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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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231 Reviews

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 654
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 25.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 69 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-05-2003

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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 654
Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a 0.5" off white head that steadily falls back to a thin layer. The beer is a hazy, reddish medium-amber in color.

smell: A nice blend of real raspberries and pale malts. Maybe a touch of wheat. Not artificial or syrupy. Very low hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a higher medium, and the body light but nowhere near thin. A little too soda-like after the swallow for my preferences.

taste: Flavors of fresh raspberries at the forefront with some pale malts just behind. Not too much else is discernable beyond the berries. Low hop flavor, as it should be, and just about the right bitterness level. Crisp, dry finish with lingering raspberry. Wheat?

drinkability: easy enough, but limited

single bottle from Star in Madison, brought back in a suitcase

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orangish amber with a 2 finger khaki head.

S - Tart raspberries mixed with peaches.

T - Fresh raspberries and peaches. Somewhat sweet but tart at the same time. Decent malt backbone.

M - Medium mouthfeel and slightly crisp due to high amount of carbonation.

D - A solid fruit beer. This one would go well on a hot summer day.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.36/5  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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.57/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice dull honey-colored beer with thin but well-built white head and big splotchy lacing. Nose is fresh beer smell with a floral/ perfumey hint of....seriously...roses. This beer smells like roses. It smells like a girl and I'm about to make out with it.

Mmmm she kisses nice. I'm really impressed with this fruit beer. It has a really sturdy pale malt and honey sweetness that is anything but cloying and the rasberry is so refreshingly restrained. It just sneaks in at the end to add an almost lambic-type sourness. The alcohol plays an interesting role here too. It isn't something you taste or really notice, but you can just tell its in there. Maybe it's in the nose or the mouthfeel. I don't know. Despite everything going on here the beer stays light bodied and creamy on the palate.

I'm not a big fan of most fruit beers but if I was, oh man, this would be the one.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a moderately hazed orange color with low carbonation and a small head of white foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma of raspberries is noted, but not much else. Taste is mild, with little evidence of it's contents; light fruity flavors over bland malts and a touch of grain. Mouthfeel was uneventful. Little carbonation on the palate. Drinkability is average. More along the lines of a flavored wheat beer, but it's drinkable. Special thanks to Piecesofflair for the sample.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly hazy orangish/reddish color with a rather weak head. The looks don't impress me too much.
The smell is nice, though. Fruity and fresh. Smells like real fruits. But not a whole lot of the beer coming through, and not much hops.
The taste is a little tarter than I expected, and actually came as a bit of a welcome suprise. It's decently balanced out and not overwhelmingly fruity. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice, light level of carbonation. Drinkability if pretty good, but one will do me.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, brand new in the Madison Empire

appearance: I really like the label for some reason...beer pours into a great dane imperial pint glass, hazy rose-amber body, light beige head...glowing

smell: smell is mostly raspberry as expected, strong hopping, melon, light malt felt in the background

taste: I wont compare this to NG Rasp Tart because they are entirely different beers...tartness level is moderate, this has a fair amount of malt in the background to keep it from being full blown fruit beer. fresh raspberry does a nice thing with this beer. I enjoy it but it doesnt push any boundaries

mouthfeel: medium body, light tartness

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Glad to see another good brewery distributed in WI.

Pour: hazy apricot-amber, nearly opaque with a half finger of khaki foam that fades quickly to nothing.

Nose: a variety of fruit nectars - apricot, peach, watermelon and raspberry - with a bit of husky malt in the finish.

Taste: sweet on the forepalate - citrus, raspberry juice, apricot nectar - with some caramel malt and sour cracked grain in the finish. A little thin and fading on the tongue.

Feel: thinnish body with a super-fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: it's no Raspberry Tart, but it's not really meant to be. A fairly standard, yet fairly drinkable fruit ale. Though my girlfriend whinced when she tried it.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well hmmm, kind of a wierd beer.

It pours and resembles a barley wine with a thick haze.

Smells like watermelon, slight tart, and maybe 1 gram of actual hops. Average smell at best.

The taste is like fizzy crystal lite, it lacks character and distinction.

The mouthfeel isnt bad at all, rather thick and creamy and pleasing.

All in all, if you are a Dark Horse fan, try it, but a quality fruit beer this isnt, but I think New Glarus Raspberry tary spoils me. Methinks I shall try another one and pair it with a cham torte dessert.

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a murky brownish orange into a pink glass. Floaty yeast was apparent, didn't realize there was this much yeast in it. Nose was of some floraly hops and very faint rasperry. Taste was of light malt, lighter raspberry and a little hoppy bite. Not too impressed, was rather easy to drink, but didn't care too much for it. I'll see what's next.

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Photo of tallar
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Appears to be a cloudy orange. Not much head or lacing to speak of, but as noted by others this stuff is highly carbonated!

Smell: Subtle raspberry aroma with what may be malt. Definitely not the most impressive smelling fruit beer I've had.

Taste: Relatively light beer. Wheat and raspberries are both present, as well as some tartness. Not the best raspberry beer I've had, but it's not bad summer brew.

Moothfeel: Dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Wildman
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky orange yellow color and formed a pure white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was of hops, and a small amount of raspberry. The flavor was of hops, raspberry in the beginning that faded near the end. The finish was light and a bit spirte, not really reflecting much of the raspberry.

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Photo of mcallister
2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was first attracted to this brew by the odd looking label....but decided to see what my BA bros. had to say about it first before finaly makeing the acquisition.

Pours: A copper color with a nice red tint. It formed a minute head that faded pretty quickly.

Scent: Pleasant mixture of fresh rasberries and wheat and no overbearing alchohol to note.

