Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rosalie – Fruit / Vegetable Beer at 5% ABV | 10 IBU

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rosalie Fruit / Vegetable Beer at 5% ABV | 10 IBU (US$2.62 at Specs Main Houston, 355 ml, packaged on 11-Jan-2019, acquired 3-Mar-2019, reviewed 1-Apr-2019)

Appearance: clear pale golden-pink with one finger of fizzy off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, no lacing. (4/5) Aroma: vinous grape, grain apple, pale malt, grass, light floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low  tart, low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, drying mildly tart finish. (4/5)

Looks like a Rosé, smells and tastes like a hybrid – so I’d say they accomplished pretty much exactly what they intended. Whether or not that works for you is probably more a matter of personal preference than anything else. Personally, and I don’t say this often, I felt it might actually benefit from being a little sweeter. There’s definite grape flavour coming through, but it ends up feeling a bit thin overall, presumably as a result of the degree of attenuation. Some non-fermentable sugars might help bring up the flavour somewhat. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a dry, almost champagne-like finish, this might work for you. Definite possibilities as a gateway beer for wine drinkers. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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