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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Photo of jayb
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep red right out of the bottle. Head was off-white with a faint hint of red as well. came out thick and settled to a nice little film on the top. lacing is decent. First whif is definitely fruity, as the bottle says "wild raspberry". caramel hints too. no real bitter hop presence in the smell. quite pleasent i may say, more so than other fruit beers ive had. Taste was very thin in comparison to the smell. really no robust taste to speak of. Tart dark fruits, cereal grains, slight alcohol aftertaste. Dry. aftertaste has a very tart fruit finish on the lips. Not really getting any hop bite from this one. But gee whiz does it go down smooth, almost too easy. dotn really know what to think of this one. fruit flavor is good, beer flavor lacks. give it a whirl, i enjoyed it for the most part

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

Pours with a white one-finger head, fades quickly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Ruby/amber clear color. Nose is raspberry. Starts on the sweet side with raspberry overtones and finishes with some tartness. Good summer beer. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from the Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY

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Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet with a light pink head that faded to a thin surface covering. Aroma smells like raspberry jam. Med-bodied mouthfeel. Taste consists mainly of malt and raspberries. Hopping is light. It wasn't as sweet as I had anticipated either, which is good. Wild Raspberry Ale is very drinkable. The use of real black and red raspberries makes a huge difference in the taste, as opposed to incorporating a syrup in to the brewing process. This a great summer refresher or something to enjoy as a dessert brew.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a beautiful deep red with minimal head. I wasn't really expecting this to be so dark, but I view that as a good thing.

Aroma is first the sweet Raspberry tart smell, sugary and juicy...very good. I am also impressed with how real the smell seems. Sometimes these fruit beers just seem fake but not this one.

The taste is seems to be based on a light pale ale and then layered with raspberry goodness (one of my favorite fruits) and additional malt. I like the dry hop finish and the long tart aftertaste.

I don't know if I would ever want to drink several of these back to back, but luckily for me I can buy singles or share. I like this and will most likely have this again. I bet the taste would go really well with cream cheese on light rustic country or ciabata bread.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wild Raspberry Ale looks like a raspberry ale should look. Medium-dark cherry red with plentiful, vigorous carbonation that's creating a decent-sized, very light pink head. It does look a little like a 'girly' beer, but I suppose that couldn't be helped. The head has a quality look about it and persists nicely. Underwhelming lace.

I like the nose. It's fruity with a definite sweet raspberry/black raspberry essence, but it also smells like beer. This is one of the better fruit beers that I've tasted. Like the aroma, the raspberriness is unmistakable, yet the underlying ale isn't lost. This ain't no fake fruit-flavored malternative.

That said, the base beer isn't all that wonderful. It's little more than a straightforward, not that impressive, light ale backbone on which to hang the fruit. The body/mouthfeel is a trifle thin and just a touch fizzy, which doesn't help matters. The finish is sour and dry.

Wild Raspberry Ale is a pretty good effort for the most part. It doesn't overly impress, but it is what (I suppose) the brewers set out to create. Namely, an easy drinking, fairly light, fruity, summertime quaff. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with Northwest 2-row and caramel malts (website says no wheat), hopped with Perle and Tettnager and feremented with Red and Black Raspberries. Pours out to a slightly hazy deep ruby red with bit o' stuff hanging out..forming an off-pink soapy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is wonderful...lots of raspberries, but not overdone like, say Lindemanns, and not fake syrup like Norwester. Mouthfeel is flittering with a light body and very snappy finish. Taste is like a decent golden ale with a well-balanced amount of raspberries thrown in. Hardly any hop character (hrmm...that would be good...a raspberry weizen IPA), with a mild amount of bitterness in the watery finish. Malts are gamey and "corny". I need more malt! More hops!

