Honey Raspberry Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Honey Raspberry AleHoney Raspberry Ale

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Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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

12 oz bottle with the black lab on the label. Hazy reddish copper colored beer with a foamy beige head. The head didn't last very long, reduced to a thin covering. Heavy honey smell matched with some fruit baskets, somewhat artificial smelling. Taste is supersweet, very thick on the honey, mixed with medicinal fruit tastes. Raspberry flavors are very present and seem a bit like cough syrup to me, but that subsides quickly. Overall a very flavorful and fruity beer for sure. Finishes a bit slick, and sticky. Lacks a crisp refreshing finish and the sweetness lingers a bit.

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Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spanish Peaks Honey Raspberry Ale: From Montana! God, I’ve been packaging up the anticipated loathing for this beer: fruit, honey: Jackndan Smash! (note to self : edit this review when The Hulk Movie is in the remainder bins at Costco, a/k/a next week).

Bah, nice head, doesn’t stick to well, or stay around for the festivities. Color, reddish, hazy.

Not nasty aroma, kind of raspberry-ish (what did you expect?).

Taste, the bile swirls up in my throat, and I let fly with a mighty roar: “Hmm, not bad. . . Sweetie, Cubs are in a rain delay and Trading Spaces is on if you want! Can you bring me a pen so I don’t have to dictate my beer notes. . . Thanks, Pumpkin . . . wait, note to self, don’t transcribe that last part.”

Fruity taste dominates, but not unpleasantly so, to my chagrin. The honey adds smoothness, some slickness as well, and leads to a not awful balance. A bare misting of hops cleans up the finish, destroying what ever cloying tendencies this beer should have but does not.

I wanted to hate this, why did you have to make me not hate this.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled draught at Beer Sellar in Nashville. Pours an amber color with a medium off-white and foamy head. Thin lacing. Aroma is all raspberry (surprise). So is the flavor. I actually would have welcomed more honey in the flavor because the fizzy raspberry aspect didn't do much for me. Finish is thin and fruity. I won't bother with this again.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice darkish brown color with a thin layer of head remaining. The aroma is a strong rasberry like ale smell. The taste isn't as quite as strong the the smell but still pleasing and is leaves a weird bitterness on the palate, more than I've ever tasted in an ale. Mouthfeel is it little acidic, but basically what an ale should be. This beer is something I'd probably buy a couple times a year just to have something different.

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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 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 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 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 Jarod
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this bottle in a box that I just found last night in the basement, probably 2-3 years old. The beer poured a cloudy red/brown color. There was very little head (probably from the age), the skim was white in color and there was no lace. The aroma was sweet with the smell of raspberries or raspberry juice, very slight malt aroma was noticable. The taste was slightly carbonated (again probably d/t the age) and slightly bitter, but still sweet. Raspberries, and some malt are the only flavors available to me at this time. I kind of enjoyed this beer, because I kept in mind of its age, it was a different flavor then I was used to drinking at least last night. I would like to get another chance to review this beer when it is fresh.

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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 goindownsouth
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my initial venture into Spanish Peaks brews, and I have to say, I was relatively impressed. The raspberry/honey flavor was not all over the place as some, myself included, may hav eexpected. The raspberry offered a good aroma and a solid flavor without clouding or hampering the brew. The honey added just the slightest sweetness without any strong honey flavor that some may expect. This one is worth a try for something a little off the beaten path. Bottoms Up!

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

Amber gold color with a quite decent off-white head that fades quickly, fairly decent lace. Lively carbonation sheets the sides of the glass, but manages to maintain only a paper-thin head. Very strong raspberry aroma overwhelms the senses, though I think there might be a little caramel in there as well. Taste is dominated by raspberry and some grain notes, rather sweet for a beer, a little hop bitterness brings up the rear. Mouthfeel is reasonably good. This is not bad really, it just seems to be pushing the envelope for what might be called beer. I bought a sixer of this for my fiancee, who is not that much a fan of beer. She liked it, so I really cannot complain.

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Photo of marc77
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy amber hue, topped by a slowly receding off white head that settles into a tight, loose lace leaving layer. A strong waft of sweet raspberry extract hits the nose at firsts, and persists sufficiently to overshadow the light caramel sweetness. A hint of butterscotch emerges as the beer warms. A snap of caramel malt immediately yields to an assertive, somewhat overbearing raspberry twang. Although mild, hop bitterness seems above the norm for a foo foo fruit brew and manages to offset the fruit extract sweetness slightly. Lightly bodied, but not watery and weak (e.g. Pete's Strawberry Blonde) and lightly dextrinous in mouthfeel. Hop flavor is lost amongst the prevasive raspberry flavor. Finishes sweet, clean w/ just a hint of biscuit briefly lingering on the palate. A tame, somewhat bland, spot on average example of the typically insipid yet cloying style. Not flawed, but not at all memorable.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Spanish Peaks “Honey Raspberry Flavored Ale” pours a dark raspberry from a 12oz brown bottle. Light tan head forms to about one finger then settles to a thin cap and well defined ring.

Nose is raspberry central... good raspberry aroma, pleasing and as natural as can be. Palate on the other hand is a bit on the ruff side. Very slight honey, bitter hops that didn’t dry, and try as I might, and I tried mighty hard to find any up front raspberry, I could not. Way off in the background of my palate, just the slightest raspberry and honey could be found. After taste could be considered like bitter raspberry seeds that is as prominent on the buds as if you just had a mouth full of raspberries. All of this and no firm taste of raspberries.

I think that the hops have done the raspberries in, and all that is left is a hopsie Ale with a raspberry nose that has nowhere to go. I do like fruit Beers, just not this one.

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Photo of bditty187
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey-Raspberry pours a great orangey/tawny/honey color. Incredibly tiny head that disappears incredibly fast... leaves no trace. The nose is all honey. The taste is very sweet, as it is suppose too, but it has no trace of beer. I can't taste much hops or malt. Almost by default this is not a beer drinker's beer. I did enjoy drinking it though, as it reminded me of an autumn day at an orchard. I like fruit beers and this one is “good” but nothing I could drink more than one or, maybe, two of. I could see those who like alternative adult beverages really liking it.

Chug says, "No Whiners"

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