Roses On Roses | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released in honor of Fort George's 5th Anniversary (March 2012)

A version of 'XVIth Chapel' aged in Four Roses bourbon barrel and conditioned using rose hips.

Added by msubulldog25 on 03-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by devlishdamsel:
Photo of devlishdamsel
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why all the reviews on here say that this beer was drying. Personally i found the opposite to be true. The rose hips actually provided a smooth passage for this beverage. I found nothing about this beer to be astringent or drying whatsoever and the lack of aftertaste is almost unheard of in an ipa. Frankly this was one of the better IPA's ive ever had. I love the cloudy appearance of Belgians and i found that the yeast actually complimented the hops in this beverage( contrary yet again to the reviews I have read). I seriously hope that they will decide to remake this beverage as I could see this being a regular beer in my lineup!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of ElGordo
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with a good bit of creamy, off-white head. Aroma is huge on floral, herbal, somewhat vegetal notes from the rose hips, along with some spicy, tangy Belgian yeast. Palate is an intriguing blend of tangy, citrusy hops, acidic rose hips, and pale malt, all accented by an assertive Belgian yeast. Body is full but not sticky, a good fit for the complex flavors at hand here. This beer is kind of all over the map. Maybe a little more aging will calm it down a bit.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, belmont station

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, rich copper orange body, moderate beige ring

smell: hop profile very similar to the ft george ipa - floral but abrasive and a touch metallic, noticeably floral from the rose hips

taste: the bourbon barrels don't really come through at all but the rose hips certainly do. a bit boozy, big caramel bite, biscuity, not really expressing characteristics of a belgian IPA.

mouthfeel: a touch hot, moderate bitterness

overall: Was expecting a bit more - interesting but not well refined

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Photo of Hobbit
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Eric!

Densely Murky orange, fluffy coating sheets if foam, long lasting.

Floral aroma, some sticky vanilla, light sweetness.
Fruity flavors of golden raisin and vague citrus, spicy tannic bitter aftertaste. Noticeable whiskey, smooth creamy feel. Overall enjoyable, it was a unique combination though I'm not sure I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a nice mostly clear copper color. Big fingers of off-white foamy head which settles slowly to a mess of lace all about and some patchy bubbly islands. Nice looking beer.

Smell: (3.5)

- Roses are certainly present. A nice sweet floral aroma mixed with sweet caramel malts and grassy earthy hops. Light vanilla from the barrels, and esters galore. Certainly unique.

Taste: (3.5)

- Bitter mad hops and a floral punch from the roses. Not overly sweet really, just a nice biscuit malt with a strong tinge of alcohol. It is a super bitter beer with a bit of a rubbing alcohol flavor. Light caramel and vanilla with a clean earthy finish.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Bitter drying. It's a chewy one with a dry finish from the bitter hops and rubbing alcohol. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated...

Overall: (3.5)

- I like where they were going with this. Perhaps an IIPA to sit on a little while? Eh maybe not, it is way too hoppy to let sit around. It's rose flavors are quite nice, and the subtle vanilla is nice. Only complaint is the rubbing alcohol flavors. It's a bit hot, and odd to believe that some kind of adjunct wasn't used. I could be wrong! Watch out, it's bitter!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Edit: For anyone disputing this review, please contact me directly first. This brew is OBVIOUSLY an old keg, but in the PNW, these kegs have been released again recently at growler stations and at obviously unsuspecting bars. It is a disaster and NOBODY should spend the $$$.


MIni growler picked up at the Meridian Growler guys tonight.. hazy golden... perfumed oxidized pale malt with weird apricot esters and and abundant sawdust oaky element that shows no resemblance of Bourbon Aging.. This is a keg that somebody forgot about and the brewery and the distributor should be ashamed they put these out there. This should have been DUMPED... not poured into growlers at GGM and the Boise COOP. Shameful.

Unfortunately, this was probably a fantastic beer when it was released 3+ years ago.. But now it is a disaster.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery orange amber with a nice, fine two-finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of oak, whiskey, caramel malt and light piney hops. Flavor of caramel malt with whiskey, oak. Middle develops piney hops and the finish is hops and oaky with a faint floral element. I like this quite a bit. Unlike some other reviewers, I found the whiskey barrel oak flavor to stand out and the rose hips to be a light touch. Medium bodied with creaminess and a great mouth feel. Nice take on a BA IPA. I would label this as an American strong ale, because I do not detect any Belgian influences.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AddySW
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber w/ a 2-finger frothy head, good retention, lace.

Aroma is a bit musty and fruity from the Belgian yeast, floral, just a fleeting hint of pine.

Taste is dank and bitter. Floral. Solid malt presence. The oak dryness is there too, adding good complexity. Some spicy notes and a hint of bourbon. Warming alcohol. Belgian yeast rounds everything out nicely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation level is just right.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique Belgian IPA. Rich, complex, interesting. Well done.

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Photo of zeff80
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, caramel color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roses and yeastiness. Some oak and vanilla. Kinda an odd blend of aromas.

T - Odd. Chalky with some floral taste. A little musty flavor with some sweet maltiness. Some bourbon/oak/vanilla taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - I appreciate the attempt, but it was a little messy. Maybe it needs some aging?

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Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great aroma of whiskey is intriguing and encouraging. Slightly hazed amber in the snifter. Big foam, then settles into a nice sudsiness. Sharp and light bodied.

The first sip is sweet and aromatic. Then it turns into kind of a lip burner, dry and hot with alcohol. Bitter yeastiness starts evaporating the malt, what little there is. A nice hint of hoppy flowers before total bitterness take over everything. It's not quite undrinkable, since the flavors are so interesting, and the stuff seems well made. They did seem to miscalculate the excess of hops and how much bitterness would be added by the Belgian yeast. Too dry and what woodiness there is seems to add to the astringency.

From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Phelps
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a snifter.

Murky, muddy copper, like an old penny. One finger sand colored foam is frothy and sticky, grabbing the glass in thick walls.

Big, citrusy hops met with big pineapple, lime, mango. Tropical. A bit of oak, a hint of bourbon. Smells like it should have an umbrella in it.

A list too solvent, lots of alcohol. Big pithy bitterness and a huge floral note, which I'm coming from the rose petals. A little mango, Orange peel, vinous oak. More barrel character than bourbon. Mango sorbet.

Creamy medium full body, like half and half. Carbonation is a gentle massage. Holds together well as it moves. A little tongue numbing and hot in the nose.

Too much ethanol, not enough bourbon. Too many competing flavors, and not my favorite mix.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody 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 that smells better than it tastes in my opinion

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Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of loren01
2.14/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

rPicked this up at a local Portland bottle shop, served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color, not much head with very little lace.
S: Smells very floral and piney from the hops. Also smells oakey from the bourbon barrels. Smells kind of interesting actually
T: Not much malt at all, slight floral/herbal taste followed by a huge piney hop bitterness. Alcohol seems way higher than the 9% or whatever it said on the bottle. It tastes honestly like rubbing alcohol with hops added.
M: Medium bodied, finishes very dry and astringent
O: Not sure what they were going for with this beer but I think they missed the mark. I'm a big fan of most Ft George beers but this beer sucks big time.

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Photo of mtbeer3649
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of benbjb
5/5  rDev +30.5%

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