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Oregon Golden Ale - Rogue Ales

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Oregon Golden AleOregon Golden Ale

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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Photo of HappyBivouac
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Crane Bitter bottle. Love Rogue's Japan export bottle designs.

poured vigorously into a tall mug for a huge scoop-of-french-vanilla-ice-cream head atop a semi-hazy dark peach/golden beer. absolutely gorgeous.

smells of sweet fruits- peaches, apples, white grapes. a biscuit malt character. vanilla ice cream probably influenced by the visual association with the head, but present nonetheless. like a thick, sweet peach dessert. awesome.

the taste is thick biscuit/caramel malt with fruity hop presence & piney bittering. sweetness of brown sugar is quite present in the middle with a long lingering peach cobbler aftertaste. feels thick and desserty with just enough carbonation.

When I bought the bottle expected this to be an English Bitter--a style I'm not extremely fond of but can enjoy from time to time. This is just completely different and a really really delicious beer. Very drinkable unless you shy away from sweetness, but I want a whole case of this stuff!

(review edit: from what other people have said this seems like it might not completely be the same beer! but what do I know)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The White Crane bitter poured a hazy golden orange with a 3 finger foam head and some encompassing lacing. The head looked like a scoop of ice cream that was part pancake batter.

The smell was dry and of yeasty bread. The taste is buttery malt and dominated by that malt with a solid bitter finish. Little bit of sweetness in the middle. It is a wonderful tasty brew. I would like to see more of this in bombers. This has more to it than any blonde I have had, ales that is.

Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored beer with a slowly fading thick head.Aroma is buttery bread.Taste is toffee and bread.A decent beer that you can sit back and drink a few at one sitting.This is something that should be tried at least once and something that I would purchase again!!

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Golden-amber color with one finger of off-white head that dissolves to the edges and leaves no lace.

S: Smells of slight hops with a bit of bread. Fairly plain overall.

T: Nothing special. Some spices and hops that give a little bit of bitterness. There's a bit of a bread taste with it as well that opens up with a bit more with warmth.

Overall this beers best qualities are its drinkability and mouthfeel. It's fairly crisp and stay well carbonated. Not too expensive or high in alcohol, so pretty drinkable. I may buy again if cheap.

Photo of vancurly
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My first ever Rogue....

Big bottle, 630mL. I am very impressed by the ingredient listing and other info.... most bottles say "malt, hops, yeast, water"... But the comprehensive Rogue breakdown shows to me that these guys are true BAs....good work guys, and welcome to Australia....

a) Pours a bright, yet burnished honey to pale amber. The white head drops quickly, but keeps an edge.

s) Honey candy-like on the nose...threatening an onslaught of a cloying, sticky mouthfeel...

f) Corn kernel, honey... breakfast cereal is the biggest comparable. It does taste fresh....

m) Syrupy, sweet and sticky....

d) Happy to drink the bottle... but not a second. I thought that American Blonde was a session-style beer... not too heavy in any dimension... this one seems a bit sweet for mine...

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 mugglesandhops
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brew pub in newport

Poured a golden straw color with a 1 finger off-white head on it, very bubbly, active carbonation. Smelled grainy, little hops in there, maybe a little fruit. Tasted Good, clean, crisp, little hops in there in the taste also. Light to medium bodied, this would be a killer session beer.

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sold as Shark Tooth. It's been a real long time since I've had Oregon Golden so I figured it'd be neat to re-review it with a more mature pallet.

Pours wonderfully, beautiful Duvel-ish gold orange with a big, retentive white head.

Smells smooth and crisp, big nodes of pac man yeast, light wheat spices, and a good kick of hops.

Tastes like it smells, crisp and smooth and perfectly balanced. The flavor ain't all that strong, but that don't matter when we're talking about a beer that's this smooth and this well-brewed.

