Style: Berry Quick Sours
Tallgrass Brewing Raspberry Jam
What the brewers say
“Our brewpub’s original Berliner weisse was a big hit! Now the raspberry version is going on tour. Pucker up and rock on.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The subtle sweet raspberry and lime notes up front combine nicely with the acidity, even though everything is a bit subdued. Hints of moderate raisin, bready malt, sulfur work with the gummy Lifesavers, apricot, and peach.”
Flavor: “Big fruit notes all over the board—moderate raspberry, juicy lemon, and sweet gummy Lifesavers—with light sweetness, acidity, bitterness, and malt. It’s clean and fruity, with ester fruitiness boosted by the fruit additions. Some fructose sweetness in the aftertaste, and a dry finish.”
Overall: “It’s very drinkable but a bit lacking in real fruit character and complexity, due in part to the restrained acidity—which isn’t bad, it just lacks in excitement. The color makes the raspberry flavor a surprise, and my brain doesn’t identify raspberry in the aroma.”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
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Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.