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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: 714 |  Reviews: 240
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, dirty pink-orange with a long-lasting little soft white cap. Nice lacing, actually. 4.0

Fresh raspberries, slightly caramelized malt sugars, slight tartness. Light hopping with herbal notes. 3.5

Tangy wheat-structured malt backbone with raspberry skins, firm fruit tartness, and some caramel-like malt flavors. Not my bag, but not bad. 3.0

Highly carbonated. Swishy medium body. Ok feel. 3.0

I can't drink this kind of a fruit beer too fast. It's interesting enough, I guess. A regrettable order at the bar. 3.0

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours into a nice 1/2 inch head with a light brown color. Little to no rings of head left around the glass as you drink. Head tapers off as you drink.

Can faintly smell the berries. A light smell of hops as well.

Light raspberry taste with slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The raspberry taste masks the hops and barley. Slightly carbonated which goes well with the raspberry taste. It is a pretty faint taste of raspberry.

Slight carbonation and bubbles mixes well with the light raspberry taste.

The ale sort of tastes like a light nationally branded beer (ex. Bud, Miller, etc) with a faint raspberry taste. Tasteless really, minus the raspberries.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produce a 2 finger white head after pouring into a glass. The color of the beer is a cloudy gold, with a smidgen of pink.
The aroma is a bit week, but of a little bread, and raspberry.
The taste was much better than smell. The raspberry comes through more. No hop bitterness noticeable.
The carbonation is high, and mouth-feel is light, and dry.
This is a good, easy drinking, warmer weather beer. The low alcohol makes it a great summer session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

been sitting on this one for a while. was in the mood for some fruit juice, but didn't have any...and saw this one. perfecto. poured into a cantillon tasting glass.

a - brew poured orange with a tizzy foamy head that slowly bubbled away. lively champagne like visible carbonation. semi sticky lacing.

s - fresh raspberries. a bit of soda like sweetness. some maltiness and gooey toffee.

t - just like the smell...BURST of raspberries. overly so. an overdose of raspberry gooey thickness. a bit cloying. kind of gross.

m - thick and chewy. the beer itself isn't that great and it makes my mouth not lookin like i'm enjoying myself.

o - overall i was looking for a nice raspberry beer. this was raspberry alright...but kind of gross. too thick and chewy. although i was able to get through a small glass of it, i opted to move onto something else and didn't finish it. this one is not for me. there are plenty of tasty raspberry beers out there, so i don't see why you'd go for this one.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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