Review: Rose Hip Gold, Portland Brewing Co.

Rose Hip Gold
Portland Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Belgian Golden Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts:  Pilsner, 2-Row Pale, Honey, Wheat, and Victory
  • Hops:  Summit, Crystal
  • Sampled:  22 oz. bottle

Description: "A Belgian-style Ale with notes of fruit and spice and a little citrusy bite from a generous addition of rose hips in the kettle." — Portland Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:  Portland Brewing Co. (formally MacTarnahan's Brewing) is back. Last week, I interviewed Portland Brewing's Brand Manager about the brewery's return. Rose Hip Gold is the first beer released by the new PBC, and serves as a nice tribute to the Rose City. I bought this bottle on sale for $1.99 at Fred Meyer and am tasting it as part of my series on spring seasonal beers. 

The tasting:  Golden orange in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. At first sniff, it's quickly apparent this is a Belgian-style ale. It's full of fruity, floral, and spicy aromas. Light notes of rose are present along with some light vegetal (which in this case, are not off-putting). Flavor of coriander, white pepper, caramel, and biscuit malt. Hops bitterness very light, and mild alcohol is noticable in aroma and flavor. Rose Hip Gold is light bodied, has an effervescent mouth feel, and finishes with spicy notes of white pepper and coriander.

Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again!  Portland Brewing has launched their comeback with a solid and unique beer! Priced at between $2-3 for a bomber, Rose Hip Gold is worth trying. Although I have not seen them yet, this beer will also be available in 12 oz. bottles. Portland Brewing Co. has piqued my interest and I'm looking forward to tasting some of their other new brews!

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