Photo of brendan13
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear orangey golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that slowly falls away.
S - A sweet bready maltiness with some fruity and herbal hoppiness.
T - Bready malt flavour comes through, a definate diacytel note and finishes with some fruity and herbal hops.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
D - Obviously one of the more mellow Rogue Ales.
Enough to keep you interested. I could drink a few.

Photo of wingman14
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a crisp white head. The smell is a nice mix of malts and some hops with a bit of floral citrus. The taste starts with some malty flavor with a nice balance of hops and a slightly bitter finish. A nice balance of flavor and plenty of it there. The mouthfeel is good, not as smooth as I expected, but still pleasing. This is an easy drinker, very flavorful but not overwhelming. Definitely worth checking out, a great blonde beer!

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

Pours with a slight hazy appearance , small head , a little lacing.

Aroma of faint hops, not much else.

Smooth hoppiness on tasting, rounded out by some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Good carbonation.

Overall a very easy drinking brew.

Photo of Lepley
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle labeled Sharktooth Ale.

A: Poured murky orange-yellow with one finger of white head with little retention, but good lacing. Lots of sediment left in the bottle which I wasn't expecting.
S: Flowers, sweetness, citrus.
T: Sweet, citrus, fruity. Hoppiness and bitterness which I really enjoyed. It left my mouth watering and craving another drink.
M: Smooth with good carbonation.
D: Very good, I recommend it and would drink it again.

The sediment left in the bottle got me thinking about this beer. I know Rogue relabels beers so I checked the ingredients against their "hefeweizen" and they matched what was listed on a bottle of Mom Hefeweizen. They didn't match what was listed on their website for the Oregon Golden Ale. It's hard to say with Rogue.

Just for reference my bottle listed: Great Harrington, Klages, & Wheat maltsl Saaz Hops, Coriander, Ginger, Free Range Coastal Water, & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast
The Mom Hefeweizen claims to be an ale brewed with Coriander and Ginger

Photo of daythree16
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber of Sharktooth Ale. Apparently Rogue re-bottled some beers with animal-inspired labels and donated some of the proceeds to the Oregon Aquarium.

Pours an extremely clear golden color. Looks like an over-filtered lager.

Smell has some grassy notes. It is also very yeasty. Smells like the sediment left in the homebrew fermenter after bottling. Not too appealing. Taste is ok. Cereal grain...and not a whole lot else. It's very bland, but it does have an astringent quality to it.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Not terrible, just not something I'd want to sit around and drink a lot.

Photo of elniko
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Sharktooth Ale bottle purchased at the brewery in Newport.

A: Light golden amber, very little head. Average looking brew.

S: Somewhat strong bready, biscuity nose.

T & M: Taste is quite crisp with a hint of bitterness at the end. I taste some very subtle citrus tones. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the watery side.

D: Definitely drinkable but this beer is going to be very difficult for me to get in Texas.

Photo of changeup45
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid choice but nothing too outstanding. Copper-orange color and pours with a nice thick head. Good amount of lacing that seems to last until the end. Slightly malty, spicy, with a mild bitter hoppy finish. Easy drinking, well balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of joezak5
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; beautiful orangey gold with a nice foamy off white head, spotty stickage, good retention and great sipping lacing... the most impressive thing about this one was the northern lights looking haze in the beer itself... wild

Smell: My initial feel was a weak and musty sandy smell... bad day at the shore

Mouthfeel: Light and muted carbonation, nothing fancy.

Taste: I'm struck by the the green tea kick from this one... maybe it's all the Japanese on the bottle I got labeled "White Crane Bitter Ale"... it's not bitter... just a little hops, not much malt, but this is a light crisp green tea to me

Drinkability: I'm conflicting over this one... hate the smell but love the taste... I'd grab a six pack of this just to shake things up... well worth trying

Photo of auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Orangey hazy copper color. Nice offwhite head with some lace.

smell - Bready smell, malt, yeast, and floral hops.

taste - Malt, caramel, yeast, and hops.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Average taste, nothing that great, was ok.

