, full, and creamy.
Overall: A hot mess. Disappointing. Probably would benefit significantly from aging.
05-08-2012 23:06:34 | More by jettjon
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
A: A dark amber pour with a huge effervescent light tan head floating on top. Fades very slowly, leaving a solid wall of fluffy lacing all along the glass.
S: Sweet caramel and toast. Toffee and raisins. Some citrus, mainly orange.
T: Orange marmalade up front, followed by caramel. Toffee and toast. Really nice toasted malt - almost nutty. Bit of piney hops in the aftertaste.
M: Pretty heavy but not syrupy or cloyingly sweet.
O: I don't know what style this is. It tastes like a really big ESB is my best guess (imperial ESB?). Nice malty aromas and flavors. I really enjoyed the toasted malt especially. Drinkable and tasty.
05-08-2012 03:47:44 | More by Dope
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Dark amber color, There was an inch of foamy head that stuck around for awhile and had some nice lacing good looking beer.
S: A lot of hops in the nose, I also picked up on some slight citrus hops (grapefruit) and what seemed to a lot of different malts.
T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly heavy amount), malt, citrus (a little grapefruit), and caramel. It has a strong taste I think the malts come out more in the taste and balance out the hops.
M: Good amount of carbonation, Medium bodied
O: Overall a good beer in which I think it will get better with some age on it. Worth checking out if you get a chance.
05-02-2012 02:53:54 | More by LiquidBread219
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip
A- pours a nice shade of cherry red with a one finger tan head. Looks solid, though in this style, there's really nothing to compare it to...
S- getting some caramel sweetness....not a whole lot else though. Very mild aroma
T- mild spice flavor, almost like a winter warmer....there's a slight bit of bitterness. I can see why they kind of refer to this as an imperial ESB, because I get a lot of ESB qualities, just cranked up
M- medium bodied, maybe a little syrupy. Not bad
O- really like it. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, nice malt backbone....another good job from Sweetwater
04-27-2012 02:32:18 | More by bigfnjoe
4/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A lot of hops in the aroma, along with some citrus as well.
T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly heavy amount), malt, citrus (a little grapefruit), and caramel. In a way this reminded me of a barleywine: A big, hoppy, thick flavor. Very solid.
M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: An interesting beer that's big, potent, and well worth checking out.
04-25-2012 12:14:26 | More by avalon07
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
A: two finger off white head with nice lacing on a hazy amber with golden hues body.
S: floral, grass, oak, some caramel malts and mild sour citrus.
T: up front the sweet caramel malts and fruitness consisting of pear and orange peel transition to a grassy and piney hop finish.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: fairly complex and dynamic tasting beer. Fairly drinkable. One of the better beers from this brewery.
04-25-2012 00:26:58 | More by kylehay2004
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber body. The head settles rapidly and leaves nice lace.
S - sweaty pine hops with some toffee and caramel.
T - thick malt up front with some spicy hops. Notes of mustard, caramel, and burnt sugar in the middle. Finishes with velvety hops, dark caramel, and strong hop bitterness.
M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - nicely done, no one individual element stands out, but the overall impression is quite pleasant.
04-18-2012 01:06:22 | More by nickfl
SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers from SweetWater Brewing Company
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