The Gadget
Urban Artifact

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #11
Ranked #2,924
4.22 | pDev: 6.16%
Urban Artifact
Ohio, United States
The GadgetThe Gadget
Notes: Blackberry and Raspberry Midwest Fruit Tart. Designed by our taproom staff as an intricate experiment combining the explosive power of sour beer with the dangerous flavors of fresh fruit. Duck and cover!

Brewed with 1280 lbs of blackberries, 1280 lbs of raspberries, and 30g of vanilla beans per 30BBL batch.

3.2 pH
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 99 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz can into my tulip glass, this beer pours a very dark red/brown color with some dark amber/ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a white head with a pink hue that's about an inch thick when first poured. head dissipates quickly though to a medium sized ring surrounding the inside of the glass with a few very tiny spots of surface foam. Not much lacing here. Aromas of blackberry and raspberry are both very apparent here along with a bit of vanilla and really much else aromas wise. The taste is very similar too of course, with Blackberry and raspberry sweetness and a nice sour tartness as well here. Some bready malts and vanilla make their presence known as well too. The flavors all compliment each other quite nicely indeed here. Has a fairly crisp, also smooth, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to medium carbonation. Very easy to drink, and the fruit sweetness and sour tartness like to linger on my palate for a long time after each sip.


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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry yes at first. Blackberry yes also at first, then it all melds together into a juicy luscious drink. This is refreshing and easy to drink. Will but again.

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Photo of Roy_Hobbs
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful burgundy color with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The smell is clear and strong. No mistaking the raspberry and blackberry used to make this beer. Taste brings a burst of flavor. The fruitiness is not subtle, but still absolutely works. This is very smooth, and oddly nowhere near as sour as I had expected. I can't taste the alcohol at all. A very enjoyable beer for a nice spring afternoon.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quickly becoming one of the Midwest's premiere sour ale makers, the Urban Artifact team leads with a powerfully fruited flagship kettle soured ale that's built on the backs of blackberry, raspberry and vanilla bean.

Mysteriously dark in its deep violet hues, The Gadget crowns with a loose and lofty lavender froth. As its succulent and tangy scents cascade the rim, the nose soon fills with the juiciness of dark berry puree and with a pep of citrus and wine. Once the ale splashes against the tongue, its full and radiant maltiness seems cobbler-like, pastry-rich and bready with fruit tarts.

As the vanilla and creamy malts begin to lift, the fruit flavors abound with the radiance of raspberry and blackberry, easily taking on aspects of blackcurrant, black cherry, plum and blueberry. Underneath the dark fruits lie a piquantly tart array of lemon, lime, crabapple, gooseberry and yuzu. Trailing with a sour succulence, a scant bitterness seems to reach into the tannic world of wine with the skins and seeds of the berries used.

Medium bodied for sour ale, but certainly drier compared to other ale, the creamy malts and vanilla offer to give the beer its balance, texture and weight even late. Finishing with a strong red wine component, the beer trails into a creamier, spicier version of sangria.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cranberry color on the pour with a minimal head, this murky fruited sour is crammed full of blackberry and raspberry aromas. Wow.

The taste is tart raspberries and blackberries all day long. I get palate fatigue with sours, but this keeps me engaged throughout.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a purple-pink body with minimal head and purplish lace. Raspberry tart aroma with hints of blackberry and something like jelly. Smooth, crisp, sharp raspberry tartness and hint of blackberry sweetness. Slightly sour finish and this beer grows on you as you keep drinking it.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
2.91/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've grown very interested in fruited beers after being wowed by some of New Glarus' amazing offerings, and this one was quite highly rated so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm sorry, this is terrible and it really isn't even vaguely "beer."

Pours a remarkable maroon color that's murky, muddy, and swampy, which I guess makes good on the promise of an overdoses of real berries. But it looks 100% like a fruit smoothie and 0% like a beer. It did have a nice, bright pink head on initial pour, but those bubbles disappeared almost instantly, leaving behind fairly unappealing fruit (I assume) residue coating every inch of the glass. The shock value of the coloring is certainly intriguing, but nothing about this is beer-like or particularly appealing.

The aroma is the best part of the beer, by far, but again you're really just experiencing mashed raspberries and blackberries with some grassy, herbal, and mineral notes in the background. There's zero nuance or alchemy going on here, just pressed fruit.

Nothing different on the tongue, only now the rich berries are somehow muddled and underripe, with the experience leaning more towards dry (ish) cider. There's a tart pucker, which is nice, but almost nothing else going on besides a strong mineral and slight saline aftertaste. And of course, unsweet berries.

All those floating fruit particles certainly add a soft and substantive feel to the beer, but it gets a little chunky which isn't particularly pleasant. Nice prickle of carbonation on the back of the tongue, however.

