Wild Raspberry Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 531
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Divide Tap Room in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear watery cranberry juice color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to an oily film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raspberry, and peanut butter for some reason. Taste is of bitter unripe raspberries with a sweet malt taste coming through on the finish. This beer has a high level carbonation with a super crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I would like to try from a bottle to see how it compares to this.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with red hues. Thin head not much lace.

S: sour raspberry and some hops

T: raspberry flavor throughout. Spicey and herbal notes. Not too bad actually.

M: high carbonation and medium body

Overall: drinkable, refreshing and crisp. Basically meant for those things as it is simple and not much beer flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy garnet color with a decent head that retains well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Raspberry puree with undertones of grain

Taste: Starts out with a distinct raspberry tone that develops in a slightly tart fashion; after the swallow, the beer finishes relatively dry, with a nice wheat grain, raspberry flavor

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderately carbonated

Drinkability: Not something I would want to drink in quantity, this is nevertheless one of the better handled fruit beers I have encountered

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright... I admit it... I like fruit beer. Though I recognize some short-commings in this brew, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Certainly reminds me of New Glarus Raspberry Tart (without the steroids). Very pronounced raspberry aroma even before decanting into the glass. An admirable ruby-purplish hue with brilliant clarity. Though fluffy in the head retention, the carbonation is fizzy and terse. Tastes very bold with raspberries, but without the bite-ey astringency or tartness. Probably a decent ale even before the raspberry additions. The beer wears a bit thin and metalic rather quickly, but I remain seduced by the berry flavors and aromas. I would like to see a wheat addition to add body and texture, but not if it means becomming Purple Haze-like. it's a good beer to take to parties because the chicks dig it, your B.M.C. buddies can cross-over, and I can enjoy it as well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wild Raspberry Ale looks like a raspberry ale should look. Medium-dark cherry red with plentiful, vigorous carbonation that's creating a decent-sized, very light pink head. It does look a little like a 'girly' beer, but I suppose that couldn't be helped. The head has a quality look about it and persists nicely. Underwhelming lace.

I like the nose. It's fruity with a definite sweet raspberry/black raspberry essence, but it also smells like beer. This is one of the better fruit beers that I've tasted. Like the aroma, the raspberriness is unmistakable, yet the underlying ale isn't lost. This ain't no fake fruit-flavored malternative.

That said, the base beer isn't all that wonderful. It's little more than a straightforward, not that impressive, light ale backbone on which to hang the fruit. The body/mouthfeel is a trifle thin and just a touch fizzy, which doesn't help matters. The finish is sour and dry.

Wild Raspberry Ale is a pretty good effort for the most part. It doesn't overly impress, but it is what (I suppose) the brewers set out to create. Namely, an easy drinking, fairly light, fruity, summertime quaff. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, ruby color with a small, tan head of foam. it left little to no head.

S - It smelled of raspberry and sweet caramel malt.

T - It tasted of caramel and rich malt. The raspberry flavor added a milt tartness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth mouthfeel. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice fruit beer. It is not overdone as many fruity beers can be.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one to round out a mixed sixer the other day. Had never really ad an urge to try it, but what the hell. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/07/2009.

The pour was wonderful. Rich and cool looking copper colored amber was tinted with a slight pink color. Nice head of white came up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light around of grain, bready malts and a touch of fruit. Lightly sweet as it warmed. The flavor was not what I was thinking. not enough fruit here to really make a differnce. Mostly malt grain like flavor with a slight accent of fruit in the mid palate and finish. Smooth and nice carbonation in an otherwise light to medium bodied ale. Easy to drink offering up little to no resitence.

Overall a very intresting beer that was slightly letting me down in the fruit department. Still would not mind having it again, but I would not look for it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed On: Apr 09 09.

Just when I was beginning to wonder if Great Divide had abandoned this beer, I see it in a mix-pack at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. I had my roommate buy it and give me a bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reasonably dark reddish body with a frothy, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Delicately tart black raspberries and fruity, sweetish raspberries.

Taste: Thankfully, it's fruity and sweet without obtaining a ghastly level of diabetes-inducing sweetness. Touch of tartness. Reasonably honest taste of black and red raspberries with maybe a few added thorns too. Touch of underlying barley graininess. Earthy bitterness helps to scrub away any extra sweetness. Dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Provides some easy-drinking, some fruit, and, sure enough, some beer for a fine Friday evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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"?!?!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep pink/purple color, with a large white head that has a pinkish hue to it, fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of raspberries, along with light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is tart up front with taste of raspberries but it's not as strong as the smell leads you to expect. It's also surprisingly malty with a little smokiness. There's a very mild hops presence, but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not quite as fruity as most fruit beers but it's not a beer that I would want to drink again.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.14/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into an English pub (real) pint glass on 08/19/2010.

