Roscoe's Hop House Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,851
Ranked #46,279
3.2 | pDev: 17.81%
World Brews
California, United States
Roscoe's Hop House Pale AleRoscoe's Hop House Pale Ale
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 70
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $3.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 4, 2016
Consumed: April 4, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle or 6-pack

Don’t think this is going to be a good one, but had to try it for $3.99 for a 6-pack. Also noticed that it was from Rochester, N.Y., about 45 minutes from my college. Now I know that is actually brewed in Novato, Calif., but still. Hoping it is something that can be my new cheapie go-to after Dieselpunk Porter and Dieselpunk IPA both gave me a nasty headache recently.

Poured an orangeish, copper, hazy color with two fingers of off-white, fizzy head, which thinned out rather quickly. Could just barely see some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. No lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled pretty much what I thought it was going to smell like and probably what a Dieselpunk Pale Ale would smell like as well. Got spoiled peach or nectarine, caramel, buttery malts, grassy notes, earthy grain and orange zest. (Smell - 3.25)

Tasted a little maltier than the nose, but still unappealing. Got caramel, grain, nectarine, spoiled apple, grassy notes, buttery malts, herbal hops and hints of orange zest. Tasting more like an English Pale Ale. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was probably better than I thought it was going to be, but not something I would want to have unless I was three or four good beers deep. (Overall - 3.25)

3.25 | 75 | B-

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Small head that settles to a thin rim of bubbles on the glass edge. Couple of spots for lace. The liquid is dark gold and clear.

Strong caramel start. I like the floral hop on the edge of the nose.

The taste leans toward the English style of a Bitter Ale. Lots of caramel flavor with a sharp bittering hop in the swallow. Modest aftertaste but it is well balanced. Rich bodied but with a decent carbonation level.

Overall, I think this is a decent beer that reminds me of the initial beer (Watney's) that got me hooked on seeking good beer from around the world. While this could be considered a bit pedestrian for today's palate, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of JMad
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a golden color with a thick frothy off white head that hung around the whole time. Smells heavily sweet with just a slight hint of hops with a tiny herbal aroma. The flavor is slightly spicy and bitter some caramel in the background and a bit of a hoppy finish. It is a little light with moderate carbonation but has a satisfying dry finish. This was actually better than I thought it would be, especially after I took a whif, it seemed kind of 'old' smelling at first but made up for it in the end.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden color with a white, finger width head. Retention is average, and the resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Not picking up much through the nose; mild notes of caramel and a slightly spicy hop character.

Taste - Gentle caramel upfront, and a mildly citric hop on the back end makes up this simple flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Smooth and creamy. Carbonation lends itself to a slight bite.

Overall - Simple, but tasty and drinkable. Certainly sessionable. Not something I'd go out of my way to buy, but it's relatively low price makes it an attractive option.

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Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Served cool.

The body is reddish brown and very clear. The head was off white.

The smell was sweet and kind of juicy fruit.

The taste was a fruit stone front and juicy fruit bubble gum end.

Medium mouthfeel.

I wasn't all that into this beer. Nothing about it really stood out. The style implies an American hop presence. I didn't get the sense of that here.

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Photo of Swim424
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

found at ABC wine and spirits. poured into pint glass

A-sort of a golden yellow with a nice small head leaving some residue. can see a lot of bubble coming up

S-weird smell. weak hops, maybe some light fruity malt, not really sure

T-has a weird fruity malt flavor, sort of sweet. mixed with light hops.

MF-pretty light for the style. a bit of carbonation.

O-decent. this is pretty hard to describe. drinks more like a lager. ive never had anything like it. but good. nothing i would search out though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roscoe's Hop House Craft Ale
12 oz.; .99 cents @ Whole Foods, Union Square
code: 1890 10:12 7E

Interesting labels; the neck is a different color than the body. The neck label refers to the start of national prohibition, and the body label shows a drawing of a building with signage that reads "ROSS & CO HOPS & MALT". Where that comes from I don't know... I think it's just imagined. It's obviously contract brewed at Highfalls Brewing in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: Mainly clear deep-gold and amber body beneath a short head of creamy 'antique white' foam. The head drops shortly and the lacing is limited to minor streaks and spots.

Aroma: Sweetish, toasty malt and floral, grassy, gently citrusy and spicy hops.

