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Grand Teton XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale

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Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Victor, Idaho USA
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Teton’s 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 year’s celebratory version is bigger in every way--more than double the original’s 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 l’orange or fruity dessert.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle from DarkElf at PP tasting. Very floral aroma. Amber color. White frothy head. Mild aroma. Leans sweet. Mild bitterness. Decent.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Tasting at PP C-Bad, thanks to DarkElf! Murky dark orange hue, thick layer of head. Nose is big berries and sweet fruits, grape soda, light sweet tarts, chalk, floral tones. Initial taste of grapes and light fruits, artificial sweetener, floral hops, wheat, finishes bittersweet. Slick texture with moderate carbonation. Overall, a lower tier fruit beer, too artificial tasting, unbalanced.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2008
1 liter bottle, wax dipped with pop-top from Johns Market Place in Portland, OR--Poured a highly carbonic amber-blue-purple body that was initially buried in a mammoth white head. Sweet, infected, berry nose. Gritty, cloying, mildly tart, and overly sweet body. Too much carbonation leads me to believe the beer funked. Lots of wheat on the palate. The blend of berries didn’t work for me as this one settled down my drain.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jake65 (2534) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Pours amber with a light haze. Huge, fluffy off-white head. Smells wheaty up front with a little fruity bit in the end. Faint huckleberries, I think. Tastes fruity in the front with a tingle of bitters, a little of the 7.6%, and some wheat. It’s got a bit of sour and tart fruit mixed in before a grassey and wheaty finish. Huckleberry is the most detectable berry. Plain and simple, I was not thrilled with this one.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
’1 liter waxed swingtop bottle (BC). Rich, dark coppery color with a multi-finger frothy beige/tan head. Lots of berry aroma, with a little yeast over grain. A deep inhalation gives a berry good impression. Medium plus body with rather creamy carbonation. The flavor has sherry aspects, and more heat than expected for 7.6%. Comes over as more of a wheat wine. Extremely smooth, and the berries contribute to a winey impression. It’s a bit sweet, but not overly so. The berry bitter adds balance. It’s very good ale, and one that comes far closer to a wine or mead than many (in flavor at least).

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2008
1 litre waxed swing top bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head and good lacing. Aromas of wheat, berry fruittiness, light yeast and a hint of plastic. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, berries and light yeast with a crisp lingering fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2008
1Liter bottle-pours a big foamy off white head that laces and copper/orange color. Aroma is dry/earthy hops, mild berries, wheat/grainy/medium malt. Nice for a wheat. Taste is sweet berries upfront, then caramel medium malt/wheat/grain. Some alcohol comes through. Dry/earthy/spicy hops (continental and Simcoe?)/fruit/wheat. A well made beer. Not one of my favorite styles, but quite enjoyable. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours a reddish brown with a nice white head. Aroma fo berries, malt, and not much else. Flavor is malts, berries.........very subtle but natural berry flavors. Fruit is nice, but not very strong. For the price, i’d rather have new glarus. Still glad to try it.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Courtesy of Rustychiles. Pours a beautiful ruby red color with a subdued white head. Fruit aromas are surprisingly reserved for being a "triple-berry wheat." Tastes are similarly subdued. Very light hints of berries, though never enough to allow me to identify individual kinds of berries. Wish would have had more berry flavor, more definitive of a taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2707) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2008
So not sure why everyone is bashin’ this beer. Interesting; never had a huckleberry, blueberry, and marionberry infused beer before. Fiery tangerine in color with a frothy eggshell head. Aroma is sticky and sweet...freshly made jam and maple syrup. Would be good on pancakes!!! Tasty...a bit sugary but enjoyable.


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