Yamma Jamma | Indeed Brewing Company

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Yamma JammaYamma Jamma

Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Sweet Yamma Jamma

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12oz can from Powderhornphil (thanks man!). Canned 9/3/13. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours opaqe orangey russet with a half finger of near white head. Wispy retention. Very little lace.

Smells basically like sweet potato pie. Baked yams and autumn pie spices. Meh.

I rather with the taste followed the nose. Instead I'm getting a blandish yam soda. Yam, caramel, vague spice character and artificial sweetner. Yuck.

Thin body with excessive carbonation that further lends to the impression that this is soda instead of beer.

I rather enjoy the occasional pumpkin/yam beer but this is far from my preferences. I poured half of the can and will decline any future offers.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sweet Yamma Jamma Indeed Brewing Co

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Cigar City snifter. Served chilled... Thanks for the can Kim.

A) Deep orange color. Not much head at all, and what was there quickly settled to a thin collar. No lacing.

S) The sweet potato on the nose is rather faint when chilled, so enjoy the nose on this after it warms a bit. A fair amount of one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides is detected, with light spice. A crumbling of brown sugar for sure.

T) The sweet potato is not as prevalent in the flavor, but still noted. A bit of brown bread. A little grass/vegetable. The spices come into play on the backend. Decent, but a little bland.

M) A bit on the thin side, as well as a little flat. A semi-dry finish, which was slightly hard cider-esque.

O) Having never drank a sweet potato ale, I'm not sure if this just set the bar high or low. I think there is room for improvement. I guess in the end the bar has been just kind of set at okay... It was worth a try...

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Photo of Chaz
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut-tinged amber in color, with excellent clarity. Topped with a medium tap cap of foam, just a touch of lace is left behind as the head falls.

Right away I get a sweet/sour vegetal gourd character on the nose, and it's not exactly what I expected. Some roasted / dark malt character which I can appreciate, some darker (berry) fruit and some spicy phenolic character, too. Without having had the first sip I'd say that the "spice" will add more of the usual "spiced Beer connotations (for the wrong reason) than I want them to, so i won't focus on that as I dive right in...

On the first sip it's light and brisk across the tongue and palate -- "scrubbing" carbonation. Finish leans toward dry... Spice character is light (and I appreciate that) and 'cola-like.' It's also more a component of the aromatic aspect of this one.

Sweet/sour and tangy on the second sip, with a light-to-medium mouthfeel, leaning toward an excellent drinkability for the style. I was expecting -worst case- a cloyingly-sweet, spicy mess, and this is nothing like that, thankfully.

Instead this is a well-balanced fruit/vegetable beer and indeed has very good drinkability, enough to have to in a row without growing tired of it. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can pouted into pint glass

A- pours a clear copper color with a small creamy off-white colored head that reduces to a small film on top, no lace left behind

S- lots of vegetal aromas up front, quickly followed by all of the classic aromas of sweet potato casarole: sweet potatoes, cinnamon, brown sugar, even some oats and nutty notes.

T- vegetal flavors follow the aroma up front, caramel malt mixes with some earthy notes, picking up some cinnamon and slightly tart notes, the flavor diminishes quickly on the finish, leaving nearly no linger of anything behind

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick and crisp finish, finishes a little flat

O- if the taste matched the aroma, this one would have potential. Unfortunately it doesn't, but still and easy drinking ale, could have used some more spice presence

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Photo of jcMPLS
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look- Decent. I'm drinking it from the can, so I'm only going by artwork here.

Smell- Not good...just, not good.

Taste- Actually really nice! It's too bad this doesn't smell like it tastes. All the typical spices you would expect from this type of seasonal brew. I really like that the spices toe the line of strong/too much without going over, that's where I like my flavor.

Feel- Highly carbonated, works well for this beer.

Overall- This is a pretty good seasonal beer that I'll probably get again next year to share that Thanksgiving.

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Photo of Mdog
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Brown-amber, small head.

Smell: Vegetal, spice, earthy.

Taste: Starts like a malty brown ale, then the cinnamon spice shows up. The sweet potatoes do show up, but more like a complementary flavor than the leading flavor.

Overall: Tried a can to support this local brewery even though I'm not a pumpkin/fall spice/yam beer guy. It's all right, neither the spices or the sweet potatoes hit too hard. I expected a little more sweet potato flavor since it's in the name of the beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at 3 Squares in Maple Grove. I think this is going to be a once-yearly beer for me. I always enjoy it, but one's enough. It's easiest described as a alcoholic yam soda. It resembles beer, but it's also sort of fizzy yam juice. It's a mild, sweet starchy flavor and I'm impressed Indeed let's the yam speak for itself. But it's a bit odd, with only subtle barley behind the tuber. Give it a shot with an open mind. It's good, but a yam can only offer so much for a beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 25 September 2013. From the can to my tulip.

