Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America)Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America)
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Scottish Ale
3.62 | pDev: 11.05%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America)Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale (Beer Camp Across America)
Notes: The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.

We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.
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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 1,195
Photo of GuyFawkes
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/4/14; drank 7/16/14 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque plum color.

Khaki head; strong lace.

Mild malt sweetness & mild citrus nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild malt sweetness & a hint of smoke up front; slight pickle juice finish, which grows stronger as this warms.

The advertised sweet potatoes barely register on the lips. Not very good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kind of a brownish auburn dark red color to it, beige-ish head on the top, 1/2". Aroma was devoid of aroma outside of a little bit of sweetness. Weird.

Taste was an interesting mix of maltiness, the sweet potatoes cut both sweet and dry. There is an earthy aspect of the beer, similar to the malt toasting on a red ale. Marshmallow like cream and sweet and then dry. Crazy the evolution from first to last sip. This one lay somewhere between the maltiness of a bock and a scotch ale. Bitterness is there, making it further difficult to classify the beer. I think I was expecting this to be a little more smooth, the ample amount of carbonation and bitterness was strangely placed. The alcohol seemed plenty pronounced too.

Seems more like a Dogfish Head beer to me. Not interested in it again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Consumed in late 2014. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Dark reddish brown, quite hazy. A thin cream-colored head that fades quickly, and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: A small amount of toasted malts. That's it - literally almost no aroma. Weird.

T: About the same as the nose. A mild maltiness, and then...nothing. Tasteless. Not bad - literally tasteless.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation sensation and no alcohol flavor to speak of.

O: I find it difficult to rate a beer whose flavor is nearly absent. This can't be what they were going after, but there just wasn't much here to go off of.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Clear brown with nice creamy head. Dry roast malt, peat, chalky mouthfeel. Very earthy, chewy. Right in the wheel house for the style.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a dark chestnut color with creamy silky tan cap that fades leaving patchy lace. It smells sweet and malty like raison and almost a hint of chocolate and minerals. This tastes malty sweet with fruity raison and some starch/earth. A mild herbal bitterness and minerals with a toasty aftertaste. It boasts a medium body with ample carbonation. Overall a decent brew.

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3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer in my fridge for more than a year. A strong pour gets nearly 2 inches of deep tan head. Body is a deep brown almost root beer in color. Nose is full of slightly spicy and zesty malts. Much bolder nose then expected. Body of this beer is I bit thin as I take first sip but it does have nice qualities of roasted malts and coco. It is missing the dynamic of solid malt characteristics of some of the better scotch ales. A very nice brew though.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy, tan head. Toasted, caramel aroma. Deep burnt umber color. Starts with toasted malt and sweetness, and builds into a rich toastiness. Lingering acidity and toasted malt.

Not bad. I don't know about the sweet potatoes in this one, but it seems like a decent Scottish Ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer Camp #6: Tater Ridge. Scottish Ale brewed with Sweet Potatoes, Brewed in Collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance. Alc. by Volume 7%. 35 IBU.

Apperarance: Caramel Brown coloration, slim tanned head, leaving some lace. Ruby edges, looking fine.

Aroma: soft, slightly sweet and vegetal, but mostly missing. Not getting much yet. Yeah, nothing. That's what potatoes bring to beer. Nada.

Taste: caramel and toffee malt first, sweet like any Scotch ale should be (this is much darker than a "scottish ale"… did they really mean Scotch?). Really tasty. full of malty flavors, moderate hopping, delicious. Can't say what the taters bring to the table, though. Nonetheless, it's a satisfying drink, and I'm I'm finding myself enjoying it.

What's the label say: "This rich and malty Scottish ale gets a kick from sweet potatoes, a North Carolina staple." Back label: "We're fortunate to call the passionate and talented folks in the Asheville Brewers Alliance our North Carolina neighbors. Tater Ridge is our nod to the area's Scottish Highland history, and we hope this ale accented by sweet potatoes will be the first of many collaborations to come."

I don't know why I don't get the sweet potatoes. Well, you don't get the taste of them, but they're adding something to the malt sweetness….wait, wait, there it is…just barely. Okay, I can dig it.

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Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours blood red/mahogany brown color with thick 2 finger tan creamy/foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the glass and rings as it went down.

Smells of toasted grains, caramel, sweet malt, toffee, dirty potatoe skin and basically like a very malty Scottish ale. I don’t get the sweet potatoe in the nose, but there are some earthy and herbal notes.

Tastes just like the nose except for a little more brown sugar sweetness that’s like maple syrup, so it could be an attempt to emulate a Thanksgiving style sweet potatoe but basically it’s very malty and all Scottish ale with caramel, sweet malt, some floral hops, toasted grains, cracker, toffee, a little fruit sweetness, peat moss and some more malt base. It’s a fine Scottish ale, but I was really hoping to taste the sweet potatoe since I really enjoy eating those yams.

