Rose City Sour | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Celebrating Portland's reputation as the City of Roses, we are pleased to offer Rose City Sour, a blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus tea. Rose City Sour captures the delicate floral aromas of fresh roses matched with notes of dried cranberries, pomegranates and a hint of white pepper.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 22
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with a large white foamy head with more retention and lacing then your typical Cascade beer. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and cherry notes with light hibiscus notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some oak and light vinous notes with some rose and hibiscus notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Refreshing and enjoyable with good level of complexity and acidity level is better balance then most beers coming out of this brewery.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Clear orange color. Aroma is floral with pollen and sweet nectar notes. Taste is tart, floral, perfumey, dry, well balanced overall with a light bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. 2016 dated label. ABV marked on label as 7.0%.
Clear, pinkish rose colored body (Turns cloudy with the final pour). Two finger white head settles to thin cap and robust ring, fed by rising bubbles. Layers and spots of lacing.
Rose on the nose, with lemon, cranberries, and hibiscus. Also has woody barrel aspect.
Soft floral taste of roses, along with the tangy cranberry, and the oak barrel. Has a slight pepper quality also. The hibiscus tea is very prevalent throughout, but supporting, allowing the more delicate rose taste to display.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation level.
Thoroughly, but mildly sour. The taste profile is out there with the rose and cranberry combining with the hibiscus. Very light in effect, but totally tasty, not bland or weak. A very much change of pace sour beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bear Naked Growler.
The appearance was a nice looking dark pink/almost red color with a slim fairly quick dissipating filmy look of a head. Barely any lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of hibiscus/floral sweet dryness playing with some rose petal sweetness. Nice tang to a sly zesty sweetness with a meshing of a light sour to pulled tartness a light amount of red cherries.
The flavor meshed all of those prior mentioned aromas together exceptionally nice. Mild floral/rose petal/hibiscus aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fine sessionable sort of feel. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt as projected. Fairly smooth rolling across my tongue.
Overall, it's an exceptionally nice American wild ale well worthy of coming back to. Is this really retired?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clever and delicious sour beer here, always fun to drink ones i havent had from cascade! this is made with rose petals and rose hips, and well as hibiscus, an interesting combination of flavors and aromas, but all very compatible with the clean puckery sourness. super pink in color, lively from the tap, and bursting with mouthwatering citrusy tang and bright floral intensity. in both the nose and the taste, i find myself wishing the hibiscus was either significantly reduced or omitted altogether. i like it here a lot, but it is easily the most forward of the added ingredients, and i feel like hibiscus is common. how often do we see rose petal sour beer? for me, its never, so i really wanted this element to be driving it, but its way behind the hibiscus, even almost entirely lost to it. fortunately, the beer is still excellent and i like the forwardness of the flowers, its not quite perfume, but its robust and natural at the same time, a very cool, springy mix, excellent with the clean bacterial sourness. subtle hints of raspberries and cranberries, elderflower, and white wine. good body and carbonation too, not too broken down by the acidity. i thought this was excellent, but i would love to see it without the hibiscus, just so we could experience the rose a bit more...

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Floral with a moderate amount of roses and light hibiscus.

A: pink color, clear, with a thin white head. There is ample lacing in the glass.

T: Floral taste with slight hibiscus tartness, coupled with a moderately light, but lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light, but pleasing acidity in the beer.

O: Tasty; the beer has floral and lightly tart flavor from the hibiscus flowers that work well with the moderately light, but lingering sourness.

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Rose City Sour from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 22 ratings