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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Rose is named for Portland, Oregon, the Rose City. Originally called Golden Rose, this Beer started life as a straight forward Belgian Tripel and evolved into a Beer made with beets, hibiscus flowers and pink peppercorns. She has always been inspired by the Belgian style known as Tripel, which has a low level hops and is deceivingly light in body for its alcohol strength. This is achieved through the use of imported Belgian candi sugar. Not Brewed since 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15483) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
Downgraded following a recent re-sample, this lacked the smooth floweriness I used to find - still decent but no more a classic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2002
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)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
themorningzoo (49) - Fairbanks, USA - MAR 22, 2002
Batch #34 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2002
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.

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