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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Raspberry AleDark Horse Raspberry Ale

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509 Ratings

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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1/5  rDev -70.1%

02-20-2012 00:17:26 | More by apmcpm
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North Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -62.6%

02-15-2013 01:57:23 | More by NCLorax
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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

08-07-2013 22:13:08 | More by Waveoff
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

1.68/5  rDev -49.7%

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.

02-07-2007 16:52:17 | More by CharlesDarwin
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1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

11-21-2013 23:11:54 | More by mmulebarn
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1.83/5  rDev -45.2%

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.

02-20-2014 02:12:13 | More by brutusmuktuk
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1.98/5  rDev -40.7%

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.

11-22-2008 16:07:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

05-20-2012 00:27:48 | More by Trent
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

12-27-2011 00:30:54 | More by melissab318
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

09-05-2012 16:38:59 | More by ShaKeyJ
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

06-22-2014 02:59:48 | More by DrBobPierce
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

12-08-2012 14:36:15 | More by JayKay412
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2.05/5  rDev -38.6%

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.

01-12-2011 19:15:53 | More by BrewCrew2010
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2.1/5  rDev -37.1%

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.

11-27-2007 01:50:03 | More by BeerBelcher
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2.15/5  rDev -35.6%

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.

10-12-2009 14:01:55 | More by brdc
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2.15/5  rDev -35.6%

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.

07-22-2011 01:07:18 | More by mothman
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2.2/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

02-26-2011 18:30:30 | More by OWSLEY069
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

07-17-2013 16:31:09 | More by mwbrady12
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

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.

04-10-2006 21:04:33 | More by mcallister
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

02-24-2014 04:26:20 | More by TubaDan
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2.33/5  rDev -30.2%

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.

10-23-2006 22:24:24 | More by neonbrown82
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New York

2.35/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

03-14-2012 01:32:05 | More by cosmicevan
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2.4/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

02-03-2009 02:03:58 | More by Buebie
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2.4/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

03-24-2008 21:31:07 | More by JDV
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2.42/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

07-27-2007 07:49:10 | More by xav33
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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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