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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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 Duff27
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy amber/light brown with a one-inch white head. Some lacing is left. Also some traveling carbonation are visible from bottom to top.

S- Smells of fresh picked raspberries.

T- Seems like an amber beer base with raspberries taking the lead role...tart, but not an over done tartness.

M- Carbonation is pleasant.

D/O- I must say drinkability is low given the extreme raspberry taste of this one...mayyybe would have two in one sitting, but probably not. Would have guessed that going into it. Having said that, I kind of enjoyed this one. Thanks Dark Horse for a fruit beer that doesn't totally suck, seems few and far between anymore.

Duff27, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of mountdew1
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Coloring was a meidum maber with a tinge of red. A bubbly white head with constant streams of carbonation. No cling at all from the head. aroma was predominantly fresh raspberry, with a touch of wheat. Reminded me definitely of picking fresh berries. Flavor was a bit offputting. Had watery raspberry undertones, didn't dominate, but the main flavor was just not there. Felt very good in the mouth, coated well and nicely carbonated. Easy to drink, but the bland flavor was in sharp contrast to the great aroma and made it not something to want to drink.

mountdew1, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap, the pint arrived with a decent white head with some retention and lacing. A hazy, unfiltered orangeish-light brown color with sufficient carbonation to leave a nice ring of foam at the edge, even after sitting for a half hour while interrupted.

The scent of raspberries is clearly evident in the midst of a fruity hop nose, especially at first sip. Carried into the flavor, the raspberry is a little more pronounced, but only enough to give a nice tartness to the overall malted barley profile. Good deal of hops give it a pale ale style. The tart fruit blends well with the hop bitterness for a flourishing finish.

Not really a what I would consider a "fruity" beer, it is a well-crafted pale ale with just a touch of berries, and not at all sweet. I especially enjoyed it mixed half and half with a strong Belgian style, Dragonmead's Final Absolution (a Rasolution?). The tart bitterness cuts the slight sweetness of the Belgian and produces a complex, tasty fusion of flavors.

Pairs nicely with Chicken a l'Orange.

tubacharlie, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really strange orangish brown color with a bit of haze and not much of a head or lacing. Nose is a bit strange as well with some raspberries that are a bit tart and sweet. Mild malt backing. Taste is again an odd raspberry combination. Decent feel between the raspbery components. Interesting but not terribly good.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a murky reddish orange, kind of like apple cider with a slight reddish tint and had a light off white head. The smell was soft and appealing. It features modest raspberry aromas with some light sugary sweetness. The taste is what I would call mellow. The raspberry is not overly sweet or tart but somewhere in the middle. The mouthfeel is soft and not what I'd like it to be. It was a little too smooth. I would've preferred more carbonation and greater crispness. I found this Raspberry ale to be pretty tasty and I enjoyed it. I'd say that this one is pretty drinkable, but I love most raspberry beers.

aasher, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes
On tap at the Barley House

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. Not exactly the color I expected from a raspberry ale.

(S)- Smells like a lightly crisp hay with minimal rasp. tartness.

(T)- A light but tart raspberry tartness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Rather subtle on the fruit department.

(D)- Decent, but when it comes to fruit beers, this one falls short. Still enjoyed it though.

sweemzander, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. It poured amber orange in color, with a thin white layer barely covering the top of the beer.

The first thing noticeable in the aroma is the raspberry flavor. It has more tartness to it than sweetness, but both are present. Behind the raspberry is a malty, slightly grainy base with just a hint of caramel.

The raspberry comes through with more sweetness in the taste then it did in the aroma. The tart fruity flavor is there as well. Like in the nose the malty flavors come through to provide a base for the beer. Pretty decent raspberry flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, it shows some nice raspberry flavors to it. It was pretty easy drinking and I can see a lot of casual drinkers liking this beer. It wasn't one of the best fruit beers I've had but it was definitely above average just based on not having a huge extract flavor to it. I probably wouldn't buy it for myself again but my girlfriend would definitely buy it for herself.

billab914, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of Raspberries, slight spice note. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice raspberry note, and some kind of spices. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

Wasatch, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium gold in color with a trace of red, there is a decent head and retention seems good, significant lacing as the beer drops - 4.25, S: The initial pour is heavy on the raspberry aromas, actually it is not just heavy but rather it is pure raspberries, there is also some acidity and tartness, fruity sweetness - 4.50, T: Like the nose the palate has a considerable amount of raspberry, I also perceive a decent kick of hops which provide a citrus and earthy punch, individually I enjoy the two tastes but them seem to clash somewhat in the beer, quite dry and slightly astringent - 3.00, M: Mouth feel is pretty moderate - 3.00, D: All around a very drinkable beer, it didn't really tickle my fancy but I am glad to have sampled it - 3.50

deereless, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure i tried this one at the beer expo in may but there were far too many samples drank that day to remember what it was like, so lets see if this brew can jog my memory.

