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Raspberry Trail Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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Raspberry Trail AleRaspberry Trail Ale

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 09-18-2002

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by KevdoggNasty:
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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Beernoobie
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hooliganlife
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +3.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +34.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
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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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sevenshubby
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DogFood11
1.68/5  rDev -46.8%
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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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mactrail
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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 TheLongBeachBum
2.87/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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 BrewMaster
2.34/5  rDev -25.9%
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 beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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 gleemonger
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 3PuttPar
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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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Raspberry Trail Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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