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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Raspberry AleDark Horse Raspberry Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

434 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%


Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-05-2003)
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

1.68/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Originally reviewed on 12/29/2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma of rotting socks and old fermented fruit parts. Pours a mucky ruddy-tinged brown. No head. Flavor is a skunky, rotting fruit flavor, with that dreadful off-spritz and a blast of souring malt. No hop presence. No decent fruit character and next to no carbonation. Nothing carries this beer. The flavor is unpleasant. Palate is weak and a tinge cloying. Overall, a real bummer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 16:52:17 | More by CharlesDarwin
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

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
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

1.98/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a cloudy, dirty peach color. A very weak head, what little forms up doesn't hang around long. A bare wisp of bubbles and thin collar are the only indication so far that this beer is carbonated.

Aroma - a weak trace of raspberry on opening, and then it fades to nada.

Taste - starts with a watery, unpleasantly soapy flavor, mixed with a generic raspberry and slightly tart flavor. The fruitiness gets better as it goes, but the other flavors hang around too. No freshness date so I have no idea how old this bottle is - I hope room for improvement exists with a fresher sample. The finish has a light seltzery bitterness/saltiness that is neither here nor there.

Mouthfeel - somewhat thin, crisp, a bit slick.

Drinkability - not a total loss but not one I'd take a chance on again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 16:07:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

2.05/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: A hazy rust to copper color body with almost no head, which is off white in color.

S: A pleasant aroma of sweet candy sugar, soft raspberries, and maybe a bit of honey. Very straight forward.

T: First sip: I thought this is sorta nice. Second sip: This is very watery. Third sip: This taste like watered-down Crystal Light. Put that aside, a very thin upfront flavor of raspberries & lemony citrus hops that don't mix very well that ends too watery.

M: Thing body with lively carbonation.

D: I got this as an extra in a trade, so no harm done to my wallet. The flavor is awful and I would never drink this again. I'm afraid this is one of those I poured down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 19:15:53 | More by BrewCrew2010
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a lot to like in this one - this is the mildest fruit beer I've had, which I find appealing (most of them are too sweet for me). However, there really isn't anything else here to key in on; while this is "beer 1st, fruit 2nd" the beer doesn't offer much interesting or especially appealing.

Appearance was a hazy red-orange color. Aroma was mildly fruity but also mildly cerealy. Flavor was more of the same, a mix of very mild fruitiness with a very mild and not-that-interesting cereal-ness. Mouthfeel was unexceptional.

I wouldn't really recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 01:50:03 | More by BeerBelcher
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brdc

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Light raspberry color, somewhat translucent, short lasting pinkish head.
Aroma is mostly raspberries, with a very faint biscuity note.
Too light on the palate, feels watered down. The tart bite is minimal; a very disappointing brew, infinitely inferior to NG raspberry tart.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 14:01:55 | More by brdc
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is murky pink hued golden orange.

Aroma: Fake raspberries (artificially). Caramel and some spice.

Taste: Same raspberry flavor. Fruity pebbles. Kind of bland. Spices. Band-aid flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, not a very exciting fruit beer. The raspberries taste way too fake. I'd choose a different fruit beer over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:07:18 | More by mothman
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy pink-ish to orange color with a white head. In the aroma, small fruit and a hint of a gingerbread like malt. In the taste, small dry berry and a dry malt. Kind of bland though. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar and hint of fruit in the aftertaste. Not much fruit and kind of bland.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 18:30:30 | More by OWSLEY069
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mcallister

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

beer pours a cloudy orange red, with mucho carbonation yet very little head and even less lacing. What head is present is thin and white. What I beleive are yeast particles are quite excessive floating throughout this brew.

Nose isn't much to talk about. A yeasty burnt raspberry smell but all aromas are quite faint.

On initial taste i'm curious how old this beer is. No character, a little sour, with a yeasty malt, and a sour raspberry taste obviously. Not much else.

The sour mouthfeel leaves for a undesirable texture making this not the most drinkable beer I've tried. I'd pass this one if searching for a good raspberry ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 21:04:33 | More by mcallister
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the second beer of last night's tasting, as a follow up to the polish rasberry lager. This was probably the worst beer of the night. No freshness date to be found, so I am unsure of whether it is just old or if it is really this horrible. This was the only beer that nobody at the table could finish their sample of.

