Brown's Cherry Raspberry Ale | Brown's Brewing Company

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Brown's Cherry Raspberry AleBrown's Cherry Raspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Brown's Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 73
Photo of iam4su
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a ruby to amber appearance that has a haze to it. There is not much of a head at all and it is carbonated to the look and taste. The aroma is superb, clean, fresh. The taste, though highly carbonated splashes an initial taste of raspberry with some bitterness. The aftertaste is clean with an occasional hint of cherry leaving you wanting for more. There is no medicine taste as some cherry beers have that give this a high mark. The beverage is crisp, goes down easy and a wonderful compliment to a summer time fire by the lake or stream.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with a ripcurl shaped swirl of foam on top. Smells like raspberry ginger seltzer and Sam Adam's cherry wheat. Toasted grain in there too. Raspberry flavor with cherry tartness and not overwhelming cough syrup. I don't hate it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, ruby tinted caramel coloring, with a halo of off-white head. Nose of tart raspberry forward, with highlights of marachino cherry tart and sweet, on a toasted backbone. Flavors are syrupy sweet forward, overly tart renditions of cherry and raspberry, but ultimately coming off syrupy, with no substance or balance to back it up. Light, slick bodied, with an almost astringent character leading into the fruity, syrupy aftertaste. The finish is slick, sharp, and cloying. Meh.

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Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Valleycats game. Not an overwhelming Cherry or Rasberry flavor but a nice mix of the two giving a fruity taste to the beer. Not sure I would drink a bunch of them but one on a hot summer day was nice.

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Photo of Lorwhal
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer smells super! I thought it was going to be super jammy, but it ended up much different from what I expected.

Looks murky brown with red tones. Smallish head.
Smelled of berries and malt. Awesome smell
Tasted like fruit, not too sugary, with nice malt and ALMOST tart berries. Smelled more berries than I tasted.
Felt thin and fizzy. Thin seems negative, maybe....light?

Better than expected! Wanted a bit more tang or something punchy tbh.

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Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Totally random grab in mix-a-six. I am hoping it is better than the other beers that seem to be in the same category.

A- Stubby 12oz drops a cherry-red brew into my snifter/tulip. A thick creamy-foamy head ends up at just about one finger high with good retention. Some streaks of lace around the puffy ring but they don't seem to be permanent.

S- Whaddya know? Cherries and raspberries dominate the aroma and they definitely have a freshness and authentic feel to them hinting at tartness. Malts provide some backing with pale caramel, toasty, candi-sugar and bready notes.

T- Takes a large, sharp turn from the aroma for me with a lot of that pungent fruit being lost becoming hints of fresh cherry and raspberry rather than dominance. Tiniest bit of tartness along with notes of nuttiness, toast, caramel and rustic bread.

MF- Overall feels a bit thin failing to really take hold of the palate and support the flavors. A bit like soda because of that. Texture is just a bit foamy from the medium carbonation.

The smell seemed to be promising but the next two categories fell a bit short for me. Body is certainly somewhat thin even for this style and the fruit aromas fail to really land in the taste.

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Photo of SteinBizzle
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish I could have given more for appearance but I was in a darker portion of the brewery/bar (so the number is more based on my poor vision than the beers actual presentation). Noted that it did present with a dark-reddish color and a thinning head (mostly just a ring), perhaps due to the timing from tap to table.

As soon as the pint hit the table, I could literally smell the raspberry with tiny hints of a cherry background. It. Smelled. Amazing.

The taste was on par with the smell. I got a hit of raspberry followed by a tarter swallow from the cherries, balanced by a favorable malt to hops ratio. While expecting more body, it presented to be much thinner than the look, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I would recommend this Ale to anybody. The smell invites and the taste delivers. It is solid enough to be substantial but thin enough (but by no means "light") to enjoy quite a few in a visit (as I did). This is definitely a beer that will allow a novice beer drinker to close their eyes, pay attention, learn the flavor and feel and make an intelligent review. Not a lot of "hidden undertones" for the beginner to try to distinguish. The flavors are there, smacking you in the face and delivering on a very pleasing level. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorite that Brown's Brewing puts out on the regular. It has a unique color and very nice flavor - more of cherry predominantly with raspberry notes. This is a nice thick beer, especially for being a wheat beer, although I kind of question if this is truly brewed in the traditional "wheat beer" manner. I like how Brown's serves this with a candied cherry in the bottom - it really drives the final cherry nose of the beer all the way home. I would imagine, being a female, this is probably looked at my the masculine-masses as a "girlie beer" which is what further makes me think Brown's put the "wheat beer" spin on it - so as not to detract the dudes from ordering it. I always have to get at least one pint of this when I am up in the Troy NY area where Brown's flagship brewery is located. Most of their beers are pretty solid - but this one really stands out as unique, flavorful and an all around good brew.

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Photo of match1112
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to thickfreakness for sending this out! the body is a murky reddish brown with some orange highlights. a finger's worth of white fizzy head fizzed out rather quickly to leave a thin ring around the glass. smells strongly of cherries, raspberries and wheat. the tongue is greeted with tart cherries upfront that give way to sweet berries and a little bready malt presence. mouthfeel is a litttle thin, decent carbonation gives this a tingly feel and has a quick finish with no hops presence detected. overall this is a good fruit beer. a little different at first, but i could really enjoy this on a hot sumer night.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this about a month ago, but the notes are good.

The color is a fairly deep orange-red, a bit beyond amber. A tan head tinged with pale orange starts off just under a finger but is pretty tight. It fades a bit quickly, though it does leaves some spotty lacing in its wake.
A good balance of hops and malts is showcased in the aroma. I get a little bit of raspberry, but mostly it's tartness from the cherries coming off. Malts are varied, a bit dry and pale but seemingly with some crystal malts as well. Hops to well to add a bit of complexity without getting in the way.
Fruits take center stage in the flavor as well, but the malts character and the light hops bitterness reminds me this is a beer. A bit of breadiness lingers underneath as well.
The feel is crisp, and a little smoothness comes out without filling. As an ale, particularly a fruit ale, the light body is appropriate and works well.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Translucent orange red.

