Clueless Ninja

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

ABV: 5.2%

IBU: 25

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

Temperature:  35*F

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).