Pours 95% clear, an enigmatic color, chestnut brown from some angles, a little reddish with light behind it, but different every way I look at it. Two fingers of off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

Smell is full of yams and spices. Never had sweet potato pie, but this is what I imagine it would smell like. The sweetness is subdued, which is good, as yams could be sweet enough to overpower. The yams are clean, rich, and orange - nice. Spice-wise, I get a whole lot of nutmeg, with little complements around the edges that remind me of cloves and allspice.

Taste kinda falls flat. Not terrible, but just bland and mildly bitter. From just the taste, I don't know if I'd even guess this had yams in it. And the spices just barely poke their heads up when the taste is almost faded out. Not much here.

Feel is watery and dull, reminiscent of the taste. Medium-low carbonation (not enough), what's there is sorta fuzzy. Fades out rather quickly.

I wish I'd stopped at the smell. Nothing bad about it, and parts of it are quite good. But mostly, it's a pass.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Yamma Jamma pours a darker bronze color with a very small lacing head. There is a sweet spicy aroma. The taste is also sweet and very spicy, mellow hints of the yams. Rather fizzy, some nice flavors. Overall its very mellow, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, sample from brewery.

Minimal lacing, hazed amber. Mild spicing with some yamma and toasted malt in the nose and on the palate. Very light hopping, hint of alcohol. A decent sip, nothing really jumps out. Good balance from the spicing.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 9/11/13.

Appearance: Hazy dark caramel color with a thin frothy head.

Aroma: Definitely sweet potato in there. Not getting much for spices. Very similar to an amber ale.

Taste: Sweet Yamma Jamma starts with a very light caramel malt flavor which allows those 10 IBUs to make the fullest impact possible. About halfway through a great candied yam flavor comes through accompanied by spices reminiscent of Dr. Pepper. It all sounds like an odd mix but works out quite nicely. The finish is nonchalant and the aftertaste is light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with average carbonation and drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Good use of an unusual ingredient by Indeed. I will continue to try new releases of theirs since none have disappointed me yet. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 1/13/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of sweet potato, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and yam/spice notes with solid strength. Taste of sweet potato, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet potato, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and yam/spice flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good spiced amber ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and yam/spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cyroeser
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Local made Minnesota, "brewed with sweet potatoes" on front of can, pumpkin sure but sweet potatoes was a first for me. Seasonal Fall beer different and drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A quick bubble show produces a clear copper-colored liquid; the head is decent enough and leaves a strand or two

Smell: Sweet potatoes topped by marshmallows and a hint of pie spice

Taste: Indefinite vegetal flavors up front with a bit of spicing in the rear; not much to say here

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting a bit more from Indeed but this fell short; the aroma was decent but the flavor lacked definition

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

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Photo of ml6005
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: an bed pour with light 1/8 inch head poured into a 13 oz sniffer.
Smell: a strong smell of spices, a strong smell of cinnamon and nutmeg. A real festival smell to it that reminds me of thanksgiving.
Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkins pie flavor.
Mouth feel: very light and drinkable.
Overall: a pretty good seasonal beer that tastes like sweet potatoes or a strong pumpkin pie taste. I can drink a couple but don't know if in will buy a six pack again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very deep amber with a moderate head. The aroma leads with a fairly light brown sugar scent, as well as molasses, yams, bell pepper, other vegetal notes, and some clove as well. The flavor is subtle but pleasant, with the tuber flavor of the yam really coming though. The typical spices are muted but present, with clove and cinnamon leading the way. The mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky side. Overall I like this a lot more than pumpkin beer for fall themed novelties. The flavor of the yams really works in this beer.

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Photo of herman77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper orange with a small of white head. Hardly any lacing.

S: Tons of spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice. Maybe some sweet potato and candied yams in the background, but I might just be imaging that. Smells really good.

T: Not nearly as much spice as in the aroma, but there is a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. You can really pick up the sweetness from the sweet potatoes and candied yams, though it is not overly sweet and there is actually some beer flavor. It is fairly bland though compared to the nose.

M: Medium body, softer carbonation. Smooth.

O: An interesting beer to say the least. I'm not really a fan of pumpkin beers, but I do like this better. Drinkability isn't the greatest to me since it is close to a pumpkin beer, but defiantly worth the try.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper brown with a huge white head. Good retention.
S: Initially weak aroma picks up as the beer warms. Nutmeg and nutty/caramel malts, maybe faint hops. Somewhat herbal – something here reminds me of some of the small batch root beers I’ve had in the past.
T: Flavor matches the aroma. Soft maltiness, spices – nutmeg and?? As it warms, some brown sugar and nice nutty malt show. Light earthy bitterness on the finish. Very mild and restrained, overall.
M: Light bodied with soft, fine carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Had this on tap and from bottle last year and was enthused to hear about the 6 packs this year. However this batch seems to have less intensity of flavor (though it did improve quite a bit near room temp). Not sure if adding more malt would obscure the intended sweet potato/yam flavors, but would like to see a bit more body in this one. Still, it's a something I'll grab in the future when I'm in the mood for a light and fairly unique fall seasonal.

