Raspberry Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

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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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a slightly hazed look to it. The color had a tinge of pink in it. The head was fizzy and white leaving just a bit of lacing. The smell was really nice on this beer, had a healthy aroma of raspberries and some grains. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a little bitterness from the berries in the aftertaste. Overall it was a n average fruit beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry syrup are present in the nose. It kind of reminds me of Greman raspberry candies I used to have as a child.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malt, wheat, and raspberries. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad fruit beer as it has a decent amount of raspberry aromas and flavors and doesn't seem sweet or artificial.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy pale golden/straw/light pinkish color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy/lightly tart raspberries, fruit seeds, peach, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of raspberries, pale malt, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart raspberries, fruit seeds, peach, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight herbal bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of raspberries, fruit seeds, peach, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of raspberries, pale malt, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/tartness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and slightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.9%. Overall this is a very nice fruit beer. All around nice robustness and balance of raspberries, pale malt, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV, and never watery feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz undated bottle poured golden-amber with a slight pink tone. Small head with weak retention. Clear, although some sediment remained stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: lightly cooked raspberries, raspberry jam and wheat bread. Very fruity.

Flavor: Also quite fruity. Good but not great raspberry flavor. Mild sweetness.

Feel: light body with (overly) crisp, medium+ carbonation. Clean, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head that fades at a med pace, over hazy pale honey colored beer.

Nose has some sweet syrups, slight extract like and syrup additions, then lots of raspberry syrup, no fresh or even frozen raspberries, just like the cheap raspberry syrup you get to add to mixed drinks, and a bit of a sweet toasty malt. Despite its shortcomings, its actually not that bad.

Taste starts with a light syrupy raspberry flavor, and vanilla too, and brings a light toasty almost pilsner like malt. More raspberry syrup is lighter than expected, but not too light, and I start to get some raspberry fruit flavors, but not much, it's more artificial raspberry syrup. Light sweet malts. Finishes still a bit sweet but drier, sticky, and some light lingering raspberry syrup.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, syrupy, and lower carbonation.

Overall not as bad as I expected, no real bad flavors, the raspberry syrup tasted fairly artificial, but wasn't too strong or sweet, a bit syrupy on the mouth and taste as well, but drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short but pinkish white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity raspberries along with light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and a little creamy up front with a strong raspberry flavor. The malt character is on the thin side and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is sweet and slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, if you like this type of beer I suppose it's one that you could drink for a while but I don't see much in this beer other than the raspberry flavor.

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Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Huge (too large), white head. Rocky receding. Leaves generous lace. Neutral gold color with a slight chill haze.

Sweet, like children's aspirin. I smell more strawberry than raspberry. More like candy than the fruit itself.

Relatively dry compared to other fruit beers. The "fruit" taste seems fake to me. The body is fuller than I expected. Little aftertaste. A light beer. Overall, the beer is drinkable...barely.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, deep yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Thin, underlying vein of light pale malts, but mostly the nose is made up of the fruity, strongly-scented raspberry additive.

Taste: Light setup of maltiness with a sweet (but not too sweet) barley taste. Essentially no hop flavor or even bitterness. And, let us not forget the raspberry flavoring which carries you along until the drying, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable! One of those beers that is, as they say, one for the ladies. A simple, basic beer designed to deliver the raspberry flavoring with a minimal amount of alcohol. Reminded me of the local fruity brew, Sweetwater Blue, except with a raspberry flavoring instead of blueberry.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden honey with lemonade colored edges and no hint of red or pink. The pour produced a medium-small crown of eggshell colored foam that looks decent enough. A few dots and spots of lace find their way to the glass. The beer looks more like an amber ale than a fruit beer, but that's okay.

A big burst of berries was appreciated as soon as ale exited bottle. If you like raspberries and beer, this one is a keeper from an olfactory standpoint. Given the vivid character of the aroma, I have to believe that some sort of raspberry concentrate was used, rather than strictly the berries themselves.

It can't be easy to brew a solid fruit beer, especially one with an ABV this low. Maybe it's simply the fact that I haven't found too many that I've gone gaga over. Raspberry Ale isn't short on flavor, that's for sure. Red raspberries fill each and every mouthful.

The base beer is what brings the taste down a notch. It tastes like an overly grainy, bitter amber ale. Only 7.5 IBUs is a head scratcher. I would have guessed at least 4 times that. I'm sure the brewers hit their target, and I'm equally sure that Ohioans buy a lot of this stuff, but it doesn't quite jibe for me. Having said that, it's still (slightly) better than average for the style.

The mouthfeel, while far from chubby, has a bit of heft for 3.9%. It feels like the ABV is several percentage points higher, possibly due to the fruit sugar that my stomach is just now noticing. The carbonation hits with a quick burst that softens quickly, before it can reach the annoyance threshold.

Raspberry Ale isn't likely to change anyone's opinion about fruit beer. It isn't quite sweet enough to be a chick beer and it isn't well-crafted enough to be a geek beer. While it isn't bad, this single bottle is more than enough for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

fizzy white top that seams to pop up and fall down immediatly. ehh. but then i took a whiff, fake berries, and just light kool aid like aroma. not even close to a good fruit beer. way too light and the flavors and aromas are so blatently artificial it was downright scary. light berrys and hints of sweet malts try and poke up but they are just remnants of what would make a good beer.

overall no. some of these i can get by with and make a pass, but this was just way off

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark orange close to reddish/brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing, uh...it was slightly there - speckled but in a messy sort of way. The smell had some tart raspberry but then a sweet raspberry allowing a decent wheaty/graininess to come in. The taste was mainly just the tart raspberry and the sweet raspberry, slightly inviting. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me. There was a slight dry raspberry-esque sort of finish. Overall, decent raspberry ale I think I could do again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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 epyon396
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy light amber color. Raspberry nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet raspberry, hints of hops at finish. This is a summer beer. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a yellow beer, nothing that gives it away as a fruit beer. Aroma was nice, smelled like raspberries.

Taste was an overly sweet compared to its thin body perfume fruit beer. Too much sweetness, not enough 2 row.

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Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
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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