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: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
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 MrSeth
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
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 ppoitras
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" dusty rose head over the burgundy brew. Frothy head lasts well, esp for a fruit beer, with good lacing. Aroma is tart and tangy raspberries, all the way. Taste is disappointing. Up front little flavor, and then on the outset some berry tartness comes into play, but nothing like what I expected from the nose. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery, and drinkability is okay for a fruit beer, but largely because it lacks the fruitiness that one would expect. Won't be revisiting this one, my least fave of the Great Divide brews.

Photo of AlexJ
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My fiancee' bought a sixer at Total Wine, I snagged one for review.

It pours out a garnet hued amber color with a light and fluffy 2 inch head of off white. Head retains for a while and leaves splotchy lace as it goes.

The aroma is caramel malty sweet with fresh rasberry notes along with floral and chocolate. It has a distinct real rasberry aroma opposed to the nasty sweet and artificcially flavored rasberry beers that are more common (like Seadog Rasberry wheat).

The flavor is predominantly caramel malts accented by a light and crisply quenching rasberry flavor. Hints of cocoa, brown sugar and honey are balanced by a light dose of floral and herbal hops in the finish. Tart ans subtle rasberry flavor is the highlight of this beer.

Body is relatively light with large bubbles of carbonation providing a fluffy and airey mouthfeel. Great beer for a hot day. Real fruit beers like this are so much better than extract-flavored ones.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a dark red color with a fizzy head. The aroma is raspberries, like raspberry jam. The raspberry smell is nice, if a little weak, but there aren't any real beer smells behind it. The flavor is malty with some raspberry flavors. Not at all complex. Light to medium bodied. Nice drinkability. Great Divide succeeded in making a fruit beer that is neither cloyingly sweet nor just plain nasty, but as a beer, it is just average.

Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep reddish pink color, quite clear, with a large and dense off-white head, which retains very well. Thick, broken lace coats the glass wall in patches. A few small, fat bubbles rise lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Distinct note of chocolate-covered raspberries, both quite surprising and appealing. Beneath this there is a subtle caramel malt note.

Taste: Light malt flavors open the taste, soon followed by tart raspberry notes, which dominate to the end; there is a faintly bitter hop note to close out the taste. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Soft and pleasant on the palate, perhaps lacking a bit in body.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant, a nice after dinner beer. My fiancee declared this to be her new favorite beer. This is a beer that could be served to those that do not care for beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a pop top crown. Served in a atandard pint tap glass.

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.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  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.

Photo of mgdeth
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The color is really reminiscent of cranberry juice. The beer's head is off-white and doesn't last too long. You can see raspberry remnants in the beer, which is cool. Highly carbonated.

Smell - This beer has a very subtle fruity smell. No hop or malt aroma jumps out at me.

Taste - The raspberry flavor is fairly sharp, but is balanced well with the sweetness, which is not strong. Raspberry is what this beer is all about. Hop bitterness also help provide some balance. Without the raspberry, the beer would probably be bitter in its own right.

Mouthfeel - This beer is light bodied, but the carbonation rounds it out. Mouthfeel could be thicker and this would still be a pretty good beer.

Drinkability - A very easy drinker, even with the raspberry bite. Something about this beer makes me want to eat pizza.

Comments - "A beer lover's fruit beer" according to the label, and I agree for the most part. Definitely worth a try, even for those who do not like fruit beers.

Photo of hero27
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish color with a respectable head. Retention is below average.

Smell: Light raspberry aroma, very nice. Faint, biscuity malts are noticed as well.

Taste: Nice, tart raspberry taste. Not very complex and is what you'd expect from this one, but the flavor doesn't seem as artificial as I thought it would. I have to admit, it does taste pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I don't think I love raspberries enough to session this stuff, or even have more than 2 or 3, but it is pretty easy to drink if you enjoy the fruity taste.

Overall, I was somewhat impressed with this one. I figured it would be the typical "fruit beer", with a sickly sweet taste and pretty "blah" reaction from me, but this one was different. If you like the taste of raspberry, this is a must try. If you just want something different, I recommend it as well.

Photo of clvand0
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a fan of fruit beers, but somehow the label on this enticed me to pick one up. Pours a very attractive red color. Small head that falls away fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, but also reminds me of a wheat beer - strange bit of wheat character there. Raspberries all over the place. Very attractive. The flavor is much the same. It lacks the slight sour character that most brews of this style have, and thus I enjoyed it much more. I have trouble rating beers like this because I don't feel that they are real beers, but they are ... just have some fruit added. Very good one here.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very red color with no head over top. The nose is actually somewhat creamy raspberry, with some wheat malts in there as well. The flavor is fairly strong in the raspberry to start, but finshes huge in wheat. The feel is light to moderate. Overall, this beer is easy to drink, but I think more than one would keep me in check because it is too sweet, without anything to play off the fruityness.

Photo of JLShepard
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Aroma: I was struck even before pouring by the strong raspberry aroma of this beer. It is sweet, and it had a faint wheaty character, giving it a jam-on-toast quality.

Appearance: A beautiful red color, reminiscent of fruit juice. It pours with a good head, that is nicely tinged with red, which dissipates quickly.

