Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
High Water Brewing

Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan PieSugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
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High Water Brewing
California, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #97
Ranked #15,314
3.92 | pDev: 9.69%
Sep 02, 2020
Jan 27, 2015
Very Good
Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan PieSugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
Notes: Ale brewed with Vermont maple sugar, Bourbon barrel oak chips and pecan. Sugaree offers a big slice of flavors that you wish Grandma had put in her famous Thanksgiving pie. Sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful bottle of liquid love. You will be transported back to times of holiday joy and family get togethers from the past. This is a special treat from us to you, to help relive some of those special memories or maybe help create some new ones.
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Reviewed by Egizi from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very nice smell. Not overwhelming when you consider the ingredients (Maple and Pecan). Just enough hints of each to know it's in there, but not enough to think you're smelling an actually pie. I had this beer on draft in Stowe, VT for $9.00. Was it worth it (maybe) - it was delicious and went well with Spicy Chicken Wings! At 9.8% ABV, you can taste this is a strong ale. This is a good beer to drink with a meal if you're only having one (quality over quantity) in this case. Cheers!
Sep 02, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Aug 07, 2020
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Worthy Kitchen
Deep amber in color with a huge frothy off white head that persists forever. Huge sweet maple and brown sugar with some earthy oak and tannin to counter, but this one is really sweet.
Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Gordono from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Surgaree sweet it is! The sweetness is nicely cut with a pecan bitterness. The aroma is dominantly maple which comes through strongly in the flavor, and the color is a dark amber reminiscent of pecan pie.
Dec 14, 2019
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill
May 07, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by porters4life from Illinois

Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by user785335 from Florida

Dec 12, 2018
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell - earthy. and leafy hops, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, nutty aromas, caramel, toffee, hint of brown sugar, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - earthy and leafy hops upfront followed by the robust maple syrup and brown sugar. The vanilla, bourbon, nutty aromas, caramel and toffee follow suit. The bready malts and earthy yeast finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the maple and bourbon lingering in the aftertaste.

Overall - A bold and flavourful brew that utilizes the ingredients very nicely. The ABV is nicely hidden. This brew could've been too cloying but the folks at High Water have created a very flavourful and well balanced brew.
Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Was expecting this to be a bit better, but just didn't resonate. Came off very thin, and although there is a real pecan flavor it is a bit stale. Very little make present and a bit watery and burnt.
Oct 20, 2018
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Jul 04, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by smb71481 from Vermont

Jun 29, 2018
Rated: 2.84 by StevenMilligan from Florida

May 23, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by JuiceMan818 from California

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 2.91 by estajoe from Massachusetts

Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 3.4 by Wontonst from California

Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee

Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 4.52 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington

Feb 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tasted from a bomber bottle that I bought on base at Beale AFB, CA.

L - Color is a beautiful dark red-amber and crystal clear. The head is off-white; big and rocky at first, then shrinks to a thin partial sheet of wispy bubbles and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Lovely sweet aromas: strong maple syrup, lower generic nuttiness, but I don't discern the bourbon. After swirling the glass I get a whiff of earthy, flowery hops, which are the only sign that I am smelling a beer and not a dessert.

T - In the flavors the pecan nuttiness comes to the fore and the maple takes a step back. I would say the base beer seems to be a strong brown ale with these other flavors on top. Again, bourbon and barrel characters are not obvious to me, No hops or yeast flavors are obvious, but the brown ale flavors, maple and pecan provide plenty of complexity.

F - Thinnish medium body with low carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness keeps the sweetness from being overpowering. Medium alcohol presence, but surprisingly low for the 9.8% ABV.

O - This is a very enjoyable beer; like a nut brown ale on steroids. I am a little disappointed by the lack of bourbon and oak that was mentioned on the label, but I found no flaws and I enjoyed this dessert of a beer.
Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by GravityKills from Massachusetts

Jan 21, 2018
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours clear, chestnut brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is as advertised, big pecan, brown sugar, maple sugar, and dry/strong bourbon. Still manages to taste like beer. Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, sweet and dry. Nice combination of sweet and dry barrel aging...Really good use of the barrel. Has me interested in the brewery. Would get this again.
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by TheDoak from Florida

Jan 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
It is hard for a beer to substitute for dessert. An ale might complement dessert well. But because a good dessert has so much sugar (and butter fat), an ale will not taste right or even real. Surprisingly, Sugaree does OK at this impossible task. All the flavors mash more than meld. But, this is a bold beer not afraid to push the envelope.

