Strawberry Rhubarb
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #459
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #16,771
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
149
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Strawberry RhubarbStrawberry Rhubarb
Notes: STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SOUR ALE is a gift for the senses. Strawberry is the yin to rhubarb’s yang—the sweet to the tart. This beautiful partnership creates a beer that glows ruby in the glass, bursts with strawberry aroma, and bites with every sip. Bright and effervescent, this sour is a fun and refreshing, lip-puckering treat perfect for every occasion, any time of the year.
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KenjiN from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is pale gold (I don't get any pink) in color, with a thick, white head. The aroma is enticingly fruity and tart; one whiff, and I want to dive right in. The carbonation is subtle; I could use a little more. The combination of strawberry and rhubarb flavors is stunningly well-executed. I could not be happier with the tartness level; it is perfect. So many "sour" beers are either excessive or deficient; Great Divide got it right with this one.

This is a wonderful, entertaining, refreshing beer.

Monday at 11:51 PM
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice pink golden color with a slight head and nice lacing
Aroma has strawberry and rhubarb hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced sweetness strawberry and tart rhubarb flavors
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A good Sour beer

Apr 02, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I might be bias cuz this is one of my favorite pie flavors as well and they matched it pretty well I think. This is an excellent sour and I can't wait to have it again, not extremely tart either I good balance of sweet and tart similar to the pie.

Mar 30, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's no divide here. The classic flavor combinations of rhubarb and strawberry come together as seamlessly in beer as it does grandma's pie. Brewers of Great Divide has certainly found common ground here.

Simply named Strawberry Rhubarb, the beer pours a rather innocuous golden shade and with a billowing white froth following closely behind. Tangy and playful on the nose, the red berries and underlying acidity all tingle the nose and allow for a glimpse of shortbread. As the taste ensues, its the shortbread maltiness that shares subtle hints of graham cracker, pastry and agave.

But the stars of the show are the fruit additions of strawberry and rhubarb. They play out like cranberry, green apple, currant, plum and mild cherry in straight fruit cobbler fashion. But there's an undercurrent of green apple, lime, lemon and gooseberry that give the fruit additions an added acidic value. Tart but slightly subdued in its sourness, the ale plays out quite sangria-like in its taste late.

Medium bodied for sour ale, the beer's malty balance keeps it from premiere dryness, refreshment and crispness but it does insure balance and flavor rewards in a malty-sour finish and a medium short aftertaste of rose wine, damp burlap and sourdough.

Jan 08, 2021
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep golden hazy look to this brew with a decent white head. Strawberry funk is the main scent I get from the nose. The sweetness of the strawberries lies just underneath that funk. I’m nervous. What’s nice is the flavor is not near as sweet and really well blended sort of bitter sour to start and then the sweet strawberries finishes this brew. Could use a bit more carbonation but it’s prickly as is. Pretty nice brew here.

Oct 31, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gift from son, purchased at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 8/19/20.
Stamped on bottom of can (CANNED ON JUN 30 2020). On shelf at store. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), hazy.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, high density with a few small surface rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three to five mm undulating crown and a complete thin cap. A few small pieces of lacing remain as the head retracts.
Lacing – OK. A couple of buttes of very tiny bubbles. Also, see above.
Aroma – 4 – Begins with a sour and weak strawberry smell, no malt, no yeast. After it breathes, just the sour smell remains.
Flavor – 3 - Begins slightly sour with no identifiable flavor, certainly no strawberry. No malt, no yeast. No alcohol (6.2% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching syrupy, soft but lively carbonation. After swallowing, my mouth feels squeaky clean.
Final impression and summation: 3.5. Another entry into the growing interpretations of what a sour should be. OK but not worth repeating. Glad it was free.

Aug 19, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Straw with a pinkish hint in color, with a large fluffy head. Smells of sweetend strawberry. Taste includes strawberry but the rhubarb levels out the sweetness and gives it a hint of sour. Flavor is good, well balanced.

Jul 09, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: pink amber color with finger length foam that lingers quite a long time
Smell: strawberry rhubarb, like exactly what you would think, smells tart, smells sweet, strawberry tea
Taste: sweet crisp start that is strawberry, then transitions to rhubarb then to bitter rhubarb then sour Tang follows. Not that tart at all
Feel: start seeminglu light but is really medium body the whole way through. Fits well and carries the flavors.
Overall: nice, I do like, though likely because it is not really that sour at all for a sour. So for someone who doesn't typically drink/like sours, I really like it.

Jul 04, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours a hazy peachy colour, small head of foam, good lacing.

Big smell of strawberry, rhubarb is there, nice level of tartness.

Tasty mix of strawberries and rhubarb, hints of lemon tartness. Really delicious.

