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Free State Crimsonberry Ale
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   ABV: -
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Crimsonberry Ale is made by brewing a lightly hopped, full bodied, wheat beer and flavoring it with natural Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry flavorings for a great fruit sensation. We start with a wheat beer in part because wheat lends a tart, fruity character of its own that meshes well with the fruit flavors. The mix of fruits has been adjusted over the years to provide a great balance of fruit characters. After all, everybody and their dog brews a raspberry wheat beer these days, we'd like to have ours take a different path.
O.G. -15.4/1062. Hops - 19 IBUs


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Had on tap at the brewpub while visiting the university. Nice. Probably their best beer while I was visiting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
12 oz draft at the 20th anniversary party for Free State. Pour is hazed golden with a 1/2 inch white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet blueberry, cranberry and raspberry. Bit of lemon with some sugar. Some wheat behind that in the nose. Taste is syrupy berry (the same as the nose in this order) cranberry - raspberry - blueberry, all with more sweetness than tartness. Not really natural tasting, after the sweetness is the grainy earth wheat, which was actually quite nice. Some tart sour jumps out at the end. Grassy grainy thin medium palate. Clean finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patpras (8) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2007 does not count
Excellent aroma and appearance. Best fruit beer I’ve had because the fruit flavor is a perfect balance between sweet and tart. The right amount and mixture of berries make for a pleasant fruit flavor and excellent level of alcohol.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 5oz sample. Hazy gold with a finger high, off white head. Aroma is berries, in fact pretty much a good combonation of the berries used (cranberry, raspberry, blueberry) Mouthfeel is not too bad at first, but thin at the back. Initial taste is mildly tart berries, mostly cranberry, with a touch of wheat. The finish is sourish and a bit tart. Not bad, but not good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 On Tap: Loved the aroma and taste, I was very suprised by the tartness of the cran and raspberries. Probably the best fruit beer I’ve had, if not best, the best redberry. Also a very pretty beer. Standard gold color with just off-white head.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Nothing crimson about the color- light with a foamy head. Aprreciable wheat content, but the gravity makes it a little underpowered. Seedy aftertaste would suggest that they use real berries and not fruit extract.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Very natural aroma and flavor. Much more subtle and upscale than the other cranberry-based beer I've tried (Sam Adams Lambic). Delicious and slightly creamy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 An amazing fruit wheat beer with a great balance of sweet, sour, yeast, and hops. It’s hard to beat Free State wheat beers. A great biergarten selection from a wonderful brewery!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2001
If there’s a better fruit wheat out there I haven’t met it. Many of these kinds of beers get so bogged down with fruit that it winds up tasting like vaguely yeasty kool-aid; this one gets it right. A great, crisp wheat, with just enough berry to make it incredibly refreshing. Great carbonation, too.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Lightly tart, fruity and flowery aroma, quite berryish indeed with just a hint of wheat. Faintly hazy lighter golden color, head is slight but leaves some nice lacing behind. Flavor is citric, sweet, tart and juicy, again plenty of berry flavor coming through. Refreshing and lightly acidic on the palate, light-medium bodied. Not too sweet, plenty of real fruit flavor to accent the light wheat ale base. Very little hops or bitterness. Nice fruit beer, very refreshing.


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