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September 23, 2012

Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale Beer Review 9.23.2012

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

TBR Reports on Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale
File Date: 9.23.12

File Name: Talk Like A Pirate Day?
The Beer: Wild Raspberry
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-wild-rspbry-insertBrewer Brand Hype: WILD RASPBERRY ALE is 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.
Label: Wild Raspberry Ale. Ale Fermented With Raspberries. Flavorful. Ruby Red. Refreshing. Wild Raspberry Ale is a unique, thirst quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. It’s balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer. Suggested food pairings: Spicy Mexican food, creamy blue cheese, fruit desserts. Best of the Rockies, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2007; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2004; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2003.

The Brewski Review: Arrrg! No, it’s not Talk Like A Pirate Day. This is me saying my back is killing me. Spent some time cleaning in the garage today so I can bring my truck home. It’s a long story. Anyway, I need it back so I can buy some 4×8 sheet of plywood to make a large barn door in my garage. I’ve been installing some baseboard trim in the garage (recycled, dry van, semi-trailer interior forklift skirting – that’s a mouthful) and had to move everything around. It’s a mess. More stuff than room. But all the moving around, unloading the motorcycle from the truck, reloading a non-working fridge then unloading it at the curb, mowing the grass, yadda, yadda, yadda. I’ll be taking some pain killers tonight so I can get some rest. I’m just as broke down as my motorcycle. I came inside exhausted. My wife is cooking chili so I thought a nice beer would be good. I’ve been putting down these seasonal fruit beers before the season leaves us. This Great Divide version of raspberry flavor is pretty tasty. It isn’t overwhelming, but strikes a nice balance with the beer. It’s also a beautiful ruby red color. Poured with minimal head. My advice? Skip the heavy work. Just open one of these up and enjoy yourself.

Drinkability: Yes. Would surely drink again.
Appearance: Beautiful Ruby Red as noted.
The Buds: Nice raspberry roundness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

May 23, 2010

Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager Beer Review 5.23.10

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

The Brewski Report on Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Beer After A Hard Day Around The Yard
File Date: 5.23.10

File Name: Where’s the Berry?
The Beer: Strawberry Harvest
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Abita Brewing
Web Site:
Country of Origin: LA, USA
Brewer Info: Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews. Abita uses only the finest ingredients – British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes. We’re proud of our brewery and the beers we make. Try Abita Beer today and taste a bit of the South!
tbr-abita-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.
Label: Ripe, red Louisiana strawberries are harvested at the peak of the season in the early morning chill.  The secret of the juicy red Ponchatoula berries fills the air as they’re picked and pressed for Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager. The end result is a light, crisp lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.

The Brewski Review: Frankly, I was dissapointed with this one.  I had just finished shoveling a ton and a half of river rock out of a pickup and mowing the lawn on a sunny 83 degree day.  All I wanted was to taste a nice beer and relax for a few minutes before embarking on another small project of removing the deer netting I installed on some trees last fall.  The beer was cold and crisp so I guess in this respect it was good (thanks, in part, to my fridge) but I was looking for a nice strawberry taste.  Aside from not tasting strawberry, I couldn’t even smell it.  Now, I did burn the tip of my tongue last weekend in a freak pizza incident (I was hungry and the pizza was, unknowingly, right out of the oven.) so there is a small chance that it dulled my taste buds.  But, hey, I didn’t burn my nose.  I drank another Bud Lime the other night (I was on the road traveling for business again and it sounded good) and I had no problems with my taste or scent capabilities then.  Many people rave about this brew but I think Abita needs to refine this recipe a little and make it more like the beer they market it to be.   

Drinkability: Drinkable.  But not as a ‘Strawberry’ flavored beer.
Appearance: Large, quick foamy head over top of a light golden color.
The Buds: An the good side, cold and crisp.  No strawberry taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.0 out of 5 just because it isn’t the beer Abita markets it to be.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

April 26, 2009

Modelo Especial Beer Review 4.26.09

The Brewski Bottom Line: Three out of Five Crowns

TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 caps out of 5.

The Brewski Report’s Modelo Especial Beer Review.
File Date:  April 26, 2009


File Name:  ‘Where’s My Economic Stimulus Package?’
The Beer: Modelo Especial
Type:  Pilsner (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Short, Clear Bottle
Stats:  4.4% ABV

Brewer: Grupo Modelo

Web Site:   
Brewer Info:  Modelo Especial has been brewed and packaged in Mexico by Grupo Modelo since 1925 and became available in the U.S. in 1990. Grupo Modelo is Mexico’s largest brewer, operating seven state-of-the-art breweries throughout Mexico.


Brewer Brand Hype:  ‘A rich, full-flavored pilsner beer with a slightly sweet, well-balanced taste, light hop character and crisp finish.’


The Brewski Review:  I really needed a cold one this weekend.   So I reached into the fridge and pulled out a Modelo Especial hoping this would help ease the pain a bit.  Not physical pain, but fiscal pain.  Yes.  Fiscal.  We’re not talking about the economic meltdown the nation has recently experienced but rather an unfortunate turn of events affecting my domicile.  Here’s what happened….I just get done mowing the yard – first of the season.  (Aside from the fact that pushing a mower across my yard is an invitation to a broken ankle, I don’t really mind performing this chore.  It’s a mindless task you need every now and then.)  Anyway, after I push the mower back to the garage I pause next to a large pine tree – maybe 40’ tall – that stands next to the garage.  I don’t know why I paused but I did.  I look up and see the aluminum fascia on the rake is all smashed up.  ‘What the…’ I think to myself.  The garage must be hitting this frickin’ tree (paying attention?). My eyes start to follow the trunk down to the ground.  About the time I reach the bottom my wife walks up while holding our son. Hmm.  ‘The bark has cracks in it’ I say to my

wife.  As we’re standing there looking a moderate gust of wind kicks up, the cracks widen, the ground heaves up and the tree sways toward the building.  Yikes!  Ours eyes widen and we both step back.  Scientifically explained: Splits in tree trunk bad.  Strong winds bad.  Two bad things don’t equal a good thing.  Nevertheless, I spent the next 2 hrs calling tree service companies on a Saturday afternoon to come out and remove the garage killer before it finishes the job.  This cost me some major greenbacks.  Not happy about it.  And, the beer didn’t seem to make me feel any better.


Drinkability:  Somewhat.
Appearance:  Golden Yellow in color.  Pours with a nice head.  Looks good in a glass.
The Buds:  Seemed to be very carbonated.  Light and crisp just like the hype.  But I don’t agree with the slightly sweet, well-balanced taste and light hop character spiel.  
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5. I’d drink it again if I was in Mexico and there wasn’t much else to drink.

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