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Wild Raspberry Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale

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521 Ratings

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 25
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 oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 19:39:56 | More by oberon
Photo of mgdeth


4.13/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 04:04:52 | More by mgdeth
Photo of hero27


3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 22:18:24 | More by hero27
Photo of clvand0


4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 16:06:22 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 01:08:27 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of JLShepard


1.75/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 20:31:41 | More by JLShepard
Photo of mattcrill


2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 22:36:17 | More by mattcrill
Photo of TastyTaste


4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 19:39:42 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Beaver13


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 06:39:27 | More by Beaver13
Photo of nortmand


2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 01:39:35 | More by nortmand
Photo of amatuerbeerguy


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 20:44:41 | More by amatuerbeerguy
Photo of homersimpson

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2004 23:32:34 | More by homersimpson
Photo of oelergud


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 20:24:35 | More by oelergud
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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"?!?!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 16:19:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of jayb


3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 03:53:58 | More by jayb
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 00:55:38 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Winter


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 01:25:44 | More by Winter
Photo of hobbes2112


3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 04:18:11 | More by hobbes2112
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 23:02:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Mitchster


3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with Northwest 2-row and caramel malts (website says no wheat), hopped with Perle and Tettnager and feremented with Red and Black Raspberries. Pours out to a slightly hazy deep ruby red with bit o' stuff hanging out..forming an off-pink soapy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is wonderful...lots of raspberries, but not overdone like, say Lindemanns, and not fake syrup like Norwester. Mouthfeel is flittering with a light body and very snappy finish. Taste is like a decent golden ale with a well-balanced amount of raspberries thrown in. Hardly any hop character (hrmm...that would be good...a raspberry weizen IPA), with a mild amount of bitterness in the watery finish. Malts are gamey and "corny". I need more malt! More hops!

This is decent stuff, but really would benefit from more malt and hops. Thin body, very brief finish, and lacking a good "beer" taste. Still, it's one of the better raspberry ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 23:45:38 | More by Mitchster
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought that this was a nicely done ale. It had some heavy characteristics of a fruity beer, but the taste wasn't too over powered by it. This made it all the more enjoyable for me. I thought it was pretty creamy too, so it went down rather easily and smoothly, with no "burning" on the throat. The smell was pretty strong with fruit, ie raspberries, and had some elements of malt and wheat. The taste was similar, in that it had all the aforementioned qualities, but niether was stronger than the other, which balanced it out quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 02:57:57 | More by JISurfer
Photo of merlin48


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, purple red body with a small ivory/pink head that falls quickly into patchy lace. Aroma features fresh raspberries and caramel malt. Light bodied and medium carbonation comprise the mouthfeel, along with a very tart berry twang. Taste features more raspberry, but it never becomes sweet or syrupy. Plenty of roasted caramel malt woven around the raspberry flavor. No real hops presence, but none is really necessary for this fruit ale's success.
Overall, a nice looking and nice drinking fruit ale. I'm just getting acquainted with Great Divide's brews, and find their ales and stouts to be extremely well crafted and tasty, so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 01:12:48 | More by merlin48
Photo of filabrazilia


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burgundy with a medium pink head that leaves a nice supply of lace on the glass.

The aroma is predominantly rasberry with a touch of toasted malt. Pretty interesting.

The flavor is alot like the smell although a little stronger. The malt and rasberries mix nicely. There is a sharp bitter finish to balance the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thin, crisp and dry. A really nice drinking exerience awaits those who aren't intimidated by a fruit ale. I thought this was a very nice example of a beer that has fruit in it. Some fruit beers are way too sweet and are almost like wine coolers. This is a suprisingly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 20:49:39 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of Skidz


2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a translucent pink that sits as, i guess, a raspberry red in the glass. A fair white head, slightly tinted pink sits a top this fruity little treat but is gone very quickly, minor lacings on the sides.

Smells of candied raspberries, like the hard candies with the "raspberry" goo in the middle. A hint of vanilla and cream cheese/sour cream also present.

Tastes like a malty forest of super-ripe raspberries, when the raspberries lose their flavor and it all turns to sugar, almost to the point where they begin to decompose. I guess that's why this flavor really isn't doing it for me. Finished off slightly bitter, which is how I'm feeling about this beer. Lacking in the fruity flavors you'd come to expect from a fruit beer.

Lighter in body, it's pretty easy to drink, but with the lack of flavor, it's not going to get me to go out and buy it by the case, or six pack. Pretty weak brew IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 04:11:53 | More by Skidz
Photo of HardTarget


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

Aroma: A Lambic sour twang adds to the raspberry floral base
Appearance: Nice clear purple with a white/purple very thin head
Flavor: Well… raspberries. A hint of malt comes through but the beer isn’t overly sweet. A touch of the sour comes in, but definitely in the background.
Mouthfeel: Thin body and a bit of an alcohol tingle.
Overall Impression: A very nice fruit beer. A great berry/sour twang keeps the beer interesting, and it’s balanced keeps it from being too sweet. A nice blend. This would make a good dessert beer, or maybe a good beer for a salad with a fruity dressing!
Recommended. Even my wife liked it, and she doesn't care for beer!

Re-reviewed 3-21-2005
Bottle has month and week (N&2) clearly notched (but no year) and mentions red and black raspberries. No abv.
Aroma: Pretty darn close to raspberry sorbet. A hint of sour, almost funky undertones.
Appearance: Deep red amber glass with a good quarter finger of tiny bubble head. Head was distinctly pink hued at pour but now is more of a mocha tan. Some nice lace
Flavor: Fruit is in the front at a fairly nice level. It’s the dominate taste but is backed by a malt base, no hops noted. Flavor is a bit heavy overall given a fruit flavor, the malt really starts coming through after a few sips.
Mouthfeel: A heavy medium body with a touch too much carbonation. Turns a little foamy in the mouth, but finishes fairly dry.
Overall Impression: I’ve been giving Great Divide some attention of late given their big beer series. This one is more main stream in terms of quality. A fair overall taste, but I enjoy most fruit beers as a bit lighter, a bit more refreshing. This one is a touch heavy and foamy in feel. If you like your fruit in liquid form, this should be tried. If you have to choose between this and a Titan or Yeti, no choice, go the other way.
Solid if pedestrian beer.
I took some points off for mouthfeel and drinkability

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 04:35:46 | More by HardTarget
Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.