Nisperos De Batata - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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3.99/5 rDev +12.1%
Picked this up from Beer Temple. Served in a fluted glass.
Murky muddy orange brown color, yellow highlights around the edges. Little to no lace, a thin compact head on the first pour.
Enticing aroma of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, almost a pumpkin pie suggestion, but with a unique twist from the sweet potato. Similar flavors, the spices carry it along nicely with some toasted coconut and sweet potato flavors coming through. Medium bodied, the carbonation begins to ebb halfway through. Dry finish, some light balanced sweetness initially.
Overall this is a pretty unique idea for a beer, and successfully executed. If you're still jonesing for a mid-winter pumpkin beer, this is your huckleberry.
01-10-2013 02:49:32 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev +11%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
"Sweet potato-bearing trees"? Well, leave it to beer to introduce me to dessert dishes previously unknown. This stuff pours a murky sienna-cider topped by a half-finger of cream foam. The nose comprises clove, vanilla bean, cinnamon, light toasted coconut, and a vague sense of gooey caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coconut and clove taking precedence. There's a hint of sweet potato looming ethereally in the background, but it never fully expresses itself. The vanilla rules the aftertaste with a sweet fist of iron. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that shows what you can do with a strategic use of sweet potatoes. Good times.
01-25-2013 16:19:23 | More by TMoney2591
3.91/5 rDev +9.8%
Bottle from Binny's Lincoln Park.
A - Light orange foam settles to a thin collar, wisps on top, and a few stray splotches of lace. Hazed yam-colored body.
S - The aroma reminds me of a lot of pumpkin ales, but with a twist to it. Pie crust, vanilla, and cinnamon are suggestive of pumpkin beers, but there's a touch of toasted coconut and marzipan as well. This lends credence to my theory that it's pretty difficult to perceive pumpkin in beers, as sweet potato lends a similar nebulous starchiness. In any case, a pretty good take on this style of beer. Good depth and balance.
T - The taste isn't quite as convincing. There's a bit more starchy sweet potato and a bit less sweet malt flavor, with notes of bread, caramel, and vanilla in the periphery. More clove spice in the finish, and as it warms up there's a bit of alcohol presence.
M - Texture is similarly starchy, with a lightly sticky finish. Medium-bodied, with low-to-moderate carbonation, and no alcohol burn accompanying the aforementioned note in the flavor. Perhaps a tad watery.
D - For a January 'pumpkin'-style beer this was pretty enjoyable. Not normally something I'd drink, but it was fun as a change of pace. 22oz is a bit too much for one person, but this could easily be shared 2-3 ways.
01-19-2013 23:05:57 | More by MasterSki
3.7/5 rDev +3.9%
22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #71.
A: Pours a murky burnt orange color, reminiscent of apple cider. An off white head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to thin collar. Light splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Cinnamon, starchy sweet potato and light clove. Sweet malt body.
T: More cinnamon and clove up front. The vanilla sweetness come up a little more in the middle with the some sweet malts. The finish has that semi-sweet and starchy sweet potato taste to round it out. As it warms up the toasted coconut comes out.
M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. The finish has just a hint of sweetness and more spice.
O: I enjoyed this one. I could have used a little more carbonation and the look left something to be desired, but overall the cinnamon and clove blended nicely with the sweetness from the vanilla and sweet potato.
01-27-2013 22:26:02 | More by Treebs
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: A very murky yellow orange color to this brew. Very little head on pour or retained throughout the beer. Enjoyed out of a goblet shaped glass.
Smell: subdued but definitely there. The clove and spices are definitely here. Pumpkin darkness as well. Spices dance around lightly and give this beer a very solid rounded aroma.
Taste: Complex. Very complex. The sweet potatoes play such a unique role. Their dry tactful flavor seems to mix well with everything going on in this beer. In my opinion the cinnamon by far plays the most prominent role. The front of this beer is very similar to the Stone 12.12.12. Vertical Epic. Heavy spiced blast takes over but slowly yields to the dryness of the sweet potatoes.
Mouthfeel: Nothing really special here, this beer does a good job of taking over the palette but after that is nothing to go crazy about.
Overall: I took a shot in the dark trying this beer out and I am very glad that I did. Feels very much like a spiced Oktoberfest beer. The aroma and taste really warm the drinker up. A very nice local product.
01-16-2013 04:23:15 | More by KFBR392
3.66/5 rDev +2.8%
22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Batch #89.
Appearance: Pours a murky rust color with a thin beige head, which dissipated quickly into lacing.
Smell: CInnamon and clove are very strong up front, with distinct sweet potato aroma and some vanilla and caramel. Smells rich and heavy. I'm not getting the coconut as much, but there's a lot going on here.
Taste: Very big on the spices, rich caramel, sweet potato. It comes of like an imperial pumpkin ale (with sweet potato instead of pumpkin, of course). Still not really picking up the coconut. There's a bittering hop bite on the finish that's a little weird when combined with the spiced dessert beer-type flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: Not quite as heavy as I would expect from the flavor profile. I'd call it medium bodied, with a very noticeable carbonation.
Overall: Between this and the Pastrami on Rye, Pipeworks definitely puts out some bizarre stuff from time to time (which I love). This is a very interesting beer and I'm certainly glad I bought it, but it doesn't quite impress me as much as the Pastrami on Rye did.
03-30-2013 02:00:21 | More by emyers
3.63/5 rDev +2%
A: Semi translucent, yet incredibly hazy, medium brown-gray effluent colored liquid. Barely forms any head. No lacing. Damn! This is one ugly looking beer.
S: Aroma is pure Thanksgiving. Apple cider, sweet potato, cinnamon, and clove. Sweet creamy and inviting.
T: Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet cherry cola, sweet potato, caramel, brown sugar. Some light, sweet baking spices. Quick, apple juice finish.
M: Medium bodied. Sweet and slick. No bitterness. Low carbonation.
O: A decent beer. Flavorful and sweet; very dessert like. However, while the flavors of this beer might make a nice dessert, as a beer, its not much more than a novelty. Never the less, a decent drink that I enjoyed but probably wouldn't revisit.
02-03-2013 01:34:04 | More by Florida9
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a murky caramel body with ¾ of the glass full of rocky beige head that last a good bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles boiling to the surface.
S- The flinty aroma has a light spice cinnamon quality with a raw coconut hint turning into a cherry syrup quality in the finish.
T- The odd mix of sweet nougat with some clove and caramel hint is muddled with a starchy hint of sweet potato. There is a dry woody spice taste in the finish which is a bit dry in itself.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz in the finish but no alcohol heat noticed.
O- The flavors are drab and all muddled together and it doesn’t really have any stand out malt or hop of spice flavors. Even a bit of alcohol would help add some character to this beer.
04-23-2013 18:32:05 | More by rhoadsrage
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Ppeworks snifter.
A- pours a muddy dark amber with a 1" light tan head. Some blotches of lacing remain on the glass.
S- pumpkin-like aroma, cinnamon, vanilla and some light clove.
T- cinnamon, sweet potato/pumpkin, clove and vanilla.
M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth and has a slight dry finish.
O- just ok for me. Again reminds of a pumpkin beer with the spices in it.
01-18-2013 03:02:17 | More by kawilliams81
Nisperos De Batata from Pipeworks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.