Yellow Rose - The Lone Pint Brewery

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Reviews: 106
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rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.27%
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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 4lo
3.26/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have had on draft and from bottle. Decent nose of citrus, earthiness and hops. Flavor just wasn't there for me compared to two hearted, hopslam, or heady which is the hype that comes associated with it. Light bitterness, lot of floral, and earthy to the taste. Nice to try once, but wouldn't spend money on again. (317 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

huge thanks to SteveyTI for the bottle

A: poured into an IPA glass to a slightly hazed dark yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: smells of tropical fruits, citrus and some pineapple with a little underlying malt sweetness
T: taste is tropical fruits, citrus, mango and papaya with a little bit of sweet malt flavor. slightly floral as well. swallow is grapefruit rind, more tropical fruit and a little earthy.
M: fairly light without being watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing and slightly hop oily finish
O: This is a fantastic IPA. Big and bright hop flavors with just enough malt to provide some balance makes this one a pleasure to drink. (728 characters)

Photo of Ranz
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: In a tulip, this pours a hazy golden amber with a decent white, chalky head. Lacing is clumpy before it quickly dissipates.

S: Grapefruit is the most prominent aroma with hints of pine, citrus rind, and fresh-cut hay from my in-laws'. Sharp earthy notes come through as it warms a bit.

T: Although it starts with some forward hop bitterness, it sluices nicely into a creamy malt finish; the pilsner malt gives it a smooth finish to round out the Mosaic. This is not overly complicated, but it has beautiful, clean notes. The bottle mentions some blueberry, and I'm seeing it now.

M: Light and clean, YR drinks incredibly easily. It's a good thing this only rocks in at 6.8%.

O: For a $9 750mL at my local Whole Foods, this is probably dollar-for-dollar the best IPA I've had. (786 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Yellow Rose, a single hop (Mosaic) IPA from The Lone Pint Brewery, out of Magnolia, Texas.

Score: 85

Unconfirmed bottling date, but presumed fresh (less than a month old) based on the representations of the trader. Served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 02/11/15.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, murky orange color with two fingers of seafoam head that settle to clusters of clumps atop the glass. Very good lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Grapefruit, melon, and berry. A touch of grassy/earthy tones too. Lovely, fruity mix without a bitter-apparent nose. 4.25/5

Taste: Grapefruit flavor, bready malt and a little fruitiness upfront with spicy, earthy tones on the finish and a hint of onion that lingers long past the finish on the very back of the palate. Very mild bitterness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated (on the higher end for an IPA, though). Has a mild bitter bite upfront palliated by a maltiness that quickly counterbalances. Has a foamy mouthfeel as it sits on the tongue. 4/5

Overall: A solid, but unspectacular IPA offering (though Mosaic is admittedly not my hop of choice). Definitely worth a pint, but not a must-seek brew for my preferences.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle. (1,247 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: hazy golden color with a murky body. Massive head on a solid pour which retained throughout. Sticky rings of lacing left behind.

Smell: tropical fruit godliness jumps out at you immediately. Slyly underneath is a pleasant bitterness which peaks mid body. But my favorite part is a sweet, bready malt bill which plays so perfectly off the bright hops. Wonderful layers and perfect execution of what is found on the aroma.

Taste: a soft pillow of tropical fruits lays on the palate and is in no hurry to leave. Another dimension of the hops jump on mid palate with a perfect twinge of bitterness. But like the aroma, a truly masterful malt bill makes this one for the ages. Touches of sweet caramel, fresh bread, and some maple syrup dance on the back end. Truly exquisite.

Mouthfeel: soft bright hops with a necessary layer of malt heaviness and a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall: not sure what else you could ask for out of a single IPA. A masterful malt bill and a celebration of the wonderful Mosaic hop, Lone Pint has put together a classic here. (1,089 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. on tap poured into Lone Pint nonic at the brewery
(drank 2/7/15 during brewery's Saturday tour day)

L: yellow/gold ... no red; white head, nothing remarkable; no major lacing and little-to-no stick; not 100% clear but clear around edges and clearing up

S: grapefruit, onion ... sweet but with a hint of a bitter bit lurking in there; the grapefruit holds true; the onion might be a personal thing, but it's definitely there for me, perhaps green onions

T: grapefruit/onion and grass ... the combination is almost salty with the onion being a real sweet yellow onion, balancing things out by the end, so it's never very bitter; there must be plenty of malt in here, for it's sweet at times, but there's no malt flavor/taste you can detect other than a very generic "sweet" -- and that's perfect, because the mosaic hops are so perfectly used here that you get a ton of hop flavor in grapefruit and grass with relatively little bitterness

F: drinkably light and full ... man, *this* is good ... it's what every American pale ale should strive for IMO. plenty of carbonation.

O: I've had this on-tap a few times, but finally took some notes at the brewery Saturday -- it has held up each time I've tried it, and the thing that really stands out is how it's not crazy bitter yet still chock full of hop flavor, and it pulls that off without getting overly mushy caramely/mango sweet like many hop salads. if the bottled version of this holds up, man ... it's worth every penny. (1,492 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of mj81
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super sticky white lace. Nose is floral, piney & dank. Great showcase of mosaic hops. Tastes like the love child of heady & dirtwolf. Super crushable. Typically not a fan of large format bottles as I have a hard time getting through but could do multiples of this. (264 characters)

Photo of pnelting
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A near perfect example of the style. It poured a deep clear amber color with a two finger head and a good amount of sticky lacing. The smell was wonderful with citrus notes and mild pine. The taste was just as good as it follows the nose. Citrus upfront and mild bitterness in the finish. Clean mouth feel and medium carbonation. This might be my favorite IPA. Just wish it was easier to get in North Texas. When I see it I jump on it. (435 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had both from a growler and out of the bottle. For what ever reason, this drinks significantly better from the growler. Pretty muted from the bottle. (154 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No need to go IPA whale hunting, there are great IPAs in your back yard (probably fresher, too). A near perfect example of what an IPA should be. Hazy, slightly amber, it has plenty of head and lace. Tropical fruit and pine resin in both the taste and aroma. Despite the big hop presence, it's plenty dry, with a clean, slightly bitter finish. Medium body and medium to low carbonation give it an appealing mouthfeel. (417 characters)

Photo of JZEN7
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nearly perfect pale ale, one of the most drinkable IPA's I've come across. Very similar to Zombie Dust, not as sweet or full flavored but smoother. Look forward to trying again. (177 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sticky thick soapy head and an orange body.