Taste: First sip was a predominate wheat and yeast undertow followed then by the rasberry and a sourness at the end.

Mouthfeel :Was a little to light but yet still crisp enuff not to offend me.

Drinkability: I have only recently started buying and enjoying more fruit beers and this is one I can recomend and will enjoy myself again and again as long as there ice cold.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish gold color with very little head that leaves a very small ring, and there's almost no lacing.

Smell; mild raspberries, a little orange peel in there with only a tiny bit of a hop presence.

Taste; tart raspberries are there, but they're mild and not overwhelming, a bit of oranges, and just a touch of hops in the finish. It's a fairly light and refreshing beer that I think would have been much better during the summer.

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Photo of Brian700
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale with a slight reddish tint to it. It has a small white head that fizzles down to a ring around the edge of the glass with no lacing. The smell is good, mostly raspberry and a touch of what smells like someone getting a perm. It's strangely nice. The taste is raspberry mixed with the hops of a good pale. Very nice. The mouthfeel is nice, medium body with medium carbonation. It's a very drinkable beer. I recommend it.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy orange to dirty copper. Fizzy as all get out with a nice sized head that boasts some major longevity. Three dimensional lacing breaks out like a rash on select areas of my glass.

Smells are pretty much a laid back raspberry. A bit artificial smelling like a kool aid pack of powder. I get a tweaky canned meat smell outta there too. Tweaky. Some malt to go with the meat, but not much.

The taste is not razzed up beyond belief which makes me grin a bit more than I had surmised I would. The familiar killer tart that serves only to cause canker sores is not here either. Another reason for a grin of approval. Yeast throws some influence around which is partially my fault for gung ho-ing the sucker into the glass, not that it is at all an off character. The taste is pretty light. Not anything special. Just an unprovoking specimen of a fruity flecked freak beer. Not my 'druthers.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and breezy.

Drinkability is not that grand as this is a fruit beer after all. I cannot see a reason for drinking more than one. Maybe if I was a girl. I can always hope I guess.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine offering by Dark Horse, not a devastatingly outrageous offering, but quite tasty and likable.

Pours a medium copper in color with an overzealous white foamy head, lots of retention, too much really, this head would not back down! Nose is slightly grainy with a faint berry smell too accompany, quite alluring, I love raspberries! Taste is quite similar, very refreshing, mildly complex, but definatly sessionable, I shall revisit!


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Photo of mentor
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Eyedrinkale ala BIF20. Thanks much for the opportunity! Pours an enormous three finger fluffy head. Too much carbonation from only half of the beer poured so far. Cloudy and tangerine in color...this beer looks like a wit. Smells raspberry with some sweet and also a waxy that makes me think of a raspberry scented candle. Tastes only mildly raspberry and a little bit yeasty. It's wet sweet and lacks the sour/tart that often is found in raspberry beers. Aftertaste has apricot, mixed berries, and orange melon. Medium-light body and mildy carbonated (must have all been released during the pour). A sweet and fruity drink that's light and refreshing.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Brass restaurant in Mount Pleasant on tapas night $1.00 off so I gave it a shot,pours a hazy blond with the red raspberry tint.Aromas of fresh raspberry puree and wheaty malt,flavors are not as tart as expected more sweetwith a firm dry malt backbone.Not really a fan of the style but gave it a try not all bad for the style but I wont have it again.

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Photo of aaronh
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know you're in a good beer area when the hotel manager asks you what your plans are. You say "I plan on enjoying a few beers tonight". After a few suggestions from the hotel staff, I mention that I'll be staying in my room, but I need to go get a glass to truly enjoy the beer. The manager says "Hold on" and goes to the nearby Applebee’s and grabs me one of their Brewtus glasses. "Keep it" he says, "and enjoy your evening." On to the beer....

Pours a hazy orange color, topped with a cream colored, rather thin head. Aroma is reminiscent of an American wheat beer. Flavor also has nice wheat crispness, with just a hint of bitterness. Also a hint of coriander flavors in the aftertaste. The raspberry is very subtle, and offers just a hint of fruit flavor. However, the flavor becomes just a bit artificial as you continue to enjoy the beer. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and this is a fairly refreshing beer. I'm not big into fruit beers, and I must have picked this one up in a state of Michigan beer confusion as I was trying to pare 40 some offerings down to 12 (only got to 21, and I still have thoughts of going to pick up a couple others). However, it is a solid offering, and one of the few fruit beers I would drink again.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta hand it to them for what this is, a Raspberry beer. Pours a dark straw/amber color, massive head, and decent lacing. Smells like, well, raspberries. I guess that's what they are going for so they nailed it. Taste is purely the tartness of the raspberries and, well, nothing else. No hint of hops or malt. Very clean. Very carbonated, so much so that it tends to explode in your mouth. A good beer for a fruit beer, something for the less hardcore beer drinkers to go for.

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Photo of walleye
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cloudy amber small diminising head little lacing. aroma raspberry some malt and a small amount of orange. flavor was weak raspberry I thought by the stronger aroma of raspberry there would have been more flavor to this got hints of lemon and orange.Maybe if I hadn’t tasted kuhnhenn eis bock raspberry I might have liked this better

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Photo of nortmand
4.44/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in a 12 ounce bottle with cool artwork.
Pours muddled red-orange, with some white head and little lacing.
Smells tartly of raspberrry, nice, sweet and subtle.
Rich frontal raspberry flavor ending with a full bodied wheat presence. Very nice.
Lightly carbonated, which fits with the rich, smooth body.
This beer bridges the gap between light and flavorful. Manages to be a relatively light beer, but with a nice full bodied wheat presence. This is definitely a beer worthy of quaffing several liters.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.