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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Sweet Potato Lager
North Carolina is the largest U.S. producer of sweet potatoes. In our quest to work with local Southern ingredients as much as possible, the humble sweet potato is an obvious choice. In fact, one-third of the total fermentables in Carver come from North Carolina sweet potatoes.

Perhaps less obvious: our decision to avoid cloying spices that would only serve to mask the savory-yet-delicate flavors. The goal of this modestly-hopped amber ale is to have you explore the nuance of the sweet potato…not hit you over the head with Obvious Spices. What is, after all, the taste of a sweet potato? Carver asks this quest ion and encourages you to explore the answer.

Why “Carver?” It’s our small tribute to the amazing Southern environmental scientist and farmer, Doctor George Washington Carver. While he may be better known for his work with peanuts, Carver was also passionate about the sweet potato and a pioneer in crop rotation and creative re-use. He’s a true Fullsteam hero. 5.8% ABV


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Draft from fullsteam. Good beer. A really clean crisp dry beer. I like the earthiness to it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1475) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Sweet potatoes really comes across well in both aroma and flavor in Carver. Some lager twang is here but it melds well with the pitatoe lending a full but light mouthfeel, and ending in a spicy balanced fade.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Draft. Hazy amber body, medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, bread, some orange, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, lemon lager, bread, some caramel. Light-medium body, light acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at the tavern. Pours cloudy light orange with a fairly minimal bubbly white head. Nose of sweet potatoes, sour dough bread, mild yeast, and light malts. More sweet potato, more bread, and less malt than the regular carver. Similar taste; perhaps a bit more dry. Palate is a bit more lively than the original. Refreshing.
Earlier Rating: 8/15/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Growler from the brewery. Pours light clear orange with modest white head. Nose shows mild sweetness and crisp hops with mild floral and grass notes. Some orange citrus. A little bit of earth and soil. I can maybe barely detect any sweet potatoes on the nose, and the sweetness comes through a little more on the taste, but mostly this is about light, crisp hops. Great for the summer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2610) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pint at brewpub. Good aroma, sour, sourdough bread, hints of the sweet potato. Clean brownish orange color, ok head and lace. Lively carbonation. Bitter flavor. Lite body, thin watery mouthfeel, clean dry sweet crisp finish (if thats possible) tasty a classic lager first, sweet potato doesn’t show up in flavor. Nice lawn mower brew,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
From growler. Clear gold brown, full white head diminishes quickly & no lacing (glass not beer-clean). Strong aroma of earthy hops, soil, light malt, slight orange citrus. Flavor is soft light malt that melds into a crisp, lightly sour hop bite, earthy and vegetative. Much fuller flavor than most lagers. Fairly clean finish, leaves slight bitter linger. Light body, moderate carbonation, and crisp flavor make it thirst quenching and sessionable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (6278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Pint at the brewery in Durham. Pours a clear amber-gold color with a small white head. Aroma of rye, earthy hops, bready malts, toast, herbs, resin, citrus, and some sweet starchiness that must be the sweet potato. Flavor of rye, herbal notes, peppery spices, bread, and dust. Thin-bodied, with crisp carbonation and a peppery but watery mouthfeel. If the body weren’t so, so light, this might have more to it, and I wish those sweet starchy notes of the aroma showed up in the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at various locations in Durham, NC. Recent batches have been an improvement from the already enjoyable beer, which at its base is a really solid lager (why are they now calling it an "amber"?), well balanced with a slight edge going to the malts (as is only fitting given the treatment here).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4594) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Growler pours a totally clear, bright copper with a thin, white head. Nose is nice, sweet, earthy, malty, floral. Flavor is sweet, the sweet potato actually comes through, malty, light fruit. Dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Fizzy white head and a clear, light golden color, slightly darker but similar appearance to mass produced lagers. Nose has some sourdough bread, that hard-to-describe lager yeast smell, and then a nice hint of pie spice. The flavor starts out like a flavorful, well-made craft lager, then in the finish there’s an interesting sweet pie note. That finishing taste is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale, but far more as a complimentary flavor to a session lager instead of dominating the beer itself. A unique beer that’s easy to drink.


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