Raspberry Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RunawayJim on 04-18-2008

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Photo of sleazo
4.39/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a hazy straw coloured hue. The small head dissapeared as quickly as it arose. The lace it leaves is a thin sheet of bubbles. Rather interesting looking with the lace.

S_Potent aroma of thick raspberry jam. It dominates both the malt and the hop profile but it does smell of real fruit.

T_more of those fresh raspberries. The inital sip is mildy sweet with the berries coming to the forefront. A pleasant bitterness follows and mellows out as a nice dry finish in the form of biscuity malt. There is also a mild tartness that one would find in the actual fruit. The aftertaste is pleasingly raspberry. The raspberry does not overpower at all but is a good component.

M_On the lighter side with a slightly below avg carbonation which seems to work well here.

D_Fruit beers have a tendancy to be cloying or artificial tasting but this one does neither. The raspberries are there but do not smack you in the face. This is a really fresh tasting beer and one that I could easily session on a hot day. A very well done fruit brew.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This flavor, I have reviewed so far back when Thirsty Dog had a brewpub in Akron. I hadn't seen it until the Brew Keeper started carrying it, and I made it a go-to beer when they didn't have my fave BK beers. Now that the Brew Keeper has given up the ghost, I can still cozy up to this for memories...

I may just finish it before reviewing it. Fruit beers to me are win only if you flavor them strong enough to be a fruit beer but not strong enough to be "candy like". They usually end up being too sweet in that case. This one has some of that candy like raspberry flavor, but has a bitter balance plus a sweetness that stops at "PEZ" . Yep, this is liquid Pez.

It's light orange color and little head and little lace add to the total package. There is a slight malty finish at the and it make a creamy start in the mouth that finishes like water.

What can I say, I love this beer, and it's refreshing and balanced nicely.

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Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, 1/4 inch head, bright golden yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: sweet raspberries

Taste: sweet raspberries bit of honey

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and sweet summer treat. I could throw back several. This is a fruit beer that still tastes like beer and the raspberries taste natural.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know alot of BA's don't care for creations such as this, but honestly, if it's well crafted, I really enjoy beer of this sort.
Part of my haul from Peace Street Market in Raleigh, NC.
Poured up a cloudy yellow-orange colour with a nice, soapy, white head that stayed put for a good 2 minutes. This actually had the look of a good hefeweizen with the colour, cloudiness, and the bit of sediment sludge around the edges of the bottom of the bottle. This looks inviting. Many times with brews such as this, smell is sort of hit or miss. This one, however, smelled quite nice. A little bit of biscuity malt accompanied by a moderate raspberry smell. It wasn't too assertive, nor was it too modest. The raspberries are there in the smell, easy to detect, but not overpowering. Perfect. This didn't seem to start as one thing, then progress to the next (ie, malt up front, followed by raspberries) rather, the drink was consistent all the way through, being an even blend of somewhat modest lightly toasted malts with a pleasant raspberry flavour. Really nice, this one; almost thirst quenching. Feels sturdy in the mouth, certainly not too thin, and highly drinkable. I wish I had bought more of this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange in color with a nice layer of foam.

S - It doesn't smell too overpowering. A candy sweetness, slight raspberries and a bit of wheat.

T - Wow that's light! The taste is spot on with raspberry first then a sweetness and finishes with a mild grain of malt or hops which makes you hoist another sip.

M - Very light. Kind of wish for more body.

D - Yes and more but sadly my beer stores do not carry much Thirsty dog. I tried to get more Pumpkin and they said no, so I doubt they could get this. Sadly though I have appreciated more fruit beers with more ABV so this one really isn't worth tracking down.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a nice lingering head that laces well. Nose is strong of raspberry, unfortunately, the taste is not as pronounced. The raspberry is there, and asserts itself more as it warms, but with nothing else to make a more complex flavor profile, it comes across as a tad bland. The beer is somewhat dry, with a touch of sweetness on the finish. A nice residual raspberry flavor lingers after the finish. Body is light and is well carbonated. Overall a very good summer ale. A good choice for after cutting grass in the heat.

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Photo of Burt
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Light straw colored, with a thick white head that goes away pretty quick but really never goes completely away. Leave a light lace on the glass.

The smell of over ripe raspberries. Room smells like this beer after a while.

Taste is like and easy drinking american blond beer with that hint of that raspberry smell. Bready finish to it.

