Honey Raspberry Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

Honey Raspberry AleHoney Raspberry Ale
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Honey Raspberry AleHoney Raspberry Ale

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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
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 griffinxi
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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 CoSMoSYS
4.24/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark copper with medium head and no lacing. I couldn't detect any carbonation but that could have been because of the dark beer. Head disappears after a few minutes.

As the product advertised this beer definitely smelled like honey and raspberry. A lot of raspberry, I should say. Almost overpowering...but I kind of enjoyed it. It was almost refreshing. There was also a roasted type smell as well.

The taste was awesome. As you drink the raspberries hit you and then the subtleness of the honey calms you down. Aftertaste is a little hoppy.

Carbonation tickles your tongue. This beer is very crisp and dark. It was almost the perfect blend of ingredients for me.

For some reason, on a chilly MI night, this hit the spot and I would say I'd definitely drink this again. I like fruit beers that say they are a certain flavor and you get what is advertised instead of you having to fish around for the flavor and they get buried by the hops.

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Photo of BrewerMel
4.24/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This head that disappeared immediately. Lacing was good despite weak beginning.

S- Of course, strong raspberry and honey. Seems like a clover honey?

T- One of the best uses of raspberry I've tasted. A slight tangy hop flavor comes through in the aftertaste; very pleasant.

M- Light and refreshing. High on the carbonation gets me to burping by the third gulp.

D- One of my all time favorites. Tried it for the first time in the brewery in Montana back in 96 and have loved it since. Great to see them sticking it out and still creating great beers!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for coming home from a night of debauchery with a mystery mixed 6 of unknown (or unremembered) origin. I would've never copped this brew otherwise...

A - Amber hue with a raspberry reddish-purple tinge, a finger of white foam that subsides to a small cap.

S - Huge raspberry, some discernible honey and just a very fresh and wholesome aroma.

T - Tastes very good, given the style. Very refreshing, nice raspberry flavor, well-complemented by the honey; it is basically as advertised.

M - Very refreshing. I can drink about 6 oz. per gulp.

D - There is nothing wrong with this brew, and there is a whole lot right about it. Great stuff for crushing a big thirst on a hot day.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.12/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a light amber colour with limited white head. Aroma is solidly raspberry. Taste is also raspberry, restrained and not exceptionally tart. Finishes with clinging honey sweetness. Nice, smooth, worth the time to try it. Probably very good on its own as a dessert beer.

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Photo of BrewMasterBurch
4.12/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep amber, light brownish color. About a finger of head after pouring into a pilsner glass which dissipates quickly.

Smell- Fruity, sweet smell with a strong presence of honey and raspberry, however a natural beer smell as well.

Taste- Good balanced taste of honey, raspberry and beer. One of the best tasting fruit beers I've ever had. No artificial sweetener taste with other "berry" beers. Spanish Peaks did a great job with this one.

Mouthfeel- Light-bodied, nice and easy on the palate.

Drinkability- Smooth and easy straight out of the bottle or poured in a glass. Refreshing and crisp.

I'd buy a a 6-pack...

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Photo of Alkey
4.07/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing I notice is there is a different label on my beer along with it saying its from Saratoga Springs, NY not Cali.

Poured from a 12oz bottle a cloudy dark amber color with very little head.

Smells of dark fruit, plums and prunes.

Taste is sweet with rich fruit notes and malt.

Overall a tasty brew that fits the style and has rich flavor.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.02/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Looking at the other reviews, I think I got a good bottle. The color was a cloudy amber with an off-white head. The head was thick when it was poured and last a little while, then died down to a thick laceing. The smell was raspberries and some wheat, but mostly raspberries. The berries were very pungent and noticeable. The taste was the same. Never really got a honey taste, but did get the berries and wheat. It's nothing crazy good, but it's got it's perks. I like it though and will be back for mo'.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish golden amber, topped with a two finger marshmallowy tan head, leaves broken webs of lacing.
Honey aroma, toast, biscuit, tea and fruit notes.
Raspberry stronger in taste, sweet, the raspberry is strong but doesn't overpower the beer, a good balance, toast, biscuit, jam and a general fruitiness.
Medium bodied.

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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 LauriFurlong
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised how much I loved this beer. It was light and fruity but still smooth. I could smell and taste the raspberry, it wasn't over powering, a great combination because of the honey. I think this a perfect beer for a hot summer night.

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Photo of marburg
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to buy this in college for 6 bucks a six-pack (plus tax/deposit). How the hell can you go wrong for 6 bucks?

