Raspberry Trail Ale
Marin Brewing Company

Raspberry Trail AleRaspberry Trail Ale
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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #836
Ranked #45,461
3.22 | pDev: 18.32%
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
Raspberry Trail AleRaspberry Trail Ale
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of avwrite
3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lot of raspberry taste but still had that beer flavor. A hint of sweetness and bitterness with a wonderful fragrance made it pretty pleasant. Surprisingly heavy afterwards.

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Photo of 3PuttPar
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

I love Marin Brewing, but this is not their finest work. It is still delicious and light, but it is more of a beer for non-beer drinkers. My bottle ran a bit flat, and the raspberry was a hint artificial. Delicious to be sure, but lacking complexity or finesse. I wold live to try it as a shandy or as a floater in top of a stout.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Pale straw, fizzy head.

Sweet, grains, Herbert, only really a hint of raspberry.

Sweet, with a zesty hint of sour to balance. More raspberry on palate than nose, but that is not saying much. Candy flavours mostly. Refreshing tho.

Lively, light, zesty.

Nice summer quencher, but somewhat all fizz and no substance.

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Photo of mactrail
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Some foam-up at first, but the head doesn't last well. Quite prickly on the tongue. Hazy light yellow color in the big tulip. Thin, sharp, sets the teeth on edge after some sipping. Faint beery aroma.

The rather nasty fruity taste is right up front, followed by a quite unpleasant bitter rasp. The fruit tastes like something in a popsicle. Actually it's exactly like generic red jello made with pineapple juice that sat too long opened in the can. I keep trying to taste this stuff, I am surprised I have so little left to pour out. Aftertaste is nearly medicinal and doesn't want to leave.

This is a surprise, since I thought the Peach version was really decent. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine in Huntington Beach.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy straw yellow body capped by a thin white head. Smells like creamed corn, raspberry cough syrup and wheat malt. Palate offers more of the same: wheat, corn and artificial raspberry. The finish is void of flavor. Thankfully this isn't sweet, but it's far from good.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange and yellow with a slight haze. Little head and no retention.

Light raspberry and malt and yeast. Mostly light raspberry.

Very light up front with a very subtle raspberry flavor through out. Not overpowering in any way, which is a good thing. Malty finish with a lingering fresh raspberry.

Very light with a moderate carbonation.

Light flavors make this a great summer beer. Nothing really stands out though.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up to split with the fiancée. I am trying to get her into craft beer and this is the best way I know how - with fruit beers, hefe's, and witbiers.

Appearance - Pours out a lackluster light, pale orange/yellow color with less than a finger of quickly dissipating head and almost nonexistent lacing.

Smell - Raspberry, wheat, tartness, sweet malts.

Taste - Tangy raspberry up front which fades to wheat and sweet malts. Hops are nonexistent and the sip ends on a slight tart note.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, pretty well carbonated.

Drinkability - Decently so. For the price of this bomber there is no way in hell I would ever buy it again. Nothing special at all and you can get a six pack of similar fruit beers for less than double what I paid for a bomber (and they would probably taste better). However, and not surprisingly, my fiancée like it (granted she liked SA Cherry Wheat also...ick).

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 22 oz. bottle and shared this with my girlfriend because she has a thing for fruit forward beers.

Poured a nice amber color, clear, with a small head that fizzled down quickly.

Aroma was faint on the raspberries, had a yeasty biscuit/dough aroma with some hops present.

The taste matched the aroma pretty well, with a good bready malt flavor and raspberries coming up front. Not much of a hop bite to it, but that was expected from this type of beer.

Light on the palate, carbonation made it seem like it was a light beer. There is a slight lingering flavor on the tounge.

Very drinkable beer, although I wish the flavors were a bit more pronounced. My girlfriend found it a good session beer, I would have to say if this is your style of beer, party on. For me though, I would prefer a bit more boldness on the flavor and body.

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I really wanted to like this, because i respect the brewers there. Note also> I hope that they can fix this and make it taste more like beer so I can give this a better review later.

Appearance> Dark amber, little to no head. The colour was pretty; I was game to try it.

Smell> In a big CarolChanning inspired moment, I shouted out upon smelling this, "RAZZZZBERRRIES!"

Taste> Seems like it wants to be hoppier. I'd prefer less raspberries as it boarders on becoming raspberry juice. Surprising bitter finish to remind you that it is beer.

Mouthfeel> easy. Average

Drinkability> heck no.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale slightly hazy, yellow brew with a fairly large white head. A very small amount of lacing.

S - Raspberry pistils, honey and light malt. There is a bit of a crisp hop aroma (typical of a lager) underneath these.

T - A mild raspberry flavor meshed well with a crisp, mild malt flavor typical of an American macro lager (though much tastier). There are some clean, slightly spicy noble hops. Aftertaste is a step down with a bland, clean hop finish also typical of an American macro lager (though not much tastier).

M - Pretty smooth, thin and quite refreshing.

D - Pretty good. It isn't fabulous of course, but as far as a bottled fruit beer goes, this one is doing a good job. Though fruit beer tends to be more harried than others on BA so I am sure this has a lower rating than deserved. I wouldn't buy it again, but I wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a golden color with red highlights, There was a fat white head, and good lacing. Nose of raspberry with wheat. Mouthfeel was thin. Favor was wheat, citrus, and the raspberry. Drinkable but not close to being a great fruit beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, straw blonde color. It is quite hazy and is topped by a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is dominated by raspberry notes, with maybe a hint of thin beery-character underneath this, but only just maybe.

