Thursday, 30 May 2013

Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Ale

Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Ale is brewed with raspberry juice and has a USDA organic seal. It's brewed by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), in North Yorkshire, England.  S.S.O.R.A. contains 5.1% and is sold in 550mL bottles that have cool patent medicine-style labels.. It's a cloudy, rose hued brew, topped with a pinkish head. It has an aroma of raspberry bolstered by a hint of beery bitterness. A tart raspberry flavour dominates, but there are some mild ale qualities lurking in the shadows. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of tart and bitter.

As flavoured beers go, this one has some art to it. The beer flavours are subdued, but present, serving to enhance the bold raspberry flavour. The juicy elements taste real, rather than synthetic. If you can get over drinking a pink beer with a pink head and you're a raspberry fan, this is a pretty cool pint. I wouldn't drink it all the time, but it makes for a nice treat.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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