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Wild Raspberry Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale
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Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 531 |  Reviews: 326
Reviews by BCross:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Photo of tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, 1/4 inch head, reddish/gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: light raspberry and earth

Taste: light raspberry, some wheat and hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with slightly bitter backbone, medium/light bodied, moderate carbonation and smooth

Drinkability: An average fruit beer that is more beer than fruit. The beer part taste like a pale ale/adnjunct beer with slight raspberries. I was surprised by the bitterness. That being said, for the price one is enough.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of emmasdad
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring this one into the glass, I am immediately reminded of cranberry juice, albeit with a decent amount of billowy white foam. A very nice blast of raspberries on the nose, along with a little bit of hops. On the palate, I get caramel malt, honey sweetness, and fleeting wisp of raspberry. Not fresh raspberry, but rather a raspberry juice flavor. It is what it is, but nothing special.

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Photo of chalkda01
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brownbeer
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear brownish-red with a small white head. Based on the appearance there's no surprise that raspberries are involved.

The aroma on this one is going to be especially subjective. The signature Great Divide piney/woodsy hop profile is present, which I don't really look for in a fruit beer, even though I love hops.

The taste is an odd balance of the aforementioned hops and a big burst of raspberry mid-palate. I just don't know about this one, raspberries and hops? So it's not going to be overly sweet and there's not a whole lot going on other than that. Interesting, won't be buying anymore.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Techichi
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby red color. Poured a 1 finger slightly off-white head with fair retention. Sticky lace in patches.

S: Invitingly sweet reasberry aromas. Some bready malt in the background. Also bittering hops pinch the nose.

T: Distinct raspberry flavor. Sweet malts a good reminder that its still beer. Enough bittering in the finish to make it a little dry.

M: Light side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Crisp yet tart in the finish.

D: More like beer than many of its ilk; I liked it because of that. Interestingly flavorful, yet pretty balanced.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ujsplace
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

Pours a deep red colored brew with a hint of sunburst orange near the bottom edge. Off white head that is somewhat thin. Leaves some lacing behind.

Smells of sweet, ripe raspberries and some mild hops.

Tastes of tart raspberries, mild malts and some descently bitter hops in the end.

Light and crisp, easy drinking with good carbonation.

This came in the Brewmaster's Collection that I picked up. Fruit/veggie brews are typically not my thing, but this is pretty good from the perspective of the brewer's intention. I could easily down several of these on a hot summer day. More of something that a person who "I don't really like beer" type of person would really enjoy. Would go rapidly at gatherings in the summer.

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Photo of bzach
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of wnh
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant, crisp ruby red, bright and clear, topped by a frothy light pink head that fades quickly into a lightly-pink-tinted gray-ish tan-ish thin film.

Aromas of tart and earthy fresh raspberries on top of toasted bread. Fresh and clean, with just enough balance from the earthiness.

Tart and earthy on the palate, more so than the nose indicates. Has an almost flinty flavor reminiscent of raspberry or blackberry seeds. Finishes with an upswing of fresh fruity sweetness before fading into toasty malt. Not very complex, but enough going on. Even a month and a half ago, the malt seemed to be more pronounced. Reminds me quite a bit of a lesser New Belgium Frambozen.

Light to medium in body, rounded and moderately firm, almost biting. Mostly clean, with a fair bit of earthy funk. Dry-ish finish. Not as clean or refreshing as I expect a fruit-forward beer to be; this is a little too dirty on the whole. Well-made, just not the best expression of this sort of fruit beer.

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Photo of DrLaFollette
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of julian
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra (from my wants) in a trade with Goliath. Thanks for the generosity Brad!

A: beautiful hazy dark raspberry red color. head was minimal but did make an appearance only to dwindle down to a few grouping of bubbles around the edges.

S: strong smell of slightly funky ripe fermented raspberries and soft malts. alcohol completely masked.

T&M: nicely fruity. great taste. completely unlike a lambic, as there is no acidity or tartness here. This is a more dry, fruity taste with incredible carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly vinous.

D: pretty good, love the fruit taste...not overly sweet, and medium ABV. great drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ckollias
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep red hue with a pinkish-white lace.

S: There is a malty-raspberry aroma that is faint and mild.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a malt and raspberry flavor that is muted and tamed.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just an okay wild raspberry brew – nothing I would grab again.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JRed
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red juice with off-white head that stays. Sweet smell of raspberry, fruit zest, sour notes. Flavors of refreshing raspberry, fruit zest, juice, and mild tang. The fruit is juicy and refreshing, not too zesty assertive. It lays flat on the palate with light carbonation. Refreshing and juicy, worth checking out but not sure I could do more than one pint.

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Photo of sappypine
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Book
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of wahhmaster
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, ruby red color. Has a thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of sweet raspberries. Surprisingly, it doesn't smell syrupy or artificial like most fruit beers. It's actually rather pleasant and natural smelling.

Taste: Has a mild bitterness up front. It develops a strong tart flavor toward the back supported by a strong grainy flavor. Not bad, but surprisingly tart.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, yet still full-bodied.

Drinkability: A refreshing, drinkable, and surprisingly good fruit beer. To me, most fruit beers either taste artificial or way too fruity. This one is definitely fruity but still maintains some "beery" characteristics. Definitely worth a shot and by far my favorite non-lambic fruit beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 531 ratings