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Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPARogue Farms 7 Hop IPA

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.77%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In a bold collaboration with Mother Nature, we grow our own varieties of aroma hops at Rogue Farms in Independence, OR. We also string, stake, train, test, trim, separate, sort, kiln and cool them. Brewmaster John Maier meticulously selected and blended 7 varieties of our aroma hops to create the bold and balanced profile of our 7 Hop IPA.

Added by oberon on 01-24-2014

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Photo of kevinlater
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into small snifter glass. production date: december 23, 2014. enjoyed on march 5, 2015

a: a beautifully vibrant, glowing, 95% transparent orange. one finger of bone-coloured head

s: melon, pine, grapefruit rind, ripe oranges, caramel/toffee, and light floral aromas. maybe a pinch of alcohol. smells like a standard, non-tropical c-hop IPA which i love

t: follows the nose. cantaloupe, caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, and pine up front. mid-palate consists of bready caramel malts and lesser ripe orange notes. closes with a medium-ish herbal, earthy, resinous hop bitterness, and a slight alcohol presence

m: medium, creamy, oily body with moderate carbonation

o: a damn good (imperial?) IPA, full of hop flavour but still balanced

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber, 1/3 poured into a small tulip glass.

A- Slightly murky copper color, with an orange tinge. Pillowy white head of foam settles slightly.

S- Hoppy with aromas of Grapefruit pith and orange rinds, spicy whole leaf hops, and a touch of bready caramel malts. Somewhat along the lines of Citra Hops.

T- Not overly hoppy but fits the bill nicely with fresh flavors of citrus/grapefuit, as well as being fairly earthy, spicy and slightly floral. What stands out is the nice bready malt backbone through out the beer adding a perfect touch of sweetness to balance the hops. The flavors work well and the finish is slightly dry bring the bitterness through in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with perfect carbonation for this style.

D- well balanced - flavorfull beer. ABV is well hidden.

Overall i always expect good things outta Rogue and this brew is no exception. Its fairly straight forward with some new hop flavors. No real flwas but nothing that makes it really stand out from the pack to be honest. Still worth a try if you have access.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; bottled on Dec 23 2014 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy orange-amber hue, generating nearly two fingers of puffy, ivory-coloured froth that hangs around for a good, long while. Retention is good, but it still seeps away eventually, leaving behind a bubbly, foamy cap and collar, along with multiple rings of sticky lace. Looks beautiful in the glass, and the aroma is similarly enticing - and unsurprisingly, it is the hop bill that quickly assumes the driver's seat. Citrusy grapefruit and orange come through nicely, along with notes of wet pine and grass - meanwhile, in the background, notions of caramelized sugar and biscuity malt work to provide a suitable base. I do enjoy the nose, but there's nothing particularly unique about it.

Fortunately, my enthusiasm picked up considerably following my first sip, because this is a pretty tasty, bold-flavoured IPA. The backbone consists of bready pale malts and a marked brown-sugary sweetness - but it is the fruity flavours imparted by the hops that are the true centrepiece. Juicy orange, pink grapefruit and citrus zest play a big role, as does a piney, resiny flavour. Hints of apricot also come through, as the finish becomes increasingly earthy, pithy and bitter. The aftertaste is rather bittersweet, with herbal hop bitterness and earthy pine resin outlasting the caramelized sugar sweetness. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels and an exceptionally smooth, creamy feel in the mouth - definitely one of the highlights of this one, IMO. It's just way too damn easy to knock back for an 8-percenter.

Final Grade: 4.1, an A-. I went into this one with subdued expectations, given the fact that this is an IPA that has been shipped across the continent (and then probably mishandled by the LCBO). But it turns out that Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA is actually a fairly impressive brew - and I'm quite sure I'll be grabbing another bottle or two before the local stock is gone. Not a mind-blowing, world-class brew by any means, but still a very solid, strong IPA that I'd happily recommend to other hopheads. The price point (in Ontario) isn't too bad, either.

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Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from the lcbo. Poured a deep orange brown colour. Great curtains of lacing with nice head retention.

S - potent hop notes, grapefruit, papaya, strong pine notes, dry hay notes, some caramel malt character, really rich fruit notes with a very tropical character. Matched by a nice malt body.

T - rich fruitiness, citrus, rich orange, grapefruit, pineapple, red currents, some caramel undertones, bready malts, all helping to support a nice interplay of some really interesting hop flavours, leading to a drying resiny finish. Bitterness is pronounced but not over the top, slightly bracing but helping to support the fruity citrus and pine, some earthy spicy notes, very pleasant IPA, really rich and while there is a bit of roughness around the edges, there is quite a bit of complexity.

M - good firm body, moderate carbonation, alcohol is well hidden by the flavour and bitterness, to make a fairly typical big IPA feel, moderately slick with some decent resins going on at the end.

Tasty tasty tasty. While not everything rogue does is remarkable, and I think this falls at least a peg short of the best ipas, I cannot fault them for making quite a nice hoppy ipa in this, showing off some varieties that don't get a lot of limelight. Overall, it comes across as tropical, with a nice citrus zing and some very nice earthy undertones, leather, hay, foresty. I think the end result is well worth a try.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $8.00 or so for a 650ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass. Wanted something special for my 400th review. This was not it.

