Rose | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally known as 'Golden Rose' - discontinued in 2005.

"Rose is inspired by the Belgian Tripel style. It is a top fermented ale which has a deep golden color with a light refreshing body. The beer has a subtle hop profile using the Northwest's finest whole hop flowers. We use Aromatic and Honey malts along with Candy Sugar to give it a unique and fruity character. It is 6% alcohol by weight (7.5% by volume)."

Added by Mitchster on 02-27-2002

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle is at least 4 years old. Batch 34.

Although I was careful, sediment worked its way into the glass. Not that big a deal to me, but to prevent more from getting in there I had to leave a small amount of liquid in the bottle. Shame. But it looks great, with a dark amber/copper color under a modest creamy head that retained for a good while. Not much lace though.

Smells are fantastic: sweet, floral, musty, even a bit pungent in an Orval sort of way.

The flavor is excellent. Or I should say, the flavors, plural, are excellent. Bringing the aromas into the mouth, this has all elements listed above, with a pronounced earthiness and heightened fruit/spice tangle as well. Banana, pear, melon and plum elements mingle with hot pepper and clove. All the while the boldness of wild yeast hangs right in there, reminding a little of those great Flemish Primitive ales from Belgium. There's a lot going on here, and I appreciate what the aging has done for this tripel.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, hefty, with a good bit of carbonation zing to balance out the weight.

Right up there with Ommegang in terms of nailing something with its origins in Belgian beer artistry. But this is far from mimicry. Rose is something a little left-of-center from the usual tripel, one with its own beguiling personality. I am on the hunt for more from this brewery, starting NOW.

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Photo of rallison
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1998 Vintage on tap at Stuffed Sandwich.

A: Golden orange color with some lacing that remains.

S: Smells of tropical fruits, honey, and earthy.

T: Caramel, toffee, tropical fruits, earthy bite. Semi tart. Little bit of alcohol burn at the end that kind of rounds everything out. Nice tart sweetness (does that make sense?) that lingers. Just a nice balance of tart and sweet.

M: Rich and smooth - love it. The tartness and alcohol at the end make it even more enjoyable.

D: Very high, despite the tartness. I wish I had that keg it was pouring from.

Loved this on tap from 98. While this doesn't seem to be the most popular tripel, I thought this beer, aged, was exceptional.

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Photo of bditty187
4.57/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 34

Beautiful amber-gold in hue, it had a wonderful sparkle to it, until I stopped paying attention to the pour (or was I too transfixed with the beauty of the liquid?) and got some yeast in my glass. Oh well. The head was loud and active; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height. The head quickly faded to a bubbly cap, which was about a half finger in height. In time this cap fell apart to a soapy residue. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing, only some spotty clumps that didn’t really cling that well. On the whole, the appearance is attractive. I assumed before I even smelled this beer it would not be a traditional Tripel, actually I would have been really bummed out if it did. My first sniff was lovely, big, bready, alcoholic, grainy, hot, burnt honey… still in the process of cooking. Lightly nutty, flowery with deep fruity notes; I can smell melons, apples, dates, raisins soaked in spiced rum, brown sugar, caramel, and very earthy malt with a hint of charred wood. The potency is high. I only get a hint that this beer is Belgian in nature; it comes across as a barleywine. I love HoftD. The palate is greatly influenced by the mouthfeel. While the nose doesn’t say much with a Belgian flair the carbonation is massive and lively and it greatly transforms the taste. It is not until the finish, after the bubbles have rested a bit, does this beer taste like what the bouquet was expressing. At first, I get raw bitterness with a herbal bite, this is very Tripel-like. Then a fruity combination enters the mix, peaches, melons, dates, and raisins. Walnuts and some caramel candy follow this and brown sugar syrup with a kiss of maple tree sap is on the side. The beer is less Tripel-like now. At the finish this beer turns American. It is a big, angry American beer with big, bold alcohol notes, hot, spicy, with burnt honey and tons of maltiness. The aftertaste is hot and raw with a bit of peppery residue that says, “See, I was Belgian after all.” The palate is very complex and very layered. There are seamless transitions from start to finish, the flavors are not as deep as Adam or Fred but Rose holds she own, plus it goes in a whole different direction. As I sip this beer I want nothing more than cheese, sharp cheddar or smoked Gouda. Hell, give me some grapes while you’re at it. I like this beer because it is not a Tripel and it is not a bad retention of a Tripel, it is just a damn good beer with Belgian flamboyance and American creativity. Medium/medium full in body, carbonation is lively (like I said above), I really like the mouthfeel, and it gives the impression of two beers in one! Drinkable? It is like suckling at the teat of a goddess. I shall place Rose on a pedestal. I shall worship in her glory. I shall find more of this beer. My lone 12-ounce bottle was purchased in Burnsville, MN. This is yet another great HoftD, seek it out but don’t expect a Westmalle!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

A – Poured a very nice hazy amber with a good two finger head of frothy white foam on top. Very very hazy with some nice streams of carbonation apparent, rippling up to the service. Nice side glass presentation as well.

