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Wild Raspberry Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

517 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%


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:
No notes at this time.

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HalfFull

California

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown capped bottle poured into a pint glass. This raspberry ale pours a bit on the brown side of red, has a bit of haze, and shows only a light cap of foam. Retention is light.

Aroma is unexpected and lacks fruit notes when cold, expanding some with warming. Bit malty and muddled for the style. Checking the date I see this was bottled on, well I can't really make it out. May be as old as July/2012 or as not so old as Dec/2012 given cryptic nature of a size .2 font. Still not as fresh as it could be. Continued warming does show more fruit and a light supporting hop note.

Flavor is more fruit forward but surely not in a roll up fruit sense. Offers decent depth of fruit and background malt character. Nothing to overwhelm, pleasant on the palate and more coarse than sweet yet with a firm berry character throughout. Nice full/coarse feel. In the end a solid offering from my perspective. Just the right amount of fruit and enough going on around it to pull it off.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:31:47 | More by HalfFull
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: no head to speak of. The color is unique. A clear and dark handsome raspberry red.
Smell: pleasant enough and smelling of raspberries but tool subdued for my taste. It would be unfair to compare to Blushing Monk but I would hope for a nose comparable to say Sam Smith organic raspberry and just doesn't hold up.
Taste: much like the nose but I have to say very refreshing and quite good.
Overall: good but not as rich as I would like.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 00:40:00 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Murrhey

Montana

2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger light pink tinted head. Middling retention. Deep ruby color with nice clarity.

S- Light malts and juicy raspberries. Quite subtle scent however.

T- Light ale kind of character. Berries are light in flavor.

M- Medium bodied and carbonated with a thick, chewy finish.

O- Not a fan of this one. I was hoping for more with the berries.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 22:53:21 | More by Murrhey
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-, pours a dark copper color with some ruby, cream colored one-finger head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top, no lace sticking.

S- tart raspberries with a clean malt balance, the raspberries seem real as opposed to the artificial aromas from many fruit ales.

T- tart raspberries with a clean malt mid-palate, the finish is dry with a earthy hop linger.

M- medium spritzy carbonation with a light body, mouthfeel is slightly foamy with a crisp finish

O- authentic raspberry taste with a malt profile that lets the fruit shine, enough hop to give it balance, overall pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:49:08 | More by Treyliff
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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

Ruby colored and clear, one finger slightly pink head and ok lacing.

Aroma is raspberries, malts (biscuit, bready), a little toffy.

Flavor is fruity, dryly so, with a crisp, clean raspberry flavor that compliments the maltiness but doesn't overpower. Hop bitterness is minimal.

Easy to drink, light, with a dry finish.

It's quite tasty, an easy drinker good for an outdoor afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 19:23:15 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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ckollias

Maryland

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

Enjoyed 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep red hue with a pinkish-white lace.

S: There is a malty-raspberry aroma that is faint and mild.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a malt and raspberry flavor that is muted and tamed.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just an okay wild raspberry brew – nothing I would grab again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:20:56 | More by ckollias
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IPAguy2009

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a thin red color with a head that disappears.

S-smells good!raspberries are there no doubt.

T-not as much raspberry as I had hoped. It's decent, raspberries hang out in the background.

M-thin and carbonated pretty highly.

O- not the beer I was hopin for, which was mcmenamins ruby. This isn't quite there, more raspberry taste please!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:18:57 | More by IPAguy2009
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grittybrews

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a glowing garnet/ruby with a half-finger of bright white head. Pleasant aroma of raspberry and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Biscuit and caramel up front with plenty of fresh raspberry and a malty, chocolatey finish with minimal bitterness.

Tasty and smooth. Was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 16:19:30 | More by grittybrews
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beagle75

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with a peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains and a few small clusters of bubbles cling to the submerged surfaces of the glass.

S: Raspberry juice and whole grain bread combine with cleanliness and appeal.

T: Begins dry, with weak raspberry fruit and mild carbonic acidity. Restrained malt emerges during the middle, bready but more refined than suggested by the smell. Earthy hops arrive late, mismatching rather awkwardly with mild but medicinal bitterness and renewed carbonic acidity that actually escalates in intensity. Dry and husky toasted malt lingers on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer stacks up in unremarkable fashion because it seems to constrain itself unnecessarily. For a fruit beer--especially a raspberry beer--it isn't very fruity. Instead, it seems to try to be the credible alternative to other raspberry beers by focusing on more traditional beer qualities, but ends up just being bland. It even struggles to be refreshing as the seemingly mild bitterness turns against the palate with its pronounced medicinal edge.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 04:44:45 | More by beagle75
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RickS95

Indiana

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

Actually looks like a beer. It's got some reddish hues but it's mostly brown. Clear with only brief glimpses of haze. The head is very thick, dirty white, with the faintest bit of pink. Great retention leaving a messy lace on the glass.

Clearly a scent of raspberry, but it's not overwhelming. Malty and biscuity nose. It's good to see the fruit is only a complement to the actual beer.

