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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with a sliver of white head that left no lacing.

Aroma of tart raspberry and strawberry and sugar.

The taste is tart with raspberry and caramel malts. Finishes with a bit of salty dryness.

Lighter bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

A pretty decent raspberry ale from Dark Horse.

Photo of semihobo
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz, undated, I want to say the sixpack was $9.99 at an "upscale" retailer?

Pours with a decent head but a minute later you wouldn't know it had ever had one. Light brown color with a gradient from apricot at the bottom to woody brown at the top. Very cloudy, I stopped and swirled the last ounce or two in the bottle to get all the yeast (yum).

Big syrupy fruit smell, raspberry leaning toward strawberry. A little wheat although that could be some yeasty goodness.

From the Dark Horse website: "We only use real raspberries so the flavor is very mild fruit and balanced, not what you would expect from a "fruit" beer. The way we see it is we're brewers so lets make good beer, not some fruity carbonated malt beverage. Oh yeah, our motto..."beer first, fruit second"."

I'm not sure that's entirely accurate... very sweet raspberries on the taste, it dominates the malt. Residual sugars are high, which is where the strawberry association comes in, the sweetness is reminiscent of other fruit-flavored candies, drinks, etc. Finish recovers only slightly with a faint toasted note. Trends toward sickly sweetness as it warms.

Effervescent carbonation, medium body for the style.

This beer is definitely sweet fruit first, beer second. I don't mind that in my fruit beers, but would like the sugar toned down a little. Not worth it at $10 a sixpack, pretty average.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark amber pour with a finger of head that leaves a bit of lacing as it settles. Smell is biscuit malts and grains and a fake smelling raspberry. Unfortunately the taste is quite fake as well. Somewhat watery and an almost metallic fake taste to it. Medium to light body, don't bother seeking this one out or even purchasing it if you see it. Very average brew from such a great brewery.

Photo of Ricochet
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The same as the IPA at first. Odd, but with little head, but a nice lace. Cloudy dark amber, but lighter than cider.

S: Weak natural raspberry smell, more of a toasty malt like a red.

M: Ice cream? Yeah, with a bit of bitter raspberry. A little bit more like yogurt, really smooth and thick.

T: Raspberry, understated and there. Does not taste artificial at all. Nice malty kick, like a red only not toasted as much. Sugary sweet wrap around that does not detract from the flavors. The slight musty back slap however does.

D: Has what I look for in a fruity beer. Well rounded, not overpowering and almost dessert like. I'd have this with food.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the final beer I placed in my mix 6, I figured it was worth a shot.

The color is more brown than red, but definitely has a raspberry like color going on. Small one finger off-white head that shrinks quickly and has no lacing.

The nose is ripe raspberries and a base beer that is less than impressive. The malt backbone is about all I can pick out.

The taste is very sweet. Starts off with a strong Raspberry taste, that fades into the light malt backbone. It's tart upfront, but sweet in the finish, just the right amount too. Not bad.

The mouthfeel is admittedly light and low on carbonation, but thats ok. I honestly wasn't expecting much and this has already exceeded my expectations, always a good thing. Drinkability is good.

A decent offering from Dark Horse. Nothing special, but something that even a non craft beer drinker could approach and not get scared off.

Photo of yourefragile
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Hazed, yet clear honey amber color with a small white head with little retention or lacing. Sweet aroma of raspberry, honey, yeast and some mild hoppy bitterness. Flavor is that of a typical biscuit-y malt-y amber with fresh raspberry added to it, slightly sweet, no tart or sour presence. Syrupy medium body with fairly high carbonation, finish is slightly sweet with lingering fruitiness but slightly watery. Not bad, but merely average compared to other Dark Horse beers or other fruit beers.

Photo of birchstick
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - a reddish, leather brown with a one-finger head

S - smells like syrupy raspberries and some malt. Almost smells like a framboise.

T - This thing is very sweet, as expected. Starts off with a little bit of malt that is overtaken by a tart, raspberry finish. Not too bad for a fruit beer.

M - watery and a bit thin, but good carbonation

D - pretty decent fruit beer. It is better than most I have tried, albeit having more than a couple would be a struggle. It was definitely not worth the price tag though.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one after it was mistakenly poured at the bar. Free beer.

A: Orange as juice, honestly, I might have thought that's what it was if I wasn't at a bar. There was no head, and no active carbonation that I could see.

S: Fruity, mostly raspberry, but some citrus and grapes, a little malt.

T: Biting flavor, but only mild raspberry. Not much going on beyond that.