Well, you just can't. It's the ideal football game beer. Fairly clearn, orange/amber in color, this beer is so mindless in its aroma and taste, that it's perfect for having friends over. It's drinkability is off the charts.

Softly intense, but admittedly quite artificial, raspberry aroma. Sweet, as the "Honey" in the name would indicate. No real hop presence in the nose or in the flavor. Starts with a sourdough bread feel and a sweet honey-ish taste. Definite raspberry flavor. Light, creamy mouthfeel. No real finish to speak of. But man, it's easy. So, so, so easy.

For what it is, it couldn't be better. An ideal American raspberry ale, methinks. Serve it to yourself when you're being cheap and boring, and serve it to your friends on football Saturday/Sunday when you want to be snobby but generous.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this yesterday since i was feeling a fruit beer, lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a dark red amber color with one fingers worth of white head that disappeared pretty quickly.

S- Lots of sweet red raspberry's, also some wheat and honey tones can be picked up. Smells really fruity.

T- The raspberry's are toned down quite a bit compared to the smell, but their balanced well with malts so the taste doesn't come off as a artificial or over sweet.

M- Crisp and dry with good carbonation.

D- Since this beer is balanced well and not overly sweet i could see drinking two or three of these in a sitting.

Overall i thoughr this was a good fruit beer, some fruit beers tend to go overboard with the fruit and forget the about the beer, but this one kept both aspects balanced and sessionable. I would buy this again, i think it would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber ale with a good-sized head, and a tangy fruity aroma that didn't overpower with raspberry scent.

It tasted slightly sweet, with the raspberry taste smooth and well balanced.

A good, not exceptional, brew. Worth trying, especially for raspberry lovers.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a huge fan of fruit beers. This beer's apperance was average. It was a decent red, almost orange color with a small head that slowly discipated into a small lace. The aroma was a little bit of raspberries but the taste was a lot of raspberries. I was actually suprised at how much it tasted like raspberries. I had a hard time finding the honey in it but it was there. A very good fruit beer. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.89/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly hazy, and light amber in color. Thin rocky head dissipates quickly.

Smell - This beer has a great raspberry smell backed up with malty sweetness and a hint of hops.

Taste - The raspberry flavor is strong, but not overpowering. Itis balanced fairly well with the malt, so this is not a "candy" beer. Hop bitterness is subdued, and hard to detect. Still, this beer has a pleasing flavor. It seems a little stale, and I attribute that primarily to lack of proper storage in the place where I bought it.

Mouthfeel - This beer is light bodied, but it has a slightly sticky texture.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinking beer, and calls for a second sampling. Too bad I only bought one.

Comments - The presentation of this beer is less than optimal, but this is a pretty decent drink anyway. It might also be good as a change of pace for big beer drinkers.

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Photo of eb003
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a pretty good brew. I thought it was refreshing during these hot summer months.

The appearance was a bit above average...it was a dark golden coler. The smell was very good...as the raspberry aroma stood out.

The taste was also good. It had a faint raspberry taste tthat lingered with an average mouthfeel. The drinkability is pretty good. I drank 3 before thinking... hmmm, how many have I had? LOL. Overall, it's a good brew.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average pour nothing special.A clear amber in color.A small white head that didnt last long.Aroma is nothing but raspberry and lots of it.Aroma is very tart and very sweet smelling.The taste however wasnt as sweet as the smell.I smelled more raspberry than what I tasted.Hints of honey on the finish.A light and refreshing ale that had a very crisp mouthfeel.No bitterness on the finish at all.A very good light and refreshing ale that has a different taste.I would buy these again.A sweet light raspberry taste.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color poured out a amber yellow with very little head or foamy action at all, just some fizzed out bubblyness. Smells like honey and raspberry, no really, it does. That about does it for the smell, a faint malt backing is detected with no hop evidence to be found. Taste is clean, crisp, and very refreshing, has a nice raspberry sweet/tartness thats smoothed out with a honeyish malt, not bad. Feel is smooth, light bodied and watery with no hold of anykind, just a little tart raspberryness. Boy, this is some very drinkable stuff. Great for hot days, yard work, or whenever in a lighter beer mood, this stuff fits perfectly.

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Photo of myxomatosis
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, reddish-amber brown with about a half inch of head which dissipates rapidly.

S - Sweet, fruity and a little malty.

T - Sweet and subtle - I can taste the raspberries clearly, and there's very little bitterness. Almost like soda.

M - Very smooth; light and thin, with good carbonation.

D - Easy drinking and refreshing. The website says it's available year-round, but it seems especially well-suited to this time of year (late spring/early summer).

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Honey Raspberry Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
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