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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 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
Photo of JAXSON
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
Photo of PhineasGage
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
Photo of Knapp85
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
Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -16%

sideshowe, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of SourNotes
3/5  rDev -16%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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
Photo of nickd717
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
Photo of jgasparine
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
Photo of tmoneyba
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
Photo of beachbum1975
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
Photo of pwoods
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this.

12oz. brown bottle split between 2 glasses. Batch 41

A: Pours a crystal clear orangish amber. Shortish head that leaves a fluffy skim. Not much lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity. Very sweet malts. An odd alcohol twang, very different. Some apple juice in the nose.

T/M: Very juice, especially apple juice. Some spicy yeast. Malts aren't as sweet as I thought but this up there. Body is a bit thin for the style and carbonation is low.

D: Easy to drink but pretty off style.

pwoods, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased from the Stuffed Sandwich for seven dollars, batch 24: "Golden Rose", could not find a date on the website but seemed at least three years old if not more, consumed on 1/12/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my small Ommegang glass, color is not so golden, actually a darker orange, thin 1/4 inch bubbly white head that goes away immediately, no lacing, smell is mostly Belgian candi sugar but also has some honey, floral hops, sweet malts, and vegetables, lots of flowery flavors right up front, sweet malt in the middle mixed with fruits like cherries and blackberries, finish has some bread and pepper, gets sweeter as it warms up with spices and wine-like tastes coming to the surface, it is a complex tripel, sweet, slightly spicy, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingers a little bit as actually gets dryer as time goes on which was odd, could drink a little more than the bottle but it is heavy because of all its different flavors, some booze are present too which is not a good thing because it is a relatively low alcohol tripel, tried this before popping the Cassis version which I enjoyed more than this one to get an idea of what the base beer was like, not Hair of the Dog's best effort but still an above average tripel, would drink again, should continue to age nicely, recommended

Floydster, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy goldenrod color with a nice white head. Lots of esters and phenols on the nose; dehydrated stone fruits, clove, some berries, nuts? Also a big floralness. Taste is yeasty with mealy fruits and peppery alcohol. Dry, astringent, and hot. Weird beer, sort of heavy, not very drinkable.

illidurit, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first 4 of 12 ounces poured gently yields a cloudy golden color with a full finger fizzy white head that is constantly refreshed . Visible effervescence and bits and chunks of suspended goodness. There is a ton more "stuff" where that came from. A good amount of spotty lacing observed. The smell is really good. Light earthy Belgian yeast, Harvest fruits and peppery spice. Well carbonated, the mouth feel has a light texture and body. There is a distinctly sharp peppery note overriding the otherwise fruity apple-pear character. A good drinker, the spicy nature is right on the edge. A really interesting interpretation. Recommended. Thanks goes out to grumpy for this opportunity.

jjayjaye, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #40, into a tulip glass, pours a reddish, copperish, amberish color, with a decent white head to begin with and then some wispy stuff on top, not much lacing. The aroma definitely is different for a tripel, smells kind of funky probably from the beets, don't know what the hibiscus flower would do to this, but the spices most definitely come out, and some vague fruits make up the rest. Taste expounds upon the aroma, a bit tart and then drying, a leafy hop on the tongue when finished, and again, I'm not sure what beets taste like exactly, but I'm imagining that I get them through the middle. Its got some decent body, the carbonation is fair. Overall, its an odd one, can't say I like it all too much, but definitely an interesting take.

objectivemonkey, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: It cloudy, rusty-orange hued amber with a massive off-white foamy three finger head.

S: It had fresh and sweet floral aromas with sweet toasted malt and spicy aromas.

T: It had a creamy malty flavor that included yeasty doughy tastes. There were hints of spicy alcohol and fruity malty flavors.

M: It was a medium bodied brew with a sweet creamy front and and grassy, musty back.

D: It was a bit disappointing given the reputation of the brewery. It had unique flavors that went against type and were unbalanced. An interesting experience but not one I'll repeat soon.

dnichols, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I seem to be hit or miss with this brewery. I bought this as I was curious what they would do with a tripel. Suffice to say this one was strong on the alcohol notes and honey. It stayed just a hair under too sweet so I scored it as noted.

Maybe a honeyed up old ale but far short of a belgian tripel in my opinion. Not one I'd recommend

barleywinebrewer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark bronze caramel color, with a 1/2 head... Extremely large amount of unwelcome sediment... I consider myself a rather skilled poorer and find it near impossible to keep the sediment in the bottle... Appearance of so much sediment was worrisome...

S - Fruity with scents of apples, cherries, and pears...

T - Spicy and dry with fruit flavors... Some nutty characteristics... Certain aspects reminded me of a Riesling Wine...

M - Dry but very smooth, very good mouthfeel...

D - The beer would have been quite enjoyable if not for the over abundance of sediment present... The presence of the sediment made an other wise nice beer near undrinkable...

philbe311, Mar 03, 2008
Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.