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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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85
very good

1,901 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 65
Gots: 204 | FT: 2
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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.

15º PLATO
70 IBU
76 AA
14º Lovibond
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Ratings: 1,901 | Reviews: 640
Reviews by argon:
Photo of argon
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks great, with a good amount of lace trailing down the glass.

S: Was expecting the aroma to be down a bit, coming from the other side of the world... not much like an IPA more like a regular APA in the aroma department. Wish I could get this a touch cheaper than $15 for a 750ml, cause I reckon it's become a regular.

T: Good smack of bitterness. Got some great stone fruit flavours coming through with the blend of Amarillo and Willamette. Wasn't sure about that blend, just 'cause I see the Willamette as a little more English in style (fuggles) and the Amarillo a massively strong American flavour hop.

Will get again on a special occasion. right up my alley this...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a hazed peach color with a very tight formed 1/2 finger white that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled into a creamy mass.Ahh the aromas of Amarillo hops,ya gotta love it,they seemed to peter out just a little though,quite citric with a bit of a leafy note in the nose.There is a bit of a sharpness in the mouth that never really mellows out completely.Flavors are good but not great,it seems the hops seem to not pack as big a punch as you might expect,citric notes seem to spread out instead of packing a big punch.Its pretty well hopped and flavorful,but it could have been better I think.

Photo of vtbeerman
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy and smooth with a big white head. Lots of lacing and sticky foam all down the glass. Fantastic Amarillo hop taste and aroma. What an American IPA should be. Nice malt backbone. I could drink this one all day long. Even at $5.75 for a 22 oz. I would buy it again.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This beers has a golden straw color and a two-finger head results from a medium pour into a standard pint glass. This head is foamy, yet light. I spy copious and excited carbonation bubbles.

S: It smells more like a standard APA than an IPA. There are some gentle citrus notes evident, with plenty of hearty bread aromas. I also detect some pear smells.

T: The taste is heavy on bread flavors that mix with a bitter, earthy hop finish. There are some citrus notes present, but in general it lacks in the powerful citrus punch that I really dig from an IPA.

M: The beer is pretty medium bodied for an IPA and has a satisfying bitter hop character on the finish.

D: This beer is pretty run of the mill as far as IPAs go. There are many others that I would choose over it and it really just didn't float my boat to India.

Photo of brownbeer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- rusty, golden orange with a nice, pillowy off-white head.

S- My first thought is pine, with candied orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.

T&M- A quick shot of soft malt quickly transforms into fruity and piney hops, medium body finishes with a pronounced bitter hop kick.

I won't be breaking down any walls to try this again, but a very nice single IPA.

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

Found this in the back of a store, who knows how long it had been there. What's not to like about the appearance of an IPA? In my pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head that left abundant lacing. Aroma was a little weak, I could detect a floral aroma, and not much else. Primarily pine taste, tiny bit of citrus, and a nice lingering bitterness. Enjoyable beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is grassy resiny fruity hops with some astringent malt.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with floral resiny hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA with good bitterness. Not quite the profiles I enjoy.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 70 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: The liquid is hazy and has a medium amber color with a tall three to four finger head on top. Its just off white in color and holds on well, slowly fading to a light covering that makes cool lace rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Hops fill the nose with notes of lemon and lime citrus over herbal notes, green tobacco leaves and pale malt.

Taste: The solid medium to full body sports a spicy mix of citrus and dank herbal hops on a base of pale mildly sweet malt. It finishes with slow lingering hop bitterness. Carbonation is well balanced giving it a smooth yet lively feel.

Notes: Overall its s solid IPA.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two oz bottle pours a hazy straw golden body with a tall and creamy almond hued head. Some attractive patchy lacing clings to the tasting glass.

Aroma opens with fruity esters of orange and grapefruit. Pine notes quickly emerge and compliment a toasty caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Creamy on the palate, with a solid carbonation.

Taste has a honey caramel malt sweetness that is balanced by a complex hop profile. Grapefruit and a hint of orange, join with pine and grassy notes to provide a sturdy bitterness. Malt is biscuity and bready at the same time, and is ample to balance. Pacman yeast twang is also picked up. Finishes slightly bitter.

