hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2006
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
looks like black cherry soda. smells like black cherry and raspberry. not very complex or flavorful taste like raspberry selzter with cherry syrup. the alcohol is hidden well. but i dunno this beer isnt very beer at all.
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 magnum bottle compliments of michael-pollack. Thanks! dark cranberry pour with thick foamy head. fresh aroma of wheat and raspberry, mild sugar. Smells like a Rasp cobbler. First sip was a bit much but the flavor mellows quickly. As it warms and as you continue to drink it mellows as well. nice raspberry, wheat, sour malts, mild sugars. clean wheat becomes more present as it warms. nice lacing throughout. This was very enjoyable. Thanks again Mike.
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Pours a purpleish color with a slightly putple head. Flavor is of raspberries. There is some tart flavor followed by slightly sweet raspberries. One comment was that it tasted like raspberry ice tea. A well done fruit beer that can actually be drank.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Afterexile. The raspberry colored foam intrigued me but on first sip I didn’t detect much taste. I dug deeper and found some tart fruits flavors and had to swirl around to find the sweetness. This looks like a good beer to mix with others. The carbonation factor was high and there is a wheat flavor in here. The alcohol hid very well-I didn’t notice it until I was more than haldway through the bottle. I think this needs to be aged and then re-rated. The cork seemed to have a sweetness which needs to be developed with time and cellaring.
beastiefan2k (2497) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 cork and wire. So I like fruit in my beers but this really isnt good. I mean its beautiful with its thick purple head, and a beautiful dark purple reddish body. Thats all ther is to this beer. The aroma is pesent - what you would expect, deep raspberries with a sweeet tartness. However, thats it, not much of anything else present. Taste however, is almost non-existent. For so many raspberries there really is nothing to taste. I feel its like soda with the strong carbonation but without the taste of anything. Leaves that aroma like tart raspberry in the aftertaste. As apooptosis says surprisingly unsweet. Oh yeah the alcohol was not apparent and I also had some weird smutz between the cork and the bottle top.
jeremytoni (3008) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark purple pour with thin white head. Aroma of fresh raspberry. Great flavor of raspberry, but not too sweet.
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil - headless purple/red body, giving the appearance of red wine - juicy, fresh raspberry aroma, without anything artificial about it, as sometimes happens with these raspberry ales - quite thin-bodied for the abv, but the alcohol is also well-masked, making it taste more like a 4% beer than an 8% - quite dry and somewhat tannic - slight wheat malt flavor - this lies somewhere between a sweet fruit beer and a mild lambic - it went well with my cheese plate.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil...Full flavor, filled with rasberries indeed. This isn’t the best raspberry beer I’ave had by any means, but it was OK. Despite the sweet, fruity aroma, this beer was surprisingly dry and nearly no sweetness at all.
TomDecapolis (4522) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Phoenixville. Pours a cloudy deep maroon/purple with a bubly foamy maroon head. Tons of stuff floating around. Almost like a raspberry puree. Looking at the bottles I picked up there does not appear to be as much stuff floating in the bottles. I guess we’ll see. Aroma was pretty much all raspberry. But not that artificial raspberry you get with some fruit beers. This was a more natural aroma. Flavor was also of that natural raspberry along with a slight bitterness, some tartness and yeast. A bit thin feeling for how thick it looked and sweet it smelled. I guess it could be from the wheat.
eaglefan538 (2902) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 A true girlie drink. Poured a ruby red and murky color. The head was decent and the lacing ok, but not spectacular. The aroma was all raspberries. The flavor all raspberries over an American wheat type base: some funkiness to it, but heck, who cares when you have this much raspberry in it. Way too fruity. Not overly sweet, but, not my cup of tea (or mug of beer). I’m ok w/ some fruit beers when done well, but not this one. Re-rate, 12/06: Watered down raspberry flavors, soda-like, I stand by my initial comments. A not so good beer, maybe lower than my initial rating.