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Honey Raspberry Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Honey Raspberry AleHoney Raspberry Ale

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2002

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

When first poured, this beer had a nice brownish-red glow, and the first sip was reasonably enjoyable, but things went downhill from there. The beer looked tired and deflated after a few minutes. It had no lacing, no head, little carbonation, and the color looked paler. The tastes of honey and raspberry became too dominant and grew more and more offensive with each sip. It's like the flavors were there to mask a fundementally bad brew. Don't bother.

Photo of packetknife
3.44/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium-to-light brown body with an off-white fluffy head that faded quickly. The nose smells strongly of raspberry but you can also detect, well actually, good malts and cane sugar. A very light raspberry taste throughout with unrefined sugar tones and malts too. I wouldn't characterize any of the taste like honey ~I~ like. Carbonation was well if a bit light. Drinkable and worth having again, availability willing.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice "amber" style aroma, pale and crystal malts, with a sweet raspberry aroma that is quite refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It think the dryness is due to the use of honey. It is slightly sweet with a mild raspberry taste. It tastes like raspberry extract, not the real deal. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is an above average fruit brew, but it lacks the flavor of real fruit and has too much CO2. I like the amber appearance.

Photo of foXXtail
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On the bottle is a dog named “Chug” who insists “No Whiners.” I guess I have to try to be constructive with this one.

I swear one of these days I’ll find a flavored beer I like (lambics and chocolate stouts being the exception). I hope that day is soon, but it certainly isn’t found in this beer.

The nose is a faint raspberry tea smell, with astringency and sweetness most dominant. A lovely red amber and only slightly cloudy, this beer would be quite nice to look at if the head didn’t appear so filmy.

Most notable in the taste is a slight bitterness in the front with a honey lingering at the back of the throat. A clawing sourness soon takes over, but fades quickly. Left over is a sweetened raspberry tea taste that lingers. The taste is far too astringent and sour to be very drinkable, like chewing on raspberry seeds.

Photo of beertastegood
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a copper color slightly tinged with red. The head is very full on this beer. Smells of tart raspberries and little else. Taste is lighter than I expected, there is a definite berry flavor that comes through, but the malt, hops and honey seem to be lacking. Towards the end, there is a metallic taste that I find to be a bit unpleasant. However, it disappears quickly and finishes dry and tart. Mouthfeel: very effervescent but thin-bodied. Drinkability is about medium, and just a bit higher if you like this style.

Not a great beer, but not a terrible one either. I guess after Belgian fruit lambics, this beer just doesn't measure up. It did not present sufficient complexity to make it a higher-rated beer.

Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish golden amber, topped with a two finger marshmallowy tan head, leaves broken webs of lacing.
Honey aroma, toast, biscuit, tea and fruit notes.
Raspberry stronger in taste, sweet, the raspberry is strong but doesn't overpower the beer, a good balance, toast, biscuit, jam and a general fruitiness.
Medium bodied.

Photo of bnuttz
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a fizzy ruby red color, that seems artificially red, not from red colored malts. Smells tart from the raspberries and sweet from the honey. Taste is bland but acidic. Not much fruit flavor, more or less just tartness. There is some honey and malt sweetness that somewhat backs up the tartness. No hops to speak of. Thinnish in the mouth, nothing special.

Photo of HardTarget
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Mainly of Raspberry seeds with a slight funk
Appearance: Copper, slight red hue, with a thin off white head that faded to zilch.
Flavor: Slight cough syrup flavor, medicinal is probably a better word. The raspberry is much milder in the flavor than the aroma. There is a slight corn taste as well as a hint that there actually is malt in here balancing things out a bit.
Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy
Overall Impression: Fruity, but a hint of funk sour that keeps it all in reasonable check. My wife enjoyed it which says a lot for beer, but probably more for malternatives, which this borders. Not a bad beer, just not a great one.

Photo of mynie
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My fiancé is a real sport. About a year and a half ago, when I just stopped buying Miller Lite, she didn’t complain. She switched to wine or just water or soda and on a few separate occasions she has tried, genuinely *tried* to drink some of my fancier beers, but most of them are too much.

She’s not the type of person to buy beer, either. I’ve never seen her do it, now that I think about it… She probably thinks it’ll make her look trashy, or something. Like an alcky. So she’s been at my mercy, more or less, for a long while now, and every once in a while I like to go out and buy something that I think she might like.

