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Wild Raspberry Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

529 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 28
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Ratings: 529 | Reviews: 326
Reviews by homersimpson:
Photo of homersimpson
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep pinkish red with a nice off-white head.
Tangy berry nose with a hint of hop.
Body is medium to light.
Very malty with a nice sour raspberry note, not too sweet. Clears rather quickly and completely, leaving your mouth slightly watery from the tartness.
Easy to throw back on a nice summer day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice red color with a pinkish colred sprtizy looking head,nice tart raspberry aroma with some odd butteriness in there as well but not a bad thing.Wow some complexities to this fruit ale there is the fresh tart raspberry flavors but the firm dry malt backbone stands up well to the raspberry flavor and there is some hop bittering dryness in the finish making this a real enjoyable brew.I bought this for my wife and I drank it for her and really enjoyed this will be great in the summer heat.

Photo of brownbeer
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear brownish-red with a small white head. Based on the appearance there's no surprise that raspberries are involved.

The aroma on this one is going to be especially subjective. The signature Great Divide piney/woodsy hop profile is present, which I don't really look for in a fruit beer, even though I love hops.

The taste is an odd balance of the aforementioned hops and a big burst of raspberry mid-palate. I just don't know about this one, raspberries and hops? So it's not going to be overly sweet and there's not a whole lot going on other than that. Interesting, won't be buying anymore.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never mind the negative reviews, this is an impressive beer.

The deepest, darkest, lush-est red hue with a ring of very white bubbles around the top.

The raspberries are definitely present in the scent, except with this beer, it is not an overly sweet smell. It is deeper and richer and more complex. Makes you want to dive right in.

Amazing taste. The best way I can describe it is like Lindeman's Framboise lambic, without any sweetness. Just a deep, rich flavor where the black raspberries are a standout. The maltiness follows close behind and helps round out the fruit. Great aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel is very supportive of the taste and holds up well.

This is my first Great Divide beer. Very, very impressive, and now I can't wait to try the other 2 singles I have from the brewery.

Photo of marvin213
1.41/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

1/2 beer, 1/2 a-fizzing! I have to wait for this supercarbonater to rest nearly a full minute before I can turn up the bottle and empty its contents. The liquid came out with a cherry red tinge but in its Carolina Brewery pint glass container, it looks much like a highly carbonated (muddy) brown. Even as I add the last eighth, the fizz again creeps back to bulge out of the glass.

It's difficult to smell anything past the thick layer of foam that remains. It's sad that raspberry doesn't permeate my olfactory lobe. The smell is hardly distinctive, and that's a problem for a fruit beer.

The taste is overwhelmingly malty. I'm thinking something might be wrong with this one. It tastes stale. Bottled the third week in April (though I can't specify the year), I'm thinking this beer might just suck. I love fruit beers (I thought), and this one just doesn't do them justice. The label calls it "a beer lover's fruit beer." Quite frankly, I'm appalled. I notice further from the label it's fermented with red and BLACK raspberries. Without knowing anything about the intricacies of fruits, I'm thinking that this beer is more black raspberries...and that's not a good thing. It's overly malted and/or black raspberried out--hardly worth sipping.

Mouthfeel, like everything else, is disappointing. What do you do when you struggle to detect fruit in a fruit beer? It's not as if it's overwhelmed by alcohol like a Fort; instead, it's like a macrobrewed fruit fiasco. A beer trying to be something...and failing.

I typically love to throw in fruit beers at the end of tastings to provide something sweet for the palate. This one, unfortunately, is not worth existing. I really think Great Divide should rid this from its repertoire.

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a fizzy reddish-tan head that quickly goes to a small collar then disappears completely.

Its aroma is sweet raspberries with some hints of chocolate malts.

It's a nicely balanced beer. Malts balance with the sweet raspberry flavor nicely. There are hints of sour woodiness as well. A little thin bodied, and a little on the acidic side.

Overall, a pretty nice fruit beer. Reminds me a lot of NBB's Frambozen, but not quite as good.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck, on the label it states that Wild Raspberry Ale uses hundreds of pound of red and black raspberries. "Month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.

Appearance: Reddish almost burgundy in color, good head retention that leaves a thin yet sturdy lace behind.

Smell: Semi tart raspberry nose, clean aroma.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel with a thin malt palate, light tart raspberry flavour hits middle to end. Malt stays thin as well as the hop bitterness but this helps the fruit to shine. Drying grain and tart raspberry finish off the brew.

Notes: Light yet balanced fruit flavour is captured in this beer. A well done fruit ale.

