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Rosebud - Rubicon Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rayjay on 09-20-2006)
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dalion037

California

2.4/5  rDev -36%

I have had my share of complex beers but this thing was all over the place. I do not know how to describe it. I read the other reviews before having it because I was going to Beachwood BBQ (a great new place) and saw it was available. Being up to trying any beer once, I ordered one. It looked fine and smelled okay but the taste was too weird. It had a citrusy, malty, hoppy flavor that just did not work for me. I like sour beers and I like hoppy ones but trying to mix some styles just do not always work.

11-24-2008 05:40:16 | More by dalion037
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -30.7%

A 22oz bomber poured into a standard shaker pint.

Pours a bright golden red color with a big three finger head. Smell is very floral with some citrus from the hops. Taste is oddly milky and floral. Not a good combination at all. Good carbonation and nice full mouthfell.

Not impressed with this one at all.

12-05-2010 22:31:20 | More by mymrnngjckt
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JustinQ

California

3/5  rDev -20%

05-12-2012 03:13:16 | More by JustinQ
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t420o

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

A- very aggressive pour produces a 1-1/2 finger head that sticks around for a while. When it recedes it leaves nice lacing. Beer is burnt orange with hints of red and brown in there. Approaching a barleywine color sort of. Head is a bit darker than off white.

S- Like overly ripe dark fruits and some sweetness. A hint of milk chocolate mixed in their as well. Too sweet smelling, I hope it doesn't carry over to the taste.

T- Overly ripe dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, alcohol, brown sugar, overly ripe red grapes. Not as sweet as the smell but still too sweet. This doesn't really do it for me taste-wise. The flavors are all muddled together and none are that great or stick out. As it warms the flavors come together and taste a bit better and also becomes a little less sweet. Good but nothing special at all.

M- Good mouthfeel. Nice weight, Nice carbonation

O- Not very drinkable because of the sweetness and alcohol taste. A 22 oz was more than enough of this stuff

05-30-2011 02:15:34 | More by t420o
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Phelps

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Bottle into a tulip. Thanks to flexabull for sending it.

Dark cherry red with good clarity. A finger of creamy tan head descends pretty slowly. Not a bad-looking beer.

The nose is light, but there’s some nice stuff in there: caramel, a bit of toast, grapefruit peel, grass and subtle cherry.

The flavor exhibits a lot of the spicy rye that was used in the malt bill. Grapefruit hops, burnt bread and baked apple are turned down so low you almost can’t hear them.

Body is a velvet-smooth medium, nicely viscous, with a bit of prickly carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well. Dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

Herm. Rosebud seems as if it’s trying to be a big, hoppy amber, but just falls short. Not worth a second visit.

10-07-2011 06:15:46 | More by Phelps
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2neardead

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

09-03-2012 04:29:43 | More by 2neardead
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mactrail

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -12%

Rich and flowery beer, like an IPA crossed with an Old Ale. Attractive reddish amber color in the tulip. Pleasant enough head and a mouthful of suds.

Warm malt flavors with a distinct tang. The hops are very assertive. Quite bitter aftertaste, though it also has that buttery Old Ale flavor. Resiny hop flavors along with some grapefruit peel, even a little of the old orange that's been in the fruit bin too long. Fairly light body with the spritziness lasting well. This even tastes like a really over the top amber, with the dank hops and dark toast barley flavor.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

12-01-2012 05:19:53 | More by mactrail
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Zorro

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

Clear red colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells malty and sweet. Brown sugar and mild northwestern style hops. Toasted bread and mild molasses. Mild pine and cedar aromas.

Starts out malty and mildly bitter. Toffee candy and burnt sugar with some cedar taste to it. Vanilla and butter. Fairly mellow but it isn't real complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer but not a great one, probably will not buy again.

09-25-2012 23:22:58 | More by Zorro
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-14-2013 20:30:35 | More by acurtis
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-06-2013 00:52:08 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-03-2014 16:18:52 | More by GClarkage
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kyager2000

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-22-2012 03:13:06 | More by kyager2000
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justinlaz

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-21-2012 07:11:45 | More by justinlaz
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skdmks

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-07-2013 18:33:49 | More by skdmks
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-27-2013 02:25:33 | More by Smarty_Pints
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scottfrie

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown with a couple fingers of very soft and dense looking light cream colored head. Head stuck around for quite some time before slowly collapsing into soft film that maintained itself through the whole glass. A network of thin lace was left down the glass.
S: Sweet smelling with big notes of raisins, caramel, candied dates and toast. Not too complicated.
T: Follows the nose but thankfully not as sweet as I was dreading. I get notes of roasted bread crust malts, roasted grains, sweet caramel, cocoa powder, dark fruits and raisins. The finish has hints of earthy hops, and the aftertaste is malty and sweet. I get a hint of tobacco as well.
M: Medium body, soft and ample carbonation, smooth and very easy going mouthfeel.
O: What flavors are there are good but I wish this beer was a couple percent higher in ABV and had a little bit stronger flavor. Tastes watered down compared to many of the old ales I’ve had. Still, a solid beer and worth a try if you like malt.

