Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-05-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With the raspberries front and center, the beer that is built around the fruit supports the candyish additions, yet struggle to compete with its flavor and strength.

The Raspberry Ale pours an unexpected hazy orange hue and not with the expected redish tint. Thinking that actual raspberries were used in the beer and not colored artificially gives a lot of hope in this fruit beer going forward. The beer builds a creamy and somewhat dainty white head that withstands the session with consistency and ease. Although the beer looks "fruity" it doesn't reveal its secret view from a distant glimpse.

But the aromas sure do- this beer is raspberry through and through. The scent of ripe, fresh picked raspberries calm the olfactories in ways that only raspberries can. A timid support from malt offers a mild grain-derived sweet impression, and light starch while any hop attributes hide behind the pectin of the fruit. Perhaps a spicy note of ginger balances the fruit as much as any other component of the ingredients and likely results from the alcohol and phenols from yeast.

Fruity-rich flavors are certainly fueled by the raspberries, but additional wheat beer-like fruitiness exacerbates the sweetness and fruity notes. A firm and protein-rich flavor and yeasty taste supports the fruit and buffers against the fruit's acidity and the tannin that the fruit may project. Light on hops, the beer remains fruit and malt balanced going well into the finish.

The fuller-than-should-be texture is pushed higher by a lot of unresolved sweetness by both the fruit and from malt. With little balance from hops, and only a slight acidic counterpoint, the beer remains malty until deep into the finish. With little reprieve, the beer is lightly cloying and avoids alcohol warmth and dry malt character.

I rather enjoy the authentic fruit flavors of the beer, but the lack of balance from hops, dryness, or acidity limits its drinkability. For the staunch beer enthusiast, this beer may not cut it, but hey- chicks dig it!

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Kerrie
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Semi-cloudy orange, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Artificial raspberries, and not much else. Not fully artificial but leaning that way.

T-Raspberries that are once again leaning artificial/metallic even. Tad bit of wheat. Semi-sweet but not as sweet as you'd expect from a fruit beer. In a way it is even slightly tart.

M-Light, some carbonation, not that crisp though.

O-Was expecting more, raspberries are yummy and sweet while this beer was leaning artificial and semi-sweet.

Photo of DCon
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this from Donnie's Homespun Pizza in Decatur, IL for $4. Poured from the Bright Red/Green/Black Labeled bottle into a 16oz Stone IPA Pint Glass. Had no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Big sweetness and light raspberries make up this nose. Candied and very seducing.

Appearance- Pours no head at all... Hmm. Carbonation or date issues? No lacing is left either. The body is a dark and deep orange color.

Flavor- Has an upfront sweet flavor and then breaks into an average wheat flavor. Raspberry flavor was dry and well hidden... No hops or bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, and has a slight raspberry finish. Better then the flavor!

Overall Impression- A decent fruit beer by Dark Horse but expected much more from these guys! It could have been an outdated brew but who knows without the B.O.D. Average when it comes down to it.

Photo of JackieTH
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-red and slightly hazy with a topping of white foam that fades quickly with no significant lacing.

Smell is lightly tart raspberry, very distinct yet not overpowering, played againt crackery biscuit malt elements. Nice.

Taste is quite similar. Immediate tart raspberry flavor on the tip of the tongue fades into a biscuit-crackery malt. The overall effect is refreshing and tasty. It's neither a raspberry syrup bomb nor cloying. Not even close.

Lightly firm body with strong carbonation.

Overall if your seeking a naturally flavored but...put the beer first..fruit beer, this is what you'd want to try. Pretty good, I'd drink another one even though fruit beers aren't really my balliwick.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Mike925
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.