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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (640) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Tan/brown pour with small, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of sweet potatoes and some pie spices. Flavor is straight up sweet potatoes and malts, light amount of hops in the aftertaste. Tastes just as its named, and thats a good thing

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Served at Carver Sweet Potato Lager at the Tylers release last wednesday. This was one of my favorites of the night, surprisingly. Didn’t actually get much sweet potato character--maybe a little soil and earth--but I thought this was a really tasty lager. Nice floral and citrus notes with a very clean finish. A little bit of sweetness, but overall pretty dry for the style. I think its more of a pale lager, but I could drink this on the reg.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Great idea. Aroma was of startch and sugar. Pour was a dark amber with a froathy off white head. Taste was of a sweet stout with a little bit of chewyness in the finish.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (453) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2010
on tap at the Pit in downtown Raleigh. nice light tan/yellow, small white head. just a hint of sweet potato in the aroma and taste. malty flavor and sweetness with a touch of hop bite. good beer that went went great with the bbq

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.

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).

3.5
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Amber coloring with an off-white head. Tastes like a standard lager at first, but the finish is where the payoff is - definite notes of sweet potato, especially as the beer warms up a little bit. I "yam" always excited about drinking a Carver.


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