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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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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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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
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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
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

review is for 2009 edition picked up at local store.

A - good, slight head lots of lacing light golden apperance.

S - citus, grassy above average.

T - grapefuit some slight pine again citrus.

M - pine in the feel, resin, slight tingling once consumed.

D - Good while the brew didn't overwhenlm I liked the syle enough to want another.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 21:16:28 | More by Casey10
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3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass, from the Nov. 2009 release.

A: Pours an extremely hazy golden-orange color with an inch of off-white head. Retention is nothing to write home about, but the lace leaves intricate webs of thin lace down the sides of the glass before collapsing into a scattered film and thin collar on the brew.

S: Earthy, grassy hops with a more subdued grapefruit presence. Moderate biscuit malt. I kept swirling and swirling and couldn't pick out much else.

T: The taste is more complex, but not by much. Earthy and grassy right up front. Lots of citrus in the mid-taste, mostly grapefruit but with orange and possibly other varieties I can't pick out. An undercurrent of biscuit malt carries the flavor into a slightly dry finish. The aftertaste is bitter resin, and burps are very piney.

M: Starts off lightly sweet but finishes lightly dry. A nicely balanced beer that rations its flavors out well.

D: Not sure it's really worth another bottle at $6. It's above average, but not far above.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:46:23 | More by Arbitrator
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my 16oz Rogue tumbler... nice thick fizzy head that lingers surprisingly long and leaves some lacing. Beer is an amber color with little activity, appears brilliant orange when held up to light

S- Spells mostly hoppy... citrus. Maybe a hint of malt

T- Not ridiculously in your face hoppy, but a consistent hop flavor from start to finish. Hint of sweetness about mid swig

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation... hoppy after taste clings inside your mouth

D- I would buy and drink more... good flavor. Bit high for a truly sessionalbe beer, though no alcoohl taste is present


Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 22:07:04 | More by bbeane
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- creamy two finger head atop a beautiful hazy orange brew, slight lacing.

s- my nose is quite working right tonight, nevertheless, hops power through, an almost earthy citrus aroma, intriguing. slight residual sweetness creeps in.

t- spicy, earthy hops up front, nice dry lingering hop bitterness, could use a little more balance with the malt. overall, a delightful showcase of the wonder flower that is hops.

m- creamy, almost fluffy, slightly oily as to be expected of such a hopy beer. i can feel the alpha acids burning their way into the underside of my tongue.

d- not my favorite ipa, not the best well balanced either, but worth a go or two or four.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:09:20 | More by Llewellyn9
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4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazy translucent tangerine. A thick finger of flat, white cream sets up, meringue-ish. A nice flow of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Excellent shiny, sticky lace.

Aroma - fresh piny, grapefruit smell. Pure and simple.

Taste - a light crackery, caramel grain base. Spicy, spicy hops, intense grapefruit and pine. Not extremely resiny but very flavorful. Grapefruit rind on the swallow, with a tight, dry and lengthy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - extremely full feeling, lucious and creamy. The first mouthful seemed to expand in volume. Oily smoothness is right on.

Drinkability - an outstanding beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 21:59:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber. IMO just a very average IPA. maybe it's the Amarillo hops that I just don't really care for, I don't know. Pours decent, not a fan of the nose, the first sip an impression is decent, but still not overly exciting. They say a lingering bitterness and this one is right on the money, the finish lasts forever. Worth a try, but I'm guessing it's the Amarillo hops that throw me off.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 15:18:20 | More by nc41
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South Dakota

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden brown color into a Trappistes Rochefort glass. Decent lacing that follows the beer as it goes down. The hoppiness I would say is fairly high but not extreme. Pretty much just what I expected from what I had had a few years ago. The smell is about the same. The hops are not really outstanding but evident nonetheless. Mouthfeel is moderate and the hops have a mild bite so the beer runs fairly smooth across the tongue. Carbonation is not high which is always a plus to me. Drinkibility is good as it has nothing outstanding or overpowering. Just as I remember from trying it a few years back, this is a great IPA and one of the best beers from Rogue that I've tried (being a regular/seasonal offering.) Will absolutely be drinking many more of these and have a couple growlers still in the wait.