S – Aroma was richly spiced with a very nice blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, light apples and pears and a touch of hoppiness. Very spicy and full on the nose it definitely gave you a bit of a tickle. As it warmed it did seem to mellow a touch and bring out more of the hop aromas.

T – Fantastically mellow especially for the style. The flavor was full and very spiced with a good amount of hop in the finish. Nice spiced apple and coriander in the flavor as well as a good amount of cereal grain and a touch of peach. Very full profile to try and decipher. Excellent I have to say.

M – Very smooth, and silky almost due to the tremendous amounts of fine carbonation rippling through. Great light texture really let the flavors speak to themselves and gave you a really fine sense of the flavor.

D – Excellent sipper this really went down well. In fact as it started to warm and mellow a tad I found myself taking bigger and bigger sips. Almost no hint of the abv was present at all.

Overall this was excellent, and another winner from the brewery. I am really liking the fine little touches they are putting on all of their brews, it really adds a lot to it. Great beer and a really great experience, I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of marc77
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear amber hue w/ aggregates of yeast dancing amongst the bubbles. Tremendously thick, dense, creamy, rocky off - white head leaves intricate lace. The aroma is comprised of honey, lightly caramelized sugar, nutty sweetness and a surprising hint of butterscotch. Mild clove and mustiness round out the aroma. Rich, caramelized sweetness is perceived in flavor at first, and quickly gives way to honey - drenched, candied green apple notes. Yeast esters are fairly subdued, but fermentation byproducts including light acetaldehyde and clove are well integrated into the flavor profile. Hop bitterness is expectedly mild, but prevents overbearing sweetness. Full bodied for a tripel, w/ a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes w/ mellow sweetness slowly fading and a light alcohol warmth slowly fading. Rose is a delicious and full bodied tripel. It's relatively low strength but deep flavor profile lends superlative drinkability.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 33

Poured a nice bubbly white head, slightlly cloudy golden body (double-clutched on the pour). Super head retention

Smell: Honey, malt & alcohol comes through

Taste: Presence of honey and dates, with slight taste of leather and a hop bitterness that washes nicely over roof of the mouth and throat

Mouthfeel: Big body and treacle like smoothness

Drinkability: Hits the mark despite is strength leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a huge four finger head over tope of the beer. Over the course of 5 minutes, the head fell to coat the beer. The color was a hazy orange. The nose was interesting on this one. A good banana sweetness overlaying a really nice peppery spice. The flavor matched the nose fairly well. The creamy banana and lemon flavors came through first followed with a really nice peppery spice. The peppery was different from a regular Belgian though, as it is from peppercorns used in the brewing. Its very similar to real pepper used in cooking, and it lasts well into the finish. Nice. The feel is full thick and creamy. Drinkability is also really good on this one. I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold color, medium head. Very malty. Deep intense malt sugars. Very smooth taste. Lighter taste. Very smooth taste. Lighter body, full flavor. Subtle hop profile. Complex taste. Lots of flavor from the malt sugars as well as the added candy sugars. Mouthfeel is full, round and smooth. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet. This is a very interesting beer, as per usual for this brewery. A very nice Belgian Tipple. This brewery strives to make different beers, or as they say, "we are dedicated to providing the beer lover with new and unusual beer styles". They have once again succeeded with this and their other beers.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 40. A most unique and striking piece of work which left me slightly dumbfounded. An over-excited pour which left behind a great lacing. An almost pink colour, quite the site. Now: the near impossible task of describing its aroma and taste. Both would contain a wild orgy of flavours, a most diverse and eccentric profile. Coriander and orangy notes were in the nose, along with strong hoppy presence. The taste was well full of the hibiscus flower, beats (and/or other fruity notes) perhaps - only perhaps - apparent on the way down. A long finish with good resonance. Neither sour nor sweet, who would have thought such a bold mouthfeel would be this incredibly hard to place? Very estery but distinct from fruity. A strong overcoating of flower-like notes. I'm surprised this beer doesn't get a little more respect. Certainly a long way from the typical tripel. A wild bit of something.

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Photo of purplehops
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 34
Rose pours a deep orange-amber with an off white head that stays around for a while and leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is candi sugar, alcohol, star anise, caramel, mace, pear, green apple, green grape, and raw grain with a hint of nutmeg. The taste has an astringent start that quickly gives way to candi sugar and malt flavors with orange and coriander notes. The finish is fruity with apricot and pear flavors blending with spice flavors of mace and pepper and a touch of alcohol. Aftertaste is malty with citrus and coriander flavors trying to hold back the alcohol and grain flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation roughness to it.
Overall a very nice ale. It would be a great ale if they could balance the flavors as well as they have balanced the aromas. The smell of Rose is pure heaven IMHO.There are better Triples out there but something about Rose keeps bringing me back to it (and it's not easy to get it in Maine). Perhaps it is the hope that one day it will all come together like their other beers (Fred & Adam).

