Rosé ales are all the rage right now it seems. Given the style’s popularity, it’s not surprising that Georgia-based Reformation Brewery decided to re-release its rosé-inspired beer, Alani the Lighthearted, for a second time this spring. Alani is a beer-wine hybrid ale combining grape must with traditional pilsner malts. It's apparently Reformation’s attempt to create a libation that bridges the gap between these two longtime competitive alcoholic beverages and possibly pick up beer newbs.
Appearance and Aroma
The label on Alani channels some abstract expressionist vibes, like someone gave Picasso a crash course in InDesign and then said, “Here, make a beer label.” Ruby red in color, Alani pours fairly clear with just a slight pectin haze, something commonly seen in fruit-heavy beers. It’s topped with a light pinkish cream-colored head, which persists well after pouring and lightly hugs the walls of my glass. Aromatics of grape must and tart berry intermingle with floral notes.
Grapes, cranberry, hibiscus, and soft tannins work together to create something that doesn’t quite taste like beer, but doesn’t taste much like wine either.”
The flavors of Alani start out bright and bold. Grapes, cranberry, hibiscus, and soft tannins work together to create something that doesn’t quite taste like beer, but doesn’t taste much like wine either. It’s a refreshing beer that ends on a crisp, dry not, but sadly, it’s not as punchy as I was hoping.
Like its name, Alani is definitely a beer meant to be consumed with a lighthearted approach. It’s fun, fruity, subtly intriguing, and quaffable at 4.7% ABV. While it wasn’t the best beer I’ve ever had, it’s definitely an all-day sipper I could see myself enjoying with friends on spring and summer adventures. Look for it this spring in 12-ounce canned six-packs across Georgia and Tennessee.