Lightish body with medium carbonation.

Lovely.

Jun 07, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 3/13/20
Had on-tap at Great Divide Brewing in the Denver International airport in Denver, CO

Appearance - Served up in a snifter, slight haze and lightly golden in color with a thin, broken layer of surface suds sitting atop. A few small patches and spots make up a fair lacing.

Smell - Fair tartness on the nose, with hints of rhubarb.

Taste - Rhubarb is prominent here, but light. Fair tartness. Strawberry flies a bit under the radar. Mostly tart finish.

Mouthfeel - Light with fair, slightly tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Decent sour, just wish the fruit was featured more rather than a generic tartness presented here.

Apr 11, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear golden orange with ruby highlights and a small, white head of foam. It smelled strongly of strawberry with hints of rhubarb. Sweet strawberry taste with some tart notes and caramel.

Sep 14, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the LCBO; dated Apr 11 2019 and served slightly chilled. While I am generally not much of a fruit beer fellow, it's worth mentioning that I've liked many of the strawberry-rhubarb beers I've tried in the past.

Pours a little hazy, with a golden amber-coloured body that is initially crowned with nearly an inch of foamy, soapy white head. Within less than two minutes it is mostly gone; a narrow collar of froth lives on, with a meandering band of lace also having been scattered about. The rhubarb really sticks out to me on the nose - a refreshing deviation from the norm, though that's not to say that the strawberry isn't easily noticed, or that hints of stone fruit and lemon don't also contribute to the aroma. I really like it, I just wish it was more fragrant... give me more of everything.

Very tasty stuff, with all of its flavours harmonising together beautifully - the strawberry leads things off, with the rhubarb joining in shortly thereafter. It balances on the knife's edge between sweet and sour, while the lactic acidity is most noticeable towards the tail end of the sip, quickly dissipating into a mildly fruity-sweet aftertaste that doesn't persist for long. Medium-full body, with lively carbonation that contributes to its frothy, smooth mouthfeel and fantastic drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.19, an A-. I can't deny it, Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale impressed me. Whether or not it's worth the price tag in this market is best decided on an individual basis - 12 bucks is a lot for one bottle, I won't deny that, especially when it barely cracks 6%. But on the other hand, if you're looking for a top notch rhubarb & strawberry beer then they don't come any better than this, not around here. I'll pick up another bottle for now and share it soon... and afterwards, I'll hope that a greater variety of Great Divide beers are exported to Ontario in the future.

Sep 05, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for $11.95 CDN. Bottled April 11, 2019.

Appearance - Hazy peachy colored brew with a finger and a half of brilliant frothy white head. Pretty decent staying power and a small trail of lacing as the head recedes.

Smell - Some strawberry and strongly smells of rhubarb. Reminds me of summer and delicious pies with this brilliant combination. Initial aroma is wonderful and after a couple sips, still holds up very nicely

Taste - Lots of strawberry initially, transitioning to a slightly tart rhubarb. Sour, but delicately so and certainly not overwhelming. There's a fullness or creaminess in the flavor, lactose maybe that gives a greater illusion of strawberry rhubarb pie or pie filling at the least.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good carbonation, dry and tart finish but in balance with the flavors.

Overall - Incredibly balanced between the two signature flavors, one sip is more strawberry, the next rhubarb and back and forth they go. Easy to drink and super enjoyable living up to the hefty price tag. Certainly worth a try and I'm personally going to pick up another couple of bottles while there's some still in stock.

Sep 02, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - Canned on June 07 2019:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a thin lasting white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of rhubarb, hint of strawberry. Not really sour - maybe a bit.

THe taste is more sour than in the nose. - Tart/sour from the rhubarb - Balanced by strawberry sweetness. Some tart lingers a bit, though in not a particularly long finish.

Refreshingly smooth, it is easy to drink.

It has rhubarb and strawberry. Sour not intense but present. A tangy tartness balanced by a bit of strawberry sweetness describes it well, I think.

Jul 30, 2019
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing really fruity about this. Mostly just an anonymous sour. All that stuff in the commercial notes is off base. Ruby? Not even close. Hazed gold leaning towards amber. Some fruit in the nose as the beer warms. No bursting happening. Not worth the premium price.

Jul 16, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yard House in Greenville SC. Revisited in June 2020 with a can (fill dated 21 April 2020).
I expected thee body to be at least a bit reddish. Instead it is lightly hazy and (pinkish, from can) amber. The aroma reassured me that the correct beer had been served... It has a clear suggestion of strawberry rhubarb pie. The flavor follows with good balance and with strawberries, rhubarb and pie crust notes all present.
Smooth medium+ body and medium carbonation.

