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Tundrabeary Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Tundrabeary AleTundrabeary Ale

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A slightly tart, refreshing light ale made with raspberries, blueberries and other natural fruits. Just as the cinnamon black bear on our label craves the flavor of mountain tundra berries, you will find this brew to be irresistibly delicious.

Added by chilidog on 10-26-2002

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 103
Photo of dcscientist
3.42/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a little different than the description - the sampler I had was very sweet, giving no tartness at all. Color was a very nice raspberry, and the taste showed a lot of that too, though I'm not sure why it finished so sugary. Not too many places make fruit beers, so they get points for trying something different, but I'm sure a lot of people will think this tastes more like cough syrup than beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, reddish-brown with minimal head. Taste is a raspberry/blackberry combination with toasted malt and light blueberry. Light and sweet..above average fruity beer. Tastes natural as opposed to artificial. If I wanted a fruit beer, I would not hesitate to get this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

not one of the better fruit beers out there, this blueberry colored ale has virtually no head at all, and is a major letdown for me. it smells fruity enough, like the better parts of fresh jam, and of acidic juice from concentrate. I do not smell grain or hops that would identify this as a beer though, and that's a problem. the taste is also very fruity, but much less fresh, much less interesting, and much less enjoyable. there is a funny metallic taste too, and the grains are there, but feeling sort of stale and afterthoughty. the beer also has no carbonation at all, which in a brew that is supposed to be a summer session post hike refresher, is a major issue. fuller body too doesn't help, and overall just a very unimpressive summer seasonal. the idea of mixing berries into beer really entices me, and I wanted so badly for this to be good, but it really is one to avoid when you roll into Idaho springs.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
1.84/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well this beer smells like a piece of fruits sweaty ass. Unfortunately, the flavor profile isn't too far away from that. This is a complete waste of time and I find pretty much no aspect of it redeeming, interesting, or worth the time or money. Avoid.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
2.27/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Stella Artois "chalice."

Appearance: Pours a nice cloudy brown/red hue with a one-finger white and bubbly head, although it quickly dissipates.

Smell: Weird, not very good at all. KInd of wheaty, but very vegetal. Like spoiled vegetables. And there is a definite prune smell. Not very good at all.

Taste: Fruity; I taste wheat, and a definite taste of raspberry/blackberry. But it tastes artificial, and not so good.

Mouthfeel: Average. Thin, easy to drink, mild carbonation.

Overall: An ok beer I guess, definitely below average.

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Photo of Brenden
2.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tee color is a mildly hazy copper. An off-white head grows to just over a finger tall but looks soft. It takes a little time to drop off, but not a whole lot. A bit of foam remains and a ring of lacing is left along with some spotting.
The aroma is fruity, mostly tart with some sweetness to it. There's a light grains element behind it. I suppose some malts are there, but I'm reminded more of a wine spritzer than a beer. Hops are minimal. There's nothing really different to be said about the flavor, either, as it translates from the aroma without change. It's a bit of apple flesh with some grape and cranberry. Yeast makes an appearance more strongly in the flavor. A pale ale? No. Certainly not what I'd hope for from a craft brewery, light or not.
It's a bit light and somewhat spritzy, though not without crispness. I suppose it's easy-drinking.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured unto a "nonic" glass.

Appearance: Transparent dark amber, light bubbles with almost no head. Might 1/10" white.

Smell: Really slightly pour, may come off to some as light honey.

Taste: Really pretty sweet, when I mean sweet this is your liquored soda. I don't want to knock this beer but not your "man" beer.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, thank god it is easy to drink because after half the glass I want to dump it but like a good boy I will finish it.

Overall: Like soda, I don't want to knock tommyknocker but seriously they won't knock anyone out with this brew. This is a beer you grab for the girl you know who DOES NOT drink beer. It is sweet tastes of peach and slight citrusy but not the for the good of mankind. Good from far but far from good, Godspeed.

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Photo of Kromes
2.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light brown color with a head that looks like a cup of tea.

S: It smells like toast with butter and raspberry jam. Actually very nice.

T: The raspberry flavor hits right up front with a very weak and watery malt flavor. The beer is very sweet....almost splenda sweet. It reminds me of raspberry iced tea.

M: Very thin and watery.

O: Overall, within it's style, it's an average fruit beer. The flavor is ok, not something I would drink often though. The mouthfeel is pretty bad and reminds me of a iced tea.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
2.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug.

It's a hazy copper with a very white head. Lots of tiny bubbles.

It smells like blueberry juice.

It tastes like a berry soda. Not much in the way of malt, no hops are noticable.

It's got lots of tiny carbonation with a rather thin feel. It's very soft.

This is no fun. It's not terrible, but it's not good. I'd still rather drink this than Wild Blue.

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Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A very ill-defined aroma, with lots of fruit almost running together.

T: Tasted of raspberry, cranberry, and some malt. Mostly this is a thin, watery beer. The majority of the fruit is loaded up front, leaving nothing in the finish.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick, yet thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a terribly average, unfocused beer.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.08/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Written from notes taken at the brewery...

