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Sweetwater 16 So Fine Red Wheat Wine Ale

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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SweetWater’s Sweet 16 Tribute: a Red Wheat Wine Ale Of course, SweetWater couldn’t throw a birthday bash without an honorary brew to celebrate such an occasion. The brewers went out of the box with this super heady limited-run Dank Tank release. With a license to brew, they stepped on the gas and whipped out a racy Red Wheat Wine (say that five times fast). This beer rips down the road at 11% ABV, fueled by a 45% wheat bomb and an after-burner hop shot of Amarillo, Willamette, Nelson Sauvin, and US Goldings creating a brew that is sure to raise some hairs.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4596) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2014
22oz bottle pours a syrupy, translucent caramel amber with some lacing, white head. Nose is very boozy, brandy, some fortified red wine, a little grappa, some grape preserves, malt, caramel. Flavor is a little better, certainly more balanced, malt, a little wood pulp, orange, a little bananas foster, brown sugar, caramel, a bit of clove, a little bit of jam. Fairly smooth finish for 11% abv. My guess is, this beer is peaking now.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Dark, ruddy brown pour. All malt in the nose with some caramel, dried banana, and fig. Certainly on the sweet side flavor wise. Banana bread with caramel sauce and only a slight bitterness to balance things out. Warming finish. Not bad, definitely a dessert brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
novice101 (298) - - JUN 13, 2014
Had this after its been aged for a year, I thin the beer would have been better a year ago. The beer now taste like a malt bomb loads of caramel and sweetness up front. There isnt much depth but the beer is not very heavy and pretty drinkable, could easily finish the bomber

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2014
650ml bottle. This is a pretty god one here, definite hop character to combatthe large sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle from the brewstravelers, thanks! Poured deep red with some yeast chinkies. Nose is toasty malts, spicy malts, smooth caramels, light toffee, rich bready malts, some citrus, cherries, dark fruits, dank fruits. Flavor is similar. warming, citrus, toasty, very faint roast, some rich spicy character. Really nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (925) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Red/brown pour with a light tan head. Aromas of sweet malts, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with some slight warming from the abv in the finish. There is some type of sharp bite in the finish as well that I can’t quite put my finger on but I’m not a huge fan of it. Decent brew but still has a ways to go to be exceptional.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle at my grandparents. Pour is hazy amber-brown with frothy tan head and great lacing. Figs, prunes, caramel, somewhat bready, grassy, banana and tangy aroma. Taste is red fruits, caramel, licorice, bread, grass, grapey, brown sugar, and raisins with a medium bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2014
22oz bomber courtesy of markwise. It pours with a ruby red to amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts, molasses, prunes and dates with brown sugar sprinkled in there for good measure. The taste is similar with malts and molasses mixed with nectar like plum juice and dates dusted with brown sugar. It gets a tad hot here and there but pretty much to style for 11%. Nice sweet sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2610) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
From the 22oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with little head. Boozy musty hop aroma, smells big. Smooth malt, boozy, hoppy, sweet taste. Lots going on and crazy strong, be careful.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Lots of spice in the flavor, thick floral malt. Candy sugar, sweet, slightly medicinal. Aftertaste becomes incredibly salty and makes it a bit hard to enjoy.


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