Tastes like real berries and not an abundance of fruit juice. Some of the maltiness comes through before the fruit flavors make an appearance.

Medium bodied. Sort of sweet before the tartness comes on. Crisp, bitter, tart finish.

An ok beer, nothing great about it. Nice to have notes of the fruit in the beer instead of a nasty juice that dominates everything. Reasonable drinkability and nice alcohol for an American fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:59:18 | More by RickS95
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a bright clear ruby red with a soapy off-white head with light lace

S- Lots of fresh raspberry, caramel and toffee malt notes

T- Big raspberry jam sweetness, some light toffee notes, slight medicinal quality

M- Some prickly carbonation light to medium body

O- This is a pretty nice and uncomplicated raspberry ale that tastes a little on the artificial side.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 00:31:20 | More by Hoptometrist
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Bottled on: 1/6/12

A: Pours a dark ruby with a tan head that has dark pinkish hues.  Some sedimentation can be seen floating in the glass.  Head dissipates quickly down to a thin film.  Leaves effectively no lacing.

S: Tart, pretty funky with some of the barnyard yeast funk aromas typical of a saison, tart raspberry, a touch of berry sweetness. I was surprised (pleasantly) by the funk and sour.  Smells like a wild ale or maybe a fruity saison.  Real nice.  

T: Not as sour on the tongue, but more raspberry which is tart more than sweet.  Significant yeast component, and some bready notes.  A little bit of raspberry jam sweetness.  Not bad at all.

M/D: Decent carbonation, fuller bodied than I anticipated, slightly syrupy, drinkability is high.

O: Overall, a pretty solid fruit beer.  Much better than your average fruit beer, of which I seem to see a new blueberry beer on the shelves every week.  That being said, its nothing spectacular.  I had New Glarus Raspberry Tart recently, and this isn't nearly on the same level (although this one has more of the traditional beer flavor profile, and the drinkability is better).  No bad, worth trying if you are in the mood for something different, but I don't think Id have it again.  

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 00:59:35 | More by zac16125
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz poured into a tulip

A- Hazy ruby red/ orange with a 1.5 finger of a mixed head.

S- A breaddy sweetness up front that reminds me of a pie crust. There is also a good bit of raspberry of course. Very slightly hoppy.

T- Slightly bitter. A light but very noticeable raspberry taste. This beer tastes like a cobbler. A slight skunky hopiness. A light malt backbone. Really an odd tasting brew.

M- Goes down pretty easy and quite flavorful. The body has a creamy smoothness to it that compliments the flavors. Aftertaste is kind of gooey and dry.

O- Its good to have a change of pace but this is definitely not my favorite style of beer and this one didn't quite change my mind

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 23:47:15 | More by TwelveOunces
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – ruby red in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – fruity smell mostly, not venturing out toward much of anything more.

Taste – much like the smell. It’s very fruity, which, given the name of the brew, that’s not very surprising. Not much else in the taste that I can tell.

Mouthfeel – pretty well on the side of watery, but not bland tasting either.

Overall – not a bad-tasting brew, but not terribly interesting either.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:19:40 | More by Nerudamann
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/1/11, reviewed 4/3/12

A: Pours a deep red/copper color with a thin white head.

S: A bit of yeast with some grassy hops and hints of raspberry.

T: Starts with a bit of grassy hops and hints of raspberry and blackberry. The finish is similar with a bit of tartness. Some sweet caramel malt is present throughout.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A nice refreshing fruit beer without tasting overly sweet or syrupy. The fruit flavors are subtle but still easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 18:12:46 | More by RunForYourBeer
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby/orange haze with a short-lived off white finger of head. Smells fresh - soft fruits, crisp greens, smells like spring. Taste nearly mirrors the nose. Very subtle tartness that comes with the fruit. A very approachable, balanced fruit beer. Don't mind getting a few of these in a mixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 03:19:51 | More by yamar68
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Pencible

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear ruby red with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like copper and brown sugar and honey wheat, with some sweet grape and raspberry.
T: It tasted like copper and brown sugar and honey wheat, with some tart raspberry and sweet raisin. It had a clean and sweet tart aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a nice fruit beer, with balanced scent and taste. The body wasn't great, but it was easy enough to drink. There wasn't much special or remarkably delicious about this beer, but it was a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 19:59:44 | More by Pencible
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

not a huge fruit beer guy, but i like this one for what it is. it pours a gorgeous ruby red color with a towering white head. looks amazing. smells a little bit of the berries, but not much. i smell a tartness and the yeast, not much else. flavor is interesting. none of that syrupy artificial fruit flavor you might expect. the berries make a tart, not sweet brew. yeast is funky too, like a wild ale, which i dont think this is. it works well with the subtle fruit flavor. mouthfeel isnt bad, great carbonation but a little heavy on the body for the style in my opinion. could put a few of these back, but im not trying to drink the whole sixpack. a good fruit beer that doesnt compromise quality for marketability. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 20:12:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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atr2605

