BVery (10609) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Tap at Swans. Cool reddish pour with a small pink head. Nice berry aroma and taste. Clean, easy drinker. Lagerboy (2221) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
Bomber, as Swans Berry Ale. Clear red copper, some sediment, mostly fading off-white foam. Promising pungent aroma of real fresh raspberries. Sweet berry fruity malty taste, faint herbal hint. Average carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Just okay. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary) Ericular (1022) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2015
On tap at Swans. Smooth, but that’s about where the list ends. A bit artificial. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2014
The Great BrewDad Victoria Pub Crawl - Great Fruit aroma and flavor. This was a very good fruit beer. daveddec (24) - - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a brown colour with a hint of pink. It develops a lot of foam, but it quickly dissipates. The aroma is mostly of raspberries. It is medium bodied, but feels a little light on the carbonation. The taste is mostly of light malts, and some raspberry. The raspberry taste is closer to a syrup or jam-like flavour, and it lingers in the aftertaste.
GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
August 17th, 2012 - Sometimes we run across breweries and their whole line of beers, and they don’t "click." Maybe it’s the beer. Maybe it’s the brewery. But sometimes, out of a whole underwhelming line-up of beers there is at least one that stands out, shining and gleaming in a field of gray, soulless suds. And often enough for it to be an observable trend, this drinkable savior is a sweet brew - something that inspired the brewer. Is that the Swans Hotel’s Raspberry Ale? True, it is better than most of what’s being served, but it doesn’t come to the taster tray wearing a small cape and spandex. The aroma is pleasant, featuring strawberry notes, and the heavy luscious scent of dark, overripe raspberries, but the flavor is flimsy. Transparent, almost untouchable touches of strawberry appear here and there on the tongue, but even under the most serious sensory scrutiny, this ale doesn’t offer up much. This puts it ahead of the other Swan beers (so far) but it’s not enough to redemm the damage done in my tasting notes notebook. houblonchien (89) - CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Slight rose tint in the glass. Raspberry on the nose. Light hops. Little head. Pleasant but not a full bodied fruit beer. A patio sipper for a hot day. vadie (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
Rouge/cuivre avec une petite mousse beige. L’arôme des framboise et du malt anglais. Le goût est un peu du malt anglais et de la framboise. C’est un peu sucré et épais en bouche. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Verbatim from notes 16JUL11
Raspberry Ale: Cherry pine ale with no head, no lace, brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet raspberry, natural. Hunts of biscuity malt. Raspberry is a little subdued compared to say, NG’s offerings, but I think this is not bad. Sweet bready malts hang out iwth the sapberry and have just a touch of sourness. Medium bodi with low carb. Dry finish. Would like a lot more carb. Overall, Not bad, the carb (lack thereof) takes a lot away from the overall impression of this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
08-04-2011 Ferris (15901) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft - Raspberry and light malts, a bit jammy. Light clear amber with a thin head. Malty raspberries, again tastes like jam as it smells. Not bad, but just not a fan.