Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by rajendra82:
4.14/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very nice deep copper color on this pour, with a gently formed, but durable head that was two fingers thick. The back label of the bottle was filled with helpful information about the contents, rather than the typical double entendre filled nonsense seen on Sweetwater Dank Tank series. The smell was underwhelming at first whiff, but revealed some candied apple like layering upon closer inspection. The taste was unusual for a whetwine, as there wasn't much of a banana or orange phenols here. Instead it tasted more like a Belgian Quadrupel, with sweet cherries, plums, and other dark fruits. Unlike a Quad, there was bitter hop finish, and the alcohol burn hit shortly after than. This beer could definitely benefit from more age induced mellowing. The mouthfeel was little thin to me, but that may be due to the dry mouth sensation created by the hops. Not really true to style at all, but interesting.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2013 03:40:18 | More by rajendra82
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4.31/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The pour suggests a very rich beer. There's zero clarity, like a murky lake that doesn't give any hints as to what's in it or how deep it is. Dark brown and too rich for any light to shine through. The head is a finger thick of white bubbles. It's nice looking, but the retention is minimal but all it takes is a swirl to wake up the bubbles and leave a thinnish spotty lace.
Very malty, as you might imagine. Nothing indicates it's a wheat beer as dark, ripe fruits dominate the nose. A little caramel malt escapes along with a splash of savory hops, but it's extremely fruity--not like a fruit beer, instead like a nice Belgian.
The wheet is in the taste. The fruity flavors are there, but tempered. The wheet shines with a tangy, spicy addition to the malts and fruity flavors.
Really nice. Tangy and sweet, fruity and spicy. A bit of alcohol heat toward the end of the sip, about when the slight lingering bittering hops drop by. Savory, crisp finish.
This was awfully good. Easy to drink despite crazy high alcohol. About the opposite end of the spectrum as a Barley Wine.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 04:05:51 | More by RickS95
Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.