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 GRG1313
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark orange amber with a nice white head. Attractive.

Nose of simple assertive raspberry..period. Mouthfeel is actually has some substance and a "buttery" feel.

Unfortunately, there is little in the way of flavor or character. Medium body and simple peach and raspberry flavor.

Actually tastes like a cross between soda and beer and has a decent little bitter and fruit finish. Leaves a peacy/raspberry taste in your mouth. Unlikely I would drink again.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was an impulse buy and I gotta say it went pretty well for me. The honey/raspberry tastes are present but not too strong or powerful and add a good touch to the beer. I found this beer very thirst quenching and satisfying, as it was well balanced and flavorful. I would like to try it again for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm always looking for a great fruit beer, so I keep trying them. The beer found here isn't great, but It does have some tasty character. The beer opens with a berry-like aroma with mild tartness and mild sweetness (honey-like). The flavors, again, are quite berry-like with a sweetness that is a moderate grain / malt blend. The honey character seems to come from honey-malts rather than true honey additions; nevertheless the honey character is timid, leaving the beer too grain flavored and not complex. The texture is a bit tart from the raspberry flavors and a bit husk-like from the grains, with a mild astringency. Finishes a bit grainy and berry-like once more. Not the best of experiences, but the fruit flavors do pull this beer from the ashes.

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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 zeff80
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an amber/red color with a white, bubbly, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of tons of raspberry! There was a hint of honey aroma.

T - It tasted strongly of raspberry with some honey. There was some malt and it was very sweet. The sweetness tended to subside as it warmed.

M - It was soft and a light-bodied beer.

D - Too much raspberry. It really tasted like something other than a beer.

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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 jlindros
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got his hoping to get my wife into craft beers. I'll give it a quick review and hand it over to her.

A: Pours a light 1 finger frothy head. A pretty clear artificial-like raspberry color gives way to light and bubbles, the color you would see in a raspberry flavored candy. The head is gone in about 15 seconds.

N: Raspberry puree comes right out first. That is followed by some sweet dark malts, crystal malts, slight roasted qualities, some sweet honey aromas, and even some crisp ale like aromas.

T: Here goes... very light. Raspberry puree taste again, followed by the slightest malt flavor, with water and more water. Its a very light and watery taste. Hints of sweet honey. It's almost as if they did water it down, was this Honey Raspberry Lite?

M: Pretty light, watery, decent carbonation.

F: Hey, where is the finish. I'm still waiting for it. I suppose I should be expecting no finish as most of the taste never showed up. It does have a slight sweetness on the finish and raspberry taste seems to stick around, but the beer itself had no finish.

Oh, and my wife doesn't like it.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: I hate to over-state the obvious, but the aroma is mostly of honey & raspberries. There’s a little bit of light malt and hops but not much.

T: In the taste it’s the raspberry flavor that dominates. The honey is a complimentary background flavor. The malt character is light and there’s a mild hops presence that starts to kick in after the first few sips. The after-taste is sweet and tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, I could drink a few of these despite it being one of my least favorite styles. Even though I consider the beer mediocre, it exceeded my expectations. I’m not a big fan of the raspberry flavor in general so I didn’t think I would like this beer at all. However, it was actually pretty decent.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an amber body with a quickly dieing, white head.

Smell: Straight-up scent of raspberry-flavored cough syrup. Ugh. Look ashamed, Spanish Peaks Mascot Dog!

Taste: Pale malts with a caramel sweetness and a hint of toothsome honey. Then BANG it's the slighty off-putting raspberry taste. Citrusy, earthy hops with a medium bitterness. The hops can scrub away the sweetness, but can't manage to loosen that gacky raspberry flavoring from my tongue. Sip of Perrier. Drying, faux raspberry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Just barely above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would've much preferred the base beer minus the natural raspberry flavoring. Whaddya say, Spanish Peaks? Think we can swing that?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery orange with a light tan, soft cap of foam. Almost no lace; not surprising given the appearance of the head. There's not much going on in the nose, though I can detect a soft raspberry scent along with a little toasted grain. Can't say that I appreciate any honey though.

This is an okay fruit beer, but that's about as far as it goes. It tastes more like a lager than an ale and has that weak, slightly sour raspberry essence that I appreciated in the nose. Again, no real honey flavor per se, but there is a mild sweetness in there somewhere. The body/mouthfeel is average for the style. On a positive note, it doesn't break down on the finish and isn't overly carbonated.

Fruit beers are difficult to get right in my experience. I'm not a home brewer, but I'm speaking as one who likes, or thinks he would like, a good summertime fruit beer and is having trouble finding one. Honey Raspberry Ale isn't bad, but it isn't what I've been searching for.

