Sparkale
21st Amendment Brewery

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #375
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #36,628
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 12.09%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
46
From:
21st Amendment Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  7
SCORE
82
Good
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Notes: Like a sparkler crackling against the sky at dusk, our sparkling rosé ale is a refreshing pop of fruit and fizz with tart flavors and a crisp finish. Crafted with apple, cranberry, peach and cherries, this ale is a reminder of life’s simple pleasures. Open a can and enjoy. This is your moment to shine.

Special Ingredients
Apple, Cranberry, Peach and Cherry
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of cans picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Pckd on date is 2/29/19 so it's on the older side. Served in a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Crystal clear, nice pink hue with a solid bright-white head that receed fairly quickly, leaving
a little lacing on the glass. Lively carbonation action in the glass as it sits.

Smell- A plethora of fruit smells in here. Watermelon, green apple, cherries, champagne grapes, peach and apricot, pear, mixed berries, light citrus.

Taste- Drinks much like the smell, but tastes more like a cider than a beer. Hop presence is non-existent. Very tart.

Feel- Very light bodied with a tingly carbonation on the tongue, crisp.

O- I prefer Samuel Smith's fruit beers as the malt is heavier and the hops are more noticable.
But this an easy drinker on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

After having spent so much time with CANadian CANned beers & then Cape May B.C. CANned beers, The CANQuest (tm) has begun returning to its roots. Sean-O has long supported the idea of craft beer in CANs & this one & the following are a tribute to his status as a visionary.

From the CAN: "Sparkling Rosé Ale with Apple, Cranberry, Peach & Cherry".

I had meant to open this during the 4th of July weekend, but time & the backlog got away from me until now. C'est la guerre! By "open". I mean Crack! the vent on yet another CANned craft beer, which is exactly what I did. I went with a heavy-handed C-Line Glug since I had a feeling that it was not going to produce much head. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy as it fizzed, foamed & created a finger of pinkish head that quickly turned into wisps. Color was a pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was simply a mélange of sweet fruitiness, like red Hawaiian Punch, or along those lines. Frankly, I really dig Fruit Punch juice boxes & pouches when they are available! Tasty. Mouthfeel was kind of thin & watery. The taste was much more tart than I expected, with the cranberry & cherry flavors really taking charge! Phew! Good thing that I had some water at the ready. It drank tart throughout, making it a refreshing beer for a hot, humid Summer's day, but it just was not my bag. One was plenty for me. YMMV.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Has the rosy hue of a freshly pinched baby's cheek. No real head formation. Good clarity abounds.

Smell: Very little ale coming through in the rosé ale. Mostly, it smells like a malternative, only a very slight alcohol sensation amidst the fun fruity flavors.

Taste: Malternative. The cranberry and green apple Jolly Rancher flavors stand out the most, for me. Quite sweet and tart with a future flushed red face from all the sulfites. Its sugary nature ratchets down the refreshment value for me.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall: Hard no. Sparkale would better find itself suited to the malternative section of the beer aisle, with its brethren, Seagram's Escapes, Smirnoff Ice and Hard Lemonade by Mike.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can with San Leandro, CA-SER22-1320 stamped on the bottom. Sampled on June 8, 2019.

It pours like champagne...pink champagne, with a burst of fizzy white head that disappears within a second. Clear appearance.

The aroma emits bright fruit qualities of cranberries, grape, and citrus. Almost no malt sensation that I can ascertain. It smells like a wine cooler frankly.

Light, crisp, clean mouthfeel.

The flavor is fruity, sweet but dry like a decent wine. For the fruit-beer style it's probably quite good but it is Just not my thing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The color is a lovely pale pink, nothing amber about it. Absolutely no head, though, so it's interesting that the dissolved carbonation comes through. It's not noticeably more sparkly than typical beers, though. Really sweet.

The first sip is alarming, with the sugar and grain. But the fruit flavors sort out, it's just that something malty and cereal-like plays a prominent role. Finish is quite tart and definitely tastes like cranberry. Pretty much a sparkly fruit juice, but pleasant enough. Better flavor to mix club soda and juice of your choice, but if you pop the 12 oz can you get a light jolt of alcohol with your fruit punch.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i liked this pretty well, not as much as the firestone walker one with grapes, but the apples are cool here, it just tastes a little cheap to me, feels thin, and doesnt really need the other fruits, the peaches dont seem natural to me, kind of candy-like, and its a distraction from the beer elements of this, which i think they did a good job with. still, i see the appeal and bet they sell an absolute ton of it this summer. just a little pink hue to it, the tang of the cranberry and even the cherry and apple there in the nose, mouthwatering even, with a strange yeast ester to me and a bit of fruity sugar as well, not much malt here at all. a champagne sort of flavor to it, all the fruits hit at once, green and red apple alike to me, and the beer takes on a bit of a cider aspect in the middle, especially without any real grain character, which i end up missing midway through this. juicy in the finish, but somehow dry too. i think it accomplishes its mission pretty well. nice carbonation, light as can be to drink, even as it warms, and overall pretty decent from these guys. just a little more malt contribution would make it better.

