Smoke Ale - Rogue Ales

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86
very good

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 66
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

Label of 22 oz bottle:

12 Ingredients: Great Western, Harrington, Klages, Munich & Hugh Baird Crystal, Carastan 30/37 & 13/17, Chuck's Alderwood Smoked Munich & Bamberg Beechwood Smoked Malts; Saaz & Perle Hops, Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast. No Chemicals, Preservatives or Additives.

DEDICATED TO THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL.

A German Style Rauchbier with an orange-amber hue, a delicate smoke aroma and flavor, with an intense hop finish.

Oregon Brewed - Established 1988

Oxygen Fixing Caps - 48 IBU
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Ratings: 327 | Reviews: 255
Photo of Ugadawg
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Very good but hard to find!

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rogue brewpub in Eugene, poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a dark golden amber, slightly opaque. Has a very thin top of off white head, visible lacing.

S-Smoked oak, caramel malt.

T-Sweet caramel malt, campfire smoke, slight hoppy bitterness. There's even the smallest hint of sour granny smith apple.

M-Light medium body, very light carbonation.

O-Pleasant smoke ale with light balance. The smoke flavor isn't overwhelming and I'd prefer more of it also more carbonation.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Smoke Ale

LOOK: Clear copper colored brew. Slight off white foam cap. Displays a fine clarity.

SMELL: Smoked malts, bbq, charcoal, cured meats.

TASTE: Rich smokey flavor, earthy wood flavor notes come through as well. Charcoal, bacon, burnt toast. There is a mild but complimentary bitterness. Slight tang. Very smokey.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, well carbonated. Smoke flavor sticks to the palette and does not let go.

OVERALL: A nice smoked beer, solid flavor, ideal for a smokey bbq outdoors. Would go great with roasted pork.

Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Belmont Station PDX 11.25.11.

Half a finger white head, clear light orangish amber body, a few streams of bubbles rising to surface, good lacing. Mild smoke aromas, a bit sweet balanced by floral hops, pretty subtle smoke-wise. The smoke comes through taste wise, beechwood predominates, fairly sweet, complex smokiness though no ashtray, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium decent effervescence. Along with Caldera Ur Bock, one of the PNW better smoked beers, though this is harder than hell to find. Worth a try.

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was enjoyed from an imperial pint at Market Cross Pub and brewery in Carlisle. Part of the Rogue tap takeover.

The color is an amber hue with some golden accents, mildly hazed with a thick cap of cream colored head with average sized bead and lace that sticks well. The smell is great, very nice smoke which is not harsh and seems woody with a sweet accent which gives the impression of a smoked meat. There is a light hop aroma adding to the complexity of aromas. The feel is more mild in smoke influence than the aroma with moderate hoppiness and subtle malt texture adding dimension with a very mild sweet accent, the balance is very good as none of the elements really stands out and they work together well.

This smoked ale has a good malt body with light woody notes and a nice smokiness which gives a nice complimet to the slight piney element from the hops which also seem to go well with the yeast which is mildly fruity. There is a subtle caramel and wood synergy that brings the smoke forward on the palate, yet doesn't go to far either. I really enjoy how it doesn't get too sweet either. Overall I was impressed by this since it is obviously a Northwest version of a classic rauchbier it doesn't stick the style completely-Rogue puts its own stamp on the style and it is very pleasing to my palate with just the right amount of smoke flavor.

Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-bronze with a niice off-white, light retention & lace.

S: A herbal, smoky aroma with hints of flora & grass.

T: It's like a new-school Octoberfest with a bit of smoke. Plenty of steelie, grass hops that are a little herbal and minty as well. There's a nice, well-rounded malt backbone. A bit like a Spezial lager, but with some American malt flavour and certainly hopped up.

M: Light to moderate body.

D/O: Much more approachable than anything Schlenkerla, with some nice flavour. I thought their hopping was a bit much (I'd prefer the smoke was balanced with malt).

It paired well with the pulled pork at the brewery, but I'd go for a Chipotle if I did it again.

