Review Updated on 2019-04-17
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Rating 88
Style Sour Beer
Produced In Oregon
United States
Vintage 2016
ABV 7.0%
Availability Limited

Perfect For

Drinking Outside the Lines, End of Day Sipping, Relaxing After Work, Wine And Cheese Night

Cascade Brewing Rose City Sour 2016 Review

Rose City, named for Cascade's hometown of Portland, Ore. (also known as the City of Roses), is a bit of an oddity. The beer blends barrel aged wheat and blonde ales on rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus. These then meddle with Brettanomyces yeast, imparting an intense combination of floral aroma, tartness, and herbal bitterness to an otherwise lightweight brew. The result is a potpourri of dried flowers and an awkward meeting of beer styles, wheat and blonde.  The color is also alarming: a bright orange hue akin to orange soda, a departure from what we imagine was an intended rose-colored hue. However, once past the impression of imbibing Fanta or Crush, Rose City grows: the light acidity, tart berry flavors and frivolous funk made the strange journey worth another glass.

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Cascade Brewing Rose City Sour 2016
Rose City, named for Cascade's hometown of Portland, Ore. (also known as the City of Roses), is a bit of an oddity. The beer blends barrel aged wheat and blonde ales on rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus. These then meddle with Brettanomyces yeast, imparting an intense combination of floral aroma, tartness, and herbal bitterness to an otherwise lightweight brew. The result is a potpourri of dried flowers and an awkward meeting of beer styles, wheat and blonde.  The color is also alarming: a bright orange hue akin to orange soda, a departure from what we imagine was an intended rose-colored hue. However, once past the impression of imbibing Fanta or Crush, Rose City grows: the light acidity, tart berry flavors and frivolous funk made the strange journey worth another glass.

Reviewed On: 05-25-2018
88
POINTS
Cascade Brewing Rose City Sour 2016
Rose City, named for Cascade's hometown of Portland, Ore. (also known as the City of Roses), is a bit of an oddity. The beer blends barrel aged wheat and blonde ales on rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus. These then meddle with Brettanomyces yeast, imparting an intense combination of floral aroma, tartness, and herbal bitterness to an otherwise lightweight brew. The result is a potpourri of dried flowers and an awkward meeting of beer styles, wheat and blonde.  The color is also alarming: a bright orange hue akin to orange soda, a departure from what we imagine was an intended rose-colored hue. However, once past the impression of imbibing Fanta or Crush, Rose City grows: the light acidity, tart berry flavors and frivolous funk made the strange journey worth another glass.

Reviewed On: 05-25-2018