Taste: The malt is not as sweet as the nose suggests, and what is there is well-balanced by a solid bitterness. The toastiness of the malt and the grassy, floral, gently citrusy and spicy hops combine nicely. There's a soft note of lemon that cuts through it; and some mild yeasty fruitiness is present as well. Overall, neither the start nor the finish differ all that much, and it's really quite polished in that way. The dry, lingering finish displays a small amount of maltiness that fades into residual hops that hang on for quite some time. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light in body with a crisp, gently effervescent carbonation.

Overall: Not impressive, but solid - and certainly not off-putting in any way. "B+" status, and at a good price.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing you will notice about this brew is the strong taste of hops, which is a good thing in my opinion. This is easily one of the better IPAs I have tried in a while. It pours a golden yellow color with a strong hoppy aroma, a creamy head and a very smooth finish. If youhave not tried it, I recommend doing so

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Photo of azdback
2.23/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saw this one at my local Basha's grocery store sometime in the last year but couldn't find anything out about it, so I passed on the $8 a six pack price. Last week I found it in the discount cart for $1 a bottle. That's more like it.

Poured it into my Spaten tumbler. It is cloudy red in color. Lots of carbonation bubbles that create a bright white soapy head, of about two fingers. For now the lace looks pretty sticky, but not so much at the end.

The smell is all stale malts and musty yeast. I can't get anything else. Maybe some sour grape. It kind of smells like a warm, day old empty bottle of Bud.

I'm really scared to put this in my mouth, but here it goes... Wow.. that isn't that bad. I mean it is still musty and tastes like wet bread, but it does have some decent flavors. Some sweetness that hides the sourness for a bit. I think a bit of caramel. I still don't think this is even an okay beer on the rate-o-meter.

Mouth is very watery and empty. I could see some college guys downing this by the twelve pack and thinking they are drinking craft beer. It's mouth is only that of a Miller Lite or any other adjunct lager.

Overall I hated this beer but was surprised. It was better than I thought it was gonna be. I did finish the entire 12oz. offering. That's gotta count for something. Right?

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Photo of armock
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from SaveMart in Manteca CA

A - Poured a dark golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of bready caramel malt with a decent amount of hops

T - Follows the nose starts of with bready caramel malt then the hops balance things out some

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Overall this is a decent beer for the price but not really good enough for me to want to make this a regular purchase its worth picking up sometime if you like pales

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An obscure American pale ale which, upon first gaze, has the label and promotion of a beer marketing brand and not a conventionally brewed beer. Regardless, this grocery store only beer has a timid nature and lacks refinement, yet claims refreshment and drinking ease in the end.

Roscoe's pale ale pours with a deep golden or light copper color and carrying a modest haze. An ivory white head caps the beer with a froathy even coat. Average retention leads to consistent pockets of lace along the glass. A good looking beer.

Balanced aromas share the stage of mild caramel malts and citrusy, grassy notes without allowing the other to claim dominance. Light grain scents and slight fruitiness gives an herbal, tea-like aroma.

Flavors perform similarly, starting with a mostly malty, partly grainy taste that reminds me of caramel and raw barley. Grassy hops borrow traces of citrus peel, herbs, and mild pine for a pungent early impression and a bitey bitterness in finish. Light esters play in a medium fruity mesh of apples and appricots. Malty-grainy throughout with a grassy bite late.

Medium mouthfeel to start with a quick procession toward drying, bittering, and a mild grain astringency from both over sparging of grain and less than choice hops.

Overall, the beer is drinkable and enjoyable but the stingy grain bill and grassy hops prevent the beer from competing with Sam Adam's Pale Ale or Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

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Photo of minterro
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: looks very carbonated. not much goin on with the head; pretty thin both in size and look (not foamy its more just like large bubbles), no lacying. transparent-translucent orange colored beer.

S: pretty strong hoppy scent. piney

T & M: kinda metallic. quite watery. slight hops taste. thin body mid carbonation. finishes wet then drys very slowly.

overall: i have a hard time saying this is a bad beer, because i like pale ales sooo much. However, this is one of the worst pale ales ive tried. for a company that has hop house in the name, this beer was disappointing hop wise. Having saying that its not the worst beer, and if your really really tried of all the pale ales in your locate beer store it may be worth a try, but dont expect much.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, from a 6 pack purchased at Whole Foods in White Plains NY.

