Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Pours a unique color that combines orange and purple, with a nice reddish head that leaves good lacing. Huge berry aroma. Thick mouthfeel and it starts sweet and ends sour. Tart aftertaste. Another one-of-a-kind beer from New Glarus.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Deep,rapberry,red colored with the most defined,white,head I've seen.The milky,ring contrasts the red perfectly.The raspberry aroma is evident soon after removing cap.It is just gushing out of the glass.Intensely smooth,not to sweet,mouthfeel.Raspberry flavors with subtle wood,wheat(hardly noticable)with the age old hops hardly noticable in the finsih.Raspberries are everywhere and are delicious.Totally clean tasting and delicious.Hope I can score more before Illinois is out.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crimson color. Very sweet. The raspberry taste is very strong. My friends all wanted a "real beer" after drinking this, but I enjoyed it immensly.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as good as the Cherry version, but still damn good.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, deep red. Not much head, but tons of lacing. Obviously, raspberry dominates throughout. Starts a bit sour, turns sweet and moves back to sour in the finish. The body is nice--not too thick, not too thin. Lovely aroma, nice flavor, and something significantly different. I definitely enjoyed it.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is beer? It’s very fruity. The only bitterness (in a grassy, meady way) is a quick rush at the very beginning of a sip, and unfortunately this is unpleasant. The raspberry quickly takes over though and the result is a syrupy alcoholic beverage.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep ruby/garnett hue. Pinkish tan head sticks around for a while. Floral fruity tons of raspberry in the nose. Starts off slightly sweet, medium bodied, sourness kicks in on the finish. Tons of raspberry, very pleasant, very drinkable. There are endless possibilities in using this beer.New Glarus is great, I wish I could find all their brews. An excellant very quaffable fruit brew.
PhillyBeer2112 (2522) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2002: Amazing! Rich deep dark almost bloody purple color. Nice raspberry aroma. Excellent raspberry flavors with smooth beer like traits and not overly sweet in the least.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Great characteristics in this one, smell, look, and appearence in the champagne flute. Just couldn’t get to like the taste of it. Doesn’t mean it is bad just don’t seem to be able to get a enjoyable experience in drinking this one. Ended up watching my guests drink the rest of the bottle while I went back to the Spotted Cow ale.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderfully tart. Looks like grape juice but has a wonderful mix of malt and fruit. Not much hop flavor, but the tartness makes up for any lost bitterness. A silky smooth body warms the palate as it goes down. A great breakfast beer.