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Rose - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BA SCORE
81
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167 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally known as 'Golden Rose' - discontinued in 2005.

"Rose is inspired by the Belgian Tripel style. It is a top fermented ale which has a deep golden color with a light refreshing body. The beer has a subtle hop profile using the Northwest's finest whole hop flowers. We use Aromatic and Honey malts along with Candy Sugar to give it a unique and fruity character. It is 6% alcohol by weight (7.5% by volume)."

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-27-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 38. A gem. Abundant head leaving enormous cream at end. Belgian Golden colour. Floral with honey and candi aroma. Appropriate understaed carbonation, tasty yeast and spices including pepercorn. stacks up with Ommegang at the top of the American Belgian creations. Creamy mouthfeel, satisfying sweetness. Crisp clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 05:29:57 | More by Sammy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9%

04-07-2013 12:50:57 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"The sweetest flow'r that grows,
You may search ev'rywhere,
But none can compare
With my wild Irish Rose.

My wild Irish Rose,
The dearest flow'r that grows,
And some day for my sake,
She may let me take
The bloom from my wild Irish Rose."


Hair of the Dog Rose has nothing whatsoever to do with Ireland (it was named for Portland, Oregon, the 'Rose City'), but what the hell, it's St. Patrick's Day and we Irish-Americans love our songs. Erin Go Bragh.

Glitteringly carbonated ripe pumpkin. I expected to see a little pink (rose?) since the beer is brewed with beets, but I can't detect even a hint. The pale orange-tinted white cap of foam was large initially, but is deflating fairly quickly. It still maintains itself at a fat one finger and is easily rejuvenated with each subsequent pour. A respectable amount of sudsy lace is being laid down and contributes to what is a good, although not a very tripel-like, look.

I'm not overly impressed with the nose, either in terms of its strength or its personality. Part of the problem is that it's so different from anything that I've experienced. Brewing with hibiscus flowers, beets and pink peppercorns will do that. I don't appreciate any of those ingredients per se, but it is flowery and spicy, to use broad, general terms.

Like the only other HOTD beer that I've had (Ruth), this is one strange and wacky brew. Take all preconceived notions of what a tripel should taste like and throw them out the window. Without having a style to moor my impressions to, I'm finding it hard to write this review.

Rose is impressively malty and reminds me, in some ways, of a maibock. There are all sorts of interesting flavors careening this way and that, but it's beyond my ability to accurately describe them all. Just like the nose, floral (especially) and peppery-spicy lead the way. It tastes like hibiscus flowers were dumped in by the barrelful. This isn't a beer that I could drink much of, but it's incredibly interesting and is enjoyable for that reason alone.

The mouthfeel is generously medium, edging toward full, and has a slickness on the finish that is enjoyable. It's pretty vigorously carbonated, as noted on the initial pour, and is the better for it.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Actually, the aroma is the only feature of this beer that I don't find compelling. It looks like Hair of the Dog has hitched its wagon to the 'original at all costs' philosophy. In Rose's case, at least, they've succeeded.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 15:48:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

A – Poured a very nice hazy amber with a good two finger head of frothy white foam on top. Very very hazy with some nice streams of carbonation apparent, rippling up to the service. Nice side glass presentation as well.

S – Aroma was richly spiced with a very nice blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, light apples and pears and a touch of hoppiness. Very spicy and full on the nose it definitely gave you a bit of a tickle. As it warmed it did seem to mellow a touch and bring out more of the hop aromas.

T – Fantastically mellow especially for the style. The flavor was full and very spiced with a good amount of hop in the finish. Nice spiced apple and coriander in the flavor as well as a good amount of cereal grain and a touch of peach. Very full profile to try and decipher. Excellent I have to say.

M – Very smooth, and silky almost due to the tremendous amounts of fine carbonation rippling through. Great light texture really let the flavors speak to themselves and gave you a really fine sense of the flavor.

D – Excellent sipper this really went down well. In fact as it started to warm and mellow a tad I found myself taking bigger and bigger sips. Almost no hint of the abv was present at all.

Overall this was excellent, and another winner from the brewery. I am really liking the fine little touches they are putting on all of their brews, it really adds a lot to it. Great beer and a really great experience, I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 00:48:16 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium hazy amber color ale with a medium foamy head with below average retention. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some very subtle yeast characteristics and some spiciness. Taste is dominated by a cloying sweetness which is rather unspectacular with some spices. Body is fuller then average with some low carbonation which doesn’t benefit for the style. Overall, I thought this was a rather unspectacular take on a style that I usually enjoy a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 18:43:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

06-08-2013 02:53:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16%

01-12-2013 00:21:59 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a cloudy looking brew with a yellowish color and a white head on top. The smell of the beer had some Belgian aromas to it along with some floral and herbal notes as well. The taste of the beer was a little fruity with a semi-sweet bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of this beer was easy to drink, it went down smooth. Overall it wasn't my favorite from HotD but I'm happy that I got to try it before it had become a retired brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 19:37:25 | More by Knapp85
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a little bit of hops, but none it seems to blend together well.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, some Belgian yeast, a touch of smokiness and a decent hops presence, but again there doesn't seem to be any harmoniousness, which seriously detracts from the complexity that is being attempted here. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Not too crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, this one just flat out was not very good at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 04:29:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date, batch #38. Thin slurry of yeast on the bottom of the bottle that stays as long as you leave a little beer behind.

