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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rosebud Specialty Ale

Rosebud Specialty Ale is an Old Ale by the Rubicon Brewing Company in Sacramento, CA. The name Rosebud is in honor of the name of one of Jerry Garcia's (of the Grateful Dead) guitars. I tend to like Old Ales, but in moderation. They are sweet with lots of alcohol.

I bought this Taylor's Market for $4.99 for a 22oz bottle. It has an ABV of 7.7%. If you're in Sacramento the Rubicon Brewery is on Capitol between 21st and 20th. It has a nice patio, serves food, and has a great selection on tap. I'll have to visit again soon and write a review.

It has a dark auburn color, no head and very little lacings. The aroma is subtle with caramel malts and dark fruits. The flavor is sweet, with strong roasted caramel, rye, dark fruits and subtle hops. The flavors are strong yet smooth. Not much carbonation and a medium body, almost like a porter. This is a big beer that leaves a warm alchol feeling and taste. It's reminiscent of barley wine.

Again, this is definitely a big beer that relies on dark fruits, rye, and roasted malts, which for some are an acquired taste. This would be a good winter/cold weather beer with the amount of warming you feel while drinking it.

I liked it and if you like this style, Try It. If you're not a fan of this style Rubicon has plenty of others to try out.

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