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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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 188
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 ne0m00re
2.19/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

01/11/11- Had this one on-tap at Betty's.
A: Pale golden with a thin collar and film.
S: Fresh raspberries and raspberry soda; that's it.
T: Raspberry soda with an awkward bitter wheat beer finish.
M: Decent, thin on carbonation, though.
D: OK; I wouldn't ever order another.

I was just going to sit back and enjoy a beer and NOT review anything, but I felt the moral obligation to warn people not to try this beer. Thirsty Dog brews some good beers, but this is certainly not one of those.

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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 PDXHops
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy golden orange with a modest white head that is just a skim in the blink of an eye. Very little lacing.

Smells of raspberry jam on toast, plus some tangy wheat. Raspberry flavor isn't as strong as I figured; while it's certainly present at all times, the crisp and toasty nature of the base beer is almost as prevalent. Seems like you could toss just about any fruit puree into the base and have some success. Finishes fairly clean with some lingering bread and raspberry. Just enough carbonation to bring it into 'refreshing' range.

Overall impression: I can't see this ever being a go-to beer, but it ain't half bad.

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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 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 jampics2
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A bottle at the Winking Lizard. 12oz into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper, actually lighter than copper. Small white head.

Smells great but fake. The Pam Anderson of fruit beers. You know it's all fake but you still love sticking your nose in it. Huge raspberry aroma. Sweetness.

Eh, taste is one dimensional. Horible grainy base beer. Wheat is distracting. Raspberry and some plastic taste too.

Medium light mouth, actually creamier than I expected. Decent carb.

Drinkability depends on whether my palate has been shocked into submission by a hoppy beer. Also, if I plug my nose, it's really drinkable ;)

Weak sauce from the kings of raspberry puree beer.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5/15/10

A fairly light shade of pale amber. Pineapple highlights. Poured just under a one finger that has dropped to a skim after several minutes. Minimal retention & hardly any lacing.

Upon popping the cap there was a distinct aroma of raspberries. Once in the glass the raspberries, though still apparent, seem to take a back seat to pervasive dry, toasted bread notes & maybe a bit of wheat. I'm thinking pilsner malts.

Obviously this is a raspberry-centric brew. Said raspberry notes blend pretty well with grassy undertones. Subtle spiciness in the back. Some toastiness is notable. Yep, I'm really thinking pilsner malts on this one. Not great, but could be a lot worse.

Leaning toward the lighter side of medium body. Moderate carbonation adds just enough prickliness to suit the beer. Relatively clean finish; some raspberry hints linger on.

Overall, not really my thing, but it isn't too bad. The base beer actually seems really solid. If Thirsty Dog brewed this without the raspberry & made a new beer out of it, I imagine it would be quite impressive.

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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 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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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 jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last summer at the Big Bands & Big Beers event at Ault Park. Great venue!

Appearance - strawberry blonde pour, with a crisp and watery thin cap. A little beading from below but nothing to keep this one from going bare-topped within a minute or two.

Aroma - raspberry aroma before it even hits the glass. Smells like raspberries to me!

Taste - only a faint presence of grain, this is just a medium for the fruit to ride on. Fairly sweet, a decent fruit flavor followed by a carbonic or hoppy bite, I'm not sure which. Helps keep the sweetness in check somewhat. Finishes a little slick.

Mouthfeel - pretty refreshing for a sweeter beer, it has plenty of carbonation. A medium body, some smoothness that manages to stay away from the cloying syrupiness of some fruit beers.

Drinkability - more of a warmer weather beer, I could see popping one of these from time to time.

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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 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 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 smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
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 -1.2%
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 +3.8%
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 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 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 gobias
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I poured this beer and smelled it I was both excited and worried. It had a very pleasant raspberry smell, but it smelled strong I worried that raspberry was going to be all I could taste.

No so, when drinking it the the raspberry taste, while present, is not too strong. In fact it may be a bit weaker than it should be.

This beer isnt bad, and if you want a fruit beer you could a lot worse, but it did not have a lot of flavor to me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body of yellowish-orange and a thick snow white head that turns rocky but last for a bit. There is a sea of tiny bubbles racing up to the surface of this beer.

S- The strong raspberry aroma comes through even during the pour. It is not real chemical but it is also not really a natural raspberry fruit smell. Nothing else can break through the smell of raspberries.

T- There is a big fruity raspberry extract flavor that is dry but not really chemical tasting. There is a soft corn note that has more raw grain hints as the beer warms. No real finish flavor except for the fruity flavor on each exhale.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

D- This beer is all about the raspberries which are not to artificial tasting but still big and dominating with no support from any other flavors.

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Photo of atsprings
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip pours a crisp, bubbly pale orange with and abundant eggshell head that lasts as a thin but complete layer and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is simply loads of raspberries and nothing else, might as well be a wine cooler. The taste is a little more well balanced with sweet malts and subtle citrus hops at least making their presence known, but still being overpowered by loads of raspberry flavor. The beer is light and smooth with decent carbonation. While this beer may appeal to raspberry lovers, to me it is simply overdone. Having tried great raspberry Imperial Stouts recently by Weyerbacher and Wedge, I must say, this one needs some serious toning down.

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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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Raspberry Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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