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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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1,639 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 40
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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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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West Virginia

5/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 19:37:11 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of dbossman


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

A: Orange tint and hazy; thick, dense head with okay lacing

S: Great citrus and floral hop bouquet; subtle pine, but it all sits nicely on a sturdy grainy malt presence; really a great smelling beer

T: Hop bitterness up front with a sweet citrusy balance on the back end; maybe not quite balanced right but all in all this is a delicious--slightly buttery--hoppy brew

F: Decent mouth coat and even feel

D: A great IPA from Rogue; something isn't quite balanced right but it comes off as a thirst quenching ale for any hophead

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 02:41:55 | More by dbossman
Photo of nickd717


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

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Color is 14.2 degrees Lovibond, huh? I'd peg it at more like 12.6 degrees, but no big deal. I can believe it. Slightly hazy and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Very nice aroma. Then again, I am a sucker for Amarillo hops. I don't know if you've ever heard the George Strait song "Amarillo by Morning," but he probably wrote that song about me, because pretty much every night I head out in search of a beer with a nice big Amarillo hop presence, and if I don't get it, life is not good. They've got such great floral, citrusy, and tropical notes all rolled into one single hop. Nothing beats 'em (at least until they started dating Chris Brown - zing!). There's also a hint of sweet malt to back it up.

The taste is also nice Amarillo hops, lending flavors of flowers, orange, pineapple, and herbal tea. The malt is pale-ish with a little caramel.

The palate is paradoxically smooth and hop oily. Medium body and a great carbonation level.

Overall, this is a quality IPA. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:25:31 | More by nickd717
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:22:39 | More by TCHopCraver
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Slightly hazy (chill haze?), almost a bit murky. Yellow/orange-ish color. White head is impatient and leaves, but lacing is thick and stays. Not very active.

Had to let it warm...even so, not getting too much. Some boozy esters, some earthy hops, and some light graininess.

Fairly sharp piny/citrus hop profile with substantial malty backing, but not to the point of being sweet. Reasonably well balanced through the middle then the hops reemerge, dominate, and linger.

Medium body and viscosity, good carbonation, finishes dry and bitter, with bitterness increasing and lingering.

Fairly classic Pacific Northwest IPA. Aggressive hopping, sort of balanced for a while, but ultimately a resinous layer of hops left on teh tongue reminds me that this was meant to showcase the hops. Not super over the top, but not a training wheels IPA either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 00:52:59 | More by sprucetip


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A=Nice lacing, extremely yellow. Yellow snow is indeed a good name for this beer.

S= Not much coming from the smells in this beer. A mild orange.

T= The taste brings out the IPA in the beer, nice hop balance, resin taste.

M= Short mouthfeel. relatively silky.

D= Good drinkablity, We have been having a hard time selling this one at the liquor store I work at. It is a good IPA, but not one that true hop head's will come back for in a 22 oz.

Overall= I like this beer, it is not my favorite IPA, but having dug this one out of the fridge, I am pleased.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 05:22:19 | More by GDBEERMAN
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New Mexico

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

Yellow Snow growler into pint

Pours with an overflowing creamy offwhite head that has great
retention and sticky lace on top of a hazy orange/copper body.

Nose is abundant with grapefruit, tangerines, with a soft touch of
light caramels and lemon, leafy/floral hops. Classic PNW IPA nose.

Palette is herbal hop, lemon zest, grapefruit rind, salty hop fade on
the finish. Overripe tangerines, navel oranges,, and a faint malt
roundness as it warms. Dry bitter finish.

Soft medium body with a low-medium smooth carbonation.

Good drinking IPA that is classic PNW style; dry, citrusy, and crisp
bitterness. Good stuff.

Serving type: growler

04-07-2010 14:37:20 | More by Flashsp2
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally getting some rogue brews down in hobart. had to buy one just because i could.

slightly cloudy orange hue. medium carbonation. thick white fluffy head settles to just under a finger thick. nice lacing. second pour results in a massive head - mental note, be careful.

astringent piney aroma. a bit of understated floral. i can almost smell the bitterness if thats possible.

no mistaking this for anything other than an ipa. heavy bitterness which is evenly balanced by a big beer behind it. hop flavor is outweighed by bitterness but you can still sense it is there. malt is sort of barely there, but it does its job in that it doesnt make the beer (too) heavy and doesnt distract from the hops.

mouthfeel is about right and matches the rest of the beer.

honest opinion, this isnt the best ipa out there, but it certainly is well made and gets the point across about what an ipa is. good aroma, impressive bitterness, and easy enough to drink 22oz of.
nicely done rogue and welcome to aus!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 08:46:29 | More by joecast
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Nice citrusy hop aroma thanks to the amarillo hops. Fruity esters, and some malt sweetness. Nice, but not strong aroma.