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

It pours a dark golden color with little head and lacing. The nose has some faint hops in it.

The taste is crisp, but a little drier than I expected. That's a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. Fairly flavorful for such a light ale. It's not my favorite style, but I'd definitely drink it again on a hot day. Refreshing.

Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this one, under the Sharktooth name.

Pours a hazy straw gold color with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell colored head. Average retention leaves nice lacing. Smells of honey, coriander, wheat, citrus zest, and grass clippings. Tastes of honey, wheat, orange peel, coriander, lemon juice, and peppery spicy hops. Medium in body with low carbonation. Sweet and spicy with a nice amount of hops. Refreshing, zesty, and easy to drink.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple of 22oz bottles that were sitting on a helf. They had red stickers on the caps with $2.25 on them. Hmm...I *never* saw them in the cooler so I don't exactly what is going on with the. On to the review:

It pours a clear and very bubbly gold with a 3 finger head of foam. Btw, I only put this bottle in the fridge for about an hour.
The head retention is very good and the lacing is ditto. Also, revelent to my comments further down, there are no "floaties" to be found here. It only got slightly hazy with the second pour.

The smell is well, nice. I'm getting a big note of caramel and bread and a touch of some wheat. No sign of any hops to my nose and that's a bit unusual condsidering who the brewer is. ;^)

The taste has a lot of bready malt followed by some grain, some caramel, and when I swish the beer in my mouth, I could swear I taste some milk chocolate. I'm not kidding. Maybe this is old stock that has morphed some, I don't know but it tastes good to me and that's what counts.

The hop presence is very minimal here. Just a bit of citric tartness right before the finish.

It's clear to me that the Malt is ruling this American Blonde Ale whether by design or by an unknown amount of "aging". Whichever the reason, this Malt dominant, medium bodied and silky smooth Ale is very pleasing and easy to drink and at the ridiculous price I bought it for, I'm not going to hesitate in buying more. And soon, before they take them off the shelf. (I had a similar experience with Rogue's Brutal Bitter, what, a year or 2 ago?)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, well, it's golden as advertised!
A deep gold, really. Pours with a nice fluffy white head that promises plenty of lace. Good looking stuff.
There really isn't much going on with the odor. Smells clean with some herbal notes but otherwise it isn't leaving very many clues.
Flavors are very... simple. Very uncomplicated and straightforward.
I'm not sure if this is available in 12 ounce form but this would be a good candidate. While being a bit deeper in flavor than most pale lagers this is quite similar in character. Consistent and mild hop bitterness (compared to other Rogue brews at least). Bready, grainy flavors; good whole grain rye cracker type things. No alcohol content is given on the bottle but I'm assuming this is on the lighter side of the spectrum.
A surprising subtle offering from Rogue and it's nice to see that they can pull something like this off. Clean, easy, simple flavors that have been put together quite nicely. I'd get this again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear pumpkin orange with a frothy ½ finger dull white head that dimished to a thin layering minutes after the pour. Visible carbonation was light.

S: light in nature, with some fresh orange peels and light flowers.

T: light, tart oranges with a light spicy hop bitterness. Overall the flavor is pretty clean but basic as well. Orange peels and light caramel malt pretty much dominate the flavor with very faint traces of fresh apples and pears sneaking through from the yeast, but are very subdued and must work to notice and appreciate it.

M: light, slick with some tart orange bitterness.

D: Easy to consume but is limited in complexity and enjoyment. Pretty much begins to get boring half way through the drink. Nothing that really stands out.

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

"White crane bitter" version. Dunno if it makes a difference.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a loose-ish off-white head.

S - Aroma is grainy with citrusy hops and pungent fruitiness.

T - Very buttery, some fruit and citrus, and dry bitter finish.

M - Moderate body, about par for the course.

D - Initial impression was not favorable - seemed more bitter than flavourful, but it grew on me after a while. Still, not terribly exciting.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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