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Oregon Golden Ale - Rogue Ales

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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Photo of meathookjones
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight appeared a slightly hazy golden color with a tall frothy head of foam. Nice pieces of lace decorated the glass as this one was consumed. The aroma was mild but pleasant with roasted grain like a cereal smell and a bit sweet with caramel malt. The taste was very similar in that the caramel and cereal grain flavors were the dominating components. A bit of a bitter after taste rounded this out for a refreshing tasting beverage. Mouthfeel was nothing special with about a medium body and sufficient carbonation. This is a very sessionable beer that I would have again but overall its not too exciting a brew.

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.

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.

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 Onceeven
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a honey gold from the bottle, with a haze that makes it look even more like a pint full of bee's gold. There's a quarter inch head that lingers for a bit and gives way to some spotty lacing.
Nose is blossoming with British hops and a subtle backing of pale malt. An earthy mineral scent comes through.
Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat watery. Carbonation is low, but when the beer was still cold, felt rather prickly. This diminished as the beer warmed, revealing a smoother, creamier texture.
And assertive mineral flavor comes through immediately followed by bready malt and hop flavor. Buttery flavors linger. Bitterness is minimal, but seems to sneak into the aftertaste. Solid bitter here, however, a bit too metallic for my taste.

Photo of Quaffer
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy, amber-orange beer that had a semi-dense, almost white head. It disappeared quickly into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The lace was minimal.

Smell: There were some nice fruity aromas on the nose, combinded with a roasted smell that reminded me of saltine crackers. A nice hops bite was present as well.

Mouthfeel: Sorry to say that this beer was fairly thin and too rough. I realize that since this was a lighter ale, it wasn't going to be huge, but it should have been better than it was.

Taste: This beer started out dry from the start. There were hardly any malt flavors up front. From this dry nothingness emerged a good hops flavor. Then, well into the finish, maybe even more in the aftertaste, there was some malt sweetness.

This wasn't a bad beer, but there needed to be more flavor up front to balance out the bitterness. Luckily the bitterness was pretty tame for Rogue standards and didn't cause too much of an imbalance.

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 winomark
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a thick, fluffy bone white head. Very inviting. Good balance of hops and malt on the nose. Malt is a bit more noticable, but not too sweet. Good malty backbone on the palate. Hops join in for a pleasant, mildly spicy and dry finish. Similar finish to some other Rogue offerings. Light mouthfeel, but quite flavorful. A very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed this. Worth a try anytime. Good session beer for me.

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.

Photo of Naes
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy copper orange with a small white head.
The aroma is faint, but a bit of malt does make a presence.
Its flavor starts with a mild malt flavor to balance out the hop presence in the aftertaste. This is quite a mild beer for Rogue. It’s like a watered down version of their brutal bitter. Everything about this beer says mild, yet it is very drinkable. It would make a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day.
Mouth feel is light bodied and carbonated generously.

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

A lightly "Hazed" copper color, the head mammoth, but is does seem to settle a bit quickly, the lace is in thin sheets to coat the glass. Nose is mostly malt, light citrus tones. Begins malt, and somewhat sweet, the top is unsubstantial, the finish insignificantly hopped, slightly dry, and middling in acidity, drinkable, and pleasant enough.

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...

Photo of marburg
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of Rogue's more "mere mortal" offerings, Sharktooth does pour with a gorgeous, hazy orange marmalade color. Moderate aromas of lemon Pine-Sol and citrus fruit buried underneath. Obvious hop presence in the nose. Very quick and fleeting citrus sweetness progresses into a piney hop finish, accentuated by the lack of strong malt presence. Thin-to-medium bodied. Pretty decent and probably very pairable with a lot of non-descript, "simple" foods.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured deep gold with a big lacy white head the stayed with the beer.

The aroma what there was of it was malt. A very slight bit of hops in the nose.

The beer was sweet with more hops than malt on the tongue. The bitterness was not balanced as the style dictates but does not make it a bad beer. The bitterness lingers long after the liquid is swollowed.

The mouthfeel is medium and the tingle of the carbonation is quite noticeable.

I find this a fairly drinkable beer, but the hops do overwhelm the malts after several swallows. This beer does not meet the BJCP guidelines for style but is a good session beer.

Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of vkv822
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of clvand0
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light orange color with almost no lacing and a very small head. The aroma was full of citrus and small hints of alcohol. The taste was better than most other Rogues that I've had, but nothing too wonderul. Fairly smooth and full of character. I could see myself drinking several of these at a time.

Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Yet another familiar looking Rogue Bomber. This one has a blue, red and white screen printed label. “Shark Tooth Ale” is written at the Bottom of the bottle, and it has a picture of a Shark and Ray swimming against an ocean blue background. The pertinent date is on the bottle is that this is 13° Plato, 34 IBU, 77 AA, 32° L.

Appearance: A very hazy looking orange copper body. Large off-white easily forms, as with so many of Rogues beer, but just as common, it eventually settles to a decent ¼” uniform covering that leaves some decent looking lacing. Average conditioning help to maintain a nice head and assist the mouthfeel.

Nose: Yeasty breads with biscuit malts and a light juicy floral hop whiff at the end with some stronger malts as the beer warms.

Taste: Malty start, light caramel with bready yeast hints which remains consistent right through to the latter third. The ending has a very delicate hoppiness, crisp and bright but never much more than a whimper at the end really. Average strengths for what feels like a Light Bitter Ale.

Mouthfeel: Tons of carbonation appears to come from nowhere, the beer effervesces so much that it feels like it expands in the mouth. Yet after this very filling feel, it settles down and then reveals that it is actually quite light, it becomes a little thinner than expected towards the end of the Bomber. Lacking.

Drinkability: The thin mouthfeel and average flavor profile ensure that this beer will certainly quench any thirst, but this is the Achilles heal in the longer term when you really want a little more. Average, nothing remarkable but not bad.

Overall: A decent enough Ale, but really nothing more than just above average. A little more Hops and Malt wouldn’t go amiss and would improve this offering no end.

Photo of hotstuff
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass this brew had a very small white head with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. The body was cloudy, carbonation was present and the hue was golden. The aroma was malty and it had a bitter taste to it that lingered. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden/amber with a medium sized slightly off-white head. Aromas of semi-sweet wine-type notes with malt fill the nose. It is not a highly complex smell. The taste is lightly sweet malts with mild hops. Again it is a pretty basic beer, but not bad. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and finishes with a lightly bitter taste and slightly sticky at the end. There’s just not a lot to write about on this one. Rogue is still a top notch brewery in my book, but this is not the reason. Cheers!

Photo of Naerhu
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: golden orange relatively transparent body with tiny white head.

aroma: citrus and sweet malt aroma. something else. Some odd spice.....

taste: no bitterness to speak of for a Pale Ale. why bother. Definately orangy flavor

mouth:average medium body.

drink: why bother. it costs three bucks per 335 ml bottle to buy this beer in Japan, so I would ask for something more exciting for that type of money.

Photo of bditty187
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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