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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Ratings: 707 |  Reviews: 236
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -63%

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3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - dark orange with a thin, white cap of foamy head that quickly fades to a thin lacing

S - sweet, tart raspberries with some faint breadiness

T - mildly tart raspberries, some sweetness, some caramel, mild bitter finish

M - very crisp, overcarbonated, light bodied

The overcarbonation here really impacts the overall experience of the beer. The bubbles on the palate confuse the taste buds and cover up some of the flavor. It also makes the flavors that do come through seem fleeting. I think it achieves what it set out to do. It is refreshing, it's fruity without being over the top, and it's light bodied and very easy to drink. Unfortunately, I'm unimpressed. This isn't a beer I'd like to have again.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a biased review, as this is my favorite go-to beer when I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for. I know it is not the best beer in the world, but I love it and always enjoy it no matter what kind of beer-drinking mood I am in!

A- Pours coppery, with a small head the thins out.
S- Pretty good, you can smell the raspberry but it is not really overwhelming
T- Great! The raspberry taste is stronger than the smell, in my opinion. Raspberry beers are my favorite fruit beers, and this has just the right balance, enough raspberry that you can really taste it, but just below the brink of being too sweet. There really aren't any other strong flavors in there. Some malt to balance out, but that's about it.
M- Very light bodied, easy to drink. Not a whole ton of carbonation. A small bitterness on the back of it, but very clean and drinkable.

O- Like I said, my staple go-to. Enough flavor that you are actually tasting something, but light and easy enough to just kick back and relax with!

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-cloudy copper color with a slight beige head. The scent is mostly wheat with some hints raspberries. The taste has more raspberry flavor to it than you would expect from the color and aroma. There is a rush of sweet raspberry flavor that then turns into a strong wheat flavor before finishing kind of dry and chalky. This is a slight step up from Shocktop Raspberry but still has plenty of room for improvement.

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3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A - light copper brown, thin head that quickly diminished to a thin cap, minimal lacing.

S - light scent of raspberry essence but not a real raspberry nose, not much else.

T - faint raspberry on tip of the tongue, minor malt and, minimal hops.

M - slight bitter aftertaste but no lingering flavor. Carbonation is very light.

O - refreshing but being a fan of Raspberries, I was a bit disappointed, other than the faint scent, there isn't any real raspberry character to this brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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