Beer Camp Across America - Sweet Sunny South
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.81 | pDev: 9.97%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Austin Beerworks, Bayou Teche Brewing, Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Funky Buddha Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing.

This rustic ale features Southern twists including corn grits, tea leaves, and plenty of sweet fruit—peaches, papaya, guava, and prickly pear—for an easy drinking beer.

2016 Beer Camp Across America collaboration.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

July 6th, 2016 - A little appetizer to keep around through a meal or game night, with a summery smell accented with orange and lemon, and peach and as well. A light and effervescent taste, this could pair as well with a sandwich as it could summer barbecue. The extra stress on the citrus and tangerine is an extra round of refreshment, some a little peach as a hidden treat.

Dec 10, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/7/16; drank 5/4/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge off-white head; strong, frothy lace.

Fresh cut grass, creamed corn, melon & mild lemon notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & fresh cut grass flavors up front; dry ice tea & mild tart lemon notes on the finish.

A touch too dry for me but this has substantial flavor for a quaffable, summer friendly brew. Not bad!

Oct 18, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the weirder beers Sierra Nevada has ever made. Pours yellow, slight obscured clarity, 1/2" white head on the top with ample retention going for it. The nose is a unique and interesting one, hay, tea, fruit and grain. Like a weird saison I guess.

Taste is a little more run of the mill than the nose is, there are still plenty of things clashing and melding, but ultimately it comes down to a one off tick that you probably would never go and buy a 6 pack of. Has kind of a more astringent than dry finish to it. Still grainy. A little bit of citrus lemon to it. Carbonation seemed more appropriate for something hopped heavier or more bitter. At the end of the day it was a neat thing to tick, but not really a poundable beer.

Apr 05, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Willibecher.

A- Slightly hazed straw color. Head is rocky and white. Retention is great along with lacing.

S- Peachy, stone fruit. Very light grainy/straw. Some papaya. Very light, but prevalent fruity characteristics.

T- Peach and papaya. Very faint grain. Really nice and light.

M- Light body, with a light tea tannin-like astringency. Clean fruity finish.

O- Nice and light session. Fruity, sweet.

Apr 04, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a nice hazy yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with some bready yeast, tropical fruit and nice leafy hops notes. Taste is a nice mix of bready yeast notes with some light rustic malt and some tropical fruits and leafy hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice mix of flavours with some really good drinkability.

Dec 31, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw, with fine particulates & effervescence boiling up from the bottom of the globlet. A careful pour produces a huge, white, moderately lasting, foamy head that fades to a nice surface cap, thick collar ring & blotches & streaks of clumpy lace. The aroma is a bright blend of Saison yeast, perfumey tropical & peach fruitiness, pale malt, grain/corn & a lemony acidic sourness with hints of earthy & leafy hops. Oddly I don't pick up much wheat. Taste is fruity peaches & tropical fruit, grain, pale malt, corn sweetness & phenolic Saison yeast with hints of lemon, earth, tea, herbal & earthy hops. There is something vegetal which I feel is from the prickly pear. Finishes dry & mildly acidic with a light, citrusy bitterness that lingers into the earthy, dry & mildly tart but short lived aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with excellent carbonation, crisp, dry with a light prickle. An interesting, nice but divergent brew for the style. If it were a 1950's B movie it might be titled: Saison Meets Fruit Beer Meets Adjunct Grains. Very drinkable. This should be considered for a summer seasonal or at the very least a summer variety pack brew.

Nov 12, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow gray color. Two fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is a bit below average and just a wisp or two of lacing are left.

4.5 S: Lovely fruitiness. Big peach and guava component in this. Papaya is a little weaker but still robust. I'm pretty sure I have no idea what a prickly pear smells like. On the next layer, there's herbal and floral components and a lemony tartness. Hay, dried woodiness, and wildflowers. Really nice nose!

4.25 T: This tastes like a really complex saison. Fruits as per above. Peppery yeastiness. Herbal, floral - wildflowers. Hay, grassiness, tea, and surprisingly clean maltiness.

4.25 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly spritzy and super smooth.

