Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale

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Type: Fruit Beer
  • Brewed by: Great Divide
  • Availability: Year Round
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  • Region Available: USA
  • Aroma: Malty
  • Aroma Description: Cherry / Rasberry / Cassis
  • Serve at Temperature: Cold
  • Container: Flutes
  • Website: http://greatdivide.com
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  • 3.2/5 
  • 5.60% 
  • 3125/3686 
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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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  • Nov 1, 2010
    lucklys (49)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: IPA Lovers
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    Can I just say...HOLY RASPBERRY?!

    Right off the bat, the scent of raspberries is almost sickeningly overpowering, smelling surprisingly like they used real raspberries (like they say they do). There are also faint undertones of blackberry and malt, lacking any bitterness. I'm not saying it doesn't smell good, because it kinda does, I'm just saying it almost didn't smell like beer, and I was really thrown off my game. There isn't much more to report on the smelling front, it's not a complex beer. Nice, easy, simple, raspberry-y.

    The color is beautiful. Really. A deep brownish-red with a light haze when held up to the sun. The head on this was also just as lovely, ushered on by a nice amount of carbonation, it was actually a very light pink and just over an inch thick when I first poured it. It lasted for quite a while, too, leaving a less than desirable lace, but they can't all be winners.

    I wasn't too impressed with my initial taste from the first glass, but when I tried my second bottle a few hours later, it definitely made more of an impact on me. I was all ready to write about how fruit beers weren't my thing and question why that was - considering I love fruity drinks under most other circumstances - but my second taste really turned that around. Right now, as I'm finishing off the bottle, it almost resembles a bubbly, fermented malt-fruit soda poured into a glass previously used for beer. Right? Right.

    The Wild Raspberry Ale has a thinner feel to it, further reinforcing my soda reference. At the end of the drink, it manages to leave a slightly dry feeling in my mouth and a slight sour taste on my tongue, but nothing terribly unpleasant. The raspberry continues to drift throughout my mouth after swallowing, and the carbonation bubbles lightly in my stomach.