Dark Horse Raspberry Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raspberry Ale pours a hazy reddish color, with a small lacing head. The Aroma is weak but raspberries are present. The taste has a nice crisp malty backbone, with wheat like flavors mixed in, and raspberry flavors on top. Very drinkable , nice flavors, nothing overpowers. Overall a very nice mellow fruit beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Amber/orange wood color with 1.5 finger creamy white head. Faint ring remains with only a trace of lacing.

S - I pick up some straw, floral hints, berries, grass with clover and honey. Some light malts.

T - Nice wheat and berry flavor, presumably raspberry. Some straw, grass and hints of floral and lemon. Also get some saltine cracker with light malts. Drinking this on a hot day makes it more desirable.

M - Light bodied, slick, wet, with medium carbonation.

O - Definite step up from Shock Top, but if I want a fruit beer I'll turn to New Galrus. My advice is to only get this if it is very hot outside to quench your thirst at only 5% ABV.

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3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The main problem with fruit beers is that often the smell and taste of the fruit being employed is simply too strong, drowning out the smell and taste of the malt, hops, and other beer ingredients. Well, here comes a beer that is quite light on the raspberry in both scent and taste. The only problem is that it really doesn't have much else to take its place. Yes, you'll taste some malt and hops, and mostly bread and yeast, and nothing is the least bit offensive. But you won't be blown away by anything. This is a forgettable beer, one that avoids being overpowering but that doesn't have anything to be memorable in the least. No, it's not too sweet or too tart. The mouthfeel is great, as the thickness is right where I wanted it to be and the carbonation is enough to keep it interesting while not distracting from the flavor...but the flavor itself just isn't enough. Instead, consider Thirsty Dog's Raspberry beer if you can find it. Dark Horse's beer just simply doesn't try hard enough. Or, maybe we should celebrate a beer that doesn't surrender to fruit flavors and aims to be a bit more mild. I just don't know, but I do know that I won't go out of my way to find this again.

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3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, murky gold with a bubbly, creamy white head that recedes relatively quickly, leaving only a small amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty neutral nose. All I can pick up are hints of biscuit, cream, and crackers from the malt with a hint of grassy, herbal hops. Disappointingly enough, no raspberry aroma is present.

T: Notes of cream, crackers, and biscuits from the malt are chased by flavors of straw, lemon rind, grass, and herbs, with subtle impressions of ripe red raspberry only developing around mid-palate. The finish is fleeting with notes of raspberry overwhelmed by grass, herbs, biscuits, and crackers.

M: Relatively slight in body, though it does develop a bit more heft once it settles in the mouth. Definitely not the driest beer in the world. Carbonation is fairly supple, but not particularly firm or crisp. Drinkable, but a bit slick for my tastes.

O: Not a bad fruit beer, though I feel I'm being a bit generous in my assessment. This reminds me more of an American pale wheat ale or an American blonde ale than a fruit beer. Nothing about it really stands out. I would not turn it down on a hot day, but I doubt I would seek it out again. Though this beer is well worth trying once, there are far better fruit beers on the market.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle served in a snifter. Some sediment remained in the bottle despite a full pour.

The body is a red-orange-amber color, topped by a thin and fragile bone-colored head.

Aroma: RASPBERRY! with sweet malts and a suggestion of caramel. Fortunately, the flavor is not near as sweet as the smell, and is outright tart before the finish. A touch of citrus and bitterness from hops too. Admirably good, natural raspberry aroma and flavor.

Medium-light body seems a tad thin; medium-low carbonation and some dryness in the finish.

O: a well done fruit beer.
{lightly revised in August 2013 following a on tap tasting}

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 712 ratings.
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