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Yellow Rose - The Lone Pint Brewery

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 233
Gots: 132 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Lone Pint Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 04-30-2013

Formerly Pioneer Yellow Rose until it was made year-round.

A SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount of malt) of malt and a new hop released in 2012 called Mosaic (HBC 369). It is a daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14), one of our favorite hops. Whole cone Mosaic is used for bittering, flavoring, and aroma in the kettle; it is also massively dry hopped. The beer is named after a Texas Heroine.

Tasting notes: chalk-white head with a very clean malt backbone. The hops impart strong grapefruit, pineapple, and blueberry flavor and aroma. A strong beer that is extremely quaffable.
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color and a modest cap that leaves a bit of splashy lace

Smell: A fruit basket aroma, with melon, pineapple, berry, grapefruit and a powdered sugar coating

Taste: Just a touch of caramel malt, up front, and then the fruit flavors take over, bringing the basket of flavors detected in the aroma; the bitterness never builds and the finish is somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A quaffable IPA - love the fruit tones but would like to see more bitterness and less sweetness in the finish; quite good, though

Photo of SocalKicks
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

certainly one of, if not the single best example of why mosaic is such an awesome hop. it brings the best of that tropical melon fruit character and a citric punch that makes it so sought after by both brewers and beer drinkers alike. to say that its one of the best beers in the world may be a stretch, but its pretty darn awesome, thanks to a homie for sharing this one with me. weird color behind the haze, almost green in the light, super fresh and new and raw. the sediment makes for a creamy and soft feel, not sharp like some ipa can be, and certainly not overrun with malt character. its really light in that regard, even though it does have some body, the grain is just a minimal flavor contributor, but may have some wheat. the hops are immaculately well dosed and fresh, mosaic in all of its glory. a tiny bit vegetal, green again, but citrus and tropical fruit rain on this one, lingering long after the swallow. neat yeast to it as well, uncommon for sure. i like a yeasty ipa, especially one as delicate feeling as this one. absolutely awesome to get to drink this one with some good friends, worth trading for, for all of you gotta try it types out there.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Nice juicy tropical hop profile, but also syrupy sweet. Might enjoy this a lot more with a touch more bittering hops and a lower FG.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of drewone
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and green unbranded pry-off cap bought in Austin, TX and served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

Expectations are high; this is #125 in the Top 250 and #6 in the Southwest region. 6.8% ABV. OG: 1.063. FG: 1.012. 62 IBUs.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Off-white colour. Nice frothiness, thickness, and creaminess, with a good even soft-looking consistency. There's a sheen to the complexion. Retention is good - about 9 minutes. A light uneven layer of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Surprisingly hazy, and clearly unfiltered. It's a pale copper with orange hues. Vibrance is average. A bit of yeasty sediment is visible towards the bottom of the glass.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good looking unfiltered IPA, and seems more alive than most offerings in the style. But it's not a unique appearance.

AROMA: Blueberry, subtle pineapple, zesty citrus (especially on the back end), clean pale malt, clean fresh barley, and mild touches of mango and tangerine. I usually despise pineapple in beer (especially IPAs), but this is handled subtly enough (at least in the aroma), that it doesn't bother me. The blueberry note is an unexpected treat, and has me salivating. It's dank and resinous, with a fragrant and above all else pleasant aromatic expression.

Mild in strength overall. No yeast, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Blueberry is there, but gets tangled up in a weird tropical pineapple bitterness & overripe zest that I don't like. Pineapple in beer always makes the taste more boozy, and this is no exception - even at its scant 6.80% I can detect the alcohol. The subtle herbal and resinous hop aromatics don't manifest in the flavour profile, to its detriment. I'm not finding the grapefruit promised by the label, but I do get an indistinct citrusy character - from the tangerine? There's a hint of lime in the third act, which is odd here. Some fairly insipid peach. A kiss of pith.

The pale malt foundation is lovely, lending it a clean crisp taste that tames the hops. Still, it ventures too far onto the bitter side, leaving it imbalanced. I really crave more of the blueberry, but it's ultimately quite reticent, and frankly more prominent in the aroma than in the taste. Too bad. Honey and bready malts fill out the body.

With only one hop utilized, it's unsurprising that this is a bit lacking in terms of intricacy; it's far from one-note, but it's not the complex multidimensional brew that you hope for. I'd like some resins, hop oils...maybe even some pine.

Nice depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, aptly medium-bodied, and aptly thick. It does suffer from overcarbonation, lending it unwelcome sharpness. Could be softer and more approachable; Overall well executed. This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it complements the taste nicely enough.

Overall presence on the palate is nice.

OVERALL: Boozier than it should be, restricting drinkability. But it's downable and I quite enjoy it. Why has it earned the acclaim it has? The taste doesn't live up to the aroma. At its high price, I wouldn't buy it again unless a trade partner really wanted it. Chalk it up to my personal disdain for pineapple in beer, but I don't consider this world-class by any means. The blueberry does make it unique - and that note is impressively subtle, but at the same time it's too closed-off. Worth trying, but don't expect an amazing brew. I love the blueberry, but hate the pineapple. Think about it - is blueberry mixed with pineapple really all that appealing just in general?

This is easily Texas' best IPA. But does that say that much?

Low B

***
02.12.15:
I revisited this in a second bottle (and, in all honesty, not a particularly fresh one), and I have to say I initially was incorrect. This is better than I first noticed; the creamy soft feel coupled with the unique yet subtle berry character is nothing short of fantastic. It tastes like a gestalt whole, and I find it obscenely drinkable. There's a rare marriage of texture to taste, and it sets this beer apart from most other IPAs.

As an aside (and at heavy risk of coming off pretentious): there are Japanese tourists in Europe who spend their whole trips gazing through the viewfinders of their cameras. The joke is that they never see the places they're in because they're too focused on capturing the experience of seeing them (ostensibly, I believe, so they can later show their friends and family the concomitant images). In the case of this beer specifically, I too may have been too busy looking through my viewfinder.

On a personal note, my generous thanks to friends Collins and Dennis for calling me on my bullshit. What a great brew. I find myself inhaling my glass. The BGCP might refer to intangibles. In this case, I must make mention of the ineffable.

High B+

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of orangesol
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of atrocity
3.23/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Buttery taste, minimal hop aroma and flavor. Probably an old bottle but without bottle dating no way to know.

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