This is decent stuff, but really would benefit from more malt and hops. Thin body, very brief finish, and lacking a good "beer" taste. Still, it's one of the better raspberry ales out there.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought that this was a nicely done ale. It had some heavy characteristics of a fruity beer, but the taste wasn't too over powered by it. This made it all the more enjoyable for me. I thought it was pretty creamy too, so it went down rather easily and smoothly, with no "burning" on the throat. The smell was pretty strong with fruit, ie raspberries, and had some elements of malt and wheat. The taste was similar, in that it had all the aforementioned qualities, but niether was stronger than the other, which balanced it out quite nicely.

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Photo of merlin48
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, purple red body with a small ivory/pink head that falls quickly into patchy lace. Aroma features fresh raspberries and caramel malt. Light bodied and medium carbonation comprise the mouthfeel, along with a very tart berry twang. Taste features more raspberry, but it never becomes sweet or syrupy. Plenty of roasted caramel malt woven around the raspberry flavor. No real hops presence, but none is really necessary for this fruit ale's success.
Overall, a nice looking and nice drinking fruit ale. I'm just getting acquainted with Great Divide's brews, and find their ales and stouts to be extremely well crafted and tasty, so far.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burgundy with a medium pink head that leaves a nice supply of lace on the glass.

The aroma is predominantly rasberry with a touch of toasted malt. Pretty interesting.

The flavor is alot like the smell although a little stronger. The malt and rasberries mix nicely. There is a sharp bitter finish to balance the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thin, crisp and dry. A really nice drinking exerience awaits those who aren't intimidated by a fruit ale. I thought this was a very nice example of a beer that has fruit in it. Some fruit beers are way too sweet and are almost like wine coolers. This is a suprisingly good beer.

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Photo of Skidz
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a translucent pink that sits as, i guess, a raspberry red in the glass. A fair white head, slightly tinted pink sits a top this fruity little treat but is gone very quickly, minor lacings on the sides.

Smells of candied raspberries, like the hard candies with the "raspberry" goo in the middle. A hint of vanilla and cream cheese/sour cream also present.

Tastes like a malty forest of super-ripe raspberries, when the raspberries lose their flavor and it all turns to sugar, almost to the point where they begin to decompose. I guess that's why this flavor really isn't doing it for me. Finished off slightly bitter, which is how I'm feeling about this beer. Lacking in the fruity flavors you'd come to expect from a fruit beer.

Lighter in body, it's pretty easy to drink, but with the lack of flavor, it's not going to get me to go out and buy it by the case, or six pack. Pretty weak brew IMHO.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: A Lambic sour twang adds to the raspberry floral base
Appearance: Nice clear purple with a white/purple very thin head
Flavor: Well… raspberries. A hint of malt comes through but the beer isn’t overly sweet. A touch of the sour comes in, but definitely in the background.
Mouthfeel: Thin body and a bit of an alcohol tingle.
Overall Impression: A very nice fruit beer. A great berry/sour twang keeps the beer interesting, and it’s balanced keeps it from being too sweet. A nice blend. This would make a good dessert beer, or maybe a good beer for a salad with a fruity dressing!
Recommended. Even my wife liked it, and she doesn't care for beer!

Re-reviewed 3-21-2005
Bottle has month and week (N&2) clearly notched (but no year) and mentions red and black raspberries. No abv.
Aroma: Pretty darn close to raspberry sorbet. A hint of sour, almost funky undertones.
Appearance: Deep red amber glass with a good quarter finger of tiny bubble head. Head was distinctly pink hued at pour but now is more of a mocha tan. Some nice lace
Flavor: Fruit is in the front at a fairly nice level. It’s the dominate taste but is backed by a malt base, no hops noted. Flavor is a bit heavy overall given a fruit flavor, the malt really starts coming through after a few sips.
Mouthfeel: A heavy medium body with a touch too much carbonation. Turns a little foamy in the mouth, but finishes fairly dry.
Overall Impression: I’ve been giving Great Divide some attention of late given their big beer series. This one is more main stream in terms of quality. A fair overall taste, but I enjoy most fruit beers as a bit lighter, a bit more refreshing. This one is a touch heavy and foamy in feel. If you like your fruit in liquid form, this should be tried. If you have to choose between this and a Titan or Yeti, no choice, go the other way.
Solid if pedestrian beer.
I took some points off for mouthfeel and drinkability

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Photo of marburg
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red that borders on a regal burgandy tone. Much darker and fruity-looking than I was expecting. A lot of these fruit ales have the flavor but maintain their light amber or dark golden color. This one is just beautiful and quite novel considering what the base ale for this beer must have been. I believe them when they said they used a metric shit-ton of fruit in this. Gorgeous, fluffy, off-white head lingers for a while.

Pretty smooth, velvety raspberry aroma. Nothing mind-blowing, but there's a slight edge to it that leaves the impression of young, unripened raspberries where the sugary sweetness isn't yet present and there's a little fruity tartness.

Kind of bland once it passes your lips. It has that anemic malty feel to it. Grainy throughout, really. Raspberry flavor is clearly natural and not too sweet. Comes through mostly towards the end. Very light and easy to drink; that's for sure. I'd drink this again or maybe pair it with a delicate meat served with some sort of fruity sauce or garnish. Raspberry chicken and wild rice or something.

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Photo of Brent
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Credit to the brewery for producing a raspberry ale that tastes like the berrys were used in fermentation, rather than a syrupy afterthought flavoring. Poured a berry-redish tint. Ghostly hints of raspberry in the aroma. Flavor is lively, a little tart with the raspberry hanging in the background rather than taking center stage. Quite pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pronounced reddish tint (Raspberry) to this straw colored beer. Large white foamy head. No noticeable fruitiness in nose. Light to medium bodied fruit wheat beer. The taste has a lot of raspberry flavor, but it is not very sweet. Nicely malty and hoppy. Little aftertaste

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Photo of jcalabre
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up on a business trip to Longmont, Colorado last week.
Appearance: It is dark red in color w/ a white head that is tinged pink
Aroma: A slight whiff of raspberries is detectable once this puppy warms a bit.b
Flavor: You definitely can't drink this brew straight from the fridge. The raspberry flavors are completely absent if you do. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so & you get some raspberry flavor

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Photo of Ellbert
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A dark red/brownish color with a tiny head that goes away fast leaving a nice lace all the way around the glass.

Smell: Malty sweetness with raspberries.

Taste: Great raspberry flavor with suble hops at the end. A nice balance.

A good beer to drink anytime.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark raspberry color with a full pink-ish head. Nice dark raspberry fruit aroma and flavor ! Not extract-like at all since it is real fruit ... yes, you can tell the difference BIG TIME ! Light-medium bodied and smooth.

A solid REAL fruit beer ! Awesome and addictive. Not cheap but well worth the extra $.

Per label: "fermented with hundreds of pounds of red and black raspberries"

Bottled: 2nd week of April (2003)
Tasted: 08/10/03

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of UnionMade
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an odd purplish mahogany color, much darker than i had anticipated, with a pinkish head that dissipates quickly to a light mist. I'm pleasantly surprised, because the only fruit beers I've had where the fruit tints the beer color were lambics.
Aroma is mainly a sweet raspberry, malty, with a touch of caramel and a vague hint of apple. The raspberry, while powerful, doesn't feel overdone.
Flavor is actually quite good. Malty, with perhaps a bit of wheat, and a strong raspberry flavor. It doesn't completely obliterate all other taste, like most other fruit beers do. The raspberry is slightly tart, particularly in the middle of the sip, and tapers off to a lightly dry, ever so mildly hopped finish. Subtle and excellent. Body is light, yet much heavier than most fruit beers I've tried. Highly carbonated, but seems to work with the flavors.
This is by far the best fruit beer I've ever tried. The fruit is well done, natural tasting, and doesn't overpower the malts. Excellent.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, July 1st, heralding the month of the celebration of our country's freedom. I've already had a few Buds tonight following our sand vball match, and yet, I feel a need to review, to advocate as it were. Well, let's keep it American, okay? To the Great Divide we'll go...

Pours out with a slightly pinkish head, and not much of that, which dissipates quickly. Very nice crabapple color. Aroma is a light, but definite raspberry on a subdued malt base.

Easy malt and raspberry flavors up front. Not as sticky a sweetness as I would have thought. A pleasant sour citric tinge helps keep it in check as the beer is swallowed, rounding out the full fruit composition quite nicely. No detectable hops, but not a big deal for an artisanal pale ale, so no points off there.

Mouthfeel - Nice balance between a finish that is clean enough to not overly coat the mouth, but still substantial enough to have a residual raspberry-malt residue, too.

Drinkability - Pick your moment, okay? In my book, you don't set up a beer in an environment/circumstance to tear it down or ensure its failure. You could do that here, but this a drinkable summer picnic brew, great for a beer tasting, whenever it's hot and humid out. I had a Tequiza last night, and this is simply a whole 'nother class up. Just so you have my 2 cents worth...Like I matter... :-)

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Photo of TPoling
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like most American raspberry ales, this one left me as flat as the head on the beer. Unlike most American raspberry ales I have tasted, Great Divide's did not have that chemical-like sourless in the finish.

There is probably much about this beer to like, but my impression is of a thin beer without much character except for the fruit and an almost soda-like character that nearly made me forget it was beer. Not as awful as a wine cooler, but a little more malt could have helped balance this a little better.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Jackson Hole, WY.

Color is a really nice deep red like that of raspberry or strawberry, very bright, with a nice foamy head that had a pinkish hue. Smells of raspberry of course and has some malt in the background. Taste is more of the same, slammin huge amount of really nice raspberries and is coated in with a caramel malt backing thats a nice candy smooth sweetness. Feels like raspberry juice with a kick, very tart and sweet of raspberry. Again, another drinkable raspberry flavored delight that would go well with light lunches or appetizes.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a small, gray-pink fizzy head that dies fast. The beer is an awesome dark red: very much the color of raspberries. Big, swirly sediment hangs thick in the middle of the glass. Raspberries dominate the smell with ice cream, but there are hints of an underlying darkness: caramel malt, etc. Bizarre. The front is sweet raspberry ice cream with roasty nuttiness underneath. The middle reminds me of a medium brown ale with raspberries thrown in. The finish is quite hoppy and nutty. Aftertaste is just like a peanut butter and jam sandwich. Generally I like the fruit in fruit beers to be more subtle than this. But I do love raspberries. And the underlying ale has strong enough flavors that they muscle through the berries. Tartness would have helped cut the oversweetness for me. Still, not bad.

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Photo of StevieW
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Label states "generously fermented with hundreds of pounds of red and black raspberries" Good enough.
Deep red color with ruby glow. Creamy soft pink foamy head. Full raspberry aromas. First taste is full of rich malt and biscuit like flavors. Lots of true "pale ale" tastes under the base of raspberries. Nice fruit flavors, not overwhelming at all, like some fruit beers. This one is very tasty, and I thought balanced with real pale ale tastes, malty goodness, and real fruit flavors. No articial cough syrup qualities at all. Medium bodied, not light at all. Very easy to drink. Lots of flavors. Gets a little sweet at the bottom of the glass, but overall one of the best fruit beers I have had. Could be the best. I would describe it as a myriad of tastes including some hints of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a Lindeman's. Really that good.

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Photo of Morris729
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red ruby color with a creamy light pink colored head that fades into a bubbly lace. Nose is tart raspberry and sweet malt. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with flavors of sweet malts and tart raspberries, however the sweet malts dominate the taste. This is a decent fruit beer with no artificial notes, but more raspberry flavor is needed to create a better balance.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour a see-through deep ruby red color, the head is average in size, the lace also adequate to cover the glass. Sweet raspberry tones, but mostly malt comes through, the start fruit sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is bitingly acidic, the hops pleasant and the long lasting aftertaste somewhat dry, as with most of their beers, “Good”, “Not great” but quite drinkable and refreshing which “Ain’t All That Bad”.

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Wild Raspberry Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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