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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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168 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Beautiful cloudy orange color with a giant head that wouldn’t go away.

Smell – Malt and fruit come out at first, then are overwhelmed by the alcohol. There also seems to be a very ripe peach or something in there, like the meat of the fruit right at the pit.

Taste – The malt didn’t offset the strong alcohol as well as some of the other 10.0 ABV HOTDs. I got that peach again though on the tongue along with maybe a hint of banana and a lot of heavy spice. The finish is back to that deep, reddish peach center again and some type of bitter or tart ingredient that threw off the Abbely Tripel theme.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated but not very smooth. This one was clumsy and gave in to the alcohol, slightly stinging the cheeks and gums as it went by.

Drinkability – Not something you could enjoy except at “ultra sip” mode.

RoyalT, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on Groundhog's Day 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
A big, frothy head led to a some what different tasting beer.
As others have noted, it has a candy sugar taste. In fact, to me, it doesn't resemble
other trippels I've had. Also, judging by the wide range of comments, it either doesn't live long on the shelf,
or they have a consistency issue.

jcalabre, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch #32. There was no head with this beer when it was poured into my glass. The body was carbonated, cloudy and there was some yeast observed. The hue reminded me of the hue of cider. The nose was that of alcohol and vinegar and the flavor was sour and also of alcohol. The mouthfeel was tingly, thin and watery. I could definitely taste the alcohol in this beer and it is a beer to be sipped and not guzzled in my opinion.

hotstuff, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured HAZY gold...like straw...HUGE head...settled down but a nice layer remained an hour after pouring...
Aroma sweet fruit and gum? a very sweet yet tantalizing smell
Taste...wow...initially sweet fruit...the more it warmed up the more spice and clove came in...Very nice mixture...I would have to say #1 or 2 on my belgian scale

stegmakk, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown color with a thick, chunky, tan head. The aroma is super fruity with plums and raisins, caramel malts, and sweet candi sugar. The flavor is sweet, malty, with the fruity raisin and date flavors. It has just a slight hop bitterness. It is medium-full in body, with a sweet finish. A tasty brew.

BeerBuilder, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color, with a small head which quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Aroma is fruity, undergirded by a sweet caramel malt -- so far in both color and aroma it has seemed to me more like an English Pale ale than a Trippel. The flavor is honey-sweet, sugary. Hops are mild, but balance the flavor and lend a gentle bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied. A bit of an odd flavor, and a somewhat low ABV for the style. Not bad in and of itself, but not what I expected from a HotD Trippel.

mzwolinski, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of purplehops
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 34
Rose pours a deep orange-amber with an off white head that stays around for a while and leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is candi sugar, alcohol, star anise, caramel, mace, pear, green apple, green grape, and raw grain with a hint of nutmeg. The taste has an astringent start that quickly gives way to candi sugar and malt flavors with orange and coriander notes. The finish is fruity with apricot and pear flavors blending with spice flavors of mace and pepper and a touch of alcohol. Aftertaste is malty with citrus and coriander flavors trying to hold back the alcohol and grain flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation roughness to it.
Overall a very nice ale. It would be a great ale if they could balance the flavors as well as they have balanced the aromas. The smell of Rose is pure heaven IMHO.There are better Triples out there but something about Rose keeps bringing me back to it (and it's not easy to get it in Maine). Perhaps it is the hope that one day it will all come together like their other beers (Fred & Adam).

purplehops, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah another “Dog” for an “Old Dawg”, Its nice also to have a source for Hair Of The Dog that is local. The beer pours a refulgent orange, and is a tad hazy to boot. Head is modest in size, frothy in texture, and off white in color and as it evanesces quickly, the lace is suspect. Large malt nose, citrus crisp and clean, a respectable sniff with the start a bit sweet, lots of malt and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is strikingly acidic, hops are perky in their spiciness and the aftertaste dry and lingering, a fine drinkable brew ‘tis true.

Gusler, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 36: They must have changed the name from Golden Rose to plain Rose somewhere along the way. After hearing so much about Adam I was not expecting too much from this, but this is a very good beer. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a thick and lasting off-white head. Mild lacing. Exceptional aroma of sweet fruit and candy. Nice tart fruity (apple?) flavor with a sweet almost honey finish. I don't know where the alcohol is hidden in this one, as it tastes like it has about as much ABV as a glass of Kool-Aid. $3 a bottle, but definitely worth it.

