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Allagash Mattina RossaAllagash Mattina Rossa

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mattina Rossa is a beer that was a long time in the making. It was brewed in August of 2008 with a base of 2-Row malt and 440 lbs of local raspberries in the mash. It was then conservatively hopped with Tettanang, German Tradition and Saaz and fermented with our house yeast strain. Shortly after primary fermentation, the beer was racked into eleven red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces "Allagensis". After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of local raspberries in five of the barrels. The beer continued to age for an additional year, at which time the barrels were blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Mattina Rossa has an aroma of fresh raspberry, strawberry preserves and lemon rind and tastes of raspberry and pomegranate. The long finish starts with a tart citrus and ends with a pronounced biscuit flavor and slight bitterness. We brew it with a mash of 2-Row malt and 440 pounds of local raspberries. Shortly after primary fermentation in stainless steel with our house yeast strain, the beer is aged in red wine barrels with a blend of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. After 18 months, fresh local raspberries are added to a portion of the barrels. The beer continues to age on the fruit for an additional 6 months, at which time the barrels are blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in oak barrels with raspberries. Available in 12.7 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Small batch series by Allagash.

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a pink-hued pastel white over a medium-hazy copper-amber body with light sediment and moderate carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) Tangy, viscous fruit syrups and sugars with a moderate acidity and a high perceived dryness. Raspberry is the most aromatic fruit note forward, with subtler hints of strawberry and cherry. Additional Brettanomyces impact generates peppery and softly funky undertones for a complex wild ale aroma. Some soft grain alcohol is detectable. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Sharp tart acidity up front with bold raspberry flavor minus the syrupy sweetness, soft biscuit and pale malts with light body and a delicate sweetness overall. The collective flavor is light but with a strong sour kick and a bold raspberry and vinegar flavor drive. Finish drags on tangy and acidic, with subtle undertones of oak tannins creeping in on the finish, which is otherwise very clean with a lingering trail of puckering raspberry and vinegar well after the finish. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly syrupy, smooth, softly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is acidic and sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This beer certainly had some ample time to pucker up for one of the most sour ales I've experienced in quite some time. I enjoyed the straightforward raspberry flavor immensely without the expecteed viscosity of syrups or burdened sweetness, for a beer with an overall reserved sweetness and a big focus on the tanginess, the brett and oak qualities, all of which are very forward in this ale. Quite tasty, and certainly a choice beer for lovers of aggressive sours and sours with peppery and vinegar compounds. 4

Allagash Brewing Company's
Mattina Rossa

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super raspberry forward, but too spritzy to be called "jammy." Pretty nice funky nose, a bit of wet sponge aromatics, but just a tiny bit boring, as if fermented with one strain of Brett rather than the whole gamut of Senne valley microflora. From the description on the bottle, this seems to be the case. Delicious raspberry sour beer but I don't intend to revisit.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
1.7/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

375 mL bottle. Red body. Smells intensely acidic. Raspberry. Vinegar. And some chemical aromas like plastic and acetone. Tastes of a pretty pleasant raspberry for one brief moment. Then it turns acetic and vinegary. And then it turns chemical. Really sour. Very difficult to drink. At least the fleeting moment of raspberry is decent.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer several times at fests and am glad to finally have the opportunity to give it a full review (thanks Joe!). 375ml corked and caged bottle served in my 25cl Allagash chalice at 53 degrees. Bottled Feb. 25, 2015. Pours a rust colored hue with a translucent clarity and a rocky/soapy, half-inch, off-white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly disperses towards the edges. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution and adhering to the walls of the glass. This is just a sexy looking beer. Nose expresses a combination of tart raspberries and bandaids as well as a suggestion of lactic acid. Taste consistent with nose - so tart and almost akin to warheads candy or something in a similar vein. There is also a light oaky presences in the background - just the slightest suggestion of toasted wood and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a puckering acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall - one of my favorite, if not my favorite beer from Allagash. Fruitiness is starting to be substituted by vinegar (I prefer more of the raspberry sweetness); however, it's still amazing.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a clear amber out of the corked bottle and the copper raspberry coloring quickly takes effect. Slightly hazy with little head and course frothy bubbles.

