Raspberry Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RunawayJim on 04-18-2008

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Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 71
Photo of Leo-Dean
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I love raspberry and raspberry flavored things but all I got was a kick of artificial raspberry flavor. Probably would be better with a meal than alone. Wasn't undrinkable but probably won't be buying another.

Photo of buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Thirsty Dog pint glass

It pours clear and light amber in color. A few inches of white, fluffy head billow on top before retreating to a thin layer leaving behind little lacing.

The nose is dominated by raspberries. The base beer is barely discernible through the raspberry aroma.

It has a good raspberry flavor. It's a combination of raspberry purée and raspberry cream.

Moderate mouthfeel

I can't believe I have never tried this beer from Thirsty Dog before. It's a good thing the girlfriend is on a raspberry kick lately. This is my favorite of the ones she's tried lately.

Photo of Ezra-Poundit
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easy to drink. Thirsty Dog never disappoints.

Photo of LancetherealLeader
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The look and smell on this was 'as expected', but the taste was definitely not there for me. I got through this one, but barely.

Photo of dsnyder61
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not very good at all

Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz undated bottle poured golden-amber with a slight pink tone. Small head with weak retention. Clear, although some sediment remained stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: lightly cooked raspberries, raspberry jam and wheat bread. Very fruity.

Flavor: Also quite fruity. Good but not great raspberry flavor. Mild sweetness.

Feel: light body with (overly) crisp, medium+ carbonation. Clean, semi-dry finish.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry syrup are present in the nose. It kind of reminds me of Greman raspberry candies I used to have as a child.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malt, wheat, and raspberries. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad fruit beer as it has a decent amount of raspberry aromas and flavors and doesn't seem sweet or artificial.

Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a nice lingering head that laces well. Nose is strong of raspberry, unfortunately, the taste is not as pronounced. The raspberry is there, and asserts itself more as it warms, but with nothing else to make a more complex flavor profile, it comes across as a tad bland. The beer is somewhat dry, with a touch of sweetness on the finish. A nice residual raspberry flavor lingers after the finish. Body is light and is well carbonated. Overall a very good summer ale. A good choice for after cutting grass in the heat.

Photo of DeFaz
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich ruby color with an unremarkable head.

S: Here is the beer's greatest strength--the raspberry scent is remarkable. Make sure to pour the beer into a glass (obviously) as the smell is what makes the taste.

T: The taste is not complex, and while the raspberry is a bit too sweet, it's refreshing and the raspberry tastes fresh and natural.

M: Somewhat crisp, it's not too thin but still manages to be a great session beer. Perfect for summer.

Overall: With a low ABV, an incredible smell, and a great mouthfeel, this is a simple craft beer worth trying and enjoying with friends in July or August. It will be hard to have just one.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very cool label in the traditional TD fashion with a K-9 inspired theme. Gives a short description of the beer, as well as web info, ABV info, and a small bit of brewery info.

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 13oz tulip glass. This poured out a slightly hazy golden honey color with a 1½ finger white foam head of an airy light density. Head retention was OK sticking around for 1min 37sec before fading to a nice foam coating and ring. Lacing is good.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on raspberry with a slight corn malt scent.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very raspberry dominated on the front end before the same corn malt that hits the nose come through in the flavor as well. Not much else going on.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the heavier side of light bodied with a crisp and smooth feel. The perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was a very good offering. While not complex at all, it claims to be a raspberry ale and that is exactly what it is. Easy drinking, flavorful, and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Classified as a Fruit Beer at 3.9% ABV. Consumed 2-14-13.

Photo of cjoc83
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours into the glass a hazy straw color, definitely unfiltered, can see some sediment floating around. Massive head of small bubbles fades quickly to a ring and leaves no lacing. Lots (I mean LOTS) of carbonation is visible. Not a very remarkable looking beer.

Smells pretty damn good though. A nice, tart raspberry smell is the dominant note, with some grain mixed in.