A- Pours a light red with an inch of light pink head that disappears rather fast.

S- I could try and think of many types of fancy words to describe the smell, but to me it smells exactly the same way red sour patch kid tastes.

T- Raspberry up front with some light malts in the back, slightly tart. I like the fact the fact that this beer isn't all berry and it balances the crisp malts with the raspberry very well.

M- Light bodied and thin with the right amount of carbonation.

D- Since the raspberry isn't overpowering i would say this is pretty drinkable and quite refreshing.

Overall Dark Horse makes good beer and this is no exception, this would be a great beer to enjoy while playing some disc golf in the summer heat. I would for sure pick this beer up again.

StoutHunter, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Murky amber-brown with a two finger white head that is a bit fizzy in appearance and has decent retention. Leaves a very small amount of lace.

S- Raspberry is the most noticeable thing here, you would hope so. They smell slightly tart and very fresh, nice. There is a bit of caramel and sweet malt making it smell like a very nice raspberry candy. Good overall aroma strength.

T- More going on here. The raspberry is a bit subdued and the rest shines through a bit more. There are bready yeast notes, grainy malt and some earthy hop notes. I wouldn't say it is balanced all that well but it is still enjoyable. Flavor sort of fades to just a slight raspberry taste above an average malt backbone.

MF- Light body with high carbonation and some creaminess. Goes down smooth. Pretty much where it should be but nothing extraordinary.

DB- A decent beer, nothing really jumps out at you from this one. The good aroma led me to think this would taste like fresh alcoholic raspberries. Unfortunately the fruit flavor was a bit of a let down. Refreshing, average beer for a decent price.

cbutova, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Whoa...this one is a bit of a gusher...a huge pinkish head formed quickly, overflowing my glass. The bubbles slowly receded, leaving lots of lace behind. The body is a light orange color with pink (almost purple) hues.

The nose is pretty simple but pleasant. Lots of tart raspberries sitting on a grainy, malt backbone.

Well, the nose is a great indicator of the taste. A little sour up front, but a sweet raspberry flavor takes over the middle. The end is almost peppery in nature. Once again, the malts are present, but in the background throughout.

Light bodied and thin with moderate carbonated.

Pretty decent drinkability, but nothing I would go out of my way for. By far, my least favorite offering from the good people at Dark Horse.

mgbickel, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fizzy head rises up about a finger and fades so quick I had to blink to even remember seeing it. The beer is a mostly clear very slightly hazy bright reddish slight orange and rust color.

N: Eh, what I was afraid of. Sweet extract syrupy aromas with a light raspberry. A touch of a nice malty aroma adds at least some light to it.

T: Also mostly what I expected. Lighter in flavor overall. Some light malts, very light, little extract syrup flavors, and some pseudo raspberry juicy. A little creamy too. I think most beers like this are designed for, intro to beers, like #9.

M: Very light with lower carbonation.

F: Well, at least its a clean on the finish, light and thirst quenching on a hot day. But slightly watery and lingering little raspberry and malt extract syrup.

jlindros, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A - Ruby/orange body with a small white head

S - A hint of raspberry syrupy type flavor but not much more than that.

T - Raspberry flavor up front and then finishes with a light malty flavor at the end. Pretty refreshing. Would be nice to have on a hot day.

M -- light body with a good amount of carbonation

D - Easy drinking refreshing beer. If you want a beer that tastes like Raspberries then this would hit the spot. I wouldn't mind having this again but it isn't a must have by any means.

jpmclaug, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent dark honey-golden brown. Aroma is malty with a strong overtone of raspberry - which I love. Flavor is malty and a bit hoppy, again with a firm raspberry overtone, just a teensy bit on the thin side. Texture is smooth, fairly fizzy and just a bit watery. Definitely worth a try.

Cyberkedi, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Modest head, sticks around for a while. Settles to a thin layer. No lace that stays on the glass. Cloudy and orange-red color.

Sour and earthy, almost like urine. Not much raspberry.

Strong raspberry sourness--very tart, particularly in the swallow which leaves a lasting aftertaste. Rich body with a generous level of carbonation.

smcolw, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Looks OK, a murky orange/red color. No head, though, just looks like a cloudy amber.

Smell is very subdued on this one. Some raspberry fruityness. Mostly malty caramel, though.

Taste is good but not too fruity. Tart raspberries, sugary sweet malt. Just nothing too flavorful here, kinda a bummer since I love the Blueberry stout.

Mouthfeel was light to medium and refreshing. I liked the level of carb. Eh, overall this was just decent at best. And I don't think the crossover potential exists since the raspberry is so subdued.

jampics2, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy red with a thin, not so pretty head that dissapates quickly.

