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Wild Raspberry Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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80
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326 Reviews
Wild Raspberry AleWild Raspberry Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
532
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
19.83%
 
 
Wants:
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11
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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was one of four styles of beers included in a Great Divide Variety Pack.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a deep golden-reddish color. The very minimal head fades very quickly. Little to no lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A pleasant sweet, fruity smell.

T - A really good tasting beer. A nice combination of raspberries with a good background of maltiness. A slightly bitter and sour, yet not unpleasant, aftertaste. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

M - A rather thin consistency. A rather flat beer.

O - I really liked this beer. Very refreshing. A great summer beer. Just the right amount of bitterness from the hops mixed with the right amount of sweetness and sourness from the raspberries. Fruit-type beers are not my normal go-to style but I'll gladly finish the remaining bottles in the pack. I would seek this out again in the future when looking for a light-tasting, easily quaffable beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles
A - quite red, more than I expected.
S - smells of rasberries of course dominating the aroma giving some tarness.
T - Rasberries dominate with a malty background.
M - Clean and smooth with the right amount of carbonation.
D - Very drinkable for a fruity beer. My wife likes this one.

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Photo of SamN
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar. Yum.

Wild Raspberry Ale pours a dark ruby red color with a thick, slightly pinkish-and-tan head that stays firm. Medium liveliness, some visible carbonation, not much. Smell is raspberry puree, background pale malt aroma, a nut-like aroma in there, too. Not a forced fruit smell, quite natural and not overpowering. Taste is more beer than fruit, thank god. Starts off with a nice nutty malt flavor, then the raspberries come in with subtlety. The raspberries never overpower the beer flavor. The finish is amazing, with alternating hazelnut malts and sweet-n-tart berries, lingering hops aftertaste. However, this could use a little more complexity and character to it. The taste is a little weak. Feel is smooth and light.

One of the better fruit beers I've tried and another solid beer from Great Divide.

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

A. Pours out a dark red with a thin white head that quickly disappears. It has some retention with little lacing and not a lot of carbonation.
S. A very pleasant scent of raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries with a hint of hops and sweet malts. One of the best smelling beers around.
T. The taste starts off with some earthy floral hops, followed by some sweet sugary syrup and than some tart raspberries and finishes off with a hint of more hops. I was not real impressed with the taste. I thought some of the hops did not mix well with the raspberries and ruined it more than balanced it out.
M. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and is rather easy to drink.
O. It has a nice smell and mouthfeel, but the taste was a let down, so unless I get it as an air freshener I know I'll never buy this beer again.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Willis Tower pint glass.

The color is a maroon/red with a finger of foamy white head with little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is raspberry and some sweet malts that take the aroma to a nice earthy flavor. There is a bit of a plant like hop flavor that is slightly bitter but all the way interesting.

The taste is raspberry at the start, some juicy fruit flavor hits the earthy flavor that saturates the malts and the bitterness and make a bit of a fruit salad lie feel. Some bitterness is there toward the end and it caps this beer off just right.

The feel of this beer is smooth but does have some punch as it goes down. It has a medium body and a decent ABV that keeps it within an arms length. A nice fruity flavored ale.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours light amber red, large white foamy head with medium retention and decent lacing

S- sweet raspberries and a malty note

T- nothing overpowering in this one. nice light raspberry and sweetness that has a very subtle sour taste in the middle.

M- very light with medium carbonation.

O- im not big on fruit beers to begin with. a little light on flavor but would be great in the summer. my girlfriend would love this, and in no way is that an insult.

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Photo of rawfish
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ruby or light maroon in color, striking clarity with a light pink fizzing head with decent retention but doesn't leave much of a lace behind.

Tart raspberries on the nose and rather thin malt, more like grains and wheat along with some funk and alcohol.

I guess I was expecting more of a sweet fruity beer, starts with a kiss of raspberries followed by a thin malt and grainy taste. Sours near the end with a slight kick on pine hops for balance and tart raspberries throughout. You can tell the raspberries are there but they don't make the taste anymore pleasant.

Rather watery, some carbonation but not really active. Dries on the palate like fruity water.

I really wanted to like this beer but I'm finding it rather difficult to, especially as it warms. I think this beer would do better with a stronger malt backing, right now this tastes like a little like an adjunct lager with raspberry flavoring. Come'on GD I know you can do better.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark red. I was a little disappointed on how slight the raspberry flavor is. If it didn't say raspberry on the lable I wouldn't even guess this is supposed to be a raspberry beer. All that being said this isn't a bad beer over all not as innovated as some of the other beers I've tried from the great divide but this is still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of yaegerje
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap in the tap room at the brewery, had one of these right before the 3PM free tour of the brewery.

A - Slightly hazy ruby/copper color, very little head
S - Really nice malty/raspberry smell, citrusy andyeast smells also coming through, really nice smell
T - Really light, fruity notes, pleasant yeast taste, this would be a brilliant summer beer, really enjoyable
M - Light carbonation, pretty smooth, nothing spectacular in the mouthfeel, I think the body was pretty appropriate for the style
D - Summer beer at its finest, really drinkable, I enjoyed the beer immensely.

