Beer Name: Clueless Ninja Raspberry Ale
Brewery: Sugar Tree Brewery, St. Helens, Or
Purchase Place: N/A (tis a homebrew)
Style: Fruit Ale
Ale or Lager: Ale
Color: Rose, and yellow
BJCP Ref: 29A. Fruit Beer
Head Retention: None
Aroma: Raspberry, citrus, a hint of malt
Strongest Flavor: Raspberry and biscuit
Finish: Malty with a hint of citrus
Likes: Aroma, flavor, finish, and mouth feel.
Dislikes: Lack of head.
Environment: Spring or summer. This is best when the raspberries are in full bloom, to harvest. When brewing this I used 7 pounds of fresh raspberries (picked from the Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island), and that flavor is very prominent. This beer is very refreshing on a hot day, goes well fresh berries, salads, or just sitting at beach doing some fishing.
Recommend: Definitely. Not just because it’s my homebrew, but because the flavor and aroma of this fruit ale are the signature aspect of the beer. The Willamette hops (which we grow here at our brewery) give this beer a nice finish and hop presence, without drowning the delicate raspberry flavor (which I find happens in the commercial fruit ales I’ve tried).