A-Honey amber in color, 1.5 fingers snow white head

S-Sweet raspberry jam and wheat

T-Very sweet, almost cloying, wet wheat and cranberries, raspberries intermingled

B- A little watery and almost flat

Overall I was surprised at how good this smelled and how the flavor was presented well too. The Body truly was its downfall, perhaps a weak setup with the carbonation at the tap?

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Photo of bluHatter
2.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Looks amber in color. Almost like a dark apple juice. Very little head which goes away quickly, leaving thin little islands of bubbles remaining on the surface.

S: strong cranberry smell

T: Imagine mixing a very light beer with cranberry juice and you've pretty much got it. Kind of watered down in both aspects.

M: Thin and watery. Almost no carbonation.

O: I'm always a little suspicious of berry beers just because it seems to be a toss up whether or not it will have sufficient carbonation. A good berry beer must have plenty - this has absolutely none. So there it is.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. "Born on" date clearly marked.

Pours with an interestingly colored orange/amber body under a finger of white head that quickly falls to a thin layer.

Smell of sweet fruit juice/punch with a touch of some cooked hop aroma and a hint of toast.

I take three quick gulps and each time think "is this really a beer?" The flavor is very sweet, fruit-juicy, and light. Almost zero bitterness going on here and not even much malt. The fruit flavors are not very realistic, but they are tasty (if carbonated juice is your thing). There are no off flavors present as is so often the case with these fruit juice beers.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, and rests on the lighter side of medium. I would expect this to be like a macro lager or a diet soda, but it is better than that in terms of mouthfeel.

Conclusion: People on this site abhor beers that fall outside of traditional styles unless they are packed with huge-flavored ingredients, tons of alcohol, aged in some sort of wood, or taste like bourbon. Thus a sweet fruit-juice beer must receive a 'D'. If they added a few sour bugs to this beer, aged it in a barrel for a year and sold it in bombers as a "limited release" for $25 a bottle, it would have an 'A'. Enough ranting. I think the brewers at TKB intentionally made this beer the way it is, which isn't much like a traditional ale or lager. I am all for brewing outside of styles, and since I can't find any actual flaws in this beer, I consider it to be a worthy effort. I wouldn't choose to drink this often, but I am sure some people would.

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Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived an orangish amber with 1/4" of head. Decent retention. Smells primarily of raspberries and blueberries. The taste is sweet and tart, not a bad berry flavor, but one dimensional. Light bodied, crisp, a little heavily carbonated.

This one is far too sweet. It limits the drinkability. It also has an intense berry flavor which is only good if you absolutely love raspberries.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After reading the reviews for this beer on here, I wasn't sure whether to try this or not. Fruit and Vegetable beers are usually not high on my priority list to taste and review but given that I was able to get a single bottle of this at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge, I forked over a couple bucks to see what all the "hype" was about. Sure enough, this wasn't that great and for anyone who bought a six-pack of this, you're probably feeling like the Brewery owes you a refund. Thankfully, one bottle of this wasn't too hard to down.

Nothing memorable to the pour, with a dark and slightly purple hue to the beer. The head and lacing were minimal and there wasn't much of an aroma here - just some berry and syrup. Both of these were repeated in the mouthfeel, which also had a lack of carbonation and a heavy feel to it. This felt light in flavor but heavy in consistency if that makes any sense. It reminded me of a blueberry Lambic, if such a thing existed, because of the sourness to the taste and the slight funk in the aftertaste. Unfortunately, such a sensation doesn't really fit in with this style of beer and detracts from the drinkability of what should be an easygoing style.

Don't let the alcoholic content fool you - there are much better "lawnmower beers" available during the Summer. Anyone who's a fan of this style should give this a go but there are much better beers to spend your hard-earned money on, even during this time of the year. This could have used some more sweetness and carbonation to lighten the flavor since the beer is heavy enough on its own but for now, this is a one-and-done in my book.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark ferric oxide coloring has a feverish rise of densly packed micro-bubbles that fills the glass like a fine mist. The head is seashell white, slight and fizzy with a sudsy character to it, quick to dissipate leaving but a few whimpy lashes for lace. Nothing to see here move on.

S: Grape juice, perhaps raspberries with a hint of blueberry scents of moderate strength. Sugary sweet.

T: The flavor was as the nose indicated, sugary sweet malt, sweet berry juices with a mixture of raspberry and blueberry. Honey and syrup with a light toastedness really doesn’t seem like it mixes well or flows. Fruity notes of berries on the passs. A little more restraint on the fruitiness and sweetness thanks.

M: Light mouthful, quiet carbonation juice like consistency.

O: A bit overly sweet to partake in multiples. It is what it is, a fruit beer that tries for balance with some signs of maltiness but comes off overbearingly sweet.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

candy like color starts to fill the glass, with a fizzy white top that seams to pop up and fall down immediatly. ehh. but then i took a whiff, fake berries, and just light kool aid like aroma. not even close to a good fruit beer. way too light and the flavors and aromas are so blatently artificial it was downright scary. light berrys and hints of sweet malts try and poke up but they are just remnants of what would make a good beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle served into a kitchen glass in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Nice transparent copper colour.

