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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

541 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of apmcpm
1/5  rDev -70.1%

apmcpm, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of NCLorax
1.25/5  rDev -62.6%

NCLorax, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Waveoff
1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Waveoff, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of CharlesDarwin
1.68/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of mmulebarn
1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

mmulebarn, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of brutusmuktuk
1.83/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

brutusmuktuk, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.98/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 22, 2008
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Trent, May 20, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Jesse13713, Sep 21, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

melissab318, Dec 27, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Cyanmonkey, Sep 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

ShaKeyJ, Sep 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

DrBobPierce, Jun 22, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Thought it would be better than this strong dislike

stacy1287, Sep 04, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

JayKay412, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.05/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.1/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

BeerBelcher, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of brdc
2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

brdc, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of mothman
2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

mothman, Jul 22, 2011
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2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

OWSLEY069, Feb 26, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Czequershuus, Sunday at 02:04 AM
Photo of mcallister
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

mcallister, Apr 10, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

TubaDan, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of neonbrown82
2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

neonbrown82, Oct 23, 2006
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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.