A very good American IPA.

Photo of badmoon
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from a growler.

A: Hazy orange. Consistent color throughout. Poured with about one finger of head with good lacing. The head faded quickly

S: The nose on this is lighter than I expected. It is of faint citrus...possibly some pineapple. Weak smell of pine.

T: The hops are prevalent here. There is also a bread-like quality. The hops stay with you to the end. This beer is different from most IPA's I've had.

M: Very "full" feel. This is not dry at all. Lightly carbonated which adds to the enjoyment.

D: Make no mistake, this is a big beer. I couldn't have more than one of these at a sitting.

Overall: I like it. It's different from most other IPA's I've tried. I would get it again but not in bomber form. That's too much beer to keep fresh after opening.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a six pack, picked up at the LCBO.

Poured into a Bells nonic glass. Hazy honey-grapefruit colour, big billowing head of foam, great sheets of lacing. Nice looking IPA.

Nose is sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel.

Good IPA, bitter, bold grapefruit notes, strong bittering hops to the finish that oddly enough ends up feeling quite dry. Not overly complex, but nice nonetheless.

Carbonation is a bit sharp, but the feel is dry and slightly creamy.

There's plenty of good IPAs to be had out there, and I don't feel that this one cracks into that upper echelon of 'must-haves', but it's quite good and I wouldn't mind it in the fridge.

Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, bright gold with a thick, one finger white head. Spotty lacing. Musky aroma of pepper, honey, hay, and dough. Not too much citrus, what there is of it is a candy-like orange/pineapple. Tart, bitter taste at first, but becomes sweeter as you drink. More of a Chinook/Noble hop taste; grassy, some pine, with a herbal bitterness. Sweet yeast and malt combo give make it a more gentle IPA. You get the bitterness, but it is surrounded by a bready sweetness. Leans more into the English IPA than the typical West Coast version from Rogue. Solid mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easiyl drinkable.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured out from a bottle. It was golden in colour with a cloudy, orange hue to it. The beer had a very light nose to it. There wasn't much going on except for a slight aroma of hop. The taste, however, was very bold. It was clean upfront, transitioned into a citrus-hop taste, and concluded with a strong, bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Photo of ironlung
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini-Keg from Rogue Ales Public House S.F. on-sale for 15 bucks!!(normally $65)(note: I'm not factoring in the price for this review, as this is just a damn fine IPA)

Looks a hazy-orange with a massive 3 finger foamy head that leaves some of the nicest lace I've ever seen! Smell is subdued with just a bit of sweetness detected by my nasel-cavity.

Where this beer really shines is in it's taste and mouth feel. It starts off sweet then the hops finish with that text book perfect IPA "snap". Leaving your mouth dry and craving the next sip. @70 IBU's this is the perfect hop-head's all day beer. I'll be looking to pick more of this liquid gold(pun intended)up!

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of strong grapefruit hops primarily, with a light, but still tangible sugary maltiness underneath.

In the mouth, there's a definite and immediate shock of grapefruit-bitter hops, which comes as no surprise, given that this is an IPA. However, the hops in this brew had a different taste for me than what I expected: still bitter, yes, but instead of resembling biting into the pink part of a grapefruit, this more reminded me of getting a big chunk of the white fleshy rind. Contrasting this was an equally powerful layer of sugary malts--and to give you an idea of the amount of sugars needed to make this layer at all noticeable, note that there are three kinds of malts in the mix. The result, on the malt end, was a sweet, fruity layer with apricot and flowery notes, as well as light caramels and toasted grains.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting mix of sweet and sour notes, each of those almost at opposite ends of the scale (in terms of what is possible in beer). Some might find the result overpowering and unbalanced, but I thought the diametrically opposed notes played off each other well.