If only the taste followed the nose. Starts off pleasantly enough, with a raspberry taste that is both sweet and tart, but after that it's all downhill. The raspberry segues into a grainy taste that reminds me of Miller lite. It's very off-putting, and doesn't get any better as you go along. This beer leaves quite an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, and entirely too carbonated. At times I felt like I was drinking straight foam.

This beer, which is my first from Thirsty Dog Brewery, really did not cut it for me. The initial raspberry flavor is nice, but the grainy, skunky aftertaste killed the whole experience. I'm not going to write off an entire brewery just because of one beer, though; I'll definitely seek out something else by these guys at some point. But the raspberry ale? Never again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color beer, was a little disappointed there wasn't any raspberry noticeable in the appearance, flimsy 1/3" white head disappears rather quickly. I liked the raspberry aroma, was very nice.

Flavor tastewise, was very thin body, overly sweet, didn't get the raspberry flavor, more like a candied confection they sell out of an ice cream or candy truck. The beer was all over the place, if I could only smell it, it would be cool. But the overall lack of any 'beer' qualities and the crushing sweetness without any malt depth or quality left me wanting to share it more than drink it.

Drank while camping in Truckee, the night before the Solar Eclipse party.

Photo of Yoda22
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear straw yellow - quickly dissipating half finger of head with minimal lacing.

S - Woah, Raspberry Ale indeed. The smell they nailed.

T - The raspberry is of course in there, not as strong as the head. There is a slightly off aftertaste that I can't really describe or identify but it does not add to the flavor. It just seems lacking/artificial.

M - Very light/watery. I guess this makes sense for a 3.9% beer, it's definitely sessionable. But the mouthfeel reminds me of a BMC lite.

O - Very average overall hence my 3.0 overall rating. It's fine if you like this type of thing but really nothing special. I have homebrewed raspberry wheats that i'd drink over this any day.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recent trip to Ohio allowed for a chance to try a sampling from Thristy Dog. The Raspberry Ale poured a clear pale orange with and an initial big white head that settled quickly to a thin layer which left a spotty lace. The smell is dominated by raspberries The taste is a little more well balanced with sweet malts and subtle citrus hops, but raspberry flavor is prevalent. The mouthfeel is light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it would be a great summer beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A huge aroma of raspberries - very fragrant - with a hint of malt.

T: Tasted of raspberries more than anything else. Had a touch of malt in the finish. I expected the raspberry content to be through the roof, because of the the smell, but it didn't quite measure up. Still, a good enough flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: In spite of its flaws, this beer is pretty drinkable.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

fizzy white top that seams to pop up and fall down immediatly. ehh. but then i took a whiff, fake berries, and just light kool aid like aroma. not even close to a good fruit beer. way too light and the flavors and aromas are so blatently artificial it was downright scary. light berrys and hints of sweet malts try and poke up but they are just remnants of what would make a good beer.

overall no. some of these i can get by with and make a pass, but this was just way off

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at The Mews, notorious for dirty tap lines.

A: Bright yellow body, vibrant white head, lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet malt and very crisp raspberries, grainy at some spots.

T: Light wheat sweetness, subtle maltiness, and a lot of raspberry flavoring. Tastes sort of artificial, a little sour, but not bitter.

M: Light to medium body, far too carbonated. Makes it feel kind of cheap.

O/D: It's not a bad fruit beer, I recall it being better from the bottle. Could be an age or dirty tap line issue, since I had it at the Mews.

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head that fades at a med pace, over hazy pale honey colored beer.

Nose has some sweet syrups, slight extract like and syrup additions, then lots of raspberry syrup, no fresh or even frozen raspberries, just like the cheap raspberry syrup you get to add to mixed drinks, and a bit of a sweet toasty malt. Despite its shortcomings, its actually not that bad.

Taste starts with a light syrupy raspberry flavor, and vanilla too, and brings a light toasty almost pilsner like malt. More raspberry syrup is lighter than expected, but not too light, and I start to get some raspberry fruit flavors, but not much, it's more artificial raspberry syrup. Light sweet malts. Finishes still a bit sweet but drier, sticky, and some light lingering raspberry syrup.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, syrupy, and lower carbonation.

