Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:
Not all fruit beers are fruit beers. Dark Horse Brewing states that they use "real" fruit, meaning that it is real fruit rather than the essence like many other brewers use. Brazen ruddy orange color shows some haze, nice lift of froth that keeps ample lacing on the glass. Could the haze be from the fruit pectins? Mild raspberry aroma, smells of fresh jam, pie filling or simply pectin in the nose with some biscuity and yeasty notes from the malt. Fluffy moderate body with just enough smoothness to get by. Light bready, biscuity or almost short bread maltiness meets a distant tartness and subtle raspberry flavor. A tad yeasty but clean. Finishes on the dry side, with more mild raspberry and graininess.
So their thought of "beer first, fruit second" is right on target. Don't be turned off if fruit beers are not your thing, you'll be surprised of how well this ale drinks compared to the fake, cloying sweet essence-ladened fruit beers out there.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2009 18:59:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
1.83/5 rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Poured from a bottle. Has a clear golden hue with a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is faintly raspberry, and this is probably the best part of the beer. The flavor has hardly any raspberry, but more of a wheat. Even then, there isn’t much. Carbonation is low to nothing, and the beer leans on the watery side. Unfortunately this just isn’t a very good beer, and I happen to like fruit beers.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 02:12:13 | More by brutusmuktuk
3.54/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I like this raspberry ale because it has more of a malt base than just white wheat, and while the berry doesn't come through and blow your mind, and it doesn't stand out really in any way, its important to remember that this is good because its different, innovation pays, at least for me. hazy almost amber copper color to this, minimal white head and a pink tint. the nose mixes sweet and tartness of the berry with a sweeter and larger malt profile than usual for a fruit beer, which to me is this beers most redeeming asset. the taste has a surprising amount of front of flavor hops to it, before the fruit flashes in and then the malt finishes it. an odd flavor journey really, filling for the style, and without a ton of real raspberry in the taste. I do like the mix of richer grain and fruit. fuller bodied and rather poorly carbonated, but a cool beer nevertheless.
Serving type: on-tap
12-20-2013 17:23:39 | More by StonedTrippin
Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.