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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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1,660 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,660
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 42
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
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Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Avryle on 07-26-2008)
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Photo of DoubleJ


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I ever wanted to see yellow snow in a literal sense near my house, I would need to drive 2 hours to get to the mountains during the winter and pee in the snow as I spot it. In the beery sense, I can pick up a bomber of Yellow Snow IPA at a local store. "Together we can do it". What are we doing exactly? Maybe it's time to pop the cap and move on to the beer:

Yellow-orange in color and slightly murky. The head is frothy and thick as carbonation bubbbles race through up towards the top. I've smelled this general aroma before; hoppy as expected, with notes of mango, tangerine, pine, and a slap of honey.

This is fun. Most IPA's are to me anyway, but Yellow Snow can stick its head above the general field. It's got squirt of juicy flavor in the forms of passionfruit and lemon, it's got the clean pine and kiss of bitterness, biscuity malt, and a long lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation, and feels almost creamy in a way.

It took until now to taste any type of IPA from Rogue? I knew they had that hop thing down...okay, it's not really a hop bomb, but it's an enjoyable, modestly hoppy beverage.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 06:33:22 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of aepb1


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy orange/red body with a generous white head

S- Citrusy hops and some malt presence in there too

T- Some grain up front and in the middle and it finishes with a grapefruit hop bitterness

M- Medium body and good carbonation. Finishes dry but the grapefruit sticks with you for a while

D- Nothing great but not offensive in the least

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 18:22:33 | More by aepb1
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler, Truely huge cragy white head with sensational lacing on this slight hazed golden and slight orange hue.
Hop dominate with some stronge biscuity malt.
Hop again on the front with grapefruit sweet bready grain and lingering hop bitterness.
Oily with good carbonation, yet a little thin.
Upon further drinking this from growler, as it warmed the lingering bitter was a bit off for me.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2011 01:48:29 | More by welldigger888
Photo of BeanBone


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, golden-amber body capped by a finger and a half of off-white head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and tropical-fruity hops over a bready malt body. Nicely dank.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of pungent, tropical-fruity, lightly peppery, and nicely bitter hops take the lead. Underneath, there's a pale biscuity malt backbone that anchors everything nicely. Everything is balanced almost perfectly. Peppery, pungent, and juicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This drinks about as fast as you'd expect given the alcohol content.

Verdict: Not just another IPA, Yellow Snow stands out as a unique brew thanks to the hops used. It's also easily drinkable, balanced well, and thoroughly enjoyable; this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:54:15 | More by BeanBone
Photo of ebrauser


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. to a pint glass. I bought it half because I love Rogue, and half because I liked the name.

Appearance: Pours a vigorous thick white head while the beer is a pale gold.

Smell: Great hop bitterness with a bouquet of citrus and spice.

Flavor: Spicy sweetness and slight pepper, certainly not as overbearing as some IPAs. Malt is prominent in the beginning but transitions to a bold, bitter hop finish. Not as many floral hops characteristic of a NW IPA, and also not as piney. Slight fruit and malt focus make this a tasty IPA.

MF: Medium body, without a huge hop flavor. Their description on the side of the bottle matches what they've produced. This would be a great way to introduce someone into IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 08:09:09 | More by ebrauser
Photo of btorsdog


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half gallon jug for eleven bucks, fairly decent i guess? Turned out the brew was pretty decent also. Poured a foggy deep yellow color not alot of carbonation happening, small head, decent lacing.
Smelled of several types of hops but nothing really sticking out.
Taste was better than smell, nice hops bitterness and a balanced sweet malt in the background, pretty decent nothing overwhelming.
mouth was kinda light and flat at first but got better as I reached the 1/2 way point on the growler,musta needed stirred up?
drink was pretty good ,jammed off the jug in a little over an hour or so and could have went for more, will partake again, just no big hurry to do so.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2011 22:18:13 | More by btorsdog
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into an imperial pint glass:

A - Hazy yellow, plentiful head, great lacing.