Sm: Heavy berry esters and something familiar I can't quite place. Aroma is moderately strong.

T: Berry, cream, caramelized malt, and assorted indistinguishable esters. Not horribly complex. Poorly built, but balanced enough.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not really complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Average ABV, pretty drinkable, and mediocre quality. Fairly priced.

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Photo of zeff80
2.48/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head with a pinkish tint. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet raspberries and blueberries. Not much in the way of beer aroma.

T - Sweet tasting with blueberry and raspberry flavors. There was a mild touch of tartness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This wasn't as bad as I expected from the low score. It was, however, lacking many beer-like qualities.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.91/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a Growler on 6/12

Poured a nice golden pink smelled like berrys and maybe even a hint of apple (smelled alot like delerium). The Taste was alright, a little to much like the Sparkletini's my mother drinks, but albiet refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of devinoconnor
1.21/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's a rare occasion when I pour out a 6-pack, but this one deserves it.

Pours a golden ale color. Nothing wrong with the look.

Smell is sour, stale ale aroma.

Taste is sour blueberries, fruity and very sugary. No hops. Like blueberry juice mixed with Yuengling. Blueberry by itself? Delicious. Yuenling by itself? Delicious. Together? GROSS.

Avoid this beer. Awful.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Somewhat eerie, slightly cloudy amber orange with muted pink tones. Small head, okay lace.

S: Not a lot of aroma. A little chalky malt. Strawberries.

T: Remember those jelly-filled strawberry candies in the old-fashioned mix? Dissolve that in a slightly malty light ale. Not in a good way.

M: Low carbonation. Medium viscosity. A little dry.

D: Not really my style. Overall, a little too "novelty" for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a yellowish copper color with a thin white head. The really isn't much lacing at all on this beer. The aroma was of some light berries and a little malt. The flavor was also of some light berries and mostly malt. The berries were slightly refreshing not sure if I'd enjoy this more in the summer or not. The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty thin and kind of watered down. Not sure if I'd willingly seek this one out again or not.

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Photo of StLThrash
1.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Hazy, dark yellow, minimal head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Prune juice! I made my wife smell it and she said prune juice too. Weird smell.

T - Almost like some kind of fruit juice that was mixed with a light or wheat beer. Really strange taste. Kinda flat and very sweet. No malt character or hops at all.

Overall - a very strange beer. I bought this thinking it would be similar to a raspberry wheat, but it's nothing like that. I'm not sure who would enjoy this and not sure what they were (are) thinking when they made this.

I would avoid. I'm still upset I bought a whole sixer of this.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.07/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

#80. Got at a package store. I'm finding the date marking on the back very confusing to read so this beer could be, and with my luck should be old. But let's hope not.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 1 finger depth highly fizzy carbonated head which retains rather poorly as carbonated head usually does. Surface clears partially after head completely dies away. Color is a very hazy amber/light brown. Color personally isn't very appealing. There's some light trails of carbonation. There are few redeeming qualities about the appearance as everything here is par at best, leaving the appearance as pretty bad in the end. 1.5

(Smell) Some faint smells of sweet and tart fruit (I deduce berry), although not as much presence on either as I was hoping for. Next to no malts. The smell is weak. It needs to be significantly bolder than it is. Flavor diversity is also rather unimaginative. No hop presence despite having a wafting bitter aroma which is most likely tart bitterness from the berries. Somehow, this seems like it's going to be painfully sweet regardless. Ultimately a bland aroma. 2

(Taste) It's a beer that tastes almost like a bland berry tea. The thin flavor assortment capitalizes on flavors that I got in the nose, but neither one come out as dominant or powerful, which really makes the taste boring. There is a watery tone to the whole thing. Too sweet to come from the berries alone; it seems like fruit juice or artificial concentrate has been added to the mix as a failed attempt to sweeten things up. The very subtle berry taste is a watery blend of sweet and tart flavors. The flat berry finish gets a chance to be the only clear distinguishable flavor at the end but doesn't really garner much attention or interest. I'm drinking this beer very slowly because I don't really like it. There's nothing interesting about this beer that would call me back for more. It's honestly a muddled mess. 2

(Mouthfeel) Slight tart crispness on the front, following through to the end. Nothing too crispy nor smooth. Carbonation is wavering and this beer is flatter than it should be. There's a wafting lightness paired with a watery taste through this beer. Light/medium body, dry finish. Mouthfeel might be this beer's best quality in the fact that it comes out as nearly average. 2.5

(Drinkability) In my opinion it's not worth a second round. The character is light but bland, making this beer easy to drink several of if your intention is to not enjoy the beer. And there's likely better macro choices which do that for even better prices. While the price tag on this beer was fair ($1.50 ea.), there's nothing memorable in the drink and there's no reason for me to go back for more than this one. 2

Verdict: This beer lacks character and flavor and almost comes out as a tea-like brew with some very subtle berry tastes that are hardly worthy of titling this beer as "Beary". Not worth it for me at all. Sometimes the low price may appear a good deal, but not in this case. D- (2)

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