Overall this is an easy drinking beer for when the weather is hot out. Goes great after cutting the lawn or after a round of golf. This beer is much better out of a tap than a bottle.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recent trip to Ohio allowed for a chance to try a sampling from Thristy Dog. The Raspberry Ale poured a clear pale orange with and an initial big white head that settled quickly to a thin layer which left a spotty lace. The smell is dominated by raspberries The taste is a little more well balanced with sweet malts and subtle citrus hops, but raspberry flavor is prevalent. The mouthfeel is light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is an orange color with a thin head that has high carbonation, not much retention and very little lacing. It smells like raspberries, wheat, toast. The taste is raspberries followed by some toasted bread, a slight hop taste in it, and the aftertaste is like raspberry jelly. The mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, and the light body makes it not filling. It is a nice drink to have if you want something sweet that doesn't have a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and golden with a nice full foamy white head.

S - Outside of the obvious raspberry scents, there was a decent wheaty, grassy smell.

T - Surprisingly well balanced and tasty. Starts out a touch tart but relaxes to a very nice drinking raspberry beer. A backbone of honey gives this a well balanced but not overpowering sweetness. The honey taste balances out the tart and gives it sweetness that otherwise may have been derived from too much raspberry flavored syrup? In any case, it's darn nice - especially for a hot day.

M - A touch thin with good carbonation and not too much aftertaste.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this was. Good warm weather beverage and diversion from the constant stream of summer pils, pales and whatnot.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A huge aroma of raspberries - very fragrant - with a hint of malt.

T: Tasted of raspberries more than anything else. Had a touch of malt in the finish. I expected the raspberry content to be through the roof, because of the the smell, but it didn't quite measure up. Still, a good enough flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: In spite of its flaws, this beer is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very cool label in the traditional TD fashion with a K-9 inspired theme. Gives a short description of the beer, as well as web info, ABV info, and a small bit of brewery info.

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 13oz tulip glass. This poured out a slightly hazy golden honey color with a 1½ finger white foam head of an airy light density. Head retention was OK sticking around for 1min 37sec before fading to a nice foam coating and ring. Lacing is good.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on raspberry with a slight corn malt scent.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very raspberry dominated on the front end before the same corn malt that hits the nose come through in the flavor as well. Not much else going on.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the heavier side of light bodied with a crisp and smooth feel. The perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was a very good offering. While not complex at all, it claims to be a raspberry ale and that is exactly what it is. Easy drinking, flavorful, and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Classified as a Fruit Beer at 3.9% ABV. Consumed 2-14-13.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a two finger pillowy frothy head that sticks around and leaves decent lacing. The aroma is of very strong raspberry and some wheat. The taste is of a wheat backbone and then raspberries on top. The taste is a sweet raspberry and not bitter at all. Very strong big bold taste. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is a solid drinkable beer, the raspberry aroma and flavor could keep it from a session beer, but a six pack could be easily consumed.

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Photo of marvin213
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's yellow and fizzy, so I acknowledge from the outset that it's initial pour is unlikely to wow observers. More careful watchers will, however, notice the thin film of residual carbonation that lays atop this liquid. Five full minutes after the pour, you'll find a solid layer of thin foam topping this beer.

The smell strikes me as synthetic in origin; nevertheless, it smells like a raspberry fruit beer. I am quick to punish fruit beers who fail to smell good. If there's one thing fruit beers should have over all other beers, it's an appealing aroma. Undoubtedly, this beer has it.

Concentrated syrup amidst light pilsner sorta reigns my taste buds. I assure you I would never produce or subsidize such a concoction. Still, it tastes refreshing. I'd rather
a beverage err on too much flavor. It hits the tongue tip like a Starburst before blending into a well-carbonated, mild yet impactful fruit beer. It's tough for me to call a syrupy pilsner good, but that's the best descriptive I can offer for its taste

Mouthfeel is good as well, again in part to the carbonated, syrupy quality to the beer. It's a beer parfait. Everybody loves parfaits. It's Beer Cheerwine. It's certainly good, but a sample will serve the purpose.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager BL glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with an inch and a half frothy head. Head retention is good, lacing is average. It smells like raspberries and sugar, not like fresh raspberries but the aroma is still pretty nice. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like a raspberry cereal would taste (some kind of Fruity Pebbles/Fruit Loops mix). A bit fake, but still decent tasting. No offensive flavors at all. Mouthfeel/body is light, a bit watery but smooth. Drinkability is good, it's very easy to drink a few of these. I had no problem drinking 5 of these in a sitting (saving the last bottle to review now), it's very sessionable and the low ABV helps make this easy to drink. It's not worth the $9.99 price tag for a sixer, though. Overall I think it's a good, but not great fruit beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Thirsty Dog pint glass

It pours clear and light amber in color. A few inches of white, fluffy head billow on top before retreating to a thin layer leaving behind little lacing.