S - Strong pleasant aromas, very hoppy, spicy, cirusy scents.

T - Strong hoppy IPA, spicy & citrusy flavors

M - Well carbonated, lighter body

D - Right up my alley, could drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 16:50:19 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
Photo of mdunman


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a thick off-white head that lingers and sticks for the whole drink

S: Hops. Hops. More hops. Great hoppyness and a bit of spices entice you to enjoy this IPA

T: Spiciness throughout sizzles across the tongue. Then the hops take over and dominate all the way through. Ends with a pleasant dryness that isn't too overwhelming.

M: Light-medium body, not too much smoothness, but plenty of carbonation and a lot of sizzle.

Overall, an enjoyable experience. But it really is an experience, it's a very good IPA and as so it's a lot to handle. A beer that only hop lovers will enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 05:19:57 | More by mdunman
Photo of Bmoyer0301


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Poured off the tap at McGrath's pub in Harrisburg in a 16oz pint glass. As I watched the bartender pouring my beer I noticed that he was left with a generous two finger thick bone white head and did not let a drop spill over. As I hold my glass up to the light it pours a deep hazy gold color almost like hay. There was some light trying to pass through and on the swirl the viscosity seems medium leaving foamy trails on the glass walls.


Loads of bright lemony Amarillo hops! Citrus, pineapple, and some green apples. Pine sap, bready warm toast undertones slight pepper.In the finish I am getting something that reminds me of tropical fruit and marijuana.


Very sharp skunky hops but not in a bad way. Very dry in the mouth feel with lemon skins, a little caty, with some fresh cut grass. Lots of sappy resin on the finish that is long and lingers for quite a while. Slightly tart that makes the whole package complete. A solid offering from Rogue

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 12:59:56 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of AdamBear


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-very cloudy and dark golden with a white head

S-sweet hops, slightly citrusy with hint of lemons. medium strength

T-comes in slightly creamy with medium hops strength. it then becomes extremely bitter with an after-taste of grainy hops. the bitterness seemingly lasts forever. this is pleasant IPA, maybe the best i've had from Rogue yet.

M-good medium and strength carbonation with a watery finish

D-the bitterness at first doesn't bother me, but in the long run, its too much for me. its tolerable though. a decent IPA, just not that drinkable to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 19:27:29 | More by AdamBear
Photo of ms11781


4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden, orange color with a small white head. Head goes pretty quickly but leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

The nose is made up of nice citrus hops. At times it seems as if I could pick out any type of citrus fruit that I can think of. Some pine comes through at the end.

Taste is fruity up front with tons of citrus and grapefruit which gives way to a piny, resiny bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a good amount of time.

Medium body with a slightly dry finish and a bitter finish. Medium carbonation makes it feel like it may be a bit lighter but it's not.

Very easy drinking beer for an IPA. I think eventually the lingering bitterness will get to you but 2-3 in a sitting isn't out of the question.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:44:31 | More by ms11781
Photo of Morey


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color. Nice pillow-like fluffy white head that leaves behind plenty of foamy lace. Head still staying strong after 15-20 minutes or so.

Smell is definitely hoppy, a nice combination of citrus and pine.

Taste a lot like it smells. Hops hit you up front and never really leave the palate. Tasty, but maybe a little one dimensional.

Medium body with a lingering bitterness.

I could drink a few of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A true hop-bomb of an Ipa. Taste like more than 70 IBU's to me. Though I like it, it's not among the elite within the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:44:02 | More by Morey
Photo of Brewmeist


3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a bad beer from rogue. A friend of mine described it as an almost grapefruity taste, less of a malt focus but definitely a hop focus. Decent ipa, definitely different from any I've had recently. One of the better in the rogue lineup. The name kinda gosses me out though, haha.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 22:39:23 | More by Brewmeist
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A growler was brought to the Christmas weekend celebrations... Tried this one while hanging out in the snow, ~20 degrees out, w/ windchill ~0. Sweet! (First go-round was from a red Solo cup, second in a standard shaker pint - once I was inside).

