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

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BA SCORE
81
good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 12
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

yourefragile, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
3.25/5  rDev -9%

jbuddle, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. A properly cellared bottle of Batch 34 from 2002. Pours a dark hazy orange amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit, light oxidation. Flavor is rich caramel, caramel malt, dark and dried fruit; sweet and noticeably oxidized, but very mellow and pleasant to drink. Sherry like flavors and an odd woody element that is certainly not from barrel aging. Excellent medium body with nice creaminess, great mouth feel. I have been put off by some of the oxidation flavors in other aged beers, but in this one it fit perfectly. I'm blown away that a 7.5% beer has stood up for over 10 years. I'm delighted I found this and was able to taste this fine aged beer.

LiquidAmber, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of fbc24
3.75/5  rDev +5%

fbc24, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

baybum, Dec 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

cliff1066, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a HotD Tulip. Batch 34.

A - Pours a dark cloudy orange with a few floaters. A fluffy light tan head with good retention.

S - Booze, dark cherry, ripe fruit, molasses, maybe candy sugars.

T - Fruity, almost Sherry like, lots of ripe cherry. Some alcohol. I don't really get much oxidization for a beer that is this old (10 years).

D - Good carbonation! and a heavier to medium body.

O - Wow! Fruity, sweet candy, and somehow soothing. I want more!

HuskyinPDX, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (batch 34, believed to be at least 10 years old) into a tulip. Cap pops off with a vigorous pfft! - a welcome departure from a couple recent HotD beers I've had. A good start.

Pours a clear amber w/ a 1-finger white head that settles gradually. Wisps of sediment and chunks from the final 5% of the bottle slowly settle to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. Candi sugar, dried apricots, fermented sugary fruits, and a hint of rum. Booze more prominent as it warms.

Taste is surprisingly less sweet than the nose. Crystal & caramel malts, candi sugar, fermented fruits. Has almost a grapelike quality, semi-dry. Possibly a bit oxidized, to be expected.

Mouthfeel is coating and smooth, dry. Vanishes off the tongue.

Overall an interesting take on a tripel. Not sure what this would have been like fresh or how time has altered it - but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

draheim, Jun 22, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 24. Pours a lightly hazy rose with a small white ring. Nose is hugely malty with caramel, leafy oxidation. Flavor is pretty much an elegantly oxidized malty American barley wine. Feel is watery with light carbonation. Some nice malty toffee and raisin richness here flavor is actually good, but the feel is so watery with such light carbonation that it's difficult to enjoy.

JAXSON, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, batch 2. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a reddish/brown color, cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - Dark fruits, oxidation, sweet malty notes, slight caramel. Smells pretty good for being such an old beer, but there is some of the oxidation and watery notes that come with a bottle this old.

T - Similar to the nose, but a little less impressive. Mostly, dark fruits, light caramel, and oxidation. Some muddled tobacco notes in there as well.

M - Light body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Well, it was actually better then I was expecting. Fun to try a beer with this age, but it's well past its prime at this point. Glad I could try something this old, but don't go crazy trying to track the older vintages down.

Sean9689, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Jan 17, 2012
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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.

Knapp85, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

sideshowe, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amberish color, thick head. Aroma was a little citrusy. At first, I was thinking this might be an ipa or something, based on the appearance.

Taste, all over the place. Hot, yeasty, cloudy, peppery, coriander and citrus still. Bottle says golden rose on it. Couldn't get settled into this stuff. Too pricey and challenging to be drinkable.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of kjyost
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch 40 - Pours with little head and no lacing atop a brownish red body. When looked at from the right angle, you can definately see the 'rose' they were looking for. Smells really nice, with a flowery and wine like bouquet, with a sweet slightly malty aroma.

The taste is odd. Initially I feel like I am drinking a wine. The lack of substantive carbonation furthers the illusion. No bitterness rather sweet and flowery. Not my cup of tea, but if you like a Sauvingon Blanc wirh little oak this would be up your alley.

Had no clue what this was going to be like, expecting a belgian, and I can taste little of what I traditionally understand belgians to be, no spice or fruit. The hibiscus is overpowering. If I weren't so cheap I may have drainpoured it because it wasn't what I was expecting nor looking for.

kjyost, Apr 01, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Liquid Solutions.

Pours a very murky amber color with a massive white head that never totally goes away.

Aroma is yeast, apple, sweet malt, and candi sugar.

Flavor is lots of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, sweet malt, sour apple and other light fruits, floral notes, sherry-like oxidation, and spices. Gets better as it goes on and is very complex.

Body is medium with average carbonation and a long, spicy finish.

Drinkability is where this beer suffers a bit. I struggled to get through the 12oz bottle. This has aged very well and is good overall, but is still not one of my favorite HotD beers.

nickd717, Nov 23, 2009
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2.03/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Bottle Serving- Batch #40:

A- A careful pour yielded a thin cream colored head, which immediately receded to edge lacing... the body was a gorgeous medium orange-amber color, with fine carbonation visible from the top and sides of the glass.

S- Orange marmalade and an intense aroma flower pollen are most prominent on the nose. I'm also getting some phenolic aromas, reminiscent of burnt plastic and slightly medicinal as well. Does not smell like a Belgian Tripel at all... definitely a unique nose... not sure if I'll enjoy the taste.

T- Wow. Tastes like I'm drinking floral-scented liquid soap. Or perhaps liquid potpouri. This is far from a pleasurable taste... and I taste nothing belgian about it.

M- The body is on the thin side... well-attenuated... which is the only thing about it that keeps true to the Tripel style. Despite the thin body, I find it somewhat oily, which is nice... and this is well-complimented with an appropriate amount of soft carbonation.

D- I could only get through about 4oz. of this before I decided it was a drain-pour. Shame. This is the first "bad" beer I've ever had from HotD... and my buddy went through great lengths to bring this back to the East Coast for me.

Note: I this bottle is simply labeled "ROSE". I have noted that other people here have reviewed bottles labeled "GOLDEN ROSE", which I believe is a different recipe altogether... I am surprised to dislike anything from this brewery... perhaps I have had a bad batch? Not many other people here reviewing batch #40...

jgasparine, Oct 05, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured clear brown color with an averaqge frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a good sweet beer.

tmoneyba, Mar 20, 2009
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2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottled shared with pwoods last night in our impromptu Hair of the Dog tasting - batch 41, per the label. We never had any beers from this brewer, so it was a nice treat for both of us. (Another!) Thanks go out to bifrostguard for the quality extras!

Pours a clear amber with orange highlights. (This is a tripel?) Minimal tan head leaving light lacing. Minimal head retention.

The nose starts with a bit tart fruit, like cherries and then a way of condensed, sweet malts hit the palate. After further sniffing, I get some candied Belgian sugars.

Taste reflects the nose. Lots of sweet malts, light smoke and a trailing sweet and sour twang. Unique, but what's going on here? Not certain this is a tripel, but interesting none the less.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but I was a little confused to its' style, hence the lowered appearance and taste ratings. Very sweet and sour at times..

beachbum1975, Feb 17, 2009
Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.