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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

526 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 26
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the GD Tap Room.

A: Hazy red with a minimalist pink tinged head. Head retention is OK, but no lace is left behind.

S: A strong dose of raspberries makes for a rather fruity nose that also has a pronounced raw grain scent.

T: Tart and dry. Raspberries are there with a generous fruit flavor that adds an herbal tea quality to the mix. Finishes rather clean.

M: Light body. Carbonation feels about right.

D: Nice session beer, but not a beer that really suits me. Nice to try, but not one I'll be ordering on my next trip to the Tap Room.

Serving type: on-tap

Rayek, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red into my Squatters IPA glass. Thin but present head, active-looking carbonation.

Big raspberry and even blackberry aroma. Not much else, but the berries are really the whole point of this beer.

As expected, big unsweetened raspberry and blackberry - not a sour berry taste, mind you, just not sweetened. Base beer wisely stays in the background, letting the berries steal the show. The base beer itself has a bit of a powdery taste, almost a Belgian-esque powdery yeast thing going on.

Feel is bracing and bubbly, good for a beer that bills itself as a quencher, yet it does have some real body to it unlike soda-pop-type fruit beers.

Great Divide brewing a serious fruit beer like this doesn't surprise me. Enjoyable, no-compromises fruit beer.

Patrick999, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Seru1
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pinkish Magenta red with a two fingers thick pinkish white head and decent carbonation.

Smell- Scents of Raspberry and Cassis i believe dominate. There's a tart smell fills the nose. this is the beers weakest point though because in my opinion there's not much to smell.

Taste- Sweet tart raspberry with a full bodied creamy malt. No annoyingly yeasty flavor you get. It's slightly sweeter than it is tart, a very good fruit beer but I sometimes wish for more raspberry.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied and rich, but not heavy.

Drinkability- Not to sweet, bitter or heavy, this beer is incredibly easy to put away.

Seru1, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Burgundy colored, lots of head about 2 fingers worth... very nice lacing.

S: Tart raspberry right up front.... I'm also getting some sweet malt and a hint of floral hops (not a lot)

T: Just like the smell.... the raspberry is tart yet sweet at the same time. There is some malt and hops here but the raspberry is running the show... Very well balanced.

M: Very highly carbonated.... Very crisp and clean. Very refreshing

D: I'd do 1 or 2 of these.... The tart and sweet are good don't over do it....

I'm not a big raspberry fruit beer kind of guy, but the balance on this one makes it very good. Make this your first raspberry brew....

mralphabet, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with freshness date marked...little ditty about the beer on the side: "a beer drinker's fruit beer"...bring it on

Appearance: A light pour produces a dark cherry/amber beer with a HUGE, fluffy, long-lasting light tan cap

Smell: Tart, fresh, natural raspberry notes predominate...maybe just a touch of sweet malt in the background

Taste: Kind of like a traditional American amber (touch of biscuit/caramel malt) w/some fresh tart raspberry in the background...a lot less fruit than I was expecting, and actually a bit of hops make things lightly bitter...it's refreshing and pretty tasty

Mouthfeel: Nice medium-bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is actually a pretty good fruit beer...not at all the typical, super sweet, artificial-tasting fruit beer offering...a TOUCH more fruit flavor might be welcome but this is pretty good example of a style that's often handled poorly

BedetheVenerable, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of TurtleCove
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle bought as part of a mix pack from local beer distributor.
Poured into a Corsendonk tulip, looks good in the glass. Deep ruby red, slightly opaque like a great cup of tea A big off white frothy head, large bubbles slow to subside to a heavy lacing.
Not a great smell, some candy sugar, raspberries, a little citrus.
Big effervescent mouth feel form the high carbonation. Taste is fruity, dominated by the raspberries with a hint of cotton candy, not much of a beer taste, no yeast, no hops.
Too sweet and not "beery" enough for my palate.