Mouthfeel is on the slick side with mild carbonation, a medium body and a malty sweetness that trails off grainy and hides the ABV completely. This was the last of the Beer Camp mixed 12 pack and was just an average beer overall, maybe above average for the style.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"We're fortunate to call the passionate and talented folks in the Asheville Brewers Alliance our North Carolina neighbors. Tater ridge is our nod to the area's Scottish Highland history, and we hope this ale accented by sweet potatoes will be the first of many collaborations to come." Brewed in the style of a Scottish Ale. Available in single 12 oz. bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a soft tan complexion over a dense maple brown body with ample sediment and excited carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 3.75

(Smell) Bready caramel malts with an underlying syrupy body, possibly the sweet potato. Some light fruit tartness and acidity generates a significant balance and the soft character of earthy and fruity hop aromas with a mild bitterness round the balance out, overshadowing the sweetness of the malt body. Collectively the beer is a bit lactic and soured to meet expectations for the style. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor does display the sweetness of the malt body up front, considerably soft but smoothed out and driven up a notch by the sweet potato. Fairly clean and simple malt aroma, lightly toasted bread malts, a thin caramel syrup backbone with little to no graininess, just a tick above too light in body and flavor. The malt profile is accented by a light fruit hop profile with a modest bitterness but most of the balance comes from the yeast characters of soft acidic fruit and faint spice. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, clean and lightly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a low crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly yeasty acidic over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) Tater Ridge might just be the most curious of all the beers in the Beer Camp variety pack as it introduces the uncharacteristic addition of sweet potatoes to a style that regularly goes without such ingredients. Such experimentation would be most likely done off the cuff by none other than a craft brewers alliance, although I don't find the sweet potatoes coming through quite as notably as I had expected they would. In fact, the malt profile of this beer borders directly above thin for the style with very little unique character generated- I had hoped that the sweet potato would have played a more prevalent role in generating malt body, depth and flavor. The most notable impact of this beer's flavor comes from the yeast profile, which generates more than enough balance and character with supple wet fruit character, delicate earthy spice and an imposing lactic tartness that makes the finish far more interesting than the first half of this beer. An interesting beer indeed, but not much short of a talented home brewer's mad scientist experiments that can be crafted at home. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Tater Ridge Scottish Ale

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Photo of DaverCS
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange cloudy brown color with 1 finger off-colored head.

Aroma gives big toffee, roasted notes, I surprisingly do get a roasted sweet potato quality. Smell is pleasant.

Taste just lacks all around. The first 2/3 of the beer is primarily carbonated malt and molasses with a light mouthfeel. At the end I get some toffee, little bit of hop, and a almost roasty-earthy note.

Really just an average brew all the way around. Not worth the time or money unfortunately. It is the worst in the pack by any means, but still not anything to write home about. I see it pairing well with bread pudding with rum sauce or the classic sweet potato pie. It gets a 72/100.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with Six-row Riverbend, Golden Promise, Caramel, and Chocolate malts and sweet potatoes. Bittered with Horizon. Finished with Motueka, Mosaic.
OG=17.4P, FG=4.1, 7.1% ABV, 35 IBUs.

Pours out to a murky medium brown with copious sediment...looks like fish food in my beer. Forms a nice sized yellow head with average retention and nice sticky sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 or so. The nose is malty, nutty and sweet, minimal hop nose, a little bit of cherry and plum. The mouthfeel is clean, medium bodied, a little chewy. The taste opens with plums, cherries, a little touch of roast, some crystal sweetness in the middle, with a medium bitterness and woody finish with a touch of leather. Metallic in the middle, which accentuates the bitterness and hop flavor, which is more pronounced than most scottish ales.

A well crafted brew, but it's not something I would go out and buy. One is plenty.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This rich and malty Scottish ale gets a kick from sweet potatoes, a North Carolina staple."; "Brewed in Collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance"; "We’re fortunate to call the passionate and talented folks in the Asheville Brewers Alliance our North Carolina neighbors. Tater Ridge is our nod to the area's Scottish Highland history and we hope this ale accented by sweet potatoes will be the first of many collaborations to come."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap and commenced another light pour down the side of the glass in consideration of its age. I still got a finger of dense, light-tan head with great retention for a cap as the result! Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with copper highlights and NE-quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose had a malty, boozy smell which caused me to pick up the bottle and look more closely at the ABV (7.0%). Mouthfeel was big, full and creamy with an initial heat that gave 'way to a powerful sweetness. Phew! This one seemed like it was going to set my heart to pounding and send me into diabetic shock. I have said repeatedly that, as a hophead, I am not big on sweet anything, but this was pretty good, although one would be plenty. I know that I would not have pinpointed sweet potatoes on my own, but having drank Scottish Ales before, there was definitely something more than simply malt in this one. Finish was sweet, no getting around it, but it was also oddly satisfying. I usually finish malty beers and turn back to hoppy ones, but this one was tasty. Last pour: a little bit of lees, so at least there was no question of filtration. Nose had a more pronounced vegetal, not malt, sweetness.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/26/15

