Wild Dawg Brewing in Baldwinsville, New York. I was pretty sure, but here it a press release confirming this is a Budweiser product. I'm not going to get into whether they or other macro-breweries open new-named breweries to disguise and distance themselves from the parent, but it has been suggested.
Anyway, this one is dedicated to PhillyKelly, who said this is her "go to beer", and that the 8% alcohol is just a bonus. I'm positive you remember meeting her when she let me publish her 2008 Christmas Card! You do, right? Oh, also of great importance is that Kelly is the ultimate Phillies fan!
Fruit punch aroma, lots of blueberries. Now I've picked blueberries before--these smelled a little bit from concentrate. Oh, jeez. This is much too sweet! Very sugary, and more like a soda or juice than a beer. OK, I get it. Now, I'm a little confused because this tastes a lot more like grape than blueberry. After the initial sweetness, there is some acidic quality, like it's actually wine. And that 8% alcohol does provide a boozy kick and dryness. Cider-like burn, juice after brushing your teeth. Yep, both are there.
You know what? I figured it out... This is Grape Mad Dog, repackaged. I knew Chung was on to something when he had the Collegetown liquor store special order this flavor! Anyway, diabetes, here I come. Final analysis. Not vile and I did drink the whole bottle, but I would prefer other Bud and Miller and Coors products, even a Presidente, over this!
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