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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 194
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -9.4%
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 +4.7%
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 SilentSabre
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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 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 Domingo
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark golden color. Head's thick and fluffy and it does a good job of lacing.
The smell is all raspberries. Often times fruit beers will be all smell and no flavor, so that doesn't mean much.
Thankfully the fruit flavor comes over into the flavor profile. It's not overpowering or cloyingly sweet either. Not really getting much else, though.
I polished off a glass of this really quickly as the low abv and light texture really help this brew stand out. It's 1 dimensional, but it's a good dimension.
Not bad. If you don't like raspberries, that might be a different story, though.

Thanks to kirok1999 for this one.

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Photo of matty
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma and taste are raspberries.A pretty bland offering if you ask me.This is not bad by any means but with the lack of flavor and low abv what makes you want to get another?? I will label this as something I could have done without!!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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 Beejay
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Amber, with a touch of red.. A large white head tops it, with a few chunks of what I hope are raspberries sinking to the bottom.

S: Floral and very very sweet. Strong raspberry scent coming though. Smells like a raspberry syrup, or honey. Seems like it should be a cider.

T: It tastes much like it smells, very sweet with a large amount of raspberry. It ends a little tart with a sour bite. Slightly watery at the end.

M: Crisp, clean, watery.

D: Overall not bad.. not great.. it is tastes a little watered down, but would be good on a hot summer day

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Photo of hopdog
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Cool looking label with the red spotted dalmation.

Opened to a louder pop - I almost expected it to gush. Proceeded to pour almost all head. Settled into a medium and slightly hazy yellow color. Aromas of mainly raspberries, raspberry syrup, and just all around sweet berries. A little bit on the artificial side. Tastes of wheat with raspberries. The raspberries in the tastes a lot weaker than the aromas. Blah.

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Photo of usmcphillips
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had the expected raspberry smell that it's name implies but had a very understated beer smell to it. Once I began drinking the Raspberry Ale, I was quickly shocked by just how strong the fruit tast was. It seemed that the further I got down into the glass, the more the beer taste was overwhelmed by the fruit taste.
While I thought that this was an overall enjoyable drink, I didn't think that it rated as an overly impressive beer. I think that alot of my female friends who don't enjoy the taste of a regular beer would go for this, but I'm quite sure that most of my friends who are beer lovers would quickly turn their backs on it. I would drink it again, but I'm not going out of my way to find it.

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Photo of sleazo
4.39/5  rDev +28.7%
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 GoodKnight1220
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

This brew is a fair pale yellow with little head or lacing.

Smelled of yeast and grain with a hint of sweet berry.

Tastes much like the smell. However the raspberry flavor is a little on the cough syrup side. Very smooth crisp mouthfeel, and could drink a few.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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 becktone
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Done in a horizontal tasting with Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale and Founders Rubeas(from notes).

Eye: Not all that great to look at. Straw gold in color with a sickly looking white film that wouldn't even pass for head even if it were coming from a 5cent street corner whore. This beer most likely used some type of raspberry artificial flavoring, the color denies the use of read berries.

Nose: As soon as the bottle is opened a beautiful bouquet of raspberry hits the nose. Definitely spot on for a fruit beer, however the fruit(raspberry) aroma is definitely fake, on the processed side. Malt aroma is buried beneath the extract aroma. Overall it has the aroma of dried fruit in cereal.

Tongue: Much less raspberry in the flavor that the nose would have you believe. Again, like the aroma it tastes a bit fake. The fruit flavor in this beer is reminiscent to the pink milk left over after one has just eaten a bowl of cheerios with dried fruit in it. Some malt flavor, but it is secondary to the fruit extract flavoring. Overall fake, but okay.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very light in feel and the malt and other flavors quickly fade to leave the processed raspberry taste lingering in the mouth. Easy to drink but definitely not worth the 8-9 dollars dropped on it. This isn't something I"d shun, but I really don't see myself coming back to it this season or next, it'll prolly be a while, I mean there are much better out there as far as the style goes. Why this one less you really want something girly that has a processed tastes similar to Smirnoff ___.

More fruit that beer(albeit fake fruit from a chemists vial)

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Photo of joekfsu
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy (unfiltered) and golden with a 1 cm head that is mostly lasting. Aroma of raspberry and thats it, sugary raspberry. Initial flavor of raspberry kills all other flavors, begins to mellow as it warms, becomes more sugary. Ends more balanced and finally starts tasting like an ale. Significant lacing, light body, noted carbonation, noted alcohol. Overall a great beer for people who like raspberry or other fruit beers.

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Photo of RunawayJim
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer pours a hazy amber color with a small head. Looks like your average wheat beer.

Smells of raspberry syrup, and some malt and hops.

Taste is something I've never experienced before. The best way to describe it is Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries cereal (the people drinking it with me agreed). It tasted like an artificial raspberry syrup mixed in with a little beer. It left an aftertaste that lingered for way too long and it wasn't a good one.

Mouthfeel was average for a wheat beer. It was lighter bodied, nothing really out of the ordinary.

I wouldn't call this a very drinkable beer. I was going to buy one until I tried it and then I put it back on the shelf. I will likely not revisit this one. The combination of the fake raspberry taste and the linger bad aftertaste just didn't sit well with me. There are plenty of better beers that use raspberry for flavor (and I'm not talking Framboise).

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Photo of beergeek279
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served as a sample at Thirsty Dog in Akron. The color is golden with a tint of red, and a ring of head. The smell was a very strong raspberry. The taste was a very strong raspberry tartness with a bit of malt noticable in the taste as it warmed a bit. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, maybe another or two.

Well, not certainly one that I'd jump for joy for, but I'm sure non-beer drinkers or a date would appreciate this one. Still, for a fruit beer, not a bad one at all.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear light golden, no head some lace. Light malty smell, could not detect any raspberry. The taste was light and malty, perhaps some corn. I really had to use my imagination to taste the berry. Mouthfeel was light and slightly metallic. This was not a great beer but more drinkable than the macros.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An OK novelty beer for non-beerdrinkers. There is very little beer sense and raspberry, though strong at the start faded to a very small semblance of its early power as the beer warmed. The nose is definitely of raspberry / berry and very little else. Decent head and lacing are wasted on this brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden colored. Raspberry is much more pronounced in the aroma than in the flavor. There was hardly any beer taste to it so I assume the raspberry flavoring was added to one of their light beers.

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Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far too sweet. Raspberry attacks the tongue in a syrupy, soda-pop way. Raspberry is over the top as an adjunct rather than brewing element. Our server suggested we mix it with the porter, saying this was her favorite way to drink it. I figured I had nothing to lose. I was wrong. I got something like Dr. Pepper.

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