A: Medium brown with some dark copper and dark caramel around the edges - lightly hazy - medium sized, light beige head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves a nice wall of spotty lacing

S: Toasted and cooked malt - cooked and caramelized grains with some caramel and molasses - very bready, with dark bread and bread crust - some cooked sweet potato, but the smell is not particularly obvious - earthy

T: Malty with some more obvious potato - malty, as the style should be, with toasted, cooked, and caramelized malts - dark, crusty bread and some sweetness, caramel, molasses, hint of toffee - earthy flavors blend with the starchy sweet potato flesh, which becomes apparent in the finish - kind of an odd flavor combination, but it seems to work - alcohol is a bit obvious for only 7%

M: Medium body, maybe a little thin, nice carbonation but really could be smoother

O: What we need is a few good taters

This is almost as weird as I wanted. The sweet potato aroma and flavor is just subtle enough that it works. Unfortunately, as a Scottish Ale, this is somewhat lacking. Still entertaining.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a growler of this to accompany NFL conference championship day, poured into my mug. Color was outstanding, mahogany, but more red maybe. Not a ton of head. The flavor however wasn't great. Usually you get more flavor out of a Scottish ale, and this one was lacking. Some hints of wood and malt. The flavor was similar. Somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep mohagany with some ruby hues and a tan head that settles to a cap and laces really well, it's a pretty beer. Aromas are of toffee, caramel, earth, really light citrus and a touch vegetal. Aromas are very muddled and really needed to be focused on to pull out. Taste follows with some nice toffee and burnt caramel notes, a touch of citrus mid palate gives way to an earthy and vegetal note in the finish that I assume is from the sweet potato. Not overly bitter and very drinkable. Medium body with lower carbonation and a really nice creamy feel that coats the palate well. I can't say I was over the top with this but I found it enjoyable all the same.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very deep mahogany brown color hazy with 2+ inches of head that dissipates slowly.
S - Candied Sweet potato's similar to yams, sugar sweetness, a touch of smoke, and some peat.
T - Pretty damn good sweet and sugary with a touch of vegital potato and hops. Has some spice and peat but it's a very tasty balanced brew.
M - Medium bodied, slightly dry, with a mild hop finish.

Overall I am impressed with this I haven't had many Sweet Potato brews and this one was pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mahogany to dark copper body with a sparse tan head. Aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, a touch of spice. A tad sweet, finishing with a sharp hop bite. No easily discernible yam flavor, though I can see it a bit since I'm seeking it. Whatever.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada collaboration with Wicked Weed and Green Man, as a part of 2014 Beer Camp

L - Copper, with 1 finger of head, no clarity, and some lacing left on the glass. Particles float around in the brew. Impressive

S - Rich and malty and not much else going on.

T - A malty scottish ale, but not getting a lot of the sweet potatoes. Easy to drink, and hidden ABV

F - Medium bodied and well carbonated

O - Not too much going on in this brew. Its an easy to drink ale, but was hoping to get more of the sweet potato in this one

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good taste, but with a little too much front end hops to taste for style. Dark color, satisfying 7% ABV. Cut late hops in half and this is an ideal beer for me as far as Scottish beers go. Great malt flavor

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Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep chestnut brown in color. Forms a smallish light yellow-tan colored head. What does form has good retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and roasted sweet potatoes. Taste is more of the same...lots of malts with sweet caramel notes and something resembling heavily cooked sweet potatoes and a light touch of spice. It works with the malts. Medium bodied. Medium carb. A little thin for the style.
Overall, not bad, especially considering Scottish Ales are far from my favorite style. Feel this one utilizes the sweet potato much better than Tired Hands attempt at marrying it with a Marzen.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/26...BCAA 9/12...pours deep reddish brown, light through in the bottom blocked at the top. Laces along the sides. Amber ale smell - caramels, toffee, breads and a little earthy. Taste is very peat-y with a scotch whisky blend. The sweet potato flavor is modestly apparent. Backed by a nice hop bite. Interesting.

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Photo of confer
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a off white head of very tiny bubbles.
Smell is okay, slightly sweet.
This one tastes less smoky than a lot of Scottish ales. It must be the yams softening up the flavor.
Overall another very drinkable beer out of the 2014 beer camp.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Nice. The flavor profile flows like a spectrum rather than clicks from taste to taste. Very smooth, sweet and easy to drink. A nose like my dorm room on a Sunday morning after a party (which wasn't a bad thing if you're a beer geek). Yay sweet potatoes!

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Photo of ClePaul
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Real nice Scottish ale, brewed with Sweet potatoes, honestly I cant pull much of them out. It really tastes like a nice Octoberfest to me. Has the perfect balance of flavor and a nice light body. Overll, I would definitely like to see this brewed for mass distribution one day~

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