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 thekevlarkid
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with very little head that faded quickly. Almost no lacing. Copper color, smells of raspberry but does not taste much like it. And it's an artificial fruit flavor. Semi-sweet. The honey is present but subtle and the flavors overall are weak. Feels smooth in the mouth but the body is thin. Not their best offering and not worth picking up.

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

Pours a hazy amber with a thin off white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma holds a big raspberry note, and that honey is also apparent. That pretty much dominates the aroma, not much else can be found.

It's a huge burst of raspberry up front, slightly tart. I really can't get much past the raspberry. As it warms I get strange mouthfuls that aren't too great, sometimes metal, sometimes something else odd. Overall I think I dig it enough to finish it, I think.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is decent IMO, kind of tart. I'm diggin it. Pretty sessionable etc. I'd at least try it again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two tone ruby color... Dark top with a lighter bottom... Big head @ pour quickly fades... Coats glass well... Thick lacing... Really is a good looking brew...

S - Raspberries... Sweetness... Looking for more subtle undertones, but can't find anything other than raspberries... Think raspberry danish in a bottle...

T - Light raspberries, much less than expected... Salty... Tart... Bread @ finish...

M - Sour and puckering... Whether intended or not, very reminiscent of a flanders red ale... Tart... Carbonation isn't visible, but is picked up on the tongue...

D - Exceeded my expectations... Solid and enjoyable... More than your average fruit beer...

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served at the Landing Zone in Harwinton, Conn.

A: Poured a light, clear, copper amber color with a one-finger head of slightly tan foam. Carbonation was solid, but lacing was minimal.

S: Smells of tart raspberry, some sweet cloven honey and peppery aromas and a little funky, sour, wheat note.

T: Taste is a tad too tart for my expectations. There's a nice berry taste, but the honey is a bit much also. It dominates the brew a bit, which as stated was a little too tart and sweet to be palatable.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but the slightly fake raspberry flavor cloys and lingers a bit in the wrong way.

D: The chemical berry taste builds after a while, and the tartness pulls at the inside of your cheeks too much also. At a shade over 5%, you could session it, but there are better fruit beer options to do so with.

Not a terrible fruit beer, but there's better to be had if that's your bag. This one could turn a malternative drinker on to beer, perhaps. For me, I likely won't revisit it anytime soon, and even then, it'd better be a damn hot day.

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Photo of marcpal
2.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into Flying Fish pint glass. Choice of the wife to give a try.

A: Hazy, sediment filled and honey orange color. Thick and creamy over bubbling head.

S: A combination of Ny Quil and Robitussin minus the alcohol. This is really really bad. Tartness the only redeeming quality, wish it had something to it.

T: Fake and sweet, the tartness is blatantly artificial. No honey to speak of. Not good. If you hunt for the malts, they are there but surely not a wheaty character to it at all.

M: Thin and even though it bubbled like silly, there was not much carbonation on the tongue.

D: Im sorry, this is just not good.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a golden-amber with a quickly fading white head. Visible carbonation was very high.

S: sweet aroma of raspberries, but was artifical-like with some honey notes.

T: The flavor was dominated by the strong juice-berry like sweetness and honey. Once again the flavor seemed artificial.

M: very smooth and light as the honey and berries left a sugary coating on the tongue.

D: To sweet, overcarbonated, and drank like a fizzy wine color all hurt the chance for multiples or re-sampling.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- pours a slightly hazy tarnished copper color with a creamy lather of lightly buff tinted foam. not much lace on the glass but what is left behind is sporadic and intricate. some very fine minute bubbles rise in loose chains and the head falls fast into a thin disk. half way through the beer there is almost no foam left.

S- a fresh crushed raspberry aroma dominates the bouquet. a slight floral honey sweetness can be appreciated as well as some pale malt but mostly just berries. i absolutely abhor artificial fruit tastes in beer so i hope the flavor lives up to the aroma.