S - tart raspberries up front. Dominating. Earthy.

T - puckering warhead sourness! Oaky prickly raspberries. Strawberry jam. Lemon twang. This one has some serious tart kick! Cranberries and pomegranate. Lot of flavors.

F - light to medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Moderately aggressive.

O - complex and with a lot of depth. This one packs a punch and brings tears to my eyes. Beautiful. :'-)

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Photo of Statik_v87
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I got two bottles of this at the brewery. They were okay, but it was a LOT better when I had it on tap at one of the breweries events. The review here reflects my rating of the pour I had at the Wild Friendship event.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 2/25/15.

A: Pours a clear light orange iced-tea color with a touch of pink. Head is fizzy, white, and short lived.
S: Musty notes of oak mixed with fresh scents of strawberry preserves and juicy raspberry. Very soft funk with an earthy yet tart quality. Mild crisp two row undertones.
T: Follows the nose with a jammy fruit quality that imparts not only raspberry but also strawberry and slight cranberry and pomegranate. The finish has a kiss of zesty lemon that mixes with the clean tart lactic acidity, along with a juicy, fruity, candy-like sweetness. The aftertaste is full of earthy, slightly creamy brett, and I get a drying amount of tannins and lingering peppery spice after the swallow. Slightly buttery oak presence. Clean light base malt back bone really lets the fruit and oak shine.
M: Medium body, clean acidity mixed with creamy earthy funk, bright acid but not overly tart, frothy but soft and fluffy carbonation.
O: Excellent and very well done. Fruit is complex and not just straight forward raspberry jam. Funk is well balanced with the tartness. Candy like at times, but never synthetic or cloying. One of the better fruited sours of recent memory, and one of the better Allagash sours I've had.

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Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Only complaint is that it is slightly acidic and water-y/thin in the finish. Otherwise, a stellar beer. With a little more body and toned down acidity, this would be a home run.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the best beers of its kind of all time, and one of the best beers i had over my entire christmas holiday this year, which included some absolutely insane beers. nothing but glowing commentary on this one from me. thanks a million to my brother for having the patience to save it for me. thank goodness he did! not sure i have had a better raspberry beer ever. the blending here is pro, the whole thing is pro. allagash rules. so it has a deep copper almost brown, oud bruin sort of look to it, some just off white airy head, but nothing remarkable there. clearish, but some sediment near the bottom of the bottle. it smells like tannic napa blended red wine, bursting ripe red raspberry, wet musty decaying oak, and some funky yeasts that i want to borrow and grow up for some home brews! raspberry leads the flavor charge, but the oak and wine are not far behind it. neat to use these barrels, it adds such depth and layering to the fruitiness, its unrivaled in its complexity there. but its also in a class of its own in terms of mellowness. sure its plenty sour, but a residual brown sugar sweetness helps round it out, and so does the earthy oak, which seems like its spent plenty of time with the base beer. tart on both ends, well enough carbonated, and never really finishing. my mouth just keeps watering for more. as good as anything these guys make, and really a perfect illustration of a barrel and blending program and what it can do for beer, especially wild beer. overly impressed. perhaps the best beer of the holiday season this year. fully epic.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish color with a small less than one finger head that disappears quickly. Closer look shows a yellow color around the sides of the beers with read sediment floating in the center 'cone'.

The smell is of acid and oak.

The taste is acetic - sharp sour right in the middle of the roof of the mouth. The oak is mellow in the middle, but the acetic hit returns with a salty finish. I cannot determine how much I like it, but I keep going back to it. I decided to let it warm a bit, but that pronounced the salty back end too much.

The feel is odd and at different times refreshing and over the top, especially when the sour raspberry its, and the salty on the back of the mouth.

Rarely give a higher overall rating that individual pieces, but somehow the whole is better than the distinct parts in this case.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden and slightly pink in color. Smell has lots of sour raspberry hints of vinegar. Taste is very sour with very crisp and herbal raspberry flavors through the acidity. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this gonna be a crazy raspberry situation? Let's find out. 375 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Awesome pop from the bottle. I expected redder; it looks like slightly pink champagne. Zillions of bubbles are everywhere. Head is a slightly pink-ish off-white. Lovely.