Appearance - Amber with smooth white head. Head poured about 1 finger width, but dissipated to 1/2 finger width. Good lacing and head retention. Hazy. Chill haze? Too hazy to just be hop haze.

Taste - Quite bitter, but a smooth bitterness. Enough malt to keep it from being a hop bomb, but still balanced toward the hop bitterness. Some hop flavor, but it gets somewhat overwhelmed by the bitterness.

Mouth Feel - Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight carbonic bite. Smooth bitterness. Very slight alcohol.

Overall Impression - Another solid beer from Rogue. I would get it again, but it's not in my top 10 IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 03:36:30 | More by Hullabaloo2
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved this beer!

Bright Orange color and a strong hoppy aroma with a finish that left that taste lingering on my pallate for moments after each swig!

Fuzzy white head coating my mug, ranks high in the IPA ranks for me, would love to find this on tap.

Highly reccomended!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 16:25:47 | More by TapTitan
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 14:57:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with thick foamy head. Uneven lacing down the glass. Smells of citrusy hops. I think I'm getting orange flavour compared to the more grapefruit flavour I usually get from citrusy IPA's, which is nice for a change. Quite a bit of sweetness too. This may not be overly balanced, but it is an IPA so it should all be about the hops and they are there. Quite smooth and I can easily finish off a couple bombers of this in a night. Since the 'control board' in Ontario has been carrying this, I've been drinking a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 22:51:24 | More by kwjd
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 20oz bottle from Triangle Liquors in Conowingo Md, on Rt 1.

Pours a dark amber orange with a touch of cloudiness. in a 16oz pint i managed 2 fingers of head on my first pour. Foam is thick and bouldery. Many large bubbles. Over time the larger bubbles subside and a thick meringue like head caps the beer all the way to the bottom. Been awhile since I've had an IPA with a lasting head. Very cool :D

Smells of Amarillo hops. Lots of citrusy notes and maybe a slight bit of bitter orange. Like a hopped up pound cake, pun intended.

Taste comes off a bit short for me. Some of the orangey notes come into play from the aroma but not really as much as i'd hoped. Lots of grapefruit analogue in the mix but nothing dead on reminiscent but that could also be a good thing.

Feels a bit watery in the mouth. Most likely due to the lower alcohol of this beer. At 6.2% they're not really tipping the scales so the overall feel of the beer will seem a bit more loose just because of the lack of malt needed. Again, take into account that I've grown accustomed to more aggressively hopped beers.

Very drinkable in my opinon. Not an over-the-top beer but Rogue isn't really into that. I wouldn't expect something like the Pliny's or even the greenflash west coast IPA from guys like rogue. They seem to play things more towards balance and this beer will show it. Don't take me lightly though. This beer IS an IPA. It just doesn't turn your mouth inside out. It's also a hair over the 6% marker so if you're accustomed to craft beers this won't do too much damage to your sobriety.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:29:34 | More by emericanchaos
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Found this bomber at the LCBO, this poured a deep cloudy orange, half inch thick creamy head on top that lasts. Smell is strong, sweet and hoppy, characteristic of west coast IPAs. Flavor is very nice, sweet malt balanced by grapefruit-like hop bitterness. Surprisingly it's also quite smooth in the body, but packs a bitter punch.

It's quite bitter, but quite good. If you see this, and you like IPAs, this is a good example of one and therefore worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:58:10 | More by funkengruven
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from LCBO. I like Amarillo. Although the orange potential taste was not fully realized by me, this is a very nice drinking IPA. Well malted, and about the standard bitterness for American IPAs these days. Good looking head on golden yellow body. Bit above average mouthfeel. Satisfying. Good on tap, 2.8 years later at West 50, good hop delivery.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:58:45 | More by Sammy
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Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, courtesy of ritzkiss. Clear copper gold pour with a thin veil of white foam. Nice grapefruit and cookie aromas, reminds me a lot of dogfish head 60 minute IPA but dryer. Taste is nice and herbal hops with a very earthy bitter finale, lacks a bit of malt sweetness which makes it a little hard to drink. Overall very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 15:37:14 | More by Luk13
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into Imperial Pint

A: massive big fluffy head that is right on style, solid lacing, it is slightly yellowish and turbid to boot with lazy carbonation

S: the hops are a bit sour smelling, between citrus and pine, interesting but not my favorite aroma

T: pretty flat profile right, sweet, a bit of citrus, then it just kind of stalls, ends more pine-like with an incredible roundness to the experieince

M: super soft, maybe too soft, as more carbonation could kick up the differentiation in the taste, slightly dry

D: It's good but not really a go-to. i'd like more of a character

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:11:48 | More by waldoiverson
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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger head that doesn't last long and leaves hardly any lacing.

