Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat AleSea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #531
ABV:
4%
Score:
79
Ranked #47,549
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 11.92%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
195
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat AleSea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale
Notes: Our Sea Rose tart cherry wheat ale is a fresh take on fruit beers. Originally conceived during an employee-led R&D brew, it’s one of our most imaginative recipes yet. The American wheat style is light and clean, while fresh cherry juice adds a soft coral color and fruity nose that gives way to a dry, slightly tart finish. It’s approachable, yet unexpected—exactly what we love to brew.
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travolta from California

2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 03, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Sea Rose last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and this one caught my eye, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label is nice, it goes with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a orange amber color that also took on a slight pink hue when held to the light and it two fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a fruity aroma being the first to show up, it's a little cherry like, but it also has some raspberry and other berry like aromas coming through. Up next comes a lightly tart aroma that goes into a little bit of doughy yeast and that's followed by the malts which impart some wheat, bready, grainy, pale malt and sweet malt like aromas with no single one sticking out the most. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's well balanced and it lives up to it's description.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruit still being the frist to show up, this time it's more cherry like, but it also is a good amount lighter this time. Up next comes a light amount of tartness that's followed by the doughy yeast and that goes ito the malts which show up just about as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects. On the finish there's no bitterness with a little tartness that quickly faded away and it had a light cherry and malty aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I was hoping the taste was a little more bolder like the aroma is.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little clean, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it's a solid example of the style, I liked it, but I was hoping it would have had a little more flavor than it did. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, i might get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, aroma and mouthfeel, they were nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beers is the taste and drinkability, the both could use a little work. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would recommend if your want a wheat beer with a little bit of tart cherries. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if they added a little more wheat and tart cherries it would turn out better. It's not a favorite Ballast Point beer and it's a solid example of the style. Nice job, this is a solid beer, keep it up.

Apr 17, 2017
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jcarlosv from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting fruit beer, very pleasant cherry wheat ale beer. Drinks light but finishes with a nice dry flavor with a hint of tart. The cherry flavors do show up when drinking. Overall good tasting beer.

Feb 07, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating (Feb 14 2017, and sampled on Mar 27 2017)
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well I'm not a fan of pink beers, but this looks pretty good. It's a clear, kind of "blush wine" pink beneath a short head of pink foam. As I'd expected given the term "tart" on the label, the head dropped quite quickly. Only tiny spots of lacing are left behind, but that's fairly common for a sour beer. I wonder how "tart" or sour it is? I don't pick up what I usually consider as "tart" or "sour" in the nose, nor is it really fruity. It smells like light malt with just an edge of fruitiness. OK let's see... fairly tart, slightly fruity, and then a touch sweetish with malt in the finish. Let me try another sip... yes, the same. The fruit is cherry-like, and delicate, and there's a bit of a perfumey character to it as well. I don't get the pomegranite, nor the wheat, really. There's a touch of wheat in the finish but it doesn't stand out like it does in a Bavarian hefeweizen. Overall it's a very delicate beer though, so that makes sense. 4% alcohol, light bodied, moderately carbonated, and delicately fruity - it's almost like a blush wine spritzer, and I could see it fitting right in with any occasion where that would be appropriate. I'd originally thought that it might be good for a day out at sea fishing, probably inspired by the label, but that wouldn't work, it's just too light flavored. It'd be refreshing, but it still has that alcohol to it, and for that 4% I'd rather have a fuller flavored beer. I hate to say it because it sounds sexist, and I guess it is, but it really seems like much more of a woman's beer.

Mar 27, 2017
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Boto from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can: This one pours an almost clear, golden color. A small white head that doesn't linger long or leave any lacing. Lighter nose. Some tart cherry and wheat. The taste is OK. A tough lighter body, some tart cherry and wheat flavors. A good beer on a hot day.

Aug 21, 2018
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Billolick from New York

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 29, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Many of you know by now that my Westie cuz, Colby Chandler, has been elevated to Vice-President at Ballast Point. I kid you not. I enjoyed Sculpin in Beta when he was a homebrewer back in 2002 & I still get a kick out of both BP's beers & labels. It makes me really happy when I can conduct even a small horizontal of BP's beers, like right now, continuing with this one.

From the bottle: "Dedicated to the Craft".

I had a very fresh bottle, a large glass & some time on my hands, so I Pop!ped the cap & let fly. I was a tad startled by the formation of two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, pinkish head that resembled fresh-spun cotton candy, but it did not hang around long enough to put me off of my game. Color was a pinkish Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2 OR N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light cherry tartness along with the sweetish smell from the wheat malt. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, but in a low ABV beer like this, I can't find too much fault in that aspect. The taste, while easily identified as cherry, was a little too light, especially when the label reads "Tart". It just did not have enough intensity to think of it as tart. It reminded me of watered-down preserves. I really was not feeling this one. Finish was semi-dry and while it was refreshing, I just was not working up any measure of excitement. YMMV.

