matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
550 ml bottle from the LCBO. AP pours deep red with an average off white pinkish head, lingers and laces AR raspberry puree FL raspberry upfront, powdery malt body, dry tart finish, slighly medicinal PA not too sweet but the powdery, dry medicinal feel really detracts from the overall experience OV better then i thought itd be and one of the best non-sour fruit beers ive had, probably wont buy more @ $5.50
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deep ruby red with a sizeable pink head. Lovely pungent nose of fresh raspberries. Quite intense. Slightly hazy with light carbonation. Sweet taste heavy on the raspberries, which is good. A slightly bitter finish but not unpleasant. VERY drinkable. I could have chugged mine but held off. Medium body and a slightly creamy texture. Overall one of the best fruit beers I have ever had, pints down.
pootzboy (1611) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decants a ruby-copper colored ale with a rich 2 finger pink cap which lasts and laces the glass well.
Pungent aroma of fresh crushed raspberries, light malt sweetness and grassy tones.
Wonderful balance between berry sweetness and mature ale maltiness, hops mingle with fruit tartness...finish is intensely tart with amber ale malts breaking through.
Wow! A massive infusion of real fresh berry is managed well with a rich amber ale...were it not for the absence of the musty horse blanket tastes you’d swear this was a raspberry lambic...great summer sipping
probstblueribbon (3208) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
550 ml bottle from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Oh my GOD. This is RED. Really red. Slightly hazy with a pink head.
Aroma: Raspberries in several forms – fresh, juiced, jammed and synthesized, some light warm spices, a green vegetal note (peas, I think),
Palate: Medium+ body, moderate effervescence.
Flav.: Still plenty of raspberries in the same forms described above, still that odd green pea note, there’s also some nice biscuit/toast malt behind the fruit; kinda sweet with sufficient acidity for balance, fairly refreshing, no bitterness and a pleasant biscuit malt and raspberry jam finish.
This is certainly a fruit beer, no argument there. It is drinkable and I’d consider it as an alternative to Sangria on a patio.
Spab (2695) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear ruby with fairly large pink head. Very sweet raspberry juice nose with a bit of shampoo(?). Taste huge on sweet raspberry juice to the exclusion of just about anything else. Very soft carbonation. Unusual and not overly beer like but not unpleasant.
TaxiDriver (1487) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A very sweet and fruity smell. The head is small and pink with a short duration. The taste is very sweet, syrup, no malt, later it gets a little bit sour. The body is oily-creamy and light to medium strong with a soft carbonation. The finish is dry.
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an intense clear ruby with highlights of gold, white cap. Aroma is enticing berry and a faint whiff of hop. Taste is all berry - jammy and tart, perfumey and bitter, with an intriguing overtone of sandalwood. High quality ripe berries. A touch sweet, but formidable in everything it does well.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Since raspberry is a subtle flavor, it bonds well with the brown/organic ale. The aroma is slightly sweeter than I would like, but it still gives a nice overview of what you will be tasting.
TheJester (2051) - 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.