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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Road trips are balls-out adventures loaded with unexpected twists, just like when this beer hit black ice and got spun!. It started out as an IPA recipe, but halfway down the road it blew a tire and a Pilsner yeast was pitched as a spare; an IPP yo! The fiery Pilsner backbone adds a nitrous-like boost to the van load of hops that would make any German pucker up when those hop afterburners singe their lederhosen!

Brewed with a Lager yeast at Ale temps using Sterling hops and Pilsner Malt to make this a crisp and hoppy twisted up seasonal treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Poured out mostly like a Pilsner for sure, with a pale clear body and lots of carbonation. However, unlike the lagers from Bohemia, this one seemed to have no trouble forming and holding a pillowy, and foamy head. The aroma was spicy which I presume was due to use of Saaz hops. There was very slight hint of DMS in the form of cooked corn, but it did not smell out of place for a fresh Pilsner. The taste was softer than a Pilsner, with lingering sweetness that was very pleasing. The hops were present the form of a mineralized backbone. The mouthfeel was creamy and soft. It was hard to shoehorn this into a style, but I’d put it somewhere between a Strong Ale, Cream Ale, and Pilsner. No ABV listed on the label, but the alcohol was not a big factor, so I would venture a guess at this being in the neighborhood of 5-6%. Very easy to drink, with no flaws found in any department, which I’d say is a pretty damn good piece of work considering the major departure from the original recipe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Clear golden pour, small white head...Slightly hoppy aroma...Medium body with a bit of carbonation...Mildly sweet flavor with a bit of hops in the finish...Very drinkable...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Well Uglyradio has it right, and he just happens to be from a great place. Anyway, seasonals are great and this is a perfect example. Drinkable with a bitter/ grassy after taste, great complex flavor, and these guys kill it with the marketing (just read the commercial description). Drink it, this is much better than the 37th percentile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Toddem (1) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011 does not count
So I found myself in Atlanta in a reasaurant with a real live Ciceron. His recommendation was to try the Roadtrip - an overall superior experience to the maybe pedestrian 420. He was bang on. This is a beer which is a light golden color that doesn’t prepare you for a full bodied onslaught of flavor. I found it really hoppy (a good thing) wiht out being stupidly bitter. The hops were a nice tight flavor that finished clean. My advise would be if you like hops ( think almost an IPA) take the Roadtrip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Smell is one wallop of barnyard funk, with some boozy notes. Other layers include rope, and wheat. Color is a hazy golden blonde color. That funkiness almost comes across as a belgian yeast strain. Head was about average and completely white. Not knowing what style it was, I guessed belgian wit. Taste is more funk notes maybe slight clove and orange peel notes. The Sterling hops definitely bring the spice on the back and and the beer finishes with a lasting hoppy after taste which is slightly dry. Once I got my bearings on this beer, I am really enjoying it. A lot. Not at all what I was expecting from a beer called "road trip" but after a few more tastes, the beer really comes alive. Enjoyability 4.5/5. George Clinton Should endorse this beer, master of funk!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (1192) - Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours lightly hazy golden orange with a large white head. Smells grainy, earthy, hints of bitterness. Taste is bitter, grainy, earthy, hints of subtle fruit. Light-bodied with a smooth texture and prickly mouth-carbonation, Sweetwater Road Trip finishes with a kiss of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Clear gold in color with a thick white head. Aroma of crisp noble hop and some malt. Malty sweetness up front, giving way to a bitter noble finish. Nice hoppy pils that you can drink all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2015
This is a really nice blond ale, might even be willing to call it a koelsch or something but probably too hoppy for that. It’s cloudy orange yellow w/ a fine-bubbled white head and all kinds of lacing. This stuff has some bready malt character but it is all about the floral (noble?) hops. The nose is somewhat mild but when you taste it, it is simply bursting w/ mellow hop flavor. It’s medium to full bodied and just a touch sweet, which helps those hops to pop. It finishes w/ a firm, floral bitterness in the finish. This is a really good beer and I’m happy to have it in my area now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 13, 2012 2012 version. Pours a nice clear amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is malty with a strong hoppy undertone. Flavor is quite hoppy, more like an IPA than a pilsner, with some bitterness and a malty, fruity undertone. Smooth texture has a fair amount of fizz and average body. If you have had past versions, try this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Pours slightly hazy yellow/orange and has a thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is pine, wet towel, and pepper. Taste is piney with the weird pils skunkiness. The flavors do not match well at all together and are constantly battling for recognition on the taste buds. Tastes very funny and not haha funny either 6 3 5 3 11. ..... Had again, apparently a btter bottle too. Clear straw gold/yellow, big white head. Aroma of floral hops, grain, orange, peach, pear, grass, tangerine. Taste is lightly bitter, grassy, very light and crisp, light mineral finish. It helps that I just came inside from fishing for a few hours and was sweating my ass off.

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