St. Rogue Red - Rogue Ales
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5/5 rDev +32.3%
Wow. This is one good beer. I couldn't wait for the full review process (observe, smell, taste, swish, judge) so I took a good gulp as soon as I poured it. This is some good shit.
It pours a beautiful ruby red with a slight amber shade and a nice off-white head. Good lacing, too. Dazzling.
The smell is very fruity, with a stunning bouquet of berries, plums, grapes and a potpourri pot of spice. Pure, complex, and amazing.
The taste starts off as pure strawberry, with raisin, leafy hops, some slight bitterness and soapyness (which I like) and a good dose of flowers. Very nice. I can't imagine a better flavor profile right now. Very unique, refreshing and satisfying.
The mouthfeel is velvety and soft, but with a nice weight to it. A velvet hammer, if you will.
The drinkibility is what puts this over the top. I could drink these all day and night, no matter the season or time of day. My first perfect 5.
09-16-2006 02:48:05 | More by sacrelicio
4.88/5 rDev +29.1%
Wow. This one was beer that stood out from the rest at the Rogue brewery. As I sat and sipped on Brutal Bitter, one of my all-time favorites, a tiny slurp of the wifey's St. Rogue awakened an unsurpassed hop-craving. I called for a pint: this is the review that resulted.
Looking the hybrid between amber and brown ale, St. Rogue red sits in the glass looking instantly devourable. The nose is spectacularly hoppy, running the gamut from citrusy, grapefruity, lemony, and more than anything, shockingly reminiscent of when I stuck me head in a bag of whole-leaf hops in York England.
I am suddenly back on the malting floor, sucking the flowery acids from the flakes in my mouth.
The gummy malt mouthfeel is perfectly balanced by the late-addition hops and deliberately leveling dry-hop. This was one fantastic beer.
10-04-2004 17:13:44 | More by GreenWBush
4.85/5 rDev +28.3%
Appearance - deep amber/red hue, about four fingers of light tan head. Falls back to less than a finger pretty quickly but holds there at length.
Aroma - immediate fragrance on this one, intense and perfumy. While some toasted biscuits make an appearance, the dry hopping owns the nose. Sweet grapefruit and pine that doesn't quit.
Taste - chewy, malty with some caramel. Sweet, juicy, very piny but without the resin and harsh bite. Solid grain and hop make for an intense flavor profile top to bottom. The aftertaste is piny, mild grapefruit rind, yummy.
Mouthfeel - moderate carbonation, maybe a bit more. Smooth, soft-bodied.
Drinkability - awesome stuff for the hop lover. A fantastic session red.
07-30-2007 17:22:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.85/5 rDev +28.3%
Sampler at San Francisco Rogue Public House - dry hopped version. I dont know what the regular version is like, but the dry-hopped is a standout. Amber body and white head. Extremely floral nose - you can smell this one from quite a distance. Its one of the most enticing aromas I've experienced. Wonderful dry hoppy taste, bursting with citrus and berries, echoing the perfect nose. Crisp and refreshing palate. Great stuff!
01-14-2008 17:32:53 | More by bobsy
4.8/5 rDev +27%
A: Rich deep red, pretty transparent, with a beautiful fluffy white head. Retention is great and lacing is nice! Great looking beer.
S: Very very tangy - grapefruit, nice bitter hops, and undertones of a little brown sugar and sticky malt.
T: Like the smell, like drinking grapefruit juice with a little orange kick, backed by bitter northwest hops. Not too sweet/cloying at all - perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness - the hops make it pretty bitter, which I like. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, but I only tasted it after swallowing. Also some smoke/roasted malt flavor after swallowing. Really good - this one is on my buy list. (Oooh! The burps taste good too!)
M: Astringent, as it should be. Carbonation great, medium-bodied, smooth going down. Not watery at all. Very well-rounded.
D: Doesn't seem like it would fill you up too quickly, and it's actually a very refreshing beer to drink. The alcohol content is just right if you want to put down 2 or so and still drive. A nice job all around!
06-21-2008 06:14:29 | More by ralree
4.78/5 rDev +26.5%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- Murky, copper colour, about a 2 inch head and lacing lasts throughout the whole drink.
S- Strong malty smell with mild fruitness and citrusy scents.
T- Very unique, it was like a maltier version of a 90 minute IPA, with a slight nutty taste on the finish. Left a great aftertaste that settled on the tongue and wouldn't dissapate! The only problem is there is more flavour on the after taste than the actual sip, its a little light but after you drink one bottle the other 5 have a stronger taste.
M- Perfect balance, little flat little carbonated. Very smooth drinking.
D- With such a great, unique taste and such a low ABV (5.10%) I could drink a six pack of this to myself and be able to really enjoy it without going overboard. Session beer for sure.
Overall, I will definately drink this on the regular and suggest you all give it a shot, well worth the 13 bucks for a six pack.
02-13-2010 03:00:46 | More by Rickythejeweler
4.78/5 rDev +26.5%
Not to be confused with the non dry hopped version. This beer, while it may look the same as the original, is definately not the same beer. It seems Mr. Maier and the hopheads at Rogue actually stuff a "tea bag" full of Centennial hops in every keg of the St. Red and let it steep in order to transform it into this rich and hoppy ale.
Deep russet color, crystal clear ( tho I've seen bits of hops in other samples) with lazy trickles of carbonation. The creamy, tan head sticks to the beer and the glass all the way to the bottom. Aromas of caramel and spruce with hints of old campfire and dried fruit. Initially, flavors of over ripe fruit; apples and apricots, roll over the tongue but quickly a blast of pine and roasted grains takes over.
