Marin Brewing Co. Raspberry Trail Ale
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
This really is the beer for raspberry lovers, and not blue raspberry. Marin Brewing Co. managed to incorporate the aroma and flavor of natural raspberries in this ale (and I just found out they also make ales with blueberry and peach essence; people who know me know what I’ll seek next). This ranks at 5% ABV and 20 IBU, and while it’s the faintest bit astringent, I can’t call it sweet. The addition of natural raspberry flavor is more tart and floral than sweet, only fitting because this beer reflects the season: bright like the summer, but not saccharine (I would use that adjective around Christmas). It doesn’t particularly strike me as a beer for pairing with food – with something like this, I’d rather enjoy the beer for beer’s sake.