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 34.

Pours a barleywine copper with a minimal head and quite a bit of yeast sediment.

Smell is huge caramel and toffee, slight bit of alcohol and creme brule.

Taste is creamy and sweet, sugar, caramel, a bit of fruit and Belgium yeast.

A bit bready on the finish. Fantastic, I don’t think it’s past prime at all.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown color with a thick, chunky, tan head. The aroma is super fruity with plums and raisins, caramel malts, and sweet candi sugar. The flavor is sweet, malty, with the fruity raisin and date flavors. It has just a slight hop bitterness. It is medium-full in body, with a sweet finish. A tasty brew.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick white head (might be just a tad off from pure white) on a cloudy dark red and brown body.
S- Banana, light clove, hints of pineapple, sweeter caramel, and one other thing I can't seem to pin point.
T- I get a blend of a floral taste and bananas. Cloves are in there along with some other kind of spices (maybe some pepper?). Nice rich fresh fruity flavors. Medium bitterness on mid and tip of tongue. Alcohol is pretty warm (especially for 7.50%) and tickles the tongue.
M- Medium to full body with low carbonation. Smooth yet parts grab to your tongue. Love the feel to this brew.
D- I think it is very tasty. Yes there are better triples out there but I really like this American take on it. Has some different flavors in there that aren't found in classic ones and I like it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a thick creamy head. The aroma was full of yeast, grass, malt, and very earthy. The malt and yeast were the main flavors, honey and some candy sweetness rounded it out. The head lasted through the drink, and beatiful lacing developed onthe glass.

Very smooth on the tongue, and the flavors ride long into the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticable, but not enough to destroy the drinkability. Overall an extremely tasty brew that will make your taste buds happy.

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Photo of jreitman
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with very little head. Citrusy and "clean" aromas. Sweet malt underscore citrus (orange) flavors and a good, but not overwhelming alcohol kick. There was a surprisingly strong (for the style) hop bite, but it did not detract from the beer. A very interesting brew. Not my favorite Tripel, but definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of pester
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 36

Hazy copper gold in color. Didn't even thing too decant and poured the whole brew into my Gulden Draak chalice. Consequently sediment galore exists. Pours with mass carbonation producing a large whispy head off white leaving lacing here there and everywhere as it fades.

Loads of honey, candy sugar, floral esters, yeast and spicey aromas. Thick with malt and sweet gestures leaning slightly toward clove and hay and pear.

Great flavorful complex beer. Smooth, creamy, thick and delectable. Honey malt is very apparent and plants a tent on the mid palate. Some florl hop flavors are still apparent and blend tremendously taming the malt and candy sugar still. Yeasty finish has a floral spicy quality that is refreshing with a little help from the depth of carbonation that prickles on and on. Apple, pear, and caramel round out things with a Viognier grape peaking it's head.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch number 40

Poured a reddish brown with a faint head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is mostly of hibiscus tea with some earthy funkiness in the back.

Taste is very unusual. Somewhere between an oud bruin and a lambic, but its no trick of the yeast- the separate flavor components are very distinguishable- first a strong hibiscus flavor and sourness, then some nice earthy hop flavor followed by a distinct but subtle peppercorn flavor. This is not a spicy flavor, but an interesting aromatic from the pink peppercorns that is more rounded than a black peppercorn with a hint of fruit. Even though the separate components are identifiable, there is quite a nice integration of the various tastes, with each flavor seemlessly transitioning into the next and with the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

The mouthfeel gets better as the beer sits, eventually resulting in both a wonderful creaminess, and a tartness from the hibiscus. Really nice.

This beer grows on you. I kept nudging the scores upward in my mind as I continued to drink, and as the beer integrated more through breathing. It is definitely an unusual beer, best appreciated by those who like lambics- though its not near as tart as a real lambic. I think I would continue to fall in love with this beer as I continued drinking.

If you suck this beer down quick, you'll miss the beautiful creaminess and integration that occurs as it breathes.

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Photo of Wildman
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that left some nice lace. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, citrus and some candy(?caramel). The flavor was sweet, with elements of hops, and some other fruit I can't place. Finish was sudsy due to the carb and had elements of the malt and traces of alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not the best rep. of this style.

