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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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488 Ratings

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-05-2003)
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3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Eyedrinkale ala BIF20. Thanks much for the opportunity! Pours an enormous three finger fluffy head. Too much carbonation from only half of the beer poured so far. Cloudy and tangerine in color...this beer looks like a wit. Smells raspberry with some sweet and also a waxy that makes me think of a raspberry scented candle. Tastes only mildly raspberry and a little bit yeasty. It's wet sweet and lacks the sour/tart that often is found in raspberry beers. Aftertaste has apricot, mixed berries, and orange melon. Medium-light body and mildy carbonated (must have all been released during the pour). A sweet and fruity drink that's light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 03:57:57 | More by mentor
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Brass restaurant in Mount Pleasant on tapas night $1.00 off so I gave it a shot,pours a hazy blond with the red raspberry tint.Aromas of fresh raspberry puree and wheaty malt,flavors are not as tart as expected more sweetwith a firm dry malt backbone.Not really a fan of the style but gave it a try not all bad for the style but I wont have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2005 13:14:00 | More by oberon
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3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know you're in a good beer area when the hotel manager asks you what your plans are. You say "I plan on enjoying a few beers tonight". After a few suggestions from the hotel staff, I mention that I'll be staying in my room, but I need to go get a glass to truly enjoy the beer. The manager says "Hold on" and goes to the nearby Applebee’s and grabs me one of their Brewtus glasses. "Keep it" he says, "and enjoy your evening." On to the beer....

Pours a hazy orange color, topped with a cream colored, rather thin head. Aroma is reminiscent of an American wheat beer. Flavor also has nice wheat crispness, with just a hint of bitterness. Also a hint of coriander flavors in the aftertaste. The raspberry is very subtle, and offers just a hint of fruit flavor. However, the flavor becomes just a bit artificial as you continue to enjoy the beer. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and this is a fairly refreshing beer. I'm not big into fruit beers, and I must have picked this one up in a state of Michigan beer confusion as I was trying to pare 40 some offerings down to 12 (only got to 21, and I still have thoughts of going to pick up a couple others). However, it is a solid offering, and one of the few fruit beers I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 21:35:46 | More by aaronh
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta hand it to them for what this is, a Raspberry beer. Pours a dark straw/amber color, massive head, and decent lacing. Smells like, well, raspberries. I guess that's what they are going for so they nailed it. Taste is purely the tartness of the raspberries and, well, nothing else. No hint of hops or malt. Very clean. Very carbonated, so much so that it tends to explode in your mouth. A good beer for a fruit beer, something for the less hardcore beer drinkers to go for.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 22:29:26 | More by deejaydan
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cloudy amber small diminising head little lacing. aroma raspberry some malt and a small amount of orange. flavor was weak raspberry I thought by the stronger aroma of raspberry there would have been more flavor to this got hints of lemon and orange.Maybe if I hadn’t tasted kuhnhenn eis bock raspberry I might have liked this better

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 14:27:53 | More by walleye
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4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in a 12 ounce bottle with cool artwork.
Pours muddled red-orange, with some white head and little lacing.
Smells tartly of raspberrry, nice, sweet and subtle.
Rich frontal raspberry flavor ending with a full bodied wheat presence. Very nice.
Lightly carbonated, which fits with the rich, smooth body.
This beer bridges the gap between light and flavorful. Manages to be a relatively light beer, but with a nice full bodied wheat presence. This is definitely a beer worthy of quaffing several liters.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 23:26:06 | More by nortmand
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2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden with peach accents, forming a small white head with poor retention and absent lacing. Suspended bits of yeast frolick around. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of dilute "Standard American Pale Ale" (i.e-Brewpub "Golden") fare with no hops to distract from the rather mild raspberries. Have to keep the hops on the down-low so as to get your bang from the $$$ you spent on those raspberries. Ferment is clean with a brisk water touch. Still, it's ok...just a little delicate which is a change of pace for the fellas at Dark Horse. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy but is rather soft through the middle with a light body. Taste...well...disappointing. Kinda like the guys pussed out on this one, but hey, if it sells like hot-cakes to the Average Joe so they have the return to keep making their awesome stouts, so be it. Everbody needs a flagship, and this would be it. Middle and finish are a little ruddy, the hops are non-existent. Finish is soapy and leaves a cruddy feeling in the mouth, like getting a mouthful of lake water laced with raspberry shampoo.

I'll pass on this one and keep buying your stouts. Average through and through.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 02:38:21 | More by Mitchster
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3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a hazen pale yellow, foamy firm off-white head, minimal lace sticks. Aroma of is melon husk, slight raspberry, mellow malted sweetness and a hint of smokeyness within, which is an interesting little nuance, but nothing really stands out otherwise. Taste has some pale malted sweetness, slightly bready, mild, mellow, crisp, raspberry is very light, more melon-like flavors then anything. Finish has some nice smoked wood hints. Again, that being the only worthy thing going for it. Feel is quite light, somewhat weak and closing in on watery. A slight fluffyness keeps it from going completely south. A simple brew with a one little smokey thing that made it just interesting enough to finish it.
A big U.P. thanks goes to trbeer for the many samples.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 03:07:20 | More by tavernjef
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4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a reddish glow to this old gold-colored beer. Zero head.
The bouquet reminds me of those berry-flavored waters from brands like Perrier and Cap-10. Rainy, light and subtle. At the core there is a pleasing sour lager aroma.
On the palate there is ample raspberry infusions charged with silky, windy lines of gas. More neutral than assertive and thankfully not sweet at all. Tangy, buttered grain flavors at the root. Nice that they didn't overplay the raspberry or the sugar. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 23:07:10 | More by putnam
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3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Without many fruit beers under my belt, thisone was a nice change of pace. Thanks CJRMellor for the sample. The brew poured a cloudy, hazy orange/copper with a average size, slight fiz, to its eggshell colored head. Lace was good and stuck around. The aroma was faint with a berry malt on the nose. A taste rush of flavored citrus, berry, and of coarse raspberry. Its followed by a watered down wave toward the finish. Just a hint of hop and raspberry leave the mouth dry and tart. A very drinkable fruit beer. Id like to try a cold one on a hot summers day.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 02:51:28 | More by chilidog
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3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, light maber color with small ring of head that deposits itself on teh side of the glass and stays.
Aroma is fairly innocuous for a fruit beer. Raspberry is lighter aroma than most but this is very delicate note. Caramel, grain and pale malt shine through.
Flavor is mild malt, followed by semi-tart raspberry back note and hint of bitterness. Little stronger raspberry and this would be a really tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is somewhat "shortened," refreshing offering but nothing special.
Drinakability is pretty good given a fruit beer but I would like to see more powerful raspbeery kick here.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 18:02:24 | More by CRJMellor
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3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour showed a light copper color with a decent sized head. The smell was strongly of wheat malts with some raspberry. The taste was equivolent of the smell. Good mix of wheat and raspberry flavor. It had a pretty dry texture to it also. This was a nice easy drinking beer, not real complex or deep, but I don't think it was meant to be that way.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 20:38:01 | More by granger10
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3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on-tap at Ashley's... A pale, yellowish copper in color with light hints of pink. Broad, loose head. Aromas of raspberries and grain. Pretty big raspberry taste -- but somehow thinned or diluted. Tastes like the berries are drowning in water and losing their flavor a bit. Very little backbone and not a very crisp finish, so it feels a bit thin. But this is a supremely easy summer refresher -- went down so, so fast. Works well for what it's supposed to do -- which is provide an easy-drinking summer brew, I'd imagine.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2003 12:55:20 | More by marburg
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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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