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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 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 RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with minimal head. Nose is fairly strong with raspberry, though not overpowering. Flavor is like raspberry beer. But when I taste it, I just feel like it is beer with added raspberry flavoring. Big deal. There is no flavor ride, nothing that moves me. Nothing really monumental at all. Feel is pretty standard. I only give this one the rank I do on the overall factor because it is not entirely putrid.

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Photo of jwc215
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a thin head that becomes a lasting swirl.

The smell is of a spritzer with a touch of raspberry.

The taste is of raspberry syrup. A grainy, wheat crispness is there. Didn't catch too much honey - just a tad. Some (rather flat) hops are there to balance out the sweetness, but add little, if anything, to the flavor. Finishes abruptly.

Light bodied, though there is something of a body to it. Smooth, but with quite a bit of carbonation (that comes close to killing it, but doesn't).

Easy going down, and nothing too bad. A syrupy raspberry is present and controlled, but there's really not much too it. A boring fruit ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clear honey-ish amber hue, head is short-lived. In the nose, very raspberry, balanced by sweet honey notes. Carbonation is high, and initial hop bite is big and bracing, but brief. Body is medium, well-balanced, and the flavor is good, persistent, and pleasant. Inevitably, though, the taste of this ale, like every other part of it, collapses into itself and becomes rather dull. Or in other words, the novelty grows tiresome.
This is an I seem to return to every now and then, but with lessening enthusiasm.

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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 GClarkage
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/29/07- Received as a gift from a friend.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with either a born on or freshness date on the back of the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber color on the pour. About a 3/4 inch head which fades quickly. Leaves spotty light lace traces.

Smell- A mild funky yeasty aroma. Not bad, but a tad stinky. Some fake raspberry notes as well. Also some toasted malt.

Taste- Reminds me of Purple Haze, but not as bad (not even close to as bad). Actually reminds me more of Pyramid beers and the funky yeast flavor I taste in them. Seems like it's a tad stale. Malt is toasted and sweet, but a touch cardboardy. Raspberries are more fresh than in the nose and the honey adds a decent touch of sweetness to the beer. Hops are there, but really don't get noticed that much.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level and a very mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quaffable, but nothing special. Have had this brew before a few times. Hasn't gotten any better. Just your run of the mill fruit beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice "amber" style aroma, pale and crystal malts, with a sweet raspberry aroma that is quite refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It think the dryness is due to the use of honey. It is slightly sweet with a mild raspberry taste. It tastes like raspberry extract, not the real deal. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is an above average fruit brew, but it lacks the flavor of real fruit and has too much CO2. I like the amber appearance.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice raspberry notes, and some wheat tones. The taste is sweet/malty, raspberry sparkle, slightly wheaty. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likly would not buy again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is very carbonated; it pours with a frothy, though large bubbled and fairly quickly disappearing light brown colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear amber-brown color. The aroma is of raspberries; sticky sweet, cough syrup like raspberries, and try as I might I don’t get anything else. The beer vaporizes as it hits my tongue b/c of the high level of carbonation. The beer is not nearly so sweet as the aroma would suggest; in fact it only has a light sweetness, which really helps the raspberry flavors from becoming too cloying. This beer is slightly tart and finishes with an odd astringent, almost tannic note to it. Somehow the taste is worse than the aroma, despite not bee sticky sweet. This beer is just not for me, thin on jarring to boot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz picked up sometime last week at the Coop for about $1.30.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head drops leaving descent lacing.. brew is clear honey gold.

Alot of raspberry in the aroma.. background pale malts.. but the fruitiness is the main component.. it very much strikes me as an artificial raspberry ... perfumy .. too perfumy.

Flavor tastes of artificial chemically fruitiness.. Reminds me of a grandmothers cheap perfume.. fairly sweet .. not much else to pick out.. the fruitiness overwhelms everything else. Light mouthfeel and abundant carbonation.

Enough of this one .. down the drain you go.

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

Pours a clear copper brew with lots of fine yeast flecks floating in it.

Smell is sweet and fruity with raspberry very easy to smell. Other scents in this are peach malt and a little caramel.

Taste is certainly sweet with a clear raspberry taste that just trails off into a maltiness that ends with a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good but the carbonation level in this is enough to sting your tongue.

Drinkability is OK, I have had better raspberry beers.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, cloudy copper with rubyish hues and a decent head that stuck around shortly. A sweet, sugary honey smell but not much else. Now I don't mind sweet/fruit tating beers, so this hit the spot - I love raspberry iced tea and this reminded me of razz tea a little. That being said, it is a little different in beer form. While the taste was nice, it was a little syrupy and runny. One of those drinks that go down smooth and sweet and yet you still grimace like you just sucked on a sour ball. A little liberal usage of the term ale on the label, this is more like a razz fruit beer. It is worth a try, I just couldn't possibly chill with this beer if I had a whole six-pack.

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Honey Raspberry Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
3.1 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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