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Yellow Rose - The Lone Pint Brewery

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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 1,240
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 25.57%
Wants: 359
Gots: 300 | FT: 22
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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color and a nice cap that leaves plenty 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 bright fruit flavors take over, bringing the basket of flavors detected in the aroma; the bitterness never builds to excess and the finish is somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A quaffable IPA - love the bright fruit tones but would like to see just a touch more bitterness and slightly less sweetness in the finish; still quite good

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Photo of nathanmiller
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've gotten to a point where I walk into a bar that has Yellow Rose and 50 other taps and ask for the Yellow Rose before even looking to see what else is available. After having YR for the first time, I started seeking out other Mosaic beers and while I think there are many that are quite delicious, at best I've found things that are "95% of yellow rose."

A: Color is pale yellow. Clear. Good lacing.

S: The nose has a lot of tropical fruit and a sweetness that the Mosaic brings.

T: The taste is phenomenal. There's grapefruit. A hint of pineapple, but not too much to make it cloying. It's really best described as "pure mosaic" since that's what it is. This takes the essence of a pretty awesome hop and distills it into a sessionable, delicious drink.

M: Crisp, a little sweet. Not as dry as could be expected considering the format. Quite good.

O: What I said above is true. Yellow Rose is my session beer, it's my "perusing the rest of the menu" beer, and it's the beer I want most when I go out. If Lone Pint ever bottles, it'll be my fridge beer as well.

Update: After being away from Yellow Rose for a full month now, I've had growlers shipped to me and can again drink it. No matter how much ticking I do, searching for that perfect beer, I keep coming back to YR. If this isn't my ideal beer, then I doubt I'll ever find it. If any beer can be rated a 5/5, then for me, this is it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy bubbly head, little fluffy 1 finger, fades semi quickly light lacing, murky pale yellow pear color.

Nose nice dank tropical fruit, mild resin, mango papaya, big time pineapple and mango, great tropical and some citrus, juicy fruit, little tangerine, orange, faint malt. Little earthy resin grassy thing late.

Taste starts with a mild creamy malt, little chewy lush malt profile. Then hops, nice tropical again, papaya mango, pineapple, nice juicy papaya mango, little guava, dank resin notes, little citrus creamy orange tangerine, grapefruit pith, touch of rind bitterness. Little earthy grassy almost spicy piney hop way in the back. Finish brings tons of orange cream tangerine and grapefruit pith, little rind and just a touch spicy earthy, mild bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, nice creamy lush oat or wheat like fluffy feel, nice carb fluffed in there.

Overall this surprised me, much better than I expected, great tropical and citrus, very little of the earthy grassy part.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 05/19/15 notes. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with two fingers of off white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Floral hops, pine hops, grapefruit, resin, yeast, bready malts, and earthy notes. Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall very good; almost reminds me of a Belgian style beer due to the yeast. Lots of grapefruit and floral hops, worth checking out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - A little hazy. Orange. Medium white head. Good retention.

Smell - Tropical fruit. Citrus. Kinda floral. Light maltiness.

Taste - Delicate hop flavor. Orange. Some lemon. Tastes like pilsner malt. Very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little creamy. Soft carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - This is excellent, but not going to excite the hop heads out there. Very well crafted.

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Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Bone white head, great retention and sticky lacing. Body is a light golden.

S- Aromas of melons, cantaloupes.

T- Follows the aroma. Short burst of floral flavor. Very easy drinking, although bitter on the tail end.

M- Carbonation sweeps away leaving a clean palate. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- May be one for drinkers newer to the style. Highly enjoyable. Thanks kojevergas!

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Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a fat one finger head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of big tropical notes, pineapple and mango with nice papaya. Good grapefruit, oranges, nice lightly spicy earthy pine on the finish too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of tropical fruits, tons of pineapple and mango, earthy spicy notes that fade over time. The oranges are great, creamy with very faint bitterness. Really good tropical notes that typically aren't found in most mosaic based ipas. Woah.