T- hrmm. odd artificial raspberry taste and very grassy hops over top pf the honey make for the taste of diet soda or artificial sweetener. only a small amount of bland lightly toasted malt makes its way to my taste buds along with some toasted wheat and well water.

MF- the honey and berry extract give this one a bit of a cloying feel, and the noble hop dominance has an astringent feel to it. not the best combination in my opinion. it is rather light bodied and refreshing however with above medium carbonation and would be better suited as a thirst quencher rather than a sipper.

D- for me this one will be tough to finish considering its overly sweet artificial candied cookie taste. perhaps a little more of the cascade or other robust american hops would do this beer some good, but that's just my amateur opinion.

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Photo of rye726
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can't beleive I use to buy six packs of this stuff back in the day. I guess that was before I liked the taste of beer. It pours an copper/amber and doesn't have much of a tan head. The nose is grainy with a little raspberry syrup and clove honey. The taste is really light with some corny malts and sweet flavoring. Light body with decent carbonation. Not the best example of the style.

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Photo of aerozeppl
1.64/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Super deep ruby copper color. No head. No lacing. Fruit juice esque.

S: Awful fake raspberry smell. Like sherry you let sit in the sun for a month.

T: Wow. Epicly bad. Fruit concentrate. Not even a hint of anything approaching beer.

M: Like cough syrup. Not in a good way.

D: Drain poor.

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Photo of Avryle
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Okay, this is the last of the (known) not-so-good beers in the fridge for the evening...

A- Dark copper in color with ruby highlights. A little on the hazy side. Very minimal head

S- Smells like artificial raspberry syrup. Surprisingly, the honey does manage to make its presence known. unfortunately, everything that is characteristic of "beer" does not.

T- Ick. i think this may have been hanging out by the Wild Blue & partying 'til the wee hours of the morning. horrible artificially sweet raspberry with a hint of booze in the finish. that crap-berry flavors lingers in your mouth.

M- I didn't have the fore thought to analyze the mouthfeel along with the taste so now I have to actually drink more of this... thin to medium bodied. Very little carbonation. bad.

D- It only gets a 1.5 because if absolutely forced to it, I could drink this.

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Photo of Greggy
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- very thin almost transparent cap with no sediment.

S- smells like a chapstick brand chapstick if they made raspberry. Very fake raspberry smell, and thin too.

T- Awfully thin on taste, with really no honey, but again the huge chapstick taste comes through, with again, a chapstick finish.

M- low/medium carbonation, odd finish.

D- If I want raspberry, I'll grab a lambic. I will not drink this one again.

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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 maddogruss
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A tart, raspberry smell with sweet, honey undertones.

T: A light raspberry taste, almost like it had been watered down. A bitter aftertaste, which may be an offshoot of the tart, raspberry taste.

M: An ok mouthfeel overall. Pretty smooth, but a little on the thin side.

D: Not too drinkable, overall. The raspberry taste was almost non-existent and there really was no sweet, honey/malt taste to back it up. Was not too impressed overall with this brew.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge and very fizzy head that sticks around for a while.

The aroma is strong sweet raspberries and honey.

The flavor is pretty washed out and watery with some acidic fruits and a bit of a metallic bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a ton of sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a very good beer. I thought I might be pleasantly surprised from the look and smell of the beer. But the flavor is subdued, bland and a bit off and it's way too carbonated.

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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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Photo of BuffaloBill91
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wife picked up a 6 pack at the local beer store - I had to try one....

A- darker copper color with reddish hue - 2 finger head that disappears quick- looks like it has a heck of a lot of carbination in there... lots of bubbles.

S- Smell the malt but otherwise this had a weak smell compared to other fruit beers Ive had - it was only a slightly fruity smell couldn't even tell for sure that it was raspberry if I didn't read it on the bottle..

T- Pretty sweet - light floral fruity taste - Not to much to write home about here pretty average and not really what I was expecting but I I gave it a 3.5 because I did like the nice honey finish on this...