Serving type: growler

10-28-2009 23:16:56 | More by BigDank
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4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Deep, hazy golden in color, with a big, rocky head of foam
Aroma-Big piney, citrussy hops, grapefruit
Taste-Grapefruit citrus, big snappy hops, long, lingering, grapefruit-rind bitterness in the finish.
Overall, very aromatic and flavorful. An excellent, tasty example of an American IPA
Get Some!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 12:52:19 | More by hosehead83
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, dark yellow with a modest head that slowly reduced to a skin. The aroma was citrus hops. The taste was odd. It wasn't strong pine or strong citrus, but is was very bitter. Less bitter and more malt showed up as Yellow Snow warmed. The feel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good. Odd, but in a good way. I wouldn't want a steady diet of this, but I was not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:23:50 | More by kegger22
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bomber as a b-day gift, a couple of the other bottles I got were a few months past their prime, no bottle code on this one.

Poured into my Surly pub glass forming up a generous 2'' off white head. Long lasting, troumendous retention, leaving a quarter inch of froth after 15 minutes of sitting. Appears to be unfiltered with some nice haze. A murky looking tanish copper brown amber orange color...yes all of those lol.
Lace is sticky and coats thickly around the glass.

Aroma is not super hop forward but does hold some bitter pine and allot of malty sweetness. Also a touch of honey and much fresh grain aroma too.

Mouthfeel is full bodied a little slick and sticky, with moderate carbonation.
Taste starts out sweet and malt filled, holding a good amount of delicious sweet grain flavors. Midway through my lips begin to pucker with delicious bitter hops bursting, juicy flavorful hops. Bitter pine, some rind grapefruit, a touch of mineral metallic aspirin and it just keeps on coming. Finishing bitter and dry with a long hop bite.

Absolutly delicious, well balanced in flavor, aroma could use a bit more dry hopping or hops, but overal a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 18:40:10 | More by Buebie
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. This bottle made the pilgrimage to Jacksonville with me from a liquor store in Delaware. Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white lingering head with nice skirting/lacing. Smell is amarillo, taste is amarillo, makes me wanna use a brillo on an armadillo. If I try hard enough, I can smell and taste a bit of malt/sweetness but definitely overpowered by the hop action. As the beer warms the balance is showcased a bit more and its true colors start to shine even more. Lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 08:44:06 | More by KickbacksSteve
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The IPA appears a hazy apricot color with about two fingers of dense off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of white grapefruit, lemon, under ripe peaches, somewhat spicy yeast, caramel, mild hints of pine. A notch or two better than medium bodied with lively carbonation. Tasty stuff and worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:25:07 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold, "yellow snow" is accurate, if you know what I mean. About a finger of off-white head with some good retention and some solid lacing. Smells like a bit of caramel malts, some apple blossoms, and a touch of grassy hops. Does not have a lot of hops in the nose.

At first this lines up with the nose, a light and fruity sweetness is up front, but there is quite a respectable dose of bittering that I was not expecting. Quite bitter, but just enough floral and grassy notes to keep it tasty. This isn't crazy on the hops, but it has a nice bitter finish and just enough sweetness to end up quite tasty. Well done. Feels a bit heavy for what it is, though decent amount of carbonation too. A nice bitter IPA that doesn't get all in my face with fruit and pine, pretty easy just to drink and enjoy without thinking about too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:25:50 | More by vacax
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I didn't realize there was active yeast in this bottle, and it may not have completely settled before I poured it. Oh well... so it goes...

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Cloudy peach-colored body with one finger of off-white creamy froth. That was on the first pour anyway; the second pour produced a head that was much thicker and richer - beautiful! After a minute or so, the head recedes to a small, bubbly, creamy cap. Good lacing. Classy.

Smell: Lemon, sweet leafy greens, grainy malts, and light alcohol. Lime too, and occasionally some cider-like qualities. This one showcases the Amarillo hop pretty well, though it's neither exciting or surprising.

