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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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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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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 ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A super nice clerk from the Dundurn LCBO dug this up for me from the basement. I love Rogue products and love ipa's, so this seemed like a no brainer to pick up.

Pours a light hue of honey amber with a monstrous 2 and a half finger creamy and rocky cream coloured head. Excellent retention and great puffy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Big and juicy tropical fruits, with a strong emphasis on pineapple, wet hops and light, buttery malt in the background.

Biigg grapefruit rhine and hop bitterness upfront, followed by some more hop resin, sweet pineapple and a nice buttery malt finish, that doesn't succeed in balancing out the supposed 70 IBU's.

Smooth and creamy, but in desperate need of better balance. But besides that, all of its good qualities make this a ncie quaffer.

Overall, a decent IPA, but somewhat of a let down to the other Rogue products I've had. The appearance was excellent as was the nose, the hops would have even been greatly appreciated if a bigger malt presence was thrown into the mix. It was worth a try, but I can think of several other American IPA's I'd prefer over this.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 03:33:58 | More by ludachris
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with medium citrus notes as well. Taste is a mix between some bitter hops with nice fresh citrus notes and a light cereal hidden in the back. Body is quite full with some good carbonation. Well done but hardly stands out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 03:12:54 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange in color topped by large creamy white head. Sweet smell; hop gardens, hop resin, citrus turns grapefruit. Ton of taste. Hops, hop resin drenched, citrus notes, grapefruit, bitterness sinks in and lasts. Thick in the body, a little too thick when mixed with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 20:35:10 | More by JRed
Photo of MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

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

A: Pours an orange-apricot'ish colour, 1.5 finger creamy white head that sticks around for a good while, then leaves some decent lacing

S: pick up the hops, mostly floral and fruity, mostly citrus fruits come to mind (orange, tangerine, grapefruit).. no malt at all in the nose,

T: bitter as an AIPA should be,pretty much from start to finish alot of grapefruit, and i'm left with some pleasant passionfruit/tropical fruit aromas in the aftertaste, the malt in this beer has still yet to make an appearance

M: one of the best parts of this beer, a tad creamy with the right amount of soft carbonation

D: lack of balance could hurt the drinkability here if you're not in the mood for some straight up hops, otherwise, it goes down quite easy.. would easily go for another if not for the semi-ridiculous LCBO pricetag

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 07:06:01 | More by MattyV
Photo of wenkalman


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't rank it high compared to the other Rogue beers I have had.

Appearance - It poured a very nice golden color with nice unfiltered hue to it. The head was white and I was able to get about 3 fingers worth. The head didn't last long, but it did leave some lasting laces.

Smell - Very mild smell compared to other IPA's but you could still detect the hop character. Strong smells of grapefruit in this beer.

Taste - For me it was missing something. Upon first sip, it tasted very light and bland until the bitterness of the hops kicked in. I would say this beer is off balance. However, the more I drank, the more I warmed up to it so I guess you need to let the palet adjust.

Mouthfeel - there was a good amount of carbonation but not too much. I would say this beer was average to what I would find with other IPA's.

Drinkability - It was easy drinking as I had several sips, but the first 2 were shocking. Again, felt it was missing something in the flavor profile. Almost like it was missing a hop variety. But it wasn't a bad beer.

I would recommend, but it wouldn't be on the top of the list.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:51:58 | More by wenkalman
Photo of JayQue


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

Pours a hazy apricot/light copper color into a pint glass. Big pillowy white head, excellent head retention and thick ladder-like lacing.

Smell is a bit mild for an IPA, citrus hops primarily.

Taste is strong. Mostly grapefruit, but the grapefruit acidity is stronger than the typical citrus hops bitterness found in grapefruity beers like Avery Maharajah. There is very little malty balance here. This one is more like grapefruit rind squeezed. There is kind of a resin or tobacco like quality here as well, that is a bit harsh.The finish is long and bitter. This is a bit rough, even for a hophead but still worthwhile.

Mouthfeel is rich but a bit rough. Drinkability suffers a bit from the lack of balance and the harshness. I like a good head shrinker, but some of my favorite very bitter IPAs go down a bit smoother than this one

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:35:52 | More by JayQue
Photo of waddsworth


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a long time ago at the Drafting Room, and liked it. So today I took the opportunity to pick up a bomber from my local food store when I saw it. Not sure I have the same impression now.

