Review: Vessel Rumble in the Crumble Rhubarb vs Strawberry Oat Pale Ale

My beer of Summer of 2019 was Moosehead's Strawberry Rhubarb Milkshake IPA - Every time I went to Original Joe's, it was on tap so I easily drank a whole keg's worth just on the patio alone; Not only that, it was very affordable for a Milkshake IPA that I think that's the only beer I drank for multiple weeks on end.

Well, fast forward to now - I can't get that beer anymore but Vessel Beer launched a new beer called Rumble in the Crumble Rhubarb vs Strawberry Oat Pale Ale. So, you damn well know I'm excited.. and not just because I'm obviously overly biased about everything Vessel makes.. I just really want a Rhubarb/Strawberry beer, badly. 5.5% ABV

Appearance: Has a bit of a Belgian witbier kind of body to it, kind of a hazy appearance with a slight strawberry hue to it. No noticeable carbonation in the body but the head has a thick off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving behind no trace of lacing but only a thin layer of bubbles on top.

Aroma: This is going to be a tart one but well liked - it's tart from the strawberries with a sweetness of well, strawberries as well, as well as rhubarb. Quite a floral-forward Oat Pale Ale that I'm getting from the hops, which also has an aroma of a U-Pick farm to it, tad vegetal. Hint of pepper at the end. 

Taste: Mildly tart, all from the strawberries. It's got a good amount of sweetness to it but not too sweet. The sweetness of the strawberries and rhubarb work out pretty decently, as well as give off a very fresh from the garden sort of vibe to it, a tad floral, somewhat vegetal and I'm not too sure what else. Moderately creamy from the oats to give me a subtle reminder that I had strawberry ice cream a few weeks back and now I want more, also it's almost a tad like as if I'm eating buttered bread with strawberry jam.. one of my favourite snacks at my grandma's place as a child.

Overall Thoughts: Really not much to say but the rhubarb and strawberry aren't fighting at all unlike what the label would make you think, they work together to give you a sweet, tart, oaty Pale Ale that is incredibly patio worthy. Will I get this again? Seeing how quickly Vessel's beers sell incredibly well in Brandon, it all depends on whether or not it's in stock the next time I visit.. I'm still a tad bitter that I didn't get more of a couple of their past releases like their Triple IPA, it's my own fault for assuming that the beer wouldn't sell out within a couple days! 

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