N - I get plenty of raspberry before my nose gets near the glass. Yeah, overpowering sweet raspberry with some tartness. Too sweet? Maybe.

T - No. The sweetness balances out the extreme tartness perfectly. Man, is this perfect. Yeah, it's a zany amount of raspberry, but it's much more tart on the palate than on the nose. I don't think this is what folks mean when they say it's a well-balanced beer, but that's what it is.

M - Somewhat lifeless on the mouth. Lots of bubbles, but otherwise fairly dead. It really sticks around on my tongue though, so I'll give it extra points for that.

O - A really interesting beer from Allagash; not like their usual sours. This is special. I hope they make it again, or try the same brewing method with a different fruit. Yummmm.

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Photo of devilfluff
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It really is like drinking sour raspberries. There is some effect from the barrel that comes through, but they are more in the background. It's an excellent beer, but suffers a little for me due to my dislike of raspberry.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Effervescent carbonation apparent upon pouring. Head quickly dissipating. It is an amber red maroon, yet translucent. Lack of head leads to an overall lack of aroma, though you can get faint hints of farmy funk. Started mostly tart but the jamminess comes out as it warms. Getting mostly raspberries, not so much the strawberries. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good fruited sour. I wish the aroma of the fruit came out more and wish it had a little thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date bottled: 2/25/15.

Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with raspberry, raspberry juice, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry vinaigrette, red wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid but very sour raspberry characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful raspberry red. Pink foam settles to a thin cap with lively carbonation. Plenty of fruit in the scent. Raspberry first with lactic second and funk finishing third.

The taste is more of the same. Initially full on raspberry goodness. Turns semsweet then tart. Subdued funk. Less so than in the scent. Lingering lactic tart flavor that warms my cheeks. Lively carbonation.

All around very good. Lots of raspberry flavor. Wish I had a second bottle to see how it evolved with time.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated Feb 2015 served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark golden with hints of red poking through, small off white head

Nose: well, it's sour. Spicy, fresh raspberries, vanilla, no oak character, slightly funky

Taste: crisp and refreshing, a bit vinegary, strong raspberry flavor, very carbonated almost to a fault. A slight sweetness is very hidden but there, a bit of funk from the mixed culture.

Overall: far more sour than I had expected. Nice sour raspberry flavor and tart complexity. I have a few more bottles that I'll sit on for a while.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice bouquet of raspberry wafts on the nose as it is poured, but once it is settled the aroma brings out more notes of the aged oak, leather and pungent yeast. Very tart stab as soon as it hits your tongue, and there is a good amount of tingly carbonation. A little more sour than I anticipated but it is a nice funky Brett sour & not some curdled lactose monster. You do pick-up some of the fruit notes but that are more of a background note than you'd expect given the description on the bottle. You'll pick up the wood & leather again which comes with the sourness. A interesting blend but Allagash has better and I'm not sure the fruit was as upfront as they may have intended. If you like tart / sour beers it is definitely worth a look.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of the 2015 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a hazy reddish brown body, one finger pinkish head that dropped quickly, no lacing. Smells of raspberry, oak, very minimal rubber, peppercorn, funk. A fair bit of raspberries though it's no Framboos. Flavour is raspberry-forward, oak, nice moderate 5/10 acidity, not too complicated. Mild funk. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink with a mild oaky finish. Overall, a tasty AWA that brings a fair bit of raspberries although not that much else in terms of complexity and finish.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery in Portland and brought home in my luggage to Virginia. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

A wild ale, a sour beer, but not pleasing to taste or palate. For others this beer may be a favorite but for me it was just a bit too much. The initial jolt of the first taste bit my tongue off. After that I was just numb. Not a drain pour by any means. This is a blended beer and to me the brewers missed the mark. Maybe a bit more fruit or sweetness to counter the biting sourness. 3.5

A - Beautiful beer. Clear dark rose wine like look or light garnet. White rocky head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. 4.5

S - Lactic with some raspberry in the background. 3.75

T - Lactic sour, raspberry, low sweetness. 3.25

MF - Light bodied, semi-dry, a bit acidic on the palate. 3.75

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Photo of Damian
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Date Bottled: Feb. 25, 2015
Served in a tulip

Very nice appearance. The hazy, garnet colored body was topped by a frothy, two-finger tall, off white crown with a pink-ish hue. The head quickly faded to a thin film that lasted throughout the session. Shards of lacing trickled down the glass.