Appearance: Lightly chill hazed orange amber color does not block the sight of bubbles racing to the top, those bubbles hold the head strong and long and leave a beauty of a lace.

Smell: Powdery chalky yeast, peachy fruitiness, honey like malt and an estery sweet and spicy alcohol are all the foundation of the aroma.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Creamy smoothness, highly carbonated but conditioned quite well. Faintly astringent flavors are right up front, lots of husk and a bite from the yeast … this makes it a bit hard to take. Bit of spice activity in here, coriander perhaps? Peppery flavors are from the phenols that are at the normal level for the style. Alcohol is in line with wild fruitiness, spicy back and a warming end. Hops are vague and are lost within the initial astringent flavors. Finishes with a bitty bite and dry all the way.

Drinkability & Notes: Clarity and head are fine. Out of whack and could be cleaner for the style, not bad but not even close to real Tripels and a bit hard to drink IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 20:02:20 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From an enormous magnum, shared among several friends...

Hazed, golden hue, big, rocky, off-white head

Nose is an acme of sweetness, with touches of straw and spice, fruit-laden, apricot and peach, candy sugar aplenty....beautifully uplifting, with a nice, citric kick.

Taste: Great hoppy bite at the front, bright, ebullient, and ever-so tasty. Pepper notes run aside the fruit. Medium bodied, tingly and tart, with a delicious yeasty character, and an everlasting zest.

Impossible to not love, this is a fine one to luxuriate with...give that a try next time you need it most!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 09:22:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, shared by Sean. The label calls this Golden Rose, but I'm assured it is the same beer.

A - Suprisingly nice carbonation for a beer that is nearly 15 years old. Light tan foam sizzles to some wisps, a thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Murky orange-brown body that's appropriate for the style.

S - This has some significant oxidation, and faint notes of dishwater and savory sauces. That being said, it still has some nice fruity and spicy Belgian yeast and sweet malty notes to it. There's thankfully little in the way of cardboard.

T - Again, the tripel character has held up remarkably well, with nice honey malts, floral spices, and Belgian yeast character. Finish is somewhat hollow and oxidized unfortunately, but there aren't any off-flavors.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, and no carbonation. A tad heavy for the style and ABV, but not major problems here.

D - Unfortunately there's a bit too much 'old beer' flavor for this to be an aging success. That being said, I'd have confidence that some of Hair of the Dog's higher ABV offerings from this era are still enjoyable, as well as mid-2000s vintages of Rose. A fun beer to try, but I'd recommend saving yo' money.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 00:16:25 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 33

Poured a nice bubbly white head, slightlly cloudy golden body (double-clutched on the pour). Super head retention

Smell: Honey, malt & alcohol comes through

Taste: Presence of honey and dates, with slight taste of leather and a hop bitterness that washes nicely over roof of the mouth and throat

Mouthfeel: Big body and treacle like smoothness

Drinkability: Hits the mark despite is strength leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 14:14:57 | More by russpowell
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a thick creamy head. The aroma was full of yeast, grass, malt, and very earthy. The malt and yeast were the main flavors, honey and some candy sweetness rounded it out. The head lasted through the drink, and beatiful lacing developed onthe glass.

Very smooth on the tongue, and the flavors ride long into the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticable, but not enough to destroy the drinkability. Overall an extremely tasty brew that will make your taste buds happy.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 20:24:05 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

03/29/05- Given to me from my fiancee on her return trip from Portland.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Murky orangish-brown pour with little bits of yeast milling around. Fairly large haed which evaporates rather quickly. Very light lacing.

Smell- Light alcoholic scent. A nice sweet scent. Maybe some dark fruits in the scent.

Taste- Sweet tastes of honey and maybe some peaches and or apricots. Also, a taste that took me a while to figure out. Finally I can to the conclusion of peanut brittle! Then I looked at the rest of the reviews and saw things like popcorn, carmel candy and cookie dough. So, I guess I'm not that far off.

Mouthfeel- Very mouth coating and sweet with a medium to low carbonation.

Drinkability- A very odd and intriguing taste makes me like this one even more. Interesting and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 05:07:43 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was quite disappointed in this beer. The color was an intriguing pale amber but it had a citrus/floral aroma to it. Tasted very light and flowery like the aroma. This brew is inspired by belgian triples but didn't really taste like one in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 08:00:20 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-06-2013 20:50:03 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The tripel is surprisingly dark, amber to red with a haziness that enhances the dry red color (if dry is the proper adjective for a color). Head was active, gradually spilling out of the bottle before pour. Lacing is extensive.

