Wild Raspberry Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

532 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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

12 oz. brown capped bottle poured into a pint glass. This raspberry ale pours a bit on the brown side of red, has a bit of haze, and shows only a light cap of foam. Retention is light.

Aroma is unexpected and lacks fruit notes when cold, expanding some with warming. Bit malty and muddled for the style. Checking the date I see this was bottled on, well I can't really make it out. May be as old as July/2012 or as not so old as Dec/2012 given cryptic nature of a size .2 font. Still not as fresh as it could be. Continued warming does show more fruit and a light supporting hop note.

Flavor is more fruit forward but surely not in a roll up fruit sense. Offers decent depth of fruit and background malt character. Nothing to overwhelm, pleasant on the palate and more coarse than sweet yet with a firm berry character throughout. Nice full/coarse feel. In the end a solid offering from my perspective. Just the right amount of fruit and enough going on around it to pull it off.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: no head to speak of. The color is unique. A clear and dark handsome raspberry red.
Smell: pleasant enough and smelling of raspberries but tool subdued for my taste. It would be unfair to compare to Blushing Monk but I would hope for a nose comparable to say Sam Smith organic raspberry and just doesn't hold up.
Taste: much like the nose but I have to say very refreshing and quite good.
Overall: good but not as rich as I would like.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger light pink tinted head. Middling retention. Deep ruby color with nice clarity.

S- Light malts and juicy raspberries. Quite subtle scent however.

T- Light ale kind of character. Berries are light in flavor.

M- Medium bodied and carbonated with a thick, chewy finish.

O- Not a fan of this one. I was hoping for more with the berries.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-, pours a dark copper color with some ruby, cream colored one-finger head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top, no lace sticking.

S- tart raspberries with a clean malt balance, the raspberries seem real as opposed to the artificial aromas from many fruit ales.

T- tart raspberries with a clean malt mid-palate, the finish is dry with a earthy hop linger.

M- medium spritzy carbonation with a light body, mouthfeel is slightly foamy with a crisp finish

O- authentic raspberry taste with a malt profile that lets the fruit shine, enough hop to give it balance, overall pretty solid.

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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