Wild Raspberry Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

326 Reviews
Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with meh white head.

The smell to me is exactly like cranapple juice. Not bad but strange I guess.

The taste though really pulls this beer together. Bitterness on the front that fades into a bready malt on the back. The whole while raspberry flavor is there but by no means overpowering. I don't want to say it makes it sweet, maybe more so tart.

Overall not a bad beer and I would love to mess around with some food pairings and this one.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany in color, a nice tan head one finger after a furious pour... The nose shows off some caramel malts and a raspberry syrup, a very hidden aroma though nice when noticed. Mild hops, and thistles hit the palate first, a very light and clean body, with mild malts in the back behind small bubble carbonation, I wouldn't be able to place the berries if not for the name.

A very normal fruit beer, refreshing and light.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a signature Dogfish snifter. Says bottled on 9/31/11.

A- Wow, it actually looks red! A dark, deep ruby color actually. Starts out with a 1/4 inch head that sinks down to a white ring on the outside and a very nicely structured foam pattern on the inside. Great lacing that has islands of bubbles clinging and slowly sliding down the glass.

S- The obvious raspberry, but has a depth to it that almost resembles that of a red wine yet more sweet and light. That being said, I detect grape juice, raspberry puree and some hints of more earthy fruit such as elderberry or plum.

T- Ooh, the complexity continues. Very tangy but in a dark way. Obviously more malt was used in this than in a usual raspberry beer. Not surprised that there are real red and black raspberries used in this brew. I wouldn't expect anything less from Great Divide. This has the most full flavor of any raspberry beer I've drank.

M- Actually quite a light body considering the ever-present depth of the beer. Medium carbonation.

O- Of course Great Divide delivers the first absolutely legit raspberry beer I've come across. These guys don't come up short on anything.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, dated 5/6/11. Not the freshest bottle.

A: Lively beer for sure...noticable bubbly carbonation. Small fizzy bubbles make up a one finger egg shell colored head. The beer is orange with red tints...very clear...pretty solid lacing.

S: Tart fruits - granny smith apples, grapes and raspberries. Definitely get some bready biscuity malt notes in there as well. No hop notes whatsoever.

T: Not terrible, but not impressive. You get those same biscuity malts with a slight raspberry tartness. Tastes like a less sweet version of a fruit fingerprint cookie. I don't get any hops at all...again, not the freshest bottle though. Very light tasting beer overall.

M: Here's where this beer really falls short. It's uber-thin. And there's not enough flavor in the beer to account for the high carbonation. Almost just tastes like a slightly tart version of a fizzy light macro lager. No body whatsoever. Really just a fizzy mess.

O: Eh. Won't be trying it again...and I LOVE this brewery. My hombrewed raspberry ale was better and I wasn't all that impressed with that.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with red hues. Thin head not much lace.

S: sour raspberry and some hops

T: raspberry flavor throughout. Spicey and herbal notes. Not too bad actually.

M: high carbonation and medium body

Overall: drinkable, refreshing and crisp. Basically meant for those things as it is simple and not much beer flavor.

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Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: 09AUG11

A: Pours a reddened amber ale with a falling off-white head that falls to a central cap with no support. A bit hazy with no lacing.

S: Raspberry with a simple amber like backbone. More raspy when first opened, and this smell dies quickly.

T: Tastes of woody, oxidized ale with a nice raspberry aromatic tone. Nothing special here.

M: Light body with hi carb and a semi dry finish.

O: Meh. Last one I purchase.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appears a dark brown color with plum highlights. nice off-white head. aroma is a nice vibrant raspberry aroma.

the raspberry flavor is not as dominant in the taste. hard to tell if the base beer is malt or wheat based. medium body, lower carbonation.

overall, decent beer. not as sweet or tart as some fruit beers.

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Photo of doughanson78
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Orangish red, with bright red highlights when held to light. Half finger, slightly pink head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Very muted smell. Light raspberries. Very light sweet malts, with a touch of caramel.

T: Again very muted. Light sweet raspberries. Some sweet malts. A little metallic taste.

