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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 1,946
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.69%
Wants: 68
Gots: 237 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Avryle on 07-26-2008

8 Ingredients:
Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Amarillo & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

70 IBU
76 AA
14º Lovibond
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Reviews: 634 | Hads: 1,946
Photo of SitkaSteve
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Do I have to Mom? Its like the ovaltine of IPA's. "Ralphie drink up your IPA's."
Ugh, here's the rest.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was, guess what, yup, yellow, ha, go figure. A semi-fizzy to light bubbly foaminess dies off and allows a fairly nice clingy lacing running in rings around the glass.
The smell takes bland overly cooked grassy hops and just becomes bitter all around. Don't expect any "IPA" sweetness in this one.
The taste pretty much copies the smell. Woee, harsh stuff.
The mouthfeel is about light to medium on the body. Carbonation runs fairly light. But that bitterness, once again, just is pummeling.
Overall, an overly bitter AIPA. I can't see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange color, cloudy look to it. slight head when poured with little lacing left on glass. very nice orange flavor and notes. for an IPA this was good.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Keg. Poured into tulip.
A: hazy deep orange.
S: intense citrus (orange), melon, and mint. Slightly grainy.
T: lemon, moscato, mint. Medium bitterness. Medium to light malty. Well balanced flavor. Dry.
M: high carbonation. Light to medium bodied.
O: slightly above average IPA. The best beer from Rogue I've tried.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a minimal white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose sweet orange, papaya and passion fruit. Taste is more of the same with a nice juicy mouthfeel. Very fruity but with nice bitterness.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: April 5, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: Easter--truly, a blessed day... APPEARANCE: faint orange-yellow, hazy body that shows little life--the color of yellow snow indeed! frothy, articulate white head--as advertised... AROMA: strong pomegrnate and dull melon; tawny straw and haw; malts are biscuity and fresh... PALATE: impactful sour notes cause the taste to linger after each sip; smooth yet significant... TASTE: tangy hoppy, and biting, with a strong underpinning of dampening malts that balance the experience; mango, grapefruit and grain...OVERALL: the Amarillo provides the pungent citrus aroma and flavor that allow for a reasonable, drinkable IPA; glad to have found this t the Byram Shop-Rite, as I have not seen it around for a few years...in lieu of the Beer Advocate strand "Why people hate Rogue," I coincidentally rated this and have little reservation with its high grades--fragrant, drinkable, flavorful, and at the high end of the price point I'm willing to shop...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter, this nice IPA pours a medium amber yellow with a nice frothy white head that dies down to a thin pool and ring with light lacing. Nose of bittering hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, and caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose rather easily with waves of citrus and zest blending nicely with the caramel malts leaving a light bitter aftertaste and citrus note as well as a sticky pine flavor from the hops. Good carbonation, smooth mouth feel for being a bracing IPA. Name as off putting as it is, this is a decent moderately bitter IPA that is perfect for the hop head who likes citrus and piney notes.

Cheers----and watch out for where them huskies go....

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Photo of joe12pk
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After 187 ratings/reviews, this is my first Rogue beer. Let it warm a bit. Starts off with fruitiness. Mid-palate shines with grapefruit and lemonade. Ends with bitter pine resin and lemon peel. Solid IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Yuk, it actually looks like someone pissed in snow. I love it though. It's got a coppery gold hazy piss like body, with a generous off-white head to match the body, leaving licks of lacing behind on the glass. The head stands about 2 fingers tall, eventually descending to 1 finger.

Aroma : Cascade hops and what the shit is this...either an armpit like smell or some rank ass vagina. Yes, definitely rank vagina. Yes, my glass is clean. Double clean. Dude, pissy vagina. Seriously. And it's not on my goatee, this is in the beer dude. I'm laughing hysterically. This is actually a pissy vagina smell. Dead on. Bahahahahaha. Gold. Not even going to describe beyond that. Just wow.How do I rate this? Is it amazing? It's effin' gross. But yet just blows my mind. It has drawn a picture and etched a smell in my mind that I will never ever forget Yellow Snow IPA.

Taste : Well if it don't smell good, don't eat it...but since I know it's a beer...

