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Oregon Golden Ale - Rogue Ales

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Oregon Golden AleOregon Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-14-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by hooligan:
Photo of hooligan
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful golden with slight chill haze, clinging thin white foamy head. Strawlike yeasty character with definate mild herbal hop and sweet malt aroma in the nose. Buttery, with thick malt and a mildly grassy, strong citrusy hop bitterness throughout. Very clean strawlike yeasty taste. Very one-sided, no true blending or complexity. Thick mouthfeel for a golden ale... Not very impressive in my opinion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a light head that does leave a light sheet of lace down the glass,aroma is on the malty side with some iron notes not much hop trace here.Taste is a little sharp at first with some light hop biterness with a nice malty cracker-like finish that lingers for a few seconds.A highly carbonated beer that at first was a little hard to swallow,I like the mild finish of this beer it is pretty easy to drink.A little rough around the edges but not to bad.

Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one had a nice, foamy head atop a gorgeous, cloudy, orangish-yellow body.

Smell – There’s a definite malt base to this Golden Ale. The hops are there too along with some dark spice and a bit of butter.

Taste – I missed the fruits at the nose, but they sure came out in the taste. They are light, maybe orange and melon, along with a healthy helping of lemon. The malt base takes a back seat to this flavor along with the hops. A sharp bitter bite finishes this one off.

Mouthfeel – Decently carbonated and medium-bodied, this one has an actual alcohol sting (although I can’t image the ABV is high).

Drinkability – This is not your typical light, refreshing, summer ale. This is more like a spicy BPA with bitter hops.

Comments – I’m factoring in personal preference here, because I happened to enjoy this ale. But, I can certainly see how one could be disappointed by this offering.

Photo of Duster72
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of White Crane Bitter Ale.

Pours a very nice amber with a big two finger head that leaves great lacing. Smell is sweet breads and yeast. Taste is yeasty with an earthy hop biterness that comes through to finish. Mouthfeel is moderate. Very drinkable and would be a decent session candidate.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted on label, and oxygen cap is fitted for a longer shelf life. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep golden in colour with a wispy white lace that keeps well.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of fruit and a very mild whiff of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: A malty brew to start off with, crisp mouth feel with a touch of chewiness. Hop bitterness does its job to balance quite well with a slight citric note. Though there is a punch of sweetness and biscuity malt that shows off a bit. In the finish is more lingering residual sweetness, some grain and a light herbal hop flavour.

Notes: Tame on the hops for a typical Rogue brew yet still holds its own with a bigger than average malty body. Better than decent and enjoyable to say the least.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 12 oz bottle has a paper label depicting a mustachioed man in a blue, longsleeved, jersey and a blue, Rogue ballcap. According to their website, Sharktooth Ale was a special 2001 bottling, available in 22 oz bottles. This explains why the bottles look different. This one pours a hazed, honey gold, with an offwhite head that quickly falls into cap and patch lacing.
Aroma is hoppy with citrus and scrub pine aromas, backed with a bready and soda cracker maltiness. Yeast adds a nice earthiness.
Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation.
This one is hoppy for a blonde ale, with lemonzest citrus, a bit of pine cone, and bready malt. The yeast is a prominent player here, as well, adding some earthy and musty character. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter.
This one is, by legend, one of the original Rogue ales from their early days. It still has some character of a microbrew from two decades ago, which adds to its charm. Not as refined as most of the modern Rogue line, but a solid, very drinkable ale that has a nice northwest hops character for a blonde ale. Aaah, yeah! Very drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Rogue bomber, "Sharktooth ale". The etched on label tells us that part of the proceeds of this one goes to support a local aquarium. Nice tasty beer for a good cause. Pours almond Amber, with a typical off white semi loose head, dissolving to a spotty film and leaving minor lacing. soft malty nose. This is a fairly light, balanced (ie: low hopping rates for Rogue), refreshing and drinkable brew. Bready malts, notes of pound cake and perhaps a hint of minty spice. Drinkable and pleasant, good middle of the road craft brew.

Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, ginger, lemon, perfume and caramel. The flavor is wheat, orange peel, coriander, perfume and flowery hops, lemons and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer tastes like a hopped up Belgian White. Decent and somewhat drinkable, but nothing special.

