Dark Horse Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Raspberry AleDark Horse Raspberry Ale

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Reviews: 229
Hads: 644
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 25.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 63 | 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 Jamesthebrit
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of BBP
3.21/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of Aiptasia
3.92/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of metter98
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of raspberries in the nose.
T: The initial taste is filled with pleasant flavors of tart raspberries; however the aftertaste is off and doesn’t leave you longing for another sip. The citrus flavors from the hops and the raspberries don’t seem to pair well together.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Provided you can get past the finish, the beer isn’t that difficult to drink.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cherries and hints of woody notes. Spices of all kind blended in, rich as all hell, this was more of a cherry ale then a stout, but superb. A Rich, tart and yet sweet cherry notes, peppery and loaded with spice. Such complexity,richness, this was indeed exactly what I was looking for. Smooth, light body with a nice carbonation that was great for an ale, but light

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a smallish white head that shows marginal retention. Smells of raspberries and faint bready malt. Sweet malty aroma with a distinct tartness that I assume is from the berries. Taste is malty sweet with tart raspberries and a hint of Belgian yeasty esters. Medium body and carbonation level with a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. This one was kind of meh. I wouldn't be surprised if this bottle had been sitting for a while before I purchased it.

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Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy, very pale orange pour. Surprisingly bubbly white head. Retention is okay with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries, and lots of them. A little bread beneath it.

T: Raspberries up front, surprisingly tart. Sweetness kicks in and rounds it out with the malt which tastes pretty wheaty.

M: Fairly thin, nothing notable to it.

O: Honestly not a bad fruit beer. Not fruit soda like a lot of fruit beers. This is more tart and doesn't taste like they just dumped a lot of raspberry syrup into it. Otherwise not bad, just simple and straightforward.

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Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite fruit beers. Dark horse uses real michigan raspberries and you can tell in the taste! A very fresh raspberry taste which also tastes like a beer and not just an artificially flavored we made this for you girlfriend kind of thing. Getting this mixed with the black bier is also wonderful.

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Photo of kmatlack
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received his as an extra in a package from a great BA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my 8oz Double Bastard glass.

A- Pours a foggy orange brown color with a small white color head that comes and goes quickly. Lively carbonation keeps small white blotches of bubbles on the surface.

S- Smells of grains, raspberries, no hop profile. Not alot going on in the aroma department here...

T- This beer is a liquid peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Crazy. A mildly tart raspberry flavor up front, that fades into a bready, grainy flavor. Pretty good.

M- Good mouthfeel, not over carbonated, not flat.

O- A good beer for what it is. I am not huge on the style, but this is worth trying, it was enjoyable.

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Photo of redblacks75
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

A: A thin white head is noticeable. It dissipates very quickly. A nice reddish-amber body to this one. I will say there is some unpleasant looking sediment noticeable in each bottle. With the aggressive pour on the first one, not the one I'm reviewing it made me apprehensive about the floaties now in my glass, but, it did not effect the beer whatsoever.

S: Raspberry of course, and very mild, grainy malt.

T: The taste of course is raspberry, but, not the sour aspect you might expect. I get more of the sugary aspect of the raspberries.

M: While not unpleasant, for whatever reason, I was hoping for a little bit of a thicker body. This is one of the thinner fruit ales I have had. It has a dry finish I should note.

O: Generally Dark Horse really impresses me, this however is just an average representation of the style from other tastings I've had from this category. I can say I'm glad I've had it. Just not my cup of tea within this style though.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of creative fruit beers, this one works. It has a beer-like appearance, like any ale. The fruit aroma is obvious but subtle.

The taste is reserved - raspberry but not overly so. There are hops and malt overtones.

This is a fruity one would drink again, though only ifI were in the mood.

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Photo of wingman14
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a frothy white head that stuck around for a bit. This one has a dominant raspberry smell with many sweet characteristics, and some subtle malt presence. The overall smell isn't as strong as expected. The taste is all raspberry from beginning to end. The flavor isn't sweet, it starts out tart with the raspberry up front. Finishes with a kool-aid like taste. This one is a light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Not the best for the style, the raspberry didn't feel like if fit the beer well.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a burnt sienna/orange color with a thin but frothy head. After the head settles, I swirl the remnants of the bottle around to unsettle the yeast, and pour it into the beer. Now, it's more of a milky/cloudy burnt sienna/orange. Head wisps away to cirrus clouds atop the beer.

Smell: Crisp, cool raspberry flavor with some subtle bready undertones. Just like a fruit beer should smell. Reminds me of "Shorts Soft Parade."

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is, true to appearance, slightly milky, with some light and bubbly carbonation. Raspberries mingle with a gently toasted malt character, and that's about it. A very simple brew, and it goes down moderately dry.

Overall: A solidly good beer. Nothing outstanding about it, but if you are into the fruit beer, it's absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish golden. Huge head that lingers. Nice lacing. Smell: dude wheres the raspberry? Just yeasty here. Slightest fruitiness to it, but come on. Same with the taste. Maybe the slightest bit of spritzerish raspberry to it, but once again, come on! Just yeasty. Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly carbonated and creamy. I opened this before I sent it as an extra, and I'm glad I did for fear of embarassment. Just not very good. Not bad, just not good. Nothing like I would expect a dark horse brew to be. Just no raspberry...at all. Avoid this one.

