Beer Review: WILEY ROOTS RASPBERRY & RHUBARB COUNTY FAIR COBBLER

Beer Review: WILEY ROOTS RASPBERRY & RHUBARB COUNTY FAIR COBBLER

Wiley Roots Raspberry & Rhubarb County Fair Cobbler, known as “CFC” from hereon, pours from a 16oz can in a hazy grapefruit juice hue. The initial soda-like foam quickly dissipates, leaving behind a seductive brew. Notably, there’s a substantial layer of sediment resting at the can’s bottom, which I consciously chose to exclude.

Aroma

The aroma of CFC is a sensory explosion, a kaleidoscope of scents that dance before your olfactory senses. Strawberry shortcake, peach and mango sorbet, a buttery pie crust, hints of ice cream, and even a subtle trace of rosé wine intertwine harmoniously. It’s a symphony of fragrances that beckons exploration for hours on end.

Taste

CFC defies categorization by merging three distinct beer styles into one captivating brew. It marries the tropical hop focus of a hazy IPA, the fruity punch of a Berliner Weisse, and the complexity of a spiced golden milk stout. The resulting concoction is audacious, hitting your palate from every angle without crossing the line into excess. This masterpiece is a testament to its impeccable balance; acidity counterbalances tannin, bitterness is harmonized by sweetness, and the pie crust’s salty and fatty nuances enhance the fruit’s vibrancy. The pureed raspberries lend a delightful crunch reminiscent of a rosé cocktail, while the leathery fruit skin with firm tannic structure amplifies the vinous character. The sweet dessert notes create a melting sorbet sensation, oozing with luscious strawberries, white peaches, and mango. Remarkably, it never succumbs to cloying sweetness or stickiness, remaining steadfastly focused on delivering exquisite fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel

With a symphony of flavors that mirror a Michelin-star restaurant’s dessert course, CFC effortlessly encompasses a wide spectrum of taste experiences.

Overall

While County Fair Cobbler may originate as a hazy IPA, the souring process, intense fruit infusion, addition of milk sugar, graham cracker, cinnamon, and vanilla transform it into an entirely different entity. Like its CFC counterparts, particularly this Raspberry & Rhubarb iteration, it harmoniously melds a multitude of flavor elements into an olfactory masterpiece. Despite its complexity, it never veers into chaos; instead, it achieves a flavor profile seldom witnessed in craft beer—a sour fruit beer elevated by heightened sweetness and bitterness. The result is a superbly balanced creation, unlike any other beer in existence, truly a miraculous elixir and one of the finest libations I’ve ever encountered.

Similar Beers

For those who revel in the CFC series, including the imperial variants like State Fair Cobbler, prepare for a consistent and satisfying experience. Sixpoint’s Party Piñata shares a similar profile that I found equally enjoyable.