Saltaire's Raspberry Blonde is a golden yellow ale with a small, very loose, rapidly vanishing cream coloured head. There isn't even a hint of a bubble after a few minutes which is a bit disappointing, but we shouldn't judge a beer by appearance alone so on to the smell and the all-important flavour.
It has a delicious aroma of raspberries, it's so strong and fruity that you'd expect the beer to have a red tint. Raspberry is not as strong in the flavour as in the aroma but it's definitely there and leaves a nice tartiness in the mouth after the initial taste of malt biscuit, spicy hops and hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel isn't great though, the body is quite thin and watery and it feels quite flat in the mouth as there is so little carbonation.
So where it loses in appearance and mouthfeel it gains in aroma and flavour and it's a very refreshing ale that would be a perfect summer beer, especially with a bowl of raspberries on the side. It's not currently in production but I'd definitely give another one a go and Ale Be Seeing You again!
Brewed by Saltaire Brewery, Shipley, West Yorkshire
My Untappd score: 3.75/5