Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by semihobo:
2.85/5 rDev -14.9%
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
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.