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Charlie (JLS Release #22) - Rogue Ales

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Charlie (JLS Release #22)
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 06-15-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 73
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3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived far more pale than expected, orange and somewhat opaque but definitely not the deep mahogany or brown I usually find in this style. Foam and lace were microscopic.

Flavor is where this one comes to the plate, malts supporting but not overpowering the caramel, pine, and alcoholic burn. The smell is strong and sweeter than the taste; the taste is powerful and caramel malts quickly take a backseat to the hops and booze. Great flavors and nicely blended at that.

It looked and felt a little too light, but still a good showing.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #30 on the top American Strong Ale list. Served in a snifter.

Beer is tan / brown and hazy and way way way over carbonated. The head is massive and has some retention power to it. I asked the bartender if this is a problem with the beginning or end of the keg and he replied that the whole keg has been this way. Interesting.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of hops, some sort of floral earthy hop. Smells decent.

Beer is medium to big in body despite the carbonation issues. It tastes like sweet malt and some booze. Interesting beer overall. The flavors seem a little muted to me but overall it is a decent beer. A sipper for sure.

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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrus flavors; grapefruit stands out in particular, especially in the finish. There are also some notes of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped because it’s both hoppy and high in alcohol content.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark orange with a decent darker creme-ish, orange hued foamy head

S - Citrucy hops were pretty overpowering in the nose with not too much else coming through

T - Wonderfully bitter with grapefruit coming through initially. A little lemon follows up before an odd but pleasant dandelion taste finishes the tasting fun.

M - Somewhere between syrupy and creamy (somewhere along the spectrum, but I couldn't decide where!) with an incredibly bitter dandelion aftertaste. A little bit hot on the back of the throat. The bartender "reported" the ABV as 10%. Whether or not that's accurate, I don't know, but that's what he said at least...

O - Great to start but a tad of a chore to wrap up. Not saying it was bad by any measure, but 16 oz. of this bad boy was quite an undertaking. Not for pounding, but great for one beer to seriously contemplate in an evening of dedicating to just one beer!

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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a nice big white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Interesting aromas of toffee, toasted malt, and citrus. A lot of orange and perhaps tangerine notes. There's a slight oxidation type aroma to it as well. Some sweetness of brown sugar and just a little bit of alcohol.

T: A touch sweeter than I had expected with a lot of brown sugar and toffee. A nice toasted bread malt base to the beer with good hop flavors. Nice and floral with some moderate citrus levels to it.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A somewhat generic "strong ale", but it was good, so no real complaints.

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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are intially citrusy with slight pine and grapefruit. Slight caramel maltiness. Pretty standard for a West Coast DIPA/American Strong Ale.
The tastes intially begin with the caramel maltiness which was suprising, but quickly shifts to the above hop characteristics.
Mouthfeel and carbonation were both adequate. Overall this was a good beer, however nothing too memorable. Recommended but don't break your back to sample.

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3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Charlie 1981. I had this on tap at the Petrol Station in Houston. First I've heard on this one in a while, since it was called Charlie.

This is a hazy beer, near translucent, brigth orange copper color, almost no foam. Well hopped aroma, lots of keynote rogue pine & citrus. The malts come through clearly beneath the hops, lending a DIPA quality to the whole aroma.

This tastes balanced while remaining pretty agressive in both malts and hops. Hops taking the lead. Toasted and caramel malts temper the hops edge as much as possible. Not exactly refined, this could get into barleywine territory if the hops fade a bit, my guess is that this is best fresh.

Not exactly easy drinking, more of a sipper. But a flavorful sipper.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Digging into the vintage notebooks for this one. Had this one on a trip to Newport ten years ago, below the beer and breakfast while playing (legal?) blackjack in the bar. Poured a good amber color with a decent white head. Warming and pleasant to drink, with aromas of hops, alcohol and bready malts. Flavors of hops, alcohol and sweet malt. Warming and delicious. If I remember correctly, this was one of the better beer experiences I had had at the time. Please brew this one again.

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2.37/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small hint of fruit, but not much of anything else. In the taste, malty and some candy sugar. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry malt in the aftertaste. Hides the 9%, but not much of a flavor or taste.

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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue John's Locker Room Stock Charlie 1981, apparently only 130 bars get it. Had this at the Z Bar in State College.

A: Huge white head that takes off after the pour, overflowing over the top of the glass. Golden brown, almost orange in color.

S: Subtle. Hoppy up front with a nice caramel malt backbone.

T: Hop front taste but very balanced. Maltiness is present, but not dominant. Bit of a bitter and dry aftertaste.

MF: Light to medium bodied with a nice bite of carbonation.

D: Very high, if only this was available elsewhere!

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap a bright orange to copper color with a slight haze and a strong white head that lasted for much of the beer. smell is a mix of hops, both floral and pine with a good amount of caramel malt. Taste is bigger than expected caramel malt surrounded by a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel is much fuller and bigger than I expected as well, good amount of carbonation lends itself to the hops for a big and dry hoppy finish. Drinkability was a little low for me..not sure but this beer didn't have everything i would want from an american strong ale, perhaps a little one sided hop wise, still a solid beer.

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3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between an English IPA and a signature Rogue American-ish hop influence- Medium through and through with fruity, piney, and caramel taste.

This resurrected brand pours a hazy honeyish copper with amber highlights muddled about. Good medium white foam caps the beer and clings to the glass in sporatic pockets. The beer ends up looking heavier than it actaully is.

Classic Rogue caramel, biscuit, and highly estery scents rise from the glass with a maltier presence than hops. However, the hop character seems sprucy, grassy, and mild on citrus notes.

Flavors of malt sweetness and roundness seem of bread/bread crust, robust caramel, and powder sugar-soake fruits. The fruity esters of ripe or over-ripe peach, pear, and apple transition to a yeasty-briney flavor in the fatter mid palate. Spicy hops of pine resin, grapefruit and orange rind, along with earthy, grassy flavor offers a bitter balance against the malts and allow for a cleaner, crisper finish. But the malts and esters manage to linger into the finish and aftertaste along with the spicy hop notes.

Heafty and robust mouthfeel early, middle and late. A heavier than normal impression results from the light carbonation of the beer and sits on the mouth surfaces during all phases of the session. A semi-dry finish is aided by the hop crispness and minty alcohol.

I like this beer much better as an English IPA than I do anything American although a Columbus-like citrus note does emit from the hop structure. But in true Rogue fashion, their Pacman yeast makes this beer taste much like all of their beers: a medium attenuator, caramel/biscuit sweet, low carbonation, and muddled hop character. A nice beer but certainly not a standout.

Tried fresh on tap at The Beer Trappe.

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Charlie (JLS Release #22) from Rogue Ales
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