Review of Wild Raspberry Ale – Great Divide Brewing Co.

Apparently, a great spot in Myrtle Beach to buy some hard-to-find brews is Piggly Wiggly at The Market Common (and yes, it’s The Market Common… not Market Commons – that drives me nuts). My family and I met our friends out for some dinner and then we walked over and found a great variety where you can make your own six pack. I grabbed two Wild Raspberry Ales for my wife and I, and a few others I have yet to try. I never had anything from Great Divide Brewing Company and my wife Meg loves Raspberry Wheat, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
ABV: Not Provided. I’d guess around 4.0% or so.

Appearance: Slight haziness of clarity with a rich reddish-brown color. Great color!

Characteristics: The beer poured a nice head, but it didn’t last very long. Seemed a little under-carbonated.

Smell: Smelled like a regular brown ale to me. I was really trying to smell the raspberry aroma, but couldn’t spot it. No hop aroma either.

First taste: I immediately tasted the sweetness of the raspberry in the beer, and it was definitely not as carbonated as I thought.

Matured taste: The sweetness continued while I drank the beer and I was beginning to taste some of the bitterness from the hops (very subtly) or maybe it was from the red raspberries.

Conclusion: The thing I liked most about this beer was that it had sweetness from black raspberries, and bitterness from red raspberries (I’m guessing). This would make sense, given its distinct rich and dark color. It drank very easily and greets your mouth with a sweet fruit flavor with every sip. My wife liked it a lot also. I just couldn’t get over the carbonation. I looked at the bottle date and realized it was 5 months old, but I don’t think that’s what the problem was. I’m definitely going to try some of Great Divide’s Yeti oak-aged brews and will certainly have this again in the future if the opportunity presents itself.

Overall Rating: 5/10

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