08-04-2012 22:22:43 | More by scottfrie
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Klym

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

Was curious to try something from rubicon and decided to take a shot at this when I saw it on tap at a local bar. Overall I was neither disappointed nor impressed. Pretty basic flavor profile, mostly roasted-malt forward with a little bit of chocolate character, and a tad of spicy floral character. I enjoyed drinking it but wouldn't reach for it again.

09-23-2011 23:59:45 | More by Klym
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peacebone116

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Deep brown body; not clear. Red hues seen when held up to the light. A tan head with solid lacing at the leg of the glass remains even after the head slowly fades away. Carbonation is visible throughout the body.

N: Prunes and malt--caramelized sugar.... mostly prunes and stone-fruit.

T/M: Prunes, like a barley wine, but it gives way to a dry spicy finish, presumably from the rye. A warming alcohol feel in the mouth. Beer feels thick and heavy as with most malt forward beers. I would have enjoyed a bit more hops but this could have masked the rye notes. Good beer, but not all that complex in flavor. It does however really allow the rye seasoning to take the spotlight, which is a really nice aspect and is quite interesting.

As I type up my notes, I actually want to rate this beer more highly than I did when I was tasting. It sounds better than it was because I remember being fairly unimpressed by this one. I got a few of these to give to a friend for a Christmas beer trade, but I ended up cellaring them because I felt they were not quite impressive enough for gifts; let's see what a bit of age can do for these. Usually I am more impressed with Rubicon's offerings.

12-07-2010 18:02:35 | More by peacebone116
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle dated 8/29/12.

Pours a murky dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, rye, slight brown sugar, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

09-19-2012 02:40:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is a lot hoppier than I expected it to be. I get a lot of grass, pine and citrus notes. I get a little bit of malt, but the aroma is all about the hops.

The flavor is also very hoppy. I get a lot of grass, pine and floral notes, with a little bit of citrus. There is not too much of a malt backbone and the bitterness is about medium.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

12-28-2010 01:49:30 | More by Mora2000
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Beautiful finger and half of off-white head on a dark red colored body.
The aroma is nice but faint. Caramel and dry barley.
The taste heavy on the malt but not too sweet. There's a little hit of lemon bitter in the middle. It finishing long and dry.
The texture is thicker with low carbonation.
Very enjoyable.

09-07-2013 01:05:27 | More by Fatehunter
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GRG1313

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a dark copper red with a light yellowish/tan head.

Nose is full assertive sweet red plums with some sweet orange/cherry marmalade. Sweet but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with nice carbonation, nice body and good balance.

Flavors are burnt orange character roasted grain with a black coffee/roasted grain mid palate and finish. Nice complexities and apears really food friendly. Actually much more complex than an initial tasting would have one conclude.

Nose is pleasantly fruity sweet and one expects a bit more sweet character but is pleasantly surprised with rich malt/roasted grain flavors. A food friendly brew and quite drinkable and the bitter coffee finish works.

Note: I went back and read reviews after reviewing/tasting this one. I agree with Andrew here....there does seem to be something missing. This is a good drink. However, it's missing a "bright" character which would really kick it up a notch.

10-09-2010 22:23:24 | More by GRG1313
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beagle75

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color, ruby highlights, with one finger of diminishing cinnamon-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: No roses here--just caramel, nutty cooked cereal, and muted pine and floral hops.

T: Begins off-dry with toffee, semi-dark roasted malt, and dark citrus fruit. Flavors turn more earthy and floral in the middle, with hints of rosewater. The finish is moderately bitter, retaining earthy and roasty qualities, and gaining a spicy rye grain edge late.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: A malt-forward red ale, bordering on imperial strength--this beer keeps the attention of the palate, being able to complement savory food flavors without being overshadowed. An interesting and uncommon collection of sensory qualities are brought together here to good effect. While not for everyday consumption, it definitely requires future visits.

11-24-2010 04:34:45 | More by beagle75
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Seanibus

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

Tasty and malty, more like a drinkable porter than an old ale.

Pours hazy brown with a slight tan head. The aroma speaks of brown sugar and dark caramel, with a pumpernickel breadiness. The flavor is sweet and toasty, with caramel and cinnamon and a round hoppiness on the finish. The Mouthfeel is milk and satisfy, with a little prickle of carbonation.

10-08-2011 01:54:07 | More by Seanibus
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dertyd

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-10-2013 01:45:27 | More by dertyd
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Rosebud from Rubicon Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.