The beer pours to a dull golden amber color with very little head. Looks none too impressive, but honestly, I don't much care what my beer looks like as long as it is good. This beer failed to live up to any other sort of expectations, but I couldn't possibly give it lower than a 3.5 in the appearance category.

The smell is almost non-existent, though with a vigorous swish you can coax the rotting hay and vegetable aromas. Delicious. This is a fruit beer? Where's the friggin' fruit?

Seriously. There is no rasberry in the flavor either, just rotting hay and vegetables. Not one that I want to revisit anytime soon, but if I encounter a bottle that I am 100% sure of its freshness I might pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 22:24:24 | More by neonbrown82
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cosmicevan

New York

2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

been sitting on this one for a while. was in the mood for some fruit juice, but didn't have any...and saw this one. perfecto. poured into a cantillon tasting glass.

a - brew poured orange with a tizzy foamy head that slowly bubbled away. lively champagne like visible carbonation. semi sticky lacing.

s - fresh raspberries. a bit of soda like sweetness. some maltiness and gooey toffee.

t - just like the smell...BURST of raspberries. overly so. an overdose of raspberry gooey thickness. a bit cloying. kind of gross.

m - thick and chewy. the beer itself isn't that great and it makes my mouth not lookin like i'm enjoying myself.

o - overall i was looking for a nice raspberry beer. this was raspberry alright...but kind of gross. too thick and chewy. although i was able to get through a small glass of it, i opted to move onto something else and didn't finish it. this one is not for me. there are plenty of tasty raspberry beers out there, so i don't see why you'd go for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:32:05 | More by cosmicevan
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JDV

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of ford9719
Thanks! Light to medium amber in a kolsch glass with a topping of white lasting head. Smell is a nice shot of raspberry and malt. Sweet, but not overly so in the smell. Taste is rather dull with about equal malt and raspberry flavors. Somewhat light bodied with low carbonation. Overall tastes thin and watery with a little raspberry flavor, but not as much in the nose, nor as fresh and full as I'd like. Easy to drink, still.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:31:07 | More by JDV
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into my Surly tulip. 2 fingers of fizzy off white head. Really no lace to be had, very little if any light streaks.
Pale chill hazed amber in color.

Aroma is massive rasberry juice conentrate with way to much sugery aroma.
I dont smell any beer flavor, its just sweetness and rasberry.

Its semi smooth with a mild carbonation touch. This is like a mild ale with rasberry overload. Finishing semi dry with a crisp finish and fruity lingering. Just a touch of grain flavors.

This is as girlie and femanine as it gets. Too think, I sent this as an extra in a trade...wish I had tasted it prior to sending.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 02:03:58 | More by Buebie
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xav33

Michigan

2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a goblet.
Unknown brewing, picked 07/07

Poured a golden orange with a medium frothy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of raspberries, bread, grassy hops.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter raspberries and its leaves with light sweet bread followed by a moderate to strong bitter spoiled fruit and dried leaves with more light sweetness.

Palate was light bodied, watery, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is the most awkward tasting raspberry beer I've ever had. The finish is striking and unpleasant. The tart raspberry taste is nice, but very subdued. It's like a light pale ale with raspberries. Interesting, intriguing, and innovative, but not inspiring.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 07:49:10 | More by xav33
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gearbike

Michigan

2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First tried a little sample that reminded me of Founder Roubious. On that note I had to try a pint. What a mistake. A little sample of this beer is nice a pint is just too much. A light yellow sparkly pour. The raspberry flavor is nice but that is all this beer has. Nothing is behind the sweet fruit flavor so after a while it felt as if I was drinking some sort of raspberry cream soda. I could give this to my children as a nice treat.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 01:49:37 | More by gearbike
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Random pick to fill my mixed sixer today. Yeah, I'm honest like that. It pours a somewhat hazy straw-amber topped by a healthy finger or two of dusty light-cream foam. The nose comprises stale raspberries, wheat, corn, flowers, and a hint of blueberries. The headliner berries may come off as stale, but the smell isn't yet objectionable -- just not thoroughly fresh. The taste holds notes of medicinal and artificial raspberry, dehydrated strawberry (like the kind you'd find in Special K and other such cereals), toffee, musty wheat, lemon rind, and a touch of weak clove. Okay, it kinda starts off fine, but devolves quickly into tongue pain. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick and kinda grainy feel. Overall, another failure at making a palatable raspberry-infused beer. Why is this so damn hard (asks the homebrewer who has failed all sorts of times before...)?

