Beer Review: Sierra Nevada/Asheville Brewer’s Alliance Tater Ridge Scottish Ale

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Moving forward with my reviews of the Beer Camp Across America 12 pack I have the collaboration between the Asheville Brewers Alliance and Sierra, Tater Ridge, a Scottish Ale brewed with sweet potatoes. Speaking honestly this was one of the beers in the pack I was least excited about for a few reasons. First I don’t know much about the Asheville Brewers Alliance in comparison to a lot of the other collaborators. Second, while I do enjoy Scottish Ales they were not the type of beer I really wanted to see in this pack. Finally third I really don’t like gimmicky beers (ie. most of Dogfish Head’s beers with random stuff thrown in them) so seeing this had sweet potatoes randomly tossed into it made me a little weary. Well let’s get into it shall we. Tater Ridge comes in at &% ABV and 35 IBUs.

Appearance: Very dark red/purple or light brown perhaps depending on how the light hits it. Small 1/2 finger head but some pretty decent lacing. NIce clarity on this beer as well, suppose they had to filer or there could be chunks of sweet potatoes floating around.

Nose: Roasted malt, coffee, toffee and some nice earthy notes as well. Not a terribly big nose on this beer though, was trying to pick out some sweet potato in their but couldn’t really get any.

Taste/Mouth: Really clean mouth on this one, low to medium carbonation. Some coffee and toffee flavors carrying over nicely from the nose. I think what the sweet potatoes lend to this beer mostly come in the form of body. I think they really help to give this beer a really nice full, thick mouthfeel and body. It is a nice malty beer and certainly very easy to drink.

Price/Availability: As with all of the Beer Camp Collabs this is a one time only deal. Price of 12 pack was around $28.

Overall: I will say this beer definitely exceeded my expectations I had for it, while I am still bummed it wasn’t replaced by a more innovative style I can’t say I didn’t enjoy drinking it. Not sure how much the sweet potatoes really add past giving it a little more body. This is definitely a beer in the pack that will not receive very much attention but it was a well brewed, extremely drinkable Scottish Ale. Somewhere in the middle of the group as far as ranking in the pack.

Grade: B+

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