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Sweet Potato Ale - Bent River Brewing Company

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Sweet Potato AleSweet Potato Ale

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 54.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Bent River Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.81% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 09-22-2005

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 52
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Burnished copper color. Looks a bit like a pumpkin pie beer. Tastes like it, with mostly spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Brewmaster said the idea was to lay down a base for a spicy beer, since potatoes add little more than fermatables to a beer. This is nicely turned out if you like spices outside of a hefeweiss.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had several Pumpkin Ales this fall, and so had to try this.
I have had Sweet potatoe pie and it is a close cousin to pumpkin pie, so this should be similar.

Pour was light coper cloudy with ivory white head

Smell was spicy and sweet.

Taste was sweet, full and spicy; much more full than some of the pumpin ales we tried earlier in the fall.

It probably doesn't hurt that it is the day before Thanksgiving and we are all thinking about Turkey & Sweet Potatos.

Very nice ! I would drink this anytime

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3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle courtesy of Duff27.

4.81% ABV. 9.21 Plato. 204 IBU.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Generic label design. Branded white pry-off cap.

Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Expectations are average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 3-4 inches wide. White in colour. Foamy and soft-looking. Not real thick or full. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention is nice - about 5-7 minutes.

BODY: Hazy nontransparent orange of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks nice, generally speaking. Wheat ale - sure. Sweet potato vegetable beer? I guess.

AROMA: Wheat and hops dominate, ousting any vegetable notes. It's grassy, with some crystal malt, faint sweet potato, and floral notes.

Certainly intriguing, and it does have unique appeal. It's not starchy or dry - at least in terms of the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average. I find it inviting, and it has no off-notes or booze.

TASTE: Sweet potato does come through, but it's not starchy or anything. There's no real spice profile aside from a wisp of nutmeg and maybe a faint suggestion of cinnamon. The wheat backbone is interesting, and the grassy & flora hop notes complement the wheat nicely. Well-balanced, albeit simple. I like it, but it's not very subtle or nuanced. It's a bit plain, actually.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, somewhat refreshing, and well-carbonated. This texture complements the taste well, but not to the extent that it elevates the beer as a whole.

Not gushed, harsh, rough, scratchy, boozy, hot, or problematic in any other respect.

OVERALL: Not the gimmick beer it could be. But not gestalt either. It does come together nicely though, and there's a harmony of texture and taste - simple though the flavour profile may be. Sweet potato/yam is well integrated but minor. It's an enjoyable wheat ale with a vegetable twist, and I'm gad I got to try it. Certainly a drinkable brew. I'd buy a 6-pack if I chanced across it. Well worth trying. I'd recommend this to friends.

Thanks, Duff27!


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Sweet Potato Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
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