AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20Chad9976 (1516) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2015
used to love pumpkin beers, but after drinking so many of them I got
tired of the style since so few impressed me. Thankfully, there’s an
alternative: the yam beer. It’s similar in overall approach, but the
flavor is definitely different. Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole is
probably the best of these beers that I’ve tried (though I will admit my
sample size is pretty small). This is a beer that definitely delivers
as advertised: it’s delicious, easy to drink, and actually obtainable.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wine glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).
Appearance: A very cloudy shade of orange. No carbonation visible,
though sediment is after a while. Pours to an average-sized, white,
foamy head which retains and laces moderately well.
Smell: The vanilla and spices are quite prominent and make for a sweet
nose. The sweet potato is present, but not as strong. No alcohol aroma.
Taste: I don’t have much frame of reference for a beer like this. Should
it be considered just a novelty beer, or is it a legitimate S/H/V brew
not unlike pumpkin beers? Considering the name, it’s easy to view it as a
novelty brew, but that’s usually a term used as a pejorative for bad
beers. Though I wouldn’t say the palette is exactly sweet potato
casserole in beer form, it definitely is reminiscent of it. The base
recipe seems to be something in the amber ale family: mild caramel and
toffee notes up front with slight cinnamon and nutmeg bitterness and dry
spice. One the swig hits the apex it becomes remarkably sweet with a
huge sensation of vanilla, sweet potato pie, and spices (but in a sweet
way). The hops are probably used sparingly as the spices give it enough
balance so as not to be cloying. This palette may actually be rather
simple and repetitive, but damn if it ain’t tasty.
Drinkability: At 7.9% ABV, Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole is a
pretty strong ale (if it even has that as subtitle on the label); yet it
drinks like something a bit more pedestrian and approachable. The body
is not quite full, yet more than just medium so as to have plenty of
presence and viscosity without anything in the sticky/cloying/syrupy
sensation. It finishes fairly clean but with a light lingering
aftertaste of spice which is easily tolerable. There’s no alcohol flavor
nor warmth. A great liquid dessert that should be appreciate by itself.