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Wild Raspberry Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale

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526 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.72/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Illinick
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red in color with a big, fluffy white with hints of pinkish head. Spider-web like lacing.
S: Raspberry throughout, but really becomes prevalent towards the end of the wiff. Other tart fruit scents in there as well as some hops in the background. Smell is a little faint, but get a good wiff and its nice!
T: Raspberry flavor really well done. Hop prescence with rasberry offsetting. Great balance between rasb. and hops-not too much of either. Some tart rasp and other tart fruits present also. Balanced rasberry flavor is real winner. Ends semi-dry.
MF: Mouthfeel is light and ends semi-dry and grainy.
Overall: One of the better fruit beers I've had. Really good balance! Claims on the bottle it's a beer drinker's fruit beer...and it is! Excellent.

Illinick, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of brews from great divide. I had great success with the double IPA so I've since dabbled in their other varieties.

Smell is faint raspberries, light malted backer.

comes across on the sweeter end of a fruit beer, bitterness is shallow and towards the back end. easy on the palate, although the carbonation is sizzly and sharp towards the finish.

Notes: Not bad. Well put together, just dont expect to be blown away. Its a decent one time brew.

DogFood11, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright ruby red with about a finger of fluffy head. Raspberry and honey are most obvious in the aroma, but there might be a little cinnamon there too. Lots of raspberry flavor, but also some honey and vanilla. Mediuim bodied with lots of tiny little bubbles. This is a really smooth beer, I'm looking forward to trying this with a good chocolate desert.

nvsblman, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little beer, quite refreshing and light, nice!

Pours a very violet/red in color with a fizzy light violet head to match, decent retention and a little bit of lacing. Nose is nearly non-existant, vaguely fruity but only if you close your eyes, stick your nose in and breath very, very deeply. Taste is quite light, slightly malty with the familiar sour raspberry tang. Quite nice really, not overpowering, just pleasent.


Gaisgeil, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a dark purple, almost black beer with virtually no head. A very small bit of retention if you looked hard for it.
I tried and tried, but got very little aroma out of this beer; I supose I was expecting less subtle raspberry, but only came up with the typical maltiness of an ale. As it warmed I could make out some raspberry, but nothing amazing. Same with the taste. Semi-sweet raspberry tones, malt. I was looking for some more intense or interesting flavor to the bottom of the glass, but to no avail. It was a clear-feeling beer, and you could definitely have a few and feel good about it, but in terms of a fruit ale, I was disappointed.

sinistrsam, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

russpowell, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, beautiful deep red color with a pink head and cloudy with sediment at the bottom.

Aroma is RASPBERRY with a hint of caramel in the background.

Taste is also definitely raspberry but with a toasted malt background - biscuits, caramel. Starts out slightly sweet but finishes tart with a touch of hops bite. More complex than the usual fruit flavored brew.

Something a little different, probably not for everybody but if you like raspberry drinks, this is probably well worth a try.

whynot44, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can we say juice? For that is what this is. Alcoholic raspberry juice. Pretty enough, a nice ruby color, frothy head. Smells like sweet fruit. Tastes lightly, lightly malty, with raspberries coming through mostly. Sweet, with a light tartness to it. A bit thin in the mouthfeel- watery. I don't think I could drink too many of these- it's just too... fruit juicy. However, I can see "beer haters" enjoying this. It's harmless.

scooter231, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of benito
1.35/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I drank this side by side with a bottle of New Belgium Frambozen to compare CO fruit beers. Sadly, this brew didn't match up well.

Pours a clear berry red. Some head that dissipates quickly and little sign of carbonation. Raspberry is the dominant smell.

As soon as I had a swig, I knew that this was going to be hard to stomach. The raspberry flavor is strong at first and dissipates quickly. What's left doesn't have much distinguishable flavor and has an unfortunately slimey mouthfeel. The medium body is easy to drink and what I can say for this is that the fruit flavor isn't offensive one way or the other. My major critique here is that there's not much to like about this beer beyond that initial hint of raspberry.

Pass this one up and try one of Great Divide's other, tasty beverages.

benito, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby color with a nice offwhite head. really a great looking beer.

S- raspberry is obviously the strongest smell but chocolate, carmel and other flavors show through.

T- nice refreshing raspberry flavor with chocolate and some hops also present.

M- faily thin body with good carbonation.

D- the berry flavor is present but not enough to really hurt drinkability. very refreshing.

overall- the initial taste you get is really nice but it kinda falls apart after that. i was hoping for a little more depth in the flavor but it finishes a little watery. Still a great fruit beer in my book.

Gritsak, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

normally fruit beers aren't my thing, but great divide is awesome and i'm hoping that this is gonna live up to my expectations!

a - pours a purple color with a big head. leaves alright lacing. looks as if there are pieces of berry floating around in this, looks QUITE temptinrrg.

s - raspberry juice.

t - the raspberry taste doesn't totally jump out at you like i had expected, but it's definately there. very sweet due to the berries but also has a nice mild hop finish.

m - very crisp medium bodied beer. not super smooth, but it goes down easy.

d - i would never turn this down, but due to it's sweetness i doubt i could drink that many of 'em. actually, i'm probablly never going to buy this again for a while. why get this when you can just get titan?

radshoesbro, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle with the born on month and week notched on the side. Mine was May 1. Didn't give a year.