A: Pours a honey amber; cloudy, with a small white head that manages minimal retention... not much lace hanging around.

S: Toast and bready malts; grapefruity hops.

T: Grains and some light grapefruit... not the most interesting or flavorful IPA.

M: Medium-light body on this one, with some lower carbonation (growler?)

D: This is a decent beer, but there are plenty of other better IPAs out there (in my opinion).

Serving type: growler

12-29-2010 05:04:14 | More by jpro
Photo of burnstar


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy gold with visible carbonation and a good sized and very persistent head. Smell is light citrus- lemons and a touch of grapefruit. Taste is fairly low sweetness. Citrusy and floral hops. Moderate bitterness. Light crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing. Very easy to drink. Very nice overall. Rogue's website mentions that this is a tribute to winter sports. This is against type for a winter beer. But it's nice to have a refreshing IPA as a winter beer to change things up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 04:01:25 | More by burnstar
Photo of Pencible


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like grain and faded citrus and skunky resin. Not very good, but I'm pretty sure it's not skunked (bottled this month).
T: It tasted like old citrus and dry resin and lots of pure bitterness, with a bit of grain. It had a dirty and very strong bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was not a very good IPA. It was bitter but not tasty. It had great body, but the harsh bitterness made it difficult to drink. This was a dimensional beer, and it wasn't a good dimension. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 21:12:41 | More by Pencible
Photo of treyrab


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times both on tap and in bottles. This review is from the draft which I recently had. I am not a fan of beers with gimmick names, as they usually draw you in and then suck, but Rogue is solid, so I figured I would give this a go.

A: Yellow Snow pours a cloudy gold-orange with a nice creamy white head. I was surprised at how cloudy this was. Chill hazed to the tenth.

S: Surprisingly the smell was rather nice. A nice bouquet of fresh citrus (orange, grapefruit, orange juice, lemon, papaya, mango) blended with some bitter pine scents and some grass. The aromatics are very nice.

T: A solid IPA. The citrus characteristics described in the smell come through nicely in the taste. Very fruity with the aforementioned citrus fruits, blended nicely with the bitter pine and grass notes. Not much caramel or underlying malt noted.

M: Very sticky and resiny. A nice chewy mouthfeel this one had.

Overall, a solid IPA if you are a fan of heavy citrus-based IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 03:20:46 | More by treyrab
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice hazy copper with some slight orange hues. A big 2 inch head forms that is nice and tight and slightly sticky head. It is nice and slightly off white.

S - Aroma is nice and grassy to start with some slight pale malt hints. Aroma is pretty straight forward for an IPA. Fresh herbal grass notes and some slight bread.

T & M - Starts off with a slightly grassy hop notes and some nice citrus bitter notes. This is quite balanced and straight forward. Nice bread notes in the middle of the beer. The hop character is of a nice entry-level IPA. Overall the beer is good but its not anything out of the ordinary. Just a good herbal and citrus based IPA. The body is light and refreshing. This could be a summer seasonal.

D - Very delicious and refreshing. Good entry level craft beer and IPA in general.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 00:52:53 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rouge Yellow Snow (winter seasonal)

Ontap into a standard pint glass. Appears a light clear orange with a chill haze. Soapy head recedes to the edges and leaves alot of lacing. Smell of pine, solid bready maltyness too. A pleasing aroma and straightforward. Flavor is also piney, fresh grapefruit juice as well. Nicely bitter, loads of hop flavor. Mouthfeel comes in rather light bodied, semi-drying finish and a lingering hop oil flavor. An easy drinking IPA and a good one at that.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 19:13:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of beergod1


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ UPick6 in Erie PA. Pours a ever so slight hazy golden straw color with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is dominated by pine and Grapefruit notes. This is all hop bitterness, with not a whole lot of malt to hold it up. Medium body, medium bitterness, lingering bitter finish. It's a Good IPA, but I think it could have used a little Malt Balance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 16:29:13 | More by beergod1
Photo of hopheadjuice


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a yellow-orange color with sediment and a small head that fades fast and laces modestly.