S: The aroma is beet, with a dry peanut like finish. The spices that I expected did not show up.

T: The taste, ahh the taste. What can be said about it? The flavor is the same as I picked up in the nose, beety. I must say that I am not a fan. The flavor is dry, to the point that one instinctively reaches for another sip. Some sugary sweetness emerges at the end of a sip, but it it tainted by that distinct flavor. Is this what hibiscus tastes like?

M: The mouthfeel is unusual, almost undrinkable in its dryness. Despite that, I am drawn to the novelty of the beer. It intrigues me like a roadside accident.

D: HotD does not disappoint in its spunk, this beer will not win any awards in my book but it breaks barriers.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:41:02 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- Nice hazy golden body with a strong carbonation and a creamy light tan head. When held up to the light the body has a warm orange glow. Good Belgian lace on the glass.

S- Fruity aroma with hints of orange and a bit of banana.

T- soft malt flavors with some fruity notes and a good alcohol warmth. A nice beet taste in the finish with a gentle earthiness. The fruity notes have a nice floral tea kick from the hibiscus. The pink peppercorn spiciness is very subtle.

M-medium body but no alcohol heat and some creaminess from the carbonation.

D-This is a very unique triple. The beets and hibiscus and a great flavor that changes the fruity characteristics. Its a good solid triple with just a little twist. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 02:05:11 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger off-white head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts with a semi-sweet raisin flavor but the alcohol is there (the ABV is 7.5% on label), mellow finish. $4.35 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 22:34:08 | More by jdhilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch number 40

Poured a reddish brown with a faint head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is mostly of hibiscus tea with some earthy funkiness in the back.

Taste is very unusual. Somewhere between an oud bruin and a lambic, but its no trick of the yeast- the separate flavor components are very distinguishable- first a strong hibiscus flavor and sourness, then some nice earthy hop flavor followed by a distinct but subtle peppercorn flavor. This is not a spicy flavor, but an interesting aromatic from the pink peppercorns that is more rounded than a black peppercorn with a hint of fruit. Even though the separate components are identifiable, there is quite a nice integration of the various tastes, with each flavor seemlessly transitioning into the next and with the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

The mouthfeel gets better as the beer sits, eventually resulting in both a wonderful creaminess, and a tartness from the hibiscus. Really nice.

This beer grows on you. I kept nudging the scores upward in my mind as I continued to drink, and as the beer integrated more through breathing. It is definitely an unusual beer, best appreciated by those who like lambics- though its not near as tart as a real lambic. I think I would continue to fall in love with this beer as I continued drinking.

If you suck this beer down quick, you'll miss the beautiful creaminess and integration that occurs as it breathes.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 07:15:17 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 40 Bottled Conditioned

Pours a cloudy deep dark orangy color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, biscuity, flowery, with some spices and caramel. The is malty, flowery, with some beets, and caramel. Medium body. Recommended for sure, I really like this one, it's different to style and different all together. Thumbs up HOTD.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 02:19:15 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer. Batch 36.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a HUGE 3" white head over the light amber brew, with small floaties here and there. Will take some time to get this poured out, like Fred the other day. Ten minutes later, all in. Head is amazingly dense, with great resilience, with incredible amounts of foamy lace everywhere. Aroma is sweetly of Belgian malts, a whole lot spicy, and a bit yeasty. Taste is of spicy Belgian malt. Mouthfeel good, but drinkability dropped a tad for making me wait so long to enjoy. Surely we can have a nice foamy presentation with some liquid initially...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 03:02:44 | More by ppoitras
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 40. A most unique and striking piece of work which left me slightly dumbfounded. An over-excited pour which left behind a great lacing. An almost pink colour, quite the site. Now: the near impossible task of describing its aroma and taste. Both would contain a wild orgy of flavours, a most diverse and eccentric profile. Coriander and orangy notes were in the nose, along with strong hoppy presence. The taste was well full of the hibiscus flower, beats (and/or other fruity notes) perhaps - only perhaps - apparent on the way down. A long finish with good resonance. Neither sour nor sweet, who would have thought such a bold mouthfeel would be this incredibly hard to place? Very estery but distinct from fruity. A strong overcoating of flower-like notes. I'm surprised this beer doesn't get a little more respect. Certainly a long way from the typical tripel. A wild bit of something.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 23:25:12 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks Joe.

Golden Rose
Batch 12

The beer is murky, rust orange with no head. The aroma brings some oxidation, well water, earth, mineral. Smooth feel. Very low carbonation. Earthy, mineral water, basement funk. This beer tastes old. Watery mouthfeel. Fun to try, but this is past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:00:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.