Dark Horse Raspberry Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Raspberry AleDark Horse Raspberry Ale
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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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Notes fromAug 23, 2008
Pours an amber/copper color,with a thin white head. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful fruit aroma,that matched the initial taste of raspberries and faint hops,later on I got some of the malt flavor to boot. Nothing really stood out in this Ale but I find it to be well rounded and not too tart like some fruit beers tend to be. Nive crisp finish,dry. I buy this once a month or so just for a change.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap, the pint arrived with a decent white head with some retention and lacing. A hazy, unfiltered orangeish-light brown color with sufficient carbonation to leave a nice ring of foam at the edge, even after sitting for a half hour while interrupted.

The scent of raspberries is clearly evident in the midst of a fruity hop nose, especially at first sip. Carried into the flavor, the raspberry is a little more pronounced, but only enough to give a nice tartness to the overall malted barley profile. Good deal of hops give it a pale ale style. The tart fruit blends well with the hop bitterness for a flourishing finish.

Not really a what I would consider a "fruity" beer, it is a well-crafted pale ale with just a touch of berries, and not at all sweet. I especially enjoyed it mixed half and half with a strong Belgian style, Dragonmead's Final Absolution (a Rasolution?). The tart bitterness cuts the slight sweetness of the Belgian and produces a complex, tasty fusion of flavors.

Pairs nicely with Chicken a l'Orange.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a burnt sienna/orange color with a thin but frothy head. After the head settles, I swirl the remnants of the bottle around to unsettle the yeast, and pour it into the beer. Now, it's more of a milky/cloudy burnt sienna/orange. Head wisps away to cirrus clouds atop the beer.

Smell: Crisp, cool raspberry flavor with some subtle bready undertones. Just like a fruit beer should smell. Reminds me of "Shorts Soft Parade."

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is, true to appearance, slightly milky, with some light and bubbly carbonation. Raspberries mingle with a gently toasted malt character, and that's about it. A very simple brew, and it goes down moderately dry.

Overall: A solidly good beer. Nothing outstanding about it, but if you are into the fruit beer, it's absolutely worth a try.

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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 719 ratings