As of late, our panelist Rick has been on a roll introducing new and conversation starting beers. So, when he informed the panel that he would be picking up a selection from an unfamiliar local brewery in Massachusetts, we were all left wondering what he would bring.
Rick stumbled upon Westfield River Brewing Company while he was visiting colleges in the Berkshires with his son (cue Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin). After his visit, he came back very excited and was planning on featuring their brews at his May Wild Card tasting.
Let’s just say, good things do indeed come to those who wait.
The appearance of the beer was slightly cloudy and, as to be expected, had a reddish tint. The raspberry smell on the aroma was pleasant but rather faint. Some panelists detected hints of caramel as well. Things were looking pretty good for Red, White, and Raz; and, to the benefit of the panel, it only got better upon tasting.
This brew truly shines on taste, aftertaste, and drinkability. The raspberry flavor was easily identifiable but not overpowering. Panelists were reminded of “fresh, ripe raspberries” and “raspberry seeds.”
There’s no need to worry that Red, White, and Raz will be overly sweet. The subtlety of the raspberry flavor complemented a delicious beer taste.
The raspberry flavor lingered well on the aftertaste and didn’t sour in the least bit. Drinkabililty scores were very high with one panelist giving the beer a “perfect” drinkability rating. Such a superb taste and aftertaste left the panel wanting to continue enjoying Red, White, and Raz beyond the end of their tasting glasses.
Westfield River Brewing Company has truly created a delicious beer. Interests here at The Basement Beer Tastings have certainly been piqued in tasting more of their offerings.
And who knows, maybe their brews will provide Rick some solace as he watches his boy head off to college…
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you coming home son, I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then, Dad
You know we’ll have a good time then.
“Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
(Appearance 8., Smell 7.4, Taste 26.2, Aftertaste 16., Drinkability 26.6)