Breweries "Visited"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beer 291: Gamble Mill Tavern...a Hidden Gem

Behold the awesomeness that is the Victorian Secret raspberry wheat ale from the Gamble Mill Tavern

I would vote the Gamble Mill one of the central  Pennsylvania's best kept secrets.  I had no idea it was so good. Not only were the beers delicious, the food was quite good as well.  Gary rates his experience here. 

The Victorian Secret is named after Bellefonte, Pennsylvania -- the town where Gamble Mill is located, which is oft referred to as Pennsylvania's Victorian secret. It's  brewed with a combination of wheat and barley, fermented with the tavern's house yeast and finished off with pureed raspberries.

I wasn't picking up much in the way of scent -- just a tiny bit of raspberry in the nose. Darn ragweed allergies are always getting in the way.  There were tons of raspberry in the flavor and there was absolutely nothing artificial about it. I hate, hate, hate when non-natural flavors are used to approximate a particular flavor.  If you want it to taste like raspberries, you've got to use real raspberries and the Gamble Mill's brewer totally gets that.  The flavor of fruit was balanced nicely by wheat.  It poured an ever so slightly pink-tinged hazelnut color, which isn't showing up very well in my photo.  Overall I was very impressed by Gamble Mill's offerings and by this one in particular.


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