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
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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 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 msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, pulled from the fridge where it has dwelt since purchase back in April. Cracked with a hiss and poured to a pint glass.

Fort George's 5th anniversary release, a 'Belgian Style India Pale Ale' which was 'aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels and conditioned with rose hips'. Its base beer is '16th Chapel'.

A: Hazy, but mostly debris-free, amber-hued pour with a thick tuft (2 fingers) of whitish suds. Great retention, these clingy soapsuds nearly coat the opposite side of the glass and winnow down very slowly. Some steady carbonation cuts through the murk. Golden tones at the edges. Very pretty.

S: I had one of these back in April ('fresh') and this one today (4 months old) and don't notice a big difference in aroma... which is to say both are/were pleasantly malty and gently spiced, but neither bold nor overly intricate. I guess between the bourbon barrels, the rose hips, the hops and 'Belgian' yeast I expected more.

T: I wavered on scoring this one and went with the higher score I'd considered. VERY woody, a mineral-ashy quality that wavers between overly harsh, then (oddly) surprisingly sweet. Dry and herbal to the core, this IPA benefits from the oaky barrel flavors in one sip then suffers from overly tangy/peppery floral flavors in the next. Then the next time around, the woodiness seems to brash, and the botanicals seem wonderful. Confounding, but strangely likeable.

M: No doubt there's some 9%+ warmth here and a tongue grabbing thickness that reflect this 'imperialization' (is that a real term?). A dusty filminess is a little offputting, until I realize that flavors linger much longer. And that's a good thing. Mild carbonation, a smoother beer now than it was months ago.

O: An admirable effort by the folks at Fort George (I can't believe it's already been 5 years since they opened!) - the more I sipped, the better I felt about this one. Intriguing flavors and a sturdy build - very good now. I'll be looking for another.

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

Photo of tlazaroff
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ripe fresh citrus backed by the scent of roses. It actually smells amazing, I've never smelled a specific flower in a beer before this one.

Beautiful lacing created by a very slightly light fluffy orange & tan head. The beer itself is a little muddy looking, and also orange in color.

Toast with peach and apricot jam. I taste what I perceive as what a rose stem would taste like if I tried to eat one. It's not bad or distracting, it works itself into the beer quite well. Citrus in the finish is stronger and comes in the form of lime and unripened oranges.

Slightly astringent with loads of carbonation and a medium body. It's refreshing, and quite drinkable for the alcohol content of 9.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a medium brown with a nice orange hue and a large (2-3 finger) cream colored rocky head that receded very slowly, down to a large thick cap with excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, floral hops and a mild funky Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), a mild fruity ester (apple and pineapple), a hint of cask and a moderate bourbon scent.

The taste was bitter sweet and a tad yeasty, with a hint of caramel and a slight fruitiness right off, and then became a bit hoppy with a somewhat bold citrus peel bitterness along with a lightly sweet woody alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lingered for quite a long time proceeding the swallow, with a slight citrus peel bite hitting you right in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body and dry it texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall this brew possessed a good hoppy bitterness that was offset rather nicely by a mild fruity presence, which created a beer that was very easy to drink and left a pleasing aftertaste on the taste buds...

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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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