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WRaspberry Ale | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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WRaspberry AleWRaspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You will not find any preservatives in this thirst quenching ale. But additives? That's a different story, as each brew of Wild Rose WRaspberry Ale is infused with thousands of natural, juicy-red additives called raspberries.

12 IBU

Added by IronDjinn on 08-04-2003

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 65
Photo of Cwrw
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I ever tried from Wild Rose, but it is the one I buy the least, yet after drinking it again tonight I cannot think why. This beer seems to suffer from some stigma because it might be considered their easiest drinking and most approachable--but those are hardly bad things. The fact remains that this is an exceptional fruit beer, absolutely thirst-quenching in summer months. The beer is a light pink, rose-wine coloured, but when held to a white background the light brown malt colour does appear. The head is not exceptionally long-lasting or thick, but then, for the style, it is what I was expecting. The bright white head, pleasant whilst it lasts, quickly becomes a thin layer, sometimes patchy, but leaving pockets of nice lacing nonetheless. The whole appearance reminds me of some Belgian fruit beers. The aroma gives an authentic, strong smell of raspberries, rightfully so, along with a decent hint of malt. The aroma is not complex, but again, for the style, this is not disappointing, because there is no artificial extract smell, only fresh ripe berries. Sweet sugary candy and a subtle but mouthwatering tartness make this quite a beer to crave on a hot day. Tart berries immediately on the front of the tongue, maybe a little too close to kool-aid or juice, but that fixes itself in the finish when the malt comes in. A delightful balance between the sugar and the bready malt comes into play in the aftertaste. Instead of much sourness, I am left with gristy light malt. The mouthfeel is light-bodied and fizzy, like pop or juice. I could drink this all day and not get tired of it though. A great summer quaffer. This is a beer I should visit more often.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a pint dimple mug)

A- Warm orange color with a reddish hue. Light thin smooth head that lasted quite a long time

S- Sweet fresh raspberry aroma with a hint of floral hop spiciness

T- Very light honey malt taste with a bold raspberry taste coming through the taste. A pleasant floral hop taste and a subtle buttery finish.

M- Light body with high carbonation

D- Very nice fruity beer that had good fruit taste. It didn't come off as perfumy or artificial fruit. It has a good support of malt and hops to compliment the fruit.

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Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying this on a brewery tour, gf got hooked on it. Now we always seem to have a 1 litre bottle in the house. Pours golden peach color with a pinkish tinge, nice thick and bright white head, love its appearance. Aroma has tartness of raspberries, but also some 'off' smell that I can't quite place. Its just not as clean and fresh smelling out of a bottle compared to coming on tap. One of the finest fruit beers as far as being well balanced between the beer and the fruit. One side does not overpower the other, not artificial tasting or sugary sweet, but but a nice blend of wheat beer and raspberries.

Note to self: Need to get the canned version, for taste comparison and to add to the collection

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Photo of Beersignal
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has quickly become my favourite summer quencher. I'll explain why in the following review. I am surprised that more people do not enjoy this as much as I, but that's ok.

Beautiful orange-gold coloured pour which brings forth a generous cap of frothy white foam of decent staying power. A champagne like bead rises from the glass and adds to the visual score.

Aromas are pleasant if not overly complex. One immediately detects wheat and raspberries in balanced amounts along with light notes of vanilla in the back. All of the aromas are however are in perfect harmony.

The first sip gives way to a dry and tart liquid. This is the quality that, in my opinion, makes this the ideal summer drink. The dryness is followed by flavours of wheat and freshly picked raspberries. A hint of vanilla (just like in the aroma profile) manifests itself in the end and lingers for some time,mingling with the raspberry flavours. Again, as with the aromas, not overly complex but very pleasing.

This is the proof that a beer does not have to be ''pimped'' in order to get high marks. I think the brewer did a fantastic job with this beer. A subtle, quenching and elegant brew which makes the drinker do a little digging. Very pleasing.

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Photo of pootz
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark peach color (tinge of pink in straw)....medium carbonation... Had a chunky 2 finger cap that laced out quickly and clings to the glass through the drink. Aromas of berries, and grassy hop...sweet malt as well. Started fairly tart, light (almost watery) sweetish body that finishes with a decent bready aftertaste punctuated with a twang of berry tartness....a nice light summer drink but for my preferences I’d rather see Wild Rose shelve this one as a seasonal and put the cherry porter into year round production.

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Photo of Garin
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My second Wild Rose beer poured a slightly hazy very pale amber with
pink highlights. Perfectly white head, thin, light, bubbly, and
short-lived but with some nice lace.

Slightly dusty aromas mix with a lagery hoppy smell. Can a beer smell
lagery? This one does. A definite raspberry aroma goes without saying.

In the flavour, tart raspberries right up front. Very bready/toasty
flavours in the middle, and a clean almost lightly vinegary finish.
Maybe some wild critters came into the brew along with the
raspberries. Once again, I'm a bit disappointed with the ridiculously
light flavours in this Wild Rose beer. It's quite watery. It's a
real shame, since that vinegary fruity bready thing works extremely
well. But those were highlights, and there was no backbone to support
the whole thing. Alas.

The body is very watery as well. Some light carbonation keeps it from
being completely featureless. It's drinkable, but so is cold water.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This came in an elegant looking brown 1 litre wine bottle-shaped fliptop bottle. It pours out with an okay fluffy white head, and appears to be the colour of a zinfandel. Nose is of tart raspberries, and the smallest hint of malt. Flavour is of watery raspberry, no malt or hop presence at all. It's very apparent that they used real raspberries rather than extract, I made a raspberry wheat a couple summers ago with whole raspberries that tasted exactly like this--a light fruity beer spritzer. Originally brewed as a seasonal on tap, it's become popular enough for them to brew year round now. The women around these parts seem to love this stuff, yet the only time I can see myself buying another one of these would be for one of them.

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WRaspberry Ale from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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