TurtleCove, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/4/2008 so I know this beer isn't in its prime. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark red/amber color with a small off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The aroma is light, and it smells like sweet malt, wheat and some raspberries. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel and sweet malt, grain/wheat and some raspberries and hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has a soft feeling in the mouth and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and goes down easy. Since this beer is 7 months old, I'm sure the raspberries would show up more in the aroma and flavor when it was fresher. With that being said, this is still a decent beer. Since it wasn't quite fresh, it turned into a decent amber ale. I'll have to revisit this one with a fresher batch. But this bottle wasn't too bad at all.

bluejacket74, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- ruby red with some finished wood brown highlites. Clear and a light head with no distinct color.

S- strong raspberry tart smell. There is also a strong caramel malt smell that rounds off the nose.

T- tart/sour raspberry flavor, carmael malts but not as strong as the smell. Taste is that of red raspberries that have been sitting out just a tad too long.

M- raspberry juice-like feel. Smooth and tart.

D- a nice beer from great divide but not one of their best. I could do a few of these but the tartness would overwhelm me eventually!

Dodo2step, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Mayhem976
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber red color, has a pretty good head for a fruit ale, minor lacing.

S- Strong berry smell, finishes off with moderate amount of hops.

T- Watery, slight hop aftertaste. Never thought I would say this but I think it could use a bit more sweetness. /shrug

M- Thin, it does however have a slight creaminess.

D- High drinkability, they go down super fast and easy. I could drink a ton of these eating nachos or pizza while kicking it in front of the TV.

Mayhem976, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Body is a clear reddish amber w/thick light-beige head, good retention, and some lacing.

S-Light raspberry, faint malt and wheat. Pleasant.

T-Light raspberry sweetness w/tinge of grainy astringency and soap, and dry finish w/a touch of hops and slightly bitter aftertaste. Not bad.

M-Light-bodied w/moderately high level of carbonation.

D-Easy to drink, good summer brew, but this recipe would probably benefit from more raspberries, and although the sweetness level is nicely restrained, a little more might better balance out the considerably bitter finish.

BoitSansSoif, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful ruby-molasses-brown color with off-white head that fades rapidly, leaving minimal lacing.

S- A pretty good raspberry aroma dominates. Some hops in there too.

T- Starts with a little raspberry tart kick, moves into a little cracker-like malt and some bitter hops. Raspberry comes in again at the finish for a dry, lingering flavor. Pretty good for what it is, not overwhelming with the raspberry and still an ale.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Almost too dry on the finish, though.

D- Good stuff here. I could drink a few of these and enjoy it. A good take on an APA (I think this is more of an APA with raspberries in it, instead of a fruit beer with some hops).

LordAdmNelson, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy tea color with full finger off colored head that fades quickly with little lacing. The smell nicely malty and fruity. Clean berry flavor, the mouth feel is light bodied and refreshing. A surprisingly solid drinker, especially for the thirsty one!

jjayjaye, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

4-5 ounce pour on-tap at the great Divide brewery. Looks good, amber witha white head. Smells "beery" and that is all I can really say about the aroma. the flavor does have raspberry hints but not what you would get from say an authentic framboise. This seemed like an amber ale with raspberry syrup added to it. The alcohol was noticeable which was strange for a 5.6% brew. This was not bad but there was also nothing really good about this beer other than the appearance.

ArrogantB, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: reddish drak amber tint

smell: fruity pepples

taste: Weak, raspberry taste was defeinitly overpowering and the ale was not a olisd consistency. I would have rather it been more raspberry taste if Im drinking a light fruit beer.

mouthfeel: carbonation was not high. drank like a pale ale

drinkability: I was not pleasantly suprised at all. Very weak beer. Unsure why it was rated so high. but over all not awful

CampusCrew, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of cliffhagner407
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight from the fridge, enjoyed over the course of about an hour at different temperatures.

First thing that strikes me is the reddish brown color, very nice. Pours with a fairly short head, dissipates fairly quickly.

Flavor is incredibly raspberry flavored. It feels like I'm drinking a raspberry. If this beer claimed to be anything else, I would be disappointed, but it definitely lives up to its name. Aftertaste seems pretty malty to me, almost no bitterness. Very sweet. Smell is nice, and is very drinkable. I wouldn't probably want more than two of these in a night, but that's perfectly preference.

cliffhagner407, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of marvin213
1.4/5  rDev -60.3%
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.

marvin213, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first time having this beer. I have yet to have a raspberry ale that I have enjoyed, so I am not very optimistic. Anyways, here goes:

A: Pours a nice ruby color. Red with a small, pinkish head. Not cloudy at all, very clear beer.

