Winter Rose Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
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4 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Some people complain that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."


Sunshine bright coppery orange with a thick slice of beige colored foam that may have had a pinkish tint. Then again, it could have been the power of suggestion given the name and ingredients. Lace appeared in an unbroken sheet that then became fuzzy-chubby rings indicating each mouthful.

Malt was appreciated in the nose, but berries were the belle of the ball. The first included German CaraHell and caramel pils, while the latter included elderberry and red raspberry juices. The nose was red berry-like. Since it didn't smell like strawberry or cherry, I might have been able to come up with raspberry on my own.

The toasted grain and light caramel-like nature of the malt was more evident on the palate. In fact, the base beer tasted like a Vienna lager, even though ale yeast was used. It was perfect for a wintertime fruit beer... in the same way that a pale malt-dominant beer works better in summertime.

There was plenty of reddish purple berry flavor (described in terms of color) that was also reminiscent of grapes and apples, strangely enough. Hop flavor was moderate in amount and was probably Tettnang or something similar. Sweet-bitter balance was spot-on.

The mouthfeel held up its end of the bargain with no trouble at all. It was at least medium for the style, with a slightly slick finish and a perfect amount of fine-bubbled carbonation. In fact, the next highest score was tempting.

Winter Rose Ale is a wonderful winter seasonal for both chicks and dudes because it's a fruit beer that has more going for it than fruit. Yet another solid brew from my local Rock Bottom.

Jan 26, 2010
Winter Rose Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1 ratings