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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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523 Ratings

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | 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 Dope
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy, very pale orange pour. Surprisingly bubbly white head. Retention is okay with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries, and lots of them. A little bread beneath it.

T: Raspberries up front, surprisingly tart. Sweetness kicks in and rounds it out with the malt which tastes pretty wheaty.

M: Fairly thin, nothing notable to it.

O: Honestly not a bad fruit beer. Not fruit soda like a lot of fruit beers. This is more tart and doesn't taste like they just dumped a lot of raspberry syrup into it. Otherwise not bad, just simple and straightforward.

Dope, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite fruit beers. Dark horse uses real michigan raspberries and you can tell in the taste! A very fresh raspberry taste which also tastes like a beer and not just an artificially flavored we made this for you girlfriend kind of thing. Getting this mixed with the black bier is also wonderful.

paxtonthegreat, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of kmatlack
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received his as an extra in a package from a great BA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my 8oz Double Bastard glass.

A- Pours a foggy orange brown color with a small white color head that comes and goes quickly. Lively carbonation keeps small white blotches of bubbles on the surface.

S- Smells of grains, raspberries, no hop profile. Not alot going on in the aroma department here...

T- This beer is a liquid peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Crazy. A mildly tart raspberry flavor up front, that fades into a bready, grainy flavor. Pretty good.

M- Good mouthfeel, not over carbonated, not flat.

O- A good beer for what it is. I am not huge on the style, but this is worth trying, it was enjoyable.

kmatlack, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of redblacks75
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

A: A thin white head is noticeable. It dissipates very quickly. A nice reddish-amber body to this one. I will say there is some unpleasant looking sediment noticeable in each bottle. With the aggressive pour on the first one, not the one I'm reviewing it made me apprehensive about the floaties now in my glass, but, it did not effect the beer whatsoever.

S: Raspberry of course, and very mild, grainy malt.

T: The taste of course is raspberry, but, not the sour aspect you might expect. I get more of the sugary aspect of the raspberries.

M: While not unpleasant, for whatever reason, I was hoping for a little bit of a thicker body. This is one of the thinner fruit ales I have had. It has a dry finish I should note.

O: Generally Dark Horse really impresses me, this however is just an average representation of the style from other tastings I've had from this category. I can say I'm glad I've had it. Just not my cup of tea within this style though.

redblacks75, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of creative fruit beers, this one works. It has a beer-like appearance, like any ale. The fruit aroma is obvious but subtle.

The taste is reserved - raspberry but not overly so. There are hops and malt overtones.

This is a fruity one would drink again, though only ifI were in the mood.

schoolboy, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of wingman14
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a frothy white head that stuck around for a bit. This one has a dominant raspberry smell with many sweet characteristics, and some subtle malt presence. The overall smell isn't as strong as expected. The taste is all raspberry from beginning to end. The flavor isn't sweet, it starts out tart with the raspberry up front. Finishes with a kool-aid like taste. This one is a light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Not the best for the style, the raspberry didn't feel like if fit the beer well.

wingman14, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a burnt sienna/orange color with a thin but frothy head. After the head settles, I swirl the remnants of the bottle around to unsettle the yeast, and pour it into the beer. Now, it's more of a milky/cloudy burnt sienna/orange. Head wisps away to cirrus clouds atop the beer.

Smell: Crisp, cool raspberry flavor with some subtle bready undertones. Just like a fruit beer should smell. Reminds me of "Shorts Soft Parade."

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is, true to appearance, slightly milky, with some light and bubbly carbonation. Raspberries mingle with a gently toasted malt character, and that's about it. A very simple brew, and it goes down moderately dry.

Overall: A solidly good beer. Nothing outstanding about it, but if you are into the fruit beer, it's absolutely worth a try.

Lauthaha, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish golden. Huge head that lingers. Nice lacing. Smell: dude wheres the raspberry? Just yeasty here. Slightest fruitiness to it, but come on. Same with the taste. Maybe the slightest bit of spritzerish raspberry to it, but once again, come on! Just yeasty. Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly carbonated and creamy. I opened this before I sent it as an extra, and I'm glad I did for fear of embarassment. Just not very good. Not bad, just not good. Nothing like I would expect a dark horse brew to be. Just no raspberry...at all. Avoid this one.