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Photo of MoustacheHero
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lovely fruity ale from Great Divide. Brewed like an Ale but drinks like a Lambic!

a: A beautiful red amber color with a bubbly, brown tinted head.

s: A sweet and sour fruit filled aroma, similar to a framboise.

t: A sour raspberry ride that finishes crisp. A real fruit lovers beer, and one that could convert a fruit hater.

m: A thin, light bodied mouthfeel that is medium/high on the carbonation.

d: This beer is a good repeater for hot days and fruit cravings.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry raspberry fruitiness, and small maltiness. In the taste, dry raspberries, fruity and a dry malt. A fruit bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a mellow dry raspberry in the aftertaste. I like dry, but this is too dry for what it is, as well, a bit too malty, ok, but eh!

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Photo of BlissJunkie
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This particular bottle was one that has been cellared for a year. Not traditional, I know, but its a pleasant beer to keep around. The bottle still held decent carbonation upon opening. Even with an aggressive pour it hardly produced a head. I'll chalk that up in part to the aging,(I don't recall it being insufficient on a fresh bottle.) It has good color, nice and rich. It's just pinker than amber. There isn't much to speak of that gives it a distinguished smell. For the amount of berry taste it has you would think it would have more on the nose.

After taking a drink it is apparent that the carbonation/hopping has done the trick. The beer is still crisp and full of life. Right away it's a little sweet and then fades quickly to a subtle, but familiar, pale taste. You taste the berry more on the back of your tongue as you swallow it. For a fruit beer the drinkability is amazing. Usually I'm not one to treat fruit beers as session beers but this one I can do. The berry flavor adds to the beer rather than tries to disguise it. However, this beer has a finish that tastes more like that of raspberries than that of beer; something I actually have no problem with.

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Photo of bnes09
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red in color and semi-transparent. Forms a light pink head with awesome lacing.

Bright berry aromas, touch of bread grains.

Big red and black raspberry flavor, adds sweetness too. Very mild grassy hop. Not much malt character due to the strenght of the fruit. Finishes with an odd, sour off-flavor.

Crisp, bubbly and bright feel. Light to medium consistency.

Not really a huge fan of fruity beers but this one is ok. It has its place. Still highly refreshing.

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

Poured into glass - Temperature not too cold.

Appearance - Ruby red, clear.

Smell - Fruity, Nice... what was expected...

Taste - Nice balance, too acidic/tart for me.

Mouthfeel - Acidic metallic mouthfeel/aftertaste.

Drinkability - Nice, but could be better. (old school Celis)

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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

Appearance: This looks like what I would expect out of a raspberry beer. A dark, blood red or ruby color with tints of brown. A quick foamy off-white head forms out of the bottle and fades quickly. The bubbles audibly pop and disappear. No lacing.

Smell: Raspberry syrup, tart raspberries, some light bready malt.

Taste: I have the same issue with this as I have had with other raspberry beers in the past - the raspberry flavor just comes across too synthetic to really be enjoyable. I want raspberry preserves and I get processed artificial raspberry syrup. The malt really hides away and the raspberry is the dominant flavor. The flavor moves from tart to sweet and back, but it still has an industrial taste I just cannot get myself to enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied, with full, tingling carbonation.

Drinkability: The raspberry flavored plastic they used to make this beer is not doing it any favors. I would pass if given this again.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review: 11-30-09.
Beautiful red amber pour. Thin pinkish head that dissipated rapidly. Good raspberry aroma. High carbonation. Fizzy and thin mouthfeel. Sour with a touch of bitterness. Clean finish with just a hint of appleseed bitterness. Very refreshing. More of a summer patio beer, IMHO.

Second review on 1-22-11
Appearance: Pours a clear, reasonably dark reddish body with a small, frothy, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Delicately tart black raspberries and fruity, sweetish raspberries.

Taste: It's fruity and sweet without being overly sweet. Touch of tartness. Reasonably honest taste of black and red raspberries with maybe a few added thorns too. Touch of underlying barley graininess. Earthy bitterness helps to scrub away any extra sweetness. Dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer was exactly what I wanted a fruity beer that is not overly sweet, but still tastes like a crisp, light ale. Refreshing without any annoying side notes. Very satisfying.

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Photo of larryi86
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated Aug 24, 2010 poured into a snifter

A- A deep red color with a one finger white head

S- Raspberries, sweet malts, and candy like aroma that seems to be a little out of place.

T- Close to the smell, raspberries really don't stand out in the taste, kind of weak.

M- Smooth, nice body.

D- The taste was too weak for me, but it is easy to drink. I will probably pick this up when spring rolls around and drink it cold and out of the bottle.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice red color with a relatively sturdy head. Lacing is moderate.

S: Tart raspberries as well as slight hoppy and malty notes.

T: Well balanced for a fruit beer. Thought the most prominent flavor, raspberries aren't overly dominant and neither is the slight bit of hops and malt.

M: Relatively thin with a wet finish.

O: Very easy to knock them back and the good balance and delicate flavors mean it won't burn out your palate. Would make a great session beer.