Perhaps I don't know how you're supposed to judge a "Fruit and Field Beer" and this is a classic take. Regardless, I really dislike this "beer."

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'CANNED ON 10/31/19'.
Opaque, burgundy red colored body. Brief head, but the surface stays active with rising bubbles. Lacing like V-8 juice on the glass.
Aroma of raspberry softened by vanilla.
Taste is tart, with the raspberry and blackberry. Sweetness level is minimal, but the berry flavor is very high. Does not leave much of an after taste.
Thicker mouth feel, similar to a smoothie. No alcohol detected.
This is really out there in terms of traditional beer, with the color, texture, and the intensity of the berry flavor. Good for big gulps interspersed by long pauses.

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Photo of That_Mohawk_Dude
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Personal favorite of mine and a real treat. Deep red/burgundy color with a great mouthfeel and flavor that's bursting with sour (Without being overly sour) blueberries and blackberries. Happy to have it local.

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Photo of adab123
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A uniquely great fruit tart/sour beer. Not as sour as some, which makes it very drinkable. Not overly sweet, but this allows for the subtleties of the fruit and texture to come forward.

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Photo of DrBeergood
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep burgundy red. Lively and frothy. Generous lacing. Opaque but it looks filtered

S: Huge raspberry. Overpowers everything else.

T: Delightlyfully refreshing. Lots of fruit. Fruit makes beer tastes nice, but it's expensive, I'm surprised this is only $3 a can retail. I'd tell you more, but my glass seems to be empty.

F: Is this supposed to be a sour? It's not very sour.

O: Bring me another.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, media sample from the brewery.

First look at this brew and it looks like fresh pressed mixed berry juice, its obviously from the boat load of raspberries and blackberries put into this beer. Big on aromatics, berry punch on the palate. Watch out, this one has a hidden kick of 7.9% ABV. Taste buds are telling me to pound this one back but I stick to sipping. As for the vanilla, I'm not really picking it up at all though I feel like its there as there is this soft sweetness underneath. Regardless, a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Tony210
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful cloudy deep magenta with minimal head. Light berry aroma with slight funk. Great berry flavor, minimal sweetness, perfect tartness. Carbonation is light and works well with the beer. Overall a very enjoyable fruited sour, my only criticism is for 8.3% abv, there should be a bit more berry flavor. Personally I would like to see this around 5%, as it is delicious and want to drink more than one.

12 oz can dated 5/24/19. Bought at Acme, Kent OH
4.25 rating.

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Photo of thebeers
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky maroon-red wine color with two fat fingers of similarly-hued, short-lived, airy head. Zero lacing.

Big raspberry and blackberry in the nose, with a little cream and a hint of toast.

The taste is a little more muted. There’s clear berry up front, but it has a comparatively clean finish. There’s also a little hint of bready malt in the mix. There’s a little dull sourness to it, too, but it’s not particularly sour, tart or sweet.

Full bodied and lightly creamy with low carbonation.

A very enjoyable, fruit-forward beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep like black cherry juice, thin pink head that settles to a few random bubbles. No lacing.

Aroma - Oh yeah big raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, mild salt great nose.

Taste - Tart raspberries and blackberries with a touch of sweetness. Nice vanilla along with a great saltiness.

Feel - Medium bodied slightly syrupy and really dry, so easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall - Love this one great nose and flavors.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/13/19; drank 5/8/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small pink head; no lace.

Raspberry, blackberry & honeyed wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Raspberry & honeyed wheat flavors up front; tart blackberry & mild lemon notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A complex, big & bold wild ale; I had no expectations going in, but I left the session impressed. I'd have another...

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a wine glass, this beer pours out like a thick and murky, dark fruit smoothie. It forms a finger worth of thick and active, berry colored crown leaves a smoothie like, heavy wall of sediment as it recedes. 4.25

The nose carries dark berries and an acidity to the nose. The fruit smells very real and un-artificial. Not getting much or any vanilla or sweetness. 4

The taste follows the nose well and once again delivers those pure berry notes. Natural raspberries and blackberries dance together on top of a bed of tartness. Almost a jammy presence, and with the dry finish it makes it like eating a biscuit that is smothered in jam. I still don’t detect vanilla, but it might add a little creaminess to the mouthfeel that wouldn’t be there without. It’s hard to tell. 4

It’s slightly tart all the way throughout, while showing a creaminess before finishing dry with a slight biscuit presence. Pretty smooth for what it is with an ABV of 8.3%. 4

Overall, this was an interesting try. The thickness was really shocking as far as the looks go and I really appreciate the pure and naturalness of the fruit in it, also enjoying how it blends with the dry biscuit like finish. 4

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picks up a can while in Cincinnati recently.