Bitter hops in the front nose followed by a small malt presence.

Taste is one dimensional being bitter with almost no flavoring hops. Grapefruit is their but very astringent and unbalanced. I love bitter IPAs but this one needs a little work.

Medium bodied but a bit watered down with ample carbonation, slight dry finish.

Okay drinkability, i didn't enjoy this as much as i thought? I guess Rogue and i just dont agree when it comes to a tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 19:12:38 | More by hopheadjuice
Photo of russpowell


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could've sworn I reviewed this beer...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Hazed at the end, great good head retention & good lacing

S: Pine & citrus, faint breadyness

T: Breadyness followed by grapefruit. orange rind & woody hops up front. Breadyness & slight caramel sweetness try to wade through the grapefruit, pine & dryness. Finishes with a slight apricot fruit, a touch of sour wood honey, much grapefruit & a bit more dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks fairly easy, I would like some more malt to balance this out, but one of Rouge's better offerings IMO

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:52:39 | More by russpowell
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a chance to buy this beer at the Spec's on Kirkwood at the recommendation of Leroy, the beer guy there, but I passed it up and the next day it was gone. I was since looking for it and found one at a satellite spec's, so I picked it up. I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but occasionally one is really satisfying. Let's see if this is the one...

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy Yellow snow color (imagine that)...but it is quite dark for Yellow snow. It had a 1/4" head of mixed sized bubbles that faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds. There is a substantial yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they really don't maintain the head.

Aroma: I get the expected citrusy "C" hops in there along with some sweet somewhat toasty malts and a noticeable chalky aroma that hints of some of the bitterness that I believe is to come. At least with 70IBU, it shouldn't be a rough as some of them. There are no noticeable flaws.

Taste: The flavor is about what I expected. There is a ton of hops up-front with an almost powdery impression that they are so dry. There is a little bit of sweetness and a tad of toasty notes in there in the middle somewhere that leads quickly into the finish. The finish is pretty much just the dry hops taking on a bitter edge and coating every bit of the palate on the way down to leave a long lingering bitterness. It actually stays on the palate even longer than I thought being 70IBUs.

Opinion: Well, this is pretty decent for an IPA. It is quite bitter, but I wouldn't expect anything less from Rogue. That said, there really isn't that much for me that sets this beer apart from the tons of other IPAs out there. I lean more toward the beers that are easier to drink and this beer still has the bitterness on the throat quite a few minutes after drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 05:39:11 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of SASN


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice and golden

S: nice and hoppy with great citrus/pine notes

T: Starts out nice, balanced and mildly bitter, but by the end the bitterness overwhelms the flavor

M: nice, mild to medium body

D: moderately drinkable, you could certainly have a few if you want

Conclusion: ok ipa, flavors are a little unbalanced

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:00:19 | More by SASN
Photo of thain709


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright and golden yellow body with a one finger, white head...the head stayed around and left some decent lacing

S - There is an earthiness to the aroma...grass, grain, and pine...it's a nice balance but I wanted more hops present

T - The beer starts off sweet and balanced...the citrus hops hit first but are backed up by sweet caramel malts...there is a balance here that isn't too sweet or too bitter...it's right after sip and start to swallow where the beer gets very bitter...those hops take over full force and leave your palate tingling

M - Medium bodied...very bitter but I'm not complaining

D - This was an average IPA...I've had a few better hoppy beers from Rogue...Yellow Snow starts off sweet and innocent but leaves you quickly and bitter

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 15:48:59 | More by thain709
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.