Molly Rose ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ Farmhouse Ale


“Dry hopped and dry lemoned (fresh lemons) farmhouse ale. Clean and crisp with some specialty malt giving it a biscuity character making the beer reminiscent of a hoppy lemon slice. Unique hop profile Loral, Amarillo, Centennial and Ahtanum, with Aussie Pale malt, raw wheat, oats and munich malt.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden yellow with a mammoth four finger head. It collapses and forms a ring of loose bubble. Patchy spots of lace stick as we go

Aroma: A couple of different shades of lemon excite the olfactory’s initially…fresh and almost piney scents first followed by more of a candied and sugary version. Floral notes come through with a kind of citrusy champagne yeast, lime, peppery spice, subtle bubblegum and other yeast esters. There’s a crusty malt profile underneath it all too. Not bad.

Flavour: It’s all a little timid but the lemon does come forward first. Fresh, candied and yeasty versions all rolled in to one with a somewhat grainy farmyard funk fused through. Subtle peppery spice, citrus peel and herbs cut in and shift in to a really dry, funky and citrusy finish which endures nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light and gassy with rather high carbonation. Not much behind it unfortunately as it peeters out on to a barren dryness. 5.2% ABV neither here nor there.

Overall: Quite a disappointing intro for Molly Rose. We’d heard good things about them so naturally we were keen to give them a run. It just seems a little disjointed really…not sure if the lemon really fits in that well either. Oh well we have their IPA next so we’ll see how that fares.