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 06:53:35 | More by TMoney2591
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of raspberries with a faint hint of malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but milder. The aftertaste is of strong nasty artificial sweeteners. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 21:44:38 | More by KarlHungus
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Opaque peach amber color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is lacking and no lacing is left.

2.5 S: Bready with raspberry essence. Doesn't smell bad, but it's simple and the raspberries aren't strong enough to wow me like they do in something like NG Raspberry Tart.

2.5 T: Pretty much like the nose. The raspberries are more than half assed, but barely. Maybe 4/7s assed. Otherwise, simple like watered down juice or something.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not quite creamy, but something like "frothy."

2.5 D: Not even close to the worst of the fruit beers, but still not good. I doubt my gender is the target buyer for this.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:40:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden with peach accents, forming a small white head with poor retention and absent lacing. Suspended bits of yeast frolick around. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of dilute "Standard American Pale Ale" (i.e-Brewpub "Golden") fare with no hops to distract from the rather mild raspberries. Have to keep the hops on the down-low so as to get your bang from the $$$ you spent on those raspberries. Ferment is clean with a brisk water touch. Still, it's ok...just a little delicate which is a change of pace for the fellas at Dark Horse. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy but is rather soft through the middle with a light body. Taste...well...disappointing. Kinda like the guys pussed out on this one, but hey, if it sells like hot-cakes to the Average Joe so they have the return to keep making their awesome stouts, so be it. Everbody needs a flagship, and this would be it. Middle and finish are a little ruddy, the hops are non-existent. Finish is soapy and leaves a cruddy feeling in the mouth, like getting a mouthful of lake water laced with raspberry shampoo.

I'll pass on this one and keep buying your stouts. Average through and through.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 02:38:21 | More by Mitchster
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alcstradamus

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark amber pour with a finger of head that leaves a bit of lacing as it settles. Smell is biscuit malts and grains and a fake smelling raspberry. Unfortunately the taste is quite fake as well. Somewhat watery and an almost metallic fake taste to it. Medium to light body, don't bother seeking this one out or even purchasing it if you see it. Very average brew from such a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 21:28:39 | More by alcstradamus
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techfed87

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a large, foamy head, very froth-like in texture and appearance. Smell has the characteristics of sour grape skins, with a vague scent of raspberries in the background.

Taste is quite a bit lighter than I thought it would be. It has the consistency of an average lager, with hints of raspberry. And while that's no reason to throw the bottle out, it's not particularly a very good reason to choose this beer over other ones of the same category, such as say, Founder's Rubaeus. It's premise is fine and good, but the delivery just isn't there.

My advise: while this is not a bad beer, there are much better options to look into than this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:35:06 | More by techfed87
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, rusty amber. It was a struggle to get any sort of head on the beer, and it vanished right away.

Smell: Although I would suspect that this would have a heavy aroma of raspberries, this was not the taste. There is a raspberry smell, but it is underwhelming.

Taste: The taste of raspberries is not actually that strong, despite being the clear main taste. The taste is strongest up front, with a tart bitterness coming on at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body, some crispness, and little carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat of a struggle to get through. Even with the sweet raspberries, the tart flavor at the end is just not very enjoyable.

I went after this one because of the other beers Dark Horse has put out, but this one just doesn't make the grade.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:58:19 | More by KickInTheChalice
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden with some reddish color.

S: Musty wet hay with a faint berry aroma.

T: Pick up some light moldy raspberry. Not really much flavor. Pretty boring. Funky finish I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Thin and watery. Low carbonation.

Drank 6 oz's and drain poured the rest. I think more tart raspberry flavors would improve this one. On a positive note the alcohol seemed non existent.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 19:42:06 | More by IdrinkGas
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light hazy orange color, smells a little off fruit. didn't really get any raspberry at first then it came later. a little tart the more it sat the more the fruit came out. nit a huge fan of the fruit beers but try it anyways. will not drink this again, not a fan of this beer.
12oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 11:05:19 | More by chuckv
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HardTarget

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: No info., nice art.

Aroma: Syrupy raspberry and slightly worty.

Appearance: Very cloudy amber/apricot glass holds a white head that laces. A lot of sediment in the bottle which started getting cloudy about three quarters into the pour.

Flavor: A little under attenuated, the beer is a bit over sweet, almost cloying. The fruit is seedy and mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fair fruit beer that didn’t wow me.
Thanks to Pegasus for sharing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 00:10:54 | More by HardTarget
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