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Oregon Golden Ale - Rogue Ales

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Oregon Golden AleOregon Golden Ale

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197 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 197 | Hads: 225
Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 22 oz. bomber that I bought at the Portland brewpub. This one is under the label Jazz Guy Ale, from the 2007 edition. Cool label. No bottling or best-by date on it.

Poured into a pint glass. Initially there's a nice pillow of foam that slips back a thin, white lace. Slightly hazy orange-golden color. Very enticing.

Strong bready, yeasty aromas up front. A touch musty. Hints of spice, honey, and dark fruit, too.

Flavors are bready and malty, too. Ends with a flat bitterness. No real aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Just a touch of carbonation on the tongue. Complements the bready qualities.

Pretty drinkable beer. Doesn't have a huge complexity to it, but it surprised me - I liked it more than I thought I would.

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

A strong pour gets a two finger light tan head with a rocky fat bubbley head. Body is an attractive orange brownish murky amber. Nose is a nice mix of creamy wheat and soft fresh hops with notes of soapy minerals. Enters the mouth creamy smooth with rich and slightly bitter wheat feel coating the mouth. A thick mouthfeel is created by the malty backbone and bitter bite but it is nicely filling and quite full. This is a very even drinking nicely balanced beer. Would be a nice summer beer, very sesionable.

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

Pours a dark but clear amber. Nose is bitter with a touch of citrus if you really dig for something different on the nose. Flavor is doughy and definitely pretty bitter, but in a controlled and smooth type of way. Definite dough on there on both sides. Feel is thick on the liquid, and kind of feels a bit too much so I think. Bubble is nice. Overall very drinkable. I found it went down very smoothly and was definitely nice.

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

Voluminous white lace tops a, well, golden ale. Nice retention and ok lacing. Aromas of sweet pale malts and a light fruitiness, while maybe a hint of butterscotch sneaks in as it warms.

Malt is up front, biscuity and sweet, and a hint of grain backing. Hops are a nice balance, with a little Pacific citric edge that lends a nice crispness. Mouthfeel is a little chewy, good body, and nicely crisp.

Holds up well for a Blonde ale, the hopping is remarkably restrained for Rogue and well balanced.

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Photo of younger35
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber direct from the brewery with the alias of Shark Tooth Ale. Says part of the proceeds goes to the Oregon Aquarium fund. Drank out of my Rogue Kelles pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice golden yellow with a slight bit of chill haze and a fluffy half finger white head. Leaves a decent collar and with a spotty cap. Nice aggressive carbonation as well.
Smell- Sour lemon is the first thing that jumps out of the nose at me. Slight grainy maltyness but the nose is just prominently that sourness.
Taste- After the nose I was really not expecting much from the taste but turns out this beer is pretty darn tasty. Has a nice spicy, peppery start with a subtle fruitiness to it. Orange, lemon zest and a semi apple tartness add a sour bitterness. Finishes with a slight bread aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Light slick body with pretty aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Other than the nose, this is a pretty solid beer that I really enjoyed. Glad I could contribute a few bucks to the Oregon Aquarium.

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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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of jmalex
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the more elusive offering from Rogue, I grabbed this the first I saw it. Today I'm enjoying it sitting out on my back porch.

APPEARANCE: Orange golden and slightly hazy. The head is white and pillowy huge, but drops somewhat quickly. Even still, a solid white cap remains and is constantly being replenished.

SMELL: Not much in the malt aroma. Just a very clean beer. A moderate hop funky spiciness is present, but doesn't stand out too much.

TASTE: Mild and refreshing. Despite not being hugely hopped, the presence of Cascade is unmistakable. They almost act to sweeten the beer somewhat. Because everything else is in such moderation, the hops are a bit too much and mask the malt considerably.

MOUTHFEEL: Very light, but a bit syrupy. Carbonation is sharp. This is a smooth beer.

DRINKABILITY: A wonderful summer beer and bonus points for it not being a wheat beer like so many others (not that I have a problem with wheat beers). Not the most flavorful and I'm not the biggest fan of the hop quality, but I wouldn't turn this beer down.

