BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by ryan. Pours clear ruby with a small, fizzy ruby head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is fresh raspberry, light malt, sugar, grassy, and earthy-farmhouse notes. Flavor is lactic, raspberry, light malt, grassy hops, earthy, and a dry finish. Medium body, low warmth, and high carbonation.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
red scale 0, nothing more red, large bubbled white head dissipates fast. Nose is light Brett and wood, raspberry strong, no seed, more sweetness and pulp, juicy with low bitterness. Flavor is heavy sweet raspberry, light short dry finish, little complexity, more tart in end with hints of yogurt in lactic. Light vanilla and sugar, carbonation carries this one, standard RR body sublimely lifts it from what might otherwise approach Raspberry Tart feel. I think the 2010 was considerably more complex and sour, the singular fruit here making it seem a bit weak for RR though still quite tasty.
GT2 (5659) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL thanks to ryan. The pour is a hilarious ultra pink pink like Robitussin or something. Insane clarity and glow. Fizzier pink head. Sharper berry nose with no specific raspberry character. Soft wheat mash, berry medley, Temptation wine barrel. Taste is very refreshing, tangy, zippy, bright raspberries and strawberries. Seedy and bright. Effervescent, tangy palate. No band-aid phenols, no medicinal character. Great stuff- not necessarily better or worse than the 2010 batch. Different. Equally nice.
skoisirius (1144) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last bottle at City Beer, San Francisco. Stoked to be able to try this! Pours a bright and almost see through bright red. The nose brings in hints of raspberries and a slight tale of funk. From the get go the lovely elements of tart and sour fill the palate. After a nice coating of raspberries, the funk sets in again and blends smoothly with the fruit. Big puckered dry finish. Beautiful and lasting resonance on the palate after each sip...quite the fantastic brew!
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Insanely fresh and fruity nose with lots of acid. Perfect balance of sweet and sour. Fresh cherry and raspberries, sweet malts and lactic acid. Vinnie again shows why heís the best brewer in the US.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan, thanks! Bright neon red with pink head. Aroma of intense fruit and a bit of grandmaís perfumed armpits and lemon peel. Taste is siftly sour raspberry, lemon, dust. Very nice.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Intense bright salmon color. Amazing strong raspberry flavor. One of the best aromas on a beer Iíve had. Dry tart raspberry flavor. Really nice fresh fruit flavor. Good sour finish, but not overpowering or acetic. Amazing beer.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ryan: Pours a clear bright ruby red with a handful of off-white bubbles. Looks like red wine. Has a fresh fruity raspberry and tart, lightly funky nose. Starts with average fullness, but mostly still, with some mild sweetness quickly giving way to a puckering tartness and raspberry balance before a drier very tart finish. Could use a little more time to mellow and carbonate.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to my friend in Santa Rosa!
Appearance: Pours a bright translucent magenta with no head.
Aroma: Sour raspberry, wine barrel/cork.
Taste: Sour/ not so ripe raspberry ,low tannins,not much malt character. Finishes tart.
Mouthfeel: Juicy, puckering. Very active carbonation.
Overall: Very very tasty, very drinkable. Would have been suited for summertime sour drinking.
bookman10 (472) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish-pink color with frothy pink head. Lots of carbonation in this one. Aroma of sour raspberries. Flavor is very dry, sour, fruity, raspberry. More like a wine than a beer, really. Sour finish. Not a bad sour beer.