Crabbie’s Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Posted: August 25, 2016 in Ginger Beer, John Crabbie & Co., Reviews

As I’ve mentioned, Val tends to like fruitier alcoholic beverages, so this was another one that she picked out. I’ve had Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer and it looks like they’ve put out some variants due to its popularity.

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ABV: 4%

Style: Ginger Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are excited to introduce the newest flavor to the Crabbies’ family, Scottish Raspberry. Available nationwide, Crabbie’s Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer combines steeped ginger with exotic spices and natural Scottish raspberry flavor for a deliciously distinct, raspberry-ginger delight. Crabbie’s Raspberry is best served cold and poured over ice. Crabbie’s uses plump and juicy Glen Ample raspberries, which are indigenous to the Perthshire and Angus regions in Scotland, and are grown and cultivated in the Strathmore Valley to take full advantage of the fertile soil and temperate climate. They are harvested in mid-summer to produce the succulent fruits, which are then macerated and extracted for use in the Scottish Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Crabbie’s is available for purchase in two formats: a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a larger 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, it can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as a Raspberry Collins and a Moscow Mule.”

Random: This was first released in 2015.

The ginger beer poured with a quarter finger of head that dissipated by the time I took the picture. The body was a brilliant magenta color with a generous amount of carbonation. The nose was sweet and filled with raspberry extract, along with a slight spice note of ground ginger. There was a slight sweetness that was that was tangible as well. The taste was a bit of a disappointment. The artificial raspberry note was pronounced and there wasn’t enough ginger flavor to balance it out. The ginger was there and again, was more of a ground ginger than fresh. I could see the flavors working out better in a cocktail than on its own. The body was light and spritzer-like. The finish lasted longer than I expected with the same raspberry note. A bottle of this was $2.25 for 11 ounces ($.21 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but I’d be open to trying it again in a mixed drink.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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