High Water put together Sugaree well... given how hard it is to imagine attempting this. If High Water were to improve on this, I'd suggest less sugar and less booze and figure out how to make it a bit drier. Then, maybe I'd try it again.
Dec 27, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
another neat flavored ale from these guys, a must for me once i saw it, being the maple love i am. also the dead name roped me in! this has a reddish amber color to it, isnt quite all the way clear, and has an inch of off white head rising up from the tap. aroma is super sweet, maybe a touch forced or unnatural on the maple, but its maple no doubt. the bourbon part is there too, sweet, boozy, and with a caramel and vanilla complexion. less wood here than anticipated, but its there in the back. i might be able to get pecan if i think about it, but its more of a candied thing than a nutty complexion, not exactly the earthy balancing element the aroma seems to want, more of a praline sort of thing, attractive but hugely robust. the flavor is good, but this is so sweet its almost a gimmick, and the maple aspect isnt all that natural tasting to me, no matter how they made it, its like maple flavored rather than maple syrup itself. pecans are more obvious here, as is the oak, red malty too, its not all adjuncts despite the intensity. really bold brew, too sugary to drink a lot of, pretty boozy too, but a neat idea and good execution of it. i think if it could be fermented even a little bit drier it would be a way better beer, but it was fun to drink. i guess i didnt realize these guys did so many flavored brews...
Dec 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a snifter, it poured dark brown but having a darker complexion in my glass. The head was just a thin coat that sat atop for a brief moment and slid off into oblivion. Mild trickling lace touched the sides gently.
The aroma started with a maple sap-like character, not syrup because syrup is the purified thick sweet stuff one puts on their pancakes. This scent was definitely more "sap-like" in it's nature and gently touched on some oak wood and roasty pecans. Bourbon opened up a bit more as it warmed, semi-sweet, slightly woody with a light "toasted edge" to it. Mild smoke.
The flavor moderately spent itself on the maple sap sweetness which lead to that sweet water-like quality. Yes, I know where this is going to go and before I can look at the other reviews on this beer, many people are going to say this beer is watery. Ah, but wait, hold on. Because the aftertaste in this is attuned to the maple sap-like quality.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fine wet smooth slick feel sliding along my tongue. But wait, there's a mild bourbon barrel woody grip starting kick at it's slickness. Carbonation probably could have been a touch heavier than I would have wanted, as that might have been able to stop some of the cloying qualities starting to come out slightly.
Overall, personally, I think I liked this. But given where I live, I should. However, I have to admit, its not so much "maple syrup" like a lot of people would think. And the brewers say "maple sugar," but I say "maple sap" which would make sense why the mouthfeel is the way it is. Not sure if this is a trick from the brewer to market a "maple syrup" or "maple sugar" beer, but it's one that can mislead a non-informed consumer.
Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by i4ourgot from California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I get a little skeptical with some of these different beers having a lot of syrup added to them and being to strong one way or another. This beer was spot on. It tastes like a beer but still has some slight maple and bourbon character. The aroma on this beer actually smells like a pecan pie. Dark brown in color, with a nice tan head. Definitely a better than it sounds.
Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Dec 19, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Dec 05, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Nov 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Grackos from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Love the color. Smells like pure maple syrup. Tastes like maple syrup, I do not get any oak or bourbon, it's too sweet, the maple ake completely over.
Nov 03, 2017
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Rated by Furlinator from California

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Toasted bread and maple nose. Taste follows with faint nuttiness and oak.
Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by TGS from California

Oct 09, 2017
Rated: 3.95 by GaryDean from California

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

May 28, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

May 14, 2017
Rated: 4.01 by Texasfan549 from Texas

May 08, 2017
Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 105 ratings