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Photo of Nass
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on the can just a julian code. I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is red & similar to an amber ale in color. I'm getting apples & cherries on the nose, at least I think I am. Oh well on to the taste, I agree with the jammed red fruits. I can't really decipher any specific fruits but it's more like a bouquet of fruit action going on that all fuses well together to create an alcoholic fruit punch, there is some tartness as well but nothing overwhelming. Oh well, at least now I can say that I was able to try a beer that had apples, cranberries, peaches, & cherries added to it. Man, I tell you these rose ales are like your wine replacement & the bourbon, oak, & brandy barrel aged beers are your whiskey replacements. Cheers! B

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkale pours a pinkish copper color, with a very small head. Sweet dry and fruity aroma. Flavor is on the sweeter side, noticeable apple flavors, and tart cherries and cranberries. A bit fizzy, but good body. Overall, its a very sweet and fruity beer.

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Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had it on tap at McCoys. It is brilliant copper amber with a 1/4" white cap with fair retention. It smells spicy, slightly phenolic with fruit notes that lean towards stone fruit. Yeast aromas are moderate and hop aromas are low. It starts slightly sweet and ends mildly tart. It is spicy and juicy with a dose of fruit, more peach than cherry and apple, low biscuit flavors, and a trace of bitterness. The carbonation is medium.

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Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Right beer, wrong season.
This is a summer beer.
The cranberry and peach are prominent.

Fruity aroma and taste.
Nice MF. Silky, not too carbonated.

Great for a July 4th barbecue. The end of winter? No.
Perhaps a cocktail party with people you don’t know well.
Disclaimer: I attend few cocktail parties, but I do work at quite a few of them.
If the beer is still available for summer definitely I look for it.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale pinkish orange in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: predominantly apple with a hint of cranberry and cherry;

T: balanced between peach and cherry to the middle, when cherry becomes dominant through the finish; apple in the background the whole way; a little tartness all the way; no bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate-high prickly carbonation; dry finish;

O: a very nice example of a rose ale;

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short light pink head that left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apple and cherry juice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional flavors of cranberry juice. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of tartness on the mouthfeel.
O: This tastes more like a hybrid between a beer and a fruit juice. It is easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $1.89).
Pours clear, rose with good clarity, topped with a short, semi durable, white head that leaves little lacing.
Aroma: nice and fruity with hints of strawberries and raspberries.
Flavor: lightly tart and mildly bitter with an appealing blend of fruity, tart, (faint) hoppy flavors.
Feel: medium body with medium-low carbonation.

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Photo of Bird_Priest
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a red hue in the glass. Minimal head that dissipated quickly leaving trace bubbles at the bottom of the glass. While refreshing, the fruit didn't harmonize quite so well. Though, I respect the bold choice for the fruit fusion, I don't think this is the beer for me. Still would pick it up for a barbecue in the summer, though. Solid beer!

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Photo of ichorNet
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer of this for pretty much no reason other than pure curiosity... will 21st Amendment be able to pull off the modern "rosé-style fruit ale" sub-sub-sub-style? I have absolutely no clue!

Pours a gorgeous, clear deep red color with ruby highlights if held to light. Sparkling head that builds up quickly with a ring of light pink, blush-looking foam that seems to stick around pretty consistently. It settles to a quarter-finger after a few seconds, but I'm still surprised it isn't completely gone right away. Nice looking stuff. Very convincing color, nice clarity and again, that head is a little impressive in a sense.

Nose is tart cranberry and jammy red fruits. Strong red wine grape and orchard fruit character with a good "malty" balance. Does not smell like a weak fruited ale... this has a really dense and layered fruit element, but it's also balanced by some interesting stuff that seems to be yeast-driven. Light almost-Belgian esters and spice notes with bright tart cherry aspects coming to the fore. A very genuine and approachable nose here. I'm already kind of impressed with this one... I like it so far much more than I thought I would.

Bright and punchy fruit flavors with a slight tart hint that nevertheless is a step or two removed from being a "fruited sour" or anything of the sort. It has a round malt flavor with a great cherry and cranberry presence. The peach and apple seem to blend together to give off a convincing orchard fruitiness, as mentioned above. Slick and juicy feel and prominent fruity flavors combine to make an enjoyable and thirst-quenching ale with a well-developed profile that sets it apart from some "cider-like" ales in this general style. Reminds me a little of Founders' Cerise from way back in the day. I like this a lot. I'm actually really glad I got a sixer. Would be awesome for warmer weather, as well, but I honestly kind of think the dark fruitiness plays well with the colder climes of Winter in a sense, as well. Good job, 21st Amendment!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From draft at 21st Amendment. From the tap list: “A crisp & fruity rose ale with apple, cranberry, & peach juice. This is not a cider but sure does taste like one.” 0 IBUs. Very refreshing.

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Sparkale from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 46 ratings