Raspberry Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

16 Ratings

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 06-25-2003

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by HopDerek:
Photo of HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Plant 5/25/08

Poured a clear golden yellow with thin white head, average retention, some lacing. Smells of honey, malt, and raspberries. Tastes of honey, sweet grains, grass, with a touch of lemon and lots of raspberry flavor in the finish. Medium light in body with good carbonation. Not overwhelmingly raspberry, a nice balance between beer and fruit, sweet with a tart finish. An easy beer to drink, definitely good during the summer. Refreshing.

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Photo of nnthom266
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the brewery. Not up to Middle Ages long-term track record of very representative styles, I guess this is aimed at the popular crowd. It's a light-bodied lager with the addition of something raspberry. However it is quite acidic and I would not think that is something the fruit crowd will consider drinkable. Above average gas. This impressed me as an accident at the taps of some second-rate bar, not something to be served up at the brewery itself.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought a growler over for beer and pizza night.

Not bad looking. Gold body with a inch of head that lasts the first few sips. Leaves decent lacing.

Smells like raspberry flavoring, not raspberries. Sweet smell is a little like a wine cooler, but only a little.

Has a slight malt profile with mostly sweetness up front. Simple taste, I think there's a little ringwood yeast flavor in there backing it up.

Nice and crisp, refreshing like a good lager and very clean. However, there's a bit too much carbonation or something going on that gives it a too-refreshing feel.

Very drinkable, this would be far better suited for a nice summer day than with pizza on a cold any rainy day-but I'm not complaining. Good brew, pick it up if you want a lighter and crisp offering from Middle Ages.

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Photo of blackened1339
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Tajmoben
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so be gentle.

3/4 inch off white head that fades quickly. Smells of tart raspberry candy and has a nice dark golden color.

The hops start to come out in the aftertaste, along with a slight hint of raspberry. Nice looking beer, with a good taste and a great aftertaste.

Poped open the growler while home brewing and I have to say, this definitely hits the spot. Next time I visit Syracuse I'll have a refill if it's available.

As a side note, one of my friends said it reminded him of a "real-beer-wine-cooler"...whatever that means.

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Photo of CaptYellow
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy head, clear straw yellow.

Strong smell of strawberries.

Tastes like an English pale ale (their Syracuse pale ale, specifically) with raspberry flavoring. I think their apricot is better, but to each his own.

Tasty, but not as drinkable as their pale ales. I'd rather buy their apricot ale but this was available and the others aren't. All the beer is good and this, like them all, is worth trying. If raspberry is your thing, definitely stop by (they have it on draft to try sometimes too- check their site for what's on draft to sample).

Note: This doesn't taste like artificial flavoring to me, but I don't know if it is or not.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. The nose is of tart raspberries and their signature Ringwood yeast. What a great smell. The two compliment each other perfectly. There is also a hint of some light crystal malts. The taste is not as well pronounced, but the raspberry flavor is still there. It finishes clean with a low body. This is a great summertime ale. Too bad you can only get it on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

Was a clear gold, had about a finger of head, alot of carbonation.

Smelled very good, but not like beer. Smelled like raspberry and little else, but considering its a fruit beer thats par for course.

Taste wasn't at all what I expected. With the smell I was expecting something like a lambic, but instead got alot of dry, acidic, very mildly sweet flavor, and if I was going by taste alone I wouldn't know it was a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel was average. The carbonation was right on and the weight was perfect, however, that doesn't mean much at all when it's flavor isn't what you want.

Drinkability for me is low. I won't try this again, free or not.

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Photo of thebuck
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GFSchwab
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love beer from this brewery and the brewery itself, unfortunatley I have run aground with this one.

It was light copper with a little head.

The smell was lacking the usual hopyp fragrance of an ale, and I got no floural pattern either. All I got was rasberry, just too over bearing.

The taste mirrored the smell, as the beer lacked complexity and its sole source of flavor was the fruit, just too light and too unbalanced. I would imagine this would be better as a wheat beer, as the malts there would help balance out the blast of fruity goodness. However, the rasberry taste that I did get was decent and very fragerant in character. (just too much of it)

The mouthfeel was off and too light to linger. It was difficult to even finish the small serving that I had.

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Photo of Foxman
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a clear and genuine gold. A finger of virginal white head drops soon to pithy froth. Thin tracks of lacing mark the inside of the glass.

The aroma is about raspberry, but disappointingly, it smells like extract, not the fruit itself. The underlying grain presence, while sparing, saves this from smelling like Jolly Rancher beer.

Upon tasting, the raspberry again comes through as a shortcut rather than as the juicy fruit itself. However, the presence here is at least more sedate, and allows a more credible grain character to come through with a lightly tart biscuit note and manageable sweetness. The finish is rather crisp and even refreshing, but it comes on suddenly, just as the fruit and grain drop off. It's in no way distasteful, but it simply could be so much more.

Light bodied, the carbonation is the real hit here, while the grain and dry glow play some smaller roles.

I've grown to enjoy raspberry beers, but the caveat is that I want them to taste like the fruit, not some laboratory fruit concoction. And while it's more flavorful and less sterile than it could be, it still falls a bit short of its potential. And yet, in spite of this less than ideal scenario, the crisp, clean finish and overall light nature make this quite drinkable, at least relative to the rest of its personality. So if this is brewed with real raspberries and not extract, I do apologize, but if that's the case, why doesn't it taste more like it?

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Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average fruit beer from MA, and not quite as good as the Apricot brew they also make. This one is pure golden with a small head of white foam. Aroma are artifical raspberry flavors and a nice golden ale base, below them. Taste follows suit, one-dimensional, and tasty, but too artificial for me. Mouthfeel is light, and drinkability is just OK. A nice attempt from the MA folks.

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Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -12%

Raspberry Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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