Beaver Tail Raspberry Ale | The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

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Beaver Tail Raspberry AleBeaver Tail Raspberry Ale

Brewed by:
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light, unfiltered wheat ale with raspberries, this is a refreshing balanced beer.

The combination of tartness and sweetness derived from the raspberries create a light, crisp, yet fruity palate.

The rich golden colour is a combination of specialty malts and real raspberries added to the beer. The haze is a result of the yeast still lingering in suspension.

An enduring favourite, this is a pleasant beer that is enjoyable either on the patio or after skiing.

Added by stirgy on 12-06-2004

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Photo of wordemupg
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R_Kole
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cknoch
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has come a long way, baby! Over the weekend, I got a chance to tour the new Grizzly Paw production facility and see the brewing process for BeaverTail. The switch to real fruit has made a huge difference in the aroma and taste. It pours cloudy, with a bit of white foam that lingers around the edge of the glass. The smell is gorgeous - real raspberry and a hint of wheat. The taste is full on wheat and fruit - perhaps a bit sweet, but that is to be expected for this style of beer. I am very happy for this brewery - they are making good beer and their pride in the craft of brewing shows!

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Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boszormeny
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes, I believe at Ferguson Bix in Calgary
A - Cloudy pink orange, arrived with no head so tough to judge
S - Faint berry hint, bready grains, light leafy
T - Tangy creamy rasperry, buttery bread, slight crisp leafy hops, cream finish
M - lightish with a some berry tartness, mild hop dry finish
O - not a bad offering from this small Alberta brewer, definitely enjoyable on a warm summer patio

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Photo of TJMcScmeebs
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Baldpacker
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Newly available in 12oz bottles, at least at Sherbrooke Liquor Store in Edmonton, for those of us not predisposed to stopping over in that southern Alberta mountain park area after a few leg-killing days of skiing in BC.

This beer pours a seemingly unfiltered, very cloudy burnt orange amber hue, with one finger of soapy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparse blots of remote islet lace around the glass in its brief wake.

It smells of tart, greenish raspberries, natch, bready pale and caramel malt, and a faint leafy hoppiness. The taste is definitely all raspberry up front, but the muted, earthy, vegetal sort, more like what you would get from a diluted mixture of ripe and unripe berries. This soon blends quite well into a semi-sweet grainy and bready pale malt, tempered more by a pleasant leafy and earthy hoppiness, since that raspberry essence is hardly the palate-killer of other 'framboises' of note.

The carbonation is quite low-key, just a wan frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit pithily fruity in its otherwise quotidian smoothness. It finishes with a minor bit of raspberry sourness, lingering bready malt, and earthy, vegetal hops.

While this is what a real, basic raspberry-infused beer tastes like, I still feel that I need me some more intense raspberry essence. Other than that, an easy drinking, summer-friendly brew, that much is certain - and it doesn't need any frozen raspberries floating in it to make it good.

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Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub, in Canmore.

Raspberry beers don't have to look red - on the contrary, I prefer them not to (the ornately colourful ones are usually only so because of the addition of syrups or colorants). This beer's crisp but delicate gold tone, its thin but insulating head and, naturally, its hazy blush sit well with me. I find, in general, the "au natural" look to be a good one.

The beer smells delightfully of raspberries and feels as though it's tickling the nose with a rosy pink blossom. The smell is fruity and only faintly sweet - it's actually more tart than anything - and seems to support the menu's claim about using whole berries in the brew. It's simple and predictable, yes, but unreasonable to not accept it for what it is...

Which is simply a pleasant, albeit middling, raspberry accented beer probably intended for those who don't appreciate beer on quite the same level connoisseurs or even habitual craft beer drinkers do (that much is evident from its lighter body and more resigned level of maltiness). Still, for a garden-variety offering it is very palatable and enjoyably drinkable.

I usually quickly tire of fruit beers; they often become cloying or flat or too plastic and uninteresting. While I don't doubt a second pint might have induced these kinds of sentiments, I was more than content with the one glass (which, truth be told, exceeded initial expectations). It held up unexpectedly well against the brewery's other offerings.

Not all fruit beers automatically make refreshing, toothsome, summertime tipples; if they're not raked with artificial syrup then they're usually insipid and ordinary. Beavertail Raspberry Ale - despite being a little lackluster - still steers clear of being either synthetic or insipid and, assuming you don't mind middling fruity beers, is well worth the price of a pint.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had just run a half-marathon in Canmore and was craving refreshment — and not just any beer would do.

This one did the trick, surpassing its underwhelming appearance and aroma in the taste department. It had the nice, cloudy golden body of an unfiltered beer with a bit of a pink tinge, but came to me essentially devoid of any head.

The raspberry is an accent here rather than the main attraction, and added a nice refreshing tartness to the beer's gentle graininess. It's nicely hopped and finished crisp and easy-drinking. I could have easily ordered another if not for the hour-long drive back to Calgary.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

When this was finally served to me it had a thin film of frothy lace, but no head whatsoever to speak of. Whether it comes down to slow service or poor retention, I may never solve that riddle. The beer itself possessed a pink-tinged peach hue when held up to the light. Wheat, coriander, and sweet raspberry in the aroma. A blast of very sweet raspberries in the flavour at first, they were almost extract-like in their intensity, as I'm used to fermented raspberries being more tart. The flavour then turns bitter and grainy in the middle, with a tart, mouth-puckering spicy finish of pepper and coriander, and a very pronounced presence of what seems like chinook hops, which continues throughout the aftertaste. Not a very balanced beer, it sort of swings from one end of the spectrum to the other without any warning. A light pleasant mouthfeel at least, but the synthesis of all its elements don't work together, turning this more into some sort of unleashed chimera rather than a refreshing fruity Belgian-styled beer. My overall impression: too much going on with an absence of harmony.

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Beaver Tail Raspberry Ale from The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 21 ratings