4.25 D: Very good beer. After one bad and one mediocre beer from this mixed case, this one makes a case to justify the high price tag.

Sep 27, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 4/6/16 poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow with a rather big 1.5+ finger head
S: Peach, a bit of tea
T: Everything the label describes - peach, tea and corn
M: Light-bodied, a touch sweet
O: Southern, yes and maybe it needs food but on its own this doesn't do much for me

Sep 11, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8/13...pours cloudy yellow, bright, light white foam. Notes of grits/grains in the nose. Citrus peel too. Taste is a sharp lemon with other fruits. beer form. Nice.

Sep 11, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy straw pour produces a 1" 3 minute white foam cap supported by continuous streams of rapidly rising bubbles. This is an active beer. One of the finishing hops is Huell Melon and the brewers have selected a saison yeast so the beer has fruit coming from three different directions. The nose easily detects fruit aromas from an arm's length away. Closer up the aromas become more tropical with a definite note of tea and it is hard to pin down which fruit aromas are added, come from the yeast or the hops. The palate is fruity with traces of tea especially with a tannin note of the finish. The fruit changes character as it travels across the tongue but it remains the dominant flavor. The body is light and while you can't taste the corn grits they show up in the body. The carbonation is medium high and it has some prickle. This is a full flavored and very refreshing beer that evokes Hawaiian punch but retains enough beer character to avoid being an alcopop.

Sep 10, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought this $30 mixed pack from beer store down the street. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that dissapated quickly. The scent was lemon. The taste was like 50/50 or Squirt. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with big carbonation. Overall it's ok certainly worth a try but hope the other five are phenomenonal of it will be tough to by any more beer camp at that price point.

Aug 31, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "PKGD 04/06/16," into nonic pint. Tea, peaches and grits? Seriously? Why isn't the label a Confederate Colonel in a string tie sitting on a porch with his Southern Belle? Just kidding (kind of). I like this beer, which should be categorized as a Saison, by the way.

Aug 14, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus (passion fruit?), hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, yeast, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of citrus (passion fruit?), hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, yeast, and a hint of wheat. Overall, aroma is better than the body, a little too sharp feel, but otherwise a solid brew.

Aug 12, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief impressions from a bottle (2016 release).

Heavy on the papaya with an edge of Texan prickly pear as well as peachy and apricoty sweetness. Somewhat juicy - almost artificially so, as though puree/extract was used instead of actual fruit. Sweetness is too high, throwing this out of balance. But it's still refreshing, with a smooth, wet, light-bodied feel on the palate.

Overcarbonated, unfortunately. Ultimately, it's simple and shallow as well as somewhat artificial, but I like the premise.

The beer camp series has some genuinely good beers (this year's Robust Stout is a surprise), but sometimes you get marketing push beers that slap 6 breweries on the label willy-nilly to drum up cross-promotion for each. This, unfortunately, falls in the latter category. Not bad stuff for what it is, but many have come to expect better from Sierra Nevada. Sadly, this drinks more like an Austin Beerworks brew.


Aug 09, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a fairly hazy pale to medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint peach colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain + pale malts with a hint of peaches and a light amount of earthy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is light to moderate flavor of cereal grain + pale malts with a hint of corn adjunct sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of peaches and tropical fruit (papaya, guava, and prickly pear) which also contribute a hint of sweetness. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy + herbal hops and a hint of tea. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finis.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, definitely sessionable. Would easily pair with lots of different foods and I like the combination of the tea, tropical fruits, and peaches with only a slight hint of sweetness.

Aug 05, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the 12 pack from Glendale Bevmo in late May for $24. Packaged on 4/7/2016.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is light tropical fruits.

Taste is very flavorful for a small beer. Comes across as a Belgian but with non traditional Belgian adjuncts including peaches and tea. All blends together nicely with a lightly sweet easy drinking beer that i paired with catfish.

Feel is light and refreshing.

Overall i was a bit skeptical but pleasantly surprised with this brew!

