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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11259) - 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).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11113) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9958) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8102) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Shared bottle. Pours hazy dark straw with clingy off-white head. Nose is heavy wheat, berries, backup hops. Tastes wheaty, with hops and substantial, well-integrated berry flavors and a tart finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7157) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
1L flip-top with some seriously difficult purple wax over it. Poured deep coppery-amber with a thick cap of rose(faint)-tinted beige head. The aroma picked up a broad array of berries that I could only pull out blueberries from.. kinda smelled like they were all from concentrate.. caramel backing.. the wheat showed with spicy accents and dusty appeal.. this grew on me as it warmed. The flavor was also carried by the berries of mixed origin.. darker berry meat met caramel at the core.. wheaty tartness and berry skins all over the edges giving a tart, engaging impression.. finished a little sharp when the alcohol caught up. Medium-bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation on the palate.. OK feel overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Pours a clear deep amber with ruby hints and a large frothy, clumpy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet berry nose with a hint of fruity tartness and malted wheat. Starts fairly full with a chewy wheaty sweetness and some nice berry complexity with a touch of hoppy bitter balance and doughy yeast before a drier sweet-tart finish. A pretty unique and well-balanced beer.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6262) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially large, creamy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium reddish-amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), with a note of artificial berry syrup. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. More soda pop than beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (6133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2009
OK, so I finally cracked this May 2008 one liter bottle. Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet; lots of berries and fruit. The flavor is dominated by a rich fruitiness; lots of sweet berries, blueberry being dominant and very noticeable. Lots of rich malts and dry wheat as well. Very natural and pretty nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Lots of sweetness in the nose. Wheat malts, fruity berries, and the hint of a buggy note. Pours hazy amber with a giant head and visible sediment. Sweet and wheaty with lots of fruit - both fresh and somewhat artificial. A touch of twang in the finish and noticeable alcohol too. Highly carbonated. Glad I finally got it out of the fridge. This bad boy took up a lot of room, plus it was a BITCH to open.


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