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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

489 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-cloudy copper color with a slight beige head. The scent is mostly wheat with some hints raspberries. The taste has more raspberry flavor to it than you would expect from the color and aroma. There is a rush of sweet raspberry flavor that then turns into a strong wheat flavor before finishing kind of dry and chalky. This is a slight step up from Shocktop Raspberry but still has plenty of room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 04:43:18 | More by Lemke10
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Docrock

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A - light copper brown, thin head that quickly diminished to a thin cap, minimal lacing.

S - light scent of raspberry essence but not a real raspberry nose, not much else.

T - faint raspberry on tip of the tongue, minor malt and, minimal hops.

M - slight bitter aftertaste but no lingering flavor. Carbonation is very light.

O - refreshing but being a fan of Raspberries, I was a bit disappointed, other than the faint scent, there isn't any real raspberry character to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 23:02:10 | More by Docrock
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-28-2012 02:11:56 | More by ssimpson89
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JRBecks

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-27-2012 17:56:01 | More by JRBecks
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kp29

Arizona

4/5  rDev +19.8%

12-23-2012 07:21:09 | More by kp29
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equincel

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-18-2012 18:19:13 | More by equincel
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jbierling

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-18-2012 01:08:43 | More by jbierling
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JayKay412

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -40.1%

12-08-2012 14:36:15 | More by JayKay412
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JellyJacket

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-05-2012 02:45:45 | More by JellyJacket
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The one thing I can't say anything about is the appearance ... I had this straight from the bottle at Green Dot Stables in Detroit. If you haven't heard of GDS and live in the area, I URGE you to check the place out. Seriously. Asap.

Anyway, the smell of this beer is much like you'd expect. Or maybe not. It's an ale with some spillings of raspberry in there. But unlike some beers that overwhelm you with the fruit, Dark Horse does it right, and gives you that hop/malt/BEER smell as well.

Taste/feel: Unfortunately I didn't get to completely enjoy my beer because my friends were pushing me out the door to the casino, but I got a few sips in where I could think if I liked it or not... and I do. I'm not sure what it is, but this beer just doesn't blow me away like I thought it might. Sure, you get the raspberries, but I couldn't help but feel "meh" about it. It's still a very drinkable beer super appropriate for Spring or Summer though, and I'd try another.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 17:10:32 | More by Alextricity
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simi46

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-18-2012 01:45:43 | More by simi46
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-15-2012 22:23:32 | More by VernonKell
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-12-2012 23:10:26 | More by IPAchris
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-30-2012 17:20:30 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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cosmo4u

New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-29-2012 17:36:02 | More by cosmo4u
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

10-15-2012 00:09:17 | More by DarthTremens
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illini4x4


3/5  rDev -10.2%

09-30-2012 02:25:05 | More by illini4x4
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Jasmina


3/5  rDev -10.2%

09-30-2012 02:22:34 | More by Jasmina
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mikeradebaugh

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

09-27-2012 02:51:49 | More by mikeradebaugh
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superspak

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger frothy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good bits of foamy lacing cling down the glass. Aromas of tart raspberry, bread, herbal, floral, and light caramel, Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of biscuit, toast, light tart raspberry, herbal, floral, and light earth. Lingering notes of toast, biscuit, raspberry, herbal, floral, and earth on the finish for a bit. Not nearly as much raspberry in the taste as I expected from the aromas. Mostly biscuit and herbal hops. Minimal cloying flavors on the finish and fairly dry. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly syrupy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming on the finish. Overall, not a bad beer; but it was seriously lacking in the fruit department in the taste. Was very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 03:54:42 | More by superspak
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.2%

09-22-2012 22:19:31 | More by DMarlinJ
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silversumo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +19.8%

09-21-2012 21:08:09 | More by silversumo
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jtd1969

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden orange with some slight lacing

S - Some raspberry and slight fermented grape smell

T - Some mild earthy hops with raspberry all through. Similar to a saison, but without the belgian yeast

M - A tad heavier than light in body, but no where near medium. smooth fruit finish

O - Good beer for style, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 20:58:35 | More by jtd1969
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-18-2012 07:29:05 | More by jaminjohnson
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a hazy apricot color with a nice tight one finger of head. Nice lacing too. I definitely get the raspberries on the nose. Also get a bit of cherry and lemon as well.

The beer has a light body and a rather thin mouthfeel. There is a light, grainy taste up front and some sweet notes, then a nice wave of raspberry flavors come in. The flavor is pretty well-balanced between tart and sweet. It's unfortunate that the brewer didn't leave it a bit more tart, as it would have complemented the graininess well and made the beer very refreshing. The finish is a bit underwhelming, but still manages to be dry enough to leave you ready for more.

I'm not sure how they brew this, but it drinks like a raspberry wheat beer. It's quite tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:29:53 | More by deadonhisfeet
Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.