HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
550ml bottle. Had a bottle of the cherry at Ye Olde Cheshine Cheese on Fleet Street - liked that, let’s have a go at this one from the LCBO. Looks friggin’ great - clear deep cherry red with a large lasting fizzy-foamy pink head (4-). Smells of somewhat sweet very ripe raspberry, just a hint of light grain; weirdly, it actually seems more cherry-ish than raspberry-like ... even to a hint of cough syrup. The taste ... a bit of metal up-front, it fades some (but persists, sadly) - but otherwise it’s much like the aroma - cherry/raspberry, a bit "Lola" or Jubly -like, fairly sweet - refreshing enough on a hot day. Light, sticky body, just enough carbonation (it seems lively enough, but not all that carbonated, if you follow me), with a fruity, sugary finish. Just okay - I would drink it again, but I simply can’t give it super high marks - just too simple and too sweet. wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
Pours a lightly hazy, pink, red, brown sort of colour with a tinted pink cap, looks like a raspberry beer pretty much. The aroma is raspberry jam, spot on. The flavour is raspberry jam, spot on, the sweetness is restrained, and the tartness ends the beer quit well. Dry finish. Well done. All and all, I would say this is one of the better fruit beers i’ve tried. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2010
The aroma has lots of raspberries with not much else save a touch of malt. The appearance is red with a pink, foamy head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice drink that delivers on the fruit flavor you expect but downplays any taste that might distract from it. To the point. puboflyons (3431) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2010
From the 550 ml. bottle with no lot code/dates. The pour is purple(!) with a puffy inch head that slowly dissolves leaving a thin, shortly-clinging lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly raspberry with a completely muted and indistinct malty or hoppy scent. It smells more like a Kool Aid. The mouthfeel is of good medium texture and the taste is also raspberry to the extreme but a slightly better maltiness here. If I rate it by its style they do a good jub brewing a very refreshing fruit beer for a hot summer day. But as for regular everyday drinking...no way. Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2010
550ml bottel from the LCBO. Pours a beautiful burgandy red with a pink tinged head. No need to hold the glass to your nose, as the aroma of raspberries hits you as you pour. Nice tart raspberry flavour, and a hint of bitterness. Not as sweet as expected. I could have a couple at a time. My wife might not drink anything else all summer.
barncatmatt (2286) - 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 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. pootzboy (1735) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
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 you’d swear this was a raspberry lambic...great summer sipping probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
550 ml bottle from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass. Spab (3831) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
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, there’s 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 I’d consider it as an alternative to Sangria on a patio.
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.