S-Cherries, some wheat, lots of fruit though.

T-Overwhelming cherries and raspberries. Not much else, not much balance. Just a full force fruit beer. If you are into fruit beers it is spot on but not much other than fruit.

M-Light with some carbonation.

O-As I said earlier, this offers fruit and lots of it. If you want overwhelming fruit take this, if you want more subtle and balance look elsewhere.

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Photo of Sam21
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased for ~$4 at the brewery a month or two ago. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a brown hued ruby body. Off-white head with poor retention. It fizzles down to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell – Sweet raspberries and tart notes of cherry. Touch of doughy bready.

Taste – The fruit appears up front. Neither fruit takes over, so it is difficult to taste where one starts and the other ends. It’s a nice mix of tart and sweet. Malts are bready and balancing. Finishes with lingering sweetness and no bitterness. No real depth or excitement to the simplicity.

Mouthfeel – Light with airy carbonation. Nothing spectacular. A more substantial feel would support the fruity and malt forward characteristics a bit more.

Drinkability – A nice little fruit beer. It’s approachable, sweet, but not overly so. The bready malts add a nice balance to the overall profile. Enjoyable, although it is not something that I will return to.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a frosted mug

A: pours a nice medium amber color with a small amount of head that dissappears almost immediately

S: very nice sweet scent, more cherry than raspberry is detected

T: nice sweet notes of cherry slight backing of raspberry and a very slight malt character

D/M: strong carbonation presence, drinks nice and light

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Really nice dark brown/red color. Little head when poured out of the growler.

S - Inviting raspberry and cherry aroma. Very pleasant.

T - The cherry and raspberry really present themselves early and dominate the early taste. The malt taste eventually blends itself in and the result is a really nice mixing of the two flavors that linger throughout the aftertaste. The only negative here was that the cherry part of the aroma was much stronger than the actual taste.

M - Very nice, fairly light, and crisp. Felt just right on the tongue, not too watery and not too heavy.

D - This is an extremely drinkable beer. The balance between the fruit taste and the natural taste of the malt really created a smooth and enjoyable beer all around.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a cloudy copper color and was served with a maraschino cherry floated in it - unheard of! The head was one finger of oak-colored head, the retention was ok as a collar and the lacing in streaky rings. The aroma was bright and very fruity, a bouquet of fruits, berries and vanilla similar to an artificially-flavored cherry candy. The flavors were similar but not as syrupy-sweet. Starting with cherries and a subtler raspberry flavor, I then tasted toasted malt and enough bitterness from the Cascade hops to make for a decent finish. Better balanced than I expected. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. A unique spin on the fruit beer theory but I probably still wouldn't order another.

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Photo of drseamus
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Mostly opaque red body. No head by the time it got to me.

S: Light cherry aroma and fairly sweet but a pretty tight nose overall.

T: Very sweet and not as fruity as the aroma. It is almost too sweet and bordering on cloying.

M: Very light bodied but finishes heavier. The sweetness adds to the feel.

D: Too sweet to have more than a pint of.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally out in 22oz bombers.

A: Murky brown color with a half finger of caramel colored head. Some lacing.

S: You really get the raspberries up front in the nose. Quite a bit of biscuit malt gets in as well. The hops are there but only barely detectable and just smell bitter.

T: Really light tasting. The cherries and raspberries really work together. They used real fruit in this beer and you can taste it. Also doesn't hurt they they are in season now.

M: Poured thick but damn is it light while drinking it.

D: Really liked this beer. The lady got this on tap as part of a sampler and they put a cherry in the 3 oz glass and it totally killed the taste of the beer. This is a solid offering from Browns.

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Photo of joccer13
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delicious beer, almost hints of chocolate covered cherries....sweet tones perfectly balanced by the sour's not a wheat beer, (i beleive) allowing the malts to add balance with color, mouthfeel and sweetness. The hops are mellow slightly amplifying the tender rasberry and cherries to show their flavor profiles.

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Photo of erosier
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice red amber color that has almost a cherry coloring to it. The head is a nice white with a light tint of caramel. The aroma is really sweet like cherry-raspberry. The taste is just as good. Really rich tones of cherry and a mroe bitter raspberry aftertaste. The carbonation is really nice and it felt really good going down. I would recommend this beer if you are every in the Troy, NY area.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a slight cherry aroma. The taste is good. It has a malty base along with a mild cherry flavor. It goes down easy with a slightly tart raspberry aftertaste. The cherry adds a mellow richness to the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good fruit beer. It's nothing over the top, but it delivers a solid taste; a good drinker.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright red, with a whole cherry in the glass! Nice white head as well, and decent lacing to boot. The aromas are all fresh cherries and raspberries with a nice esb-like malt base in the mix as well. The hops are nice, and there is a bit of a cascade zing to the aroma as well. The taste is fruiter still, but I don't get much raspberry essence in this brew. It's all about the cherries clashing with the bitter cascades. A nice idea. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well making this an excellent summer fruit beer. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fine beer with a nice reddish color, this poured with a decent head that held the glass. There is a definate smell of cherry and raspberry. I was somewhat afraid that it would overwhelm, but tasting, it did not. There is a definate wheat and malt taste, with the fruit lingering nicely afterwards. Felt pleasantly bubbly, without going over the top in carbonation.

I have had many worse fruit beers. Nice effort.

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Brown's Cherry Raspberry Ale from Brown's Brewing Company
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