Taste: Surgary sweet and tasting strongly of raspberry, the taste this beer did not hold up on the promise of the aroma and appearance. I found the raspberry overpowering to the point of making the beer a chore to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thin without being watery, combined with a pleasant crispness give this beer a fine mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer lost me on taste. I love raspberries, but the strength of the raspberry flavor in this beer was too much. Combined with the cloying sweetness, I was hard pressed to find any other flavor.

Photo of mattcrill
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: month and week bottled were listed on the label but not checked. Bad karma for that beer when I see this oversight...

Appearance: Pours brick red with a thin off white cap. Tiny bubbles poke through the cap and dissolve the head rather quickly.

Smell: Old raspberries and wheat bread.

Taste: Tea-like hops with mild raspberry undertones. A strong wheat base throughout with a stale wheat bread aftertaste that rounds out each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium and prickly. It tastes very crisp due to the carbonation. Very lively on the palate.

Drinkability: Pretty easy. Good summer, cookout drinking kind of stuff.

An interesting variation and a pretty strong offering for a fruit beer but I won't be going back anytime soon.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cranberry red in color, looks a lot like juice. Poured with a huge light pink colored head. Smells of a dry fruitiness, reminiscent of champagne. Taste is very different from many fruit beers I have tried. You can definitely tell that this was brewed with with real raspberries, as the raspberry essence is detectable, without tasting fake, like a jolly rancher. Very dry flavor, with some breadiness. An excellent refreshing fruit beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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 nortmand
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Something is wrong here. I see previous reviews that look upon this beer favorably. I mean it wasn't bad, but....
Pours like Coca-Cola, brownish red and NO head retention. None. Nada. Have you ever had Sprite?
Slightly raspberry smell with a wheat textured background.
Is this a fruit beer? All I can taste is club soda with a dash of grenadine and maybe a little roast on the back of the tongue(strange).
So damned fizzy, that I can hardly taste a thing. Does not live up to it's reputation. Perhaps a bad bottle?
Actually light enough that it is relatively drinkable, although not worth the money.
I can barely taste the "hundreds of pounds of black and red raspberries" that they claim to have fermented this beer with.

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out well low carbonation, low head, head color had slight red tint. Aroma of red raspberry, most dominate, black raspberry, secondary. It had a tart character, slight hop bitterness to offset. Did not seem to have much malt character, might be overwhelmed by the fruit. The body helps make a lasting tongue impression. It is a great throwback/session beer light on alcohol, something to help introduce not to in to beer friends you might encounter, or after mowing the lawn sitting on the back porch. I enjoyed it very much and recommend to all who can get it.

Photo of homersimpson
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of oelergud
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red body, no carbonation, off-white head with little lace and retention.
Nose is full of raspberry smell, sugar sweet and a little acidic.
Raspberry crostada comes to mind when tasting this brew, sweet and solid with a bakery atmophere about it. Some tartness present and very pleasant throughout the aftertaste
Good decent body feel with a lingering sensation on the tongue. Pretty good drinkability.
Overall a very well crafted fruit beer and yet another good brew from the Great Divide.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 jayb
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep red right out of the bottle. Head was off-white with a faint hint of red as well. came out thick and settled to a nice little film on the top. lacing is decent. First whif is definitely fruity, as the bottle says "wild raspberry". caramel hints too. no real bitter hop presence in the smell. quite pleasent i may say, more so than other fruit beers ive had. Taste was very thin in comparison to the smell. really no robust taste to speak of. Tart dark fruits, cereal grains, slight alcohol aftertaste. Dry. aftertaste has a very tart fruit finish on the lips. Not really getting any hop bite from this one. But gee whiz does it go down smooth, almost too easy. dotn really know what to think of this one. fruit flavor is good, beer flavor lacks. give it a whirl, i enjoyed it for the most part

Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a white one-finger head, fades quickly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Ruby/amber clear color. Nose is raspberry. Starts on the sweet side with raspberry overtones and finishes with some tartness. Good summer beer. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from the Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY

Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet with a light pink head that faded to a thin surface covering. Aroma smells like raspberry jam. Med-bodied mouthfeel. Taste consists mainly of malt and raspberries. Hopping is light. It wasn't as sweet as I had anticipated either, which is good. Wild Raspberry Ale is very drinkable. The use of real black and red raspberries makes a huge difference in the taste, as opposed to incorporating a syrup in to the brewing process. This a great summer refresher or something to enjoy as a dessert brew.

Photo of hobbes2112
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a beautiful deep red with minimal head. I wasn't really expecting this to be so dark, but I view that as a good thing.

Aroma is first the sweet Raspberry tart smell, sugary and juicy...very good. I am also impressed with how real the smell seems. Sometimes these fruit beers just seem fake but not this one.

The taste is seems to be based on a light pale ale and then layered with raspberry goodness (one of my favorite fruits) and additional malt. I like the dry hop finish and the long tart aftertaste.

I don't know if I would ever want to drink several of these back to back, but luckily for me I can buy singles or share. I like this and will most likely have this again. I bet the taste would go really well with cream cheese on light rustic country or ciabata bread.

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