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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Bottle: Pasteurised;
Also known as Organic Raspberry Handcrafted Fruit Ale
A product of England this is an ale brewed with raspberry juice and natural flavours added. Brewed at All Saints in Stamford Lincolnshire and blended and bottled at Samuel Smiths Brewery. The finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation. This beer is blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared brew creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.

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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
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

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle: 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 youd swear this was a raspberry lambic...great summer sipping

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
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, theres 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 Id consider it as an alternative to Sangria on a patio.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Spab (3561) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2010
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1604) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2010
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
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. Im not a fruit beer guy, but this really isnt bad!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
As a beer, this would, because of its high sugar content, rank low. As a festive brew, taken for what it is, Samuel Smiths 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 Smiths workmanship. And that 5.1% apv doesnt hurt, either.


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