It's got some pretty good flavor, some very double-sided hop - clean hop, as well as some dirty hop. Beyond that is some salt, grassiness, a little dirt. It's very complex for an IPA and I do like it. It's not too intense, and it's easily drinkable. Some grapefruit notes linger on afterwards.

Mouthfeel : Mildly creamy, buzzing carbonation, lots of smoothness overall. Ends slightly dry on the palate.

Overall : As hysterical as this beer sounds and smells, it is actually worth a shot. I didn't actually expect piss in the smell, much less from a dirty vag, but we've all been there guys...so let's call a spade a spade, and try this beer for yourself.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft. Copper and cloudy but not unappealing look. Smell crisp and fresh. At first I thought the taste was merely decent but this grew on me. A hint of citrus. Had a second one. Smooth all the way down.

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Photo of rblib
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very crisp, bright and clean with moderate carbonation. Not much lacing retention. Surprised by the lingering biting bitterness @ 70 IBU. Overall very nice and unique IPA.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, amber beer with an almoust two finger high head.

Nose: Grapefruit, citrus, ornge and honey.
Taste: Grass, butter, herbs, grapefruit and orange.
Body: Medium body with a light carbonation. Oily texture. A bitterness that kicks in at the end.

I enjoyed this!

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow poured from a 12 oz bottle. An easy drinkable winter IPA suited to the mild winter here in Midlands Ireland. Won't be easy to find more of this but would buy again if I do.

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Photo of therica
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One-dimensional, sour-dry, and as it turns ot only 6.5%ABV for my $15.99/sixpack. For price comparison Dead Guy was $12.99.

I would be disappointed with this brew even if it were free or a gift.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into std pint glass. Slightly hazy gold color. Decent head with medium retention. Nice persistent lacing. The aroma was a bit subtle and underwhelming. The flavor was nicely balanced with grassy, earthy hops and with a bit of astringent bitterness on the back end. Overall nice round mouthfeel. All-in-all, a very nice beer. Some of the more prominent IPAs have a more forward aroma and a little less bitterness on the back end but I would happily drink this any time.

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Photo of muchos
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first review ever....

22 oz bottle given to me by Walls on 12/24.
No date on the bottle. Consumed on 12/24.
Into the Duvel.

L: Orange-ish. Small foamy head. If it doesn't look like a glass o' soda pop, then I don't think there's anything wrong with the look.

S: Smells sweet, malty. As it warmed it smelled like marshmallows. And fruit. In a good way. Kinda like that bag of flavored marshmallows you got once. Yum. Not smelling ipa-ish tho.

T: Taste is bitter. Yes, she's an ipa. Lemon peel (ah, yes, yellow snow), watermelon, pine. Just enough sweetness. Very unique.

M: Mouthfeel was fine. What?

O: Out of the small handful of ipa's I've had, this is one of the best. Dy-no-mite. I'll be enjoying this one again soon.

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Photo of 57md
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy brownish yellow with some floaties. The maltiness is solid and the body is a bit heartier than most standard IPAs. The hop bitterness is quite potent as well.

The name is terribly unappetizing but the beer itself is a very well crafted offering.

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Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Sure is yellow. Pretty lacing already.

No freshness date but it sure is bitter. Juicy fruit and citrus in the nose.

Sharp bite initially with a crispness. Lemon and pine really push through from the hops. Finishes dry and really coats the tongue with a resinous bitterness. This only makes my tastebuds crave Another sip. Good doughy character from the light malt bill.

This is a pleasant change of pace from most winter beers. Easy drinking IPA that I would seek out again.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Clear gold body, thick white head, never completely fades and leaves very heavy lacing.
S - Flower hops, biscuit with light toast.
T - Grassy, earthy hops, solid malt backbone, slightly atsringent aftertaste.
M - Medium/thick body, medium carb. Very smooth/oily as a result it lingers on the palate.
O - A good IPA for the winter. The heavy body makes it more suitable for colder weather. Try it out.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Serving type: Bottle
Freshness: N/A no date on bottle
Glass: Baby Duvel Tulip
BY THE WAY: This is a single hopped beer with Amarillo only.