No freshness info. Pours suprisingly light amber, just a shade off of golden, decent looking near white head, showing the beloved tiny bubble film, thin collar, low sheeting and nice enough looking fine bands and strands of lace.

Mild hop shake in the nose. Nothing too exciting

Middle of the road craft is what we got here. Drinkable and sessionable. Nothing too exciting...again.... Hops and malt roughly in balance, some very moderate herbal hop notes, with some honey and bready malts underneath. Good craft option for newbies, or in a pinch.

Mild enough that it likely would go fine with some roasted chicken.

Meh, unlikely I'd go for this one again too soon

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Photo of merlin48
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roscoe's Hop House was on sale at the grocery, so why not. Bottle pours a clear amber body with an offwhite head that rises about an inch before falling into some patchy lace. Aroma opens with a hint of fruit, possibly pear, but quickly fades into a vague earthiness. Sweet malts underneath, but no real hop presence. Light to light medium body is well carbonated. Taste is mostly sweet bready malts. An earthy hop bitterness struggles to balance. Lacks the hop presence needed for a quality pale ale. Drinkable, and the price is right, but I would pass on another.

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Photo of climax
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at Savemart Sacramento, didn't know it was extremely limited to select retailers. On sale for $5.99, I thought let's try it out.

Right off the bat, I began to see the validity of the price. I poured it quite aggressively, yielding a modest even froth above a murky amber body. The retention and lace are uninspiring.

Roscoe's HOP House seemed to leave out an ingredient of the same name. The nose is soft and malty. Pear, butterscotch, and only a slightly grassy hop presence emerge in the aroma.

The taste helps bring this one out of the realm of uninspiring normality. Strong carbonation dominates the mouthfeel, distracting from the flavor initially. However, once the kids settle down, the taste seems more balanced than the aroma. Herbal hops, lemon, a dash of soft wood (maybe cedar), some sweetness and astringency almost bring pilsener to my mind. The flavor really is the highlight of the beer, and keeps it afloat.

The body is medium to light with very sharp carbonation. The feel is pretty slick with a good viscosity. The dry finish and light by nature character of the beer make it fairly quaffable. For those looking for a good balanced pale ale... unfortunately Roscoe's hop house needs to add more, er... hops. But all in all, it is a decent beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high off white head that died down leaving lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of bready malts stand out in the overall taste; there is a very light amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The flavors aren't very interesting, but this beer is definitely very easy to drink.

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Photo of mntlover
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow with thumb sized off white head that falls to a ring with some sparse lace.

Aroma is lightly subdued light grass notes with hints of lemony citrus, all on light malt base.

Taste is like aroma lemon grass on a light malty base maybe hints of grain. Hops are present and flavor isn't bad light easy drinking session brew or something good after a hot day of mowing.

Mouthfeel is lighter side with good level of carbonation the light peppy feel makes it more drinkable i think.

Drinkability is well not bad easy drinking but is it a great PA hell no would i buy again probably not. Just an average Pale Ale. Just showed up in local grocery store picked up in a create you own sixer.

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Photo of king75
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-Golden yellow, with a solid inch of head. almost looks a little watery.

s- Not much there, a little hops and wheat, maybe a slight smell of citrus.

T-Not bad, very light hop taste, with a crisp clean aftertaste.

M- a bit watery but not bad at all, very light.

D- drinkability would be higher if it weren't for the fact that as it gets warmer it taste less balanced and more watery. Drink it cold and its good.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I also got this at whole foods for that 5.99 a six-pack promotion.

pours a filtered golden body with a thin white head.
deep caramel aroma but not too overpowering as hop aroma is clearly present.
not really as much flavor as i hoped. the flavor matches the smell but it is much more subtle.
mouthfeel is fine, nothing i would complain about.
this is a good beer for a hot summer day, good drinkability.

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Photo of hmk22
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in Whole Foods for $5.99 a six-pack -- a great price given WF's reputation for mark-up ("Whole Paycheck") but also because it's a pretty decent beer. Label claims to represent what seems to be a made-up place ("Roscoe's Hop House") in Rocherster NY so I guessed this must be contract-brewed by High Falls (Genesee) or F.X. Matt (Saranac et. al.). Anyway, good-quality APA style...not awesome, but v. good hop flavor (similar to Saranac) and good body for a great price if you can get to WF.

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Roscoe's Hop House Pale Ale from World Brews
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 70 ratings