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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Ratings: 720 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of imbibehour
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, sure why not!

Dark dull amber brown, with not much head, a faint off white appearance five to some good rising carbonation from the body. I will say it's better than average, but nothing really grabbing me, I wish I could say more.

Nose grabs next to nothing in fruit character. Faint bitter bile smell, but luckily a nice bready soft biscuity malt comes to the rescue with some soft crackery graham cracker. Raspberry forward on the nose.. no..

Moving along the palate hits, and improvement is a big step up. Giant pie and crusty malt taste and finish with an almost rhubarb and fruit component. Tartness no, but a soft malt bodied crust mixing with a true fruit component.

Overall, gives to a fruit pie component with a lingering crusty finish. First whiffs and impressions though are not that impressive, mixing with an appearance that is less than satisfying. No major complaints, but no raves either here...

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Photo of BMart
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light brown color. 1/5 inch head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells sharply of raspberry. Fits the style. Smooth, crisp, tartness is apparent. Low carbonation. Tastes of a raspberry with an mouthfeel leaving a tartness and dryness on the tongue. Gets sweeter and less tart the more you drink. A slight malt can be tasted in the background. Overall, sweet enough, not too carbonated, and not too tart to be a turn-off. One of the better raspberry flavored brews I've had.

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Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a murky reddish orange, kind of like apple cider with a slight reddish tint and had a light off white head. The smell was soft and appealing. It features modest raspberry aromas with some light sugary sweetness. The taste is what I would call mellow. The raspberry is not overly sweet or tart but somewhere in the middle. The mouthfeel is soft and not what I'd like it to be. It was a little too smooth. I would've preferred more carbonation and greater crispness. I found this Raspberry ale to be pretty tasty and I enjoyed it. I'd say that this one is pretty drinkable, but I love most raspberry beers.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly clouded medium-dark amber, average head...no hint of fruit in the appearance really, fairly plain.

Smells of light sweet berry, candied sugar, raisin, other generic malt character.

Tastes pretty similar--some moderate sweet berry but not a huge fruit character, some other plain sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, solid carbonation, good drinkability.

This is okay, I like it, but it needs a lot more fruit to really shine. I'm confused about why so many breweries still make lackluster fruit beers after the examples set by New Glarus and Selin's Grove.


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Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of Raspberries, slight spice note. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice raspberry note, and some kind of spices. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of Duff27
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy amber/light brown with a one-inch white head. Some lacing is left. Also some traveling carbonation are visible from bottom to top.

S- Smells of fresh picked raspberries.

T- Seems like an amber beer base with raspberries taking the lead role...tart, but not an over done tartness.

M- Carbonation is pleasant.

D/O- I must say drinkability is low given the extreme raspberry taste of this one...mayyybe would have two in one sitting, but probably not. Would have guessed that going into it. Having said that, I kind of enjoyed this one. Thanks Dark Horse for a fruit beer that doesn't totally suck, seems few and far between anymore.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed amber hue. Solid crown of white foam above.

Nose is a sweet, yeasty blend of raspberry, wheat, and some sour notes. Nice.

Tart, then sweet, full of fruit, yeast, wheat...raspberry flavor lays rather low. Just enough.

Not much more to say about this one. Refreshing. Quaffable.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BeerOps
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Eziel
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep slightly hazy orange colour with a good two finger head thanks to a high pour at the end. This reduced to a light halo and some nice white clouding.

S - Some initial sweet strawberry/raspberry aroma that yields to a more wheat background. No hops really, some malts. Kinda like a fruity larger.

T - Tastes like one too. The berry sweetness is more pronounced on the tongue, combining nicely with the malts. All the while a fairly nice standard larger flavor profile.

M - Medium carbonation makes this very light and crisp and refreshing.

O - Its a nice fruit beer, but the fruit just isnt in your face enough to really make this worth while. Its tasty, sure, but kinda the equivalent of a fruit seltzer with some alcohol.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours brilliant pinkish amber under a thin, offwhite foam collar.
S: the raspberry on the nose is somewhat muted and matched by grainy malt and a light hop touch.
T: A dry palate with light grains and a balance between the raspberry, malt and hops. M: Medium body and carbonation.
O: The raspberry is not as intense and could use something tart to poke it up a bit.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: hazy, 1 inch head, red/brown in color, low carbonation

Smell: toffee and raspberries

Taste: toffee, raspberries, and some hops

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, medium bodied and carbonation, dry

Drinkability:An ok fruit beer where the raspberries are tart but not overpowering. Not as good as other Dark Horse beers. I would pass on this.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of sweemzander
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes
On tap at the Barley House

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. Not exactly the color I expected from a raspberry ale.

(S)- Smells like a lightly crisp hay with minimal rasp. tartness.

(T)- A light but tart raspberry tartness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Rather subtle on the fruit department.

(D)- Decent, but when it comes to fruit beers, this one falls short. Still enjoyed it though.

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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 720 ratings