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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Photo of deadbody
1.06/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was probably the worst beer I have drank in quite a while. Upon opening the bottle (all 6 times sadly enough) the smell was like gone over fruit, not good. Pouring it there was little head, and was nothing special. The taste was again poor, the honey and raspberry were almost non-existant, and they interefered with the hops and malts.

I bought this on sale to try something new, and I would not buy it again, and would not drink it again.

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Photo of ufotofuturo
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Oh, God, this stuff.

My dad threw one of these at me once, saying that he "couldn't drink it". My dad is also a Marine Corps, caveman-type who occasionally swallowed goldfish in college. Naturally, hearing "I can't drink this" from him was a bit of a surprise. "What have I gotten myself into?" I thought.

As I opened the bottle, I got even more suspicious. I've since learned that I'm not really into fruit beers, but back then, I didn't have a clue. All I knew was that the beer pouring out of this bottle was a nauseating, Alice-In-Wonderland type, purplish-pink color, exuding odd, berry-scented wafts. This beer smells like Willy Wonka's bedroom after a fruit orgy.

As I took my first sip, my eyes widened. The beer had the consistency and flavor of a thick, fruity, alcoholic syrup, permeating every corner of my mouth. I couldn't swallow. I simply held the beer in my mouth, marveling at the strange horror I had unraveled. After a few seconds, I gulped the beer down, unable to mask the feeling that it was something truly alive, crawling down my throat in an ecstatic, fermented daze. Every sip was the same, until the beer was gone. The dog on the label gazed into my soul, mocking me.

This is, hands down, the most awful beer I've ever had. If you don't buy it at least once, if only to experience it, you are the worst type of coward.

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

Poured into a goblet.

A: Deep amber, with lots of carbonation. A fizzy head has OK retention, but leaves little lace.

S: Quite sweet. Tart raspberries dominate. Behind them are bits of straw and lemon.

T: The raspberry flavor dominates. It's sweet, tart and slightly medicinal. A light sugary sweetness is underneath. Bitterness is very low and adds just a hint of lemongrass. Finishes with a lingering raspberry flavor.

M: The light body is syrupy and has just about the right level of carbonation.

D: This an OK beer, but has bit too much of an alcohol-pop flavor my my tastes. Not something I'm likely to revisit.

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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 whtguitarguy
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decent for a fruit brew. Pours to an amber color, a decent head. Aroma is of malts and raspberry. The honey aroma doesn't shine through as much. Taste is of honey, followed by raspberry and slight malts, with hops in the finish. A little hoppy for my taste, but still decent and balanced.

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Photo of u2carew
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/04/09.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Creamy. Settles quickly. Lacing is thin and sticky. Amber in color. Clear bodied.
S) Raspberry. Caramel malt. Sweet overall aroma.
T) Raspberry. Grainy. Hoppy. Gentle blast of raspberry and malt sweetness up front. Then moves to a dry grainy taste. Finishes with a hop bite.
M) Medium bodied. Fairly smooth with some subtle dryness.
D) A nice fruit brew.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Deep amber with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Raspberries ans mild honey...

T: Big raspberry up front that quickly fades, mild floral hops and a hint of honey.

M: Medium light, fair carbonation...

D: Drinkable, but not something that I would really get into.

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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 Jmoore50
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a small fizz of a head and leaves quickly. No head or foam or lacing. The color is what is amazing, a nice amber orange color that looks like a mead. I do not like when I do not get any head.

The smell is of raspberrys and some wheat. A grain smell is overwhelming. The raspberry smells like a jolly rancher or some artificially enhanced grape soda.

The taste is okay at first, then is hard to get through. Raspberry is very strong, and it is okay at first but gets too much towards the end. Some amber characteristics are present, caramel malts. No real honey is tasted. Tastes artificial or fake, like fake table sugar.

The mouthfeel is overly carbonated.

Was pretty hard to get through a full glass of this, but glad I tried it.


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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 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 BeerFMAndy
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No visible date.