A - Poured into a pint glass. Minimal creamy white head formation with some okay lacing that doesn't hang around. Color is a very light copper - against a white background and good lighting it does come across as yellow. My bottle had some haziness to it.

S - Malt and yeast dominated nose with some minor hop traces. Biscuity. Overall, not very aromatic. I was almost sipping this one through my nostrils to get a good whiff. My experience was not in line at all with the description on the bottle. Sad too, because I love Amarillo as an aroma hop.

T - Kinda harsh - and I'm saying that as a hop-head. The flavor is surprising considering the small aromatic profile. Not to say that its completely lacking character - it does have a beginning (sweet alcohol), middle (mild citrus from hops), and end (palate obliterating and lingering grass and rind harshness). These components, the end in particular, either became more complimentary as the beer warmed, or I just got used to it. Either way, the beer did seem to see some improvement and greater cohesion of flavors over time. But even so, this is still a finish weighted hop-bomb of rind and grassy bitterness.

M - Thin for the style. However, this also seemed to improve over time as the beer warmed, and the carbonation subsided.

D - Could go two ways here. The alcohol is in the lower-mid range for the style, so in that regard, its pretty drinkable. However, given the extreme finish on this beer, you'll either need relief, or figure that nothing else you can drink will taste proper, and go back for more of the same.

Final notes: I was thinking the other day that I wish I could remember what it was like when I first drank a really hoppy beer. Although this wouldn't be my favorite beer for the style, it does have that "Like a(n IPA) Virgin" quality to it that warrants a purchase every now and again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:07:30 | More by waddsworth
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a hazy straw yellow, kinda like some melted yellow snow with a chill haze. A finger of white head forms and leaves impressive sheets of lace on the top third of the glass, while exhibiting great retention. I usually like more clarity and depth of colour in my IPAs, but I feel this fits into the whole pissing in snow vibe. The aroma lets you know that this beer is all about amarillo, and it provides a veritable showcase for the hop. Tangerine, apricot and sweet grapefruit mix in with floral notes to provide a very scented bouquet.

I don't really see anything approaching balance in the flavour, and while the bitterness is average for an IPA, the malts have gone completely AWOL and this feels far too one-sided. Again, tangerine and nectarine dominate, with the floral notes coming in at the end. The finish is long and bitter. The body is quite well done, with a soft (but steady) carbonation helping to create a smooth mouthfeel.

We may have a dearth of IPAs available in Ontario, but we have better ones than this. Its certainly quaffable, but there's little balance or complexity to it to justify the dollar value and serving size.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 18:16:33 | More by bobsy
Photo of skrib09


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

this ipa poured a light copper color, almost golden, with a thick white head. it appears hop-fueled. plenty of lacing on the glass.

smells bitter, piney, and citrusy right off the bat. a lot of astringency and resin on the nose.

taste is bitter and resiny. plenty of earthy hop flavor. less detectable malt than an average american ipa.

mouthfeel is sticky. a lot of astringency on the palate. this one seems like it's hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 01:06:39 | More by skrib09
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange, slightly cloudy, with lighter yellow highlights. A thick, foamy, snow-white head leaves behind nice dense, marshmellowy lacings all the way down.

Little less than I would like in the aroma, given the generous hopping. Light, sweet, tropical fruit on the nose. Hard to tell whether it's the hops or malt.

Bitterness hits right away. Actually, it hits and then sort of bows out, at least initially. The pine quickly gives way to a citrus rind bitterness with a clementine, almost candied fruit, sweetness. Malt is incredibly juicy, starts off fruity but finished caramel.

