Raspberry Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 171
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | 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: 68 | Hads: 171
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a modest cap that leaves an occasional droplet of foam

Smell: Pungent fruit, but it smells almost like a raspberry powder than real fruit

Taste: Opens with grain and raspberry elements, with the graininess becoming more apparent by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruity flavors come back to the fore and grow sweeter into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Cannot say I am too fond of the combination of the sweet raspberries and the grain, but one of the better fruit beers that are targeted to the sweet fruit crowd (623 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden honey with lemonade colored edges and no hint of red or pink. The pour produced a medium-small crown of eggshell colored foam that looks decent enough. A few dots and spots of lace find their way to the glass. The beer looks more like an amber ale than a fruit beer, but that's okay.

A big burst of berries was appreciated as soon as ale exited bottle. If you like raspberries and beer, this one is a keeper from an olfactory standpoint. Given the vivid character of the aroma, I have to believe that some sort of raspberry concentrate was used, rather than strictly the berries themselves.

It can't be easy to brew a solid fruit beer, especially one with an ABV this low. Maybe it's simply the fact that I haven't found too many that I've gone gaga over. Raspberry Ale isn't short on flavor, that's for sure. Red raspberries fill each and every mouthful.

The base beer is what brings the taste down a notch. It tastes like an overly grainy, bitter amber ale. Only 7.5 IBUs is a head scratcher. I would have guessed at least 4 times that. I'm sure the brewers hit their target, and I'm equally sure that Ohioans buy a lot of this stuff, but it doesn't quite jibe for me. Having said that, it's still (slightly) better than average for the style.

The mouthfeel, while far from chubby, has a bit of heft for 3.9%. It feels like the ABV is several percentage points higher, possibly due to the fruit sugar that my stomach is just now noticing. The carbonation hits with a quick burst that softens quickly, before it can reach the annoyance threshold.

Raspberry Ale isn't likely to change anyone's opinion about fruit beer. It isn't quite sweet enough to be a chick beer and it isn't well-crafted enough to be a geek beer. While it isn't bad, this single bottle is more than enough for me. (1,797 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
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 (473 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, deep yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Thin, underlying vein of light pale malts, but mostly the nose is made up of the fruity, strongly-scented raspberry additive.

Taste: Light setup of maltiness with a sweet (but not too sweet) barley taste. Essentially no hop flavor or even bitterness. And, let us not forget the raspberry flavoring which carries you along until the drying, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable! One of those beers that is, as they say, one for the ladies. A simple, basic beer designed to deliver the raspberry flavoring with a minimal amount of alcohol. Reminded me of the local fruity brew, Sweetwater Blue, except with a raspberry flavoring instead of blueberry. (800 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Huge (too large), white head. Rocky receding. Leaves generous lace. Neutral gold color with a slight chill haze.

Sweet, like children's aspirin. I smell more strawberry than raspberry. More like candy than the fruit itself.

Relatively dry compared to other fruit beers. The "fruit" taste seems fake to me. The body is fuller than I expected. Little aftertaste. A light beer. Overall, the beer is drinkable...barely. (417 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an almost clear color with a hint of reddish hue. The head is thick and white maintains retention. The aroma is good. It has an outstanding raspberry aroma that's fresh and tart with a light pale/wheat malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very light malt character, bordering on watery. The raspberry flavor is well done. It's tart and fruity with just a bit of dry, earthiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn quaffable beer. It's light and flavorful (well fruit flavored). (563 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy light amber color. Raspberry nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet raspberry, hints of hops at finish. This is a summer beer. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (298 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden colored. Raspberry is much more pronounced in the aroma than in the flavor. There was hardly any beer taste to it so I assume the raspberry flavoring was added to one of their light beers. (195 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of hopdog
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Cool looking label with the red spotted dalmation.

Opened to a louder pop - I almost expected it to gush. Proceeded to pour almost all head. Settled into a medium and slightly hazy yellow color. Aromas of mainly raspberries, raspberry syrup, and just all around sweet berries. A little bit on the artificial side. Tastes of wheat with raspberries. The raspberries in the tastes a lot weaker than the aromas. Blah. (428 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last summer at the Big Bands & Big Beers event at Ault Park. Great venue!

Appearance - strawberry blonde pour, with a crisp and watery thin cap. A little beading from below but nothing to keep this one from going bare-topped within a minute or two.

Aroma - raspberry aroma before it even hits the glass. Smells like raspberries to me!

Taste - only a faint presence of grain, this is just a medium for the fruit to ride on. Fairly sweet, a decent fruit flavor followed by a carbonic or hoppy bite, I'm not sure which. Helps keep the sweetness in check somewhat. Finishes a little slick.

Mouthfeel - pretty refreshing for a sweeter beer, it has plenty of carbonation. A medium body, some smoothness that manages to stay away from the cloying syrupiness of some fruit beers.

Drinkability - more of a warmer weather beer, I could see popping one of these from time to time. (882 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (611 characters)

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