S: authentic raspberry aroma but not strong enough to warrant a high score.

T: Watered down raspberries, some sweet malt, slightly tart.

M: Slight carbonation with a nice coating mouthfeel.

D: The beer is light and goes down nicely but is lacking in the flavor department.

I also sampled their blueberry stout and was suprised how messy the flavors were. Dark horse's fruit beers leave much to be desired.

jobcrackerbah, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: hazy, 1 inch head, red/brown in color, low carbonation

Smell: toffee and raspberries

Taste: toffee, raspberries, and some hops

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, medium bodied and carbonation, dry

Drinkability:An ok fruit beer where the raspberries are tart but not overpowering. Not as good as other Dark Horse beers. I would pass on this.

tigg924, May 26, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky gold and blush pink/purple with minimal off white head. Smell is of sweet and tar raspberrys, freshly dried grains. Taste is of mild pale malt, wheat and just a touch of sweet raspberry - lacks tartness and agressiveness, ends up feeling muddled and dirty. Light to medium bodied, over carbonated. A rapberry beer without any punch.

rfgetz, May 24, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy, somewhat dark orange with a tint of pink. Foamy cream colored head, with once again a tint of pink.

Smell: Soda-like raspberry, more sweet than tart. That's about it, but pleasing.

Taste: Refreshing raspberry over fairly mild malts that seem to be between a light amber ale and a wheat ale. Maybe a touch of more English-like hops at the end. Very simple, but not overly sweet or tart - nice balance.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, fairly smooth overall. A little bit of a tingle going on. Slight dryness at the end.

Drinkability: Simple, but tasty and refreshing. For a fruit beer (which I often abhor), it is quite impressive.

bsp77, May 21, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought this beer hoping the significant other would enjoy it, but shes not here, and I'm thirsty, so here goes.

pours a murky pinkish brown with a pinkish white head that rises to two-fingers high, dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

smells of tart fruits. obviously some raspberry, but also some sour cherries and some banana and maybe strawberry and cranberry. a bit of bready/toasty malt as well.

taste is also of raspberries at first. cherries, strawberries, and bread comes through next. banana finds its way in there and then it finishes up with tart raspberries. not as flavorful as it is aromatic.

body is a bit thin and watery with very little lingering tartness and sweetness. carbonation is ok.

drinks ok at best. has the mouthfeel and flavor of a watered-down fruit juice with just enough beer characteristics to be a put-off for non-beer drinkers. though I am not a fruit beer lover, and there are worse in the style as well.

silentjay, May 17, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a translucing blushing pink color with barely any head at all, even with a vigorous pour. Just an uneven collar and a few bubbles on the surface.

S - Smells of raspberries with a blend of strawberry on the side. Some light crisp biscuity malt and maybe a hint of wheat in there too.

T - Fruity raspberry up front with a bitterness that is maybe a bit too high for my tastes in this beer. Seems to overpower the fruit in this case and takes away any hint of sweetness from the fruit. Some light malt in the background that doesn't really add much character.

M - Light in body but not watery. Carbonation is medium and adds a nice creamy but tingly feel in the mouth. Very dry overall, not really any residual sweetness to be found.

D - Not bad overall for drinkability. Reminds me a bit of Rubaeus but not done quite as well. Enjoyable,but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to get this one again. Too many other great raspberry beers around to stay on this one.

portia99, May 14, 2010
Photo of nelso334
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Think a golden to straw yellow mixed with a bit of grapefruit pink, and the resulting color is this beer. Decent head but it fades fast, and left little lace for me

S - a yeasty bright frisk in the nose (partially pleasant). Fruity raspberry and strawberry underlie a malty smell reminiscent of a biscuits.

T - Raspberry tingles all through my mouth underlined with a very faint hops and a more dominant bready/yeast flavor. Aftertaste is less fruit and more beer like, but a subtle tartness remains. Overall depth is not that great, but the tart fruitiness is balanced well with the malty flavor, however that malt is a bit to yeasty for me. But overall much better balanced then most fruit beers

M- Carbonation is at a great level for this beer and helps enhance the fruit flavors.

D - The higher carbonation with fruit flavor is quite refreshing. On a hot summer day I could see having two...or three.

nelso334, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy ruby color with about a one finger tan head.
S: Raspberries make themselves known right away, but it's not overwhelming to me like other fruit beers. Also get some bready notes.
T: Naturally, the raspberries are present right away, but what I enjoy most is that they aren't overwhelming. It plays great with the bready flavor of the beer. Nice balance.
M: Medium carbonation and very smooth.
D: Unlike a lot of other fruit beers, this one isn't so sweet to the point where you don't want another. Very clean and refresing. Great grass cutting, summer beer.

Infamous7100, Apr 11, 2010
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