Blueberry, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Really great hop flavor.

Medium bitterness. Clean malt/yeast letting the Mosaic shine all over.

Phenomenal IPA. (209 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the trade Brent!

750ml into a Lagunitas pint glass.

Moderate pour produces an enormous head, leaving a generous amount of lacing. Head.

Smells sweet, tropical fruit. Quite pungent. I like.

Taste is clean and crisp. Tropical fruit as well. Not extremely complex, as expected but very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

Perfect mouthfeel and carb for an IPA in my opinion

Overall, a really outstanding IPA and this would be a go to summer drinker if it was available in my parts. Not mind blowingly world class though but of those there are only a handful. Well done. (586 characters)

Photo of Karl_M
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This SMSH is ridiculously balanced.

Sweet and floral nose off of a pale honey colored elixir that produced tight white bubbles that rapidly fall to a solid collar and a Laced cap.

Sweet pink grapefruit and deep pith with a floral bouquet of pine and ripe berries. The long finish is tart and bitter. So refreshing.

Very warming. Delicious. Perfect. (351 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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! (376 characters)

Photo of wineshop
5/5  rDev +11.6%

I first found this on tap in Houston and was very disappointed. It was just ok. Fast forward a few months and I found it elsewhere and tried it again. There it was! There was the amazing IPA I had read about. Don't know if the other had faded or what. But since then I've found it several other times and now can purchase bottles and it hasn't let me down again. Great IPA! (373 characters)

Photo of deltacoog
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Fortunately, this beer is readily available from my office in downtown Houston (Flying Saucer for those who are wondering). However, I've had very mixed reviews about it.

Last Friday (12/6/14): Amazing. The nose? Indescribable, fruity, unique, awesome. It was smooth going down and just an all-around great beer. Give me a 6-er and I'll love you forever. I would rate it a 4.75+, or 5! It was that good.

Today (12/12/14): I'm thinking maybe not too many people know about this watering hole... I felt like it was a stale keg and maybe even leftovers from the week before. The nose? I could still smell the fruitiness and hops from two feet away. But, unfortunately, the taste was flat out skunk. Not great at all. It was unfortunate as I settled for another local microbrew for my second serving (DIPA). Not sure what happened from last week to now but the consistency just wasn't there. Does this stuff lack the shelf life?

I hope to try it again with better results. (972 characters)

Photo of bhoss9235
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

I'm gonna have to give this brew a two thumbs up. Not only because it's a Texas brew, or an outstanding beer for a SMASH, but because of the smoothness and complexity of this brew. This honestly makes me change my mind about mosaic hops. Looks golden and clear as Pilsner malt should. The smell is of fruity, citrusy heaven. This beer taste makes you feel as if you were on an island drinking a juice from the gods. All the right hop tastes at all the right time. A great hop forward brew, but balanced in every way. I'm so glad this brewery is in the town of a few family members. Overall, this beer stands with the best IPAs out there. So completely impressed for a SMASH beer. Makes me somewhat jealous I haven't tried brewing this myself. Only reason it's not rated a five, is so I have room to work with when my own brews hit the shelf one day. (849 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this one in on a trade from what I hope to be a more frequent trading partner. I had read some about this one but I had to try it for myself as I have been burning through the big boys lately.

Appearance: Very light straw color. Maybe attribute this to the pilsner malts they use. It has a bit of haziness to it and a fluffy white head that lingers just about the entire drinking process.

Nose: Resinous, floral hops, I have not had a single hop mosaic before as far as I know but i will definitely seek this style out again. Very dank and earthy on the nose. It has some fruitiness going on as well, maybe some pineapple and mango.

Taste: This is where I drop it just a bit. It is a nice IPA, but it is a bit assertive, which is fine. Its not a huge bruiser and is well balanced. But I would like just a bit more in the malts to round it out a bit. Otherwise this is a nice beer. Very nice resinous dank, hop forward beer. Its got a lot of pine or spruce going on there. Maybe its a grapefruit rind flavor. Anyway there is a bitterness there. Which I do like in my IPA's.

Overall: Solid beer, I will drink this again and thanks to my friend in TX to get me this one with such care! I might be after him again to get some more of this beer to share with other IPA loving friends around here! (1,301 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color with a frothy white head. Aromas of grapefruit and pineapple. Loaded with citrus and fruity hop flavors. Medium light body with effervescent carbonation. Overall, an outstanding ipa from Texas. (219 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
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+ (4,998 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

Serving: 750 mL bottle poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Lush, billowing white head; dissipates gradually to a lasting cap and leaves thick lace.

Smell: Bright grapefruit and orange zest, pineapple, pine trees and hay.

Taste: Grapefruit and orange zest and juice atop lightly bready malt. Mildly bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Immensely drinkable. Full hop flavor and aroma without being assertive; very well balanced. (476 characters)

Photo of puttinforbird
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been fortunate enough to have this brew in a bomber and on tap. Absolutely tremendous across the board. This beer is worth going out of your way to track down. (164 characters)

Yellow Rose from The Lone Pint Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.