Dark Horse RazzPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Ashley's in Westland for a Dark Horse tap takeover. At first, I thought this was their "Raspberry Ale" (bleh) with the wrong name, but it is in fact a different beer (let's hope). Surprisingly orange body as the beer is brought to my table... I guess I was expecting more of a ruby color. Muddled, cloudy, and topped with a soapy, foamy, off-white, dingy head. No lacing, and the head falters to a collar in only a few moments.
The aroma has a good bout of fresh raspberry juice; it's light and kind of sweet with the essence of some faint, flowery hops in the periphery. Mild earthy and grassy notes chime in and out; almost "dirty" in a way, tingling back and forth with some dried fruits and preserves. The nose leaves some ambiguity to the true style of this beer... Is it a raspberry pale ale? A raspberry IPA? A raspberry wheat? It's difficult to discern, but I'm going to say raspberry pale ale for now.
There's a very, very light tartness that accompanies the fruit within the first moments of each sip. Juicy and borderline sugary raspberry up front, in a juice or jam kind of way. Hoppage is mild; light, leafy, and containing a touch of flower pedals. I guess that bodes well for my raspberry pale ale theory. Not much perceivable bitterness which is understandable for a fruited pale ale, but I would have enjoyed a little more tongue scraping.
The latter half of the glass starts to inherit a slight chalkiness that is oft the downfall of lighter, fruited (non-lambic style) beers. Luckily it's only noticeable in small amount near the tail end of the beer, so it isn't a complete deal breaker, but it does stagger the overall drinkability just a bit. Thin to medium bodied with a crisp mouth feel; sharp carbonation from the tap, though the mouth is left with an almost gritty-like texture.
Leagues better than Dark Horse's "Raspberry Ale", though that isn't exactly saying much. Pretty decent at first, but the enjoyment tapered just a bit as time went on due to a few off-flavors that eventually surfaced. Still a nice, light, refreshing fruited... pale ale? I think? But don't expect something like Raspberry Tart (or hell, even Rubaeus)... it's just not that type of beer.
Serving type: on-tap
09-22-2013 13:30:31 | More by tectactoe
Dark Horse RazzPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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