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a pint glass

It's a nice beer orangy/amber color with the cloudy haze attributed to bottle conditioning. A little bit of head formed & subsided leaving a little lace on top. Definitely a hint of the yeast is reminent along with a floral hoppiness and slight malt nose. The taste is citrusy up front with a hop dominant finish; slightly bitter finish as the IBUs come in at 70. yeah it's an ipa, brah. definitely comes off that way where the hops dominate the beer. I'm a big fan of amarillo hops and this is right up my alley. I wish all IPAs were built this way - a little malty up front but really the hops come thru - especially the domestic hops like amarillo. The body of the beer is perfect for an IPA - very middle of the road & great balance with the bottle conditioning. It's a very drinkable beer as far as body, taste and overall balance. If yer looking for a good american ipa this is it...

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty unique beer in IPA land I guess. Single hop variety, nice. Sometimes I think some breweries throw as many varieties as they can into a beer, very few, make it work though (Southern Tier).

Looks like a good IPA should. Bordering on orange, great head/carbonation. Floral citrus aroma, check. Taste, a little lighter than I expected, definitely not the x2 or Brutal Bitter heft that Rogue can bring.

Mouthfeel, nothing complex, which is a good thing, as Rogue was DFH before DFH (i.e., making crazy brews with crazy ingredients just for the sake of doing it). Quite drinkable, suffers a little as Rogue is traditionally overpriced relatively speaking.

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A clouded golden orange body forms semi clouded/unfiltered especially for a standard IPA out there. I like the difference stats on the bottle weight in with what I like about this beer...including Amarillo hops and labradors on the label. Quite the combination for me anyways damn fine beer. the lacing is left behind in big chunky patterns that are outright brilliant for the appeaance of any single IPA that comes to mind. Aromatics bring out strong citrus grapefruit components just read my Integrity IPA review and it should mirror this one pretty well, considering it's basically the same recipe. Flavor brings a nice bready pac man yeast balance amongst the strong hoppy characteristics adding to the party in the best way possible, quickly one of my favorite IPAs on the market I'm glad friends let me in on this secret. Always my favorite when it was a seasonal release called Integrity thank god it became one of the regular players in their lineup I can even get this beer in West Virginia...although it's most expensive in PA. OH has been good about 5.99 a bomber. Mouthfeelis medium to fuller bodied hop oils galore nice and slick on the palate a beer I'd drink everyday if I could. Go forth and prosper my favorite IPA should be people's white whale but in this case it's probably a beer you already now about and overlook, go figure go drink and enjoy this brew.

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a three finger head that lingers for quite some time. Nose is mostly malts with a slight grassiness to it. First taste is a little on the unbalanced side, but once you get passed the stinging grassiness, flavors of grapefruit start to poke through. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than a lot of IPAs I have had up to this point, but I kind of like that about it. Overall the beer is way out of balance and I think rogue could have done a little bit better, but still tasty in its own right.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a very faint hazy golden orange body that becomes much hazier in the second pour. There is a thick creamy egg white head that last and last. There are strands of microbubbles trailing up the glass to the surface.
S- This beer has a pungent dandelion aroma without the bitterness and a green cinnamon note that becomes more minty in quality as the beer warms. The aroma seems to grow more bright and green as the beer opens up.
T- The bitty carbonic acid taste leads to a pungent musty hops with dry pale malt with a slight fruity quality underneath. The distinctive pacman yeast flavor is present and blends well with the malt flavors. The soft dry finish has a pithy bitter bite note.
M- This beer has a medium full hop flavor making this a good sipping IPA but the pungent hops become a bit too pungent without other hop flavors to support them.

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As cheesy as it seems to make the (obvious) correlation, it seems whoever made this so-called "Yellow Snow" may have been pretty dehydrated. The color may still be in the yellow range, but barely, it's basically into orange. The head is tight and creamy, about a 1/2 finger but remaining in its entirety the whole session and leaving tight, consistent lacing in plenty.
Orange and pine are very prominent on the nose, soft in a sense but extremely firm. It's aggressive but not overbearing, balanced by toffee, caramel and breads but owned by the hops.
The assertive tone of the hops carries in the flavor without giving up balance, but this beer establishes itself as a strong, classic West Coast-style IPA. There's such a piney and citric bite, with lots of fresh hops oils and very resinous while just enough malts add a bready backbone and supporting sweetness.
Biting crispness with plenty of smoothness ride out this beer's medium body with lots of brightness. The finish lingers with some herbal character.

