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  1. We're heading back to Grand Rapids, Michigan for Founders summer fruit beer. Here we have a straight up Raspberry Ale, similar to their Blushing Monk limited release from 2011 but with almost half the alcohol content. Now in the Festina Peche postings, I decried the not quite fruit not quite beer flavor of the offering, here we have all fruit. In fact, I dare say this is what it would taste like if you dumped Crystal Light powder into a High Life...but...it's still good! Now I think this might be the most debated beer we've featured, if everyone tries it. Some people will say this is as much beer as sangria is wine, but I disagree. Founders wanted to make a Raspberry Ale, and that's what they did. The sweet, tart raspberry flavor is finished with the maltiness you'd expect from beer, and I think it works perfectly. From the Founders website: "Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy"”Rí¼bí¦us is Founders' way to celebrate the season's warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders." Personally, if I want a fruit beer, this is where I'm going. Mostly fruit with a beer kick at the end, but I can definitely see where this offering will have detractors. Keep in mind, it is a Founders limited offering which mean you can expect to pay $15+ for a 4 pack. Think about splitting one with friends if you want to try it, but don't think a fruit beer is going to be your thing. Enjoy, Eric
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