TheJester (1958) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
550 mL bottle. Cherry-red with a small, pink-grey head. The aroma is rich raspberries and a touch of mint. All real; no suggestion of syrup. The flavour is sweetish raspberries and not much else. There is actually very little suggestion that this is beer!? Medium body, medium-high carbonation. I’m not a fruit beer guy, but this really isn’t bad!
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As a beer, this would, because of its high sugar content, rank low. As a festive brew, taken for what it is, Samuel Smith’s Raspberry is about as enjoyable as sparkling cider - and I have little problem with that. You have to be in the mood, of course, but the fruit beer goes well with a lavish scoop of vanilla ice cream. As a beer to knock-back with your friends after a hard workday, I would probably seek other ales. Purists will grumpily shrug off the beer as being a froufrou drink, but others, wanting to have a good time with something different, will appreciate the robust flavor of Smith’s workmanship. And that 5.1% apv doesn’t hurt, either.
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Arden Wines. Clear red with a slim pink collar. Neat confectionary sweetness giving way to some tea-like and fresh fruit aroma. Sweet with traces of countering dryness; jam, pips and cherry drops. Ladybeer of the added-fruit-juice variety, no doubt; but a superior one without the ruining sweetener of so many of its Belgian counterparts.
Pinball (10922) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear dark red, huge smooth pink head
aroma of fresh raspberries and raspberry cake.
flavor of sweet raspberries, faint sour base, good balance, very fruity. nice. great fruit beer, lots of fruit, not much bitterness.
pharkanklaus (34) - KBH N, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from fish’n beer.
Poors dark-pink small head.
Heavy nose of sour raspberry. The mouth sweet and the sour doesn’t dominate until the finish - and then some.
The malt is just a base and the hops is not present in this refreshing and delicious beer .
sactodd (18) - Citrus Heights, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish hue with medium foam pinkish head. Definite aroma of raspberries, but not completely overwhelming. Starts crisp and light with carbonation, then moves to the raspberry flavor. First sweet then finishes with a light tart hit. Nice fruit to this ale.
rane (919) - Nibe, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I had this one as a welcome drink, and as such it´s perfect. Nice looking red beer with very little head. Aroma sweet and lots of raspberry, so much summer hidden in one beer. Taste sweet prickling rapsberry.
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Københavns Ølfestival 2010.
Clear red coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet aroma of raspberries and candies.
Sweet flavour of raspberries with notes of candies.
Zantetsuken (10) - USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of pure raspberry, overpowering any other scents - refreshing but one-dimensional. Red like raspberry juice in appearance. Fizzy head, disappeared quite quickly, much like soda. Tastes like it smells - almost entirely of raspberry, sweet at the start and slightly bitter afterward. Palate is thin and sticky, light body, quite fizzy, and a lasting blend of sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. Overall a great beer if you like raspberries, but otherwise, stay away! Perfect for a summer afternoon.
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s 92 out today. I just cut the lawn. this is the best to cut the heat. Wonderful raspberry aroma from a dark red pour with a big creamy pink head. I know how it sounds but the taste is great with raspberry tartness that really cuts the heat. I doubt I’d like this in November but right now it hits the spot.