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 / 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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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 232
Photo of rodbeermunch
1.47/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Looks like a pink lemonade shandy. A lot of sweetened lemon candy going for it in the aroma, with some of that berry Kool Aid packet going for it.

Man this is like sugar packets and nerds candy. Nothing in terms of hops, malt, yeast going for it. Gives sweet more than honey or raspberry too.

I can only further report that this beer is essentially a failure.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.17/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Because I need to lower my rAvg, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I'm not sure how old the bottle is, but I got it on clearance, so...

A: Pours a moderately hazy tawny color. Great head on this one, a two finger offwhite shade with fantastic texture. Retention isn't great, but lacing is stunning.

S: Raspberry candy. Tons of general sweetness with an artificial 'kick' to it as expected. A hint of wheat malt tries to come through, and almost does.

T: Fruity sweetness to start, before rounding out to a nondescript wheat finish. The chemical character is a bit pervasive in general. Still, it manages to be extremely bland instead of actively offensive. Congrats, I suppose?

M: Not as carbonated as I anticipated, but it goes down easily enough. Still, the chemical astringency on the finish needs to go.

O: Meh.

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Photo of ncjoshman
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll just say this right now: this beer is very, very forgettable. I had to have my friend crack open his share just to get this review on.

A: If i didn't know better, i would've thought i bought straight honey. Fairly Carmel-y. Pretty colour. Don't blink, or you'll miss the head. Zero lacing.

S: By far, the most misleading part of the brew, the smell is chock full of raspberries. Also some wheat, a bit of honey and malt and bread, and if you "look" real hard, chocolate.

T: Absolutely disappointing. Tons of wheat with what i can only describe as a little bit of raspberry. Fairly malty. Would make a good taste if they weren't trying to make a fruit beer.

M: Thin, thin, thin. Absolutely unsatisfying. Too little carbonation for the style. The viscosity is nothing short of concerning.

I like this beer, but it really should be better. Just a bit wrong to warrant a full-hearted recommendation.

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Photo of jsanford
2.3/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dark rose red-brown with a short-lives fizzy white head. Aroma is of raspberry jam, honey, and maybe a touch of malt. I'm usually not a fan of fruit beer that isn't a Lambic, so my hopes here aren't high. Taste is...ugh...raspberry Jolly Rancher and a bit of honey. Artificial and bland. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, with a light body and sharp carbonation. This definitely didn't change my mind about fruit beers. Pass.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a pretty nice looking golden color, the head was a bit fizzy and white which just settles into a white film over the top of the beer. Not much lacing really. The smell of the beer was sweet, plenty of raspberry aroma for sure. The taste lacks a lot of this fruity flavors I expected from when I smelt the beer. The mouthfeel is a light bodied and a little watery. Overall this beer could have been much better if the flavors were bumped up just a bit more.

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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 StLThrash
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My sister-in-law left some of these at the house after a get together a few weeks ago. Wish she would've taken them with her!

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Darker amber, which was unexpected considering it was a honey raspberry ale. I was expecting a lighter beer. A little bit of foamy head, no lacing.

S - I can pick up the sweetness of the raspberry and honey. Some decent malt character. No hop aromas coming through for me.

T & M - Light bodied, light carbonation. I get some sweetness from the fruit and honey, but not as well defined as most raspberry beers. Seems like they had good intentions, just didn't execute as well.

Overall - I am a fan of raspberry wheat beers, and also honey weizens. This one falls short of many others I've tried. It's not horrible, but it's not great either. I wouldn't purchase it again. By the way, the label on the one I have looks completely different than the one on here.

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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 Cylinsier
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours clear nut brown with a tinge of magenta coloring, moderate off-white head dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells of mixed berries and caramel.

Tastes of bittersweet molasses, some nut flavors, a mild raspberry and strawberry sweetness.

Feels moderate to thin with light tingles of carbonation.

So-so beer, easy enough to drink, but kind of an odd flavor. Can't seem to decide if it wants to be a full on fruit beer or some kind of nut brown ale, so it splits the difference with questionable results. Not terrible, but not worth a repeat visit.

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Photo of biggred1
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dark raspberry colored with a creamy light tan head. Raspberries, honeysuckle and trace malt notes in the aroma. Honey, raspberries and a touch of cough syrup flavor that dries out in the finish. Light bodied with a too mild carbonation for me. This one's a miss in my book, while raspberry and honey aren't exactly what I look for in a beer, this beer doesn't need to be this boring.

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Photo of smcolw
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper color and reasonably clear. Modest head that settles to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves very light, spotty lace.

Very sweet, reminds me of a Framboise without any sourness.

The taste is similar to the smell. The body is too thin for the high carbonation. Tastes "plastic", meaning that it seems very artificial. There is a touch of hop in the aftertaste even if I cannot detect it until long after the swallow.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Tannish with some red highlights that really give it a nice dark color without being too cloudy. Ok head that doesn't really stay.
S: Nice seedy aroma of raspberry jam coupled with some honey and slight hop flavor.
T: Not overly sweet. Crisp and sour flavor with some silky texture created by the honey. The beer puts me in the mind of bread with jam with some driness.
M/O: Very crisp and bubbly with some full flavor and not too overly sweet. This does retain some qualities of a beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no dating.

