TBR Reports on Dark Horse’s Raspberry Ale
File Date: 8.14.2012
File Name: Where’s the Raspberry?
The Beer: Raspberry Ale
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: Dark Horse Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.darkhorsebrewery.com
State/Country of Origin: MI, USA
Brewer Info: A brewer slowly climbed from the lowest points of business life with a sore ass, as he ascended to a new level. Hark! The horse of the dark nature holds the scales where the wheat and barley feedeth, not taketh from the mouths of man. A non-filtered view of hard work, careful perseverance of expansion, sticking to what is believed to be the right way and the only way to stay true to high quality, and also, the vague understandings of possible humor; blurring his family’s, employees’ and customers’ drinking experience and vision between a no-bullshit approach to brewing big, outstanding beers and selling nonsensical imagery and haberdashery…Proven to the masses as a Darkhorse trademark for the man behind the reigns.
Brewer Brand Hype: A lot of people have asked us “why are there Bee’s on the label?” Well, we don’t really have an answer for you other than they just look cool. This is a light bodied easy drinking ale. We only use real raspberries so the flavor is very mild fruit and balanced, not what you would expect from a “fruit” beer. The way we see it is we’re brewers so lets make good beer, not some fruity carbonated malt beverage. Oh yeah, our motto…”beer first, fruit second”.
The Brewski Review: On the menu was fresh corn on the cob, grilled pork loin with a pinch of blue cheese, rice, cole slaw and a bottle of Raspberry Ale. The food was great. The beer? So-so. It was okay as far as an ale goes, but I was looking for something a little different. Heck, that’s why I picked the RASPBERRY ale. I could sense a ultra slight sweet taste…..but it was far from a raspberry taste. So, overall I’d have to rank this an average beer. It was cold, poured with a nice foamy head and gave off a nice ale taste so for these I give this brand a A. For being a raspberry beer maybe a D. Combined a C+/B-. I pulled some other raspberry and blueberry beers off the shelf so I’ll give them a try. I’m looking for that nice fruit taste. Why market a beverage as having raspberry, or any fruit for that fact, when it’s so darn difficult to taste. Simply doesn’t make any sense. Then again, what in this world does?
Drinkability: I’ll keep looking
Appearance: Cloudy and dark – similar to apple cider
The Buds: Where’s the raspberry?
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 caps out of 5