Ramble On Rose
High Water Brewing

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High Water Brewing
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.08 | pDev: 6.13%
Jun 04, 2020
Feb 23, 2016
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Notes: Ramble on Rose was aged in used wine barrels for 12 months with locally grown blueberries, rose buds, rose hips and pink peppercorns. Refreshingly tart and crisp with flavors of berries and the aroma of the American Beauty rose.
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled 1/23/18, so almost 2 1/2 years old, on top of the year it spent in wine barrels.

Glowing golden yellow with orange tints body. Small bubbly white head quickly disappears. No lacing but swarms of tiny carbonation.

Wine and apple notes on the nose. A light funk and a decent floral rose aroma.

On tasting, it's sour and tart. Dry and winey. The blueberries and white peppercorns seemed to have faded away, but the rose is there, though lighter than the nose would suggest.

Mouth around medium, finish dry, tart and sour.

Overall, a good tasting beer. Tart and sour notes are quite strong, funk at a very mild level. Solid beer across the board.
Jun 04, 2020
Rated: 3.57 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This beer is like a juicy secret, with layers that get revealed slowly over time due to the more delicate and nuance ingredients. Go ahead, take a sip right away, but enjoy slowly, letting the beer warm up and blossom into fullness. The rose, wine, peppercorns, berries all dance together beautifully, with herbal grassiness, sharp spice, booze vinous wood, and tart and sweet fruit all interacting, but none being to loud or crass. More evident in taste than smell. Wish it has a little more funk in body, but otherwise a wonderful and very memorable beer
Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Got to check this one out at the Bistro's 2018 barrel aged beer festival. Since their bottles are always in that $1/oz price racket, I was glad I got to try it on tap at the festival.

Right away I thought the color would be less normal beer yellow than it was. 1/4" white head. Some moderate haze going on. Its like 80% yellow with pink hues on the other 20% of the blend. Aroma was just a non distinct berry kind of fruit aroma.

Taste, didn't really get anything in the way of pink peppercorn from it. The rose bud/hips thing was nice and prolly contributed to some of the positive dryness in the mouth feel. Sourness was about a 5 on a 10pt scale. They also referred to the beer as "Ramblin Rose" so I dunno. I dug the beer, good levity, fruit product and gentle tartness with a dry finish. The red wine barrel notes contribute a little bit of wood but not much else. I guess if I keep dating Rosario, I'll buy a bottle for her to check out, but I doubt it otherwise. A good beer that doesn't rise to the level of an expensive price tag.
Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Shared by Stanley last night thanks for the beer and for hosting.
Slightly hazy lemon yellow. Hugely tart puckering flavor with bits of grape and light fruitiness. Lightly acetic but yeah its pretty descent sour juice.
Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by dertyd from California

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours out a hazy dark golden orange color, with 1 finger of white head------------ the aromas are funky with berries and cream cheese, followed by some tartness and floral notes----------- the flavors follow the nose with that funk that gives off a cream cheese like flavor followed by berries and a lemon like sourness, the beer has a medium to full mouthfeel with a tart finish------------ overall this beer was outstanding - I was highly impressed with this one, this was my first sour from high water and they killed it, I loved how funky and fruity it was it worked well for me--------
Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Sep 20, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
My wife picked this brew up....we love unusual and interesting brews. This one is a pinkish, reddish colored liquid. No head at all. The aroma is tart...sour smelling...with a variety of berries. I get grape skins, blueberry skins, and flowers. The taste is not as sour as the sell predicted, and has a bit of spice, more meaty fruit, and a very modest underlying sweetness. Still plenty of tartness, bu the overall flavor is excellent. Lots of complexity and very drinkable.
Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
i think this brewery is my spirit animal! tons of cool grateful dead references across their portfolio, and a lot of neat extra ingredients in some really innovative beers. this one has rose hips in it, with rose buds and blueberries in wine barrels, pretty awesome idea, and execution to match. my favorite of the three beers i had from these fine folks! the wine and the fruit go together perfectly, and the sourness sort of forces them into a cool unity. the rose elements are about as pungent as you could imagine, not subtle in the least, but also not artificial and perfumed out, the essence of spring, and cool with the wine and the oak from the barrels as well. this beer tastes like nothing i have ever had, it really brings together some interesting ingredients in a cool new way, and although its very sour, it really is pretty easy to drink on too. seems like everything these guys make is interesting and delicious. the rose here is awesome, its fresh and true to its name, and it makes me want to go here really bad! anyone out there with bottles let me know! dying to taste this one again...

edit: every bit as compelling the second time around. this is one of a kind and absolutely amazing beer!
Oct 22, 2016
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Reviewed by TruePerception from California

3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
High Water's Ramble on Rose, sour ale brewed with blueberries, rose buds, rose hips, and pink peppercorns, aged in wine barrels. 6% ABV.

A: A thin ring of slightly pink head; fades immediately. Dark pink. Hazy pink in the dimple; hazy white at the bottom. Sturdy, yet ragged sheeting. Zero lacing.

S: Floral, rose. Slight funk with mild sourness.

T/MF: Slight piquant sensation. Dirt, pink peppercorn, floral/flower petal. Moderate acidity. Blueberry skin. Interesting, but not great.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
Oct 19, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by gspeer711 from California

Sep 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Sep 18, 2016
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16.9 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Small slightly reddish hued head that disappears as quickly as you can pour it.

S: Lots of vinegar, tanins, oak, cherries, berries almost raspberry like.

T: Lots of wine taste, oak, cherries, flowery, vinegar, a little peppery, a touch sour

M: Prickly and slightly sour

O: This is a pretty good wild ale, the flowery taste is prominent and the berries are subdued, but the wine barrel comes through nicely.
Sep 11, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Aug 16, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Davit from California

Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from California

Jul 11, 2016
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tasting notes from June 1st, 2016. Had on-tap at Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a tulip with a half finger width, pinkish head. The brew itself is slightly hazy and ruby red in color. Fair retention, breaking down to a mostly barren surface.

Smell - Tart aroma. Lots of floral character sitting beneath the tartness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lemony tartness upfront, then a undertone of rose creeps in along with a bit of honey and toasted malt. Faint berry. Evenly flavored finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, spritzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Unique, interesting take on a lambic. The rose really adds a nice touch.
Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by eire from Alaska

Jun 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Phil-Fresh from California

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Rosehips, peppercorns give way to blueberries, faintly vinous – quite floral and fragrant.

A: Bright pink color, opaque with a moderate dense white head. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Blueberry upfront, with a light pink peppercorn flavor, there is a light rose hip flavor (but not as strong as in the aroma).

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid; it isn’t easy to achieve a beer that integrates fruit, floral and sour notes. This beer has a great fragrant and floral aroma. The blueberries provide a slightly sweet/tart flavor that is complimented by the sourness and used wine barrels.
Jun 13, 2016
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Reviewed by brewgiehowser from California

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 2016-02-19, this is a new bottle release for High Water as part of their CAlambic series.

A: Pours a brilliant ruby red with minimal carbonation.
S: Prominent rose-hip character; juicy and tart. Moderate berry and floral notes. Slight vinous quality; like a jammy Zinfandel.
T: The blueberry is more prominent on the palate. Bright. rose hips are slightly more subdued than in the aroma. That vinous Zin character follows through to the end offering additional dark fruit character.
MF: Medium-minus, thin body with moderate-plus tartness / acidity and a semi-dry finish.

Overall this is a pretty fantastic offering from High Water and a great followup to their Central Valley Breakfast Sour.
Feb 23, 2016
Ramble On Rose from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 22 ratings