M - Pretty smooth- looks like it has a lot more carbonation than it does..average feel

D - Has a good drinkability for an ale. It has a bit of a dry finish that sure helps to keep you a little thirsty--would probably be better on a warm summer day than a cold buffalo winter day.

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Photo of Strix
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a short-lived head.

Smells delicious, like raspberries!

However, that does not translate to the taste. Tastes almost exactly like raspberry flavored mineral water. Flavorwise, this is too washed out.

Mouthfeel okay.

Overall, this was quite refreshing, but the flavors were lacking.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong fruity nose of raspberry. Pours a sparkling copper. The mostly diminishing off white frothy head leaves light lace. The brew starts well balanced, the middle has a pronounced acidity, the finish is sweet and heavy on the raspberry flavor. The light to medium creamy body is lively. The finish feels slightly cloying.

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Photo of erosier
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark red/brown color with a tall but medium bodied off-white/tan head that laces the glass pretty well all the way down. The smell is of nice roasted malts with hints of honey under a raspberry aroma. The taste is first of sweet deep malts followed by a nice sweet honey flavor that is balanced out by a sweet but tart raspberry taste. It has a nice crisp mouthfeel with a tart feeling at the end. It has a nice amount of carbonation and is a pretty drinkable beer as it doesn't have alot of alcohol but has alot of fruity flavor. Maybe a tad too tart at the end, but I liked it.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with short lived head. Smell is big of raspberry and some honey more so as it warms up a bit. Taste is a sharp crisp carbonated bite with lots of tart raspberry flavor. Finish is smooth with a light lingering honey taste. Overall this is a decent fruit beer with a big raspberry taste, and is about what you'd expect. I may drink again if If I saw it, but since its not available here I won't be too upset. Better, I thought, than Abita Purple Haze, another raspberry (wheat) beer.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy reddish copper with a fluffy single-finger tannish head. The smell is almost all raspberry and some subtle malts. The taste starts off with some maltiness accented by the sweet honey and followed by raspberry fruitiness and ending with a tart sharpness. The mouthfeel is pretty thin with medium amount of carbonation. It's a pretty drinkable beer, but I imagine the sweetness might wear on me if I were to try a couple in a row.

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Photo of papat444
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My parents brought this back from Total Wine in Springfield, VA on their way down south.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle slightly different label than pictured here, code on bottle: 36307FX.

Appearance: Amber, brown body with a very weak head, barely a finger.

Smell: faint sweetness (as it warmed mild raspberry aroma)

Taste: sweet, mild taste, very mild actually with aftertaste of raspberries. No honey.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery actually, raspberries in background, a bit creamy. As it warms honey finally comes, raspberries are more pronounced.

Drinkability: Very ordinary, bordering on bland. Don't think i'd have another.

Overall: Not impressed, flavors were muted & honey & raspberry were too hidden. One to forget (IMO), my first D.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a small pint glass.

A--very light brown color with a weak white head.




D--Raspberry. This is all about raspberry and very little about beer. There is no beer flavor here to speak of. Credit to the brewer is that the flavor is of very fresh of the bush raspberries. However, if I were drinking this, one couldn't tell me that this was actually beer. However, if you really like raspberries, this is your thing.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Started off sipping on a couple and tasted great, then we changed over to drinking games and it wasnt so great.
It got very bitter, and sharp at the end. Left a nasty taste on the tongue.

It didn't pour well and tasted even worse from the glass.

It was a good blend of honey and raspberry, both flavors came through, the raspberry was a bit artificial and started taste a little funny by the 3rd and 4th.

Good beer.

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Photo of RunawayJim
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an amber color with little to no head. Ample carbonation is present, though even swirling it won't give any head.

Smells of raspberry and nothing else.

Taste is mostly raspberry and honey, though the beer flavors come through a little halfway through with a slight hint of hops and malt, but the raspberry and honey flavors tend to take over.

Feels a bit thin, though it is still drinkable. I'd have another if it were offered, but I'd prefer something else if I had a choice. It'd be better on a summer day than a winter night (though it's pretty warm here right now for January).

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