1Adam12, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of mothman
2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is murky pink hued golden orange.

Aroma: Fake raspberries (artificially). Caramel and some spice.

Taste: Same raspberry flavor. Fruity pebbles. Kind of bland. Spices. Band-aid flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, not a very exciting fruit beer. The raspberries taste way too fake. I'd choose a different fruit beer over this one.

mothman, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of jhp40219
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours with a nice white head that sticks around. Light copper color in glass. Leaves some lacing on the glass as you drink.

S - Raspberries, caramel, wheat, slight bread smell.

T - Raspberries, but not as strong as I had expected. Definitely not too overpowering. Sweet Tart candy, wheat, a bit of malt.

M - light, not overly carbonated. Like an ale should really.

O - I don't really have a strong opinion on this beer either good or bad. Not bad, but nothing memorable either.

jhp40219, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of ebby82
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into a pint glass with a nice head.

The aroma is raspberries all the way. Any other aroma is masked by the berries.

The taste is again primarily of raspberries. A tangy, slightly bitter raspberry taste and aftertaste. Tasty.

This is a very tasty fruit beer. Not amazing, but very drinkable and enjoyable.

ebby82, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Random pick to fill my mixed sixer today. Yeah, I'm honest like that. It pours a somewhat hazy straw-amber topped by a healthy finger or two of dusty light-cream foam. The nose comprises stale raspberries, wheat, corn, flowers, and a hint of blueberries. The headliner berries may come off as stale, but the smell isn't yet objectionable -- just not thoroughly fresh. The taste holds notes of medicinal and artificial raspberry, dehydrated strawberry (like the kind you'd find in Special K and other such cereals), toffee, musty wheat, lemon rind, and a touch of weak clove. Okay, it kinda starts off fine, but devolves quickly into tongue pain. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick and kinda grainy feel. Overall, another failure at making a palatable raspberry-infused beer. Why is this so damn hard (asks the homebrewer who has failed all sorts of times before...)?

TMoney2591, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of ModemMisuser
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle.

Usually I don't dig fruit beers much. Too often they're too "fake" tasting, and/or overwhelmingly sweet. This one isn't!

Taste is of a very good malty ale, with a slight-to-moderate real raspberry flavor in it. It's not artificially colored, either. It's beer colored - in this case a very light brown. Aroma shows a faint raspberry scent.

A very good, refreshing beer for a hot summer day when you want something a little different.

ModemMisuser, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden with some reddish color.

S: Musty wet hay with a faint berry aroma.

T: Pick up some light moldy raspberry. Not really much flavor. Pretty boring. Funky finish I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Thin and watery. Low carbonation.

Drank 6 oz's and drain poured the rest. I think more tart raspberry flavors would improve this one. On a positive note the alcohol seemed non existent.

IdrinkGas, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a hazy golden colored ale with a fizzy white head. The head doesn't leave much lacing really. The smell is sweet with raspberry aromas billowing from the glass. The taste wasn't as strong with fruit as I was thinking it was going to be from the smell. The taste was on the lighter side that left a dry fruity malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad here. There was a decent carbonation and was rather refreshing. This was good but not my favorite Raspberry ale.

Knapp85, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bottle at Fountainhead Chicago.

My first try at a fruit beer, I'd say it was pretty darn good. Has almost a red/orange color to it. Smells strong of raspberries. Taste was a bit tart as well as sweet, but as I said it was my first experience with fruit beers.

Overall it was a nice beer, and refreshing to drink. I can't say I'd get it again but it was a good intro to a different style.

Northsider, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty murky, darker-golden brew, with a fairly small bubbly white head. Nose is sweet malt and some berries, raspberries that is. Pretty similar with the taste, sweet malt front, biscuit, maybe a touch of grass (lawn, not the flower), some raspberry thats pretty well blended. Medium bodied, pretty wet with a bit of sharpness to it. I think in their effort to blend everyhing the beer becomes slightly muted, but overall its certainly not bad.

Tballz420, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep slightly hazy orange colour with a good two finger head thanks to a high pour at the end. This reduced to a light halo and some nice white clouding.

S - Some initial sweet strawberry/raspberry aroma that yields to a more wheat background. No hops really, some malts. Kinda like a fruity larger.