Appearance: Dark red colour, relatively low carbonation. Three finger head dies down to nothing within four minutes.

Smell: A sort of rank scent - an off-smell, not inviting. It's fruity, but artificial.

Taste: Like raspberry soda with an overly sweet finish. No bold flavors. The beer is one note of raspberry throughout, unbalanced. This beer doesn't succeed as a fruit beer, much less a beer in general - it's more of a candied soda.

Mouthfeel: A light, thin mouthfeel that slowly fades. It's almost fizzy. Not pleasant, but not revolting.

Drinkability: Easily consumed, but leaves one wanting for a real beer. I'd pass this one over in the future - there are far better fruit beers out there.

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Photo of russpowell
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(leftovers from Thanksgiving)

Pours red going towards purple, great clarity with a thin tan head dropping away to nothing. No evidence of lacing.

Smell: Some fruit, with a little sourness

Taste: Some tartness and little bit of berries come through. I also get an understated sourness (noone will think Lambic).

Mouthfeel: A tad thin and under carbonated.

An uderstated effort that would go okay with salad, dessert, or a cheese plate. probably better to me in hot weather, fruit beers aren't usually my thing.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours raspberry red with a thin head.

The smell is of fresh raspberries with some maltiness to it. Better than the typical fruit beer - glad they have a solid barley malt base here.

The taste is of fresh, sweet and tart red and black raspberries. I have to give them some credit for it not being too "syrupy" or "artificial". Not too sweet, as many fruit beers can be. Some malt backing.

Light-bodied - a bit fizzy. No great shakes on the feel, though could be worse for the style.

One is enough...unless you're really a huge fan of raspberries. I like them well enough, but not one I could have more than one of at a time. Try pairing with a salad that has fresh raspberries in it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a raspberry red color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mildly malty scent that's pale, light, and slightly grainy. It is sweet with a bit of raspberry zest. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, pale malt flavor that is infused with raspberry flavor. It is not too much, but it has a good fruity flavor. It has a sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent fruit ale. I like the raspberries, but the grainy, dry taste is a turnoff. This should be refreshing, but it's not.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Kraftworks in Philly.

A- A reddish pinkish color with a miniscule cap that faded by the time it reached my lips. No Stick.

S- Raspberry and sweet malts and that's all she wrote.

T- Raspberry juice with some sweet malt backing. The berries actually come out a bit unlike some other fruit beer offerings, cough.. Dark Horse Raspberry.. cough.

M- Pretty much thin bodied with enough carb to let you know this is in fact beer and not juice. Feels great and refreshing.

D- I would drink a ton of this, one of the better raspberry ales i've had recently. It's no rubeaus, but in a sea of mediocre fruit beers this one shines a bit more. Low ABV as well to keep you going. Perfect for the summer time.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright, pale red with slight white foaming head.
Aroma had hints of raspberry and strawberry, but nothing powerful. Hops were lean, malt gave it some sweetness.
Taste mirrored the smell. Hints of berries, but not fruity. The hops died out a bit at the end and it reflected more of a watered down fruit punch than beer. Nonetheless, not bad for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark red with a soft pinkish white head, good retention and lace.

S: Raspberry jam, not particularly fragrant but very pleasing.

T: This is how fruit beer should be done. Real raspberries hit immediately, leans more towards the black raspberries. Some malt mid-palate.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, not as clean as Raspberry Tart.

D: One of the better fruit beers I've had, good price too. To other brewers, enough with the extracts, use real fruit.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brillian ruby red with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells of seedy raspberries, real fruit and with a nice dose of tannins from the seeds which plays well against the sweetness, but there is also enough tartness to not have it smell overly sweet. Tastes of real raspberries as well. Semi-sweet raspberries to start followed by some clean, light sweet malt that carries the the fruit flavor well. Nice clean, pure flavors. Not artificial at all and not too sweet or bracingly tart. The mouthfeel is a bit tannic, but nicely balanced. This is a very well made beer, and more refined than I was expecting. Very nice summer quaffer.

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Photo of corby112
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cherry-red color with a very slim head that quickly dissolves, leaving no lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet raspberries and other tart fruit with a slight touch of hops. Nicely balancd with sweet, sour and malty notes as well as a tart berry presence. A little syrupy but not too sweet with a slight bitter dry hoppy finish.

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Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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