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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,708 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 43
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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.

15º PLATO
70 IBU
76 AA
14º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Avryle on 07-26-2008)
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Photo of CHADMC3
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow (similar to yellow snow) with a big ass white head containing vigorous tightly gathered carbonation bubbles giving way to more of a frothy head and big sticky lacing trails. The yeast in this brew is definitely still alive and dancing with the carbonation to add to the substantial head.

The citrus hop aroma floats from the glass and can be observed a foot away. A closer inspection hints to some serious IBU anticipation. Other aromas such as fresh grass or straw (earthy) exist as well as maybe just a hint of sweet caramel malt (which would explain the darker hints in the color).

Big hop bitterness, just as the bottle promised, again with pine/earth tones, with just hints of sweet malt, seemingly less than others of its style. The bitterness hangs around well after the finish, and takes on more of the juniper characteristic as the brew warms.

Hearty carbonation, a little leathery, aggressive on the palate, and full of hop generosity.

This is a fun beer, from the name to the antagonistic hop bitterness. It is no secret what you are getting yourself into here, extremely refreshing with a pleasant palate beat down.

CHADMC3, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow gold with a terrific head that slowly faded to a cap floating in the center of my Duvel tulip. Nice lace.

S - Mild aromas of blood orange and hops.

T - Delicious. The hops jump out at you but don't conquer every molecule of taste. There's a decent citrus rind to this along with some spice and pine. Some alcoholic heat on the finish as it warms.

M - Light but creamy and refreshing; the carbonation plays a nice supporting role, too.

D - More than drinkable - very nice for swirling out on the deck and perhaps with a cigar. Probably food friendly.

pinotboy007, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of deanhead
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, straw colored ale with a really dextrinous head, slight chill haze, Unfiltered?
Spicy aroma, taste is bitter and lemony.
Crisp & dry on the pallet then turns into a clingy resinous finish, almost piney. Dank Mouthfeel is fabulous. Really tasty offering by Rogue

deanhead, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold, sort of orangish with a yellowed white head, very foamy and thick, lacing the glass all the way down. Aroma is sweet citrus, tangerine, a touch of brown sugar from the malts, very light for an IPA. Taste is sort of sweet, then nicely bitter, very balanced like a lot of Sierra Nevada brews. Leaves a light but apparent bitter aftertaste behind, mostly from the hop oils.

A solid brew.

saintwarrick, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. no date found.

dark golden straw with amber tones. voluminous off-white head fades to a consistent thin layer. good lacing.

mild pine aroma, lots of citrus zest and grapefruit rind (more the resiny, bitter part and less the fruity zesty part). faint caramel. hint of apple.

flavor is even more mildly pine, but definitely lots of citrus rind resins. herbal, almost like fresh rosemary. citrus fruitiness and faint malty character to the sweetness, but not enough. resins give bold bitterness and persist into the finish, at times a bit unpleasant even...

quite smooth and not much resins or astringency in the feel. moderate carbonation.

a bit too one-dimensionally resinous with the hops...

glad to see i'm not the only one who thinks the name isn't too appetizing...

tai4ji2x, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a very nice yellow with very aggressive lacing and head, they both hang out till the last drop
S- hops, malt, grapefruit, an unknown spicy smell (maybe ammarilo but not sure)
T- very refreshing, hops beats malt, some sugar corn, pot... just awesome and easy to drink
M- good carbonation , not too crazy easy to drink
D- Well I dont know the abv, but this ones easy to drink ... without knowing the abv I chalk this up to be a great session beer....

a nice ipa blurring DIPA lines, would love to see on a cask or handpump

gdfan47, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too impressed by this one... but here it goes.. grabbed a bomber.

-Tons of yeast globs floating in the bottom.. but after I poured it into my glass... kind of a dehydrated persons urine color. Copper, slightly cloudy.. minimal to no head.. and some light lacing.

- Bready malty smell with a bit of pine, some old fruit in the basket scent.. banana..ever so slightly.

- Malty taste with some bitter hops.. pine, but not too much floral or citrus tasted here. Bread, rye.. kind of ESB'ish.

- Leaves mouth a bit tart, slightly chewy.. dry.

- I am sure this would be much more drinable from the tap, but it fairs 'ok' I guess. Not a favorite IPA of mine by any means.

Docer, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- murky golden body (cant bee seen through except for shadows in light) with a nice soft white head that laces the glass thickly. the color (possibly due to the ridiculously awesome amount of sediment) is different than most ipas and is just plain awesome.

S- grapefruit and hop bitterness.

T- tastes like it smells- lots of hop bitterness that tastes of grapefruit both up front and in the finish. if you don't like grapefruit stay away. However, if you like citrusy hops and bitter as hell beer then this is a winner.

M- perhaps a little over-carbonated. medium bodied. nothing special here, but doesn't bring down the greatness of the beer (except as it is mathematically rated).

