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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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590 Ratings

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 43 | 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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-05-2003

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Ratings: 590 | Reviews: 223
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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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of BBP
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Aiptasia
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snuck a few sips from my SWMBO's pint glass while we're sitting here watching Ghost Adventures.

A: Pours a hazy malty peach color with only slight head and a barrista's hint of lacing across the surface.

S: Smells of raspberries and wet hay on the nose.

T: Hints of raspberry, mango and star fruit on the tongue with a biscuit yeast middle. Nice balance on the alcohol with a touch of plum on the aftertaste. Not over fruity, just well balanced.

M: Drinks easily. Very refreshing beer. Minimally carbonated.

O: Very nice crowd pleasing spring festival concert going beer.

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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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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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