Friday is here and it is safe to say we could all enjoy a brew by day’s end, so let’s crack one open to take a look at Paradise Now Raspberry Berliner Weisse from Trim Tab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) for this week’s segment of Tasting Notes.
Although you may or may not recognize the name Paradise Now, this is indeed the fan favorite offering at Trim Tab Brewing that was previously simply known as just Raspberry Berliner Weisse. The offering recently became the brewery’s latest beer available in cans, and the update in packaging also got this fine brew a beautiful name change as well. If you are unfamiliar with this offering, here is the full description from the brewery:
TrimTab Berliner Weisse is a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is brewed with raspberry and tart cherry puree. Bready wheat notes provide a soft background and delicate mouthfeel, while the fruit and acidic flavors contrast to create a very refreshing, but undeniably unique summer style.
As I mentioned above, Paradise Now is available now in six-packs of 12 oz. cans wherever packaged Trim Tab brews are usually found. Now that those particulars are out of the way, let’s waste no more time and get to some Tasting Notes!
Tasting Notes for Paradise Now Raspberry Berliner Weisse from Trim Tab Brewing
Appearance: Paradise Now pours up a color that resembles freshly-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice (without the pulp of course). When held to the light, beautiful pinks and soft reds present themselves. The body is a touch cloudy, but a steady carbonation activity can be seen bubbling up to the pink tinted, bright white foam cap. The initial pour produced a bountiful and rocky two fingers of head that slowly slips down the glass to a lasting finger that effortlessly drops webs of lace down the glass. Absolutely fantastic and impressive presentation.
Aroma: The aroma is everything you could ask for from a beer labeled as a Raspberry Berliner. Quality raspberries bring forth a fresh sweetness, and there is an underlying citrus presence of lemon and lime providing hints of a tart experience ahead. Cherry laces in there to take over that tart quality. The wheat base is simply here to provide foundation and contribute just a tinge of grain. Otherwise, this nose is filled with nothing but raspberry goodness.
Taste: The flavor is quite similar to the nose and that is an absolutely welcomed development. Fresh raspberries and cherry yet again provide a proper mix of sweetness and tartness. A light citrus note of lemon, lime and just a squeeze of grapefruit is very subtly lying in the background to almost add a tropical feel to the flavor and further the tartness. Wheat is present to provide just a touch of grain and support those citrus notes. This is simply a delightful odyssey of fruit beer love.
Mouthfeel: This brew is light in body with a bright carbonation to create a crisp, refreshing and stupidly quenching experience. The ABV is completely nonexistent here, further contributing to the beer’s drinkability. Tart on the palate, lightly sweet, all good. Aftertaste is all raspberry.
Final Thoughts: Paradise Now certainly cashes any checks it writes under the name Raspberry Berliner Weisse. The raspberry notes are just so perfectly presented that each sip is an incredible pleasure and treat. The cherry and citrus tartness weaving underneath provides all the tart, refreshing qualities you seek on a hot Alabama day. A perfect summer brew made right here in Birmingham? You damn right it is. Get you some now and often. Prost!