Portland Brewing Rose Hip Ale
Portland Brewing Company

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #302
Ranked #36,030
3.62 | pDev: 6.35%
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of macpapi
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a pretty nice and fluffy white head. Decent lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is heavy on Belgian yeast and sugars. Very sweet aroma here. Definite presence of banana as well. Pretty pleasant if not overwhelming aroma.

Taste is a mix of light malt, straw, sugar, and a bit of clove. Same banana hints that were on the nose are in the flavor as well. While there are quite a few things going on here, the taste is not terribly full or overwhelming. Nice but not fantastic.

This beer is a bit above moderate carbonation and has a decent presence in the mouth.

On the whole this is a pretty simple, straightforward, and relatively light Belgian. It is pretty easy to drink, but it will not leave you longing for more. On the whole, it is a decent beer that is worth a try. There are better Belgian Pales to be had, but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with little lacing and head. Small bubble patches remain.

Smell is fruity and yeasty, with banana and clove, some tartness, bread, plums and figs.

Taste is ok, with a definite belgian quality to it from the yeast, and a fruity malt backbone that sits light on the tongue. Blind tasting this I would not say I detect rose in it, but since there is, after searching my taste buds for it, I can say there is a floral presence to it for sure. But that could be because of the yeast used.

Feel is ok, its decent carbed with a light presence.

This is a decent belgian pale. Not the best I've had but it works for 2.50 a bomber.

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Photo of fitius5150
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a half gallon of this brew on Friday's 2 for $11 growler fill special at Portland/Pyramid/Mactarnahan's in NW PDX. Overall I am pleasantly surprised. It's like a light Belgian - the cloves and banana ester flavors are there, but a bit more subdued than a typical Belgian, along with a little less ABV. Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a small head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Very drinkable - I wish this one was going to be around in the summer. It would make an interesting lawn mower beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this one at the Cedar City SLS

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, and kinda yeasty. The taste is slightly sweet/bitter, malty, and with a nice yeast note. Medium body. Overall a very tasty thirst quencher, would buy again.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle

A-Poured a deep golden, orange color. It was not too translucent as the brew had a certain degree of haziness to it. The retention was great! The 1 finger, frothy head stuck around most of the time while drinking it. Visible carbonation in the glass. Nice sticky lace left on glass.

S-Bits of clove and spice. I kept trying to sense the rose/floral scents, but could not really pick them up. Eventually I sensed some malty honey dew melon.

T-Initially, a carbonated fuzzy sensation with no taste. The backend was dry/bitter from the hops. The second sip was better. Clove, some fruit, and perhaps some malted butterscotch. It was okay. The overall tastes became better once the beer warmed up a bit.

M-Great for a sessionable summer Belgian brew. Not too heavy and it has more carbonation. A refreshing feel and somewhat crisp. The body was light and it wasn't as complex as I was expecting it to be.

Overall, I would buy this again, but there are better Belgium brews out there. Great summer brew for backyard bbq's, especially if you don't feel like drinking adjuncts (which I seldom do). Cheers!

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Photo of constantine_272
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Extremely clear and golden in color. Highly carbonated. Large white bubbles on top.

S: Sweet with notes of banana and passion fruit. Hints of rice.

T: Tastes sweet and crisp with banana and a mild gaminess. Light warm spice finishes.

M: Light and refreshing. Crisp. Finishes too long with a tongue coating fatty and oily feeling.

O: Nice overall beer. For the Belgian beer drinker, it's sessionable. More substance than Stella, but that was needed in my opinion. The finish was the biggest downside. On a complexity level it was a little shallow. I don't a get much from the rose hips; it's sweet but not overly floral like I expected.

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Photo of im4beer
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= poured a dark honey color into a tulip glass, very little head with minute lacing.

S= malty smell hits the nose first followed by citrus and rose

T= typical Belgian ale with hints of rose flavor

M= nice carbonation, light syrupy feel

O= I really like Belgian ales, this is a good rendition. I'm just not too fond of the rose smell/flavor.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darker orange Belgian pale ale with a little bit of head that fizzles out after a bit. Sort of bubbly from the bottom. Smells of the fruity esters reminiscent of Belgian ales. Somewhat like the sweet tropical scents of Duvel yeast. By scent I'd call it a blonde. Some bubble gum taste and a bit of alcohol warmth too. Fizzy medium mouthfeel. A bit of smokiness in the malts offsets a floral, oily hop mix. I think.