M: Despite the appearance, there was quite a bit of carbonation in this guy, and it made it seem like pop.

D: Ok, if you're into fruit beers, but even for a fruit beer, it's not great.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy amber color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. It smells like sweet and tart raspberries (more sweet than tart) and wheat/grain. Not a bad aroma at all. The taste is similar, but slightly weaker than the aroma, it tastes just like raspberries and grain. Mouthfeel/body is light, with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall I think it's a decent enough beer, but it's not something I'd buy all the time.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deeply hazed amber with a nice off white highly carbonated spritzy, yet well formed head. Minimal thin speckled lacing is left behind.

Aromatics contain tart raspberries and a touch of yogurt lactic qualities, and that's pretty much it. No cloying sweetness just a deep sense of fresh fruit arises.

Flavors have earthy raspberry seed and musty powdered yeast interacting with more tart slightly lactic qualities, interesting. No boatloads of sugar subtle sweetness with more fruit flavor that finishes extremely dry especially for a fruit beer. The bees on the label have me confused, I'm not thinking there is any honey in the brew based on taste but the label it may be hidden among the fruit puree.

Body is light with sturdy natural flowing carbonation levels again the dry and tart characteristics linger on the palate and definitely dominate overall feel of the beer.

Drinkability is decent not interesting enough to grab a whole six but definitely worth a try on occasion. Betterr than 99% of the other fruity candy beers that are marketed these days.

Photo of Frosty80
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a slightly hazy, dirty apricot

Smell: mellow balance of raspberries and wheat. little bit of tartness

Taste: aroma translates almost perfectly. raspberries and wheat with the balance towards raspberries and neither with much intensity. slight tartness with a little bit of bitterness. some adjunct-like presence as well

Mouthfeel: full-light body. medium carbonation

Notes: great brewery but not the best interpretation of the style. just a little too dry and lacking in flavor

Photo of nicnut45
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a cloudy, hazy, reddish brown color. A fingers worth of head that settles into a thin transparent foam.

Smell: I love the raspberry smell you get upfront. It really smells fresh. However there is just something I cant describe in the background that detracts from this. Almost smells like kellogs raspberry cereal.

Taste: The taste is ok. You really get that raspberry essence without all the sweetness. There is just a bit too much bitterness which almost has a souring effect when paired with raspberries. I almost wish there was a bit more sweetness just to counteract this effect.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation a medium light feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: Its a summer beer that goes down easy. Lets face it, its a chick beer. Would ladies drink it? I dont know. I think it is a bit bitter for there taste. But from a guys standpoint, this is easy drinking on sunny afternoon.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed amber color with about two fingers of off white foam. Nose and flavor are of mixed berries, red raspberries, wheat, slightly bitter throughout with notes of sweet malt sneaking in once in a while. Light bodied and adequately carbonated. Quaff able enough I suppose.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, I have had quite a few Raspberry ales before and they all came off as medicore at best. Lets see how this one stacks up:

A: Deep amber color. Pretty cloudy. Maybe a slight hue of purple in there. Frothy head that leaves a little layer on the top throughout the drinking duration.

S: Sweet Raspberry and wheat. That pretty much sums it up. Hint of tartness a well.

T: Pretty much in line with all other Raspberry ales I have had. Kind of a artificial tasting Raspberry flavor. Sweet and tart. Lots of wheat taste in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth.

D: Definetly easy drinking. Quite refreshing. Although, probably something only to have one at a time of as the flavor is quite one dimentional and gets old quick.

If Sam Adams came out with a beer called Rasberry Wheat, this is what it would taste like. Lots of wheat and artificial fruit flavoring is what this brew is about. Its not offensive or anything, just pretty plain and uneventful.

Photo of saztheorybook
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-The color of this beer is very nice if a bit hazy. It poured a beautiful two-finger head of huge cream-colored bubbles that dissipated quickly and left no lace (could be my glass?).

S- A real raspberry smell. Nothing too artificial or sugary in it. On the flip side, there's no obvious malt, hop, or yeast smell. The smell got me invested in drinking this.

T- The raspberry is there, through and through, but its sweetness, rather than complimenting the hop bitterness, clashes to create a juice-after-toothpaste type adverse flavor reaction (to speak hyperbolically) . Otherwise it is fairly mellow. It's a better representative of this category than some others.

D- I see no reason not to have another, but this is probably a better first beer of the night than anything else.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small creamy white head.

