gilvanblight (825) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
Dark red pour with a pink head. Smells like a wine, very fruity. Very strong rasperry taste. Non-beer like. Almost like a Cooler. That’s not really a bad thing. Pleasant and easy drinking. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle at Once Upon a Vine - North on 06/11/2010. Hazy red body with a small pink head. Big raspbeery aroma. Sweet raspberry flavor, though somewhat syrupy. Medium body with moderate carbonation. hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle… Mostly clear, deep, burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white/pink/purple head. Great retention. The aroma is very reminiscent of New Glarus Raspberry Tart – just straight up raspberries. No big “fruit extract” component present here. Medium-bodied and milky with moderate carbonation. The flavor leans just a touch toward the sweet side of balance and is just a smidge tart. Faint medicinal element; otherwise, this brew is just fruity and tangy. Well made. cfrancis (3584) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
wow,what a fruit beer. Pours a dark reddish hue with red/white head. Aroma is the only real off putting thing. Aroma is stale and dusty. Taste although is a burst of raspberry with malt. Great light fruity taste. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle, LCBO. I likely would not have bought this - we’re well past fruit beer time of year - but a buddy of mine really liked it, so I gave it a try. Pour is deep dark red with a nice frothy pink head - looks great, although too much like juice and not much like beer! Aroma is actually quite compelling - I could not accurately describe it, but what I found was a dry perfumey raspberry scent that was very nice. There is something else there too - but anyway, quite strong, good start. Taste is not quite as intense but still fruit first, beer second - huge raspberry taste at first, but it does give way to its golden ale roots in middle and sort of weak finish. At first this blew me away, but more sips revealed something a little less complex. One heck of a fruit beer - a notch below New Glarus, as most are mind you - but still - nice job Sam Smith’s on this one - a pity I didn’t have it when it was stupidly hot outside...
PorterPounder (8313) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 500 ml bottle. Dark red leaning to light purple pour with a bubbly pink head. Took me awhile to place the aroma - the closest approximation I can come up with is the chemical concoction that they have on toilets in buses to keep them from stinking up the bus. Flavor redeems it somewhat with some natural tasting raspberry with just the right amount of sourness to keep it interesting and uncloying. Finish has just a bit of ripening vegetable funkiness. Mouthfeel has some decent spritziness to it. Ratman197 (15448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2010
5oo ml bottle poured a clear dark garnet with a lasting pinkish head. Aromas of raspberry and cookie. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of raspberry and shortcake with a crisp lingering raspberry finish. zeek (194) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
Pours a dark ruby with little head. Taste starts sweet and ends bitter. Right on the edge of being "too berry". smith4498 (3676) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours cloudy purple color with pinkish head. Aroma of raspberries. Sweet raspberry flavor with some tartness. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. My favorite of their fruit beeers. Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Proud and not ashamed, I love this beer. Not all the time, and not for every occasion, but maybe once every month this is ok to pull out and put a few down. The pour is rasberry candy red, small pinkish head. The flavor and mouthfeel is a strong rasberry flavor, nothing fake or vitamin like, full flavored rasberries. This beer is to drinkable, but also an ambiance brew, has to be the right time, but overall solid stuff if you like the style.