M - Mouthfeel is really nicely carbonated, creamy, fluffy.

O - Overall this beer was really nice. Loads of tropical notes, tons of pineapple. Doesn't have the usual crazy pine first notes mosaic tends to have. A delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of markgugs
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

25oz bottle poured into a tall-stemmed Hill Farmstead tulip

L: Now this is what I want my IPAs to look like, the color of honey & tangerines, with a ginormous white head and lots and lots of sticky lacing. I'll assume this is unfiltered because it's murky as hell, can't wait to dive in.

S: Bright, juicy pineapple, hint of honey sweetness, not a huge nose but very clean.

T: Yahtzee! Sweet stone fruit balanced impeccably by toasted grains and bitter grapefruit hops. The transition from sweet to bitter is so well-executed, and the finish lingers 'til *smack* it's gone.

M: Just damned near perfect. Slightly heavier body in the form of a nice syrupy texture until an avalanche of tight carbonation clears the path for the hops to crush your tongue.

O: Frickin' great, end of story. Normally hate hoppy beer in bomber format, but I could drink gallons of this stuff. Top notch, well worth its world-class rating. Get you some.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is wheaty, grainy, and very grapefruit forward.

Flavor is huge grapefruit pith, with a touch of citrus sour, and a bitter, moderately harsh finish.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lnashsig for the growler.
Orange pour with a white head. The aroma and flavor are both dominated by hops. I get some wonderful grapefruit notes as well as a hint of pine. There is also some biscuit malt notes that keep the bitterness from being too high. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice pale ale.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good little ipa here. Clean tropical flavors, papaya, mango and some orange jest. Getting an almost pilsner aftertaste. Finishes semi dry Not the most flavorful ipa out there, but it's extremely well balanced.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz howler pours a more yellow than gold color with a fine-bubbled white head. Fair retention and outstanding lace.

Nose is straight up mosaic. take a handful of buds, cruch em up and there you have it. So juicy, so tropical. Malts are super-light - Id be surprised if any specialty grains were used.

Taste focuses way more on hop flavor than bitterness and the malt might as well not exist. West Coast style done well in the lone star state. I actually wouldnt mind a little heftier bitterness and malt bill though and the single hop aspect only adds to the one-dimensional profile of the beer. But oooh, that one dimension is pretty fucking righteous. It goes down so smooth and easy. I cant see myself ever passing this up on tap for at least a pint or two, but I could see it getting a little borish beyond that.

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Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Downhouse in Houston.

A: Pours a clear yellow/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention, and patchy lace is left behind.
S: Big hops up front. Juicy and tropical fruity aromas. Peach, mango, pineapple. Resinous pine and citrus aromas. Not a lot of malt balance, but enough hop character to make up for that. Not just bitterness.
T: Follows the nose with a tropical juicy flavor. Mango and pineapple are strong. A resinous, piny, citrus, and grapefruit bitterness lingers on a bit to much for me. A small hit, and still very enjoyable. Again, not much balance with the malts, but the hops have lots of character.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, and dry as a bone. Easy and enjoyable to drink. I have had several since this started popping up around Houston.

A big hop bomb, but one with lots of character. Which are the IPA's I like. Without a doubt the best thing Lone Pint has done so far. Recommended.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice IPA, but single hop mosiac hoppy beers are just not my thing. Mild bitterness. Pretty drinkable IPA that has a nice mouthfeel. I also feel that the hype train might have some influence here on scores.

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Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jakehoodlum for a bottle of this long-time want (OK, two bottles), as I’m always up for some world-class hops. How many IPAs comes in 750ML glass? Split with my wife.

The pour is light orange, & holding it up to the TV, I can see no hint of Miguel Sano’s lovely swing through the liquid. The nose is grapefruit to the nth degree, infiltrating everything nasal & really making me look forward to the taste.

