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

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3.58 w/ 178 ratings

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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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Photo of necoadam
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa, what a big beer this was.

Pours out a cloudy golden/orange color with a big head that had to settle down with time.

Smell consisted of lots of malts at first, with quite a bit of yeast following up on it and some fruit mingle around in the background. Quite a bit of alcohol also in the nose.

Taste was powerful but a little off. Malts and some slight hops that just jumped out of nowhere hit the palate first. Then comes the yeast and slight spices and blends in with some fruit, but the alcohol is all over the place at all times and does last into the aftertaste. Some fruit also shows up but just adds to the sweetness of this brew.

This is a big beer, but sometimes throwing everything into the pot doesn't make it great. This bad boy needs some taming.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle. Rose pours into my glass a pale straw color, with a super foamy egshell colored head, a bit rocky, and dissipating quickly. Aroma is very bready/yeasy, with a hint of spice and quite sweet. Flavor is much fuller than the nose would lead me to believe, quite a delicious tripel. Begins with a bit of tangy fruit and well balanced spice, blossoming into a big bready malt sweetness. Alcohol is definitely perceptible in the finish and lends it a nice extra kick, just a hint of bitterness in the finish as well. Body is medium for a tripel, this is one of the more drinkable tripel's I've had. Pretty tasty, I was surpriesed to see that the ABV was not higher based on the taste.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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 bultrey
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz. tulip glass at Blind Tiger Ale House in Manhattan. The aroma is very vinous and fruity, with a slightly sweet maltiness peeking through.
I was taken aback with the first sip -- I thought this was really tasty. I got a huge fruit profile quickly followed by raspberry/cherry tartness, some sweet maltiness, and I swear this beer is brewed with fruit. Think of the raspberry or cherry flavor of a Lindeman's lambic combined with classic Belgian brown ale flavors. In fact, to me this was reminiscent of Ommegang's Three Philosophers, only sweeter.
The carbonation is good, drops down to almost no head after the first few sips, but remains effervescent in the mouth til the end. The finish is surprisngly dry for something with so much fruitness and sweetness up front.
I thought this beer was nice, though I wouldn't have guessed it was a Belgian-style triple. If you go in without expectations, you might like this brew -- if you go in wanting a classic Belgian triple, I think you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer. Batch 36.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a HUGE 3" white head over the light amber brew, with small floaties here and there. Will take some time to get this poured out, like Fred the other day. Ten minutes later, all in. Head is amazingly dense, with great resilience, with incredible amounts of foamy lace everywhere. Aroma is sweetly of Belgian malts, a whole lot spicy, and a bit yeasty. Taste is of spicy Belgian malt. Mouthfeel good, but drinkability dropped a tad for making me wait so long to enjoy. Surely we can have a nice foamy presentation with some liquid initially...

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Photo of waughbrew
1.94/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Very hazy orangy light brown with an amazingly creamy top. Impressive retention and lacing. Smell is sweet and very yeasty with hints of citrus and alcohol. A tingly twang on the tongue to begin. A bit of banana bread, then the burn begins. Alcohol is surprisingly assertive - painfully so. It dominates the finish and goes straight to the top of my head. Reminiscent of rubbing alcohol and paint remover fumes. Thin body, very creamy.

A four dollar headache. It had been a long time since I shared a beer with my kitchen sink, but yikes, this sucked.

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Photo of aracauna
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden amber body is topped by a very ample, creamy, off-white head that takes for ever to even shrink, much less do anything resemble fade. Very fruity nose with cherry pits and apricots studded with cloves. The flavor has an interesting little bit of choclate malt riding underneath everything else. Very strong flavor and aroma, but not overbearing.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rose was served from a 12 oz. bottle, labeled "batch 38". In a pint glass, the beer was an intriguing hazy dark gold color, and was topped by a persistant off-white head that left luxurious sheets of lacing. The nose consisted of zesty mandarin orange-lemon notes, bready yeast, and light coriander aromas. The taste began with a delicious juicy orange-tinged honey malt profile, which opened up with an earthy orange-zesty bitterness that led to a richly floral citric bready peppery finish that held numerous superb spicy complexities that swirl on the palate. No alcohol was evident, but the drink was slightly warming. The body was a little thin for the flavors and character of the beer, and the carbonation was overly fluffy, even for the style. Despite this problem, this triple was delicious, complex, balanced, and satisfying.

