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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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554 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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 jsisko01
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an orange/copper color with an inch and a half thick, white head that lingers for a couple minutes. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing behind.

Smell - Has a nice raspberry aroma, not overbearing. But that's all I can smell other than grains.

Taste - It has a light tartness. It doesn't really even taste like raspberry to me.. but at least the sweetness isn't overbearing like other fruit ales. I can also taste pale malts, buttery biscuits, and grains. It seems pretty watered down. It has a weird tart-bitterness in the aftertaste also.

Mouthfeel - Light body with high carbonation.

Overall - This beer is ok.. I wouldn't get it again though.

jsisko01, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of GR_Rick
4/5  rDev +19.8%

GR_Rick, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Sturdley
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Sturdley, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of amishbooze
3/5  rDev -10.2%

amishbooze, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Beer_Runner
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Slowly poured into a standard pint glass.

A: No head formed during the pour. The brew is very cloudy and is a coppery/orange color.

S: The aroma is mild and consists of caramelized malt, a little bready yeast, and just a hint of fruit tartness.

T: The taste follows the aroma. It is a combination of bready yeast and caramelized malt along with a big dose of sharp, tart, raspberry fruitiness.

M: The body is on the heavier side of medium. It has a pleasant amount of carbonation, and is fairly smooth with a clean finish.

O: A good fruit beer. It replaces hops flavor and bitterness with the sharp, tart, and fruity flavors from the raspberries. I would consider this a lambic beer - and one of the better ones. This beer is another beer that will work well when chilled on a hot summer day.

Beer_Runner, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Davit
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Davit, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3/5  rDev -10.2%

seeswo, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Had this back in April of this year; reviewed from notes. Another ’want’ of mine that started getting distributed to my area. Score! 12oz bottle poured into my Highland pint glass.

Pours a very murky dark amber/gold with light reddish hues. Cloudy beer. Small 1-finger bone white head atop. The nose is interesting. There is some mild tart fruity esters noted, but a sort of hay-like dryness makes up the rest. Grainy nose.

Good body. Faintly syrupy at times, with a bit of a dry finish. Good carbo depth though. My standard for "raspberry" ales is of course NG’s Raspb. Tart, so I expected a wallop of fruit all over this. That, I did not get. What was there instead was a decent beer with all of it malty goodness, grains, light bitterness, and then a decent zip of fruity tartness on the finish. Huh. This wasn’t what I anticipated, but it held its own nonetheless. I like that the fruit character is more muted than in-your-face. Plus, my wife loved it.

Onenote81, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of mscott1975
3/5  rDev -10.2%

mscott1975, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev -10.2%

atone315, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of bluerabbit
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

bluerabbit, May 30, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Zaphog, May 30, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

WesM63, May 26, 2012
Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

neckbracesub, May 26, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Drk93TT, May 20, 2012
Photo of Trent
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Trent, May 20, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

deapokid, May 16, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +19.8%

klipper, May 14, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, dirty pink-orange with a long-lasting little soft white cap. Nice lacing, actually. 4.0

Fresh raspberries, slightly caramelized malt sugars, slight tartness. Light hopping with herbal notes. 3.5

Tangy wheat-structured malt backbone with raspberry skins, firm fruit tartness, and some caramel-like malt flavors. Not my bag, but not bad. 3.0

Highly carbonated. Swishy medium body. Ok feel. 3.0

I can't drink this kind of a fruit beer too fast. It's interesting enough, I guess. A regrettable order at the bar. 3.0

thecheapies, May 13, 2012
Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +19.8%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of chrisbokmuller
3/5  rDev -10.2%

chrisbokmuller, May 10, 2012
Photo of Shrews
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours into a nice 1/2 inch head with a light brown color. Little to no rings of head left around the glass as you drink. Head tapers off as you drink.

Can faintly smell the berries. A light smell of hops as well.

Light raspberry taste with slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The raspberry taste masks the hops and barley. Slightly carbonated which goes well with the raspberry taste. It is a pretty faint taste of raspberry.

Slight carbonation and bubbles mixes well with the light raspberry taste.

The ale sort of tastes like a light nationally branded beer (ex. Bud, Miller, etc) with a faint raspberry taste. Tasteless really, minus the raspberries.

Shrews, May 09, 2012
Photo of HxC90
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

HxC90, May 03, 2012
Photo of mzeld
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

mzeld, May 02, 2012
Photo of KevBearcat529
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

KevBearcat529, May 01, 2012
Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.