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Raspberry Strong Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Raspberry Strong AleRaspberry Strong Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

250 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%


Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-08-2002)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright reddish amber with a mild haze from the sediment of yeast and maybe raspberries. Decent lacing stays long enough to make an impression.

Candy like raspberry aroma with a malty backing. Alcohol is quite evident also with a light and clean ester.

Creamy and slightly thick in the mouth, light smoothness within the mild carbonation. Strong alcohol character that the sweetness and tartness of the raspberries ride along with, hopping is mild with little bitterness yet does not leave the brew cloying. Maltiness hits in the middle with a simple lightly toasted grain sweetness and then the alcohol kicks again with a large warming ester.

About time someone brewed a fruit beer with strength, this is no sissy fruit beer you are probably used to. Todd was spot on with the cordial comment. This is an ale to reckon with.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2002 17:57:25 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber bottle. Area for a freshness date, but it's not marked.

Appearance: A cloudy brown / red / dark amber with a very nice thick and creamy off-white foam head that remains consistent to the bottom. This beer is unfiltered.

Smell: Loads of raspberries and some musty grain in the nose, with an underlying caramel aroma. Smells of a sweet liquor or cordial.

Taste: Very creamy and smooth, with a laid back carbonation. Body is full, heavy, rich, mellow and even. Strong raspberry cordial-like flavour (oh. oh. this is really strong) with some massive alcohol characters and a big malty sweetness, including caramel. Hops lend a slightly citric bitter flavour that complements the raspberries, as well as mixing a spicy character with the alcohol prickle. Alcohol is very present, very persistent and very warming. Beer finishes with a slight grainy feel, a bit dry and with plenty of alcohol and berry residuals.

Notes: A massively complex and tasty beers. Raspberry flavours border overwhelming and contrived, but once the alcohol works its way into your head you won't care. All hail Berkshire Brewing Co.! Hoist one up! I love this freagin' brewery -- or is that the alcohol speaking?

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Raspberry Strong Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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