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Honey Raspberry Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2002

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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 194
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +29%

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1/5  rDev -67.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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 griffinxi
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -43.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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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Honey Raspberry Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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