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Grand Teton XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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To commemorate that twenty-year history, the brewers of Grand Teton have chosen four of our favorite beers--three current, one historical--to update and enhance. XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale is the second release in our 2008 XX series.

Grand Tetonís original fruit beer, Huckleberry Wheat, was brewed for about five years beginning more than a decade ago. It was light and sparkly, with just a hint of sweet-tart mountain huckleberry.

This yearís celebratory version is bigger in every way--more than double the originalís malt, fermented to 7.6% alcohol by volume, then flavored with more than a pound per gallon of fresh Pacific Northwest huckleberries, blueberries and marionberries.

Bold and flavorful, XX Mountainberry Double Wheat makes a wonderful aperitif, or try it with a balsamic vinaigrette salad, glazed ham, duck a líorange or fruity dessert.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3539) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
1 litre swing top bottle. Pours a hazy purplish red with a moderate linen white head that lasted until the bottom of the glass and coated the glass fully all the way to the end. Pleasant aroma of berries and wheat grain. The flavor is again berries along with some wheat. The berries compliment the wheat very well and are well proportioned. Fairly silky mouthfeel. Full bodied. Very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (1970) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Beer doesnít know what it is, so I donít. Pour is the best. Blueberries are very apparent. Better than expectation. Kinda like Clay Aiken: fruity, weird, almost aight but also kinda sucks.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Draught - Pours a burnt tan with a medium head, aroma is very fruit forward, grainy...flavour is cloying, almost creamy grain intertwined with some tart fruit, but still somehow comes accross sweet...decent alcohol, but definitely the runt of the CR Series...

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
This beer really is horrible. I was lucky enough to get the bottle opened for me or I would have scored it lower. All I can say is this brew has a defined berry sweetness border lining a medicinal Robitussin creature from the lock. Not enjoyable at all.

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2008
1l bottle. Must of got the worst bottle. Yeasty aroma that wasn’t very good. Amber body with big head and lot of carbination bubbles. Flavor was flat. Candy pop tarts without the candy sweetener. Wet yeasty malt grain flavor, flat. The only berry flavor was on a belch wtf. Wife wanted to try this beer with me also and was disappointed with the flat flavor and pale aroma. Not wotrth paying 13.99 a bottle. Uck.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2008
i’m with acrdz and flaco on this... i’m gonna stab the guy who waxed the bottles if i ever ever get the chance.... bastard.

pours a hazy brown cranberry color with a large white head which is tinted slightly pink. lacing paints the glass as it recedes back in. sweet fruity aroma packed with jammy berries, tartness akin to lemon from the huckleberries, musty wheat and floral notes. the flavor is quite malty and sweet (although oddly not overly sweet?), lightly tart, earthy wheat, berry jammy-ness, a savory note and lots of alcohol masked as spice on the finish. medium body. the carbonation grows soft and creamy on the tongue. it’s not bad and actually grows on me on the second glass....

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2008
1L bottle, courtesy of Ernest. Thanks! Pours a bright, clear pinkish-ruby color; significant, very light pink head with good retention and mixed-bubbled lacing. Kind of a basic wheatiness and mixed fruit notes in the aroma; decent berry character. Medium mouthfeel: lots of mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries?), husky wheat, and basic sweet maltiness at the core; kind of a bland, slightly hot fruit beer with decent fruitiness; genuine fruit, but underwhelming overall. Medium finish: mixed berries, huskiness, and a bit of alcohol lingering.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
FUCK YOU WAX SWING TOP BOTTLE. Clear dark strawberry colored body, huge growing head, just off-white. Nose is semi-sweetened plastic-like berries, a bit of candied strawberry mixed in with some generic raspberry... stuff? The wheat is somewhat creamy and chewy, but itís all really dominated by this plastic berryness, must be the mountainberries! Alcohol is more than neccessary, body is too thick and muddy. Itís a mess, for sure, but it actually doesnít taste terrible like the oud bruin. Grows on you, but I think my tongue is just getting numb.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (3809) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Ok, whoever the punk who thought it would be a good idea to wax a swing top bottle, please, never do it again, what a pain in the ass. The beer is a bit over carbonated as it both foams up as soon as I pop the top as well as foaming over once I get it in my glass. The beer has a frothy, cream colored, initially four finger thick head. The beer is a red tinged, amber color that shows a clear, orange-amber hue when held up to the light. Fairly fruity smelling with lots of berry character, but it finishes with a thin, malt fermentation character that smells a bit cheap somehow. The berry character is not overwhelming, but it is the most dominant note found in this beer. Towards the end there is a touch of grassy grain and cracker-like malt.

This is quite viscous with a definite heft to it that coats the palate; it in fact is quite a bit thicker than the sweetness would suggest. Lightly sweet, most of which comes from the fruity berry notes that dominate the beer. The finish has some hot alcohol to it that definitely warms the throat and lets you know that this is not weak beer. This is actually surprisingly hot, though not overly so, for a beer of only 7.6%; it doesn’t hide its alcohol very well. The wheat provides a touch of a tart, clean grain note, but also seems to weaken the overall flavor profile somehow. A fizzy, ample carbonation helps to temper the chewy body a bit, but can some times be a bit distracting.

This just doesn’t really work for me. Despite being a big beer & even have a chewy richness to it, this beer comes off as thin and alcoholic.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Hazy copper pour with a big foamy head that lasts. Light aroma of grain, berries and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor is light, sweet fake berries and an alcohol bite on the finish. Not great.


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