Raspberry Killer - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Raspberry Killer was a dead ringer for raspberry sun tea. The compact cap was eggshell in color with a slight pinkish blush. The foam lasted about as long as a bar pour typically lasts and the lace was more extensive and more attractive than normal. As the beer fell with drinking, the glass became festooned with fuzzy rings, connected by sheets of what appeared to be spray-on snow.
Although it was on the subtle side, the aroma was appropriately raspberry-like, both in terms of quantity and quality. It didn't overpower the base beer and it didn't smell like artificial extract. I'm not sure whether whole berries were used or just their juice. It's probably all the same in the end.
The best thing about Raspberry Killer (other than the name and the fact that it tasted good) was its proportionality. The relative flavors of the base beer and the raspberry were right on the money. Either too much or two little fruit flavor has ruined more than one fruit beer. The berries didn't dominate, yet they were much more than an accent flavor.
Just as important was the perfect balance among sweet, bitter and tangy. That must be hard to do because so few brewers can get it right. The flavor was raspberry tea-like as well. Using a food analogy, let's go with untoasted bread covered with raspberry jam and shredded hop leaves. Mmmm.
I continue to be ambivalent about cask beer. The restrained carbonation is great when one is sessioning (which I rarely do), but I find that I crave more lift and more energy in most cases. While RK wasn't too bad on the bubble front, it was a fraction thin. Having said that, the fruit sugars gave it a sneaky slickness and a surprising amount of lingering berry juiciness.
Raspberry Killer is a great warm weather beer that is perfectly suited to being consumed by the gallon. I was also pleased to see how the second half of the pint stood up to my BBQ pulled pork sandwich. Bottom line: berry, berry good.
Serving type: cask
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines
07-14-2008 20:09:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
Raspberry Killer from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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