M: Light bodied. Kinda watery. High carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not much going on in this beer. Hardly Amy smell or taste. A big let down from Great Divide. I expect better from them.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.19/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: dark reddish copper; flat head; strong carb; not much lacing
S: strong raspberry aroma, very inviting; occludes other smells
T: expected sweet--it isn't; the raspberry dominates, but it's quite sour, draped over a wheat-beer-like base; I must confess, this tasted terrible to me; it tasted like nothing else I've had, so I don't think this is something against the genre
M: good carbonation redeems the experience a bit

Overall, a terrible beer, for me.

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Photo of DavidST
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on July 18, 2011.

This pours a copperish color with a hint of red, an off white head with a hint of pint, large foamy head with good lacing. The smell is less of raspberry and more of caramel malts and hops (there is a hint of raspberry). Feel is light to medium light bodied. The taste is very different from what I expected, this is more of a pale ale with raspberry hints than the tart raspberry ale I tried from Samuel Smith earlier (which was much better). I get a nice malty / caramel taste, some hop bitterness and a hint of raspberry and fruity sweetness, the raspberry is far from the dominate flavor (and there isn't any major tartness). Overall this is far less fruity than expected but a pretty good beer, I think anyone wanting a raspberry fruit beer would be disappointed though (this is a decent ale though).

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Photo of Tballz420
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a gorgeous ruby color, with a small white head which leaves behind . The scent has both sweet and tart raspberry notes, but also still smells like a beer. Similar characteristics for the taste, definitely focused on raspberrys, both tart and sweet, but also has some grains and a bit of biscuity caramel malt. Hops are barely detectible. The mouth is medium bodied with a medium dose of carbonation.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Not a very impressive appearance. Purple hazy brown is the color (not very nice looking) and a light head retention.

Smell - Rasberry and malts prevail

Taste - Not my favorite style of flavors but it is pleasant and easy to drink. Slight raspberry sweetness with some yeast notes and maltiness.
Tastes like it smells.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - OK beer. Forgetable but pleasant and easy to drink none-the-less.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Muddy, rusty brown with a penchant for redder hues. The head is quite tame on this one, it allows you to pour recklessly. Doing so will garner a 2 finger head which will fade with thin lacing.

Wet grains and a faded raspberry aroma. There's really not a lot to talk about here aside from a few hits of sterile metal and mushed up raspberries.

Tonight I drank one of these, had a different beer then went back to this raspberry ale. After coming off of any other beer the raspberry flavor seems much more intense. But, for me, if this is the first beer on the evening the raspberry flavor really only serves to muddle things up. The raspberry flavor is not at all fresh tasting. Its dirtied, muddled and mashed up. The beer's grains throw a wrench in the raspnberries' plans.

There is a juice-like stickiness that builds on the palate. Other than that the beer is light, but still heavier and more burdensome that it should be. Thankfully the carbonation stays out of the way.

Naw dawg, this one is just here to fill up the mixed 12 pack. Drinkable in a pinch, not a drain pour, but if I bought a 6 pack of this I'd be kicking myself. The pale ale was the best of the box.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium brick red color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with a bunch of semi-sweet raspberry notes. The flavor is raspberry with some bready malt and a some grassy hops. The beer is not as sweet as expected and there is a little bit of dryness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but there are much better fruit beers out there.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is mainly raspberry, and I LOVE raspberry! It has some malty and yeasty hints as well. Color is a clear Coca-Cola brown with a fine-bubbled pale tan head that sticks around for a little bit and leaves behind a little lacing. Malty flavor has a firm and sharp raspberry undertone, a little sweetness, a little fruity tartness and a whisper of yeast. Texture is smooth as almond milk, but with a tart edge and a little fizz.

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Photo of jazztoloc
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint from a 355 ml bottle. The label is nice and makes the looking experience a lot nicer.

A: Light red and brown, nice white and creamy head. This is a beatiful looking beer.

S: A lot of fruit, citric, clean smell. Makes you want to keep your nose inside the glass.

T: The taste is smooth and clean but the taste of fruit stays in the mouth well defined. Nice balance between the fruit and the hop flavor.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

I am not a big fan of fruit beer, but this is so well balanced that you could drink it all night. You could call this a light beer when it's really a subtle one.

