Raspberry Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #817
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,525
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 15.04%
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
730
From:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  17
Gots
  98
SCORE
77
Okay
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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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Photo of Buebie
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into my Surly tulip. 2 fingers of fizzy off white head. Really no lace to be had, very little if any light streaks.
Pale chill hazed amber in color.

Aroma is massive rasberry juice conentrate with way to much sugery aroma.
I dont smell any beer flavor, its just sweetness and rasberry.

Its semi smooth with a mild carbonation touch. This is like a mild ale with rasberry overload. Finishing semi dry with a crisp finish and fruity lingering. Just a touch of grain flavors.

This is as girlie and femanine as it gets. Too think, I sent this as an extra in a trade...wish I had tasted it prior to sending.

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Photo of equincel
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duster72
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy red-orange with a small head. Aroma is huge raspberries. I was rather surprised at how big the raspberry smell was. Taste follows the aroma with big raspberry with some malts behind it. Mouthfeel was a little on the syrupy side for me. This was too sweet for my preference, although my wife said it's biggest fault was being too easy to drink, so there you go. Not my first choice of beer, but it seems to be good for what it is.

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Photo of M1A2
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BuzzFee
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Infamous7100
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy ruby color with about a one finger tan head.
S: Raspberries make themselves known right away, but it's not overwhelming to me like other fruit beers. Also get some bready notes.
T: Naturally, the raspberries are present right away, but what I enjoy most is that they aren't overwhelming. It plays great with the bready flavor of the beer. Nice balance.
M: Medium carbonation and very smooth.
D: Unlike a lot of other fruit beers, this one isn't so sweet to the point where you don't want another. Very clean and refresing. Great grass cutting, summer beer.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of abel60506
5/5  rDev +47.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of soupyman10
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly reddish-amber color with a nice ring of white head that settles quickly, leaving no lacing. A little opaque, but mostly clear. Nose is mild raspberries, a little bit of hop presence too. Taste is better: it's not an overwhelming raspberry punch like a lot of fruit beers, but better balanced with the malt and hops. Obviously raspberries dominate the flavor, but there's also some breadiness, some light hops (especially as the beer warms), and a touch of caramel malt too. I'd been looking to try this one for a while but didn't really want to buy a whole sixer of it. I'm quite happy to have tried it on-tap; a tasty beer, definitely good for a change from more common beers and beer styles.

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Photo of Docrock
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A - light copper brown, thin head that quickly diminished to a thin cap, minimal lacing.

S - light scent of raspberry essence but not a real raspberry nose, not much else.

T - faint raspberry on tip of the tongue, minor malt and, minimal hops.

M - slight bitter aftertaste but no lingering flavor. Carbonation is very light.

O - refreshing but being a fan of Raspberries, I was a bit disappointed, other than the faint scent, there isn't any real raspberry character to this brew.

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Photo of Desimoaj
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz to weizen glass, pours a hazy slightly peachy golden color with a touch of redness, nicely carbonated.

smell of fresh raspberries hits you first, malts compliment nicely

tastes heavily of the raspberries, dry finish, malty, nice texture. Raspberry ales can be hit or miss and Dark Horse's offering is certianly better than a lot of other breweries, but in comparison to founders' variations they're apples and oranges.

mouthfeel is creamy from carbonation, glass was well chosen as it really makes this beer pop, smooth, dry crispness, an easy drinking flavorful raspberry ale.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KevChiTown
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smooth, creamy with a little raspberry on the nose. Very mellow summer time drinker.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a smallish white head that shows marginal retention. Smells of raspberries and faint bready malt. Sweet malty aroma with a distinct tartness that I assume is from the berries. Taste is malty sweet with tart raspberries and a hint of Belgian yeasty esters. Medium body and carbonation level with a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. This one was kind of meh. I wouldn't be surprised if this bottle had been sitting for a while before I purchased it.

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Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of trdtercel92
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of happygnome
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a hazy darker orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears quickly with very little lacing
s: raspberries and sweetness deffinatly comes out some hints of citrusy bitterness kind of a tart overall aroma
t: mild taste, raspberries, tartness hints of bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, this wasnt what i was expecting but it was fairly mild it was ok but not anything that ill seek out

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 730 ratings