Bell's Raspberry Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by RocPorterFanatic:
2.8/5 rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours clear vibrant red, almost crystal clear with an airy head that quickly dissipates.
Smell is just plainly raspberry. Nothing spectacular here. A syrupy soda thing is going on with it too, like its been cooked. All beer is "cooked" and that's not what I'm getting at. Its almost porridge like. Its faint, but present.
The flavor is of a pale ale with raspberries added. Could the raspberry have been frozen when added? Its almost watery. The berry flavor is good, but the base beer is what I'm really tasting. There's a big biscuit flavor here. Almost outshines the berry.
Mouthfeel here is spot on. Vibrant enough to keep it interesting, but mellow enough to let the beer be the star.
Not a great beer, but a drinkable one. I'm glad I got to share this with somebody else. $20 was a little steep.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2011 20:29:30 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Where most fruit beer makers like to celebrate the candied fruit components of raspberry, Bells prefers to draw from more Belgian-esque form and employ a more tart and true-raspberry character that chases from nose to finish.
Certainly fruit-centric, the ale pours with a mauve body but capped with a modestly pinkish froth. Light and and foamy, its head retains half the session before giving way to the acidity of the fruit. After which, a memory of lace adorns the glass in the beer's wake.
Fruit forward for certain, the culinary experience starts with a must fruit scent and overtones of raw raspberry. Settling in a bit its taste is semi-sweet and semi-dry with the robust character of vine-picked raspberries. Both its delicacy and its racy acidity plays out on the bed of dry cracker malts that provide the most modest of sweetnesses- its an ale that plays off of the fruit but doesn't entirely rely upon it.
Mid-light in body, its early malt and embedded carbonation gives creamy impressions, but after that, win-like acidity and dryness balances that of malt for a finish that's fruity, semi-dry and lingers with a memory of berry.
I love the ale- but I understand that as a fruited beer, its potential is limited. It's easy, effortless and straddles the fence of what's sweet and what's sour. But its sessionability is not questioned as it can be enjoyed all summer long!
Serving type: on-tap
05-26-2013 07:13:56 | More by BEERchitect
Bell's Raspberry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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