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Oregon Golden Ale - Rogue Ales

Oregon Golden AleOregon Golden Ale

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221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%

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)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 21:50:57 | More by jmz62565
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

I thought this beer was Japanese but it really a Rogue beer brewed for the Japanese market. The beer was a dark gold colour with a good head. It was fairly bitter but finished with a sweetish finish. It tasted a lot like an ESB and I will say that this is very drinkable. One of Rogue's session beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 02:58:57 | More by canucklehead
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 09:03:29 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of tmoneyba


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

Bottle. Poured clear amber with a huge rocky white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy hoppy sweet citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate sweet citrus flavor with a light bitter finish of long duration.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:53:19 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

orange with a little cloudiness to it. the head is small, but it holds strong and will leave you a little lace. the aroma is dominated by hops with a little kick of pine and some sweetness in the back.

the beer was extremely smooth with very mild carbonation. it was very light, but it had enough body to keep it as a good ale. there is a very nice citrus flavoring combined with the malts to start you off. the malts dominate while you also get zaps of hops, and maybe a little bit of yeast here and there. this is a very interesting ale from rogue

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 16:06:53 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of yeagerbm


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

Pours a hazy orange with thin white head.
Smells a little hoppy with a little citrus and malt there too.
tastes unique like a cross between a good pale ale with a little citrus hop flavor and the biscuit malt of an ESB. Tasty brew. I could probably drink a bunch of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 20:10:48 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 00:55:48 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of HopDerek


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 19:50:37 | More by HopDerek
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 16:11:51 | More by Kegatron
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2002 22:11:28 | More by Jason
Photo of NEhophead


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

Disclaimer to my review: (I already notified the bros. about this). I got in touch with a Rogue rep. about this beer and they told me that this is just a 2001 batch of their Oregon Golden in a different bottle, but since I drank it from the Sharktooth bottle that is how I'll review it and I won't make an additional review to the Golden.

22 oz brown bottle.

Large foamy, bright white head that has nice layers of lacing that stick well. Plenty of noticeable carbonation. Faint burnt orange in color. Very crisp and clear looking.

Some mellow sweetness notes in the aroma, but I wasn't really able to detect much else.

A warming malt-sweetness drives this blonde to an earthy, biscuit flavor. This is followed by a pleasant dough flavored bitterness that is quite nice.

A medium bodied ale, that is a bit grainy, but more than acceptable for the style.

Very drinkable given the style and the low abv%. Not one I would drink all night (not a favorite stylistically), but I would recommend this as a good example of the style.

You're typical solid Rogue creation!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 17:50:30 | More by NEhophead
Photo of Wonka


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.
77 AA 32 L

Purchased at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

According to the label…
A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this ale supports the Oregon Coast Aquarium and its mission to expand our understanding of the ocean.

Appearance – tangerine body; massive, foamy white head; nice early rising carbonation; lace is formidable

Smell – a bit tangerine rind, dark caramel, candy cane, a light dose of alcohol and a zip of spice from the Cascade and Golding Kent hops; not overpowering but it’s a cool elemental mix

Taste – nice German malt base with hoppy ride throughout; here’s a taste that’s more approachable by the masses

Mouthfeel – slightly coating and pleasantly smooth; light to moderate body; gentle carbonation; really clean, a bit crisp and not overly dry for the close

Drinkability – easy drinking from start to end

This one strikes as a summer BBQ companion.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 23:26:14 | More by Wonka
Photo of Frozensoul327


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

Shark Tooth Ale version. Poured out to a hazed golden orange with a nice thick 1 inch head. Minor notes of lace. Aromas of citrus fruits and yeast are most present, with afterthoughts of herbs and earth. Taste is well crafted and enjoyable; flavors of malts, citrus, bitter hops, and some grain to add depth. Mouthfeel was light and medium bodied, yet still had a touch of texture which was nice. Overall drinkability is fair. This isn't a bad brew by any means, but it lacks depth and inspiration. Nothing fantastic, but a solid example of the style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 23:21:50 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 04:45:37 | More by joezak5
Photo of 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.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 21:53:39 | More by ngandhi
Photo of SheepNutz


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours an orangish-brown color with one finger of head. There is a bit of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell is mainly a fruity hop aroma that is a little spicy. The taste starts very malty with some cloves and ends hoppy. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is great, and this is a fair, easy-drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 03:13:02 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured it straight out of the characteristic screened bomber into a pint glass; very little cascading, and it settled to a mostly clear middling to dark amber with just a bit of a white foam. The smell is enticing: subtle hops, lightly filtered by sweet citrus, cedar, and caramel, suggesting a solid malt backbone. The mouth feel is thin to medium, accentuated by some uptempo carbonation, and there is an underlying buttery smoothness. The taste is rather fine; the ale opens with a tartness, dulls a bit in the middle act, but finishes strong with a balance of bitters and hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 23:40:30 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of Tballz420


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

This beer is a dark golden color, hazy body, nice sized foam head, cream colored. Light malts and hops in the nose. This brew is surprisingly (or not so much if you know rogue) hoppy, light malts. Creamy mouthfeel, pretty bitter for this style, but this is a nice beer. Wish it had a slightly bigger malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 19:39:47 | More by Tballz420
Photo of henrysunset


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy light-tan head, golden and clear beer with lots of bubbles.

hoppy scent and mild, pleasent and inviting

Tastes sweet and a hint of peach; good balance of bitterness and hoppiness.

Smooth, with a lightly citrus and caramel aftertaste.

Drinkable, and enjoyable. Perfect for a nice day, as I drank it after a few hours of mountainbiking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2004 23:08:01 | More by henrysunset
Photo of arizcards


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at AJ's back in mid-August for $4.99.

Pours a hazy golden orange with an OK head that faded quickly. Nose is somewhat bready and sweet. Taste starts with a bready sweet malt and is finishes with a nice dry-sweet hop. Mouthfeel is fuller than your average blonde ale. Drinkability is good. The ABV I would guess to be between 5 to 6 %. This brew has grown on me as I have progressed thru the bomber. Worth a try, especially if you are more inclined to stick with lighter colored ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 00:07:45 | More by arizcards
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2007 02:30:45 | More by russpowell
Photo of Larrytown


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 17:20:56 | More by Larrytown
Photo of shroompod


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 23:57:39 | More by shroompod
Photo of slatetupelo


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation and very little head. No retention at all, no lacing either.

T - It's better than I thought it would be. There is a mild hop taste, biscuit-like malts, hints of coriander, and a hint something sweet/fruity.

D - I could drink a few of these, they taste good and go down easy. The alcohol content also seems low, I doubt it's over 5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 23:41:07 | More by slatetupelo
Photo of texascarl


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

Appearance = hazy translucent orange/copper. Foams up quickly, head dies away to light lacing. Medium carbonation.

Nose = light, fruits, hops

Taste = a touch of sweet from the malt, just enough hops (less than most Rogue ales) and a taste that makes me think of summer fruits.

Going down well with today's indoor faux picnic of imported sausages, cheese, baguette and Delbert McClinton CD's. I'm tired of snow, doing what I can to pretend it's summer. Recommended if you like hops in your pale ale but don't LOVE hops in your pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2003 13:48:32 | More by texascarl
Oregon Golden Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.