Ground Breaker Corsa Rose Gold Ale

Reviewed by on June 18, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ground Breaker Brewing

  • Origin: Portland, OR, US

  • Rated On: June 18, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Amber Ale

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

This one threw me for a while, until I realized that Harvester Brewing is now Ground Breaker Brewing (the result of a rather silly sounding legal challenge last year, from a winery, of all things), and are still of the gluten-free bent.  Made with blackberries, brown rice, oats, and thankfully, hops.

Corsa Rose Gold Ale pours a clear, pale salmon pink hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and fizzy pink-tinged white head, which leaves some sudsy mountain trail profile lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of very tame gritty, indistinct grains – mostly spicy and musty in their bearing – a soft muddled dark berry fruitiness, soapy florals, a twinge of diacetyl, and weak leafy, piney, and fairly herbal hops. The taste is more non-barley hollow graininess, dusty under the stairs esters, a dry crackery, slightly caramelized sweetness, cheap berry cider notes, and try-hard earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The carbonation is quite edgy in its forceful and swirling fizziness, the body on the light side everywhere I can see, and sort of smooth, as the rice and oats do have some redemptive qualities after all. It finishes trending heavily dry, the grains duly petering out, the rose stem (I know, not yet mentioned) vegetal character holding fast, and those proclaimed NW hops kind of still running around in confused circles.

Like the other ‘Harvester’ (I have no problem using that word when referring to suds as opposed to vino) branded offerings from this G-F brewery, this one stands above the usual dreck in this specialized category, but not by enough to make it into a real boy, I mean beer. At any rate, the suggestion of rose, um whatever, (it isn’t specified) is a cool idea, given Portland’s nickname, but overall, there continues to be a certain disagreeable otherness going on here.  Be wary, is all I can say in conclusion.

Brady White

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