Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by watsonmd:
3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle, 50 degrees, poured into tulip.
A: Very nice, dark, deep red/brown, with an average finger of head, and a lacy ring throughout the tasting
S: Boozy, fruity, and a little caramel-y.
T: Striking, up front hit with the alcohol. The hops are there too, with a bitter edge. I don't get the vanilla some others have reported. Some fruits are buried in there, but can't isolate the flavors. The 11% ABV dominates, and might mellow with time.
M: Astringent, biting , drying feel. Not really a "mouth coating" feel like some wines, but to be honest, I don't think I have had a "wheat wine" before. It's not bad, just a lot different from the Imperial IPAs as my standard go-to, or the BBA Stouts I have been enjoying this winter.
Not sure if I am willing to spare a spot in the cellar to hold this for a while to see what happens. More interested in getting another Gimp to age instead.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2013 01:59:47 | More by watsonmd
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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
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