Smell is of hops with a heavy malt base.

The taste is of citrusy hops and finishes quite bitter. The bitter aftertaste lingers for a while. Didn't expect this from the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation feels pretty good on the tongue.

Decent drinkability despite the hops being way up front.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 16:57:42 | More by teovaldi
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Production Date: K0509
From LCBO, 650ml

G: Chalice

A: Cloudy orange body with two fingers of froathy white head. Good retention and thick lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Very forward with citrus and orange Some yeast and pine mixed in the back.

T: Citrus and pine are very strong making for a hoppy beer. Orange, yeasts and some maltiness come through at the end. Very good tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Silky smooth in the mouth then leaves with a sticky-oily finish. The hoppiness lingers around for a long time.

D: Great beer, one of the best from Rogue I'd say. All around a better than average hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:17:23 | More by Long813
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Russian Federation

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml/22oz bomber poured into a nonic pint glass...

A - Cloudy orange body, with a nice frothy white head. Decent head retention, some nice lacing, and some lively bubbles visible.

S - Citrus hops, with orange, passion fruit, mango, and grapefruit notes. Some caramel sweetness, and that mild Pacman yeast smell, so typical for Rogue ales. Also some resinous hoppiness.

T - Wow! Starts with a powerful hop bite, with bursting citrus and tropical fruit notes (again, mango, orange, and passion fruit, with a hint of grapefruit), then the hop taste mellows down a little, leaving room for some fairly strong sweetness. The tropical fruit notes linger on, joined by a fairly strong bitterness in the aftertaste, with a little bit of pepper spiciness. It is true, there is much more hoppiness than there is maltness in this beer, but I would not quite call it "unbalanced". "Delicious" would be a more appropriate word!

M - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and just a little peppery. The bitterness is not over the top.

D - Very good, in my opinion. I could not taste the alcohol, even though I started feeling it a little after my second glass. I'm not fully accustomed (and totally unspoiled) to intense American IPA's, but I love them when I do drink them! This beer drinks like a charm and the bitterness would not get in the way of it becoming my session beer. But alas, I can't get it in my area...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:04:24 | More by NightINgale
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy orange with one finger of white suds that quickly dissapate. Not a lot of lacing here.
Smell is kind of weak for this IPA. Very little hop aroma here.
Taste is kind of boring. The bitterness is here but it is more of Grapefruit rind than any fruit flavor. Very dissapointing.
Mouthfeel is good and very clean. The palate is washed clean after every sip.
Drinkability is OK but this one needs more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 07:20:35 | More by peabody
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy golden liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has some pretty good retention.

S- Fresh cut grass, sharp orange rind. Pretty sharp and simple.

T- Grass and citrus. Sweet and bitter. Yup.

M- Sticky with a good carbonation hop bite. There is some lasting bitterness.

D- A pretty generic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:02:56 | More by david131
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a lover of rich, malty beers I often am disappointed with the more hoppy variety. Nevertheless, decided to try the Rogue, as i've had some great beers from this group.

Appearance: Like always, interesting bottle. Poured a light caramel with a wheat beer type hazyness to it. Obviously the brewers used some wheat malt, as the head was thick and plentiful.

Smell: Floral hppiness.

Taste: Wonderful, mixtures of caramel, pislner malts with a nice bitter finish. The bitterness lingers, but certainly does not pucker the lips, very balanced.

Excellent beer, i recommend for those intersted in trying a unique IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 00:35:32 | More by jbonapar
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 18:49:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA is straight up, unadulterated hop juice, and for that reason, I love it. 650ml bomber from the LCBO, poured into a shaker.

Hazy golden in colour with amber edges, a frothy white head, and lots of lace. Smell is floral hops, perfume, fruity yeast esters, and sweet malt aromas of biscuit, cookie dough, and caramel. Taste is all about the Amarillo hops, imparting lemon, citrus, pink grapefruit, and oranges. Finishes with a piney, resinous, and acidic hop bitterness that sticks to the palate. IBUs are fairly high, with some grassy/herbal elements in the aftertaste. Kind of two dimensional, but I like it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and oily through the middle, spicy hop bite precedes a dry and bitter finish that lingers for quite a while. A very satisfying drinker.

This is not the most complex beer, and the malt backbone could use some beefing up. However, the single hop variety produces an impressive range of flavours, and I could probably drink this all night. It seems Rogue can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 18:20:02 | More by cratez
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.