Thursday, November 12, 2009

135. Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale

Our 9th beer from Great Divide: the list includes Hibernation, Samurai Rice, Hoss, Oak Aged Yeti, Fresh Hop, Double Wit, 15th Anniversary DIPA, and Denver Pale Ale. They’re still in Denver, CO. And we’re still not...

Wild Raspberry opens with a fruity, berry, musty, and biscuity nose—the raspberry aroma does increase with warmth. Color-wise, Wild Raspberry is a purple-ish brown with an ivory head that laces the glass well. The front of the beer features light malt and biscuit sweetness with some initial raspberry fruit flavor; the sweetness and fruit drop in the middle, which is otherwise rather neutral, but do reassert themselves at the end—especially the fruit sweetness—accompanied by a dry malt finish. Wild Raspberry has a medium body that is a bit sticky, and the ending fruit flavor is a bit cloying, although the clean and sharp carbonation helps reduce the effect. Overall, a well crafted beer, but not really to our interests (and I say this as a man who loves a well done fruity wheat beer); it is good for what it is, but a bit too sticky with the fruit flavors.

From the bottle: “Wild Raspberry is a unique, thirst-quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. Its balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer.”

ABV: 5.6%


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