Photo of merlin48
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, purple red body with a small ivory/pink head that falls quickly into patchy lace. Aroma features fresh raspberries and caramel malt. Light bodied and medium carbonation comprise the mouthfeel, along with a very tart berry twang. Taste features more raspberry, but it never becomes sweet or syrupy. Plenty of roasted caramel malt woven around the raspberry flavor. No real hops presence, but none is really necessary for this fruit ale's success.
Overall, a nice looking and nice drinking fruit ale. I'm just getting acquainted with Great Divide's brews, and find their ales and stouts to be extremely well crafted and tasty, so far.

Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle sampled, comes with "month and week bottled" dating notched onto label. Pours slightly purpleish amber, minor white head, limited lacing noticed. Nose is the expected sweet berry and powdered sugar. Yikes, this is a sweet one!, Notes of cola, berries, grape jelly. Might be decent with a fruity dessert, but in general, not one I would reach for again.

Photo of tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, 1/4 inch head, reddish/gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: light raspberry and earth

Taste: light raspberry, some wheat and hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with slightly bitter backbone, medium/light bodied, moderate carbonation and smooth

Drinkability: An average fruit beer that is more beer than fruit. The beer part taste like a pale ale/adnjunct beer with slight raspberries. I was surprised by the bitterness. That being said, for the price one is enough.

Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium brick red color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with a bunch of semi-sweet raspberry notes. The flavor is raspberry with some bready malt and a some grassy hops. The beer is not as sweet as expected and there is a little bit of dryness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but there are much better fruit beers out there.

Photo of Soonami
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review.

Wild Raspberry Ale is a dark ruby beer with a quickly dissolving head that leaves just a little layer of pink bubbles. The aroma is pure unadulterated fresh raspberries. It's an intoxicating aroma that is really well retained in the bowl of the snifter I'm drinking from.

The taste though is mostly of malt, and the raspberry flavor is definitely lacking and is really only hinted at by the nose. The tartness of the berries is lacking in this beer, which would surely provide balance in a beer that is very low in bitterness, but with a noticeable malt body. I think that with the right amount of acidity, the fruit would really be accentuated and the beer taste considerably better.

As such this beer is fairly drinkable, but it's mostly just really "smellable"

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red and light brown appearance, not much of a head on this, carbonation seemed quite muted. A little bit of raspberry aroma, not much to write home about here.

Taste, not overly sweet, always the bane of my existence when sampling fruit beers. Has enough hop presence to qualify as a 'beer' for the uninitiated. The biggest disappointment is the lack of what can be perceived as raspberry. Really just has a candied fruit thing going, not really specific to raspberry. Although I've heard if you want raspberry flavor, you actually need to add some other fruit that isn't raspberry, but I dunno.

Decent for summer, its got a very light malt component, more for the girlfriend, my fruit stuff has to be pretty close to top notch, and this is just average in my book.

Photo of ADR
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly maroon shade to a gold color, clear in appearance. Middling head, rises to about 1/4 of an inch, lasts about a minute. Small dots are practically all the lace there is. Mildly berry aroma, slightly piquant, but not a lot to identify it as raspberry per se. Body is slight, mouthfeel is a little too highly carbonated for me. Flavor does evoke raspberry, a little too sweet overall but not a mess of sugary syrup either. Slightly bready counterpart, no noticeable hop intrusion. Slightly astringent finish but lacking some real fruit authenticity in the way of skins etc. Certainly better than examples like Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss, but a bit light, over carbonated and maybe needing more sense of real raspberry in the early set up.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a bright glowing red body with a champagne carbonation of lots and lots of tiny bubbles. There is a thin white head that creates a meniscus while sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- This beer has a big raspberry jam sweetness with a dry toasted malt note. As it warms the smell of iced tea really comes through.

T- The dry tart raspberry flavor has hints of caramel malt note with a slight sweetness. The finish is a big carbonic acid flavor with a club soda flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but the fizz boost the mouthfeel.

D- This beer has an interesting complexity with a unique twist on fruit beer but it is still not that great.

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a dark red in the glass with clarity and continuous light activity. A pinkish tinted head forms at just under one finger, retains well, and leaves moderate lacing.
The smell is fresh raspberry juice with an adequate grains backing and a noticeable malt backbone.
The flavor, as in the nose, is fresh juice, not candied or artificial at all. It's much more tart and citric with a light sour-sweet touch than what you'd get with a fruit syrup. Grains make a strong backing and malts are light underneath.
Mouthfeel's not the strongest, as this one's a bit light and slightly thin. It's not either to the extreme, however, and there's a crisp feel to it as well.
This is a well-made fruit beer that I'd have again and I'd certainly pick over artificially sweetened fruit beers.