Overall not as bad as I expected, no real bad flavors, the raspberry syrup tasted fairly artificial, but wasn't too strong or sweet, a bit syrupy on the mouth and taste as well, but drinkable.

Photo of Burt
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Light straw colored, with a thick white head that goes away pretty quick but really never goes completely away. Leave a light lace on the glass.

The smell of over ripe raspberries. Room smells like this beer after a while.

Taste is like and easy drinking american blond beer with that hint of that raspberry smell. Bready finish to it.

Overall this is an easy drinking beer for when the weather is hot out. Goes great after cutting the lawn or after a round of golf. This beer is much better out of a tap than a bottle.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottes. No date codes within immediate sight.

Pours a lite, golden-yellow. An impressive, soft, white head stays @ 1/2" tall. Many fast-moving carb trailers. A pretty beer. Smell is definite raspberry, but with a hint of sourness that suggests currant and cranberrry too. Honey and fruit loops. Taste is slick and again of raspberry; there's no denying what this beer is. The grains underneath keep it from getting *too* sweet, and that's a plus. Sort of a gimmick beer, good to have on a rare occasion, but it is tasty..

Photo of KajII
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a clear light amber with a small white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly and had very little lacing. The aroma was to say the least POWERFUL with a raspberry scent which covered up just about everything else except for a faint hint of a sweet yeast. It tasted lightly sweet with a very light hint of raspberry from the onset to the finish, with it being a little acidic and having a hint of yeast at the end. The flavor faded quickly leaving almost nothing left on the tastebuds. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a very lively carbonation. Overall a very light tasting brew with a lot less flavor than the aroma would have you believe.

Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and golden with a nice full foamy white head.

S - Outside of the obvious raspberry scents, there was a decent wheaty, grassy smell.

T - Surprisingly well balanced and tasty. Starts out a touch tart but relaxes to a very nice drinking raspberry beer. A backbone of honey gives this a well balanced but not overpowering sweetness. The honey taste balances out the tart and gives it sweetness that otherwise may have been derived from too much raspberry flavored syrup? In any case, it's darn nice - especially for a hot day.

M - A touch thin with good carbonation and not too much aftertaste.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this was. Good warm weather beverage and diversion from the constant stream of summer pils, pales and whatnot.

Photo of kagent777
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for the extra (my wife was not interested in trying it, so here I go.) Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Nice foamy head actually gushed from the bottle as I opened it. the beer is a straw yellow with a foamy white head with staying power.

Smell: Sweet raspberry candy. Not much else.

Taste: Zippy tartness from the raspberries. This is a very dry beer. Not much at all in the way of malts or hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with high carbonation.

Overall: The raspberry is fine but maybe a little too potent. I like my beer to taste like beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a slightly hazed look to it. The color had a tinge of pink in it. The head was fizzy and white leaving just a bit of lacing. The smell was really nice on this beer, had a healthy aroma of raspberries and some grains. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a little bitterness from the berries in the aftertaste. Overall it was a n average fruit beer.

Photo of brewski09
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on a recommendation from a friend that said its his favorite fruit beer and was rather excited that they used fresh raspberries because it always tastes like the fruit is pie filling from a can.

A - very clear and very light, with the slightest tinge of red/purple. I had to use a piece of white paper to verify this because I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.

S - Dominated by raspberry, but like it was extract. I was a little disappointed and a little scared at this point. I let the smell sink in a bit before moving on.

T - At first, its all raspberry, all the time. It was a bit overwhelming, so it sat for a while. As it came up in temperature, the raspberry came out of its shell and some malt profile hinted at existence, but never progressed beyond there.

M - light and crisp. I think I will try to find another single of this for a hot summer day. I think it would be very refreshing and hit the spot then.

D - This was better warmer by a few degrees. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but it is a good fruit beer I think, and that is how I reviewed it. It is worth a shot.

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Raspberry Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.