Great mouthfeel. Nice creamy head, subdued carbonation. Great drinkability. Satisfying hops with a nice malt structure. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 00:39:34 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a cloudy burnt orange. Deep, brilliant orange when held to the light, the colour of an orange wedge. It's capped by a big pillow of thick white head. The well-retained head leaves rings of lace behind it. Lots of citrus in the nose, with notes of grapefruit and orange taking centre stage. There's some pine in there as well. There's a nice caramel malt base aroma underneath, and a hint of tropical fruit. It smells delicious. Tastes of grapefruit rind, and orange with caramel malt underneath. Finishes with pine. Moderately high bitterness throughout, fading away in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Feels soft and slightly oily. In between mouthfuls of beer, I'm left salivating for the next sip. Delicious and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 22:25:47 | More by mintjellie
Photo of Yesac


2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale yellow with a dark orange hue. Bright white two finger head.

S- Citrus and caramel malt.

T- Tart bitterness up front. Dry middle followed by a toasty malt finish. Spicy and tagy overall. bleh.

M- Light/medium bodied, low carbonation.

D- Melted and bottled yellow snow. nough said.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 19:18:39 | More by Yesac
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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

22oz from the LCBO, pours a just barely cloudy tangerine orange, multiple fingers of soff white head which recedes to a rocky sweater and throws down good lacing - beautiful.

Nose is piney and citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, pineapple - just a hint of slightly toasty caramel malt in the back.

All about the hops, perfect for my hop craving. Light fruity notes, sharp grapefruit peel. Followed by a pine, almost spruce burst. Finish is nice bitterness which drys your mouth and leaved a long bitter taste which won't go away - not complaining. Light but there caramel backing, strand of sweetness weaving through. Grassy and fresh, hint of metallic bite in the finish as well. Not as complex a hop wallop as I might hope and I usually dig a bit more citrus complexity - but hop wallop it is!

Probably the best IPA in the LCBO stable at this point and I would gladly drink a couple bombers of this and be satisfied. Sum up: Terrific drinker, lots of hops, bitter as hell but not as complex as I might prefer, buy more.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 05:39:25 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange with a solid, thick head of foam. Lots of juicy orange and grapefruit aroma. Flavour is similarly hoppy with lots of citrus and a pretty solid bitter finish. Soft, creamy body is nice and just a bit of zip in the carbonation. A smooth, easy drinking IPA rather than a big, complex beast.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 02:27:20 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, with a frothy head with good lacing.

Aroma is very citrusy and hoppy. Grapefruits come to mind, tangerines, lemon rind and lime. Grassy, slightly musty hay with a good malt backbone.

Starts and ends on a bitter, hoppy note. The hops used are Amarillo according to the bottle. Very citrusy. Grapefruit rind. This beer does a good job to showcase the hops without too much malt getting in the way.

Medium bodied and a soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:17:32 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of Ezone024


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

poured out of a 22oz bomber it pours a hazy shade of pale golden, almost amber with lots of carbonation and an inch head with lots of lacing .

smells earthy and citrus.

taste's great and leaves a long lasting taste on your tongue. citrus up front with a bit of a smoky pine at the back end. Very clean and naturally refreshing.
all hops here

unlike others that claim, This truly is a hop lovers delight.

pour some out for your four legged friend!
(as long as he/she is of age!) that would be 3 in dog years

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:20:41 | More by Ezone024
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Production date K0509. I can't be arsed to google what that means.

Pours a slightly murky amber, with a slight reddish tint, capped off by a frothy, lovely healthy white head of foam. Sticky lacing. Looks great.

The aroma is grapefruit juice all the way, really nice and piney and juicy and fruity with just a twang of toffee lingering sheepishly in the background.

Ah yes, that signature Rogue taste is there that I can only assume is from the Pac Man yeast, and this time it's met with an abundance of grapefruit like bitterness with hints of tangerine and pine. The malt is pretty low but keeps things in check. Barely. It's dry in the finish. A strong piney bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, full, slightly creamy.

I'm not sure I could drink more than one or two bombers before completely trashing my palate. This is definitely one to end on.

I'd be lying if I said this wasn't all but completely interchangeable for me with the Brutal Bitter (the latter having a little more malt, spiciness and earthiness vs the more citrusy Yellow Snow) but seeing as the LCBO will likely only carry one or the other at any given time, I'll happily take either for a badly need bitter hop fix.

That said, I do wish Rogue beers weren't all kind of samey.

And there are certainly any number of IPAs that I would reach for before this.