Jul 02, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Not quite the color I'd expected. Cap removed, the beer in instantly quite fragrant - tons of strawberry in the nose. The pour is fairly well carbonated and looks almost like a lightly carbonated champagne or dry wine - it's fairly syrupy with a light white head. Hm. Not catching much in the way of sourness on the nose. Taste notes seem to accurately reflect what I've already observed - it's not very sour at all... it's almost a bit dry. The carbonation makes it taste more like a syrupy seltzer - not a fan of the carbonation at all, just too much of that in the taste and mouthfeel, really robs the strawberry of any depth or dimension. The nose is my favorite thing about the beer. Can't stand the mouthfeel. Sour notes do come through, but certainly not to the degree that I'd like.

I'm giving it a "meh" overall - it's alright, but it's certainly no New Glarus. If you'd prefer dry and light versus rich, tart, sour, and fruity, then you might enjoy more than I have.

Jan 20, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/8/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy strawberries, rhubarb, fruit skin, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, strawberry, rhubarb, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy strawberries, rhubarb, fruit skin, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy strawberries, rhubarb, fruit skin, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, strawberry, rhubarb, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is an excellent fruited sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, strawberry, rhubarb, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Awesome balance of jammy fruit and Lacto; with a nice pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on kettle sour as expected.

Jul 14, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650ml bottle into glass. Label has bottling date as 'APR 18 2018.
Dark straw/pale gold colored body, clear composition. Light white head stays around as thick, bubbly cap and high ring. Some spots and areas left behind as lacing.
Aroma is definitely rhubarb and strawberry. I smell the strawberry and then the rhubarb. Little else comes through very strongly.
Taste is thinner than the aroma but still includes the sweet strawberry and the tart rhubarb. Overall the effect is just a little bit tart, as the sweetness intermingles throughout.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Rather dry.
Overall, the beer is okay but just lacks the oomph that puts it in a lip smacking showdown between sweet and tart. More of an offering that is very slightly tart but sweet enough to work in a wide spectrum for refreshment. I was hoping for rhubarb to be used for better effect.

Jun 26, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to leftpaw I guess for bringing this to March Madness. Summary: a moon shot away from New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb.

Pours a color that is somewhat a mixture of amber and pink. Small off white head. Aroma wasn't exactly strawberry or rhubarb, it was something different.

The taste wasn't all that sour and bright. I just didn't like it right at the outset. Had a weird bitter twang too. Thankfully wasn't sugary. You could say the twang is the rhubarb, but I dunno, it doesn't work like it does when other breweries us it (Bruery/New Glarus). I didn't think the kettle souring was a success story here like it is with some other beers.

I dunno, despite the commercial tug jobs best attempts at persuasion, I didn't find it refreshing, I didn't find it tart, lip puckering or a treat at all, for any occasion, at any time of year. Before this beer, I used to think rhubarb was always amazing in beer.

Jun 25, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi-hazy pastel orange-salmon with an uneven creamy, bubbly white film.

This has a definite strawberry aroma that doesn't seem like it will be too sweet, as it's paired with a savory herbal quality.

Taste is semi-tart strawberry-rhubarb as the herbal quality noted in aroma does help to maintain balance, but I do get a bit of a kiwi Capri Sun character at times.

The medium body has a mild froth and a semi-dry finish. If you give it a little swish the froth expands a good amount.

Jun 25, 2018
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Props to Great Divide for not making this beer pink. Looks like a crispy pilsner. Good bit of tangy, tart fruit notes in the nose. Flavor profile follows this and represents Strawberry rhubarb pretty nicely. Slight sweetness, juicy fruit, tart notes. Actually way better then I thought it would be. Don't judge this one by its cover.

Mar 05, 2018
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degueulasse from California

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a juicy beer, this isn't bad! It looks a little bland and smells too sugary to be particularly good, but its strawberry and sweet rhubarb flavors are subdued and sour enough to be quite good, and the mouthfeel has just the amount of carbonation to prick the tongue and assuage it with the liquid crispness.

Feb 02, 2018
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DBosco from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled on 8/8/17. 6.2% ABV. Slightly hazy coppery gold with a nice head, waves of carbonation rising although they don't impact the mouthfeel so much. A trace of fruity strawberry smell. Tastes a little sour, some strawberry and rhubarb, but sometimes a strange off-taste creeps in. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. Overall, this is just OK, a little disappointing.

Dec 03, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber, loads of floaties, a pinky of ivory colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Rhubarb

T: Strawberry & rhubarb with a mix of sweet & tart up front. Dryness, tartness, a little rhubarb as well when this warms & a little acidity. Finishes a little tart, a little sweet with some strawberry

MF: Light/medium body, pretty firm carbonation

Pretty drinkable, but not one a sour freak would get too amped about either

Nov 05, 2017
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 149 ratings