S: There is raspberry in the aroma. Sweetness, hints of wheat. Smells like a typical raspberry ale.

T: There is a pleasant raspberry flavor upfront. Not artifical or fake, it actually tastes like real fruit was used. But there is a really great aftertaste to the brew. Hard to put into words, but its got a malt flavor commonly found in an amber ale. Tastes alot like Great Lakes Elliot Ness in the finish. Kinda caramelly, but without the malt sweetness. That being said, the raspberry adds quite a bit of sweetness as opposed to the malt. Probably the best tasting raspberry ale I have had.

M: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth somewhat. Sweet, but not cloying. Finish is pretty clean. Semi-crisp.

D: This is kind of a sweet brew, so that detracts from the drinkability somewhat. Pretty good flavor with a medium body. Not a session beer, but pretty good overall.

I was actually kind of impressed by this one. The raspberry has some good malt flavorings that adds the the brew. More complex than your typical fruit beer. Pretty decent overall. Worth a try.

OldSchoolGamer, May 30, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby red color. Poured a 1 finger slightly off-white head with fair retention. Sticky lace in patches.

S: Invitingly sweet reasberry aromas. Some bready malt in the background. Also bittering hops pinch the nose.

T: Distinct raspberry flavor. Sweet malts a good reminder that its still beer. Enough bittering in the finish to make it a little dry.

M: Light side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Crisp yet tart in the finish.

D: More like beer than many of its ilk; I liked it because of that. Interestingly flavorful, yet pretty balanced.

Haybeerman, May 29, 2009
Photo of CheapHysterics
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a beautiful deep reddish color with a small head that rapidly dissipated. I'm not docking it points for the lack of head or lacing because it looked so pretty in the glass.

Smelled deliciously of raspberry, with a little maltiness in the background.

Mouthfeel was a nice medium body, typical of a quality ale.

The flavor was absolutely delicious for a fruit beer. Not too tart, not too sweet, not so fruity that you couldn't taste the malt and hops, but not so beery as to cover up the fruit flavors. Everything just seemed to be in the perfectly balanced proportions.

A lot of fruit beers leave me unimpressed, but I would seek this one out again.

CheapHysterics, May 27, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish orange with off white head that fades quickly. This smells amazing, like fresh baked raspberry pie. There are no malt, hop, or yeast aromas that I can detect. There is a nice malt background and a bitterness in the finish, and all the while is a nice dry raspberry flavor. It has an herbal quality to it like raspberry tea. Mouthfeel is about right and drinkability is ok, but the strong raspberry flavor might get sickening after a while.

Kromes, May 23, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass
Deep reddish brown/burgundy with a thin head
Aroma-Nice, clean essence of raspberries
Taste-Raspberries in slightly malty water, a bit thin with not much "beer" taste, and a slightly metallic finish. A bit of a letdown to be honest, although maybe this is typical of the style. If so, I don't think "fruit beer" is going to be on the top of my "favorites" list.
Overall, I was expecting a little more substance to this beer, however it might not be bad on a super hot summer day

hosehead83, May 21, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $2. Poured into my nonic pint glass, this ale appears a clear crimson red color with about a finger of off white frothy head. Aroma and flavor is something akin to the raspberry puree you would find swirled into a cheesecake. The fruit notes seem natural as opposed to extracts. Slightly tart, slightly sweet, a nice balance of both. Crisp with the appropriate body and carbonation for the style. Definitely a welcome change from some of the mediocre raspberry wheat beers that seem to flood the market.

ClockworkOrange, May 13, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby Tawny Colored

Smell: Raspberry Jam/Seed - Swiss Cheese

Taste: Dark Raspberry Jam. Tart. Rich Chocolate Covered Raspberry

Mouthfeel: Soft Tannins, sooths the palate. Very Smooth.

Drinkability: Very sessionable for a fruit beer. Awesome flavor. I highly recommend this to someone looking for something new and different that's well worth the price.

LauraAlberts, May 02, 2009
Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.