And you find new things, digging through light and fruity beers. I never would have discovered the wonder that is Bitburger were I not looking specifically for something light, and I came across Pete’s Strawberry Blonde and a wide range of ciders in much the same fashion—products that are wonderful and I am proud to enjoy.

And then there’s this. And really, I’m torn. This isn’t bad, not in any sense, but it isn’t beer. It pours like dark tea with a nice head, real beery-like, but it smells and tastes like fizzy Kool-Aid with a little kick of sweet malt at the back. Kool-Aid tastes pretty good, mind you, but not like beer.

And this is almost perfectly sweet, too. Not that horrible high-fructose corn syrup flavor you get from Mikes Hard Whatevers or Bacardi Razz or any of that shit. And it goes down really smooth and it’s refreshing as hell.

So I’m not giving this a low score, even though the snob inside me says I should. I’m not giving a great score, either, but a decent score—because this is a decent product.

Photo of mgdeth
3.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly hazy, and light amber in color. Thin rocky head dissipates quickly.

Smell - This beer has a great raspberry smell backed up with malty sweetness and a hint of hops.

Taste - The raspberry flavor is strong, but not overpowering. Itis balanced fairly well with the malt, so this is not a "candy" beer. Hop bitterness is subdued, and hard to detect. Still, this beer has a pleasing flavor. It seems a little stale, and I attribute that primarily to lack of proper storage in the place where I bought it.

Mouthfeel - This beer is light bodied, but it has a slightly sticky texture.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinking beer, and calls for a second sampling. Too bad I only bought one.

Comments - The presentation of this beer is less than optimal, but this is a pretty decent drink anyway. It might also be good as a change of pace for big beer drinkers.

Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think that this one falls into the category of “better than most” fruit beers. It’s a brown color with cherry hues and a pretty, but shallow head. The liquid is very clear with relatively low carbonation. The smell is dominated by raspberry. There’s a little malt aroma underneath, but you need to hunt for it. I couldn’t get any honey from the smell. The taste is relatively light, with more malt flavor than most fruit beers. Honey comes through in the mid-taste, and the berry flavor is strong throughout. It’s a light bodied beer, and the fruit flavor has a fresh feel to it, not like some of the extract-like brews that I’ve had. Still, it’s not quite satisfying, and seems just a little empty and watery. Sweet and light….worth a shot, but not outstanding.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-brown wiht a good sized head.

Aroma is mostly raspberries with a touch of sweetness.

Light body, ripe raspberry taste up front that grows sweet in the middle. Faint tartness in the finish leaves a light raspberry aftertaste.

A nice fruit beer, like so many I've had a bit one-dimensional. Still, one of the better fruit beers I've had. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't make much effort to find it.

Photo of kbub6f
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two inches of densish, pale tan (almost white) foam over a deep amber body with loads of red pretensions. Lacing is foamy, soapy, thick. The nose is overpowering, sweet, ripe raspberries. Vanilla ice cream, while I'm at it. Raspberries in front, nuts, some nasty barbershop. Middle is foamy, stinky, with raging, cloying honey. Tries to dry a little in the finish, a little funky, a little nutty. More barbershop in the aftertaste. Sweet, fruity, funky. Balls. Lots of flavors, not all good.

Photo of nortmand
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber, with a red hue and some clarity.
Sweet raspberry smell dominates, with a slight macro scent in there somewhere.
You almost expect a wheat presence, but it isn't so. Tastes slightly fruity sweet, supported by a honey base. Sour aftertaste.
Overcarbonated on the tongue, not much else to say.
Actually pretty drinkable, meaning that it is at least inoffensive.

Photo of pezoids
3.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a slight haziness and was a sunset orange color with burgundy highlights. The small head disappeared completely even before the first sip. The aroma is sweet and candy-like with berries and honey, grape juice, cranberry, twizzlers and bubble-gum drops. Light and fruity flavors abound in the taste and a honey tang comes through. Light and fruity malt body. This isn’t bad for a fruit beer. It’s refreshing and the fruitiness isn’t too overwhelming. Easy to drink, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of ybnorml
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a clean burnt orange color with a small topping of beige head. The mouth watering aroma of sweet raspberries beckon's to you from the glass. There is a light grainey flavor mixed with the raspberry sweetness. It finishes light with a hint of sweetness that sticks to the back of you tongue. A good refreshing summer beer. One thing though, my bottle says Brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY. Not California??

