Chad9976 (1316) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown’s has been making their Cherry Raspberry Ale for years, and I’ve had it on tap many times. I’ve never given it a formal review until now as it was difficult (and expensive) to buy before the recent opening of their new production brewery (everything had been bottled manually in the basement of their taproom until now). This bottle replicates the tap experience quite well, as this is indeed a fun fruit beer to drink.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty magenta/light brown hue, translucent. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leave no lacing.
Smell: Jam-like aroma of red cherry and raspberries.
Taste: The thing about fruit beers is that they’re kind of the beer equivalent of alcopops since the fruit character tends to override the base brew (though that’s true of traditional lambics, too). In the case of Brown’s Cherry Raspberry Ale it’s a beer that delivers as the name suggests: plenty of cherry/raspberry sweetness and that’s about it. Slightly tart at first, but becomes a little richer-tasting towards the end. It’s probably made with puree rather than whole fruit, and it certainly tastes that way. There’s no soda-like quality of artificial/chemical flavoring here. The base brew appears to be something in the amber or brown ale styles, as there’s a light bready character here. The hops are faint if they are noticeable at all. While not quite as delicious as some of the better examples of the genre, this one is still pretty enjoyable.
Drinkability: Getting down a glass of Brown’s Cherry Raspberry Ale is no challenge whatsoever (not that it should be, though). The mouthfeel is thin and calm with a smooth texture and finish to match. It leaves a mostly clean aftertaste, which is a tad disappointing as these are the kinds of flavors you’d prefer to linger. At 6.5% ABV it’s seems rather inefficient as this beer drinks like something in the more overtly sessionable range. I’d expect a little more robustness and complexity to a brew this strong. Regardless, it works fine as a liquid dessert or standalone beverage (or blend it with their oatmeal stout for an interesting experience).
Mep3222 (699) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice cherry raspberry aroma. Taste is ok, but the fruitiness seems like it is a bit syrupy. Not sweet. Has a bitter almost medicinal finish. Odd. There are some good flavors in here, but some odd ones too. It is a heavier maltier beer too, so not the light refreshing fruity beer. I like the heavier ones with fruit more, but this one just misses on the balance. There is potential, but it needs some rework.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BrewBoxer (2332) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the browns brewpub in a sampler flight in Troy. Amber color with a nice sweet cherry color. Not overly sweet
merc7186 (2369) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours okay with a nice reddish hue, it passes some light through it, has an okay head and no lacing on the glass. The smell comes through immediately with a sour cherry followed by a slight sweetness of the raspberry syrup. The taste is decent with a nice sour cherry, mild wheat, and a mild raspberry sweetness that blends well. The mouthfeel is okay with a bitterness that lingers from the cherries and the beer is carbonated decently. Overall, the taste was decent but fell short in all other categories. I wouldn’t go out of way for this beer but if offered, I would drink it.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks again to Santa for this upstate New York surprise. I’ve had better fruit beers but it is always fun to try things from places you don’t expect. For the style it might be a bit of a letdown. Check it out if you are a ticker but otherwise I’d pass in favor of many other better examples.
Aroma / Appearance - The rusty caramel base sits idly with a creamy vanilla head for decoration. Black cherries, ripe raspberries, and nutty chocolate are definitely fruity. However it is not the sharp fruity tang you might expect but a more mellowed and balanced experience like a sour brown.
Flavor / Palate - The tang of cherries and raspberries is softened by sweet iced tea. A mild tartness carries into a malty finish. This is refreshing but not exciting. While I had no problems finishing up the bottle I don’t see myself rushing to get another any time soon.
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Medium unclear amber with an off white head. Lightly tart berry/cherry and toffee-like malty notes. Lighter earthy notes. Not a ton of sweetness here, the fruity imparts more tartness than sweetness. A little bit overcarbonated, but otherwise pretty good.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark amber with a light head that left quickly and with only a small amount of lacing down the glass. Smells syrupy, sweet, of cherries predominantly. Malt and sour cherry on the tongue with a bit of bitter in the finish. Served with a maraschino cherry at the bottom.
popkow (295) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours ruby red with an off white creamy head. Smells of cherries, rasberries, straw, sugar and some cough syrup lingering. Taste is tilted to fruit with not enough hop/malt notes. Thin but drinkable.
italianjohn (2420) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange pour thin off white head .... aroma of sour cherries and tart raspberries .... sweet tart and sour cherry and raspberry taste some sweet malt mostly in the backbone of the beer but up front all sour cherry and tart raspberry and a bitter hop that goes into the dry and sour/tart finish ..... underrated since most of the low ratings are from 2004 sessionable and abv hidden well definitely an improved recipe
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy brown with reddish highlights and a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Pleasant aroma of raspberries with some cherry as well. I am not picking up any hop character in the nose. The flavor is rich and malty with ample raspberries and cherries that are quite tart and very flavorful. Bright and lively on the palate. Very enjoyable.