Scent of grain, malts, raspberry, and a hint of grass. It's pretty average, though not terrible, it's just a bit weak.

Taste of raspberry and grain. Not offensive, but it doesn't have much flavor and what little it has is average at best.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/27/2007 (Tap @ Tuba Charlie's Travelers Club, Okemos, MI):

Pours a cloudy orange colored body, with a whitish head, somewhat lasting. Has a raspberry malty aroma. A light wheat raspberry taste. Has a tart diet sugar taste. Light but pretty tasty.

Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Buebie.

Pours a hazy dark orange with hints of gold when held up to light. There is a big creamy white head that shows very good staying power but leaves no lacing.

The aroma is fairly one-dimensional with raspberries dominating. Enough malts and other grains underneath to remind me I'm smelling a beer.

The taste starts out with the sweet raspberries but then gives way to a very light malty backbone and then to a slightly unpleasant bitterness in the finish. Not as tasty as the aroma suggested.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised after the pour and first whiffs, but it didn't taste quite as good as the first impressions. Not bad for a fruit beer.

Photo of Buebie
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into my Surly tulip. 2 fingers of fizzy off white head. Really no lace to be had, very little if any light streaks.
Pale chill hazed amber in color.

Aroma is massive rasberry juice conentrate with way to much sugery aroma.
I dont smell any beer flavor, its just sweetness and rasberry.

Its semi smooth with a mild carbonation touch. This is like a mild ale with rasberry overload. Finishing semi dry with a crisp finish and fruity lingering. Just a touch of grain flavors.

This is as girlie and femanine as it gets. Too think, I sent this as an extra in a trade...wish I had tasted it prior to sending.

Photo of supercolter
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty boring beer. Appearance is relatively bland, straw yellow color with maybe a hint of red. No head or lacing. Smell is kinda fruity, and some sweeter yeast ester noted. Could not pick up any malt or hops. Same goes for the taste, but too much raspberry for me. Tastes kind of fake. Mouthfeel is on par for the style. Drinks like a wine cooler.

Photo of roadhouse
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought only because it's Dark Horse into a pint glass.

Appearance is a cloudy golden orange, full of fine particles, with a minimal head that quickly sinks down to nothing. Not pretty. Not much lacing, but there's a tiny bit.

The aroma is almost the same as Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic but not as good. There's a light graininess and a light fruitiness that doesn't necessarily even say raspberry.

The taste is again reminding me of the Cranberry Lambic. A bland fruitiness, lightly tart, at least this time it seems more like raspberries. Behind that is a bland graininess.

Mouthfeel isn't too bad, it pretty light, crisp, gets it done for the style.

This one was pretty lame for sure. Easily the worst I've had from Dark Horse. All this did was make me want a Rubaeus for a real raspberry ale. Go with that one.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light brown color. 1/5 inch head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells sharply of raspberry. Fits the style. Smooth, crisp, tartness is apparent. Low carbonation. Tastes of a raspberry with an mouthfeel leaving a tartness and dryness on the tongue. Gets sweeter and less tart the more you drink. A slight malt can be tasted in the background. Overall, sweet enough, not too carbonated, and not too tart to be a turn-off. One of the better raspberry flavored brews I've had.

Photo of gearbike
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First tried a little sample that reminded me of Founder Roubious. On that note I had to try a pint. What a mistake. A little sample of this beer is nice a pint is just too much. A light yellow sparkly pour. The raspberry flavor is nice but that is all this beer has. Nothing is behind the sweet fruit flavor so after a while it felt as if I was drinking some sort of raspberry cream soda. I could give this to my children as a nice treat.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes fromAug 23, 2008
Pours an amber/copper color,with a thin white head. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful fruit aroma,that matched the initial taste of raspberries and faint hops,later on I got some of the malt flavor to boot. Nothing really stood out in this Ale but I find it to be well rounded and not too tart like some fruit beers tend to be. Nive crisp finish,dry. I buy this once a month or so just for a change.

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of foamy brite-white head. A thin and wispy retention leaves back some OK looking spotty lacing. The aroma is fresh smelling raspberries with some underlying sweet notes of wheat and a bit of floral hops. Not overly assertive but pleasant enough.

The taste is similar with some (slightly tart) raspberry character and a sticky feeling mix of sweetness and light citrus. Touch of hop bitterness in the back offers balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation but I'm also getting an underlying heavier syrupy feel underneath.

Straight up raspberry beers aren't quite my thing but this one was decent. Not exactly earth shattering or anything but it drank well and was fairly pleasant.

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.