D- It is very drinkable, but there are many beers that drink better as far as a continual sipping action is concerned. After about two bombers I wouldn't want another one, but, just like the mouthfeel, this only brings down the beer mathematically, and doesn't touch how enjoyable it is.

admittedly, Rogue is up and down with their beers, and they go from really great to really terrible. fortunately, this beer is of the former category, and is highly underrated. it should have an A- at lowest. Highly recommended.

jdklks, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow Snow pours a slightly hazy yellow with a large, fluffy white head. The aroma is nice and hoppy, with grassy notes and grapefruit; very sweet. A bit of lemon zest is in there also.

The flavor starts off very light with maybe just a bit of toast from the malt. There is quite a bit of bitterness from the hops that lingers for a bit along with some spicy notes. The mouthfeel is fairly full with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good drinker, though not very complex. A good IPA to drink and not think about too much.

Spidey13, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased online from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for $6.11, drank this earlier today with my dad, have also had this out of a little mini-keg and on tap a while back, poured into my Stone pint glass, color is clear medium orange, one inch foamy white head that does not last long, minor legs at first but that is it as far as lacing goes, aroma is full of hops, lemons, oranges, cloves and coriander which kind of threw me off, also light malt, and grassy accents, taste is fairly neutral for an IPA and the best way to describe it is balanced, dry at first, small amount of malt in the middle, more hops in the finish but they are not too strong or bitter, dry enough to be crisp but not to separate from some of the other great India pale ales, when it warms you start to taste a lot of citrus, particularly oranges and tangerines, medium bodied, dry, slightly toasty and chewy mouthfeel, strong level of carbonation, taste does not linger long, part of the reason why its drinkability is good, goes down easy and it is smooth, this stuff is easy to drink, not the best IPA you will ever have but tasty and hits the spot when you are in the mood for something hoppy, would drink again, recommended

Floydster, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of MattsLilBeerLuvr
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Cloudy, golden yellow color. Lots of foam & lacing. Kind of a salty, slightly sour smell, reminds me of DFH Festina Peche. Bitter, hoppy. Had a weird aftertaste, kind of like what I would imagine eating a dandelion would taste. Any flavor (maybe orange?) is overpowered by the bitter aftertaste on your tongue. Tastes like grass. Not a fan...

MattsLilBeerLuvr, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great looking IPA. Yellow Snow has a light copper-colored body with about a finger and a half of off-white head. Boasts above average retention and leaves a ton of rings of lacing that cover at least half of all the area of the glass.

A fairly light aroma, with mostly a hoppy bitterness and a touch of malt in the background.

I was surprised with how hoppy this one is. Loads of bitterness that provides both grapefruit and pine flavors. The malt backbone is faint and barely noticeable, providing a little bit of sweetness and just a touch of balance. Overall, this one is a beer that features hops first, and malt hardly at all.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a medium carbonation. Somewhat dry feel, not oily.

Good drinkability, overall a solid beer.

Hojaminbag, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of nick76
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is very hoppy with citrus, pine, soap, and caramel malt. The appearance is cloudy amber gold with a huge head. The flavor is very bitter and soapy with one of the most astringent aftertastes I have had. The palate is average for the style. Overall this is really disappointing from this brewer.

nick76, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

visiting the in laws. picked this up at the local beer store. 22 ounce bottle. pours dark golden. clear. thick creamy white head. nice lacing.

big hop nose. citrus hops. no off odors.

good citrus hop taste. clean and crisp. some malty sweetness in there. bitter hop aftertaste.

mid body. good carbonation. i like this beer. another good beer from rogue. i will grab this again when it warms up a bit.

ajmoody76, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of wingman14
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark yellow/light orange with a thick white head that fades away slowly, and leaves lacing as you drink. The smell is very sweet, big hop aroma, with citrus notes. The taste isn't sweet at all which is surprising considering the smell. It starts somewhat bitter and increases its bitter intensity throughout the sip. The hops are very apparent and drive the flavor. Not much malt balance, but some yeast undertones. The mouthfeel is harsh, if you can't handle bitter than this one isn't for you. The hops just rock the taste buds. This is a fine beer, complex but driven by hops. Not the easiest drinker, but still very enjoyable.

wingman14, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Copper tinged golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Surprisingly mild floral aroma with a bit of citrus thrown in forgood measure. A hint of sweet biscuit malt supporting in the background.

T-Sharp citrusy and floral bitterness up front with a light sweet biscuit malt profile holding strong in the background.

M-Medium-light body finishing very crisp. Long lasting bitterness.

D-Quite nice. A bit lacking in the nose but the strong hoppy bite in the taste pulls this one out of the doldrums.

Deuane, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of czechsaaz
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice floral hop aroma and lots of fruity fermentation esters. I get some caramel malt underneath all that.

Deep golden with a big white head that ends up a solid layer of foam that leaves amazing lacing. But it is kind of cloudy.

Fairly high hop bitterness right off. More good floral hop flavor that's well balanced by caramel and base malt sweetness. The aftertaste is very fruity with some bread yeast flavors too.

Medium bodied but the carbonation level feels a little flat for me.

Very nice West Coast IPA. Not really a hop bomb but definitely more hoppy than many IPAs. This is totally worth a pint or three.

czechsaaz, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of techcommdood
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Pours a nice light golden yellow with a robust 2 fingers of spongy head. Fairly active visible carbonation whittles it down over time.

