Berried Alive Raspberry Ale – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Berried Alive Raspberry Ale – Longwood Brewery, 5% ABV –568ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“Dive into the palate pleasing punch of Longwood Brewery’s signature raspberry ale. Crafted from whole British Columbia raspberries refermented with our lightly hopped blonde ale, Berried Alive is uniquely refreshing, the perfect balance between tart and tasty.”

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  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Sour tangy raspberry malt hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 568ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Tall aluminum can, surprisingly non-standard and taller than the 500ml! Pours pale brown-red with a small dissipating head, a very thin layer of retention, some lacing, several steady spaced-apart streams.

Nose: nothing but authentic fruit-tangy raspberries. Excellent. (lvl-7)-pungency.

Attack: fizzy crisp

Mid-palate: fruity medium sour, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruity raspberry, malts

Finish: tartness, mild funk, soft subtle bitter hopped fruity finish, but thin-bodied and somewhat jagged.

Summary: The raspberry flavour is good but the hopped/almost caramel finish doesn’t quite blend in so well. Good initial and mid-palate, didn’t really like the finish.