The taste is quite dry and up front tastes like a clean, slightly yeasty American version of a wheat beer (not necessarily the wheat character, but definitely the bland vaguely grain like flavor). Towards the middle and the end it starts to pick up the raspberry flavor. It is never as dominating as it is in the nose, but does become quite distinctive by the time one gets to the lingering finish. I can't believe I am saying this, but I think it could actually use more raspberry flavor. This beer is very light, almost refreshing, and is certainly appropriate for a hot day in the sun. As it is, this is a boring beer (a hint of grain, perhaps a kiss of hops), with a somewhat interesting, if not quite distinctive enough, flavoring of raspberry. There is certainly nothing wrong with this beer, it is just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep yellow with a bit of haze, the one inch of white foam dies off pretty quickly.

The nose is somewhat 'off' as if this beer were Brett-funky. Notes of grain and sugars with only a hint of fruit.

The flavor is unimpressive with a bit of wheat and a light lager-like backbone and (finally) some raspberry flavoring at the finish. To its credit, the berry tastes entirely natural and even lends a bit of tartness to the beer.

Mouthfeel is fine - light and a bit undercarbonated with a bit of residual sugar stickiness on the palate and a slightly sour finish. Not much hop bittering to be found in this brew.

This beer just doesn't have any characteristics that make you sit up and take notice - it's a fine, drinkable summer brew with a bit of natural berry flavoring but there isn't enough to this brew to recommend...

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Photo of clickpush
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip. Comes out with an extremely effervescent appearance, two fingers thick white head that goes down to just a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Very slight lacings remain and tons of activity from the bubbles within the glass.

Nose: Smells extremely strong - raspberries and floral notes. The aroma also conveys the tart acidic feel that raspberries often have.

Mouth: Sweet bubbly entrance. It's fruity but a little different than the smell and appearance would lead you to believe. It's got a creamy, yogurt type flavor and mouthfeel, with raspberries and peaches. It's a strange mouthfeel, a little creamier than I prefer that actually almost feels like water by the time it gets to the back of the mouth. The hops are lightly present in the swallow, but not enough to balance this sweet beer out.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.68/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden/yellow color, cloudy, w/ a short lived fizzy head, trace lacing at best.

Smells like an american blonde, Light, citrus, grain.

pretty weak in the taste to be perfectly honest. I've enjoyed other products from Marin so this is no way a huge hack on the company overall but this was a poor offering. Raspberry's are weak and taste more like a dripped in extract than the real thing.

some hefe type characteristics. Slightly sour in the finish.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.34/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a golden, cloudy straw color with a a white fluffy, big, and foamy head. Basically my glass had 10% beer in it and 90% head. And the head stiff and sticky so it didn't go down that quickly. I'm all for lively beers, but this was ridiculous. It didn't even look nice since most of the glass was foam. That's not appealing to me.

Smell: Sweet raspberry scent with dry almond and some maltiness.

Taste: Sweet and sour with a tangy dry character to it. There's only a light raspberry flavor to it. Definately not what I expected. The flavor is poorly defined and rather sloppy. I expect better from a great brewery like Marin. But this beer taste more like a cheap pale ale with som raspbebrry juice thrown in. "Ale with natural flavor added" is right. It reminds me of Hansen's flavored soda water.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and puckering at times but also dry and fizzy.

Drinkability: This beer is far from anything special. I don't know how it was made, but I suggest it not be made again or that it be reformulated.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/06/04- Purchased at the Marin Brewery in Larkspur, CA

Appearance- A golden cloudy orangish pour. Absolutely humongous foaming head. The biggest head I have seen on a beer so far to date. Huge bubbles rather than the tiny compact ones you see in other types of beer. Almost a macroesque head. Very decent lacing.

Smell- Scents of rasperry, wheat and malt. Almost candyish scent.

Taste- Very sweet taste of fake flavored raspberries. Wheat and malt flavors abound with some hops of in the distance.

Mouthfeel- Extrememly over carbonated IMO. Almost like a wine cooler. Surprised my stomach hadled it the way it did. Tastes very artificial.

Drinkability- Decent drinkability seeing how I consumed a whole case that was given to me earlier in the year. If it was less carbonated it would be much better. Still an acceptable beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow brew.

Smell is tart and has a heavy raspberry odor and a faint trace of malt.

Taste is dry and tart with a good raspberry flavor, almost like a toned down Lambic. A beer that really cleans your pallet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A drinkable brew, its tartness would make it perfect for pickled foods.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, large head, raspberry nose. A medium bodied ale. Malty, somewhat sweet, mild hop bitterness. Nice balance. Raspberry flavor is subdued, not too sweet. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with some berry flavor. Not too fruity, the beery flavor balances out some of the bitterness.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another Fruit Beer from the Marin Brewery Company, Larkspur, California.

Raspberry Trail Ale is labeled as an “Ale with natural flavor added”, which is 5.0% ABV. Comes in a 22 fl.oz. Bottle.

Pours a light golden straw color. Good inherent carbonation aids head formation whilst being poured but this soon settles to a thin white collar.

Aromas are strongly fruity, Raspberries, Raspberries and more Raspberries. At times the nose is almost too perfumey and overpowering.

Tastes are a let down though. The Raspberries are all in the aromas and not in the beer. A thin, light, lagery body that has only the merest hint of Rapsberry. An earlier Review by UglyGuy explained it perfectly when he said that it was very similar to the popular brands of flavored bottled water.

This one got a ‘Thumbs Down’ at a recent tasting I held in my Apartment.

A poor effort from Marin, too much in the nose and not enough fruit flavor in the beer.

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Raspberry Trail Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 37 ratings