Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a Rockmill tulip on 5/16/13
Thanks to PDXHops; thanks Jeff!
The color started of with a lighter straw look to it but once the glass was filled it took on more of a plum and rust hue. The head made an even, one thumb cap of foam. Thin, wavering layer of retention, though the lace is rather impressive.
The aroma has notes of floral hops, caramel, pollen, tangy wheat, citrus candy and a hint of cola; all tried-and-true even if uncommon bedfellows. It has a full, sweet aspect. Overtones of plum and not tart dark cherry. Suggestions of alcohol.
The taste and alcohol are potent. Jeff shared a bottle of this a few months ago and I do not recall it having this much kick. I reckon a palate adjustment is in order.
The wheat comes across more clearly and more toasted (though some tanginess remains). I wonder if this is red winter wheat; this tastes earthier and grassier than wheat generally does. It is backed with floral hops and a touch of piney grit. Very mild caramel, if there at all. The prominence of the wheat only grows over time. Stands of alcohol are wrapped within the wheat.
The feel is boozy and somewhat slick, but it's mostly grainy, gritty and downright abrasive. Thankfully such qualities are all in the feel and not carbonation which is pretty low. Heavy residuals linger on the finish. Perhaps the finest aspect of the feel is that it is not sluggish as can happen sometimes with wheat wines.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2013 04:13:23 | More by Ryan011235
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4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
appearance: Dark rusty-red. Thick beige head on the pour with a respectable amount that lingers.
smell: Rich, fruity, bready nose with a little spice.
taste: full and rich like the nose with a little hoppy bitterness and a bit of alcohol burn in the finish.
overall: Very nice, "different" brew. Nothing to knock your socks off but a worthy anniversary ale. Happy Anniversary Sweetwater and Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 23:09:37 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
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