Dogbrick, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty copper color with a ivory head that diminishes quickly to a carbonation fed "cling ring". Extremely sweet aroma: apricot, raisins, honey. Very sweet syrupy taste with a definite alcohol warmth. Malty. High end of carbonation with a thick mouthfeel that left a coating on my tounge. Not my favorite style but I'm trying to expand my horizons.

cretemixer, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Batch #35] A very enjoyable Belgian styled triple that pours with an very rich golden hue and a thick frothy white head. Head rises to about 1" before giving way to a mellow surface coat with reasonable lacing on the glass. Brew carries a moderate amount of sediment

A little sharp on the taste and aroma but has a very enjoyable and very long aftertaste that carries its hoppy emphasis. The hints of honey malts come through, but don’t get flattened like so many brews that try to blend out the offering with sugary malts. For once, this honey malt helps keep the harshness of the hops off their peak, but blend incredibly well under the bottle conditioned environment making for quite an enjoyable ale.

49degrees, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that left some nice lace. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, citrus and some candy(?caramel). The flavor was sweet, with elements of hops, and some other fruit I can't place. Finish was sudsy due to the carb and had elements of the malt and traces of alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not the best rep. of this style.

Wildman, Sep 10, 2002
Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with very little head. Citrusy and "clean" aromas. Sweet malt underscore citrus (orange) flavors and a good, but not overwhelming alcohol kick. There was a surprisingly strong (for the style) hop bite, but it did not detract from the beer. A very interesting brew. Not my favorite Tripel, but definitely worth checking out.

jreitman, Aug 11, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear amber hue w/ aggregates of yeast dancing amongst the bubbles. Tremendously thick, dense, creamy, rocky off - white head leaves intricate lace. The aroma is comprised of honey, lightly caramelized sugar, nutty sweetness and a surprising hint of butterscotch. Mild clove and mustiness round out the aroma. Rich, caramelized sweetness is perceived in flavor at first, and quickly gives way to honey - drenched, candied green apple notes. Yeast esters are fairly subdued, but fermentation byproducts including light acetaldehyde and clove are well integrated into the flavor profile. Hop bitterness is expectedly mild, but prevents overbearing sweetness. Full bodied for a tripel, w/ a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes w/ mellow sweetness slowly fading and a light alcohol warmth slowly fading. Rose is a delicious and full bodied tripel. It's relatively low strength but deep flavor profile lends superlative drinkability.

marc77, Aug 09, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 34.
Murky golden-orange body. Mountainous pale beige head slowly sizzles its way down to a substancial lacing.
Dough and candied sweetness on the nose. Sizable amounts of dark and tropical fruits as well.
Peppery taste off the bat. Then in come the fruits. Some pineapple and rum-soaked raisin sweetness. Some slight carmel and toffee notes. Turns bready and dough-like towards the middle. Alcohol rears back and roars. Slayed only by the grapefruit hops at the finish.
Full bodied and creamy, yet spritzy with the high CO2 levels. Quite delighful and interesting in the mouth.
Actually seems much stronger then the listed 6% ABW (7.2 ABV). As it is certainly a major player here, both in the taste and in the warmth it provides.
The more I drink this, the more I like it. Another winner from Hair of the Dog.

A big, rosey thanks to Bighuge

cokes, Jul 24, 2002
Photo of Viking
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-orange beer. Head is initially huge and bubbly, but fades quickly. Still leaves a bubbly lace on top. Interesting smelling beer - doughy and fruity. Reminds me a bit of zany homemade bread. Malty flavor, with enough hops to keep the malt in line. Yeast and alcohol flavors blend with the malt in an oily finish. Overall, a damn interesting beer. Not my favorite Tripel or favorite from HotD, but it's still a winner.

Viking, May 12, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep golden color with nice carbonation and a good sized frothy/rocky head. This brew has got that trademark Hair of the Dog hop aroma that I really like. Grapefruit and tangerine. MMMMMM. The body is light. There is some alcohol that hits you pretty fast, but it isn't overwhelming and does not mask the other nice complexities going on here. Fruity esters are abundant. Nice hop accents. And solid malt backing. As I work my way through the beer, the alcohol doesn't let you forget it's around. Maybe a little too much for my liking, but at least it doesn't get in the way of everything else.

Another solid offering from Hair of the Dog.

Bighuge, May 07, 2002
Photo of Murph
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tons of sediment suspended in this brew. It poured with a nice creamy head and an orange glow to it. Smells are honey, light fruits and faint alcohol. The hop bitterness of this beer brings it a little bit out of balance IMO. Also, there is too much yeast in the taste. The candy sweetness and light fruit tastes should be more prevalent than they are. Definitely a drinkable beer but not one of my favorite Tripels.

Murph, Mar 14, 2002
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Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.