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Raspberry Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RunawayJim on 04-18-2008)
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Reviews by RunawayJim:
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Rhode Island

2.38/5  rDev -29.4%

Beer pours a hazy amber color with a small head. Looks like your average wheat beer.

Smells of raspberry syrup, and some malt and hops.

Taste is something I've never experienced before. The best way to describe it is Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries cereal (the people drinking it with me agreed). It tasted like an artificial raspberry syrup mixed in with a little beer. It left an aftertaste that lingered for way too long and it wasn't a good one.

Mouthfeel was average for a wheat beer. It was lighter bodied, nothing really out of the ordinary.

I wouldn't call this a very drinkable beer. I was going to buy one until I tried it and then I put it back on the shelf. I will likely not revisit this one. The combination of the fake raspberry taste and the linger bad aftertaste just didn't sit well with me. There are plenty of better beers that use raspberry for flavor (and I'm not talking Framboise).

04-18-2008 02:23:34 | More by RunawayJim
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Photo of marvin213

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%

It's yellow and fizzy, so I acknowledge from the outset that it's initial pour is unlikely to wow observers. More careful watchers will, however, notice the thin film of residual carbonation that lays atop this liquid. Five full minutes after the pour, you'll find a solid layer of thin foam topping this beer.

The smell strikes me as synthetic in origin; nevertheless, it smells like a raspberry fruit beer. I am quick to punish fruit beers who fail to smell good. If there's one thing fruit beers should have over all other beers, it's an appealing aroma. Undoubtedly, this beer has it.

Concentrated syrup amidst light pilsner sorta reigns my taste buds. I assure you I would never produce or subsidize such a concoction. Still, it tastes refreshing. I'd rather
a beverage err on too much flavor. It hits the tongue tip like a Starburst before blending into a well-carbonated, mild yet impactful fruit beer. It's tough for me to call a syrupy pilsner good, but that's the best descriptive I can offer for its taste

Mouthfeel is good as well, again in part to the carbonated, syrupy quality to the beer. It's a beer parfait. Everybody loves parfaits. It's Beer Cheerwine. It's certainly good, but a sample will serve the purpose.

06-23-2009 20:47:49 | More by marvin213
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -11%

08-16-2014 17:05:10 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of tigg924


4.08/5  rDev +21.1%

Appearance: hazy, 1/4 inch head, bright golden yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: sweet raspberries

Taste: sweet raspberries bit of honey

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and sweet summer treat. I could throw back several. This is a fruit beer that still tastes like beer and the raspberries taste natural.

05-12-2010 14:25:53 | More by tigg924
Photo of HeyYoMar


3.67/5  rDev +8.9%

08-20-2014 22:44:36 | More by HeyYoMar
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.88/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

08-15-2012 17:56:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-15-2014 20:34:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

08-23-2013 01:09:43 | More by tallfellapgh
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-01-2012 01:47:28 | More by StayCeeJay
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3.03/5  rDev -10.1%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body of yellowish-orange and a thick snow white head that turns rocky but last for a bit. There is a sea of tiny bubbles racing up to the surface of this beer.

S- The strong raspberry aroma comes through even during the pour. It is not real chemical but it is also not really a natural raspberry fruit smell. Nothing else can break through the smell of raspberries.

T- There is a big fruity raspberry extract flavor that is dry but not really chemical tasting. There is a soft corn note that has more raw grain hints as the beer warms. No real finish flavor except for the fruity flavor on each exhale.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

D- This beer is all about the raspberries which are not to artificial tasting but still big and dominating with no support from any other flavors.

04-07-2009 21:14:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

05-06-2014 23:51:04 | More by nhirsch04
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-09-2014 21:07:57 | More by Griffith
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5/5  rDev +48.4%

06-29-2014 17:58:25 | More by Mattamath
Photo of secondtooth


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a cloudy gold, with minimal foam and pinky-size lace.

Overpowering aroma of raspberries -- tart and sweet.

Flavor is straightforward, with a bit of a bready/biscuity vibe underneath a mountain of raspberries. Not unpleasant or artificial-tasting, though. Decent, and drinkable, but not one I'd return to, either.

01-29-2011 23:40:11 | More by secondtooth
Photo of WoodBrew


3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

01-22-2012 15:28:49 | More by WoodBrew
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-17-2012 05:16:41 | More by cliff1066
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

12-01-2012 14:41:56 | More by Lanstrum
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3.6/5  rDev +6.8%

This one was different, it was like someone combined a rasberry tea with beer and it didn't quite blend well. It poured blondishwith an off white head. It wasn't unbearable by any means but it wasn't one I'd run out to get more of, it was just a little off.

01-20-2011 23:56:31 | More by hdofu
Photo of gobias


3.2/5  rDev -5%

When I poured this beer and smelled it I was both excited and worried. It had a very pleasant raspberry smell, but it smelled strong I worried that raspberry was going to be all I could taste.

No so, when drinking it the the raspberry taste, while present, is not too strong. In fact it may be a bit weaker than it should be.

This beer isnt bad, and if you want a fruit beer you could a lot worse, but it did not have a lot of flavor to me.

04-26-2009 17:13:32 | More by gobias
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-07-2012 01:22:08 | More by jkara27
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

06-12-2014 00:43:27 | More by EliotRosewater
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New York

3/5  rDev -11%

08-20-2013 05:53:46 | More by pjkelley82
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3.65/5  rDev +8.3%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager BL glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with an inch and a half frothy head. Head retention is good, lacing is average. It smells like raspberries and sugar, not like fresh raspberries but the aroma is still pretty nice. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like a raspberry cereal would taste (some kind of Fruity Pebbles/Fruit Loops mix). A bit fake, but still decent tasting. No offensive flavors at all. Mouthfeel/body is light, a bit watery but smooth. Drinkability is good, it's very easy to drink a few of these. I had no problem drinking 5 of these in a sitting (saving the last bottle to review now), it's very sessionable and the low ABV helps make this easy to drink. It's not worth the $9.99 price tag for a sixer, though. Overall I think it's a good, but not great fruit beer.

06-14-2008 01:08:52 | More by bluejacket74
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3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

A: Light Amber, with a touch of red.. A large white head tops it, with a few chunks of what I hope are raspberries sinking to the bottom.

S: Floral and very very sweet. Strong raspberry scent coming though. Smells like a raspberry syrup, or honey. Seems like it should be a cider.

T: It tastes much like it smells, very sweet with a large amount of raspberry. It ends a little tart with a sour bite. Slightly watery at the end.

M: Crisp, clean, watery.

D: Overall not bad.. not great.. it is tastes a little watered down, but would be good on a hot summer day

01-22-2009 01:50:46 | More by Beejay
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-13-2013 02:32:57 | More by MJSJr
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Raspberry Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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