BREWER: Oskar Blues Brewery, Colorado, USA
STYLE: Rose Ale
VESSEL: 355ml tin
DATE OF POST: 27th June 2020
This beer has taken me on quite the journey I have to say…
Let’s start with the name. Is it just me or would everything about the name of this beer, including how it looks on the tin just be better if the FOR was dropped. Rosé Daze seems an amazing name to me. Rosé for Daze seems… clunky. Also the font used for FOR is straight out of an 80s movie based in Beverly Hills. Just dump it Oskar.
Tin design wise I really like the flowers knocking around and the pink is pretty cool too. Though it really doesn’t look like a tin of beer, which is also quite cool, I suppose.
Once the can was cracked the journey really began to kick off…
Rosé, as in the wine, has never been on my hit list I have to say. There is always something about the dry cranberry yet fruity aftertaste that for some reason has never sat well with me. Now on the first sip of Rosé for Daze I had the exact same reaction as I do with a Rosé wine. Too much dry cranberry, just too much. I wasn’t that much of a fan.
But half way through the drink things began to change. Suddenly the mega dry cranberry thing began to level out. Suddenly the pear that was promised on the tin began to come through. Suddenly I began to not just like this brew but actually LOVE IT.
So I finished my glass up, sat back, breathed out after the whirlwind I had just encountered, closed my eyes… and smiled.
Jymi’s Rating: 75%
Everyone knows that different is good. Different is something to be championed. And, with Rose for Daze, the can is most certainly different. It’s pink for goodness sake. But that’s good, isn’t it? Well, it certainly a good start. Of course, times gone by, male folk would have baulked at a pink beer can. But not these days. These day, it’s something to be celebrated. So celebrate it we will.
It’s not all about show though. RfD can’t just pack a punch in the packaging department. Oh no! What we need it to do is come through on taste and it’s claimed refreshingness.
Hibiscus and prickly pear, there’s two ingredients I’d never thought I’d see in a beer. In hot climes, yes I’d expect to see them by the road side. But in a beer, packaged in a pink can, never. Does it work in the brewing though?
I’d don’t want to over egg it (or over beer it – get it?) but RfD hits the mark and yes, yes yes! It does work in the brewing.
It’s got a sharp nose with loads of oomph, which is a little fruity with a flowery hint in the background. Then, the main event is once again sharp upfront with an almost creamy finish that’s quite quick to end. And this quick finish is a clever feature of this beer. Sometime we want a long drawn out ending. Not the case here. The quick conclusion makes you want to go back to that sharp beginning that RfD offers. And the dryness is a welcome ending.
I’m sure RfD is not for all. I’m going to hedge my bets and tell you it’s almost not one for the purist. But hey, we can’t all be purists can we?
Sammy’s Rating: 87%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 81%
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