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

A-Pours an orange/red color with a slight pink look. It has a tan head that also has a pinkish hue.

S-Definately some raspberry. Exciting because I love raspberries. A bit tart, abit malty as well.

T-Not what I was expecting. I preferred the nose over the taste. A bit dissappointed.The raspberry flavor is not as prevalent as I was hoping. A tad bitter and fairly dry as well.

M-Lighter mouthfeel, bunch of bubbles.

D-Not hard to drink but don't love the taste.

Mildly unsatisfying. In my opinion doesn't live up to its potential. I'll take UFO Raspberry Hefe over this anyday.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a nice reddish-brown color. It also had a nice 1/2 thick pinkish colored head, with a nice retention. There is a nice lacing left in the glass as you drink.

The aroma from this beer is exactly like it would expect it to be, Raspberry. This brew has a nice malt base at the finish, that gives this brew a nice clean and fresh aroma.

This brew is very unique in its structure. It different, because right away you can tell that Great Divide didn't us a wheat beer base on this brew. The malt base is great, giving a crisp caramel malt flavor that is the background for this whole brew. The raspberry in this one is great, without being overbearing.

The mouthful on this brew is nice. It is a nice crisp brew, that wets your whistle oh so well. There is nice floral hoppines to this brew, that gives it a nice bitterness. The carbonination isn't to heavy, but there is enough to give this brew that little bit of a bubbly bite.

Overall, this brew has a great drinkability. The ABV is low enough that you could session it, the flavor is great, without being too overpowering, and just a nice refreshing brew. Surely going to seek out more from Great Divide.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can I just say...HOLY RASPBERRY?!

Right off the bat, the scent of raspberries is almost sickeningly overpowering, smelling surprisingly like they used real raspberries (like they say they do). There are also faint undertones of blackberry and malt, lacking any bitterness. I'm not saying it doesn't smell good, because it kinda does, I'm just saying it almost didn't smell like beer, and I was really thrown off my game. There isn't much more to report on the smelling front, it's not a complex beer. Nice, easy, simple, raspberry-y.

The color is beautiful. Really. A deep brownish-red with a light haze when held up to the sun. The head on this was also just as lovely, ushered on by a nice amount of carbonation, it was actually a very light pink and just over an inch thick when I first poured it. It lasted for quite a while, too, leaving a less than desirable lace, but they can't all be winners.

I wasn't too impressed with my initial taste from the first glass, but when I tried my second bottle a few hours later, it definitely made more of an impact on me. I was all ready to write about how fruit beers weren't my thing and question why that was - considering I love fruity drinks under most other circumstances - but my second taste really turned that around. Right now, as I'm finishing off the bottle, it almost resembles a bubbly, fermented malt-fruit soda poured into a glass previously used for beer. Right? Right.

The Wild Raspberry Ale has a thinner feel to it, further reinforcing my soda reference. At the end of the drink, it manages to leave a slightly dry feeling in my mouth and a slight sour taste on my tongue, but nothing terribly unpleasant. The raspberry continues to drift throughout my mouth after swallowing, and the carbonation bubbles lightly in my stomach.

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Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked "Bottled on Aug 24 2010" into a pint glass.

Appearance: A wonderful deep red-pink - it's the color of raspberries! Spot on. The head is lacking though, it was barely there when poured and retention is minimal.

Smell: Smells like raspberries too! They weren't messing around with this one. There's just a hint of roasty malts hanging around in the back that remind me that I'm not smelling raspberry juice.

Taste: Great. It's not too raspberry dominated as the nose would have you believe. It's a mix between a tart raspberry and a malty ale.

Mouthfeel: A bit too dry for such a juicy smelling beer.

Drinkability: Perhaps a little too tart to drink several of, but the bottle goes by pretty fast.

This is a great fruit beer that doesn't forget that it's actually a beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown color, lighter around the edges. Maybe I'm dreaming the pinkness around the edge of the tan head. Suggestibility? Not sure. Warm, sunny October day - enjoyed outside from the taps at The Main Ingredient. Nose is very clean, with some light fruit notes that don't undermine the essentially brown ale quality: nutty and roasted, with some light sweetness.

Same story in the flavor, with an appropriately light brown ale that takes on a raspberry sweet-sourness without losing all credibility. The brown ale is a little too carbonated and light of body. Easy to drink, but I don't need more than one.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a "bottled on" date of May 25, 2010, into a pint glass. An aggressive pour gave it 2" of cream colored head that pillows down with decent lacing. The beer itself is the color of garnets or rubies.

Has a pleasant, real raspberry smell to it, with malt, sour apple, and blueberry smells. SLightly sweet smelling, but not overly so.

Has a fruity-tart taste, with decent maltiness. The raspberry taste is prominent, but definitely not overpowering. It rounds out with a honey-sweetness before ending slightly dry.

Mouthfeel in general is drier than you'd expect. Overall, however, a rather smooth beer.

I am generally not a fan of fruity beers, as they usually have a fake-fruit taste to them. This one does not. I expect that if I was a fan of this style of beer, I'd find it highly drinkable. As it is, I would still have another, just not today.

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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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