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Photo of deejaydan
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow. I poured this into a regular beer glass and got about 2 inches of beer, the rest was a foamy head. What color was there was, well, pale yellow. There is an overpowering aroma, I can't quite place it, though I'd almost say an overripe nectarine. Taste of fruitiness, but there is still something not quite "right" here. There is plenty of lacing left on the glass. This beer just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of taez555
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an off white head with a translucent orange tan body. There was a huge amount of fine carbonated bubbles rising up as well.

The nose was a big mix of garbage and yeast. Some fruit, diactyl, sour fruit and garbage, but in that good Belgian sort of trash way. There were big wafting whiffs of alcohol as well.

This beer had a huge thick body. Milkshake thick. Big and rather bitter. Fruit, bitter hops, malt, wheat, garbage, diactyl, manure, earthy hops, dirt, yeast, tropical fruits. A strong alcohol punch that really drives it’s way through. Not a whole lot of fruit flavor in this beer, it’s really dominated by this classic farmhouse sort of Belgian beer flavor.

I wish I could say more about it, it’s just a big thick Belgian triple/farmhouse sort of beer. The weird part is that I think this is the first beer I’ve ever been surprised by the alcohol in the opposite direction. It says it’s 7.5% but tastes more like 15%. It’s really just so one sided. The huge alcohol, malt, garbage and bitterness so overpower any other flavors it doesn’t have as much complexity as you’d normally find in a triple. A decent beer, I probably wouldn’t try it again.

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Photo of ark57
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 37 - It pours a clear orange gold with a voluminous head that won't quit. The aroma is yeasty with candy sugar and a peppery spice. The taste starts off fruity with some honey notes. The body is light and the carbonation is creamy yet forceful. There is then some esters (apple) and phenols. The finale is a peppery alcohol bite. There is some hop character to this, but not much. It is not a bad beer, but not what I would say is a top notch Tripel.

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Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch number 38.

Looks like chaduvel and I forgot to drink this during the beer-soaked powder vacation of two weeks ago.
Marcellar's had just gotten HOTD in and I was anxious to try this tripel.
Pours a brilliant hazy peachy orange with a victorious, fluffy white head. Nice. Smell is of perfumey, candy apple malts with a spicy floral hop accent. Oh, and plenty of yeast. Taste: tangy, not sweet malt up front. Followed by a strong spicy yeast and hop wallop. Some floral notes, but a little more bitter than tasty. Alcohol is fairly noticeable as well. Finish is yeasty, with lingering cloying maltiness. The pungeant yeast is a little strong throughout. Interesting take on the style, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 37.
Pours with a phenomenal, bulbous, rocky head. The color is dark golden, approaching light brown, with considerable yeast floating about. Thick tufts of foam cling to the glass all the way to the bottom. Aroma is estery and spicy, and you can pick up the sugar as well. Fruity, slightly banana-like, and bubble-gum smells mix with malt and sugar. Taste is sweet…rasins and plums…with a peppery spiciness follow-through. Considerable yeast flavors. Full and creamy mouthfeel. I found this one to be a warming, relaxing, well-made beer.

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Photo of Foxman
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a hazy, honey gold, with a hellacious light tanhead that simply explodes and retains forever, like a batch of white chocolate mousse. Delicate Belgian lace adorns the inside of the glass.

A sniff delivers sugary citrus strains wafting forwards along with notes of berry and spice. There's a considerable sourness that mixes with the yeast's doughiness.

In the flavor, an unexpectedly toasty malt sweetness lunges out of the gates, establishing a veritable grain presence. Alcohol makes a marked impression about midway, never totally surrendering from there forward. The finish is soundly bested by dual prongs of bitter and sour, providing a distracting and rather inept conclusion to a very basic performance.

Medium bodied, it coats nicely. The bitterness takes the tongue hostage and leaves a strong ascerbic glow behind.

See, I mistakenly grabbed this bottle instead of Adam, and I'll admit, I'm disappointed. There's never any real balance, just a push of malt, the kick of alcohol, and the shove of the bitter/sour onslaught. The ABV works against it more than it might otherwise, because the flavor just doesn't make drinking another a worthwhile endeavor. While not without its merits, there's nothing here to make it stand out and convince me to buy it again.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the usual HotD brown 12 oz bottle "Batch 37".
Poured into my Chimay looks like i got a bad one..the bubbly white head is way over the top , taking up half the glass..out of control.Below the foaming head the beer looks a nice golden amber,,hazy and inviting.
The aroma is pleasant enough but rather weak for a can certainlly pick up the coriander..and some sourness also.
Taste os "OK"..mostly sweet malts and spicy can notice the alcohol too..
Its ok in the mouth a little too carbonated.
THis is an average Belgian style tripel..its drinkable but very exspensive for what it is..i can get New belgiums for cheaper and its way better.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a cloudy golden orange color topped in a massive off-white head that sits up there forever. The aroma is big and loaded with fruit. A yeasty character also hits the nose followed by a little hit of alcohol.