Not bad. I'm really happy I got to try this, and even more happy that I have such a nice day to enjoy it on.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a deep golden color ale with a nice medium foamy head with some quite good retention and some really good lacing. Aroma of cascade hops is providing some floral notes as well as some medium bitterness. Taste is mostly dominated by the mix of hops and I thought was lacing some malt characteristics. Body is not as full as I would have expected with some great carbonation. I personally think that this beer could have been more rewarding with a bigger malt profile.

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Photo of Duster72
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

I purchased a bottle of White Crane Bitter Ale. Didn't know I was getting a bottle of Oregon Golden Ale....

Hazy, dark gold in color. Medium sized, light tan, creamy head. Very cool looking bottle.

Aroma included caramel and fruits (figs and apples). Floral scents. Very sweet smelling.

Sweet more than bitter, but only slightly, very well balanced. Caramel. Biscuity. Hard to define bittering, herbal?, floral?

Medium body, with low to medium carbonation. A bit grainy in texture. Dry.

Overall, OK, but nothing special. Easy to drink. My day for session beers...

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Photo of Atlas1
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd never heard of Rogue's White Crane Bitter, so I was a bit disconcerted when I looked it up online only to find it was actually a psuedonym for the Oregon Golden Ale. Very confusing if you ask me. But the "White Crane" has a cool bottle, with all sorts of asian (not sure if it's Chinese or Japanese) symbols on it. Two white cranes flying over the wording. Funky bottle cap. Anyhow, I decided to review it, and when I typed it into the BA search engine, it redirected me to the Oregon Golden. Strange.

Pours a dense amber/orange color with a fat two-finger head which sticks around for a while and leaves a healthy lace as the beer drinks down. The aroma is a musty malt smell, reminiscent, in my opinion, of the Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale. Nice enough, but nothing spectacular. And seriously, if they're going to try to package this as a "bitter" then at least put give us a hoppy aroma. The taste is nice. A bit sweet up front, with some hints of cut grass and strawberries; mostly malt flavors. I get a little bit of the hoppy bitterness in the finish, but I would hardly call this beer a "bitter." What a misnomer. The mouthfeel is thin, but not too weak. Overall, I'd call this a proper session beer, and I could see having it again sometime. But the labeling is weird, as this is not what I would call a "bitter." I know Rogue cranks out a lot of brews (too many?) but there's no need to re-package something and give it a different name if it's really something else. Just my personal opinion.

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

This was a bottle of the Shark Tooth Ale, AKA Oregon Golden Ale.

A: Standard light amber/golden color with a decent white head.

S: Nothing too interesting, some bready, slightly sweet malts.

T: Also relatively standard. Just a touch of sweetness, but more bready with a kick of carbonation. Some hops way back there to balance it, but not very noticeable.

M: Easy drinking. Lighter bodied, carbonation keeps it somewhat interesting.

D: Easy enough to drink - not heavy at all.

With all that said, this just isn't very interesting. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'd take a free pint of it any day. Nothing wrong with it - just kind of boring really.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy pale orange, a lot of carbonation and a sturdy fine-grained head. Grainy toffee aroma with a bit of honey as well, very pleasant. Taste is a bit scratchy with CO2 on the tongue, but then a yeasty fullness nicely balanced with bitterness. A pleasing ale.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed golden amber with a thin head that soon disappears and returns briefly only upon swirling.

The smell is malty - caramelish, honey-like sweetness. A vague aroma of pine in the background. Very mild.

The taste is of malty sweetness upfront with earthy, grainy notes. A touch of pine, caramel and honey. Noble hops come in to give it balance. Finishes with a mildly herbal.

It's creamy and full for the style.
Not an over-the-top brew, but good for the style. Smooth and flavorful enough to keep it interesting. Easy-drinking here.

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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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Photo of terrabyte
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Sharktooth Ale" bomber (Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade)

Pours a clear, deep-yellow color with a small, off-white head that disappears completely.

Aroma has a sour wheat smell to it. There is also something a little off, maybe a bit chemical.