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold, 2 finger head of foam, some pretty good lacing.

The smell is very sweet with a strong nose of raspberries and an easy to spot bit of honey.

The taste is slightly tart and slightly sweet from the fruit, a hint or 2 of honey, and an overall not so lively flavour. This is dull.

Medium bodied with rather high carbonation...not so sweet of a mouth feel and drinkability is equally low. There's just not enough going on here to keep me interested.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spanish Peaks? Never heard of em! This is my first beer from them.

A - Pours a solid amber copper color with a half inch of head that turns to a small lace ring. After a while carbonation seems to give up leading to mild bubbles.

S - From the glass I got a good amount of honey and mild raspberries. Pretty strong too.

T - Huh it's kind of like... water. Waaay too thin of a body with mild tart raspberries and where did the honey go? It's like it was left out or not added enough because their just doesn't seem to be there to cover the harsh grain finish. Bitter ending rather than happy.

M - Way too light. I just finished a ST porter and compared to that it's like I am drinking a glass of water. Damn...

D - Well I don't think I will be seeking out any more of there beers. Hard to think they couldn't have more honey flavor. Heck Dundee Honey brown has enough honey to balance the gain and it's 18 dollars with tax a case! Big letdown of a beer. Pass!

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Photo of droomyster
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer that disappointed me and my wife. Was alright to the eye: poured a clear dark copper with a bit of off-white head. The aromas and taste, however, were almost entirely devoid of maltiness AND hop character of any sort. How can this be? A hint of raspberry is definitely detectable on both the nose and palate, but its not complimenting any other pleasant element. Pass.

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Photo of Radome
1.94/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Color is a light amber. The beer itself is mostly clear. However there are particles of sediment suspended throughout the entire glass. They remain in place when you move the glass, so that it rotates around the particulate-filled beer. There is no head at all. Not appetizing.

S - The aroma is a very faint raspberry. I don't smell anything else.

T - The taste is not like beer at all. There is a vague chemical taste that predominates and then some overlaid raspberry notes. No distinguishable malt, hops or yeast flavors.

M - Thin body, a little carbonation fizz.

D - No thank you.

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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 KarlHungus
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a murky dark red color with orange hues around the edges. There is no head. The is a very unattractive looking beer. The aroma is of raspberry juice product. It is overly sweet, and way too strong. The taste is very faint, but has the same fake raspberry quality as the aroma. The mouthfeel is this with low carbonation. Overall, this beer is a drain pour.

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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 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 gboy515duo
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer went great with a 100 calorie pack of chips ahoy. The pairing of the sweet chocolatey cookies and the dry raspberry honey ale met perfectly in the middle. Without the cookies, this beer is, as previously stated, only mediocre.

1+ finger head, transparent dark red, with an off white & beige head with nice lacing. The head disappears quickly and smells mostly of malt. The Dog on the bottle must be tricking my senses, but the wheat smell comes off more like dog food than anything.

The strong raspberry aromas come out after the head settles. There is a raspberry flavor before and after the wheaty & bready taste that hits you in the middle. Not overly sweet, just very fruity. Surprisingly dry for a summer ale.

Honey is mixed in with the bready flavor, so it is almost hidden. This ale has a very sharp mouthfeel, very dry, and the bready wheat taste creates an interesting feeling.

The wheat taste slowly disappears after drinking this beer for awhile, and you only taste the raspberry honey flavor.

Overall, easy to drink, but not something that you would want to.

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

12 oz. brown bottle poured into tulip pint glass. This is my second time drinking this beer. Bought for 25 cents in the beer close out section of my local beer store. No bottle dating can be found.

Appearance: copper colored body with a tinge of purple-pink in a slightly cloudy body with plenty of carbonation. A film of suds remains on top and provides soapy lacing.

Smell: unripened raspberries and tart cranberries along with husks of wheat. The honey lends a sweet side scent.

Taste: flavors are light and refreshing consisting of fruity flavors such as raspberry and sour cherry along with grains and honey. The hops are utilized for a slight bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of medium in body with slight overcarbonation. Balance leans towards the bitter and acidic side.

Drinkability: I would definitely drink this again, but probably wouldn't choose it first in a decent lineup of beer choices.

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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 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 kels
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy shade of caramel with subtle pink highlights. The initial 1 finger white head fizzles out immediately to a barely-there skim and leaves behind no lace.

Aroma is very light. I get hints of sweet candy-like raspberry and a little bit of grain.

Most enjoyable part of this beer is the lovely brightness of the feel. It is crisp, effervescent and very clean in the drink and in the finish. The raspberry flavor, while synthetic tasting, is still pleasant and sweet, but it seems to cover the malts' flavors pretty much entirely.

Drinkability is super high as this is a refreshing, light and pleasantly sweet beer.

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