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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,679 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1679
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.

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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours one of the most stunning color of any beer I have ever seen - clear as hell and a gorgeous ruby red. Head is small, fluffy and off-white.

Nose is raspberries...galore. Some supporting toffee malt shows as well as a bit of boysenberry syrup. Definitely sweet.

Tastes like the raspberry syrup in the syrup carousel at IHOP. Diabeetus? Possibly. Its not as good as some of the New Glarus fruit beers, but neither is it unappealing. Id have to say it is a good fruit beer, but I am more curious to see how this can compliment another beer in a blend than drink my remaining 2 by themselves

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:58:10 | More by twiggamortis420
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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 07/20/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with nice label art and a branded pry-off cap acquired earlier tonight at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery - which makes some beers I love. 5.7% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of dull pink-grey colour. Okay thickness and creaminess; it's a bit wanting in fairness. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - about 1.5-2 minutes at best.

Body colour is a clear translucent amber red of above average vibrance; it's got a nice rich glow to it. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks a bit darker than I expected - but good overall for a fruit beer.

Sm: Raspberry fruit extract/syrup. Mild floral hop character. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. Sugary raspberries. Cane sugar. Luckily, it's got a good berry aroma but never ventures into cough syrup territory. It's definitely on the sweeter side, though, and I'm a bit concerned that it might come off too syrupy like so many beers in the style. Although I do get some tartness - and even a kiss of sourness - off the back end. That tartness surfaces more and more as it warms, reassuring me. I'm excited to try it.

A pleasant fruity aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

T/Mf: Plenty of raspberry - both natural raspberry notes and your usual fruit extract/fruit syrup notes. It does land on the sweet end (undoubtedly), but there's a nice tartness throughout which lends it needed depth and diversity of flavour. Pilsner malts give it an unobtrusive clean foundation. Ripe. It's got a good balance to it even if it is kind of one dimensional. It satisfies its aims; it's a tasty fruit beer. But this doesn't have a whole lot of complexity or subtlety. One could point to Delirium Red as a superior approach to this kind of beer.

Average depth and intensity of flavour. Above average duration of flavour for the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

It's got a crisp clean presence on the palate, and is adequately carbonated - though not perfectly. Chewy and sticky. Nice body. The mouthfeel suits the flavour profile generally well, but I don't know that it seems the brewers custom-tailored the texture to the taste. More acidity would really help it.

Not oily, biting, gushed, or hot. It flirts a bit too much with a syrupy character to quite be refreshing, even in 100 degree weather here in Texas.

Dr: I hoped for better given the brewery, but this isn't a bad beer by any means, and I'll enjoy finishing the four pack. An excellent beer for luring women and/or cider lovers into craft beer if they're not already fans. Hides its ABV nicely. It's a flavourful little fruit beer that has its place. It certainly won't be a fridge mainstay for me, but I can easily see myself buying it again in a certain mood.

That said, it's easy to read this as a cider/wine cooler/alcopop. There are better approaches to the style, and the price point isn't great.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 05:34:51 | More by kojevergas
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle

A- very dark sparkly pink....pretty? like a dark pink champagne

S- Something in it I just didn't like the smell, like old raspberry and dirty socks

T- The taste was much better than the smell, raspberry really shines through.

M- Light, crisp, and bubbly

O- My wife picked this one out, she thinks it smells like old dirty water, she loves Lambics. I thought the taste was ok for a fruit beer but the smell left me not wanting to put my nose near the glass. We both tested it but in the end dumped it.

Second Review:

After the glass sat on the counter all night, the funky odor was completely gone and it smelled wonderful like a sweet raspberry sauce that would go on ice cream. 2.0 up to a 3.5

The flavor was also improved, even though it was pretty good the first time. 3.0 up to a 3.5

Not sure we will buy it again, but if we do we will defiantly let it breath a few hours because it really improved the bottle we had...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 04:18:41 | More by Gryphon69
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Red wine colored with a slightly pink head that lingers leaving some lacing, slightly hazy

S: loads of raspberry, like a raspberry sauce to pour over ice cream, sweet with a little malty beer aroma

T: really close to overpowering raspberry flavor, sweet then almost instantly mouth turning sour, finish is a musty sour fruit flavor

M: very sticky with high soda like carbonation

O: I wasn't revolted by this, but I won't rush out to buy more. It is much closer to a raspberry flavored malt liquor drink than what I would call beer. I appreciate the craftsmanship it took to get all that flavor in without using the artificial flavoring rout, but it isn't to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 23:33:39 | More by M_C_Hampton
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TCmichigan

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank 08/31/13 - Bottle

Appearance - Purple and pink mix... I don't know the fancy woman color spectrum enough to describe better than that. Head was light shade of pink.

