My friend Amy lives in Kentucky and knows good beer when she tastes it. Her husband is a beer guru- so I am sure she has tasted her fair share (and maybe then some) over the years. Today she’s sharing one of her recent tastes since I am still on my Yellow Tail Sparkling kick.
My husband is a craft beer freak. Basically he drinks all sorts of beers that I have never heard of, pours them expertly into the proper glass, and raves about the merits of hops and yeast like it’s his job. Okay, he is actually a bartender, but you get the point.
One day I go out to the garage fridge, fully stocked with miscellaneous microbrews, looking for a cold one to take the edge off of a long day. I was drawn to this bottle of Samuel Smith Organic Raspberry Ale first for its size. It is 550 ml, so it automatically screamed “drink me! I’ll get you tipsy!”. It turned out to be about two and a half glasses of beer, perfect for a nice night of drinking!
The taste is ah-mazing! The raspberry taste is definitely present, but not syrupy sweet like I expected. Instead, it reminds me of a lightly fruit flavored carbonated soda. It does not have a very strong beer taste, and it almost feels like champagne in your mouth. I enjoyed this so much; I made the ol’ bartender stock the fridge with a few more. It smells like fresh raspberries, and does not have any bitterness or excessive hoppiness that turns me off about hubby’s craft beers. Even if you are not much of a beer drinker, this one is enjoyable! It’s my new favorite. Plus its organic; that makes it practically a health food, right??
I found online the prices for a 550 ml bottle is about $5.99 and available at stores where Samuel Smith beers are found. Think your chic grocery or neighborhood store that has good taste.
Follow the US importer for Samuel Smith on twitter @merchantduvin .