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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | 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 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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, rusty amber. It was a struggle to get any sort of head on the beer, and it vanished right away.

Smell: Although I would suspect that this would have a heavy aroma of raspberries, this was not the taste. There is a raspberry smell, but it is underwhelming.

Taste: The taste of raspberries is not actually that strong, despite being the clear main taste. The taste is strongest up front, with a tart bitterness coming on at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body, some crispness, and little carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat of a struggle to get through. Even with the sweet raspberries, the tart flavor at the end is just not very enjoyable.

I went after this one because of the other beers Dark Horse has put out, but this one just doesn't make the grade.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.01/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a cloudy, dirty peach color. A very weak head, what little forms up doesn't hang around long. A bare wisp of bubbles and thin collar are the only indication so far that this beer is carbonated.

Aroma - a weak trace of raspberry on opening, and then it fades to nada.

Taste - starts with a watery, unpleasantly soapy flavor, mixed with a generic raspberry and slightly tart flavor. The fruitiness gets better as it goes, but the other flavors hang around too. No freshness date so I have no idea how old this bottle is - I hope room for improvement exists with a fresher sample. The finish has a light seltzery bitterness/saltiness that is neither here nor there.

Mouthfeel - somewhat thin, crisp, a bit slick.

Drinkability - not a total loss but not one I'd take a chance on again.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This fella poured a darkly and thickly into teh glass and was just raspberries all over from start to finish. The berries were definitely apparent from the smell alone and then upon drinking, it finished with a crisp raspberry bite. I'm not much into the fruity ales, but I would recommend this one to those who are. All in all was well done.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden color. Not a whole lot of head on the pour. Smell is raspberry of course with some underlying malt as well. There's a good amount of raspberry in the flavor, but it's not overdone. I love Dark Horse Brewing, but this is rather uneventful and thin. I'll stick with their dark beers and IPA's.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle on recent Michigan beer trip! Pours a hazy orange with nice white head, minimal lacing and mediocre retention. Smell is of some raspberry, some wheat and a bit of biscuity malt. Taste is good, however I found it to be somewhat bland. There was a nice raspberry element to it and a nice malt backbone but other than that it was somewhat lacking. I think something just needed to stand out more, but it didnt. Mouthfeel was great. Very light and somewhat crisp, slightly oily after-feel. Overall a good beer, I am a fan of the fruit beers so I did enjoy this, just wasnt amazing.

Photo of benito
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the more restrained offerings from Dark Horse...their Raspberry Ale pours a hazy copper with a thin head that dissipates to a light ring. Dominant raspberry aromas with light breadiness; there's a big fruity sweetness upfront that ends abruptly mid-tongue and gives way to a dry, 'beery' finish.

They're not kidding when they say 'beer first, fruit second' with this one, but I would have liked a little more lingering fruit presence; that said, the restraint is a nice alternative to some of the more excellent/assertive (ie New Glarus) or cloying (ie Great Divide) raspberry ales. The base beer is also bland and could use a little more flavor: is it an amber? a pale ale? a wheat? Give us somethin' here!

Light body with lots of spritz and a sudden, dry finish. The shift from fruitiness to dryness does take down the drinkability a bit.

Overall: not bad at all--a well-realized and restrained fruit beer that might appeal to folks who think strong fruit beers are overwhelming or running amok. It also shows that Dark Horse doesn't have to hit 10% and the flavor of diesel with all of its offerings...

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a reasonable sort of head that retains and laces respectably

Smell: Smells like fresh raspberries; tart rather than sweet

Taste: On top of a biscuity base, the tart raspberry flavors build from the outset through mid-palate with only the slightest hint of sweetness appearing at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors start to fade away

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like the fact that the raspberry flavor stays true to the fruit and that the beer is a neutral palate against which the raspberries get to strut their stuff; however, I also wish that there were a bit more bulk and complexity here; its essentially a chick beer that guys can tolerate

Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Glowing ember in hue, with some rhubarb highlights. (How d'ya like those colors Ricky?) With a one finger lightly pick tinted head of dense cream. The head doesn't last very long, but it does leave a little wet lace on the glass, and a swirl brings that head right back.

S - Smells like and English pale ale with some flower garden fuggle aromas on top of some cream cheese notes from the yeast. This only smells lightly of raspberries, which is perfectly ok with me.

T - This is actually really hoppy initially, with a tart raspberry tang on the midpalate, before fading to a sugary sweet finish. I like this obvious three stage progression of flavors. This is a really complex brew for a fruit beer. The raspberry flavors are not loud and obnoxious like a winecooler, and the flavors taste real...like fuzzy raspberry hairs and all. None of that extract crap here.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy British style carbonation and a really nice soft and sweet finish.

D - This is a really nice change from all of the crap fruit beers out there. This is how it should be done! Good beer first and foremost, with accents of tasty fruit. I'm impressed.

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.