Smell: Fruit. Sugar. Smelled like a raspberry Smirnoff.

Taste: Carbonated raspberry. Quite sweet. For a 'malt beverage fermented with raspberries' (as taken from the bottle), it tastes too much like a typical 'malt beverage'... like it came from Mike's Lemonade Stand.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light. Not thick at all. Similar to most champagnes.

Overall: Is it a beer? Factually, yes, otherwise I'd call it a shot at a standard malt beverage from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:07:08 | More by TCmichigan
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 9/3/13

Appearance: Medium purple with some pink highlights - mostly clear with some haze - pours with a medium sized, light pink head that fades to a few wisps of a cap - leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Juicy, fleshy raspberries - some lightly grainy sweetness, though, somewhere between sugar and jam (without being over the top) - robustly fruity without being excessively sweet - perhaps a hint of tart, but just straight-up ripe raspberries

Taste: Raspberries, raspberries everywhere - fresh, ripe, carbonated raspberry juice - nice amount of fruity sweetness - some actual malts in here, too, which were mostly masked in the aroma - light undercurrents of pale and caramel malts, lightly bready - touch of tartness - no bitterness, finishes sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, but gets kind of sticky as it warms up

Overall: Best paired with raspberry yogurt and raspberry Pop-Tarts

I would probably rate this higher if I had never had any New Glarus fruit beers. Regardless, this may be the best fruit beer that I can buy without going to Wisconsin. It loses some charm as it warms up, but it's still good. And unlike most fruit beers, I would actually buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 05:01:35 | More by angrybabboon
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/17/13

The head is a pleasing light purplish color. Body is a reddish brown. Retains a little froth up top. Lace clings strong during each sip.

Raspberries, malt and gardeny hints.

This beer straight up tastes like raspberries. You get hints of malt and hops but they are subdued and hard to pinpoint.

Refreshing and light-medium bodied. Sweet and slightly sticky.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 21:36:02 | More by CFHMagnet
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer has very little reddish head and leaves a thin coating on afterwards. The beer itself is a dark ruby and purple color.

Smell:
Raspberries!! Some sugar as well. The beer smell is not as sugary as some other beers because some of the tartness and funk that comes with raspberries is there.

Taste:
Completely different from the smell. Some of the raspberry tartness and funk is still there but those flavors seem to be overpowered by the sugar. The beer seems to be closest to a sugary lambic than anything else. I also get bits of light malt.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied with biting carbonation and bit watery. The beer has a dry finish.

Overall:
An okay fruit beer and much better than most other fruit beers that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:58:39 | More by HattedClassic
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bought out by Shaun at our recent tasting. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/31/2013.

Pours a thin, pink-red body with a small white head that lingers a bit. Lacing is spotty but actually somewhat substantial. Looks like a light fruit beer.

Smells like straight up raspberries which is very nice. The sweetness is a bit cloying but overall given that this is a fruit beer, I enjoyed the nose.

Very sweet raspberry flavour on the tongue, not very tart or sour at all, not quite cloyingly sweet but the sweetness quotient is definitely high as advertised. Not complex, but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very thin, yet it is enjoyable to drink. I thought the finish was a bit drying, which I would not want from a fruit beer that I expect to be refreshing.

Not quite on the level of Raspberry Tart, but I think the sweetness of this beer is just right compared to that Raspberry Tart. RT is thicker with a better nose and appearance but the sweetness on that beer is just off. Rubaeus does it quite well but is lacking in a lot of departments. Still an interesting beer to drink, but I'm definitely not stockpiling these.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:01:11 | More by Stevedore
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy darkish red with a light pink one finger head. Really no lacing and just the slightest bit of head retention.

