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Hurricane Reef Raspberry Wheat Ale

Florida Beer Company
Melbourne, FL

Style: Fruit Beer

Jill’s Rating:
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I’m starting to believe that in order to have a good fruit beer, you need to use real fruit in it. Hurricane Reef’s Raspberry Wheat Ale uses natural flavoring, and I think that prevents it from being a great beer. The initial pour provides a beautiful cloudy Belgian-style ale that has good carbonation and a small head. The raspberry scent gives away what you’ll taste. The initial taste bursts in your mouth with a slight sparkle and a subtle raspberry flavor. However, this initial burst pretty much dies in the front of your mouth. A few swallows later, and the taste works its way to the middle of your mouth and finally coats your throat with a crisp, refreshing ale. This beer’s only downfall is that it uses raspberry flavoring, and even though it’s a natural flavoring, as you drink the beer, you can tell that it’s just not the real thing. On the whole, that makes it a little less drinkable, for what was crisp and refreshing suddenly has a bit of a bad aftertaste that leaves you liking it just a touch less.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on December 28, 2006.
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