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Photo of morimech
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure. I hate pumpkin beers. This is not a pumpkin beer since this contains sweet potatoes and candied yams. The spices remain the same. Since this is from an impressive local brewery, I had to try it. And I am happy to report, it is not disgusting.

Pours a brilliant copper color with one finger of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. A little lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is full of spice, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. I think I perceive some sweet potato as well.

Actually has some beer qualities in the flavor. Not as sweet as pumpkin and the spice is not too much. A delicate balance the brewer played here with giving a good wallop of spices, without going too far.

Mouthfeel is where I think this beer really separate itself from pumpkin beers. It does not have that disgusting chalky, mealy texture those exhibit. This actually feels like a beer I want to drink. Carbonation is a little on the low side but I do not mind.

Glad I gave this beer a shot. I won't be buying another six pack this year, but I will next year when it makes its return.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red color, with a large cloudy head.

The smell is dominated by cloves, and what I can best describe as pumpkin pie. Quite weird. Not bad though.

Taste is modest, but similar to the smell. Initially there's quite a bit of 'pumpkin pie', with some spices coming through in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, yet quite dry.

This is an odd beer. I say try it though.

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Photo of bsp77
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from large bottle into Imperial Pint. (Update: happy this is canned now)

Appearance: Reddish-orange with nice off-white head.

Smell: Fruity, sweet and nutty. Definitely spices added, such as cinnamon, but can't tell exactly what beyond that. Hints of vanilla.

Taste: Tastes like a pumpkin beer, with that sweet nuttiness. Lots of spices on the finish - noticing cinnamon, clove and allspice. Dry and spicy, but not at all bitter.

Feel: Relatively light body with moderate carbonation. Despite the sweet core, there is a lingering firm and dry finish.

Overall: This is essentially a low abv Pumpkin Ale, which is usually a pretty unexciting style. However, Indeed does a commendable job of elevating this beer. Great, easy drinking fall beer.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into a clear pint glass at the Indeed tap room.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice one finger white foamy head. Foam fades quick but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a little spice. A little hops underneath. A very welcoming seasonal fall-winter aroma.

Taste: A fantastic smooth and sweet flavor with a nice earthy sweet potato presence. A little hops up front that gives way to the malty and candied sweetness. Yummy!

Mouth feel: Clean and crisp with a nice smooth finish on the tongue.

Overall: I love this seasonal on tap at the Indeed tap room when they have it. I have had several glasses of this during sessions in the tap room, and will look for it again this fall/winter. One of my favorites from Indeed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

interesting brew here from indeed, one of the more forward thinking minnesota breweries in my experience. this is done with yams instead of pumpkins, and has a totally different vibe than the usual fall offering. its got a way different spice profile for one, and is not sweet in the least, sorting of turning convention on its head. i thought for a moment this may have been poured from a nitro tap, as the head was creamy white. and the body was clear, with no visible carbonation there at all. it feels like that too, smooth and rich, but would really a tickle of carbonation and some thinness for a second before a righteously dry finish. uncommon to say the least. i have to imagine a lot of the flavor of the yams has been fermented out, or that they just arent that flavorful, its pretty mild on that front. the spices used dont seem to be the usual, although maybe i get a touch of cinnamon in here, its not all full of clove and allspice, and does not taste like a slice of pie. nice grain flavor too, although a little more structure wouldnt hurt it. its caramely without being sweet, and has a fresh baked warming element to it. enjoyable and highly quaffable brew from the indeed crew.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pouring from a can kicks up a finger of khaki foam that recedes to a thin skein over a deep orange amber beer. Good clarity. No lace.

Aroma is so loaded with spices I actually get a first impression of ginger-soy sauce. Once that fades there seems to be allspice and nutmeg, and more ginger. I'm not getting any yams, well probably not. The aroma is something powerful, good, and I'm sure I'm missing a few elements.

Tastes brings on the yams, aka sweet potatoes. Nice blend of spices here, allspice, nutmeg, perhaps faint cinnamon, definitely seems to be a little spicy bite of ginger. Nice buttery cracker crust malt ties it together. Lightly sweet. Mouthfeel is a tad too light and I'd like it a little creamier. Finish is fairly clean with some faint lingering buttery pie crust flavor.

Yams, sweet potatoes, whatever. Its got a pumpkin pie profile and they've mixed up a nice little treat here.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Town Hall Brewery.

A -Poured a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of Thanksgiving spices - nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. It had a sweetness that resembled pumpkin.

T - Good blend of spices and pumpkin like flavors. Light caramel taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a tasty brew. My first Indeed brew. Very good!

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