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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

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of xav33
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a goblet.
Unknown brewing, picked 07/07

Poured a golden orange with a medium frothy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of raspberries, bread, grassy hops.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter raspberries and its leaves with light sweet bread followed by a moderate to strong bitter spoiled fruit and dried leaves with more light sweetness.

Palate was light bodied, watery, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is the most awkward tasting raspberry beer I've ever had. The finish is striking and unpleasant. The tart raspberry taste is nice, but very subdued. It's like a light pale ale with raspberries. Interesting, intriguing, and innovative, but not inspiring.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Random pick to fill my mixed sixer today. Yeah, I'm honest like that. It pours a somewhat hazy straw-amber topped by a healthy finger or two of dusty light-cream foam. The nose comprises stale raspberries, wheat, corn, flowers, and a hint of blueberries. The headliner berries may come off as stale, but the smell isn't yet objectionable -- just not thoroughly fresh. The taste holds notes of medicinal and artificial raspberry, dehydrated strawberry (like the kind you'd find in Special K and other such cereals), toffee, musty wheat, lemon rind, and a touch of weak clove. Okay, it kinda starts off fine, but devolves quickly into tongue pain. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick and kinda grainy feel. Overall, another failure at making a palatable raspberry-infused beer. Why is this so damn hard (asks the homebrewer who has failed all sorts of times before...)?

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Opaque peach amber color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is lacking and no lacing is left.

2.5 S: Bready with raspberry essence. Doesn't smell bad, but it's simple and the raspberries aren't strong enough to wow me like they do in something like NG Raspberry Tart.

2.5 T: Pretty much like the nose. The raspberries are more than half assed, but barely. Maybe 4/7s assed. Otherwise, simple like watered down juice or something.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not quite creamy, but something like "frothy."

2.5 D: Not even close to the worst of the fruit beers, but still not good. I doubt my gender is the target buyer for this.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of raspberries with a faint hint of malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but milder. The aftertaste is of strong nasty artificial sweeteners. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time.

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Photo of jimmyd8386
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mitchster
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden with peach accents, forming a small white head with poor retention and absent lacing. Suspended bits of yeast frolick around. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of dilute "Standard American Pale Ale" (i.e-Brewpub "Golden") fare with no hops to distract from the rather mild raspberries. Have to keep the hops on the down-low so as to get your bang from the $$$ you spent on those raspberries. Ferment is clean with a brisk water touch. Still, it's ok...just a little delicate which is a change of pace for the fellas at Dark Horse. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy but is rather soft through the middle with a light body. Taste...well...disappointing. Kinda like the guys pussed out on this one, but hey, if it sells like hot-cakes to the Average Joe so they have the return to keep making their awesome stouts, so be it. Everbody needs a flagship, and this would be it. Middle and finish are a little ruddy, the hops are non-existent. Finish is soapy and leaves a cruddy feeling in the mouth, like getting a mouthful of lake water laced with raspberry shampoo.

I'll pass on this one and keep buying your stouts. Average through and through.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark amber pour with a finger of head that leaves a bit of lacing as it settles. Smell is biscuit malts and grains and a fake smelling raspberry. Unfortunately the taste is quite fake as well. Somewhat watery and an almost metallic fake taste to it. Medium to light body, don't bother seeking this one out or even purchasing it if you see it. Very average brew from such a great brewery.

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Photo of emerge077
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden with some reddish color.

S: Musty wet hay with a faint berry aroma.

T: Pick up some light moldy raspberry. Not really much flavor. Pretty boring. Funky finish I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Thin and watery. Low carbonation.

Drank 6 oz's and drain poured the rest. I think more tart raspberry flavors would improve this one. On a positive note the alcohol seemed non existent.

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Photo of techfed87
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a large, foamy head, very froth-like in texture and appearance. Smell has the characteristics of sour grape skins, with a vague scent of raspberries in the background.

Taste is quite a bit lighter than I thought it would be. It has the consistency of an average lager, with hints of raspberry. And while that's no reason to throw the bottle out, it's not particularly a very good reason to choose this beer over other ones of the same category, such as say, Founder's Rubaeus. It's premise is fine and good, but the delivery just isn't there.

My advise: while this is not a bad beer, there are much better options to look into than this one.

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2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, rusty amber. It was a struggle to get any sort of head on the beer, and it vanished right away.

Smell: Although I would suspect that this would have a heavy aroma of raspberries, this was not the taste. There is a raspberry smell, but it is underwhelming.

Taste: The taste of raspberries is not actually that strong, despite being the clear main taste. The taste is strongest up front, with a tart bitterness coming on at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body, some crispness, and little carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat of a struggle to get through. Even with the sweet raspberries, the tart flavor at the end is just not very enjoyable.

I went after this one because of the other beers Dark Horse has put out, but this one just doesn't make the grade.

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Photo of chuckv
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light hazy orange color, smells a little off fruit. didn't really get any raspberry at first then it came later. a little tart the more it sat the more the fruit came out. nit a huge fan of the fruit beers but try it anyways. will not drink this again, not a fan of this beer.
12oz bottle

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Photo of jrallen34
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a tulip.

The beer pours a light brownish red, not much of a head, or lacing.

The aroma is a all honey and raspberries, but as appealing at that sounds it isn't. Its overwhelming and not great.

The taste is a let down, its too sweet and thats all it is. Not a complex, or interesting beer at all.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of matjack85
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of justintcoons
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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