Photo of BlazerT
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass/shaker.

A: Golden/orange color with big, white head with medium retention, little hazy Medium lacing.

S: Low aroma of tropical fruits (pinnaple), some low to medium citrus aromas (grapefruit), also low aroma of floral notes. Also noticable medium aromas of pale malts.

T: The taste is medium sweet, at first dominant by ale malts, but soon you can taste medium bitterness - mainly from grapefruit-like hops. It's consistant (bitterness) thru all the time. Some amarillo sweetness is noticable, but at low level. Light biscuitAlso you can feel and taste some floral notes.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty dominant by amarillo hops - sweetness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Semi-dry. Sticky texture. Zesty and asharp. Very low alcohol warmth.

O: I think it's too much zesty and refreshing for a winter beer. Another time my bottle came from to Europe from the US so the hoppy character is not as dominant, as it should be. You can feel some citrus and tropical fruit character. It could be recognizable by it's bitter character. I can say that this is very average AIPA.

Photo of rdilauro
2.15/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy yellow color similar to many wheat beers. There was little head, no matter how much I poured different ways.
The aroma and bouquet were somewhat missing. I did pick out the hops and some citrus, but nothing that hit me in the face,
it almost had a hint of a sour apple smell.
My first taste and what I noticed immediately was a sour hoppy flavour. Not the most appealing, but interesting.
This beer was relatively small in taste, nothing big in body. The aftertaste was small and non-distinctive.
I guess this went against one of my biggest demands on beers, is that the start and the finish were the same and that it was well balanced.
Well, for this one, I would have to say the start and the end were the same. Unfortunately, it just didnt have what I was looking for

Photo of racer2k
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 220z. bottle into my favorite pint glass

A: Pour yields a large 2 finger creamy white head. Beer color is a light orange hue which is a bit hazy. Very sticky lacing is present.

S: Moderate floral hop aroma is present in addition to an earthy grassy character and sweet malt presence.

T: Citrus hop presence up front with elements of orange and grapefruit. What follows is a sweet malty finish that is bitter and dry.

M: Moderate carbonation with a dry crisp finish. Beer is alive with carbonation.

D: Decent middle of the road IPA offering. It is hard to go wrong with Rogue Ales.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I schlepped a bomber of this back from Vancouver, only to discover that I can buy it locally now too. Dammit.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium apple-juice-like tarnished golden yellow colour, with a large amount of puffy, rocky, and creamy off-white head, which settles rather slowly, eventually giving up some decent eroded limestone cliff lace around the glass.

It smells of big orange and grapefruit hop bitters, a touch of pine resin, somewhat muted tropical fruit (pineapple core, mostly), crackery, grainy caramel malt, and further floral, herbal hops. The taste starts with a mixed domestic and foreign citrus and generic pine forest hop smack to the senses, which is duly mellowed out by the same cereal grain malt of recent olfactory memory, but then rejoined by those floral, increasingly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is above average in its probing frothiness, perhaps causing an initial bit of burn on the tongue, the body a so-so medium weight, and not all that smooth. It finishes with a hefty warming, and not in a particularly good way - the alcohol is very evident upon swallowing, and is fairly unpleasant, as it seems to stick to the roof of my mouth.

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this is a From Dusk til Dawn kind of a beer - seemingly on spec, but very rough at the end - not what I expected. Perhaps the association inherent in the name is having a psychosomatic effect on me, i.e. be wary of late-arriving trip-ups. I guess that I should try a different bottle of this, but at close to 10 bucks a pop, I'm not so sure.

Addendum, Jan 30, 2009:

I succumbed to seeing this in a local store, and got another bottle (admittedly, on the company dime). I must have had a bad bottle the first time, because this bottle appears, smells, and tastes the same as before, but with less carbonation, and none of that lying in wait booze blast, just a nicely balanced amount of dry hops and caramel malt on the finish now. Scores updated accordingly; I'm glad I didn't give up after a promising but underwhelming first blind date.

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.