Poured into a tulip glass. Gorgeous dark purple color with a thin white head and good lacing. Wild berry smell. The taste is wonderfully tart with dark berry flavors. Nice dry finish, very enjoyable!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This looks like a purple smoothie with a fuzzy short white head that dies off to nothing quickly.

Tart and juicy, the medium body has a thick but fleeting fizz delivering tons of seedy berries that are slightly herbal with a hint of sticky maple as it warms, finishing cotton dry.

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Photo of TheGent
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Urban Artifact - The Gadget

Raspberry & Blackberry Midwest Fruit Tart

Look: This beer pours a murky crimson color. Not bright red like you might expect from only raspberries, or as dark blackberries. Really a combination of the two. Two finger, light pink colored head dissipates and eventually disappears with just a ring of loosely packed bubbles around the edge of the glass. The beer is opaque and no carbonation is visible. It looks like a thick smoothie / shake in the glass. Since I love it, I’ll also note the attractive can art color scheme of blue/dark teal to crimson/purple/violet.

Smell: Big fresh fruit aroma. Mostly raspberry. On their own, I don’t find blackberries have much of an aroma. When mashed up the aroma comes out. Raspberries have an aroma when fresh and this beer captures it. There is a candy sweetness on the nose that reminds me of starburst. Lemon citrus acidity, plum, watermelon rind. Crisp, crackery malt.

Taste: This a sour beer, as indicated on the label. But it’s not mouth puckering. The berries are prominent and they come through as being tart and fresh, not sweet or jammy. The vanilla is subtle. I would not pick up on the vanilla if I didn’t know it was here. Lemon citrus, tart fruit skin. The fruit is an obvious star here, but the defining and balancing characteristic of this beer is the crackery malt profile. As the berry flavor wanes mid palate this beer dries out tremendously. The berries define this beer up front, but the awesome, dry, crackery malt profile drive the drinking experience home, making the beer even more drinkable and more complex.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer. It feels more full to me than the typical fruited sour which can often be thin and watery. There a bit more to this one and it’s nice. A super long dry, crackery finish.

Overall: This beer is delicious. Love the transition and finish on this beer. And no indications of the 8.3% ABV on the nose or palate. The drinkability of this beer is scary.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/26/2018. Pours hazy very dark ruby red/purple color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy pink head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy blackberries, raspberries, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, plum, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light vanilla/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, raspberries, pale/wheat malts, and light vanilla notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy blackberries, raspberries, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, plum, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light vanilla/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy blackberries, raspberries, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, plum, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light vanilla/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, raspberries, pale/wheat malts, and light vanilla flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness, and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, acidic/tangy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.3%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited imperial kettle sour! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, raspberries, pale/wheat malts, and light vanilla flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestely acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Amazing balance of super jammy berries, Lacto complexity, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Can said they only used 30 grams of vanilla beans for 30BBL, but it was still somewhat noticeable.

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Photo of Holderness
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Looks like straight up rhubarb crisp filling in the glass, complete with an intense amount of fruit sediment and minimal retention or lacing. Nice plum-hued head, though, while it lasts. Aroma is tons of blackberry, raspberry, plum, tart cherry, rhubarb, cranberry, strawberry goodness. Flavors largely follow in suit. Mouthfeel is decent enough with medium carbonation, but the fruit sediment observed in the appearance creates a fine chalky teeth-coating film that is a bit annoying. Overall quite decent 'new age' fruited sour, reminds me a lot of Trillium's Seesaw series and The Veil's Tastee series


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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Rich, bold purple-red body, largely opaque, with a pinkish white head that fades quickly to a thin line, minimal lacing.

S - The nose is punchy fruits, rich berry notes, and a bit of pungent funk.

T - Lush berry, with delicious blackberry and raspberry hits balancing one against the other. The middle is tart, with a finish that trails off with lingering raspberry notes.

M - Prickly and tart, with just a touch of weight in the finish.

O - Such a marvelous fruit beer, with great balance and wonderful berry flavors without falling into any of the pitfalls of being cloying, harsh, or otherwise off.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, canned on 08/01/2018. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/purple color with about an inch pink head. Head retention is good and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells mostly like blackberries and raspberries, along with some vanilla. I think the taste pretty much follows the aroma, but there's also some earthy tartness noticeable too. It really is a fresh tart berry flavor in this brew, and it's nice and refreshing. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. Once again, Urban Artifact has put out a great fruity tart brew! Definitely pick some up if you come across it!

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a fan of these Urban Artifact fruity brews from the beginning. This one is yet another great cooking experiment.

It pours red/purple and cloudy, with a fair amount of fizz. The aroma is a skunky fruity smell. The taste is tart and fruity, as expected. A bit of yeasty, fruity sour has to be good for your digestion, no?

Recommended. I will just keep buying whatever they send up this way.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 99 ratings