Poured a reddish-orange color with an 1 inch of red colored foam raising to the top of the mug. The smell was exactly like raspberry juice and nothing else. The taste to me was like raspberry juice, but lighter and with a dry hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel was too dry and light for me. Not really thirst-quenching as described on the other side of the label. Overall a good beer, but nothing really spectacular. If you like raspberries, then this is your perfect session beer. Not bad for my first Great Divide product.

AltBock, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of nickss
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright red hue with a small white fizzy head... looks like a Fanta... hah!

Smells of raspberry, yeast and malt... strong raspberry in the nose... a bit too much for my taste...but then again its a berry ale... i can see ALOT of non-craft beer drinking women LOVING this one.

HUUUUGE raspberry flavor.... Blue Moon-esque... except with raspberry. Doesn't even taste like a beer to me, but entirely inoffensive nontheless. Not a shabby berry ale.

Feels very carbonated and tight on the tongue... very crisp... once again, very soda like.... nothing special, but this is a light beer, so dont expect it to be astounding.

If this wasn't so sweet, I could drink quite a bit of it, but as is, it is difficult to imagine me drinking more than two or three. Once again though, I can see alot of women claiming otherwise.

nickss, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of goochpunch
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Ruby body w/ a fizzy slightly pink head that fizzles out. Not much lacing.

Smell: Raspberry and more raspberry

Taste: Color me impressed. Raspberry flavor really takes control in this brew, and that isn't a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent. A little fizzy for my taste, but it has its place here.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and light. I never thought that a fruit beer could be a session beer, but this one surely is.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that this is a beer everyone must get his/her hands on, nor will I say that this is Great Divide's best offering, but it is a damned good beer. With temperatures here in North Texas in the high 90s and low 100s, this beer is welcome company.

goochpunch, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Billolick, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn with a small head. Aroma has a stick of bubble gum, concord grapes, doughiness, and black raspberries. Flavor is raspberry jam, but I get a nuttiness too. A bit seedy if you ask me. Thin and bubbly without being harsh. Reminds me of a weak PB&J soda with less sweetness. Certainly pleasant and "true to the fruit" as I am tempted to say, but personally I do not yearn for another.

waughbrew, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of Beervis
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish colour from the 12oz bottle with a thin head and lots of lace.

Smell is fruity raspberry and sweet, tart wheat.

Taste is total raspberry. The malt is light, the hops are light, but they basically balance out the brew to let the fruit shine. The mouthfeel is very creamy and tart, and mouthfilling. The finish is long and grainy, with really nice fruit notes making you take another sip.

This is one heck of a fruit ale. It's exactly what I expected and more. It's fruity, but not too fruity. Well done!!

Beervis, Aug 03, 2005
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.

ADR, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a nice creamy lasting off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Clean raspberry fruit aromas, mellow malt and raspberry flavors, well balanced and not overdone with fruit. Medium bodied with a crisp and light mouthfeel, finishes clean. A tasty and refreshing fruit ale.

maxpower, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of bewley
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, date notched on side: 2nd week of February (year not noted)

Pours a thin off-white head. Clear, amber color with reddish highlights.

Nose hints of caramel, raspberries and malted barley.

This is not bad in that it's not sickly sweet like some of the fruit-infused beers on the market today. Definitely dry in taste.

Good beer for a bbq at the beach (for more like grilled chicken vs steaks).

bewley, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clean amber beer with big ruby highlights. Has a small off white head. The aroma has a ligth sweet grain character at first. But a tart raspberry precence soon dominates. The malt slides the flavor quickly to the tart raspberry character. It's kinda like drinking a raspberry cookie.

ybnorml, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a chick beer. Sorry, but fruit is not my favorite ingredient in beer. Appearance is like red wine, foam remains and then deposits a sticky lace. Aroma (wait for it . . .) is raspberries. Initial taste has some malt, berries and even bitter hops. Finish has hops and tart raspberries that linger on the tongue and interfere with food big time. Better than many SOUR fruit beers I have tried.

palliko, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one.. but at first whiff, it literally stinks.

Well, let's venture a bit further.

Pours a red-amber color with very little in the way of suds.. just some rough looking lacey white swirls.

The smell, as I mentioned, is frankly bad. Before I get any malt, or rasberry, I get a gross wiff of a dirty brewery floor.

The taste isn't as bad as the smell.. whew! It is alot like the good session pale ales in it's controlled malty character. There is a rasberry flavor around the edges. The carbonation exists, but it's presence is poor.

It finishes badly just to hammer the final nail in its coffin. Dark toast and some vague kind of baked rasberry pie filling leave an aftertaste that isn't at all pleasant. Bah.

MrSeth, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of cokes
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

cokes, Jul 06, 2005
Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.