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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Great Divide's mantra is that real fruit makes real beer, so Great Divide ferments Wild Raspberry Ale with hundreds of pounds of real red and black raspberries. Wild Raspberry Ale is a truly effervescent, ruby red ale that achieves the almost impossible balance between malted barley and tart raspberry fruitiness. Its naturally tart character makes Wild Raspberry the ultimate accompaniment to spicy Mexican food or on its own as a stand-alone session beer.

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Ernest (7721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Head is initially small, fizzy, light pink, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark red. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of raspberry and ashes. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Kind of a quaffing fruit beer, but rather harsh in both aroma and flavor.

Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Very nice! Light foam. Nice brown color with a trace of red. Raspberries are pretty subtle, but a nice background. A bit on the sour side.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Tastes kinda like an ESB with a tart raspberry finish. Not much fruit flavor though and it almost doesn’t taste like beer either. Fizzy palate and weak malt presence leave a lot to be desired and make me wonder if I’m drinking a wine cooler. The flavor could also transition much smoother. Doesn’t even come close to the New Glarus Raspberry Tart.

austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Tasting this side-by-side with New Belgium’s Frambozen Ale, I’d say this Great Divide brew isn’t as good. It’s really just a glass of very fizzy beer that smells, but doesn’t taste, like raspberries all that much. This underlying ale seems to be thin and uncomplicated and the berries need more steeping to better impart their flavor, otherwise we’re left with a semi-blank canvas of a picture - a beer that might have been.

awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Yech, line this one up with the Arcadia Anglers Ale as some of the worst I’ve had.

NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2002
This reminds me of Leinie’s Berry Weisse when I pour it, which isn’t a good thing. I don’t like the head on my beers to be purple-tinged (ok maybe on imperials). Amber body that looks like it has a shot of reddish syrup in it. A curious, sour, tea-like rapsberry aroma, not really of fresh berries like New Glarus, but not really artificial either. No, this just won’t do. Tastes of melted plastic, rather nasty aftertaste, no discernable ’beer’ character. Where’s the malt? This one barely escaped the drain. Quick, someone send me some Weyerbacher Rapsberry Imperial!

beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Pronounced reddish color (Raspberry), Large head. No noticeable fruitiness in nose. Taste has a lot of raspberry flavor, but is not sweet. Nicely malty and hoppy. Little aftertaste

softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2002
If I were blindfolded and had to tell the difference between this and Abita Purple Haze, I’d be hard pressed to do it. Altough the raspberries are a bit more subtle in Purple Haze. I didn’t like this one quite as well overall though. Maybe because purple haze at least looks like a wheat beer i.e. no red hue.

Andrew196 (1922) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2002
If I had a brewery and was making a girlie brew, it would be just like this...pinkish hue, very fruity, but still resembling a beer.

Panzuriel (2306) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2002
Hints of raspberry amongst the aroma. Subtle raspberry tartness in the flavor without too much sweetness. Mellow and dwindling aftertaste.

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