I really like this take on Belgian ale. Many American brewer's claim to come out with something "Belgian-style," but Portland confidently says Belgian pale ale and nails the easy-drinking soda pop flavor accented by sweet fruitiness.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A moderate amount of head rises up but not nearly as copious as most Belgian beers. It also dissipates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The head is white with hints of yellow over a typical pale ale body with a amber/light honey color.

Nose- First sniff reveals an aroma similar to bubblegum backed by a typical Belgian profile of spicy yeast and esters. No rose hip detected.

Taste- My first sip was rather bland and watery. There was a small note of the nose but not much of one. Maybe this beer will reveal itself as I drink it but it doesn't seem to promising. A bigger gulp doesn't reveal much. Faint ester hints, a very subtle note of rose. There's nothing offensive or off about the taste; it just doesn't taste like much. As it starts to open up, more aspects of the aroma are tasted.

Mouthfeel- Thin and watery. A light body is not always bad with a Belgian (and is sometimes very positive) but this leaves something to be desired. The carbonation seems to be a bit much for such a thin flavor profile.

Drinkability- Right now, this is rather easy drinking. It's very clean and watery. It was also cheap at 2.29 and with 6%, it is functional for ridding one of sobriety. It's basically a water beer with out any of the obnoxious qualities. As more of the flavor profile asserts itself, it is becoming more enjoyable and drinkable. As other reviewers have noted, it seems more like a spring or summer beer.

Overall- It's not going to win awards but it's very accessible and easygoing. It's very good for the price. I will buy this one again. I would give it a B-,B. The B comes for its clean and refreshing quality. This is very sessionable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

clean copper pour with a thin bit of head which quickly dissipated. smells like a cream ale, pilsner malt, corn, very bready. the flavor is overall sweet and bready, slight mint-like flavor in the finish, definitely tasting a lot of the bready, slightly spicy belgian yeast. medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty refreshing beer.

not bad at all, but i am not honestly getting any feel of rose or anything like that. it is a tasty refreshing beer, perfect for the spring to be honest.

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Photo of vkv822
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, dark golden with a thick, foamy white head with nice lacing.

Belgian yeast spice, with some fruity, citric notes and floral accents.

More spicy Belgian yeast notes predominantly with light citric and floral notes as well.

Medium body, with mild fizzy/foamy carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Nothing mind blowing, but easy drinking and well crafted flavors. It leaves me looking forward to trying some of their new offerings.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one comes off as a novelty at first blush, but Portland and roses go together like the PNW and hops. Grabbed a 22 oz bomber from Fred Meyer for 2.29 and poured in a regular pint glass. Poured a nice rich golden with an initially aggressive but ultimately feeble head. Spicy citric notes with the Belgian Funk underneath and a bready backbone. The floral tang comes to the fore in the flavor department, with a grassy hops bite battling the yeasty goodness for dominance in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a winter keeper, but I'll be revisiting this one in the spring. Not true to any particular style, and weird in a good way, like Portland itself. Buy this. Drink this.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured the 22oz Belgian Golden Ale into my Duvel glass. Poured a good 2 inch head with large bubbles that quick dissipated to nothing. It didn't take long for it to look like apple juice. The bubbles were big at the bottom of the glass. Usually you have bubbles coming up from the center of the like a fountain. Smell - rose, orange, popcorn. Taste - dry right off the bat and had an earthly quality, bit of grass. This reminded me more of a saison rather than the golden ale. I think it was the rose hips that must have taken the taste buds to a different place.

Overall not a bad beer. Purchased at Haggen for$1.99 so it was easy to consume.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The old Portland Brewing moniker has been revived! 22oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $2.79 Pours a dark golden with a rosy tint especially in the generous head. Estery ,spicy,banana wheat aromas,slight semi-vegetal fruitiness if that makes any sense! Taste is semi dry with definate rose hip tones ( used to eat rose hip skins back in Scotland as a kid),vegetal,slight black peppercorn, then a slight plum taste. Altogether quite complex yet light. Nice palate for the style..its light enough to aid drinkability. I liked this one quite a bit..but the rose hip tastes might be off putting to some.

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Portland Brewing Rose Hip Ale from Portland Brewing Company
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