Postmark Raspberry

Reviewed by on May 23, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Postmark Brewing

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 23, 2016

  • Best Before: end of summer 2016

  • ABV: 4.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

A simply-named and summer-friendly offering from Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing, with just local raspberries in the role of adjunct (in the complimentary sense of the word).

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, orange-tinged medium amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, somewhat rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of chunky melting snowbank lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of perky wild raspberries rolled in berry sugar, some grainy and lightly doughy pale malt, subtle earthy yeast, and very tame leafy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is equally fruit-forward, with the sort of candied raspberry being joined by some tart lemon and pithy banana friends, all alongside a tamped-down pale and caramel malt sweetness, waning yeast, and some still very understated leafy and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite engaging in its airy and frothy come-hither manifestations, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, as all that sugary berry fruitiness has a certain placating effect, for the time being. It finishes well off-dry, but hardly off the charts – that gentle mid-game tartness starting to find its legs.

Overall, a pretty tasty and enjoyable summer quaffer, the lower session-worthy ABV, combined with the robust raspberry-led fruity notes, goes a long way in justifying this one’s tag line: ‘Wild | Summer | Tart’.

Brady White

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