Dark Horse Raspberry Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Raspberry AleDark Horse Raspberry Ale
714 Ratings
Dark Horse Raspberry AleDark Horse Raspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 08-05-2003

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5/5  rDev +48.8%

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5/5  rDev +48.8%

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5/5  rDev +48.8%

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.63/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Try it!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.57/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice dull honey-colored beer with thin but well-built white head and big splotchy lacing. Nose is fresh beer smell with a floral/ perfumey hint of....seriously...roses. This beer smells like roses. It smells like a girl and I'm about to make out with it.

Mmmm she kisses nice. I'm really impressed with this fruit beer. It has a really sturdy pale malt and honey sweetness that is anything but cloying and the rasberry is so refreshingly restrained. It just sneaks in at the end to add an almost lambic-type sourness. The alcohol plays an interesting role here too. It isn't something you taste or really notice, but you can just tell its in there. Maybe it's in the nose or the mouthfeel. I don't know. Despite everything going on here the beer stays light bodied and creamy on the palate.

I'm not a big fan of most fruit beers but if I was, oh man, this would be the one.

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite fruit beers. Dark horse uses real michigan raspberries and you can tell in the taste! A very fresh raspberry taste which also tastes like a beer and not just an artificially flavored we made this for you girlfriend kind of thing. Getting this mixed with the black bier is also wonderful.

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color caught me off guard immediately from pouring. I was expecting a more red color than an orange, but I'm a "newbie", so I could and probably wrong in my expectations here.

The beer starts off sweet, but seems to be evened out midway through the sip. Maybe some honey perhaps? Whatever it is, does not effect the taste, but helps smooth out the sweetness. Finishes smoother than bitter.

Would for sure drink this again!

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Photo of nortmand
4.44/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in a 12 ounce bottle with cool artwork.
Pours muddled red-orange, with some white head and little lacing.
Smells tartly of raspberrry, nice, sweet and subtle.
Rich frontal raspberry flavor ending with a full bodied wheat presence. Very nice.
Lightly carbonated, which fits with the rich, smooth body.
This beer bridges the gap between light and flavorful. Manages to be a relatively light beer, but with a nice full bodied wheat presence. This is definitely a beer worthy of quaffing several liters.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of my three bottles from a recent trip to TJ's in Paoli.

My pour resulted in a finger of ecru head with decent retention. Nose was filled with sweet red raspberry! I have recounted many times in my reviews of my late paternal grandmother's raspberry bush in her backyard garden and let this be no exception. Color was a slightly hazy reddish amber. Mouthfeel was medium with an unexpected raspberry tartness, as opposed to the perfumy taste that accompany many raspberry beers. I should be drinking this on a hot summer's day, rather than a chill Thanksgiving morning. C'est la vie! Finish was very dry. Zephyr winds could be heard blowing across the Sahara. I think that I may sweeten this up with a shot of that Labatt's Porter from earlier.

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4.37/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a reddish glow to this old gold-colored beer. Zero head.
The bouquet reminds me of those berry-flavored waters from brands like Perrier and Cap-10. Rainy, light and subtle. At the core there is a pleasing sour lager aroma.
On the palate there is ample raspberry infusions charged with silky, windy lines of gas. More neutral than assertive and thankfully not sweet at all. Tangy, buttered grain flavors at the root. Nice that they didn't overplay the raspberry or the sugar. Kudos!

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Photo of Ilafan
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally posted a few days ago but then deleted somehow. Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle with basic black cap that I bought at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids for $1.69 during my visit there last weekend. No observed "best by" date on the label. The label, incidentally, is pretty cool. Kind of a swirl of bees, raspberries and some green material. Perhaps there is honey in the beer? Also, this was the beer that was in the same line at the brewery when I tasted their stout and I could still taste the raspberries, so I anticipate that this beer will be quite flavorable. Also, proudly poured into my Dark Horse Brewing pint glass that I bought at the brewery last week.

A A glowing orange body that reminds me of all of the other dark horse beers (all of their somewhat translucent beer bodies look similar). Really, it is an attractive look. Moderately creamy head stuck around for a few minutes. 4.0

S Light raspberry and possibly honey to the nose. This smells interesting. 4.0

T Light barley behind nice, soft raspberry and honey taste. Excellent beer which is what I now expect from Dark Horse. 4.5

M Light with minimal honey like stickiness. 4.0

D Very drinkable. I mean I think that this beer was brewed to be this drinkable and man, it works. 4.5

Notes: Probably my favorite fruit based beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Had during the Dark Horse tasting.

A- Pours a light reddish semi-hazy color. Two finger light tan head comes and ends on a cap after a minute. No real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Raspberry jam is the first thing I smell. Light bready malts in the background but the raspberries come through this and only let them come through in hints. I am quite surprised that the raspberry is super huge..smells like summer to me.

T- Big raspberry upfront in the beer. The bready malts are kind of in the background and only come into play in the back end of the beer. There is a light "other" fruity smell that I can't put my finger on. The taste though is mostly raspberry and to be honest I mostly like it. The bottle doesn't lie about what it is.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little higher than what I liked but still good. Raspberry left all over the palate and well into the aftertaste. Alcohol is a little drying on the palate after each sip.

D- This is a very refreshing beer that would be perfect during the summertime. I think Dark Horse pretty much hit the nail on the head with this beer. Good job guys. Perfect beer for people who like fruity beers.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with one finger of creamy white head that dropped to a spotty thin layer.

Sweet honey smell with a slight fruity edge, but not overpowering. Tastes like an above average pale ale with honey and raspberries. Fruity sweetness is obvious but blends quite well into the picture. Good hop finish.

Creamy smooth medium body.

This is a very drinkable and very well done fruit beer. I am generally a fan of fruit beers but this one is special in that the fruit is well integrated into the overall package. Not overpowering or sticky sweet. Kudos to the folks at Dark Horse for another fine beer.

Tasted on tap at Firkin in Libertyville on 3/29/08. They had just run out of KBS 2 hours prior!

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Photo of Curt3
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of deejaydan
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta hand it to them for what this is, a Raspberry beer. Pours a dark straw/amber color, massive head, and decent lacing. Smells like, well, raspberries. I guess that's what they are going for so they nailed it. Taste is purely the tartness of the raspberries and, well, nothing else. No hint of hops or malt. Very clean. Very carbonated, so much so that it tends to explode in your mouth. A good beer for a fruit beer, something for the less hardcore beer drinkers to go for.

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of creative fruit beers, this one works. It has a beer-like appearance, like any ale. The fruit aroma is obvious but subtle.

The taste is reserved - raspberry but not overly so. There are hops and malt overtones.

This is a fruity one would drink again, though only ifI were in the mood.

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, unfiltered appearance (which I love), delicious aroma, the taste takes a moment to hit, but when it does it's pleasant. Not overbearing with the raspberry but it does take the forefront. Feels great in the mouth with a surprising amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is typical of a fruitbeer. Not the best that Dark Horse has to offer but surely underrated in my opinion.

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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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