But I do like this.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:51:07 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of GordonQuid


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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Deep yellow/copper with a two inch rocky head that dissapates to chunky clusters of foam and thick ample lace.

Smells of pungent chinook and water soaked grassy earth and pine needles.

Taste is equal to the smell; pungent puch in the mouth of chinook hop and grassy earthy undertones with a touch of bitter than hell grapefruit rind. Yumo! Very satisfying AIPA!

This is moderately drinkable. Personally I like a bit more of a blended malt profile in my American style IPA's. BUT, very good non-the-less.


Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 18:20:19 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of brownbeer


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 04:25:31 | More by brownbeer
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a huge fan of Rogue Ales, I had really wanted to try this brew for a while... Just recently saw it in my area... Glad I found it... One of the better Rogue beers I've sampled... Very well-balanced, great hop profile that was not over done or cloying in the least bit... Flavors were subtle, yet definitely apparent, rendolent of fresh citrus and grapefruit...

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 22:09:10 | More by dsa7783
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange gold with two-finger head that dies slowly and left sticky lace on the glass. A textbook citric hoppy smell with a little bit of grassy earthiness to it and minor sweet malt. Taste is more of same as the beer is medium-bodied and goes down smooth with a citric hoppy taste and a dry, bitter backbite. Hops and sweet malts are balanced for a refreshing beer. Not a hop bomb or the most complex IPA but an enjoyable one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 21:48:26 | More by clayrock81
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

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

Excited to see this at Oliver's Beverage Center in Albany, NY, which had the most extensive collection of Rogue and Southern Tier bombers I've ever come across. I've wanted to try this one for a while!

A - Cloudy yellow-gold with a one finger off-white foamy head. The head lacks that signature sticky retentiveness I have come to see in so many of Rogue's brews. Decent retention and lacing though.

S - Grassy, earthy hops with plenty of sweet maltiness as well. Quite citrusy. Tastes somewhat funky, and not as hoppy as I was expecting.

T - Very malty for an IPA. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Not as hoppy as I expected, but well balanced. Dry finish that seems moderately bitter. A little too sweet for an IPA in my opinion. I think it is very unbalanced. Didn't blow me away really. Reminds me of Mojo IPA in that I can really tell Amarillo hops were used, but I prefer Mojo over this. I would have liked more hops and less malt.

M - Medium body, less carbonation than I would like.

D - A little too sweet to session. Again, if it was more hoppy and less malty I could probably stand more of it.

It isn't terrible but it just doesn't suit my tastes in IPA. I knew it wouldn't be an average IPA but I was still a little disappointed. Worth a try, but I would probably opt for another Rogue big beer over this. Sad because outside of the ceramic bottle imperial IPA I don't think I have seen another IPA offering from Rogue, and I know that imperial they make is world class.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:41:34 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

Pale yellow, small strong white head. Aroma of ammonia, grapefruit, super bitter hops. B-I-T-T-E-R, the most bitter beer i think ive come across and i love me some bitterness. Bitter to the point that it affected its drinkability. Sharp and punchy to the tongue, no balance achieved whatsoever, light in body brightly carbonated. I was not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 15:23:33 | More by ATPete
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden-amber color with a small white head that stays for a while and leaves behind a bit of lacing as it goes.

Smell: Earthy and spicy hops, with notes of toastiness. Smells very fresh.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing relatively bitter with a grapefruit touch. The bitterness stays in the back of the throat for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full body and balanced carbonation. A finish that never quite seems to go away.

Drinkability: A nice IPA, not too hoppy and unique. Definitely would have this one again and another good one from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:14:23 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a 1L Hofbräuhaus München mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates slowly. The head leaves decent lacing on the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: Hoppy and very fruity. Strong notes of grapefruit come out in this beer.

Taste: Has a VERY strong grapefruit taste. The grapefruitiness almost overtakes the whole beer. However, this is a nice hoppy backbone that leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Has a kind of sticky consistency. Honestly, when I'm drinking this, the first thing I think of (before the hops hit me) is grapefruit juice. It has a nice carbonation bite to it as well.

Drinkability: A fairly decent IPA. Not the best I've had but certainly one of the fruitiest I've had. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:25:00 | More by wahhmaster
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.