Photo of Ahhdball
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured light amber, almost pink. Cloudy with no cap or lace left behind.
Smelled the honey and maybe some sugars. A nice whiff of grapefruit came through decently.
Candylike taste. Good for the underage (not that I condone). A small amount of wheat, maybe cherry syrup. It tasted OK but nothing I would pursue.
Mouthfeel was a little thick, sticky - probably the syrup.
Fairly low on the drinkability, I could drink this again BUT I won't pursue it.

Photo of aquatonex
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium red, light barely gets through. Little, light, frothy head that lingers. Smells of sweet raspberries! (what a surprise) Also, a lot of malt in the smell. Taste starts with a nice raspberry flavor (even though I'm not a fan of raspberries) that is soon followed by a very noticeable malt. A lot of malt. Malt lingers into the aftertaste while the raspberry goes away. Mouthfeel is alright. It's a decent beer if you like raspberries.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured amber with little head despite active carbonation. noticable floaties. Intial aroma was malty, then it ws raspberry iced tea. Tasted like raspberry iced tea without sugar. little tart on the finish. went down fast. I think I drank the glass in about 5 minutes. Not for me.

Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper brew with lots of fine yeast flecks floating in it.

Smell is sweet and fruity with raspberry very easy to smell. Other scents in this are peach malt and a little caramel.

Taste is certainly sweet with a clear raspberry taste that just trails off into a maltiness that ends with a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good but the carbonation level in this is enough to sting your tongue.

Drinkability is OK, I have had better raspberry beers.

Photo of putnam
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's really only one problem I have with this beer - a hard, arsenic-flavored, grapeseed-like bitterness throughout the entire length of the palate.
It is a tawny liquid with fluffy, lazy mousse. The aromas register with some strength and are balanced between authentic, ripe raspberries and juicy malt sugars. On the palate it is cream-textured and eager to melt away, revealing dry flavors of tanned sugars and raspberry. The finish clings with milky, bitter apricot pit flavors.

Photo of Billolick
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any type of freshness dating. Pours a dark maple syrup color, clear with a puffy tan head, leaves decent lacing. Nose is sugary sweet. Medium bodied, average mouthfeel, IE nothing special. Flavors I pick up are sugar, fruit (Rasberry/blueberry/strawberry) some maltyness and minimal hops/bitterness. Sugary sweet beer is not really for me. This is drinkable, especially in warm weather.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.92/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber ale with a good-sized head, and a tangy fruity aroma that didn't overpower with raspberry scent.

It tasted slightly sweet, with the raspberry taste smooth and well balanced.

A good, not exceptional, brew. Worth trying, especially for raspberry lovers.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery orange with a light tan, soft cap of foam. Almost no lace; not surprising given the appearance of the head. There's not much going on in the nose, though I can detect a soft raspberry scent along with a little toasted grain. Can't say that I appreciate any honey though.

This is an okay fruit beer, but that's about as far as it goes. It tastes more like a lager than an ale and has that weak, slightly sour raspberry essence that I appreciated in the nose. Again, no real honey flavor per se, but there is a mild sweetness in there somewhere. The body/mouthfeel is average for the style. On a positive note, it doesn't break down on the finish and isn't overly carbonated.

Fruit beers are difficult to get right in my experience. I'm not a home brewer, but I'm speaking as one who likes, or thinks he would like, a good summertime fruit beer and is having trouble finding one. Honey Raspberry Ale isn't bad, but it isn't what I've been searching for.

Photo of merlin48
3.39/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed, copper orange body, with a small beige head that quickly drops to a film. No lacing.

Raspberries are the obvious aroma, and I find this quite pleasing to the nose.

Mouthfeel is very thin, with slight undercarbonation.

Taste is all about the raspberries, but it's really not a natural raspberry taste. Hops are out to lunch here, but there is a definite malty presence. No honey is picked up. This seems thin and watered down by the finish.

For raspberry lovers only. If I weren't a fan of raspberries, I doubt that I could have finished the bottle. It's thin enough to go down smooth and easy, and finishes surprisingly clean without any cloying aftertaste. Still, this leaves a lot to be desired.

Honey Raspberry Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.