Smell:
Grapefruit zest, grapefruit zest, some mild floral hops in there and, oh yeah, grapefruit zest.

Taste:
Holy grapefruit, Batman! I know there's something else in here, but the grapefruit zest flavor is so overpowering that it's all I can pick up. Tried to cut the taste with crackers and cheese in between sips, but there's no denying that this beer tastes more like a bitter grapefruit juice than an IPA.

Mouthfeel:
Nothing really notable here. It's a bit dry on the finish.

Drinkability:
If grapefruit is your thing, then you're golden. I found it a bit on the astringently bitter side due to that grapefruit zest flavor. I did finish the glass I poured, but I personally would classify this one as barely drinkable. Your tastes may vary.

Overall:
Not all that impressed, and not what I would expect in a Rogue ale. Though hops were present, this beer is overpoweringly grapefruit. I just couldn't get past that very blatant smell and flavor, and with the dry finish I was left unimpressed.

techcommdood, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of andrewm190
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow with a thick, long lasting head. It is hoppy, and you know it, but not without being too overbearing. I would call it well balanced, and mellows a bit. There is perhaps a bit of citrus fruit in there, some might say a subtle touch of spice, I think just a snip of citrus. Very smooth mouthfeel with an easy aftertaste. I also award it points for a funny name, and entertaining bottle. These are underrated qualities in a beer.

andrewm190, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Voonder
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold in colour with huge bubbly white head. Smell - grapefruity bitterness, hops. Simple but nice. Taste - bitter at first, then some sweetness (pear like), grapefruit, some orange, very hoppy. Great stuff! Rich and creamy, almost chewy, medium body. It's very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Voonder, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yet predictible yellow tint. Has a good fizz to it & and a light fine foam.

Smells piney. Maybe generic. Looks like a hefe.

Has a really mellow hopping. Smooth & gentle plesant spruceness with a nice dry finish.
For some reason I think Japanese. Not over powering, but strong. it has a long finish to it.

Makes me feel like I've got a mouthful of grapefruit zest.

Light body, good crispness. Refreshing.
But somehow not living up to the name Yellow Snow.

This woulg be a good beer for fine Pacific Rim cuisine. Maybe pork, fish, etc. adequately spiced. Green curry and coconut. Some nice wasabi & Japanese mayo.

Dotcubed, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Dalem
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rusty orange in color with a rocky two finger head from a normal pour out of this bomber. It takes a little time for it to fade down then leaves a decent cap and a good amount of thick lacing. The scent is split between warm yeasty breads and lemony hops characters.
A bitter bite of the hops is much more pronounced in the flavor. Surprising actually because they didn't seem so pronounced when giving it a whiff but that's cool with me because I prefer my IPA to have that smack. The hops here though have an odd smack which is usually no problem but the pine and lemon bitters give way to something a little too soapy tasting and boy do they ever stick to the sides & back of the mouth and down the throat.

Dalem, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

Pours a light golden color. Huge, billowy white head. This one was an overpour. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Smells like a good IPA should. Citrus (pineapple, orange, grapefruit) and piney hops.

Taste is very bitter. Big on grapefruit and big on pine. Tasty.

Some good carbonation in this one. Tingles nicely on the tongue. Standard IPA slick oily hop feel.

Yet another solid brew from Rogue. Couldn't find this particular beer in my area, and was lucky enough to spot a couple of bombers in a beer and wine store near my parents house 60 miles away. Maybe it's time to make another trip to hopefully find more.

Gyle41386, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick and bubbly open-hand of pure white laundry detergent head. Lots of Rohrshach-test white lace. Cloudy and golden yellow like pineapple juice.

The aroma is wonderful (Amarillo) hops; grapefruit, pineapple, orange juice. Sweet and bitter and full of flowery, citrusy scents. Perfect and sweetly bitter.

The taste is bitter as hell, with a major grapefruit presence, balanced by the sweetness or orange. Spicy like a Belgian white with orange peel. Alternates bitter and sweet.

The feel is fizzy on the tongue, and chewy. The feel of grapefruit juice, including the bitter bite. Grapefruit is the name of the game here. Sooo bitter but sooo delicious.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow beer, with big sparkling white head. Beer is clear, but looks really thick, which doesn't make sense I'm sure, but reminds me of a hefe which was decanted without much yeast.

Aroma is yeasty earthiness, with a light citrus nose. Again, reminiscent of a hefe aroma. Odd.

Good bitter flavor up front, light citrus, and heavier on the herbal side. The bottle lists this as a single hop IPA, Amarillo. I'm not too familiar with the flavor profile, but it's tasty. Pale malt flavors are here, but stick to the background, although provide a foil for the bitterness. Yeast earthiness is here, but slight as well. Tasty beer, and real easy to drink. No alcohol detected at all, and I'm assuming it's low, around 5-6%.

Mouthfeel is thinnish, very soft, and a long bitter finish.

Not the best IPA I've ever had, not by a long shot, but very good, and a fantastic choice to session. Not an extreme beer, but rather more of a classic example. Cheers!

dancinwillie, Feb 05, 2009
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.