Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a green 750 mL bottle and poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Thanks to Stevedore for getting this to me.
Appearance - Very unique looking for a beer. Body is a burgundy, reddish clay color and very cloudy, which gives the impression of fruit puree. Head is a finer and a half of sudsy sandy-colored bubbles. Takes its time dissipating and leaves little to no lacing.
Smell - An explosion of sweet and tart fruit characteristics, with very ripe strawberry being the dominant profile. The fruit is definitely the star, and the aroma has me a tad worried that this beer might be too sweet. On the positive side, there is a hint of tartness, like there may be a little pucker factor to this beer.
Taste - Delivers on the fruity promise of the nose, but this is not an artificial fruitiness that you get from syrups or the way crappy flavored malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice tastes. This is fresh, flavorful and tangy sweetness, with a semi-dry finish. Unfortunately, the hint of tart from the nose turned out to just be the natural acidity from the fruit. On the tastebuds, the tartness clearly comes from the natural punch of rhubarb, rather than any souring cultures or bacterial. Even so, it's quite delicious.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, providing an effervescent but substantial feel. In some ways, the feel--not the smell or taste--reminded me of a mimosa or bellini. Very refreshing.
Overall, a fantastic fruit beer. I can't say it's my favorite out of the incredibly broadly-defined style, but it's certainly up there. They manage to make the fruit the focal point of the beer without creating something cloying and overly-sweet. Rather than making it mouth-puckeringly sour with bacteria, they've tapped into the natural tartness of strawberry and rhubarb, to excellent results.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2013 06:20:08 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a strawberry rhubarb sweet and sour beer. There is strong carbonation that can be compared to sparkling champagne. You can't see through the amber brown color. It smells like a sweet bruised apple. This is a good beer to introduce people to craft beer and it is also one that experienced beer connoisseurs can enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 02:08:04 | More by cervezango
Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.