Raspberry Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by kagent777:
Photo of kagent777
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of marvin213
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
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 chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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 rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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 hdofu
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gobias
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
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 buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev +8%
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 metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Brent
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far too sweet. Raspberry attacks the tongue in a syrupy, soda-pop way. Raspberry is over the top as an adjunct rather than brewing element. Our server suggested we mix it with the porter, saying this was her favorite way to drink it. I figured I had nothing to lose. I was wrong. I got something like Dr. Pepper.

Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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 ne0m00re
2.19/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

01/11/11- Had this one on-tap at Betty's.
A: Pale golden with a thin collar and film.
S: Fresh raspberries and raspberry soda; that's it.
T: Raspberry soda with an awkward bitter wheat beer finish.
M: Decent, thin on carbonation, though.
D: OK; I wouldn't ever order another.

I was just going to sit back and enjoy a beer and NOT review anything, but I felt the moral obligation to warn people not to try this beer. Thirsty Dog brews some good beers, but this is certainly not one of those.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange in color with a nice layer of foam.

S - It doesn't smell too overpowering. A candy sweetness, slight raspberries and a bit of wheat.

T - Wow that's light! The taste is spot on with raspberry first then a sweetness and finishes with a mild grain of malt or hops which makes you hoist another sip.

M - Very light. Kind of wish for more body.

D - Yes and more but sadly my beer stores do not carry much Thirsty dog. I tried to get more Pumpkin and they said no, so I doubt they could get this. Sadly though I have appreciated more fruit beers with more ABV so this one really isn't worth tracking down.

Photo of Yoda22
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short but pinkish white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity raspberries along with light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and a little creamy up front with a strong raspberry flavor. The malt character is on the thin side and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is sweet and slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, if you like this type of beer I suppose it's one that you could drink for a while but I don't see much in this beer other than the raspberry flavor.

Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" off-white head above the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head is like an unwelcome guest, just keeps on staying, with hunks of lace everywhere. Aroma is RASPBERRY! Totally pervasive, stinking up the whole room, feel the POWER. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, a more sedate fruitiness than the nose in the middle, and just slides away with little to no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability about what you'd expect for a fruit beer, one is enough. This one is better than many.

Photo of usmcphillips
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had the expected raspberry smell that it's name implies but had a very understated beer smell to it. Once I began drinking the Raspberry Ale, I was quickly shocked by just how strong the fruit tast was. It seemed that the further I got down into the glass, the more the beer taste was overwhelmed by the fruit taste.
While I thought that this was an overall enjoyable drink, I didn't think that it rated as an overly impressive beer. I think that alot of my female friends who don't enjoy the taste of a regular beer would go for this, but I'm quite sure that most of my friends who are beer lovers would quickly turn their backs on it. I would drink it again, but I'm not going out of my way to find it.

Photo of joekfsu
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy (unfiltered) and golden with a 1 cm head that is mostly lasting. Aroma of raspberry and thats it, sugary raspberry. Initial flavor of raspberry kills all other flavors, begins to mellow as it warms, becomes more sugary. Ends more balanced and finally starts tasting like an ale. Significant lacing, light body, noted carbonation, noted alcohol. Overall a great beer for people who like raspberry or other fruit beers.

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Raspberry Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.