Taste: Lemon-lime, moist pine, light caramel, and pleasant earthy characteristics. Yellow Snow has a good level of lingering bitterness: not too light, not too heavy. I even get some nutty flavors popping up from time to time.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter, and very clean. Delicately carbonated and creamy. Medium-bodied. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This is an excellent IPA that I would recommend to anyone. Artfully and delicately crafted; a great ambassador for the style. Very well done Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 15:56:52 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, one and a half finger head, creamy head that turns rocky, loads of head on glass and lace ring around glass, nice retention, orangey amber coloring, nice carbonation.

s- bright/open smelling, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, clean smelling, nice and hoppy.

t- nice hops, tang in the mid to back of mouth, slight caramel malt, super floral, lemon rind, grapefruit, not too piney, nice lingering bitterness, tasty.

m- medium body.

d- great, goes down so easy, i'll keep on the lookout to get my hands on this again, very tasty offering from rogue.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 22:05:50 | More by thecarster1
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice one finger pure white head. Nice looking.

Peach/stone fruit nose, light malt nose. Fresh clean mouthfeel, no creaminess but bright fresh character, nice light/medium carbonation and a quality feel to it. Nicer mouthfeel than most Rogue's I've tried.

Flavor is all fresh, clean and pure grapefruit pine resin hops of medium to full intensity. This is a wonderfully balanced IPA with intense, although somewhat single dimension, bitter grapefruit hops.

Nice pine resin/grapefruit skin long finish. A remarkably pure, flavorful and drinkable IPA. Nice example and one of the best Rogue's I've
had; really bright character all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 04:05:17 | More by GRG1313
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white head. Large amount of lacing.
AROMA: Lemony citrus and tropical fruit. I also get the sense of orange tang.
Orange blossom and piney hops and bit of caramel. There is a biscuity malt backbone throughout.
Medium bodied slightly syrupy beer with moderate carbonation.
There are some interesting flavors in here but the combination does not work for me. I keep thinking orange tang...

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 18:03:07 | More by seanbhudson
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 6/23/09

A - Medium amber color. Poured a 2 finger head with modest retention. Patchy yet solid lacing.

S - Fresh aroma of spicy amarillo hops & biscuity malt. Very smooth nose.

T - The spicy hop bite came across as more subdued than I would expect, considering the style. Biscuity malt is prevalent with a hint of nougat.

M - Reasonable carbonation. Some slickness on the tongue.

D - Oddly well-balanced despite the assertive malt characteristics. I suppose I could have had an old bottle. I found the beer enjoyable & will certainly drink it every now & then.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 06:41:23 | More by Ryan011235
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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good name this beer as it pours like yellow snow with a nice two finger creamy,bubbly laced head that hangs around for ages and leaves heaps of nice,sticky,visible lacing down the sides of the glass,the head is still there and just looks alot more dimplier it has beautiful aromas of caramel,grapefruit,lime and passionfruity filled hops it tastes very nice with tasty passionfruit and grapefruit flavours and finishes nicely bitter for my liking just perfect i really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 12:53:04 | More by ADZA
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my fourth attempt with this beer. The first two cases we received at work were oxidized and no good. The third one was the gem. I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a review.

When I opened the bottle, the cap shot off and traveled halfway across the room. Yellow Snow pours a hazy yellow-orange with a creamy white head that lingers for a good deal of time. Malt and citrusy hops are faint on the nose, perhaps masked by the thick head this beer retains. The flavors are very well-balanced. It expresses toasty malt character, with intense notes of grapefruit, violet, and fresh herbs. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel, and although it's lighter in body than alot of IPAs, the flavor fits it in a way I can't describe. Overall, Yellow Snow is another solid brew from the folks at Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 05:44:29 | More by WYVYRN527
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy dark golden colour with a 3cm fluffy white head that slowly falls away.
S - Very ripe peach fruit hoppiness aroma up front followed by some lightly toasted bread malt notes.
T - Much like the smell; peach hoppiness quite dominating with a toasty, bready maltiness to balance it out.
M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation. Dry and quite bitter.
D - This is a beer I could drink quite a lot of. Probably not for everyone as the bitterness is quite dominant but saying that it's not overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 10:43:39 | More by brendan13
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
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