Aroma is full of hearty raspberry along with some grass and hay.

Quite sweet taste with raspberries. A little too sweet but it doesn't really seem artificial which is nice. Very little bitterness with a sticky mouthfeel. Oddly not real refreshing due to the sweetness.

Overall, one of my least favorite beers from Founders. Decent flavor but too sweet to really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:44:28 | More by rangerred
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep violet amber. Funky head of purplish carbonation. Lace is pleasant but not outstanding.

Nose is definitely raspberries. I admit, I like it. Maybe I'm a sucker for Founders, but this isn't bad.

Taste is rich and very very raspberry. I get a trickle of sour, but plenty of sweet to round it all up. A well-tasty and enjoyable fruit ale, though definitely not a favorite from this brewery's outstanding canon.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 21:22:00 | More by secondtooth
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Considering how long Cerise malingered the past few years, how can this one be put behind the counter? Whatever, this stuff pours a clear ruby topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose is a simple wave of slightly-dank, fresh raspberries. The taste echoes this simple sentiment, the berries coming through a bit on the sweet side, but not so much as to trigger a diabetic reaction or anything. Moreover, things taste pretty damn natural, not very medicinal or artificial. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a very tasty and highly enjoyable fruit beer. No wonder this one is behind the counter...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 17:08:25 | More by TMoney2591
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pink color was unlike most other beers, but obviously the raspberries were responsible for this hue. The head was fizzy and one finger thick at most. The beer looked more like a rosé wine except with carbonation. The smell also was clearly indicative of the fruit used in making the beer, with strong raspberry scent dominating all else. Taste was dominated by tart-sweet raspberries, some malt sweetness, and showed no hops. The mouthfeel was crisp and simple. This is clearly a fruit dominated drink, and barely a beer at all, but it was good on its own terms.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:47:00 | More by rajendra82
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vfgccp

New York

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright, crystal clear cranberry juice body. Light pink hue in an otherwise white head. Low retention and lace.

S - Sparkling raspberry juice, touch of sour cherry jello powder, sprite soda,

T - Sweet white sugar, tart lemon, raspberry juice, and Sweet Tarts candy.

M - Flat, but full frame with little to no carbonation.

O - Good but not great. The flavors come off as slightly artificial, and the mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:35:10 | More by vfgccp
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky reddish brown with active but wispy carbonation.

The smell is one dimensional, but it's distinct and strong. Sugary raspberry puree. Raspberry jam. Sweet, sweet raspberry.

To no surprise, the flavor is entirely sweet raspberry. It's wine cooler-esque and sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation. A sweet sensation is left on the tongue.

It's entirely one dimensional, but still enjoyable. A good summer beer and if you like raspberries, it's certain you'll like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:13:47 | More by Vonerichs
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/6/12.

Appearance: Ruby red and opaque. Light pink frothy head which is quite possibly the strangest color I've seen on top of a beer.

Aroma: Sweet raspberry, almost in a candy-like way. Hard to get much past that besides a touch of bready malt.

Taste: Starts of incredibly sweet with a raspberry jam character. The flavor gets slightly tart near the finish which is nice but sort of falls off after that leaving an odd aftertaste of pale malt and dank raspberry. Quite a lot of flavor for a 5.7% ABV beer but it does get repetitive.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with a good level of carbonation to accent the sweet and tart flavor. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Yet another interesting, if not quite solid, beer from Founders. I tend to think beers with added fruit should be more tart like a Lambic but not a bad effort here. Definitely one for those with a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 04:13:52 | More by JamesMN
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carlborch

Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful off-pink/mahogany red with a pink 1/4 inch collar of foam. The head dissipates rather quickly. Crisp raspberry nose. Bright fruity, raspberry notes on the palate. Dry-to-offf-dry: Less sweet than the typical fruit ale. Delicate lingering. Some Belgian lace. Highly refreshing. Great balance. The ABV is moderate and not noticeable. I'll definitely look for it again. Perfect on a warm or hot day. Excellent accompaniment for lighter fare,