Appearance: Yellow, straw like color with a light gold hue. Nice big white frothy head. Tight bubbles.

Aroma: With all the grape-fruit, citrus bombs out there, this beer provided a very pleasant and different aroma. Full of lemon grass, pine, fruit, and sweet malt. The aroma is not as heavy as its competitors but different enough to win in the category of uniqueness.

Taste: You get that lemon grass bitterness and citrus in the taste. But the malt is there to keep things balanced. The house pacman yeast provides an unusually pleasant yeast like flavor that comes in the form of lightly cooked biscuits and bread.

Mouth-feel: light-med

Aftertaste: yes dry but not causing you to down a gallon of water. Like I have been saying, very pleasant.

Overall: This is a great beer brewed without the need of harmful chemicals or preservatives that other brewers use( to me thats a plus ). I highly recommend this beer not because its an OUTSTANDING beer with 100 IBUs and 10%ABV, NO, its just a really good damn beer!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA has a medium, off-white head, a murky, yellow-orange-gold appearance, nice lacing, and noticeable bubble streams. Aroma is of lightly-roasted malt, light fruit, and unusual yeast. Taste is of straightforward, but not citrus-grapefruit-pineapple, bitterness, sweetness, yeast, and white bread. Mouthfeel is medium, and Rogue Yellow Snow IPA finishes not so dry, and pleasant.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. This stuff just came into town yesterday, so I'm certain it's fresh. Acquired the six pack from the local beer store. No idea why this shit is so expensive.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a brassy burnt sienna orange with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Leaves behind good thick strands of lacing. Some carbonation bubbles lazily floating topside. Looks very nice.

S - A unique and pleasant aroma - floral, herbal, dirty, and earthy. Creamy, and slightly appley. Lots of honeyed bready malt presence.

T - The taste is mostly bready and malt driven, but it's very nicely flavored for a single hop IPA. The Amarillo presents notes of pine, resin, and grapefruit. Notes of apples and some metallics on the end.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied with good crisp carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA from Rogue. Not entirely sure why this one is a winter seasonal, but it is one whose release I look forward to.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.05/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a finger high, and shaded just slightly off-white. I'm rather impressed by the long-lasting retention, and the thick texture as well. There isn't much lacing left behind, though. (3.5)

Smell: Holy lemon zest. Compared with other Amarillo-laden beers, this really brings forth a lot of lemony notes, along with a mild floral presence. Also, I'm getting a touch of body odor. Uh oh. Come to think of it, it smells kind of sweaty. Damnit, Rogue! (2.25)

Taste: Oh, fuck. While there are strong lemon notes, the way it combines with the hop bitterness and Rogue's yeast strain makes it taste like a combination of urine, onion, garlic, and body odor. Ugh. On the plus side, the malts seem nicely subdued. Great, I guess? (1.75)

Mouthfeel: Well, at least it has the crisp dryness I like in an IPA. But when the flavors suck, who cares? The carbonation is nicely strong, at least. (2.5)

Overall: Holy crap, Rogue managed to make a beer taste JUST like eating yellow snow! It's like a Frank Zappa song gone horribly, horribly right. Rogue keeps letting me down, and as a result, I'm gonna dump this. Maybe it's their yeast strain? As I'm drinking this...yeah, it's definitely their yeast strain. (1.75)

2.01/5: Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you drink that yellow snow (IPA)

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours two finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is mild grain, a little lemon.
The taste is loaded with a burst of bitterness: lemon, pine and grapefruit. Quick and short.
The texture is crisp.
It's light bodied but has a great IPA flavor.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: clear; burnt orange; 1 finger slightly off white head that receded very slowly; moderate lacing;

S: muted; floral hops;

T: floral and piney hops; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish; long lasting bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyed it more and more as I got through the glass;

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Photo of lochef81
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Having tried other Rogue Ales this was quite the disappointment. It poured a hazy yellow amber hue with a small white head that left little lacing. The nose was lemony and acidic and slightly stale smelling. Mouthfeel was rather thin and light. Flavor followed the nose with an abundance of lemon and stale hops. Some pine and malt were also present. I'm hoping that this was just an older bottle and not the intention of an (up until now) very solid brewery.

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.