1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smoke Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Smoke AleSmoke Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

320 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 320
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 51
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smoke Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 254 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rogerthegill, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
3/5  rDev -21.1%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -21.1%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of dragomni
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Telestic, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5.3%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -21.1%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

deapokid, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Beertracker, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

jdense, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ROGUE16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Burt, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Travisnin, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4/5  rDev +5.3%

zeledonia, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

Slatetank, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Derek, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of dgilks
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

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?

dgilks, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of bruachan
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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...)

bruachan, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

vfgccp, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

laituegonflable, Dec 14, 2010
Smoke Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.