T - Tastes like one too. The berry sweetness is more pronounced on the tongue, combining nicely with the malts. All the while a fairly nice standard larger flavor profile.

M - Medium carbonation makes this very light and crisp and refreshing.

O - Its a nice fruit beer, but the fruit just isnt in your face enough to really make this worth while. Its tasty, sure, but kinda the equivalent of a fruit seltzer with some alcohol.

rudzud, May 23, 2011
Photo of seans86
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky tan/red with very slight carbonation, little lacing. Smell is distinctly berry, with raspberry notes dominating but slight notes of strawberry and blackberry also present. Some sweet malt notes in the nose, but very faint. Taste is mild raspberry with more pale and caramel malts coming through. Overall the taste is very mild in all respects. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation light. I could see this being a real crowd please with people who light easy drinking fruit beers, and while I did enjoy it, I do not see myself buying one again.

seans86, May 21, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark orange body with a nice white head that has decent retention and moderate lacing. The carbonation is good on this one. the nose is very strong in raspberries with some wheat and other grains in the back. The taste has a tartiness from raspberries and a wheat taste in the back that gives it a very nice balance. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel, but than leaves the mouth dry and makes you wanna drink more liquids to take away the dryness. This is a good fruit/vegetable beer to go for when in the mood for one.

DannyDan, May 14, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I love fruit beers.
I won't deny it.
This is good. Not great, but good.

The beer is golden color with a light red hue. The white head has a pink tint to it. Meh regarding the retention and lacing.
Smells light-- mild and lightly sweet. Some raspberry notes. This is very lager-like... Easy malts and virtually no hops. Slight raspberry notes, especially on the finish. Kind of dry and musty-- like cheap champagne.

This is exceptionally easy to drink-- with a body that reminds mr of an adjunct lager... Very carbonated.

AleWatcher, May 13, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this a month ago. Reviewed from notes

A - A darkish tone of amber, sort of orange. Nice white head with moderate lacing.

S - Slight tart raspberries and wheat. Slight aggressive grain crispness with a bit of bread.

T - Not the worst fruit beer but I guess it was ok. Moderate tart tones of the raspberries meet with a solid wheat background. Finishes kind of tart and grain like but it was more beer than fruit.

M - Light to medium. I could have a few.

Overall I could see why I didn't grab another, and basically it was good marketing to have a cool looking label to get me to buy it (WTF bee's?) One of the more forgettable offerings from Dark Horse. Grab yourself a stout player!

DrDemento456, May 04, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A – Deep, opaque apricot color. White head hangs around with ok retention but doesn’t leave much lace.

S – Tart raspberry spritzer. Almost like a light raspberry bellini.

T – Light raspberry jello and seltzer flavor. Faint orange zest. The mineral character goes well with the raspberry, but there’s just not enough flavor there to really get you excited about going back for more.

M – Thin, but despite it’s high level of carbonation it still comes off watery. The finish is semi-dry with a perfume of raspberry.

O – Light flavor hurts this brew, but would it would be as easy to drink as a flavored sparking water on a scorcher of a day.

vfgccp, May 01, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, courtesy of the good Mr. Alewatcher - dhan'yavāda, Jeff.

Pours a cloudy coppery straw color, with a fluffy bone-white head and pretty good retention. Light lacing.

Nose is light, raspberry with a bit of wheaty, doughy sourdough. Crisp.

Taste is not what I expected from a fruit/vegetable beer - namely, the lack of fruit. Big, crisp, wheaty bite right up front is nice, with a lightly tart raspberry note adding a bit of brightness, though it fades fairly quickly. Light sweetness lingers just long enough, fading out on a wheaty finish that carries just a wee bit of raspberry. More an American wheat beer with fruit than a fruit beer, in my opinion. Still, tastes fresh and authentic, which is way better than many I've tried.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and a bit on the lightly fizzy side, refreshing and clean.

A nice, refreshing summer beer. Enjoyable.

JohnQVegas, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper color with a thick two finger soapy head which gives way to minimal lace if any. The aroma is of sweetness and raspberry tartness along with wheat. The aroma is faint. The taste is of wheat with hints of sweetness and raspberry tartness, refreshing, but slightly artificial. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated and stingy. Overall the beer is okay, the flaws could be hidden in the first beer. It is a very easy drink, but the taste is just average.

goblue3509, Mar 21, 2011
Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.