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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

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

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