Medium bodied w/ an interesting grain nuttiness that blends with the sharp hop and subtle fruit flavors, then fades as the lingering bitter aftertase leaves your mouth feeling hot and peppery. Its like eating a green pine cone covered in brown sugar.
Much more complex than the original St. Red. draft version, which always seemed to have more substatial body than the bottled version. And while the hop infused keg does add a whole new dimension and level of hop charactor, the caramel and dark malt flavors hold thier own to keep this beer somewhat in balance. Intense blend of flavors and highly drinkable. My guess at alcohol content is approx. 6%/ vol.
If you like the St. Rogue Red, or just like hoppy beers, try this if you can find it.
02-20-2003 20:24:45 | More by Shiredave
4.72/5 rDev +24.9%
Pours a darkish ruby red color with a decent head of foam that fades into a very thin head, leaving decent lacing.
Strong cascade hop aroma greets the nose upfront with an underlying malt sweetness. Very nice!
Taste starts out sweet from the malt and fades into a citrusy bouquet of hops, followed by some bitterness at the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is citrusy hops with a bit of malt sweetness mixed in. Leaves what I would call a decent amount of bitterness.
Drinkability is top-notch here. It's also low in alcohol and would make a great session beer. The fact that it's available in six packs, makes it even more accessible, since the bombers are expensive.
09-22-2008 19:55:58 | More by Brad007
4.7/5 rDev +24.3%
This beer has changed a bit in the last few years. The bros shoulld update. Presented in that classic Rogue 22oz bomer with a very informative lable. This particular bottle was dedicated to a bull named Fukutsuru, cool. Impressivly clear pour considering the layer of yeast in the bottom. Gorgious red color and a nice lingering lacy off white head. Really sensuall hop aroma of spring flowers and almost berry-like undertones. Malt is resting just underneath in a warm bready invitation. The flavor is a gentle yet assertive fruity purfumy dose of hops backed up by a full buffet of toasty, bready, caramel malt. It is nice and bitter until the very end when the malt tips the balance and gives a pleasent flower laced toasty bread finish. The malt wakes up a lot as it warms. This is the perfect American red. Very hoppy without being too bitter, very malt without being heavy or sweet. Perfect session beer. I could drink myself stupid and back on this if I could only get a meat head bar owner in Knoxville to carry it on draft. Slainte.
02-20-2011 20:51:11 | More by knoxtennessee
4.68/5 rDev +23.8%
I had this on tap at Yardhouse in Costa Mesa, CA. The color was a nice deep red. The head was nice and left thick lacing all the way down the glass. The taste was really, really great. I could easily have had several of these. I am going back for more ASAP!
05-20-2007 00:56:07 | More by PhiloPsych
4.68/5 rDev +23.8%
I poured a bottle into a pint glass. The beer was amber red with large creamy head and some lacing. I thought it had a good hoppy sweet smell but found the taste to be a perfect mixture of bitterness with the caramel undertones. The 5% alcohol and subdued flavor made this a beer that everyone would enjoy. Truly a sessionable beer in my book with a light smooth mouth feel.
04-06-2009 13:14:10 | More by nicholasdes
4.68/5 rDev +23.8%
A: Clear maroon red, with a golden hued head. Moderate head retention, leaving a nice lace around the glass.
S: Molasses and hints of alcohol, with a noticeable piney hop bouquet.
T: Earthy hop flavor upfront with a tangy malt backbone. Hops stick around in the finish.
MF: Smooth with a kind of dry, bitter finish. Lasting hop bite that is much enjoyed.
D: Highly drinkable. Full of flavor, yet not overwhelming. Looking forward to trying the dry-hopped kegs!
07-07-2006 20:20:58 | More by bwyker
4.68/5 rDev +23.8%
Picked up one bottle of this at Half-Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Pours like a red. Drinks like a good, solid, complex IPA.
To confirm, I offered to my wife (who dislikes excessive hops). This brew passed her sniffer test, but she said it tasted "gross."
I liked it. A lot.
11-18-2009 23:02:31 | More by pjohnston007
4.65/5 rDev +23%
Pours deep red, dark brown murky color with a good tan head
that slowly dissipates into a thin lace but does not go away.
Strong scent of hops with a touch of honey and slight malt note. Strong hop taste with an initial sweet, honey like touch and finishes a tingly, bitter and dry. Drinks with a sticky texture. The hops hide the taste of alcohol but it should not go unnoticed.
03-24-2009 00:04:42 | More by twaddlac
4.65/5 rDev +23%
Really a very tasty brew. Reminds me a lot of their Santa's Special Reserve or whatever its called.
Decent looking brew. Deep red with a nice sized head that wasn't terribly persistant but could be quickly summoned with a swift swirl of the glass.
Decent nose. Fruity, citrusy nutty. Very nice.
The flavor of this beer is just incredible. Really rich and clean at the same time hop flavors. Citrusy and nutty with a decent bitterness that makes this beer quite quaffable. The most impressive component of the flavor to me though is the tea like notes that are so strong in this beer. Very nice nutty maltyness.
Mouthfeel, as with most Rogue's, was thin. But no big problem. Made this brew really drinkable.
I could drink this all night long...in fact I bought a growler and did just that!
10-09-2004 18:36:23 | More by cerevisiaephilus
St. Rogue Red from Rogue Ales
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