Photo of dgilks
2.28/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden colour with no real head. Kind of ordinary.

Very, very mild whisp of smoke aroma. Slightly malty.

Malty sweet with something that isn't quite smoky. A touch earthy. Meh.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A simply, lightly malty ale. There isn't really any smoke here. What the heck?

Photo of bruachan
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

good, stable head on a hazy copper

distinctive bamberg rauch aroma--delicate by their standards--with some bright sweetness in the background

smokey-flavored with a bacon finish (and some cinnamon at the end, also). nutty and sweet. dry finish (yes, with the bacon). too dry to hold up a delicious smoke level. dry euro hop flavors: funky. the hop contribution is perhaps the classiest element of the beer (the smoke is cool...)

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque orange. Copious amounts of head with a fine bubble structure.

S - Bacony smoke. Whole wheat bread.

T - Opens with a smooth smoke that ramps up throughout the profile. Brown bread early with a touch of dried white fruits: apple, pear. Finishes with a piney bitterness and a wave of hammy smoke.

M - Light-medium body. Smokiness is relatively mild and doesn't coat your palate.

D - Very drinkable for a smoke beer. The flavors play nice and don't overwhelm your palate.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnished bronze colour, with modest beige head that sinks steadily to a thin film. Nice lace, fairly strong haze as well, with not much carbonation. Good smokey haze.

Smells smokey, although I don't get much unless I swill it. When I do though, nice and potent with wood and bacon; but more woody than meaty. Slight vinous note which might just be oakiness. Nice subtlety, yeah quite good.

Taste is quite smokey with a burnt edge to it. Quite charcoally and quite a lot of spice. Nice mix; not all that smokey but a nice subtle burnt flavour running throughout the palate, with a good backup of malt. Spice is slightly overpowering, gives a slight sharpness to the back.

Mouthfeel is quite viscous, with not a lot of texture. Feels full and a bit flat. Could use more carbonation to cut through the smokey flavour more.

But a good blend overall and because it's not too meaty it's more drinkable than many rauchs/smokeds I've had.

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$6.99 / ea.

A: Cloudy deep copper body topped with a big loose tan head of low retention that leaves light creamy lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Smokey to be sure, with a light sweetness and hints of hot spice. A bit like a camp fire.

T: Sweet bready backbone with strong smoke flavor, but not as overbearing as I've had in the past. Hop character is subdued to nonexistent, but the smoke character helps to balance the sweetness. Fairly one dimensional beer, but that is the nature of the beast.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness lingers on the tongue, but does not build. Strong carbonic bite that quickly fades.

D: I think people will either love this style, or hate it. I doubt there is much middle ground. With that in mind, I had a hard time finishing this bomber, and I doubt I will try it again. The flavor is just not something I enjoy.

O: A smoke ale. It is what it is.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: rich orange-amber hue with a murky haze and two fingers of slightly orangey tan head. Not a lot of retention, but the color is very nice indeed.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a solid dose of heady smoke. The smoke is sort of bright and astringent; it's good, but I don't quite like it as much as other smoked beers of a comparable intensity.

Taste: rich caramel malt flavors with a little bit of fruitiness. Bitterness is low and I can't identify any hops under the smoke. The smoke itself is less intense and more well-rounded than in the aroma. Again, it's not bad, but it's not my favorite smoked beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big dose of well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creamy mouthfeel. I think it's rather well done.

Drinkability: this beer is pretty good, but I wouldn't write home about it. Drinkable, but not fantastic.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great, bright, smokey-red colour. First pour yielded next to no head. The next one provided lots of foamy head. It sank rather quickly. Also at the end of the bottle was some dark yeast, which I didn't expect, making the beer cloudier than at first. I would have swirled it around first, had I known.

The smell was so reminiscent of something I knew but couldn't place... I think, what it was, was a cold bean salad I've had at family things a couple of times. You can smell the smoke, but there was something meaty/beany in there, too. Also a bit of caramel and toffee.

