Continuing to highlight all the freshly released rosé ales (if you haven’t yet, go check out last week’s Taste Test on 21st Amendment’s Sparkale), this week’s focus is on Firestone Walker’s Rosalie – “The Rosé Lover’s Beer.”
Firestone Walker consistently releases timeless, high-quality beers including Union Jack and Pivo Pils, but that has never stopped them from further innovation. This year, the brewery launched Mind Haze IPA and more recently, they rolled out their rosé ale. Rosalie, which taps into the brewery’s wine making roots, is made with wine grapes for a delicious, one-of-a-kind beer that exhibits the best attributes of a classic rosé wine, but with even more drinkability. Rosalie begins with wine grapes harvested within a few miles of the Firestone Walker brewery, specifically Chardonnay, Viognier and Orange Muscat. These grapes are pressed, and the juice is co-fermented with a light pilsner malt base. The beer is then finished with a dash of hibiscus flower for color and aroma.
Pouring a clear, light-pink color, Rosalie looks like wine. The taste is mostly wine-forward as well, which isn’t a bad thing. Rosalie highlights the best qualities and characteristics of wine, without being oaky or dry.
A perfect fit for brunches, sitting by the pool, or relaxing outdoors during the spring and summer months, this is an extremely drinkable and refreshing beer. Rosalie is further proof that rosé ales have a place in the beer world.