Apr 19, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright, tangy, fruity and radiant, the appeal of cherry wheat ale honestly doesn't pique the interest, but one taste changes all that as Ballast Point wields their brewing prowess and creates a beer that's perfect for ringing in the spring season.

Bright ruby and dark pink, the brilliantly clear beer takes on striking appearances of sparkling rose wine. A creamy pillow of foam crowns the glass while aromas of tart berries, cherries, currants and cider mingle in the nose. Soft pastry sweetness is light and feathery on the early palate as the wheat adds a creamy sourdough favor to support the billowing fruit.

The sweetness fades nicely and the fruit flavors develop from a juicy and plump upstart into a clean, tart and cidery sourness. Pomegranate, cherry, redcurrant, strawberry and raspberry could all be represented as the taste is simple, dedicated to the fruit and shy of depth or complexity.

Medium light on the palate, the sourness, modest alcohol and drying malts allows for a crisp and clean after palate with the piquant tang of berries resting on a short and sour finish. Echoes of wheat roll softly into aftertaste with those notions of sourdough baking away.

Feb 27, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1 finger of cream colored head. Dissapointing head retention

S: Tart wheat & cherry

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness up front. More of the same as this warms, some tartness too, cherry fades a bit. Finishes tart with a little cherry & a little dry

MF: Light body, moderate carbonation

Drinks easy, but nothing special. Glad I just bought a single...

Apr 01, 2017
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psmith161 from Indiana

3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 08, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lagunitas mason glass. Beta-fish artwork

L: Clear light golden-pink pour. No head worth mentioning.

S: Dark cherry... and... cherry.

T/F: Mildly sweet-tart carbonated cherry flavored something. Not much flavor... mild grains poke through. Finish is off-sweet.

O: Just not much here... and a rare complete miss for Ballast point. Glad I only got 1 in a sampler. Not worth the bother.

Apr 16, 2017
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beeragent from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 09, 2018
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jak from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sep 14, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small chalice: color is straw with super light pink edges, head presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and top.

Smell is light sourness, though cherry like aroma is hard to distinguish, more neutral sourness; malt is not that present.

Taste has a more pronounced cherry like flavor, though the sour/tart character is less pronounced than the cherry flavor; wheat is semi-apparent, not much pomegranate.

Mouthfeel is not tart-like, actually fairly clean and neutral, more sharp presence on the tongue.

Overall, a cherry beer with light malt character and minimal tart/sour character/flavor.

Jun 06, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, pinkish orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of cherry and hints of pomegranate. Nice wheat flavor with a touch of tart cherry.

May 28, 2017
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A disappointment. I'm glad I just bought a single to try. I have nothing against pale wheat as a style- in the hot South, styles like this certainly have a place if for nothing else as lawnmower beers. This one though, doesn't cut it. It has very little flavor and virtually no body, and the fruit is almost completely absent. This tastes more like a flavored sparkling water than a beer- and the flavor is scant at that. Thumbs down on this one from a brewery I usually love.

Mar 27, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear reddish yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cherries, pomegranate and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the wheat seems to stand out a bit more in front of the cherries and pomegranate, neither of which contributes any hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the fruity flavors prevent it from being bland. This could make for a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

Apr 02, 2017
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pin from Australia

3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dec 02, 2017
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 24, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE: September 23, 2017.. OCCASION: big soccer Saturday finishes with scouts and PSU/Iowa... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass... pours a bright golden bosy with reasonable effervescence... head is thick, two-fingered, and snow white... lacing arches up and over the cloud... cherry is relevant but not impactful... more immediate is creamy yeasts that alerts the nose to its wheat backbone... floral notes suggest hops are mingling in this... body is creamy, lively, and crisp... refreshing and light in its ABV... the cherry is subtle--and not a bad thing, given the softening of the wheat... flower and hop meld with the tartness to create a pleasant, softened profile... nothing I would run to, but a solid fruit beer that I would not refuse if given...

Sep 24, 2017
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halo913 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 08, 2017
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rdub from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 30, 2017
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armock from New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 17, 2017
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

May 23, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium to dark golden honey orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate rose pink colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat malts with light aromas of tart cherry + pomegranate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pomegranate + tart cherry. Minimal amount of bitterness and only the lightest amount of tartness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, light bodied and light ABV make this a good afternoon beer for working in the yard (here in the rather hot South).

Jun 12, 2017
Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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