Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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2.85/5 rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
12 oz, undated, I want to say the sixpack was $9.99 at an "upscale" retailer?
Pours with a decent head but a minute later you wouldn't know it had ever had one. Light brown color with a gradient from apricot at the bottom to woody brown at the top. Very cloudy, I stopped and swirled the last ounce or two in the bottle to get all the yeast (yum).
Big syrupy fruit smell, raspberry leaning toward strawberry. A little wheat although that could be some yeasty goodness.
From the Dark Horse website: "We only use real raspberries so the flavor is very mild fruit and balanced, not what you would expect from a "fruit" beer. The way we see it is we're brewers so lets make good beer, not some fruity carbonated malt beverage. Oh yeah, our motto..."beer first, fruit second"."
I'm not sure that's entirely accurate... very sweet raspberries on the taste, it dominates the malt. Residual sugars are high, which is where the strawberry association comes in, the sweetness is reminiscent of other fruit-flavored candies, drinks, etc. Finish recovers only slightly with a faint toasted note. Trends toward sickly sweetness as it warms.
Effervescent carbonation, medium body for the style.
This beer is definitely sweet fruit first, beer second. I don't mind that in my fruit beers, but would like the sugar toned down a little. Not worth it at $10 a sixpack, pretty average.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2009 00:17:10 | More by semihobo
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