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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Note: wax on a swing top bottle looks nice but = major pain in the A** to open. Bottled May 8, 2008. Lightly hazed orange umber color. Very tall lasting dark cream colored head. Quite fruity in aroma. I’m actually detecting fruit loops, with what ever grain is used and the pseudo sweet chemical fruit scent. I’m catching some evergreen and herbal hops as well. Sweet wheat and malt flavors with just a hint of fermented berries. A bit like the berry wines my grandmother used to make. Quite bubbly and a touch syrupy. Things just don’t seem to come together in this one. A bit of a mess. A decent fruity malt liquor is the best description I can come up with.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
NABA 08’: Pours a muddy purple brown color, nice head and lacing. Nose of light fruity berry, some wheat and a touch of wheat. The maltiness is solid and there’s an underlying fruitiness. It just doesn’t seem to come together or really express any specific idea with great enthusiasm. Decent body though.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample - Not for retail sale. But this will be Grand Teton’s next release in the 1.0 L bottles. Bronze color. Nose totally dominated by the berry contribution. Flavor is also solely dominated by the fruit. Fairly high in quality overall. While I respect the brewery for using real fruit, I don’t care for this beer.
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