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing, especially given Rogue's other products. Pours clear gold with sediment and no head. Aroma is all pale and crystal malt. Taste is a bitter, like and ESB, but without the body or pleasant hop balance. The sweet malt and Cascade hops just did not mix well. Did not enjoy this one.

Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light amber with a 1/8 inch white head on a very hard pour. Laces don't hold on the glass. Aroma is malty, butterscotch and cling peaches. Flavor follows the smells fairly closely in a medium bodied first statement. Hops add a very subtle grapefruit astringency but don't rally dry the finish as much as I expected and there is a continued sense of sweet fruitiness in the aftertaste. Better brew than I anticipated, though low on the "hop juice" for a Rogue beer in my view.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright shimmering gold tone I guess they hit their mark Oregon Golden ale froms a nice full white head leaves behind a decent thicket of lacing can't beat it. Light biscuit malts great sweetness flowery hop profile comes out to the dominate Williamette variety thrown in here not bad at all. Taste: Once again the flowery hops hit my seneses with a clean sweet cereal grain of a hop profiel, did I mention that I love Rogue beers and their signature Pac Man yeast has something to do with it. Mouthfeel: Smooth crisp wonderful staple of a golden ale evenly carbonated goes down sessionably. Drinkability: Excellent all around go to golden ale you don't come by much remarkable examples of this style this is one.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharktooth Ale now, S: 22 oz bottle poured into a Blanche De Chambly glass.

A: Burnished gold with a slight haze, the head is not thick and does not retain long, there is ample and steady carbonation.

S: Some floral hops, but, most predominate is the coriander, in a way, the smell reminds one of some white beers.

T: Hops tend to rule the taste of this beer. At the beginning they had a crisp bite to the tongue adding a bit of bitter taste, towards the finish the sweet aspect of the hops kick in lingering at the back of the throat and joining in with the coriander.

M: It begins light but becomes creamy by mid-pallet. Ample carbonation keeps the light feeling.

D: The hops are pleasant, yet, not too strong. Carbonation keeps the beer light and relatively low alcohol makes this beer have plenty of drinkability.

Overall: Another nice offering from Rogue. The steady carbonation is nice to look at and the taste is nice. The coriander is a nice surprise addition that leaves a hint of unfiltered wheat beers.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark orange amber color with a fizzy medium head that disappears very quickly. The smell is very strong with malt, bread yeast, floral, and earthy spices. The smell is surprisingly strong for a lighter beer. The taste is a creamy mixture of sweet malt, bitter hops, and a "bisquity" flavor. The m/f is light and the flavors mix very well. This is a damn good beer except for the ginger ale like carbonation. Cheers.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked "White Crane Bitter Ale," with Japanese inscription.

Slightly hoppy aroma. Nice, golden color with a thin, off-white head.

Hops are nice and bright in the mouth, balanced perfectly by a creamy malt profile. This is a really nice sipper.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma, hoppy initially satisfaction, then rather plain and lighter mouthfeel. Fine and drinkable for a late summer afternoon dinner. Medium golden colour, citrus notes, otherwise not that much taste here. Well carbonated, dry and malty finish. Competent but nothing special.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I found this at Brewhaus labeled as 'White Crane Bitter' with Asian calligraphy on the bottle. The beer is a clear deep amber with a big two finger rocky head of khaki foam. Lacing is abundant, and head retention is pretty good.

S - Big time hops with an underlying honey-comb sweet malt note. Smells assertive, sweet, and hoppy as hell. Green, dank hop buds are apparent.

T - Big time hop flavor makes me think that this is really an IPA in disguise. Gritty waffle and honey-comb malts support the green hops. Nice.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and sufficiently dry. Leaves my mouth wanting another sip to quench the gritty dryness left in the wake of the hoppy flavors.

D - This is a damn good session beer. Blonde ale? i don't get it...When drinking this, I thought that it was a nicely hopped ESB or American PA. Whatever it is, it's good.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is very golden in color but I noticed it produce virtually no head. I held the glass up to a light and was surprised to find the beer was cloudy. My nose could not detect any foul aromas that would indicate spoilage so I took a taste. The beer was very smooth and lacked in the carbonation arena. The flavor hints of sweetness and hops with a very mild bite in the finish.

