JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More of a cross between a triple and a golden ale. Decent floral hop aroma. Flavors of apricots, light candi and honey. Finish is slightly tart and sweet.
Oakes (15483) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Downgraded following a recent re-sample, this lacked the smooth floweriness I used to find - still decent but no more a classic.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Batch 38. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is murky orange, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, bread), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. One of my consistently least favorite HotD beers...I don’t think I’ve ever had a Rose I liked, fresh or aged.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #20. Vinous nose with strong alcohol presence. Nearly no carbonation--this bottle has been sitting around for a while--reddish brown body. Flavor is a well-rounded sweetness, with some doughy malt flavors mixed with fruits. Tastes more like a good old ale than a Tripel.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely and inviting unfiltered apple cider color and a sweet spicy aroma that also seemed to have a little cider in it. The flavor is smooth, gentle, with a mildly fruity background and a subtle power. It finishes slow and dry, clean. Lovely.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2004 (7/17/04) (RBSG04 - new formulation with beets & hibiscus): Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, perfumy, flowery. Taste is medium sweet, perfumy, some cherry, finish with some sharpness. Medium body.
(5/14/03): Aroma is Tripelish -- sweet candy sugar, light orange. Taste is candy sugar, floral and fruity.
(5/23/02): Cloudy amber with no head, and virtually no carbonation. The aroma is strong fruity sweet. The flavor is also fruity, but has a definite alcohol element. Sweet, not bitter, with a dry finish. The style may be tripel, but the use of non-belgian yeast is evident. (7/4/6/3/14)
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This one is too sickly sweet for me. Tastes like candied cookie dough. Very visually appealling, and still very drinkable, but overly sweet for my tastes.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This 8% alcohol by volume beer pours with a cloudy, honey-amber color and pushes a fairly robust and fast rising light-beige colored head of foam. Previous versions of this beer have had a lower alcohol content (7.5% ABV), but Batch Number 32 is rated at a full 8%. Hair of the Dog brewing changes bottle numbers after every 5,000 bottles. So, then, in the past years, fewer than 200,000 bottles of Golden Rose ale have been produced. This is a fairly cloudy beer, with some yeast sediments from bottle conditioning, and it is fairly low in carbonation. This beer is made using whole hop flowers and the beer presents wonderful apricot and plum fruit aromas and flavors. According to the brewer: ’Rose is low in hops, pale in color and deceivingly light in body for its alcohol strength. Through the use of Belgian candy sugar and honey malts this beer achieves a fruity or floral character.’ International Bitterness Units - 17 IBU / This ale is not very bitter.
themorningzoo (49) - Fairbanks, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For the appearance its was a little cloudy but really nice coloring. The flavor was very impressive for a sweeter ale, but a tad overpowering at the end.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch #34. Cloudy honey. Light yeast pile. Creamy off white head. Light carbonation. Cookie dough aroma, light tropical fruit and honey. Bubbly body loaded with candied sweetness and a solid undertow of malt flavor (dough) and yeast. Thick body beneath the effervescence. Slick aftertaste of mild tropical fruit. Lightly sticky. The sweetness covers the alcohol, slightly, but it is tasted in intervals. Lightly hoppy at times but this remains thickly malty. Finishes with a flourish of alcohol and doughy malts. A solid brew.