Raspberry Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale
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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #398
Ranked #29,443
3.36 | pDev: 14.88%
Feb 04, 2022
Aug 05, 2003
Raspberry AleRaspberry Ale
Notes: This beer is a light bodied, easy drinking ale. We use real raspberries late in fermentation, giving this beer a mild fruit flavor while keeping a very balanced malt profile. This may not be what some would expect from a "fruit" beer, but our brewers make good beer; not fruity, carbonated malt beverages. Our motto is, "beer first, fruit second".
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to Whyteboar for this one, from a recent LIF. 12oz can (no date) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a slightly muddy reddish light brown color with an inch of off-white head that quickly dissipated and left only traces of lacing.

The aroma had a solid raspberry burst at the front of the nose, with just a light bit of grain in the background. Pretty much the same on the tongue; a light malt base, with the berries coating all of the palate, and lingering on the finish.

The body was light medium, mostly smooth (some coarseness from the tartness of the berries), and had a medium finish that dried out after a moment. Drinkability was very good, I could see this being a nice summer quaff. Overall, a nice enough brew. Worth a shot if you see it.
Feb 04, 2022
Rated: 3.11 by Jcreek from Illinois

Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by jchanley from Illinois

Oct 17, 2021
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Rated by Jule17 from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
It is an okay raspberry beer
Jun 25, 2021
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a light red color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet raspberry. Tastes of raspberries. Crisp and dry with a slightly bitter finish.
May 21, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Feb 21, 2021
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Rated by jkh15 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Really mild smell. Nice and foamy when poured but not fizzy. Light refreshing taste that just teases you with the raspberry. Top notch.
Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 3.47 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is rare, a bottle, from the captain of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden/copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of tart raspberries. Taste is raspberries, slightly tart, much sweeter than the aroma indicated. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.
Jun 25, 2020
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottled 5/29/14; drank 8/2/14 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque light orange hue.

HUGE bright white head; strong lace.

Wheat & sweet raspberry nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Honey, raspberry & wheat flavors...all very mild. A macro lager finish.

Drinkable but boring.
Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 2.96 by bcsbeer from Florida

Jul 15, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by tylerjin from Michigan

Mar 07, 2019
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle, no date, service in a tulip stout glass. No date.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy pale amber to gold color, with a 1/8" thick white head. Plenty of persistent sheets and strands of lacing.

Smell: Raspberry mostly. Not getting much else.

Taste: A bit of raspberry tartness up front, along with some bready malt, and berry, raspberry flavors at the finish. Tart/lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated - not fizzy, but brisk. Scrubs the palate clean. A bit of a dry finish, but some stickiness on the teeth. A little thin under the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a beer that is true to its label - it's a raspberry ale. It's not trying to be anything else but that. Okay - not an amazing beer from a depth of flavor, but tasty enough. Seems like it would be good to have with the right dessert. Pairs okay with a chocolate brownie - and I think it would work with other desserts as well. Pretty well crafted for what it is. I did only want one though - one 12oz bottle with a dessert is sufficient.
Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 3.1 by ravger from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by flgimp from Pennsylvania

Jan 16, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear amber pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Light raspberry... fruit and grains/wheat.

T/F: Just like it smells. Raspberry and some fruit sweetness up front. After that it's cereal grains/wheat.. no real tartness. A little bit of caramel. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: A pretty nondescript beer. Easy drinking... nothing special.
Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Hazy golden-peach with white head. Sweetish aroma with lots of raspberry, lollipop, syrupy. The flavor is mild sweet and mild bitter, notes of raspberry, green leaves and citrus peels. Medium-bodied.
Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 3.2 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 24, 2018
Rated: 2.78 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky

Apr 03, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by akopczyk from Ohio

Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by ScottK22 from New York

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 3.19 by shivtim from Georgia

Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark Horse Brewing Co. "Raspberry Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle; no ink-jet coding remains on the neck
$2.17 @ Giant Eagle, Indiana, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Hazy orange body with golden highlights near the base of the glass. Short-lived frothy then creamy off-white head. Wow, this must be an old bottle, there's only a hint of raspberry in the aroma. There's malt beyond that. The flavor follows. It's fruity, but not that fruity. It is clearly raspberry though. Caramelish malt. There's some bitterness to it, so this really is an "ale with raspberries added". That's alright by me. Still, I think I'd rather just have a regular ale, I'm not sure how much the raspberry is helping here (ha ha, it came out pretty strong in the burp!), and it might be hindering it - no way to know that though. Medium-light in body and crisp. Overall it's decent but nothing great.
Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Blackop555 from Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours copper. Foamy, short, off white head that fades fast.

Smells raspberry, malt and caramel.

Tastes sweet raspberry and malt, light tartness. Finish is sweet, artificial raspberry. Lighter body and fizzy higher carbonation.
Jul 27, 2017
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of raspberry and hints of caramel malt. Odd raspberry flavor - doesn't taste fresh.
Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by tallshmo from Michigan

Jul 13, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by Ilafan from Minnesota

Jul 11, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy golden orange color with a quickly dissipating head with some stringy lacing clinging and then spider webs nicely. The smell was mainly sweet to bitter, slightly sour raspberry. A light sweet fresh grassiness entered in as it warmed. Light sweet caramel malts came in. The taste was sweet raspberry and fresh grassy bittersweetness rolling into a sweet sticky raspberry aftertaste and semi-wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonated lightly and nicely. Overall, I say this was a pretty good raspberry ale that I would have again.
Jul 04, 2017
Rated: 4 by Commandophile from Illinois

Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 3.28 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by pstam87 from Illinois

May 27, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by Curt3 from New Jersey

May 12, 2017
Rated: 3 by npachl from Wisconsin

Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by Danielr26 from Michigan

Apr 24, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Feb 21, 2017
Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 740 ratings