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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 08-05-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,193
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
714
pDev:
15.18%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 714 |  Reviews: 240
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1/5  rDev -70.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -62.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
1.71/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Originally reviewed on 12/29/2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma of rotting socks and old fermented fruit parts. Pours a mucky ruddy-tinged brown. No head. Flavor is a skunky, rotting fruit flavor, with that dreadful off-spritz and a blast of souring malt. No hop presence. No decent fruit character and next to no carbonation. Nothing carries this beer. The flavor is unpleasant. Palate is weak and a tinge cloying. Overall, a real bummer.

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Photo of mmulebarn
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of Shellynix
1.84/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of brutusmuktuk
1.86/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle. Has a clear golden hue with a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is faintly raspberry, and this is probably the best part of the beer. The flavor has hardly any raspberry, but more of a wheat. Even then, there isn’t much. Carbonation is low to nothing, and the beer leans on the watery side. Unfortunately this just isn’t a very good beer, and I happen to like fruit beers.

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Photo of Trent
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Jesse13713
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of melissab318
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Cyanmonkey
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of ShaKeyJ
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of newbeeraday
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of DrBobPierce
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of stacy1287
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Thought it would be better than this strong dislike

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.01/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a cloudy, dirty peach color. A very weak head, what little forms up doesn't hang around long. A bare wisp of bubbles and thin collar are the only indication so far that this beer is carbonated.

Aroma - a weak trace of raspberry on opening, and then it fades to nada.

Taste - starts with a watery, unpleasantly soapy flavor, mixed with a generic raspberry and slightly tart flavor. The fruitiness gets better as it goes, but the other flavors hang around too. No freshness date so I have no idea how old this bottle is - I hope room for improvement exists with a fresher sample. The finish has a light seltzery bitterness/saltiness that is neither here nor there.

Mouthfeel - somewhat thin, crisp, a bit slick.

Drinkability - not a total loss but not one I'd take a chance on again.

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Photo of Bosoxbennie
2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

booo this beer (if you can call it beer) booo boooo boooooo

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a lot to like in this one - this is the mildest fruit beer I've had, which I find appealing (most of them are too sweet for me). However, there really isn't anything else here to key in on; while this is "beer 1st, fruit 2nd" the beer doesn't offer much interesting or especially appealing.

Appearance was a hazy red-orange color. Aroma was mildly fruity but also mildly cerealy. Flavor was more of the same, a mix of very mild fruitiness with a very mild and not-that-interesting cereal-ness. Mouthfeel was unexceptional.

I wouldn't really recommend this beer.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.14/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I would not revisit this.very disappointed.far from other dark horse offerings.

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Photo of mothman
2.16/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is murky pink hued golden orange.

Aroma: Fake raspberries (artificially). Caramel and some spice.

Taste: Same raspberry flavor. Fruity pebbles. Kind of bland. Spices. Band-aid flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, not a very exciting fruit beer. The raspberries taste way too fake. I'd choose a different fruit beer over this one.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.17/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: A hazy rust to copper color body with almost no head, which is off white in color.

S: A pleasant aroma of sweet candy sugar, soft raspberries, and maybe a bit of honey. Very straight forward.

T: First sip: I thought this is sorta nice. Second sip: This is very watery. Third sip: This taste like watered-down Crystal Light. Put that aside, a very thin upfront flavor of raspberries & lemony citrus hops that don't mix very well that ends too watery.

M: Thing body with lively carbonation.

D: I got this as an extra in a trade, so no harm done to my wallet. The flavor is awful and I would never drink this again. I'm afraid this is one of those I poured down the drain.

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Photo of brdc
2.2/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Light raspberry color, somewhat translucent, short lasting pinkish head.
Aroma is mostly raspberries, with a very faint biscuity note.
Too light on the palate, feels watered down. The tart bite is minimal; a very disappointing brew, infinitely inferior to NG raspberry tart.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.22/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy pink-ish to orange color with a white head. In the aroma, small fruit and a hint of a gingerbread like malt. In the taste, small dry berry and a dry malt. Kind of bland though. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar and hint of fruit in the aftertaste. Not much fruit and kind of bland.

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Photo of mcallister
2.24/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

beer pours a cloudy orange red, with mucho carbonation yet very little head and even less lacing. What head is present is thin and white. What I beleive are yeast particles are quite excessive floating throughout this brew.

Nose isn't much to talk about. A yeasty burnt raspberry smell but all aromas are quite faint.

On initial taste i'm curious how old this beer is. No character, a little sour, with a yeasty malt, and a sour raspberry taste obviously. Not much else.

The sour mouthfeel leaves for a undesirable texture making this not the most drinkable beer I've tried. I'd pass this one if searching for a good raspberry ale.

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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 714 ratings
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