Photo of watermelonman
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a wonderful deep and dark amber with hints of red. There's just a ring of head and minor lace.

The smell is almost entirely of berries. Berries kick off the front of the taste and are present through the finish. Lightly toasted malts come through in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is tart and fairly light. Drinkability is decent.

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beatiful dark red amber color with good head. It's gone quickly and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Aroma is great as well with lots of fresh raspberries.

Flavor is not as good as the smell and is slightly overwhelmed by the biscuit malts. Maybe that's what makes it a beer as opposed to a lambic because there is certainly a lot of raspberry flavor. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is as well but, as with most fruit beers, I tend to feel limited to one. They just aren't something I would drink all night.

Photo of cokes
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Smokey maroon-amber with a modest sandstone plug.
Scented of raspberry bran muffins and nothing else.
Starts with a minor graininess that suggests some sort of darker bread, but that quickly becomes an afterthought as a seedy raspberry jelly is smeared all over. That fades too, as this beer disappears even before it leaves the mouth, with just tatters of remaining berries and a general Bartles & James on toast feeling.
Light and fizzy. It's neither overly sweet or cloyingly fruity (which are generally good things), it just has virtually no mouthfeel to speak of.
If this helps finance Old Ruffian then I'm cool with that. Not so much, otherwise.

Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Basic beer, with plastic raspberry flavour added. Quite synthetic tasting, somehoppy, not sweet, a chick beer. Nt too gret, thinnish and not finishable. Reddish tinged flavour, with some white head that becomes the lace. A good example of why I do not like fruit beers.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one is a deep maroon-russet hue that lies between red and brown on the color scale. It's slightly hazy with a nice little finger of purple tinted white foam. Head retention is only ok, but the color of this one is really nice. Lots of chunkies are floating around too! I like floaties! Maybe they are raspberry seeds!

S - Chocolate covered cherries, light citrus notes, and an underlying gooey sweetness make this smell like a box of chocolates. Maraschino cherries, black cherries, and a hint of strawberry, along with what smells more like sweet and dark cherry/raspbery syrup than actual raspberries. This smells sexy and alluring.

T - Again, chocolate covered cherries and strawberry and raspberry pancake syrup. This is not over-the-top fruity and girly like so many fruit beers. This is complex, rich, deep, and only sweet enough to keep it out of even sweetened lambic territory.

M - Medium bodied, rich, and heady. This one leaves a nice taste in my mouth, but finishes tart and then pretty clean.

D - This is one of the best non-Belgian fruit beers out there. Honest to God good beer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive ruby red, with fair head. Not much noticeable lacing.

Nose is rich raspberry. Sweet, a little yeast. Not extraordinary.

Flavor is definitely raspberry, of course. Again, a little bread there (like a raspberry breakfast muffin). Slight tinge of bitter at finish, but it's pretty well muted.

Decent, but not one I'd purchase again.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany in color, a nice tan head one finger after a furious pour... The nose shows off some caramel malts and a raspberry syrup, a very hidden aroma though nice when noticed. Mild hops, and thistles hit the palate first, a very light and clean body, with mild malts in the back behind small bubble carbonation, I wouldn't be able to place the berries if not for the name.

A very normal fruit beer, refreshing and light.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear and distinctly reddish body is capped by a thin head of creamyoff-white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some splashes and spots of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose delivers a combination of sweet raspberries and darker, slightly tart and more complex black raspberries over a lightly caramel-touched and biscuity maltiness. It's a very natural raspberry scent, and I'm guessing that they're using all real fruit. It's not sweet like most other raspberry ales. The body is medium-light with some residual dextrins and a restrained carbonation level that gives it a nicely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is decidedly raspberry-ish, but authentic. It's not sugar-sweet, and neither are fresh raspberries. It may be "juicy", but it's not "sugary". And that's an intersting change from the common, processed-sweet-raspberry beers. Very nice. It seems completely natural. The flavor delivers a wider, more biscuity malt than the nose suggests, and the fruit just soaks into it. It's very well balanced, and it's firm bitterness make just enough of an appearance to dry the finish - although the fruit flavor does linger. It's not bad, and certainly worth trying for fans of the style. In fact, if anythings lacking here, it might be just a touch more tartness that could lend it a bit more of a refreshing quality. Real raspberry flavor... can I get an "AMEN"?!?!

Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a really beautiful dark reddish copper color with a huge head that lasted forever and left a good amount of lacing. The aroma is some malt with some slightly tart raspberry flavors. The taste is malt with some raspberry flavoring but is a little thin and slightly metallic. Overall, this is a decent fruit beer that isn't too sweet like most fruit beers. Worth a shot.

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Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.