In this beer blog, we are going to sample one of their seasonal from Sweetwater Brewery. It is their Road Trip Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not read my posts on their India Pale Ale, please, do to get to know Sweetwater Brewery. Let us get into Road Trip Ale.
It has a clear golden color with a constant white head on this golden ale. The smell has a sweet malty notes. The taste profile of this light to medium body has sweet malty to hoppy notes with a nice dry hoppy finish for the aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Road Trips are carefree adventures that usually take unexpected twists, like when we crafted this beer. It started out as a Pilsner recipe, but halfway through it blew a tire and ale yeast was put on as the spare. The result was so good, it never could have been planned!
Enjoy the Ride!
Here is a description from their website (www.sweetwaterbrew.com):
Bikini Season – a fiery Pilsner fermented at ale temperatures for a fuller flavor, capped by and intense spicy-hop finish. Nobody Rides for Free
Specs – 5.2% alcohol available in six packs, Liter bottles, 15.5 Gallon ½ bbl kegs (US Sankey) and 5 gallon torpedo kegs.
Grain – Pilsner and Vienna Malt
Hops – Sterling and US Golding
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, I love the story of this brew. I can see that happening all the time in the brewery kitchen. There is nothing wrong with that. I just wish more breweries take it and keep on going with it. I remember a few years back when I lived in Chicago. Goose Island Matilda came out as a bad patch but it was not bad. It was not Matilda. It came out as a sour ale. They redid and called it something else. I am not saying it is the case with this beer from Sweetwater. The point is sometimes mistakes can be a good thing in the brewing process. This is a great and drinkable brew. I enjoyed this beer and I could enjoy it by the beach to a nice summer day. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser