Honey Raspberry Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Honey Raspberry AleHoney Raspberry Ale

Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2002

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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 194
Reviews by Jasel:
Photo of Jasel
2.14/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer does not accomplish what it set out to do. Weak flavors all around make this beer not worth the visit.

Appearance - Dark with a violet tinge. Very little head and no lacing.

Smell - Really funky...can't make anything out.

Taste - Weak raspberry with hardly any honey and a sour/bitter taste..

Mouthfeel - Funky with sharp fizz.

Drinkability - Not having one of these again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice rich gold color with not much head to speak of,rasberry is very prevalent in the aroma,sweet malty taste is the first thing I got on the palate with some hop presence in the aftertaste.Alittle to swet for me but not a real bad beer all in all.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a dull honey-colored beer, with a thin little ring of bubbles. Aroma is like weak mixture of geuze, rasberry, and mead rolled into one.

Rich and floral honey base sandwhiches struggling rasberry into a cidery finish propped up by herbal hop. Rasberry emerges in wisps for the aftertaste. I do believe the fruit in fruit beer should be subdued, but its almost lost in this one. Midwieght, slick mouthfeel. This a beer worth trying, but probably not more than once.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge and very fizzy head that sticks around for a while.

The aroma is strong sweet raspberries and honey.

The flavor is pretty washed out and watery with some acidic fruits and a bit of a metallic bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a ton of sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a very good beer. I thought I might be pleasantly surprised from the look and smell of the beer. But the flavor is subdued, bland and a bit off and it's way too carbonated.

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Photo of generallee
3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz, long neck bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep amber colored body with good clarity, visible carbonation and a light tan head. The head is very light and soapy. It very quickly fades down to just a very thin wispy layer. Lacing is minimal and slick.

Smell: The aroma hit me with a light waft of raspberry candy as I opened the bottle. In the glass and with a proper inspection I get the same raspberry candy but with notes of honey and biscuit like malt.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is very much the same as the aroma. It has a light body with a sweet malty character. There are notes of sweet honey and sweet/tart raspberry with hop flavor way off in the distance. The hop flavor just kind of picks up on the tartness of the berry and adds a very mellow subdued bitterness to the finish. Its palate feels light and silky with light somewhat fizzy carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a nice sweet and average summery beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed, copper orange body, with a small beige head that quickly drops to a film. No lacing.

Raspberries are the obvious aroma, and I find this quite pleasing to the nose.

Mouthfeel is very thin, with slight undercarbonation.

Taste is all about the raspberries, but it's really not a natural raspberry taste. Hops are out to lunch here, but there is a definite malty presence. No honey is picked up. This seems thin and watered down by the finish.

For raspberry lovers only. If I weren't a fan of raspberries, I doubt that I could have finished the bottle. It's thin enough to go down smooth and easy, and finishes surprisingly clean without any cloying aftertaste. Still, this leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Billolick
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any type of freshness dating. Pours a dark maple syrup color, clear with a puffy tan head, leaves decent lacing. Nose is sugary sweet. Medium bodied, average mouthfeel, IE nothing special. Flavors I pick up are sugar, fruit (Rasberry/blueberry/strawberry) some maltyness and minimal hops/bitterness. Sugary sweet beer is not really for me. This is drinkable, especially in warm weather.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. long neck brown brown bottle with crimped cap into a nonic glass.

Clear,reddish/amber color.Off white creamy head dissapating quickly to a slight coating of foam with lots of fizzing sound.A few straggling tiny bubbles floating around not much carbination.

A good raspberry aroma,with notes of honey,a slight melon aroma,mostly raspberry,very pleasing and fragarant.

Raspberry tastes dominate,honey flavors also not much more.I like the balance of the rasberrys and honey,just right. Nothin overpowering,couldn't have balance the two tastes much better.Theres a slight tartness thats pleasing A good tasting fruit beer if you like raspberrys,which i do.

Light mouthfeel,creamy and refreshing.Goes down very nice. Tastes good cold,would be a good summer beer.
When I bought this beer in a mixed sixer I meant to grab the Black Dog Ale instead. I got a pretty good surprize. I ususally save these types of beer for the ladies,the ladies that like raspberrys would love this beer.

A good strong raspberry taste,but not overpowering,pleasing

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Photo of jsolack
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks thin and is darker than I would expect. Amber color.

Raspberry and Honey (obviously) are dominent. Wheat is light behind the sweetness. It smells good but more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Tastes of Raspberry, honey and wheat. I normally don't like flavored beers but this is pretty nice and refreshing.

Definitly light in the mouth... lighter than I would like in a wheat based beer.

Pretty good beer for a hot day, but it's a little too sweet to drink too many of these.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Pours out looking like normal beer and a pink lemonade. Smells like lemonade candy, brake fluid and expired adjunct beer.

Taste, artificially sweet and naturally nasty, kind of like a Kardashian or other reality ___(deragotory name). No hops, some malt I guess, something had to give it the character that at least looks like beer at times.

Man they used to carry this stuff at Safeway in the desert. Glad they don't anymore.

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Photo of ADR
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seems like this and Black Dog are all that's left at the one store I find Spanish Peaks brews at...

Hazy reddish color with a 1/4 inch head that's good for 20 seconds or so.There's a lot of honey in the aroma, combining with the berries to give an over-all raspberry jam smell. Mouthfeel is medium and not overcarbonated like a Leinie's Berry Weiss but the sense of raspberry is too much on the sweet side, combining with malt sweetness to make my throat "clutch" a little. I'm not expecting hops to come to the rescue, but there isn't balance. To me, the best counterpoint to fruit is the natural tartness that comes through in a Lambic. That said, this isn't bad within the style, though I'm not sure who this style is for.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy orange amber tone with an off white cream head leaves minimal lacing. Aroma: Honey is in the forefront with some raspberry fruit sweetness coming about as well, in California we liked this beer on tap alot. Right now I'm realizing it's decent but I'm not into the fruit and honey routine. Taste: It does work a biscuit grainy flavor finishes sweet with raspberries and honey one of the most tolerable fruit infused ales yet. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body not bad sprizy carbonation tickles the back of the throat. Drinkability: Mediocre not an awesome ale by any means seems like it's proably popular on the fad level though.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been lazy with reviews lately. Notes are from yesterday.

This beer is a clear deep orange-red with a ruddy bronze hue. A soft white head is pretty thick but fades fairly quickly. Spotty lacing is moderate.
The aroma is raspberry, like fresh juice, tart with light sweetness. There's not too much beer character, though.
The taste is about the same; there's a bit of grains and a trace of malts, but otherwise this is almost raspberry soda if not for a touch of citrus hops notes pulling through. It fortunately doesn't go too sour like some.
The body is light to medium, sharply crisp with a moderately smooth feel developing from tingling carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange-amber hue, with one finger of tight sudsy ecru head, which disappears quickly, leaving no lace in its stead. It smells of raspberry puree, and sweet honeyed grain - quite enticing. The taste is bready, grainy malt, greenish raspberry essence, earthy, mildly sweet honey, and some bitter leafy hops. The carbonation is adequately sedate, with the body medium weight, and fruity. It finishes with an airy lightening in weight, and an overall drying, the echoes of grain, fruit, and honey intermingling.

A deft touch with two ingredients that could become cloyingly sweet, but here, they're well balanced, tempered, and rather enjoyable - the big dessert sensations are flushed out in the aroma.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Spanish Peaks- Honey Raspberry Ale

Appearance- Light copper with no head.
Smell- Strong raspberry and breakfest pancake honey.
Taste- Light raspberry flavor mixed with a creamy vanilla malt. Hints of honey throughout. Tsted like cream soda.
Mouthfeel- flat and bland. Flavor is weak.

Overall- A boring beer. Flavor needs to be intensified 2 fold.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

AP: Only mildly carbonated, deep rusty amber color with a nearly non-exsistant scattered white "head". (if that's what ya wanna call it?)

Nose: Raspberry cream, acidic and sour fruits, overly ripe dark berries and a mild, dry-leaf hop scent.

Flavor is that of mildly bitter red fruits, wheat, sour yeast, and a mossy and acidic effect at the end.

Feel: Light, crips with a decent bite but vry thin and lifeless overall.

DA: Not again.

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Photo of Seanish
4.26/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It pours a copper color with a hint of red. Minimal head that disappeared even quicker. Smell brings you a sweet raspberry, can't seem to find the honey though. It is a pleasant smell, to be poetic it brings out nostalgic yearnings for summers gone by. Honestly, before I even looked on here and for this beer I felt it epitomized the summer. I guess I'm not the only one though. Good news for Spanish Peaks.

One word to describe the tast is refreshing. It could easily be something you crave after a long day out in the sun. The sweet honey and raspberry are ever present without being overwhelming. The mouthfeel is kind of bland. It has a light carbonation but doesn't have much substance, this could be part of the appeal however as it feels light.

I bought this beer on a whim but but I'm glad to have discovered this beer. It's very drinkable, something I could definitly see myself drinking again in warmer months. If you like fruit beers you should definitly give this one a try. Even if you're not a big fan of fruit beers trying it out could change your mind.

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Photo of Guardian
4.24/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always like tryign various fruit beers....and this one was certainly one of the better ones that I have tried.

The raspberries are extremely prevalent to both smell and taste, but not to the point of being overwhelming. Taste is smooth and gentle with very little aftertaste.

I'm not sure I could drink an entire 6 pack at a time due to its sweetness, but this is a great beer to sit out on the front porch with.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy. The body is a deep amber with an orange cast, topped by a foamy white head. The head dies shortly after pouring, but keeps a decent collar throughout most of the glass and leaves some good lace. The aroma is of sweet raspberries over a lightly caramel maltiness. It's a very natural raspberry scent except that it's so sweet. There's a light butterscotch note at first, which I thought was diacetyl, but it doesn't appear again in the flavor. The body is medium-light with a restrained carbonation level, giving it a nicely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty and fruity. Very nice. It seems completely natural. I assume honey is added to boost the sweetness. Whatever bitterness is there is not really noticeable, which is totally fine as the beer doesn't seem overly sweet or cloying. It finishes sweet, but fairly short, leaving you with just a light lingering fruity & softly biscuity maltiness that makes you want another sip. Makes a very nice apertif or after dinner "dessert" drink. Easily one of the best American raspberry beers.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber hue without much carbonation and very little head. Aroma of light caramel malt, honey, and a bit of raspberry. Palate is a bit too sweet - honey and raspberry syrup dominate, with a little bit of caramel malt. A slight metallic twinge is evident on the finish. Body is a touch thin. Easily drinkable, but again, too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong fruity nose of raspberry. Pours a sparkling copper. The mostly diminishing off white frothy head leaves light lace. The brew starts well balanced, the middle has a pronounced acidity, the finish is sweet and heavy on the raspberry flavor. The light to medium creamy body is lively. The finish feels slightly cloying.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a little more red than usual. Very sparse head that entirely disappears.

The smell is of raspberries with a malt base. Nice and inviting.

The malt base comes out before the raspberries, which is both surprising and welcome. Unfortunately, the raspberries come off as processed and overly sweet. Too bad, it was starting off so nice.

The carbonation mysteriously reappears in the mouth. I was beginning to wonder where it went. Nice body to the brew, too.

There are better fruit beers out there, but if this one was the last on earth I'd probably drink it.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-brown wiht a good sized head.

Aroma is mostly raspberries with a touch of sweetness.

Light body, ripe raspberry taste up front that grows sweet in the middle. Faint tartness in the finish leaves a light raspberry aftertaste.

A nice fruit beer, like so many I've had a bit one-dimensional. Still, one of the better fruit beers I've had. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't make much effort to find it.

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Honey Raspberry Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 232 ratings