Dark Horse Raspberry Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 08-05-2003

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Ratings: 714 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of 22Blue
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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 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 Lone_Freighter
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy golden orange color with a quickly dissipating head with some stringy lacing clinging and then spider webs nicely. The smell was mainly sweet to bitter, slightly sour raspberry. A light sweet fresh grassiness entered in as it warmed. Light sweet caramel malts came in. The taste was sweet raspberry and fresh grassy bittersweetness rolling into a sweet sticky raspberry aftertaste and semi-wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonated lightly and nicely. Overall, I say this was a pretty good raspberry ale that I would have again.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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 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 IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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 sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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 enelson
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A reddish tint with some darker pinks in the way as well. Small head, becomes a cap, no lace.

S- Smells of raspberry puree and some sweet malt underneath. Doesn't smell fake or medicinal like some other fruit beers i've had.

T- This is not a bad fruit ale, it's not the greatest, but it holds up. Raspberry that is not over the top. I really cant pick up any other tastes besides some malts.

M- Below medium bodied with a good amount of carb felt. I could drink tons of this stuff with the low alcohol.

D- all day.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of yourefragile
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Hazed, yet clear honey amber color with a small white head with little retention or lacing. Sweet aroma of raspberry, honey, yeast and some mild hoppy bitterness. Flavor is that of a typical biscuit-y malt-y amber with fresh raspberry added to it, slightly sweet, no tart or sour presence. Syrupy medium body with fairly high carbonation, finish is slightly sweet with lingering fruitiness but slightly watery. Not bad, but merely average compared to other Dark Horse beers or other fruit beers.

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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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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 23% out of 100 with 714 ratings
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