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Charlie (JLS Release #22) - Rogue Ales

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Charlie (JLS Release #22)
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 05-05-2007)
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
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3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty amber pour, moderate head. Heavy lacing. Big hop presence on the nose, I mainly was getting citrus and resin, but there was some depth there.

The flavour of the beer was a big malty biscuit and caramel flavour paired up with the moderately intense hops from the aroma, definite resin like aspects in the flavour, some subdued citrus. Not particularly remarkable for the style, but a good take.

Mouth and drinkability both were about par for the course, a good, full bodied strong ale that I wouldn't mind having again.

The bottom line: If you're looking for a solid strong ale, then Charlie 2007 is a good pick. It's not something I'll ever get a specific hankering for, but it was an enjoyable enough brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2008 23:55:02 | More by CortexBomb
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-24-2013 23:27:43 | More by tadmuchowski

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

06-29-2013 14:44:15 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 06:35:22 | More by watermelonman
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-20-2013 03:36:07 | More by BJasny
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-02-2013 02:05:11 | More by calcnerd
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-25-2012 18:58:08 | More by t0rin0
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2012 04:10:15 | More by Jstark5150
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-05-2011 18:48:01 | More by kjkinsey
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-26-2011 07:25:37 | More by GarrettB714
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-23-2011 04:58:28 | More by JAHMUR
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-15-2011 20:12:02 | More by projhex
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3.7/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 17:12:47 | More by drabmuh
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 13:52:09 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 12:38:11 | More by gopens44
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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 18:44:03 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 14:56:05 | More by claspada
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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 00:27:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 08:43:24 | More by emmasdad
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2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 18:01:15 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 02:36:39 | More by russwbeck
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3.9/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 19:31:45 | More by rpardon7
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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 18:48:22 | More by BEERchitect
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: dark brown in color with some garnett dappling hues and nice lacing
Smell: can tell that this had some hop aromas, but left. roasty malts
Taste: nicely aged and an honor to try this beer. probably 3-4 years old, held up nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 17:49:27 | More by CampusCrew
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Charlie (JLS Release #22) from Rogue Ales
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