Howe Sound Jam Session Raspberry Cream Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on July 29, 2017 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Howe Sound Brewing Company
- Origin: Squamish, BC, CA
- Rated On: July 29, 2017
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Fruit Cream Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 1L, swing-top bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ephemerally pink head, which leaves some decent layered cirrus cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of raspberry crumble, gritty and grainy pale and wheaten malts, and very little else. The taste is weak raspberry/cherry/strawberry jam fruity notes, breakfast cereal-forward grainy malt, and maybe a touch of leafy, weedy, and musty floral verdant hoppiness. Maybe. The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, I suppose, nothing really providing a cause for concern here. It finishes off-dry, the relatively perky raspberry puree and lingering generic malt looking to make a picnic-friendly day of it.
Overall, this is a pleasant enough fruit-infused ale, wherein the raspberry essence makes one not think too hard about what in tarnation a ‘cream ale’ really is, or even should be. Yeah, this is something that should be sipped (or slammed, your mileage may vary), on a sunny patio this season, once establishments around here get that part figured out, that is.