The nose is dominated by raspberries. The base beer is barely discernible through the raspberry aroma.

It has a good raspberry flavor. It's a combination of raspberry purée and raspberry cream.

Moderate mouthfeel

I can't believe I have never tried this beer from Thirsty Dog before. It's a good thing the girlfriend is on a raspberry kick lately. This is my favorite of the ones she's tried lately.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy orange amber with a thick soap lather white head. retention is pretty good too.

S- smell of raspberries fills the room, somewhere between fresh raspberry and berry candy with a little bit of bready malt in the background.

T- fruity tartness and only a minor amount of raspberry flavor, which is good cuz the aroma more than takes care of the berry department. a pretty mild mannered brew, light toasty barley and wheat flavors, tiny amount of earthy hop flavor, and some cookie sweetness, and some bitterness in the finish.

MF- light, fizzy, refreshing while maintaining a good crispness and grain feel. cooling and minty.

D- not bad, i remember drinking this at the brew pub years ago and it still seems the way i remembered it. not too fruity that it's a turn off but still not something i would crave.

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Photo of hdofu
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was different, it was like someone combined a rasberry tea with beer and it didn't quite blend well. It poured blondishwith an off white head. It wasn't unbearable by any means but it wasn't one I'd run out to get more of, it was just a little off.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear golden yellow color with about two fingers of pillowy bone white foam. Nose and tastes consist of red raspberries and I'm leaning towards them being genuine as opposed to artificial flavoring, or at least a puree, some cereal grain notes, sweetness from both the berries and the malt, toasted bread. Medium bodied with decent carbonation levels and a crisp finish. Worth a shot.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange, lots o head, dissipating into light lacing, plenty of fuzz. Sweet raspberry nose, light mouthfeel, tart raspberry flavour, and a hoppish aftertaste. The nose is more appealing than the taste. This is definitely a light and summer quencher, would be refreshing in the summer!

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Photo of WesWes
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an almost clear color with a hint of reddish hue. The head is thick and white maintains retention. The aroma is good. It has an outstanding raspberry aroma that's fresh and tart with a light pale/wheat malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very light malt character, bordering on watery. The raspberry flavor is well done. It's tart and fruity with just a bit of dry, earthiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn quaffable beer. It's light and flavorful (well fruit flavored).

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" off-white head above the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head is like an unwelcome guest, just keeps on staying, with hunks of lace everywhere. Aroma is RASPBERRY! Totally pervasive, stinking up the whole room, feel the POWER. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, a more sedate fruitiness than the nose in the middle, and just slides away with little to no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability about what you'd expect for a fruit beer, one is enough. This one is better than many.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass, Raspberry Ale from Thirsty Dog is clear and bright golden and is trimmed with a short stack of grainy white foam. Maintaining at a fluffy sheet, the head deposits fast-fading sheets of filmy lacing onto the sides of my glass.

The smell is tangy, juicy, and raspberry-fruity, but what else might one expect from a beer called "Raspberry Ale"? Lurking underneath all the fruit is a wholesome grainy aroma that adds depth and malty sweetness to the profile.

The taste is mild and malty with plenty of raspberry flavor, but is not burdened with so much fruitiness that it overpowers the savory pale malt base. This is beer, after all, and despite the sedate 3.9% ABV and the loads of fruit added to the brew after fermentation, it is mild, toasty, grainy pale ale that cuts through the berry juice, shouting out loud and clear, "I'm beer, I'm here! Get used to it!".

The drink is light-bodied with vivid carbonation, and despite my expectations of a cloying raspberry Kool-Aid experience, it really is quite drinkable.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottes. No date codes within immediate sight.

Pours a lite, golden-yellow. An impressive, soft, white head stays @ 1/2" tall. Many fast-moving carb trailers. A pretty beer. Smell is definite raspberry, but with a hint of sourness that suggests currant and cranberrry too. Honey and fruit loops. Taste is slick and again of raspberry; there's no denying what this beer is. The grains underneath keep it from getting *too* sweet, and that's a plus. Sort of a gimmick beer, good to have on a rare occasion, but it is tasty..

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a modest cap that leaves an occasional droplet of foam

Smell: Pungent fruit, but it smells almost like a raspberry powder than real fruit

Taste: Opens with grain and raspberry elements, with the graininess becoming more apparent by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruity flavors come back to the fore and grow sweeter into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Cannot say I am too fond of the combination of the sweet raspberries and the grain, but one of the better fruit beers that are targeted to the sweet fruit crowd

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