It's like I drank a drenched campfire... with a bit of caramel. Not bad, but a bit much, perhaps. A smaller bottle would have been better. I still got that bean note in the flavour, as well as the smoke. The smoke comes out in the taste, and really comes out in the aftertaste / exhale. It smelled like a campfire that had just been put out.

Feel was well-balanced, overall. For me, it seemed to work up a bit of solid spit in the mouth... leaving the mouth a bit dry, even though finish isn't really dry.

This was my first smoked beer, and it was alright. I would like a smaller amount of it to actually have with some BBQ or some campfire goodies. I think it would work even better there.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

S: The aroma contains a lot of smoked malts, along with touches of citrus, caramel and hops.

T: The taste starts out very smoky and a little sweet with flavors of caramel, some citrus and a hearty malt character. However the smokiness isn't as strong in the taste as it is in the smell and fades into the finish. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, while there may be better smoky beers out there, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up over the weekend at the COOP ... used most of it in my Mexican Pot Roast recipe... poured the rest into my small tulip glass... 2 finger tannish head.. the brew is perfectly amber.

Nose is smokey beef jerky... immediately brings up memories of the gift shop of the Shoshone Bannock tribe over near Pocatello.... I know I know.... but hey, it is the truth. Definitely a "German" smoke more than a peat smoke... sorta sweet like a thick campfire.

Ughhh... I know I am supposed to appreciate this, but it is just too damned smokey for me.. meaty.. thick.. chewy... smokey.. almost some mushroom qualities... lite malt sweetness helps deliver the smokey smack-down.

Body is medium.. carbonation is medium too... I just don't really dig it... I will finish my glass, but the rest goes down the drain.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3

Photo of biggietattoos
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Smoke Ale is a first for me in the family of smoke beers.

I poured it into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a nice golden amber color with a thick head that dissipates slowly and leaves about a half inch thick foam behind

Hit me with an aroma of smokey malts.... Kinda like a backyard cookout or a breakfast scent of bacon....

Very smooth, and easy to drink.... Not very complex at all but still very nice and the smoke aroma stays with you throughout the entire sip.

I can see this being a nice beer to pair with anything cooked on a grill for sure.

solid enjoyable beer

Photo of ZorPrime
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer from BBrianBoogie in CanBIF6. Cheers fellow Canadian BA!

1 pint and 6 fl.oz bottle.

The color is copper with some orange notes. The head is dense and lingers. In the aroma, the smoky notes are faint, fruity and citrus notes are more dominant. Just one notch above average aroma wise. On the taste, smoked malts are present. A lot more than in the aroma. It actually takes the place it should... It is followed by fruity notes and a good bitterness which lingers in the mouth for some time. Very nice taste for smoked beer. Very balanced. Not overly smoky, just enough to be great.

Medium body beer with light carbonation. From Rogue I would have expected a more extravagant beer... but I get a balance smoked ale, which isn't bad. The aroma shows more smoked malts once the beer warms a little bit.

A very smoked ale, balanced and thirst quencher. Easy to drink...

Photo of ralree
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Clear brown with a white head, average retention, no lacing. Poured with a 2-finger head, settled into no head.

S: Extremely smokey, like a Rauchbier from Schlenkerla. Rich and grainy malt is very strong, and a nice sweet fruity background is present as well. Definitely some hops in there, and a bit of chocolate.

T: Very very smokey, like a campfire. Yet, the Schlenkerla I've had is smokier. Style underneath the smoke is a nice sweet ale, with honey, northwestern hops, and a hint of chocolate. Aftertaste is still smokey, and the sweetness sticks with it. Metallic flavor comes out after a bit of drinking, which detracts from the taste.

M: A tad overcarbonated, a bit watery, medium-light body. Rather dry. A bit astringent.

D: Extremely good for this style! Smoked beers are generally rather hard to put down, so this one is exceptional.

Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich and hazy tawny amber hue with two and a half fingers of slowly receeding fluffy cream coloured head that leaves chunks of cloud-like lace behind.

Salted ham, wood, and smoked malts pair nicely with notes of peat and hints of vanilla making for a saliva-inducing, highly inviting aroma.

