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Judge's Review: 87 Rating - Raspberry Beret by Streetside Brewery

August, 2018
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Raspberry Beret by Streetside Brewery is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) with a Berliner Weisse base style (Category 23A) per the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

This beer pours a reddish-purple color with opaque clarity with a spongy pink head that persists throughout almost the entirety of the pour; this is definitely a unique looking beer. The aroma consists of a moderately high raspberry, which dominates and is at the forefront with wisps of lactic character. Hop and malt character is overshadowed by the raspberry aroma. Very similar to the aroma, a moderately high juicy raspberry pulp flavor is at the forefront of the flavor and a moderate-low and sustaining clean sourness continues into the aftertaste along with some manifesting grainy malt in the finish. There is no hop flavor and a low hop bitterness; the sourness is what brings balance to this particular beer. The sourness helps dry out this beer in the finish and this beer finishes out moderately sweet despite a sweeter start.  This beer has a thin body but a copious, mouth-filling carbonation adds to the perceived body. There is no warmth, astringency or creaminess in this beer. Overall, this is a very fruit-forward Berliner Weisse in which the use of the fruit slightly gets in the way of the subtle nuances of the base beer. Regardless, it is still a very good example and I would definitely have a few of these in a row as it was flavorful and still well brewed.