There is a lot of tingly carbonation, almost too much. The yeast provides a lot of flavor which can either aid in the complexity or be a bit too much depending on how you look at it. I liked it for the most part. There are some nice burnt flavors in the finish. There is a very strange character to this beer, almost meaty. The fruit flavor covers it up most of the time, but it is very odd. Alcohol will warm a bit, and it is pretty well masked.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5 sure this is a tripel, because I think we have a case of mistaken identity here. Pours a hazy, murky, yeasty brown with perhaps the most impressive head I've had in a long time. Almost whip cream thick and it's not budging. Smells gumdrop sweet with a hint of yeast.

This tastes very strong old ale like to me. Big mouthfuls of spice and a huge medicinal wave of pepper and alcohol. Sure doesn't taste like 6% ABV. Mouthfeel is a wee bit thin and a hair overcarbonated. Bit of funky aftertaste. Not a bad old ale, but not a good tripel

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Photo of merlin48
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch# 36, 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with an enormous offwhite head that you could stir with a fork. Head lasts forever and leaves abundant lacing down the tulip glass. Lots of yeast particles present, which eventually settle at the bottom. Aroma is promising, with sourwood honey, several fruits, and some floral hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium to thick bodied. Very creamy. Taste is of candied malts, some caramel, and hints of mango and grapes. Aftertaste is vinous, and alcohol makes its presence known. Not a bad example of an American Tripel, but it seems to lack some balance. It's an interesting experience to watch the yeast particles dance around at the bottom of the glass, while a few of the buggers try to make it back to the top of the glass. I would like to try another one of these, but not this month.

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Photo of jtfest
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strikes me as another winner for Hair of the dog -- if you take it for what it is. Pours a hazy orange with red highlights. Be careful when you pour, there's gonna' be a HUGE light tan lasting head. Full of carbonation, it actually fizzes in your mouth. The feel is full, and the taste is good -- it's not what I'd grab if I wanted a Triple, but if I wanted a flavorful malty, kinda' grassy ale with honey tones, I could down a couple of these. The aroma is kind of 'green' and pasture-like, but, like most HOTD's, Rose is a unique and flavorful brew. Now, if they could only do something about Ruth ...

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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 BierReise
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz Bottle of Batch #37. Poured a nice orange-gold color with a huge off white head that seems super charged with carbonation. Has a great spicy Belgian like aroma except with notes of fruit,cinnamon and lots of maple. Mouthfeel is very effervescent and lively. Flavor is a fruity malty one with a bit of maple and spices. Alcohol also slightly noticable in the finish. Overall a really good Tripel.

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Photo of clvand0
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #35. Pours an orange color with some floaty stuff in it and has a moderate head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma had caramel, yeast spices, and a nice bit of hops in it. The alcohol was apparent in the taste, but it blended well. The flavor has a lot of hops - starts out sweet with peppery spices and finishes more dry with the alcohol bringing itself forward. Nice banana character in this one. Drinkability is good and the body is right where I want it to be.

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Photo of Jon
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 32. Rose pours a flat, yet brilliant auburn haze. Spiced honey notes are present in the aromatics with trace notes of hops and yeast. Vinous, honey, herbal and fruity notes are most prominent flavor-wise, along with a commanding sweetness. The finish features zesty citrus, green apple, and alcohol notes. Smooth, mellow mouthfeel is quite appealing, but doesn't do much to overcome the shortcomings of the flavor. Even still, this is a mellow, drinkable beer that has aged decently. Certainly not similar to the most traditional renderings of this style. While it lacks some character, it's not a bad beer in its own right.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep orange color with two fingers of head. Lots of yeast floating around in the glass, a bad pour on my part. There is a bit of lace left on the glass. The smell is very fruity with white grapes and apples. There is also a good dose of alcohol to the smell. The taste is very malty and sugary, with some buttery diacetyl as well. The alcohol is very present in the taste too. The mouthfeel is fairly good, but the drinkability suffers due to some cloying and the large alcohol taste.

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Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 43.8% out of 100 with 178 ratings
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