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Blue Collar Raspberry | Rusty Rail Brewing Company

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Blue Collar RaspberryBlue Collar Raspberry

Brewed by:
Rusty Rail Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of FrancisM12
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Today marks the occasion of Happy New Fat Rusty Head Rail Sunday (Week 714) & this beer marks my first of the day. I grew up in a blue collar household in which both of my 'rents worked. Pops was an ALCOA machine operator & Mom-Za worked in Adult Ed to get people ready to take the GED test. Both were staunch unionists as a result & I wouldn't mind taking a union factory job, if one existed. Pops was adamant about me NOT doing that very thing, which I why I joined the Navy in my Senior year of high school & shoved off for Boot Camp in Orlando, FL shortly after graduation. A toast to them both!

From the Bottle: "This brew was born after we added real raspberries to our popular Blue Collar Blonde Ale recipe. By using real fruit instead of an extract, we were able to preserve the slightly sweet and deliciously tart flavor of raspberry without overpowering the beer. The result is a brew that pairs well with sunshine, good times and great friends, so kick back, propose a toast and enjoy. Cheers!"; "Blonde Ale with Raspberry".

Well, I may be a little late to this party as its 4th reviewer, but the approved pic is mine, all mine! In order to celebrate this momentous feat, I Pop!ped the cap. 8=) A slow, gentle C-Line pour did not produced much in the way of head, so I helped the cause with an in-glass swirl. This raised just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, pinkish head with modest retention that left a modicum of lacing in its wake. Color was a pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like my late paternal grandmother's raspberry bush in the summertime! We would eat our fill, then fill buckets for pies and preserves. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly far beyond it, either. They say that they did not want to overpower the beer, but raspberry was definitely in the spotlight! It really tasted like actual fruit & not some concoction from a chem lab. However, when rating to style, this becomes problematic. I might have argued for it to be changed to a "Fruit & Field Beer" except that the brewery identifies it as a "Blonde Ale" first & "with Raspberry" second. Oops! Hmm. It was certainly tasty & refreshing, but I could not recognize it as an "American Blonde Ale" & my scores will reflect this. Finish was semi-dry, slightly tart, definitely raspberry. Mmm.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rusty Rail Brewing Co. "Blue Collar Raspberry"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 511 17" and sampled on 08 23 17
$2 @ Wegmans, State College, PA

Look: Hazy pink body beneath a short head of pinkish-white. The head retention and lacing are average.
Smell: Lightly fruity with raspberry and fruit pulp, and a hint of a vegetal character over a mild wheaty malt base.
Taste: Authentic raspberry that's lightly sweet and somewhat tart wrapped in a smooth cloak of light wheaty malt. Limited bitterness, but some lingers in the dry and lightly acidic finish.
Feel: Light to light-medium in body and effervescent and crisp.
Overall: This is a style of beer that was very popular back in the late 90's and early 00's at brewpubs across the country. In many ways it's actually hard to make, but it seems they've got it down. It's fruity, refreshing, and nicely balanced, but most importantly, authentic tasting due to their use of real raspberries.

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Photo of Wolverine3232
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew_ski
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dodo2step
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- blood orange color that is hazy and minimal head. poor lacing on my pint as well.

S- tart raspberries with earth malts.

F- earthy malts with sour tasting raspberries.

M- vinegary with raspberries that come off way too strong. No complement with the malt and raspberry

O- not for me wont get one again.

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Photo of DrBier
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wer34truh
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really appreciated the original as it owned its sweetness in a respectable way, but at the end of the day it needed something to complement its overt sweetness to be truly excellent. I think the subtle sourness from the raspberries does just that, and this is a near flawless beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Collar Raspberry from Rusty Rail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 15 ratings