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 34.
Murky golden-orange body. Mountainous pale beige head slowly sizzles its way down to a substancial lacing.
Dough and candied sweetness on the nose. Sizable amounts of dark and tropical fruits as well.
Peppery taste off the bat. Then in come the fruits. Some pineapple and rum-soaked raisin sweetness. Some slight carmel and toffee notes. Turns bready and dough-like towards the middle. Alcohol rears back and roars. Slayed only by the grapefruit hops at the finish.
Full bodied and creamy, yet spritzy with the high CO2 levels. Quite delighful and interesting in the mouth.
Actually seems much stronger then the listed 6% ABW (7.2 ABV). As it is certainly a major player here, both in the taste and in the warmth it provides.
The more I drink this, the more I like it. Another winner from Hair of the Dog.

A big, rosey thanks to Bighuge

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Photo of stegmakk
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured HAZY straw...HUGE head...settled down but a nice layer remained an hour after pouring...
Aroma sweet fruit and gum? a very sweet yet tantalizing smell sweet fruit...the more it warmed up the more spice and clove came in...Very nice mixture...I would have to say #1 or 2 on my belgian scale

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like all HOTD beers this one is a heavyweight in all aspects. The colour is orange, gold, cloudy topped with a huge head. The nose is yeasty and direct from Belgium. This is a sweetish big brassy beer with lots of hops and orange notes. I have had lots of beers in this style that are more complex or smoother but this is in your face PNW style and I love it. Let it warm up and take it like a man( or woman)

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Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #35. Cloudy dark-amber with flecks of sediment, forming a large white head atop small bubbles with very good retention and lacing. Aroma has notes of delicate clover honey, candi sugar, a metallic burn barrel that has gotten rained on, wheat husk, husky carapils or munich malt, and delicate perfumy hops. Taste is of light husky mults, light candi sugar, a ruddy sweetness, floral hops and yeast, lingering sweetness, distant toast, and a hint of orange. Nice. Metal in aroma, but not in taste. Mouthfeel is flittery at first, then moderately smooth with a perfumy, light finish. There is a hint of alcohol towards the end.

Re-review 11-03-04:
Brewed with Aromatic and Honey malts, as well as candy sugar. 17 IBU's. 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a murky dark caramel (much too dark for a tripel...even the bottle says it's a deep golden color, which it very clearly ain't), barely able to form a small scum ring of bubbles, despite vigorous swirling. Bottled conditioned. Obviously no lacing or retention. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is close to a barley wine experiment gone awry...raisins, dates, amoxicillin urine, the dirty pillowcases from your uncle's hunting cabin, and fetid gym socks. No bananas or cloves. Mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying with a medium-dense body. Begins with bizarre rotted fruit yeast esters, followed by raisins and prune juice, a very wierd smoked metal sourness, and ending with syrup and soggy rye bread dough. Bitterness is very mild. Wierd liquid smoke lingers in the aftertaste with a faint suggestion of grain husk. Alcohol is lightly perceptable in the vapeure on the breath. Wierd wheat astringency in the aftertaste. As it warms, the cloudiness thinks starch haze, despite being bottle conditioned. As it warms, it takes on a stinky rotten apple juice thang, which ain't as bad as it sounds.

This TOTALLY misses the mark as a tripel. It's an "interesting" beer in it's own little world...that is, if you don't mind copper-covered raisins stewed in smoked friendship cake starter. Shame on you Dog...go back to your cage. Rated within the generalized "beer" category...certainly not as a tripel (in which it would fail the bastard red-headed son of a zymurgist afflicted with scrapie). One of the more intereresting beers I've had in awhile...One hell of a wierdo. If it said "St.Bernardus" on the label, BA's would be eating this up in droves.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From an enormous magnum, shared among several friends...

Hazed, golden hue, big, rocky, off-white head

Nose is an acme of sweetness, with touches of straw and spice, fruit-laden, apricot and peach, candy sugar aplenty....beautifully uplifting, with a nice, citric kick.

Taste: Great hoppy bite at the front, bright, ebullient, and ever-so tasty. Pepper notes run aside the fruit. Medium bodied, tingly and tart, with a delicious yeasty character, and an everlasting zest.

Impossible to not love, this is a fine one to luxuriate with...give that a try next time you need it most!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The bottle says batch 37 on the label.

THe beer pours a hazy cloudy orange with lots of white yeast sediment chunks. A light fluffy dirty white head foams up huge even with a very gentle pour. THe head fades very slowly to a significant surface layer. Aroma is fruity with green apples white grapes, light floral hops and some alcohol fusols. THe beer exhibits average body upon tasting with a gentle rolling carbonation. The beer goes down very easily and smoothly. Flavor is fruity just as the nose advertises with green apple again mixing with white grapes, and candied sugar. Again the alcohol makes its presence known, not overwhelming, but definitely there. The beer is a nice one to sip on and has some nice complexity and excitement. A nice relaxing on the sofa kind brew.

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Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.57 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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