A- Opens well and pours a small white head that is gone in seconds. Very dark gold color. Semi filtered

S- Good hops but nothing that special. Smells like citrus, Chinook and the other common varieties of hops. Good malt base.

T- More hype then bite. Not bad but not the hop bomb you would expect. Good malt backbone and a touch too much sugar.

M- Creamy and a touch dry. Ok but not as good as other examples out there.

O- Glad I only bought one. Will not buy again at this price point.

Food Pairing

This pretty good IPA went well with...... BBQ'd hamburgers. No topping, just meat and a toasted bun. Rather tasty and the beer paired well.


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Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't make up my mind as to which of the 7 hops I like the best....Ha, ha!
As if I knew which was which!
Nice beer, the right sized bottle (650ml), the right level of alcohol (8.02%.....let's not forget about that .02!) - and you have the right evening beverage.

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Photo of Jimbob-Aloobob
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber colour. Nice smack of citrusy hoppyness. Not as bitter as I anticipated with 90 IBUs. Great flavour overall with a light aftertaste that makes me want some more.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is an attractive golden amber. Slightly hazy. Nice off-white head. Not a big aroma. Some citrus hops. A bit of biscuit. Taste is lemoney and citrusy, not much malt. It's surprisingly light. Not sure if this is good or bad. Mouthfeel is also light. Overall, this isn't bad by any means, but somehow seems a bit out of balance. The hops are very bright. This is a tiny bit like a blanche, but a bit heavier and with a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; bronze colored; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: pine, earthy, a little caramel;

T: earthy all the way with a bit of caramel in the background; low to moderate bitterness at the finish; long finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little one note - a good note, but still...

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bros say I have to review because my rating is an anomaly. Well, this beer was stale, nearly flavorless, funky aftertaste in the malts. Blegh. It isn't very good. Drink something else.

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Photo of hophugger
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden-orange color with healthy head and nice sticky lacing hanging on for dear life. Initial aroma is piney, resiny, citrusy hops, nothing else, not that there's a problem with that, :<). Taste is sticky, resiny hops with a lot, I mean a lot of citrus, lemon, then grapefruit and a touch of soapiness. Wow, love the amount of citrus in this one. Slight bitterness follows. This has not much malt flavor, but that is alright. Not the most perfectly balanced beer, but Hop lovers will love it!!, I do !!

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Immediately hit with a powerful citrus hops front that melts nicely away into a sweetness and then fades into a nice bitter end.

I love the tangerines of the pineapple and the tangerine.

Great IPA!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber-orange pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Big fruity, floral, perfumy nose with hints of tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, and pine. The taste follows suit with a huge floral, perfumy, complex hop profile with hints of tangerine, resiny pine, orange zest, caramel, white pepper, grapefruit, and grass. The mouthfeel is oily with medium carbonation and a wonderfully balanced, slightly mouth-puckering, bitter sweet finish. Overall, this was a hugely drinkable, flavorful, and well balanced West Coast IPA. Being stationed overseas, we don't get the freshest IPA's, so I imagine this would be even better freshly bottled.

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Photo of Belekinbeer
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Smelled toasted bread with a earthy citrus. The toasty malts hit me first and the a spicy hop bit turning bitter. Not much head and no lacing. Good body. It was ok.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 19, 2014.

It has an amber-copper colored pour with a foamy cram colored head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Slight haze.

Oh yeah - hops on the nose. The resin and floral characters penetrate the senses. Toffee malts are more in the background.

Medium to better than medium body.

The flavor begins with a decent toasted breaded malt taste but it takes little to no time for the resin and floral hops to emerge and become the beer. A slight fruity hint at the end. Good for what it is but not top of its class.

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Photo of SemperIPA
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass out of a 22 oz bottle purchased at one of the USAG Stuttgart Shopette's in Germany.

APPEARANCE – Hazy bright orange in color w/ a thick tan head that produces artful sticky lacing all the way down the glass with each sip.

SMELL – Heavenly strong and spicy hop aromas.

TASTE – Immediately hit with a powerful citrusy hop front that melts nicely away into a sweetness and then fades into a nice bitter end.

MOUTHFEEL – Good full body with mild carbonation.

OVERALL – A rock-solid IPA that I really enjoy and hope to have again - soon!!!

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Using seven different kinds of hops is great and all, but I really don't care if a brewer uses one or one hundred varieties of hops. All that really matters is the end product and this was a pretty average end product. There's a bunch of hops and flavor but it sort of felt like the flavors got in one another's way. Sort of like when you mix several paint colors together and you end up with a brownish muck. I wouldn't bother seeking this one out.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark and hazy amber color. Nice fluffy head that dissipated to a quarter inch, nice lacing. Smell was flowery with a touch of tropical fruit and some malty sweetness. The flavor was a mix of flowery, biscuity sweetness and some nice grapefruit and orange notes. Lots of different things going on there. Mouthfeel was medium to thick, with the hop bitterness covering the tongue to make you want more and more. Overall, I liked this beer, would probably buy it again in the future.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Brewed exclusively with ingredients cultivated from the Rogue farm, and boasting seven hop varieties, layers upon layers of complexity are just begging to be peeled and explored.

