The Rare Barrel
from United States (California)
Highest RatedShades of Cool (71 / 100) Average score71 / 100 (Very Good)
Lowest RatedShades of Cool (71 / 100) Number Tried1
Shades of Cool
Reviewed by Jez on 04.08.19 in bottle
71 / 100
(Very Good)
750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Andrew back in Sydney.

Pours a pinkish plum colour, with a very fine head of very pale pink that leaves expressive complex lacing. Carbonation is fine but very swift. Body is actually quite light, but it has a refinement to it which is pretty good. It looks a bit like very classy carbonated apple-boysenberry juice. That's a positive thing.

Nose is quite pleasant. It does have a sweetness from the berries, which give it a depth and roundness quite separate from the tartness, although the fruit does seem to contribute to the overall shape of the acidity as well. At times it seems a little bit dry, perhaps lacking some complexity. But I think it's honestly pretty solid and nicely made.

Taste is indeed a little simpler than it might be, but there is a refinement to it. The currant character is actually quite strong here, and quite connected to the acidity, which gives it a tart, almost pithy underripe fruit character. There's a slightly powdery, almost gritty character in the finish, which adds earthiness and a vegetative note. Hints of aspirin and seltzer in the finish.

Feel is a touch overcarbonated—it actually seems to exacerbate the acidity as well.

Overall, it's a nice beer—it's quite strong towards the acidity, which gives it a challenge to the palate. I've had similar beers which give you more complexity.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.75