Crabbie’s Raspberry Ginger Beer (Edinburgh, UK)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Raspberry Ginger Beer – Crabbie’s, 6.9% ABV – 750ml., (Edinburgh, UK)

on the back label:

Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, alcohol (water, glucose syrup, yeast), ginger wine (water, glucose syrup, grape juice concentrate, ginger extract, yeast), grain alcohol, citric acid, natural flavour, anthocyanins (colour), potassium sorbate (preservative), sodium metabisulphite (preservative), ascorbic acid (antioxidant). Contains wheat and sulphites. [full of non-beer stuff!]

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  • Style: (raspberry, ginger) Flavoured Cooler
  • Taste: Fruity grape med-sweet light ginger cooler
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $4.25 – 500ml., August 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not particularly special

Visual: Pours clear brilliant ruby red without any head, no retention, no lacing, and only a few countable streams.

Nose: Very fruity berry, ginger beer soda in the background (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: dense fruity sugars

Mid-palate: Very berry-forward, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) red grape, mild ginger, syrupy sweetness

Finish: mild ginger burn, rooty ginger-sweet finish.

Summary: Not actually raspberry, but grape, and not actually a beer but a mix of alcohol, wine and juice. Pretty good drinkability, but not something I’d want again and again.