Murky dark copper and light bronze colors swirl underneath a billowing rocky head. With full retention and sticky lace in tact, its earthy perfume begins to tell the beer's story- dominant with hops, a whiff of citrus pith with one sniff and then earthen grasses the next. With medium-light balance from malt sweetness, a light caramel, graham cracker and biscuit sweetness greets the palate early.

But slowly receding, its malty sweetness and accompanying weight trails deliberately and allows the hops to pull forth. Grapefruit and orange step out first with their pulpy, pithy tang. And then there's a strong stemmy, grassy and herbal contribution to demonstrate the close relationship of hops to cannabis. And then a peppery bitterness brings up the rear and begins to frame the beer's finish.

Behind the hops, a mild estery glimpse gives the final flavors a hint of tobacco, marmalade and herbal sassafras teas. With the sweetness a faint memory, lingering bitter spices seem nearly noble of German hops and the soft tang of grapefruit.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance: Cloudy caramel. Lots of froth for head.
Smell: Floral, honey, biscuit, lemon, and pine.
Taste: Just about the same as smell with some pepper. Lots of floral.

This brew was extremely good. Though I love hops, it didn't have an intense punch that I was expecting. Yet, it was a more mellow experience, but incredible. It does have a really great bite towards the end. It's an IPA that I could drink every single meal, give or take the meal. I loved it.

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Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev -23.5%

A bit bland and flat. Might be the first Rogue beer I'm not nuts over. The flavors are there but somehow hidden at the same time. I'd say mainly grapefruit.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/5/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a harsh burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

22oz bottle split into taster glassware
Notes taken on 06/29/2014

A: Darker caramel amber body with some decent clarity to it. Big heady tan froth billows up out of the glass with enduring hang time. Lots of sticky lace scatters across the glass after each sip.

S: Bright lemony pine hops in the nose with some spice and a touch of herbals underneath. There is a dash of ephemeral malt bread to it but this one is mostly hops and fairly unique or experimental if you will. Lemony spice and herbs. Pretty nice nose and better than I was expecting from Rogue.

T: Taste is a touch more floral than the nose with a big lemony-lime citrus flavor presence. I get some spice and earthy herbals rounding out those hop flavors and there is just a whisper of malt sweetness to the brew. Good and resinous with a nice bitter bite on it and the alcohol completely masked throughout. This is very nice and all about those homegrown experimental hops. Better than most all the other Rogue beers I have had.

M: The mouth feel stays light on the palate with a nice creamy smooth texture. Has a peppery bitterness midway that lingers for a bit. All in all a nice clean balance here.

D: Very drinkable with a nice hoppy punch and some new and exciting flavors to try out from Rogue for once. Definitely exceeded my expectations. Hats off to the farmers.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into IPA glass; golden-orange, the color of honey with a huge fluffy dense white head that fades very slowly, leaving lots of chunky lacing. Looks awesome.
Smells of pine, sweet grain that gets almost potatoey as it warms, grapefruit. There really is something odd and starchy to the smell. Not much dimension to the hop profile for having 7 hop varieties. Then again, I've never heard of any of these varieties of hops, grown by Rogue themselves...I'd much rather have a 7-hop IPA made from the newer NZ/AUS varieties. But then again, that's textbook Rogue...over-the-top marketing and bravado with little substance behind it.
Taste is relatively one-dimensional, although there are some surprising notes. It starts with solid pine and sweet malt, but then smooths and thins out into some sweeter grapefruit and slight tropical notes that do have a unique tang to them. Nothing mind-blowing though.
Mouthfeel is standard and appropriate.
Overall, I would like more unique flavors from a 7 hop IPA made from all new proprietary varieties. Rogue has a bad habit of touting their beers as unconventional and groundbreaking but in reality they're usually curious mediocrities at best.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. I go somewhat aggressive on the pour and get about an inch of a frothy and somewhat short-lived but also quite sticky head of a pale tan color. The beer is a quite hazy, pale yellowish-amber with light carbonation.

I get a whiff of something a little different on each sniff. There's definitely some citrus and herbal hops coming through, but also some caramelly malt. The flavor is as complex as the aroma, with piney, citrus and light floral notes complementing a smooth but flavorful caramel malt base. A good hop bite on the finish lingers, but not overly long. This hop bite includes a good deal of some perceived fruity sweetness, or rather a tea-like quality, in addition to the expected citrus and pine. A hint of vegetal flavor somewhat like asparagus presents itself as well. The mouthfeel is creamy with a moderate body.

This is a very well-crafted and balanced brew that should appeal to the average pale ale drinker and might even be worthy of the hopeful hopheads out there. The hops are flavorful and complementary rather than overbearing and the overall flavor is rather unique. This might be my favorite example of this style.

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