Smokey and toasty at the beginning with smoked and salted ham and wood that progresses into delicately bitter notes of peat with very subtle notes of vanilla sporatically popping through, all over a rich earthy character. As the beer warms, the peat becomes more pronounced, but not at all offensive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy through and through. Delicate, with a good, clean balance.

Rogue does indeed put out some great brews, and this one is of no exception. Smokey, delicate, balanced, and very drinkable. I can see the parallels drawn between this type of beer and the German Rauchbier, but the peaty character really distinguishes the style. I'd say this one is worth picking up, whether you are a fan of Rogue or not.

Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy copper-orange color with a fleeting, small white head. The aroma is of smoke and fruity hops. It's not a heavy meaty smokiness, but rather mild and woody with a light sweetness and some yeast. A bright yet subdued smokiness hits the tongue first. Sweet, hoppy, and very Rogue-like under the gentle smoky flavors...increasingly so as it warms up. Medium-light and easily drinkable.

A pleasant, balanced, well-made beer...as is usually the case with Rogue.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with an eighth-inch, slightly off-white head that fades rather quickly, becoming patchy.
Excellent smell on this one. Thick, smokey malts, with BBQ wings, sausage, bacon--name the meat--it's smoked and it's there--all over a faint caramel aroma.
Taste almost matches the smell. Smokey malts are the core, with some more BBQed meats, though not so pronounced as in the smell. Slightly bitter on the finish. Signature Rogue malt character on the finish as well--bready.
Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp, though a little watery. Light bodied.
Very good on drinkability, though I'm a bit biased when it comes to this style. I could drink it all night.

Photo of RevereBeer
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Thick off-white head that sticks around for a while, but not much lace. Pours a hazy orange-brown and some red which feels just right for the style.

Aroma: Sweet malt dominates, but the smoky character is really distinct and reminds me of smoked meat.

Taste: I loved the evolution of this taste. For me, started off with a smoky malt flavor that was more subtle than expected. Then, the a caramel sweetness and even fruitiness. Finally, a spicy and powerful hop finish that dries out the taste. wow.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation but a bit thinner than what I was hoping for. The combo of sweetness with a drying finish was neat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I found myself flying through my 22oz. The hop finish does nothing but make me want to go back for another gulp. I could drink this all day.

Photo of THORN
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL poured into pint glass. Served 50-55 F.
A: Orange brown. Random CO2 trails. No head, just a couple of bubbles. No lace.
S: Holy fucking bacon. I mean the bacon flavor from a cheese can. Sweet malts.
T: Smoked malts give a red meat dominated body.. Sweetness comes with the malts that is balanced with resiny hops.
M: Very light on tongue. Drying if anything.
D: Its unique. It would be paired well with a bloody mary. One of the lighter smokes I've had.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazy, dark golden/light copper color with a long-lasting cream colored head. Leaves some lacing on the glass and the foam gets somewhat topographous and mountainous as it slowly fades.

Nose is medium on the smoky scale with a large amount of sweet maltiness. Hops are surprisingly noticeable, as is a bready yeast characteristic. The sweetness on the nose is noteworthy and I am not sure I have had a rauchbier that smells as sweet as this one.

The smokiness on the flavor is unique...almost cedary, maybe the beechwood gives it that characteristic. Hops are definitely in here more than most smoked beers. Flavor is woody and the malts caramely, a touch toasty and certainly sweet. Unique take on the style with the dose of saaz and I am not quite sure the combo is my cup o' tea. I like it more than most Rogue beers, but far from my favorite rauchbier.

Photo of yesyouam
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Smoke Ale is a slightly hazy amber ale with a small white head that mostly dissipates and leaves solid lacing on the glass. It has a smokey, slightly sweet aroma with a peaty note. There's something like beef jerky in the nose. It's pretty light bodied and crisp, with a finish that's kind of sharp. Yeah it's smokey-- almost like barbeque. There's a tartness from the malt and a spicy bitterness going on too, so it's not just the smoke going on. It's a nice blend of flavors and it's well balanced. It's an interesting and engaging beer.

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