Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Elevation Beer Co. Raspberry Gulch
What the brewers say
“Brewed to evoke the coming of spring in the high country, Raspberry Gulch’s aroma is dominated by raspberries but is mellowed by a slight white pepper note, thanks to a nice dose of spicy Saaz hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The raspberries are so pronounced on the aroma that I could grow a raspberry bush out of my nose after quaffing this beer. Missing the spicy saison yeast character. Honey malt notes in the background.”
Flavor: “Strong raspberries with a touch of sweetness and the expected light saison esters and phenols. It’s hard to pick out other flavors in the beer because the raspberries are so dominant. No astringency from raspberry seeds. Sweet for a saison and sacrifices the spicy saison notes.”
Overall: “All raspberry, all the time. This is not the beer to drink if you’re looking for a beer that balances fruit and beer flavors—this one goes all-in on raspberries and pushes the other saison flavors out of the hand. Like a summer blockbuster, it’s not going to win an Oscar, but it’s well-made good clean raspberry fun.”
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