Berry Naked Black Raspberry Ale - Naked Dove Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a dimpled house mug, giving a reddish brown coloring with ruby flecks around the edges. The half finger tall head of tan bubbles retained nicely, leaving intermittent specks of lacing down the glass. There was a chill haze throughout, but no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gave creamy sweet vanilla icing sitting sweet against cereal and pale grains. Authentic raspberry fruitiness exploded off the top, with saltiness, earthiness, and big seediness. It smelled just like raspberry jam fresh off the press. Toast came out with warmth, and the hops finally came to blend, with grassiness and earthiness. Our first impression was that the raspberries gave equally fresh pop as in the nose, but there was also more tartness than expected. As we sipped, sweet raspberry fruitiness, white sugars, pale and lightly toasted malts, lactic sourness, and vanilla sweetness blended for the start. The middle peaked with more pale malts, white flour, and adjuncts attempting to wash through some of that raspberry freshness. Crisp and salty sunflower seediness pulled us to the finish, with more soured raspberry jam, fresh creaminess, mineral water, pale and adjuncty grain, and more soy sauce saltiness. The aftertaste breathed of sweet and sour raspberry, pale grain that approaches wheatiness, sorbet sweetness, and full bodied milky creaminess. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was medium, but with prickle down the length of the tongue. The mouth was wetly coated, with crisp and toasty dryness creeping down the throat. Each sip gave good pop and smack, with decent slurp and glug. Foam and creaminess were huge, saving the sip. The abv was light, and the beer drank very easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was its simplicity and robustness of the raspberry flavoring through the nose and the aroma. This beer is very true to what is advertised. Towards the end, in trying to keep things light and airy, the flavoring did let up a bit. This was more than made up for by the big mouth and creamy froth to the slurp. The raspberry is downright insane, but the entire thing gets a bit tiring by the end. It would be hard to drink a growler by yourself, despite the easy abv. In the end, the simplicity and freshness makes for a nice, tasty change of pace.
03-24-2013 19:21:40 | More by TheBrewo
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
was able to hit up opening night for Naked Dove's newest family member Berry Naked! I've really been looking forward to this for the last few weeks
A- pours a nice looking amber color with shades of red and a wicked head of foam. The fluffy head is literally like frosting on a cake. The colors of the brew meshes together well. Good lacing on the sides of the glass
S- this was what I was hoping for.... the raspberry presence is impeccable, yet the malty scent profile shines through. Berry naked is unlike other fruit beers because the real attributes of the ale comes through. This is not like some of the "seltzer" fruit beers on the market. A real crafted beer theme is there
T- as expected, the fruit mingles with an earthy malt flavor. There is a dry finish which extends and actually ties together the whole taste experience. A very good malty fruit beer that balances out
M- great carbonation that seems to fit the profile just right. Good flavor remains on the mouth
D- as stated above, this is how I want a fruit beer to taste. There is no question, berry naked is a brew that positions itself as a drinkable ale enrobed as a delicious fruity experience. The dedication to delivering it as a malty brew is even better. This will be a brew that I go to for my early spring days and even longer summer nights to come. Well done Naked Dove
03-12-2011 02:45:13 | More by lovindahops
Berry Naked Black Raspberry Ale from Naked Dove Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.