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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

553 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 553
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 sennin
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

sennin, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of kynap55
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

kynap55, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

HarmonMW, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, sure why not!

Dark dull amber brown, with not much head, a faint off white appearance five to some good rising carbonation from the body. I will say it's better than average, but nothing really grabbing me, I wish I could say more.

Nose grabs next to nothing in fruit character. Faint bitter bile smell, but luckily a nice bready soft biscuity malt comes to the rescue with some soft crackery graham cracker. Raspberry forward on the nose.. no..

Moving along the palate hits, and improvement is a big step up. Giant pie and crusty malt taste and finish with an almost rhubarb and fruit component. Tartness no, but a soft malt bodied crust mixing with a true fruit component.

Overall, gives to a fruit pie component with a lingering crusty finish. First whiffs and impressions though are not that impressive, mixing with an appearance that is less than satisfying. No major complaints, but no raves either here...

smakawhat, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of C63AMG
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

C63AMG, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Mappies, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

hilgart1, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of TCMike
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produce a 2 finger white head after pouring into a glass. The color of the beer is a cloudy gold, with a smidgen of pink.
The aroma is a bit week, but of a little bread, and raspberry.
The taste was much better than smell. The raspberry comes through more. No hop bitterness noticeable.
The carbonation is high, and mouth-feel is light, and dry.
This is a good, easy drinking, warmer weather beer. The low alcohol makes it a great summer session beer.

TCMike, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of scott2269
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

scott2269, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

szmnnl99, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

been sitting on this one for a while. was in the mood for some fruit juice, but didn't have any...and saw this one. perfecto. poured into a cantillon tasting glass.

a - brew poured orange with a tizzy foamy head that slowly bubbled away. lively champagne like visible carbonation. semi sticky lacing.

s - fresh raspberries. a bit of soda like sweetness. some maltiness and gooey toffee.

t - just like the smell...BURST of raspberries. overly so. an overdose of raspberry gooey thickness. a bit cloying. kind of gross.

m - thick and chewy. the beer itself isn't that great and it makes my mouth not lookin like i'm enjoying myself.

o - overall i was looking for a nice raspberry beer. this was raspberry alright...but kind of gross. too thick and chewy. although i was able to get through a small glass of it, i opted to move onto something else and didn't finish it. this one is not for me. there are plenty of tasty raspberry beers out there, so i don't see why you'd go for this one.

cosmicevan, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of NEDmiller
4/5  rDev +19.8%

NEDmiller, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Opaque peach amber color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is lacking and no lacing is left.

2.5 S: Bready with raspberry essence. Doesn't smell bad, but it's simple and the raspberries aren't strong enough to wow me like they do in something like NG Raspberry Tart.

2.5 T: Pretty much like the nose. The raspberries are more than half assed, but barely. Maybe 4/7s assed. Otherwise, simple like watered down juice or something.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not quite creamy, but something like "frothy."

2.5 D: Not even close to the worst of the fruit beers, but still not good. I doubt my gender is the target buyer for this.

DavoleBomb, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

djrn2, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no date

Very cloudy yellow with a red hue. 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells faintly like skunky strawberries. Tastes like an odd mix of malt, hop, and tart raspberry - in that order. Aftertaste is all raspberry. Mouthfeel is light and crisp but a bit astringent.

I like how natural and tangy the raspberry is, but the farm house ale taste doesn't jive well with the fruit. The pervasive fruit separates itself from the more natural beer taste and just doesn't blend. It's still very easy drinking and unique.

jimmah120, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of apmcpm
1/5  rDev -70.1%

apmcpm, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Nofear048
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Nofear048, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy reddish brown. I thought the red here was nice and subtle and I appreciated that.
S: Super super weak raspberry smell. Otherwise didn't smell like anything, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
T: Again, super subtle on the rasberry taste, and I was expecting more. However, as a ale this had some great execution with a little bitter hops and a little wheaty flavor.
M: Sat very well. No lingering gross flavors and the carbonation was on the money.

Overall I was looking for more raspberrys but it was a pretty good beer regardless.

Jamesthebrit, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
3/5  rDev -10.2%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

dexterk1, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of BBP
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange color with decent head, and some nice lacing. Retention is better than expected.

The aroma is not surprisingly full of raspberries. They lead the way with a more candy like fruitiness. Aside from that, nothing really peeks through.

The taste isn't what I'd classify as all that great or all that bad. It's really quite unoffensive. It makes a bit of sense when DH's heavy beers drink easy, that their light drinks drink easier yet. I do get some raspberry, but it's nowhere near what you'd taste in a lambic. It's also fairly short lived as well.

Underneath that, there is some honey richness though, and a well crafted, albeit light ale. I'm enjoying it while I drink it, but I don't think I'll remember it after it's gone. There's also some nice bready malt to be found as well for a brief bit.

The mouthfeel is Medium light in the body. Without the overaggressive carbonation, I suspect it would be much thinner yet. It has an average weight to it. The finish is slightly dry and mildly sticky.

Overall, I don't expect that I'll pick this one up again, but by no means would I recommend people to pass it by without trying.

BBP, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Rostie
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Rostie, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Marti403, Jan 01, 2012
Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.