Every (Yellow) Rose has it’s thorn…right? This one could charge admission as an Aruba cruise. Bursting with tropical flavor, with big grapefruit, papaya, citrus, & other assorted before the taste charges into a moderate bitterness. The other side of the slide brings an odd grain character, light dankness, & finishes with a honey-like sweetness from the malts. Very smooth & easy to sip while the Twins spank the White Sox.

Very good beer? Absolutely. Top 250 beer? No way. Me complain? Heck no. This is an easy drinker with a lovely fruit punch. Best IPA I’ve had today.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow classic ipa head. nose is a nice citric hop, very classic and inviting. taste to match super easy drinking super tasty ipa. very drinkable. very worth checking out and worth the buzz

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh growler. Poured into a snifter glass 1/24/2015.

A- Hazy darker orange body, one finger white head with nice retention, thin-medium collar, nice lacing overall.

S- Clean caramel, grapefruit, oranges, tropical fruit. Not very much graininess in the nose. Smells quite juicy, but with a solid malt backbone.

F- Grainy sweet caramel and toffee from the pale malt, tropical fruits, grapefruit, citrus. Much more of a balanced IPA than it smells like. The sweet malt backbone complements the hop flavours well, making for a nice sweet juiciness that finishes off with a reasonably bitter pine kick. Very nice.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry and resinous with a pine-citrus combination bitter kick at the end. Nice bitterness overall that punches at its weight.

O- Very nice IPA, very tasty and balanced. The mosaic brings its nice juiciness but with a nice balance from the bittering hops and the sweet pale malt. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at a bar in Nacogdoches; reviewed from notes.

A: Clear amber body, one finger of dense white head. Good retention, ok lace. Solide.

S: Balanced interplay of citrus and pine, with just a hint of mango as well. All hoppiness, and enjoyable in its straightforward intensity.

T: Follows the nose, with grapefruit and mango hoppiness up front, followed by resinous piney bitterness and just enough malt body to keep everything in balance. Medium-length herbal finish. Very tasty.

M: Soft, smooth, velvety.

O: Great IPA! I hadn't heard a thing about this one before the bartender recommended it, and I was blown away. Top-notch brew.


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Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear sunny yellow color with a bright white head. Tropical fruit aroma with juicy citrus notes, mango, light crackery malt. Tastes of tropical fruits and bright citrus. Citra definitely seems the culprit here. Light balancing maltiness, and a medium bitterness that finishes clean. Lighter In body, somewhat crisp, definitely refreshing and super easy drinking. Thanks to lndsy for suggesting I grab a growler! Delish!

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Photo of AndyEdgar
3.05/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Most overrated beer in the top 250. Don't understand why people all seek this out. Nose is grass and grain. hop bitterness and juiciness is lower than your average pale ale from any old brewery. finish is average. There just isn't really anything going on here. Maybe I got an old bottle shipped to me?

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Photo of smb
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful gold, somewhat cloudy with nice fluffy white head that settles and long lasting lacing on the glass. Smell is fresh citrusy and fruity hops, tangerine, lemon and lime. Taste follows the nose and it's incredibly light, smooth and easy drinking for nearly 7%. An amazing example of a single hopped mosaic IPA. Lucky I was able to pick up a fresh 64oz growler of it at Whole Foods.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer of golden color, light trickles of carbonation and a pale white frothy head. Looks beautiful in an oversized snifter and shows no flaws. 5

Sticky pungent melon and something faintly citrus but succulent like mango, passionfruit or even papaya. It's just a juicy, thick fruit smell. Sweet but mellow maltiness and a floral aroma that adds some potency to this already robust nose. 4.5

All the fruitiness from the nose continues. Mango, honeydew passionfruit and papaya. A bit more piney spice here. Light caramel notes that add to the smoothie-like blend of fruitiness. 4.5

Juicy, sweet, creamy... Could be a smoothie or fruit juice if not for the semi-bitter, semi-dry finish. 4.5

This beer's legit. The fruitiness had lingered with me since I first had it a few days back and I've been desperate to find more. Glad I did. An excellent brew.

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Yellow Rose from The Lone Pint Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.