Aug 02, 2016
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle dated 4/7/16. Pours a slightly opaque golden color with a finger of white fluffy head. Smells like a Belgian beer - yeast and floral notes. Light and airy mouthfeel. Tastes of Belgian yeast and tropical fruits with a sharp bitterness to end. Interesting. A little chaotic flavor-wise, and no wonder because there's a whole list of stuff in here (tea leaves, peaches, papaya, guava, prickly pear).

Aug 01, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Has more of a Belgian yeast type of aroma with fruity esters. Very herb like. Belgian yeast up front follow by a very dry bitterness, ending in a big lemon-pineapple like burst. Does have more of a tea taste at the end. Still light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not the best one of the bunch.

Jul 30, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I am not going to Beer Camp, GTMW or a whole host of other events again this year due to recent gainful employment. 8=( At least, I have beer to help take the edge off.

From the bottle: "2016 Sierra Nevada Presents Sweet Sunny South"; "This rustic ale features Southern twists including corn grits, tea leaves and plenty of sweet fruit - peaches, papaya, guava and prickly pear - for an easy-drinking beer."; "The South holds strong to its traditional flavors - tea, honey-sweet peaches, and corn grits - so we looked at those culinary cues for this Southern-inspired table beer. With a golden grainy malt body and complex tangy finish from the fruit, tea and herbs, Sweet Sunny South is perfect for sultry summer sipping."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

After Pop!ping the cap, I gave it an aggro pour since I feel unfulfilled without a Crack! & Glug. The head came roaring up to form two fingers of soapy, puffy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4), a kind of lemony color. The nose had an oddly familiar scent, but I just could not put my finger on it until I looked at the back label - peaches! Again! Are peaches the new pumpkin? But this also had another familiar, slightly sour fermented quality of silage. Corn grits! Holy Jeez-O, man. Wow. Just wow. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery. OMFG! I totally taste tea! Kind of a bitter peach tea, but definitely tea. I really have no words for this. I am not sure what to say about the finish, either. It was tangy, all right, but I just wasn't totally digging it. The tea was giving it an odd bitterness, the corn grits were making it taste like an AAL & I was ready to move on.

Jul 26, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 1" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: light fruit sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, grass, peaches, lemons, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: an easy drinking beer that is light and refreshing.

Jul 23, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25


LOOK: yellow, white foamy.
AROMA: I smell the corn/grits. Lemon.
TASTE: soapy, lemon, pineapple.
FEEL: sticky. Thin.

Interesting , but not really good.


Jul 23, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left some lacing on the glass. It smelled very fruity with lots of tropical notes and sweet breads. Nice tropical fruit taste with toasted caramel and a mild bitterness.

Jul 16, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peaches are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste follows the smell—having flavors of peaches—but these are countered by subtle flavors of tea and hints of herbs.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I liked the combination of peaches and tea—it reminded me of Snapple Peach Tea without the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 09, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by peach and light tropical fruit with light neutral malt, rose hips and strong floral notes. Flavor is saison yeast, wheat and grain, green tea, guava and papaya, lemon with a lightly tart fruit juice finish with a drier rustic ale component. Light to medium bodied with active carbonation. An interesting domestic take on a farmhouse ale. The saison yeast give it a classic farmhouse element, but without brett. The pronounce grain adds to the saison structure. The fruit flavors, which oddly lean towards tropical fruit rather then peach, make this unique. The tea flavor is clear and balanced with the fruit flavors, but seems odd in a farmhouse ale. The flavor is not as floral as the aroma, but hints of flowers and peach are evident in the background. Quite a bit of complexity and interesting flavors for a lighter ale, which is impressive. Not sure this all comes together completely, but it is flavorful, interesting and refreshing. This is probably the one ale in the pack that I might have hesitated to pick up from just the description, but turns out to be the most interesting so far. And that's why I always love to pick up these Beer Camp boxes.

Jul 06, 2016
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dmgallag from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Peachy and sweet. A little bit of herb in the background. The smell and taste is predominantly peach, but not super sweet. This is good as a change-up summer beer, but not as a session.

Jul 05, 2016
Beer Camp Across America - Sweet Sunny South from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 464 ratings