Flavor isn't very strong. It has a sour tang to it, and ends with a harsh kick. Otherwise a bit of wheat grain, honey sweetness, and mildly hopped. I can't help but think that maybe this beer has gotten too old.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is average. I didn't like this beer. I think maybe it was a little old, or went bad somewhere along its life. I'll definitely have to try this again in "Oregon Golden Ale" form if I come across it.

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Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharktooth Ale is a special release of Oregon Golden Ale started in 2001 for the aquarium. This is a pretty typical American Blonde Ale. I have never found the style exciting and this one is fine, and a decent representation of the style, though less than exhilarating to me.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange color with a small off white head that fades fast to a halo and leaves little lacing.

Smell: A bit of buble gum and sticky syrupy aromas like artificial sweetener. Biscuity malts, orange and an hint of spices that take some searching eventually surface through the reserved nose of this beer.

Taste: The taste is strange. Slightly sour yeast flavors and bubblegum orange rind and sweet bread malt and the finish is nice but the aftertaste disturbs me. It seems to astringent for the style. I haven’t quite put my finger on it. Is it medicinal or maybe it is diacetyl in the after taste. It is okay if you keep drinking fast but ... I was just bothered by the lingering aftertaste that I personally didn't enjoy.

The shotgun approach works when mutilating small game but in my beer I personally prefer the flavors to be right on target.

Mouthfeel: This beer is almost medium body and it is smooth with low carbonation and a bizarre finish.

Drinkability: The beer is not bad (despite my tone) it just need a big plate of ribs next to it and as a side thought it'd be a quite sessionable beer. It is not one for extensive contemplation IMO.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Very good, copper/gold in color with excellent head retention... quite bright.

Aroma is malty with sweet caramel and pilsner-like qualities with a touch of spice... somewhat "bready".

Full, with great carbonation and great mouthfeel. A smack of good hop flavor... citrus... lemony, yet malty upfront.

A nice summer beer.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with a medium head that went away pretty quick. The smell is definately some hops with a noticable alcohol, a but of a hard cider smell to it. The taste is pretty good. Floral hops, pretty balanced carbonation ending in some light bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty light with a but of carbonation but not too much. Drinkability is not too bad but since I found it to be pretty average either way I would say if you were at a bar that offered a great selection of beers you would probably want to move on to something else after a glass or two. At least I would. Overall not a bad beer at all. Alot better then many common beers out there but not one of my faves. Overall I would say pretty unoffensive,

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

Pours out a cloudy orange color. The medium head disappears after a short while. Shows aromas of malt and some grassiness to go with a noteable bready/yeasty presence. Flavors of citrus, a bit of floral hoppiness with a slight caramel presence. A definite bit of sweetness to the palate. Very drinkable, but nothing to make one stand up and go "WOW"!

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

Beer pours up with a nice all white head that lasts and lasts....very good retention. A tawny straw color with some strawberry highlights on the edges vigorous carbonation rises to the surface here you can see it billowing through the crystal clear liquid. The smell is malty but drier than I had expected ultimately a bit hoppy on the nose. The taste of this one disappoints sweet fruity malts up front and some grainy smooth tones are nice in the middle but aside from some dry "cheekiness" in the finish...there isn't any thing...not much finish at all. The mouthfeel compounds this...very light and too watery...the carponation all escapes with the head leaving no bite in the drink itself. Overall drinkability is quaffable but not all that great. I don't want another one.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of cbl2
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.00 12 oz. 5.00% No best by date.


Pours a hazy orange brown with rather large carbonation leading to a quarter inch of soda-like foam.


Sweet caramel/toffee malts. No hint of hops.


Decently smooth mouthfeel, considering the giant CO2 bubbles. Nice roasted malt flavors lead to a nutty flavor accompanied by the caramel/toffee from the nose. A touch of bitter hops in the finish, but this one is far sweeter, and more nut brown like than a bitter.


Nice silkscreened bottle with a lot of Japanese characters on the back, of which I cannot translate a word.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass at around 45 degrees.

Poured a hazy pale-golden color with a nice foamy head that lingered for a little while. Smells of herbs, hops, and orange. Went down very smooth; the hops and herbal taste were well-balanced and it had a crisp finish.

This made for an excellent beach beer. Goes down very well.

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Oregon Golden Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.