Fruit Beer Week: Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale (Re-review)

Fruit Beer WeekGreat Divide Brewing, out of Denver, offers a Wild Raspberry Ale made with wild raspberries:

[A] unique, thirst-quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. Its balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer.

It’s offered year-round, which makes me curious how they handle seasonal variations in the berries. Or perhaps I’m over-thinking it—I have the image of hand-picking mountain berries in my head, but a brewery as big as Great Divide probably has the berries commercially provided.

I reviewed Wild Raspberry Ale back in 2006:

Great Divide Wild Raspberry AleAppearance: Red… the color of dark red berry juice. No real head. Clear. The red is a bit brownish—a brick red. Adobe?

Smell: Raspberries—dark and sweet. Almost like a raspberry syrup. Nice.

Taste: Pale maltiness… very light. Berry character is likewise light. Fruity, not extraordinarily sweet. No bitterness though. Not as infused with berry as I would’ve thought from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very light and thin… very effervescent but not bubbly (does that make sense?). This makes it seem lighter than it is.

Wild Raspberry Ale is 5.6% alcohol by volume.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of B. On RateBeer, it scores 2.94 out of 5, and is in their 43rd overall percentile (though 73rd for the style).