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Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat AleSea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale
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Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat AleSea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by smutty33 on 02-15-2017

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Photo of acurtis
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not a bad beer, but i wanted to like this more, and halfway through it i found myself thinking this is just another mediocre fruit beer from these guys, it really didnt impress me much. despite the name and the label, there is hardly any color to this, just looks like a wheat beer, although a nice one, softly hazy and really well carbonated. the cherry is in front of the pomegranate here, sweet and tart at the same time, sort of juicy and not at all over the top, but also not that interesting, and for them to be sort of faint in such a light beer is weird to me, they should fully lead the way here. the tartness is low too, maybe a partially soured mash or something, i think it has to be more than just the tartness of the fruit, but its not as sour as a berliner or anything like that. the pomegranate to me seems plain and sweet, almost a kool aid red fruit punch vibe here, although the wheat also holds its own and adds a nice fresh cereal element that keeps this beery before fruity. nice carbonation and brightness here, the mouthfeel is the best part, it stays refreshing and drinkable but also satiated my need for some body in my wheat beer. not bad at all, but the fruit dosage and combination is a weird choice, and this seems lost in style no mans land. worth a try, but it ends up another weird ballast point fruit thing that will quickly be forgotten about...

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/22/2017. Pours slightly hazy pinkish golden/orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light about of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruit, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of cherry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of fruit, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tartness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, clean, fairly grainy/sticky, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is a nice fruited pale wheat ale. All around nice robustness and balance of fruit, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Quite flavorful and not watery feeling for the low ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering, and great summer beer.

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3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
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).

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Pours with a clear, pinkish copper body that has a high amount of visible carbonation. The modest size white head has decent retention.
Aroma: fresh baked wheat bread with fainter fresh and baked cherries.
Flavor: follows the aroma but with relatively weaker malts versus fruit notes; moderately tart, at most. Clean.
Feel: medium-light body; medium-high carbonation; quite dry.

Overall: an excellent, dry session ale, although I'd prefer a bit stronger flavor.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
2.41/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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...

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3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok. But not nearly tart...or cherry ... enough

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Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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