Oregon Golden Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by ngandhi:
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Deep amber with a bright white head that won't quit -- it starts off at about a half an inch and slowly settles down to an eighth leaving beautiful lacing down the glass before a sip's even been taken. Nice bubbles rising evenly to the top. A rare treat, here's a golden ale you should let settle for a couple of minutes. A golden beer cappuccino.
Smell: I spent five minutes just smelling it. What gets me is how wonderfully balanced the hops and malts are in the aroma. There's strong sweet diacetyl, very buttery and creamy and, at the same time, fruit and spice from the hops. Comparable to a hefe, actually.
Taste: Really doesn't live up to the smell. I find that the hops and malts conflict in this brew. Simultaneous taste of bread and bitters. Again, rather buttery. The bitters fade into smoky phenols.
I didn't know what to expect -- I don't know what a golden ale is. After looking it up, I only found descriptions of Belgian golden ales. If you could enlighten me, please do. However, this is along the lines of a strong pale Belgian, especially because of the phenols on the finish, only much maltier. A good representation of style, Oregon Golden Ale has decently complexity of fresh hops and malts against other brewers, but not against Rogue itself.
The malts are very thick; you will have to break this beer up in your mouth to taste anything. I can even taste the water in this beer; very clean. Washes out too much.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, like a filtered weiss.
Drinkability: This could have been a good session ale, but the phenols and bitters linger too long.
Like a worn mattress, Rogue Oregon Ale will support your old sores, but if it's something new that ails you, I'd find a new place to lay my head.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2003 21:53:39 | More by ngandhi
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United Kingdom (England)
3.54/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Under the label "White Crane Bitter Ale", at 6.5%abv.; coming in a 355ml bottle, BB 05/12/14, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a clear, dark orangey amber colour coming with a well-lasting light beige frothy head and constant streams of mild carbonation.
S: fairly aromatic gristy pale malts, burned sugar and caramelised orangey aroma come at the front; given a swirl, a clean-ish note of sweet leafy herbs, even more aromatic maltiness as of crystal malts and peachy+orangey blossom chime in, but overall the aroma retains a rather intriguingly clean profile.
T: effervescent on the entry, the foretaste is intriguingly sweet and malty, showing lots of quality aroma from toasted malts such as crystal/Munich malts and roast barley, with the former’s nutty toffee-ish-ness and a lightly dry-ish touch of the latter, plus extra candy-ish taste, and a mildly spicy-citric taste of hops as a balancer; closely ensued by a wave of dry-ish bitter hops which turns slightly chewy in the end, with a tinge of alc. warmth lingering in the end.
M&O: the mouthfeel remains refreshing and softly carbonated, against a moderate flavour profile and a generally solid but not thick body; overall, this malty brew is quite different to all other Rogue’s ales I’ve had so far, due to its emphasis on the aromatic maltiness on the balance. Very well made, although I’d prefer if a bit more hops were applied to render just a bit more bitterness overall, esp. at the relatively high alc. content based on a simpler flavour profile.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 16:19:21 | More by wl0307
Oregon Golden Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.