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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Great Divide's mantra is that real fruit makes real beer, so Great Divide ferments Wild Raspberry Ale with hundreds of pounds of real red and black raspberries. Wild Raspberry Ale is a truly effervescent, ruby red ale that achieves the almost impossible balance between malted barley and tart raspberry fruitiness. Its naturally tart character makes Wild Raspberry the ultimate accompaniment to spicy Mexican food or on its own as a stand-alone session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Tasting this side-by-side with New Belgium’s Frambozen Ale, I’d say this Great Divide brew isn’t as good. It’s really just a glass of very fizzy beer that smells, but doesn’t taste, like raspberries all that much. This underlying ale seems to be thin and uncomplicated and the berries need more steeping to better impart their flavor, otherwise we’re left with a semi-blank canvas of a picture - a beer that might have been.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Yech, line this one up with the Arcadia Anglers Ale as some of the worst I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2002
This reminds me of Leinie’s Berry Weisse when I pour it, which isn’t a good thing. I don’t like the head on my beers to be purple-tinged (ok maybe on imperials). Amber body that looks like it has a shot of reddish syrup in it. A curious, sour, tea-like rapsberry aroma, not really of fresh berries like New Glarus, but not really artificial either. No, this just won’t do. Tastes of melted plastic, rather nasty aftertaste, no discernable ’beer’ character. Where’s the malt? This one barely escaped the drain. Quick, someone send me some Weyerbacher Rapsberry Imperial!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Pronounced reddish color (Raspberry), Large head. No noticeable fruitiness in nose. Taste has a lot of raspberry flavor, but is not sweet. Nicely malty and hoppy. Little aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2002
If I were blindfolded and had to tell the difference between this and Abita Purple Haze, I’d be hard pressed to do it. Altough the raspberries are a bit more subtle in Purple Haze. I didn’t like this one quite as well overall though. Maybe because purple haze at least looks like a wheat beer i.e. no red hue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2002
If I had a brewery and was making a girlie brew, it would be just like this...pinkish hue, very fruity, but still resembling a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1258) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2002
Hints of raspberry amongst the aroma. Subtle raspberry tartness in the flavor without too much sweetness. Mellow and dwindling aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Okay, this beer poured a reddish amber color and formed a white head that subsided quickly. The aroma was of raspberry. The flavor was of malt and raspberry. The finish was light and sweet. Not my one of my styles, but good for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Pleasing thick aroma of raspberries that is backed up by a very sweet taste of them w/ a little ’pop’ of tart at the end. The color seemed off though. An excellent beer for those who like very sweet drinks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2002
Deep ruby red in color, the head is generous, redish-purple in color, the lace is decent. Sweet nose, ripe raspberries, malt and a slight sour tone also noticed. Sweet start, the top is light, the finish is acidic, dry and a light touch of hops along with the slightly sour aftertaste, as with their ’Honey’ beer, good, but not great.

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