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Photo of mothman
2.16/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is murky pink hued golden orange.

Aroma: Fake raspberries (artificially). Caramel and some spice.

Taste: Same raspberry flavor. Fruity pebbles. Kind of bland. Spices. Band-aid flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, not a very exciting fruit beer. The raspberries taste way too fake. I'd choose a different fruit beer over this one.

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Photo of jhp40219
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours with a nice white head that sticks around. Light copper color in glass. Leaves some lacing on the glass as you drink.

S - Raspberries, caramel, wheat, slight bread smell.

T - Raspberries, but not as strong as I had expected. Definitely not too overpowering. Sweet Tart candy, wheat, a bit of malt.

M - light, not overly carbonated. Like an ale should really.

O - I don't really have a strong opinion on this beer either good or bad. Not bad, but nothing memorable either.

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Photo of ebby82
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into a pint glass with a nice head.

The aroma is raspberries all the way. Any other aroma is masked by the berries.

The taste is again primarily of raspberries. A tangy, slightly bitter raspberry taste and aftertaste. Tasty.

This is a very tasty fruit beer. Not amazing, but very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Random pick to fill my mixed sixer today. Yeah, I'm honest like that. It pours a somewhat hazy straw-amber topped by a healthy finger or two of dusty light-cream foam. The nose comprises stale raspberries, wheat, corn, flowers, and a hint of blueberries. The headliner berries may come off as stale, but the smell isn't yet objectionable -- just not thoroughly fresh. The taste holds notes of medicinal and artificial raspberry, dehydrated strawberry (like the kind you'd find in Special K and other such cereals), toffee, musty wheat, lemon rind, and a touch of weak clove. Okay, it kinda starts off fine, but devolves quickly into tongue pain. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick and kinda grainy feel. Overall, another failure at making a palatable raspberry-infused beer. Why is this so damn hard (asks the homebrewer who has failed all sorts of times before...)?

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Photo of ModemMisuser
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle.

Usually I don't dig fruit beers much. Too often they're too "fake" tasting, and/or overwhelmingly sweet. This one isn't!

Taste is of a very good malty ale, with a slight-to-moderate real raspberry flavor in it. It's not artificially colored, either. It's beer colored - in this case a very light brown. Aroma shows a faint raspberry scent.

A very good, refreshing beer for a hot summer day when you want something a little different.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden with some reddish color.

S: Musty wet hay with a faint berry aroma.

T: Pick up some light moldy raspberry. Not really much flavor. Pretty boring. Funky finish I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Thin and watery. Low carbonation.

Drank 6 oz's and drain poured the rest. I think more tart raspberry flavors would improve this one. On a positive note the alcohol seemed non existent.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a hazy golden colored ale with a fizzy white head. The head doesn't leave much lacing really. The smell is sweet with raspberry aromas billowing from the glass. The taste wasn't as strong with fruit as I was thinking it was going to be from the smell. The taste was on the lighter side that left a dry fruity malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad here. There was a decent carbonation and was rather refreshing. This was good but not my favorite Raspberry ale.

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Photo of Northsider
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bottle at Fountainhead Chicago.

My first try at a fruit beer, I'd say it was pretty darn good. Has almost a red/orange color to it. Smells strong of raspberries. Taste was a bit tart as well as sweet, but as I said it was my first experience with fruit beers.

Overall it was a nice beer, and refreshing to drink. I can't say I'd get it again but it was a good intro to a different style.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty murky, darker-golden brew, with a fairly small bubbly white head. Nose is sweet malt and some berries, raspberries that is. Pretty similar with the taste, sweet malt front, biscuit, maybe a touch of grass (lawn, not the flower), some raspberry thats pretty well blended. Medium bodied, pretty wet with a bit of sharpness to it. I think in their effort to blend everyhing the beer becomes slightly muted, but overall its certainly not bad.

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Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep slightly hazy orange colour with a good two finger head thanks to a high pour at the end. This reduced to a light halo and some nice white clouding.

S - Some initial sweet strawberry/raspberry aroma that yields to a more wheat background. No hops really, some malts. Kinda like a fruity larger.

T - Tastes like one too. The berry sweetness is more pronounced on the tongue, combining nicely with the malts. All the while a fairly nice standard larger flavor profile.

M - Medium carbonation makes this very light and crisp and refreshing.

O - Its a nice fruit beer, but the fruit just isnt in your face enough to really make this worth while. Its tasty, sure, but kinda the equivalent of a fruit seltzer with some alcohol.

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Photo of seans86
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky tan/red with very slight carbonation, little lacing. Smell is distinctly berry, with raspberry notes dominating but slight notes of strawberry and blackberry also present. Some sweet malt notes in the nose, but very faint. Taste is mild raspberry with more pale and caramel malts coming through. Overall the taste is very mild in all respects. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation light. I could see this being a real crowd please with people who light easy drinking fruit beers, and while I did enjoy it, I do not see myself buying one again.

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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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