New York

4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazy reddish amber color with an off white head with good retention
S-raspberry,oats, and hay. low hop aroma
T-Wow, a really great symmetry of malt and raspberry, the hops provide a nice bitterness and the beer finishes clean with a hint of raspberry in the finish too
M-medium-light bodied
O-One of the best fruit beers I have ever had. The raspberry is apparent but does not overwhelm the basic ale flavors either. Highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:09:20 | More by atr2605
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JRed

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red juice with off-white head that stays. Sweet smell of raspberry, fruit zest, sour notes. Flavors of refreshing raspberry, fruit zest, juice, and mild tang. The fruit is juicy and refreshing, not too zesty assertive. It lays flat on the palate with light carbonation. Refreshing and juicy, worth checking out but not sure I could do more than one pint.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:47:43 | More by JRed
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AgentMunky

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Bottled on 5 October 2011.

A: Skeletal head fades almost immediately, leaving no evidence of its passing. The beer is reddish in hue and sharply translucent, though not quite clear.

S: It smells sour, a perfect mixture of the funkiness that reminds of wild yeast (to which this beers title does not refer) and the tartness from the added raspberries. Fruity and alluring.

T/M: Virtually no sourness is present in the taste, but instead it tastes like...strawberry purée? A bit sweeter than fresh raspberries -- 'black' raspberry, perhaps -- this is a fruit-forward ale, that is light, a bit fizzy, and pleasantly dry at the end. I hate to stereotype this as a 'girly beer' but I think it might appeal strongly to that demographic. That said, I quite like it as well. There is a vague near-sourness in the beer base that I think does not belong to raspberries (but may be a product of them?) that puts me off a bit, but is my only real complaint. Tasty.

O: One of the beer fruit beers I've encountered. Great Divide has yet to let me down, even in styles that I generally don't care for. This is an excellent example. Recommended to anyone who might want a sweetish raspberry beer that isn't over the top and is still very much a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:43:00 | More by AgentMunky
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cmq103

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sample 12-pack from Canal's Hamilton in the Hamilton Marketplace. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a reddish color with a tinge of amber to it. Almost soda-like carbonation and fizz from a semi-aggressive pour. I was able to hear the carbonation after my pour. Initial 1/4" off-white head quickly reduced to a thin ring. Spotty lacing is present when my glass is tilted upright, but only for a few seconds at best.

Smell: As expected, a sweet raspberry aroma fills the nose immediately, with a hint of the typical wheat malts. The raspberry aroma is enticing considering it's actually coming from a beer and not a fine jam.

Taste: Not surprising at all, the semi-sweet raspberry flavor dominates at first giving way to mild malty wheat blend. In a good way, this was not as sweet and fruity as expected from the initial nose. Some fruit beers tend to overdo it with fruity sweetness, but not this one. Great Divide really got it right here. No hops in my opinion, but I still get a light bittnerness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and thinner in body, but heavier on the carbonation, giving this beer a crisp and refreshing body. It's hard to believe it tops out at 5.6% ABV. I would have guessed in the high four's at best.

Overall: I can see this being a hit during the summer months. Very easy drinking and refreshing. If you don't like fruit in your beer you'll want to pass on this one. I personally don't mind it in the summer when I'm looking for a lighter craft beer with taste. I know it’s a year-round beer but I don't see having this too much during the fall/winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 02:45:58 | More by cmq103
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

1.63/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Red in color with a very good amount of haze. Pours a 2 finger head that is slightly pink in color, something which is a first for me. Isn't too much as far as lacing is concerned.

Smell - Raspberry smell with some very sour notes to it and it's pretty powerful too. You really have to look deep to find some malty notes, but for the most part, it's all raspberries. I'm not quite so fond of the smell

Taste - Raspberries with some sour & malty notes. While it's not as sour as the smell makes it out to be, it still comes off a bit on the sour side for my tastes. The raspberry flavor isn't really all that sweet, and it gives the beer more of a grassy sort of flavor. The malty notes here are okay but the flavor does come off as quite offensive in terms of how sour it is. Aftertaste is a bittersweet raspberry and barley flavor.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light in body, and the carbonation isn't too powerful either. However, the sourness does to get in the way when trying to enjoy this beer and hampering the overall feel on the palette

Overall - This is an example of a novelty beer. It's a beer that people will either love or hate. Sadly, this would be a beer that I would avoid because the flavor comes off as sour and the raspberry flavor comes off as more bland than it does sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 02:07:45 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with meh white head.

The smell to me is exactly like cranapple juice. Not bad but strange I guess.

The taste though really pulls this beer together. Bitterness on the front that fades into a bready malt on the back. The whole while raspberry flavor is there but by no means overpowering. I don't want to say it makes it sweet, maybe more so tart.

Overall not a bad beer and I would love to mess around with some food pairings and this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:07:16 | More by Eriktheipaman
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:27:37 | More by JoeAmerican77
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Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.