A - Poured a clear amber color with a very short-lived tan, one finger head. Tiny thin layer left standing with no lacing.

S - Sweet yet tart raspberries, wheat, floral aspects - but no hops - and a touch of raw honey. Smells quite similar to apple hookah tobacco actually.

T - Wheaty and lightly flavored with what tastes like watered-down raspberry juice concentrate. Sweet honey on the finish. Too sugary and not natural tasting. I don't want to compare it to Berry Weiss, cause it's not that strong, but it's close to the same style of fruit beer.

M - Medium bodied and refreshing with a sharp level of carbonation bouncing across the tongue.

D - It's ok I suppose. A safe alternative to a Berry Weiss, but still artificial in flavor. It'll quench the thirst of a fruity beer drinker (and pretty much any chick) on a summer day.

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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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Photo of Vancer
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If the label states "Honey Raspberry", then one should expect a fruit beer. And this one fits the bill fairly well, but without being overpowering or cloying sweet. The aroma and taste of this one was well done without ending up like a soda - the raspberry was there, but in semi-light notes.

This will make for a nice summer drinker, maybe not for me, but for crossovers looking for a beer that's not "heavy" in body or taste.

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

This beer pours a light copper color with a minimal head when poured into a pint glass. The nose at first blush is neutral, but after some investigation it turns up well hidden notes of honey. I think it helps to "resniff" after you take a sip. The flavor is relatively plain and straightforward with a finish that reveals the raspberry and honey notes. The honey is hidden in the early attack as well, but you must be looking for it. A light, warm-weather beer and a fine beer for the cooler at a coed BBQ.

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

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading thin head.Aroma is artificial raspberry syrup.Taste is more wild cherry than raspberry.I don't really taste any honey here.Overall it was nice to try I really don't think I would buy again though.I would recommend to try once!!

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color, off-white, foamy, diminishing head, not too thick.

Smells of raspberry, cola and some caramel malts.

Taste is somewhat bland, not too exciting. Definitely some raspberry, cherry skin(bitter sweet), a little watery, some earth tones, maybe some grass.

Mouthfeel is not too impressive and leaves a small amount of sticky bitterness behind.

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Photo of arizcards
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in early November for $1.59. Was feeling nostalgic when i bought this as this was one of the first micro beers I bought back in the early 90's. Had to give it a try.

Beer poured an amber color with a decent off white head. Nose initially was of raspberry but faded to a very faint malt only. Taste is pretty average, some light caramel malts blend with a somewhat heavy raspberry, light hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is average. Not a bad beer with one being plenty because of the sweetness.

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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 davexisxrabid
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a pint glass and these were the results...

Nice large fluffy head, fizzled down quickly. Nice clear amber colored ale, much like tea. Left very little to no lacing.

Nice aroma of wheat, honey, raspberry, and caramel malts. Very faint aroma detectable, else I would score it higher.

Very light taste, muted honey flavor with aftertaste of raspberries. Good malt flavor but almost no hop bite at all. Much like a light beer.

Again, much like a light beer in body - very crips and carbonated and light on the tounge.

Very drinkable because it's so light and not sickeningly sweet. I wouldn't go as far as to say its a sessionable beer because the flavors dont punch through that much.

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Photo of BierFan
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: The color of an amber ale. Has a small tan head.

Smell: Has a definite smell of raspberries. It smells a bit like a wine cooler, just like any other raspberry beer I've had. Except that it simply doesn't smell as good as other raspberry ales.

Taste: Taste is definitely disappointing. The tartness is too much and definitely hampers the drinkability. Almost a drainpour.

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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 Jayli
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours an amber color with a think layer of white head, leaves moderate lacing. Smell is primarily raspberries and sweetness. Taste is of overpowering raspberries with moderate sweetness from the honey. No bitter taste at all. Light in body with far too much carbonation.
I am a huge fan of fruit beers, but this was not a beer that was complimented by the fruit tasting. It was overpowering with no taste of... BEER.
I will not purchase this again.

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