Raspberries dominated in the nose. Fresh, tart raspberries. Slightly sweet. A bit jam-y and almost candy-like. Dry, somewhat powdery yeast notes were apparent as well. Touch of lemon pithiness. Very straightforward yet so good.

The flavor profile was uber tart and acidic. Quite astringent. Raspberries led things off here but were quickly overshadowed by the overwhelming notes of freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon rind. There was an intense white vinegar quality as well. Hint of powdery yeastiness. The beer finished with a dry, slightly oaky quality and even more acidity. Subtle fruity, candy-like notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was crisp and sprightly with an intense, large bubbled effervescence. Light and frothy on the palate.

I usually have an appreciation for most intensely sour and funky wild ales, but this one was far too much for me to handle. Although the raspberries lent a pleasant and refreshing quality to this wild ale, the base beer was so intensely acidic that after every swallow, I felt like the lining of my stomach was slowly being eaten away. If you have a bottle of this, I would suggest drinking it now, as this can only turn more potent in the months and years to come.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish orange with a persistent skim of foam that never fades, pretty impressive. Nice clarity as well.

Aromas of tart raspberries, oak, yogurty lactic notes.

Tart raspberry, light Brett, dry oak. Acetic acid presence that seems to blend in nicely. Clean and zippy feel, dry finish. Lots of raspberry presence. Tart and tannic with a bracing acidity. Overall this is nice, it delivers the raspberry sourness with some funky wild yeast in the periphery. Dig it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Tim for sharing this at his place on a beerventure through Maine with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a great strawberry hue with a thin halo.

S - Aromas very acidic, vinegar, raspberry seeds.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, raspberry seeds, oak, the acid isn't quite as potent on the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp .

O - Overall this beer was quite sour and tart, nice raspberry notes.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle with that classy and old school paper label.

bottled on date 02/25/2015

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque yet light rosy red bodied beer with pink hue. A bone white colored head with a moderate pour that creates a 3 fingers tall head that is large and billowing. Head quickly dissipates into a thick cap that sticks around for most of the drink. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: No surprise here this is a raspberry bomb in the aromatics department. Juicy and room filling authentic raspberry. It is slightly jammy and slightly acid in the nose. Nice little hint of Allagash house funk and oak barrel.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, except the raspberries aren't quite as huge as nose would suggest. Leaning towards a balanced sour with raspberries and a nice sourness without being a raspberry bomb. Jammy raspberries, cherry lemonade, cranberries, minerals, earthy, and a light funk presence. Maybe some wine barrel tannins and some spiciness as well. This sits at around a 5.5 out of 10 on the sourness scale. Super balanced sour with a superb lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice dryness in the finish as well. Up to pair with all the Coolship brews that I have tried from Allagash. Nice level of sourness, it is mouthwatering no doubt.

Overall: I feel confident with saying that this is on the same tier as the Allagash Coolship sours that I eluded to earlier in my review. Very enjoyable sour by Allagash for sure! As always Allagash is showing some high level proficiency and great finesse with another great sour beer in 375ml format.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly light and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a beautiful rose color that clear. The beer looks very nice and the hue gives it a certain beauty and reminds me of a rose.

The beer smell is interesting and a bit more complex than your standard wild ale. The smell has the strong tarty raspberry notes but also has some weaker, more subtle smells as well. One of these notes is a little bit of vanilla and oak that work well with the raspberry. The most difficult notes are the hops and the malts. The malts come in at the end of the beer in a biscuit note while the hops are present but are so earthy that it mixes with the raspberry and gets lost.

The taste is as nuanced as the smell. In addition to the raspberry tart note, the beer has a much stronger hop and malt note. The malt note comes off as biscuity and present through the drink while the hops are more noticeable and complement the raspberry instead of getting lost.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation definitely makes this beer pretty pleasant to drink.

Overall, a pretty good beer and wild ale. I like how the complexity is subtle and not too over the top. Recommend.

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