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Photo of Supes
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a hazy, dark, reddish copper. Has a very nice 2 finger head that slowly shrinks to about a fourth of itself and stays threw to the end. It looks great sitting in the glass.

Smell- Light raspberry notes with a little malty sweetness.

Taste/ Mouthfeel- I really dont get much of anything except way to much carbination. A slight wheat taste up front is what I get. A little raspberry finsih. Not as sweet as it smells.

Overall- Not a bad beer. I would drink again. I just want more fruitiness in a fruit beer. Way to much carbination for me. It gave me instint BMC burbs.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

had this one in the beer temple in amsterdam.
Look: pours a nice red color with some small head
smell: malts and sweet raspberry juice
taste: malts, some light bitter hops, sweet raspberry syrup, doesn't taste like freshly added berries all, like e.g. 3 fonteinen hommage or cantillon framboise
mouthfeel: thin and watery. Medium carb
overall: maybe it is because i expected a wild ale (sour), but this beer is thin,arteficial and overly sweet. Just wonder how it would be if only a bit sourness was present....

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Photo of csiewert
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy red amber color with a finger of white foamy head that doesn't retain or lace well. The aroma has strong notes of raspberry and bready malt character. The taste starts with sweet raspberry notes and finishes with bready malt. The mouthfeel is somewhat balanced but is somewhat empty. Overall a decent fruit beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy ruby red colour with an average size off white head. I can't see much carbonation and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted 3-4 minutes.

Smell - raspberries, wheat, light hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of raspberries. However it doesn't come across as too over the top - in your face raspberries. The other nice thing is that it doesn't taste very artificial like many other fruit beers do. There are also some notes of wheat and some light hops.

Overall - Not my favourite style of beer but as far as fruit beers go, this one isn't half bad. I could actually drink more than one and a sitting because it isn't overly sweet.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Divide Tap Room in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear watery cranberry juice color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to an oily film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raspberry, and peanut butter for some reason. Taste is of bitter unripe raspberries with a sweet malt taste coming through on the finish. This beer has a high level carbonation with a super crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I would like to try from a bottle to see how it compares to this.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive ruby red, with fair head. Not much noticeable lacing.

Nose is rich raspberry. Sweet, a little yeast. Not extraordinary.

Flavor is definitely raspberry, of course. Again, a little bread there (like a raspberry breakfast muffin). Slight tinge of bitter at finish, but it's pretty well muted.

Decent, but not one I'd purchase again.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Great combination of ruby red and nice deep brown.
S: Smells like sweet raspberries but more to the style of a framboise.
T: Bright and tart raspberry flavor coupled with some nice tart malt aroma with slight hoppiness to it.
M/O: Crisp and a decent body. Very much a brown ale with raspberries which gives it a cake like consistency. Great interpretation that doesnt fit into any of the categories.

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Photo of ermeis06
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a raspberry beer, I was impressed.

This beer poured a nice light red color with about 1 finger of cream colored foam that didnt stick around long. The smell is of raspberries but it doesnt overpower the smell of the ale as well.

When you first taste this beer it is hard to ignore the raspberry aroma. The initial taste is of a light, crisp ale with a lingering aftertaste of raspberry. It is not sweet like a berry weiss, and isn't as tart as some other beers that are made from fresh raspberries.

It was a light, refreshing beer. It would be a nice beer for a summer evening.

I have to comment too, I tried this beer on tap at Great Divide while visiting Denver and it was 5 times better then as it was when I bought it in the bottle in MN.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red and light brown appearance, not much of a head on this, carbonation seemed quite muted. A little bit of raspberry aroma, not much to write home about here.

Taste, not overly sweet, always the bane of my existence when sampling fruit beers. Has enough hop presence to qualify as a 'beer' for the uninitiated. The biggest disappointment is the lack of what can be perceived as raspberry. Really just has a candied fruit thing going, not really specific to raspberry. Although I've heard if you want raspberry flavor, you actually need to add some other fruit that isn't raspberry, but I dunno.

Decent for summer, its got a very light malt component, more for the girlfriend, my fruit stuff has to be pretty close to top notch, and this is just average in my book.

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Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 532 ratings.
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