Photo of Jon
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's another solid offering from Rogue. This golden ale actually pours to a deep honey color with a pretty durable head. The smell is, as is characteristic of Rogue, hoppy with some solid malt lingering beneath. The taste is of hops, honey and some tasty malt. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, making this a pretty easy drinking beer. This has to be one of the better blonde/golden ales produced in the US.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden/straw with 1 finger of eggshell white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & slight citric hops

T: Big breadyness & lemony hops up front. A hint of grainyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with just a hint of lemon & white pepper

MF: Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation & balance

Fairly drinkable for a style I don't go wild about. This would be alright for a pint or 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Under the new Shark Tooth Ale special bottling name.

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of foamy off-white head. Peters down to a thin fizzy retention that doesn't leave much lacing behind. The aroma smells of tight bready malts, herbal hops, citrus, pepper, and coriander.

The taste is sweet malts, a light fresh herbal hop profile, lemon, orange zest, and various spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a easy feel and poppy carbonation.

Not bad. Well balanced and flavorful with an easy drinkibility, this is a nice thirst quencher.

Photo of jackndan
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rogue Oregon Golden Ale: Nice looking Golden hue, with a creamy off-white head. Very noticeable aroma, I can smell it from at least two feet away. Malty aroma, with a hint of apples in the background. Very aggressive malt tastes, sweet and even a little smoky. The taste is consistent throughout and leaves a very long lingering after taste. The hops are understated, and assert themselves primarily toward the end. Tangy carbonated mouth feel. Not bad.

Photo of bditty187
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, gold in hue with a tawny infusion. The head was white in color; at best the foam reached one finger in height. Retention was average as it slipped quickly to a fizzy cap. This cap lasted awhile though. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it clung poorly. Aside from the vast haziness of the liquid there isn’t anything notable about the appearance. The nose lacks that typical Rogue aroma. Damn shame. I guess it is cool to be different. Fruity (apricots mainly, hints of mushy apples) upfront before the nose turns malty in the middle with a buttery undercurrent. Light kisses of spice from the hops I assume. This is the most muddled bouquet I’ve ever encountered from Rogue. The potency is on the low side of moderate. I do like what I smell; it is inviting but not very articulate. The palate is pretty damn dull. I’m surprised. I’m disappointed. I like the spicy zip in the middle and the butter/malty mess at the end but the beginning is empty. It is earthy and juicy throughout (there is an small array of fruits like apricots and citrus zest). Weak toasty malts. Soft sweetness. This beer needs food. I think it would work well at a BBQ on a hot summer day, assuming the food it tangy sweet. This beer is very tame. This beer can’t be from Rogue. Right? I mean the palate is just above average. The aftertaste is citrusy and sweet with a kiss of butter. Messy. Again, it needs food. Almost medium in body, the carbonation is low but natural and it seems to work well with the disheveled flavor profile. This is a lazy beer. Overall, this beer is okay and thus drinkable to a point. But what is the point? There are too many great beers on the market that are in the same realm as this one. I might try this beer again but I won’t go out of my way to do so. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in West Des Moines for $2.00. Average stuff.

Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a beautiful amber almost orange in color with a fairly large almost pure white head. Left behind some very nice lace as it dissolved.

Smell - Slight hint of roasted malt with a bread and citrus/fruit back note.

Taste - Malt was the first thing to attack my taste buds followed by the tingling sensation of the citrus. Hops were present but by no means could they be described as overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation felt just right for the beer. Not sure of the ABV, but I could sense the alcohol towards the end of every sip. Felt like it had a medium body to it.

Drinkability - Good beer but not one that you would want to drink a lot of in one sitting. A little heavier than what I was expecting.

Comments - I was surprised by the lack of hop bite, especially coming from Rogue. All in all an average beer for me but one that I will visit with again.

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mandrake
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with an off-white head that builds quickly and aggressively, large bubbled but still substantial, before dissipating back to just a thin layer over the surface of the beer. Leaves moderate lacing. Smell is malty first and foremost, bread and yeasts taking the lead, with mild spiciness and a hint of light fruits as well. Hops are noticeable, just a light citrus aroma floating in the background. Taste is very well balanced, leaning to the malty side but with an obvious hop presence as well. Bread, lightly toasted, is the first impression, with butter and sweetness as well. Orange and spices in the mix too, with a light herbal hop finish that is drier but doesn't overwhelm the rich malt profile in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and rich, very well carbonated, and drinkability is very good. Nice brew, light on the hops but with a distinctive niche all its own in the Rogue lineup.

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Oregon Golden Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.