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 16:42:17 | More by carlborch
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BurkeBeerGuy

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only downside on this beer is that I find myself drinking it too quickly, because it's so freaking delicious. Full blast of raspberry, in both smell and taste, but not too sweet. I don't think I could ever drink two in an evening, but it's a great one-beer beer for a summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 11:06:02 | More by BurkeBeerGuy
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks! Pours a deep almost neon pinkish red with a very small slightly pink head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sour berries and funk, with more malt presence than I expected (silly me for expecting a Blushing Monk type of brew). Flavor is big bold raspberry with some other flavors mixing in that I can’t put my finger on. A definite malt presence in the finish. Dry finish and plenty of carbonation. More like Cerise than Blushing Monk. Solid overall, but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:35:59 | More by BMMillsy
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LeRose

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, illegible bottled on date other than 2013. Poured into tulip

Hazy, deep red, virtually no head other than a few wispy traces of bubbles.

Smelled of raspberry. Period.

Taste is a very nice raspberry flavor, sweetness, and acidic. The acid taste is nice, overbalanced the sweet, but in the end, sweetness wins out. Somewhat jam like, but the raspberry flavor is huge. Very nice tea-like characteristics on the finish that I have experienced before with high quality raspberry.

Very bright mouthfeel. Feels more carbonated than it is. There is a lingering sweetness along with a bit of sourness. Some stickiness, yet at he same time a little drying. Refreshing.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer for the raspberry lover (and I am one). Not complicated, very straightforward. Doesn't pull any punches...it is all about the raspberry. Will have gain.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:44:32 | More by LeRose
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids this month and served in a snifter.

Deep red, lightly hazy, with a thin head that barely covers the top despite a fairly vigorous pour.

Raspberries!!! This brew is all about the raspberries and they are there in spades, both in the powerful aroma and in tasting. In both, the rasperries have a very natural tasting presence. The aroma is largely a cross between fresh raspberries and raspberry jam. Excellent tart/sweet balance shades to the tart side.

O: Founders’ answer to New Glarus Serendipity (or is it the other way around?). Close in quality to that world-class brew although notably lower carbonation, if memory serves. I’d love to compare them in a simulataneous tasting. Highly recommended (unless you do not care for fresh raspberries).

{revisited with bottle of same vintage in Feb. 2014: remains at least as impressive}.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:10:32 | More by chinchill
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jimbuck

Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

not much of a head..about a 1/4 in.reddish/amber color,rather clear..the aroma is fantastic,due to the fresh raspberries.evidently the raspberries are fermented,rather than strictly added.the taste is a little sweet,which wanes a little as you drink it.mouthfeel is light to medium,great for a refreshing summer drink.i highly recommend for being what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 20:47:47 | More by jimbuck
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was magenta in color with some white bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Big surprise, it smelled like raspberry. The aroma was not overwhelming or particularly sweet. It was almost like a wine.

Taste - Anybody remember the Sundance sparking waters of the late 1980's. This is the raspberry flavor. It is a little tart with a diet soda like note in the aftertaste. The raspberry really does not stay potent for long.

Mouthfeel - This is an easy drinking fruit beer. Lightly carbonated, not too thick.

Overall - The closet comparison would be New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Rubaeus loses that contest in a first round knock out. The fruit is not as potent as I would like, and the aftertaste in this one is a detriment.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:06:32 | More by JohnnyHopps
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark pink, somewhat red. Almost no head.

Nose contains raspberry and a bit of a yeasty scent.

Taste is all raspberry, which I happen to love. Tastes very real, and not artificial as fruit-flavoured beers often do. Fairly sweet, but not extremely so. A little bit of tartness. Finish is a bit fry. Simple but quite nice.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Sweet, dries the mouth a bit,

Overall, simple but tasty, and very refreshing. Nice on a hot day. If you like raspberry, this is a well done raspberry focused (dominated) beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 18:17:25 | More by jrenihan
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JRed

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby in body with white head that stays around. Smells of big, juicy, mouthwatering, raspberries. Tastes of smooth raspberry juice. Smoothie-like in body. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Does any other American brewery do fruit beers like Founders?

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:38:26 | More by JRed
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