Purple Haze (Boysenberry) | McMenamins

18 Ratings

Brewed by:
United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.87%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cbarrett4 on 07-22-2010

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by flagmantho:
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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at the McMenamins in Mill Creek, WA.

Appearance: medium amber-orange hue with quite a bit of haze. Head is a finger of quite creamy white foam. I like it.

Smell: tart and lightly fruity aroma. Not bad, but boysenberry is not readily identifiable here.

Taste: moderately tart berry flavor with a lightly sweet and tart finish. There's some earthy aftertaste which isn't great, but overall not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: not perfect, but very refreshing and drinkable and with a nice texture. If in the mood for a fruit beer, I'd easily have this again.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of heather625
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of cbarrett4
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Though not a super serious beer, this lightly flavored Boysenberry wheat ale is top quality. I just wanted to pop a quick review in here in case anybody was considering a trip to any of the McMenamin's.

The appearance is good with a slight purple 'haze'. Very aromatic with a hint of wheat, hops, and some nice blue and black fruit (emphasis on berry).

The palate is very hefeweizen style with a faint hint of boysenberry, though not overpowering.

Finishes smooth and easy, begging for sip after sip.

I bought a couple of growlers worth, go check it out.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jakewatt135
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of constantine_272
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a keg of this for a summer BBQ celebrating a graduation. Special thanks to Robert the brewer at the Hillsdale Mcmenamins! Great service and great beer!

A: Pinkish redish haze. Not quite purple but close. White head with low retention. Unfiltered; can't see through even the shallowest amount of beer.

S: Raspberry, strawberry and blackberry. Sweet with wheat notes.

T: Slightly sweet with raspberry. Beer finishes with tangy sour blackberry and black cherry notes with lemon pith and a mild coriander note. Trace amounts of green fresh grass at the end.

M: Finishes very clean begging another sip. Extremely drinkable when ice cold. Could stand to be slightly thinner but and easy session beer.

O: Extremely drinkable. Nice and mellow. Great summer beer. This was a hit with mostly everyone at the BBQ; even the beer snobs were coming around to it.

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Photo of mrkinnex
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of homieecee
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of leftoverburrito
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Skrumpy
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy with a thin, bubbly head. Solid retention and streak lacing. Reddish in color, the aroma is light berries and malt. The flavor is boysenberry all the way, but not overdone. Very light, crisp and refreshing. A nice change in my beer drinking experience. This beer would be great for a summer night or even dessert.

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Photo of jackmax
3/5  rDev -17.8%

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mdavidson
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Waveoff
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Purple Haze (Boysenberry) from McMenamins
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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