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Rosebud - Rubicon Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%


Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rayjay on 09-20-2006)
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charlzm

California

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 01/29/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Very clear, very dark brown with ruby highlights. Off-white one finger head with very sticky lacing.

Aroma is molasses and dark, sweet malt.

This beer is so smooth and velvety that I suspect the gas mix on the draft line mix may have been bumped up to favor nitrogen over CO2. Still had a bit of bite to it, though.

Chocolate note to the flavor is the first thing I noticed. Molasses. Some coffee style bitterness to the finish. More like a less-roasted stout than a traditional old ale, as I didn't pick up any fruit or wine character. Hops were also not a noticeable component of this near-malt-bomb. I had to dock this beer a little due to wandering so far off-style, flavor-wise.

Whatever you call this, it is strong, tastes fine and is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2009 18:15:07 | More by charlzm
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dalion037

California

2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 05:40:16 | More by dalion037
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t0rin0

California

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap last night at Beachwood BBQ on the way to see Dragonforce. I have to believe that this is more than 7.7%. My guess is right around 10% abv.

Poured a hazy brown with a fair amount of red. Whiteish head, good retention and lacing. Nice to look at, a little more red than I would have expected but thats alright.

Aroma was heavy on the citrus hops. Some malt present and only the slightest hint of alcohol. I have hard time believing this is an "old" ale. I would personally classify this is an American Strong Ale.

Flavor is quite malty and young. Very bitter (in absolute terms), only mildly hoppy despite the nose. Really no alcohol in the flavor. This is one of those rare beers that I would say needs some time but there is really no alcohol present in the taste.

Body is heavy, smooth, and drinkable. Good CO2 but it was on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 00:30:06 | More by t0rin0
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Floydster

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 snifters at Beachwood BBQ for six dollars each, heard this was actually more like 9.5% ABV but this could vary by year and batch, glad to see this made it down here

A-Medium reddish brown, can tell immediately that this stuff is unfiltered, 3/4 inch bubbly darker off white head, actually stays around a lot longer than I thought it would, nice retention, impressive lacing
S-Hoppiness, floral accents, chocolate malt, orange peel, strawberries and raspberries, grains, caramel, herbal aromas, biscuit, cherry, butterscotch, and mild roastiness, smell was complex
T-Starts off with a nice hop profile standing out with floral and pine characteristics, middle is toffee and toasted malts, small amount of a biscuit feel in there, finish is dry with more hops and some fruit left behind in the aftertaste, hops become a bit spicy later on and the malt really comes out when it warms, there seems to be a huge variety there as some of the flavors I cannot even put my finger on, gets really tasty towards the end with an incredible balance of many different tastes
M-Dry, sweet, slightly roasty, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice level of carbonation, one of the hoppier old ales I can remember having, which is why the taste lingered so much
D-Could have drank another glass then the strength would have got the best of me, alcohol was hidden for the most part though, pretty light on the stomach considering, went down easy and complemented our fondue

Rubicon makes this once a year and it was cool to sample it, it is named after one of Jerry Garcia's guitars, I had heard a rumor that only two kegs made it into Los Angeles county, the other one being at Verdugo, this is a real good old ale and one of the first I was able to sample on tap, would like to drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 21:02:38 | More by Floydster
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DoubleJ

California

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA, on to the beer:

Why don't more American breweries make a beer like this? There's a lot of mixed fruit flavor to be had here. Assorted temperate fruit skins at first, it slowly morphs into dark fruits and figs with a bit of toffee. It has an easy going mouthfeel, not too full or light. It doesn't have the appearant buttery yeast flavor of English beers of this style, but this version has it's own beat with more fruit flavor and less yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2008 00:10:15 | More by DoubleJ
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MisterClean

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source. Glad it's being served in So Cal and the Rube is getting some good recognition.

A - Deep red, chocolate head, dissipates very slow, and leaves a light lacing.

S - Malts, cinnamon, and grass.

T - Cinnamon, earthy hops, heavy malts, and maybe some all-spice.

M - Good balance, no way do I get alcohol on this one. Slightly dry finish.

D - Good thing they only serve it in 10 oz goblets.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2008 16:35:30 | More by MisterClean
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, if Orson Welles was still alive, this would be the beer he'd order,

A: Pours a dark red, tough to tell the exact colour due to the lighting, it was 8:00 at night, nice lacing down the glass.

S: Distinct American hops, grapefruit, caramel malt.

T: Interesting taste, I don't know if there is rye in this beer, but it certainly tastes like it; tastes like a mix of Hop Rod Rye and Anchor Old Foghorn, it has a lot of American Barleywine taste to it. The flavour is really good. Strong toasted caramel maltiness, on the verge of being unappetizing, but it works with the strong grapefruit in the hop profile to make a delicious flavour. Definitely an American interpretation of the old ale.

M: Mouthfeel is strong, full carbonation, though the big flavour profile reins it in. Full of hop resin, well done.

D: This is a really nice beer from Rubicon, I didn't know what to expect going in, quality stuff, it would be really good as a winter brew. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 04:32:07 | More by Halcyondays
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BrewMonkey

California

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rubicon with about half an inch of tan head that sticks to the glass and has decent retention. Dark dark amber color.

Aroma of berries, currants, citrus and dates. The berry aroma seemed pronounced to me, with a tiny hint of sourness in the background. Very interesting and satisfying aroma.

Taste of berries initially gives way to an almost floral hop presense with some bitterness in the finish, but all of that is very balanced against the malt. Drinks suprisingly easy considering the strong aroma and stickiness of the head. Finishes with a slight sourness but nothing off putting. Very easy to get in trouble with this high ABV easy drinking ale. Very tasty and worth a stop.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2007 20:51:46 | More by BrewMonkey
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery yesterday. An interesting old ale. Transparent brown with a white head. The nose is the most interesting part; it smells exactly like a kitchen full of fresh-baked apple cinnamon muffins. Has that fresh beer flavor that reminds me of the smell of freshly boiled wort. Not aggressively hopped, but a bitter punch is present nevertheless. Malts are there on the mouthfeel, full-bodied and a tiny bit sweet. Not too thick or sticky, but a nice higher-gravity brew with a personality.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 17:12:35 | More by rayjay
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Rosebud from Rubicon Brewing Company
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