Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Belgium Brewing Co. adds raspberry lime ale to its Tartastic fruit beer series

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 4:08 PM

click to enlarge Tartastic raspberry lime ale: now available at stores and bars. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Tartastic raspberry lime ale: now available at stores and bars.
Another week, another mailbag beer. This time, thanks to Indy IT director Ryan Hannigan of Focus on the Beer, we've got a bottle of New Belgium Brewing Company's Tartastic raspberry lime ale, released on February 5. Much like Ranger IPA became the Voodoo Ranger IPA series, 2017-released Tartastic lemon-ginger sour ale will act a progenitor to this new Tartastic fruit beer series. According to promo materials, they're all blends of traditionally fermented ales with kettle soured ale, which is unfermented beer (wort) exposed to lactobacillus bacteria like the kind used to make yogurt. Though the exact rotational period is up to the brewers, beer drinkers can look for more Tartastic brews in the future.

On to the specifics, the raspberry lime ale pours a pretty pink color. The aroma's all raspberries and wheat, bright and fruity. It starts mildly sweet and fruit-forward, with an almost mineral crispness that finishes round with a drying pucker on the lips and tongue. We get more honey than actually-in-the-beer lime in the finish — all the restrained tartness reads lacto and berries, not citrus.

All told, it's the wrong season for this beer, but come summer, I'll be happy to knock back a pint or two of this refreshing brew. And since it's a sessionable 4.2 percent ABV, I can make plans after. It's now available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.

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