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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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1,805 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 51
Gots: 131 | FT: 2
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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 jbowers56
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/light brown colour. A finger of suprisingly dense head. Looks very nice.

Not as much as some IPAs on the nose. Still plenty though. Lots of citrus and sweet fruit hops on the nose.

Taste was immediately a sweet hop fruity flavour, followed by some caramel malts, and then a ridiculously long bitter finish. Seriously took nearly half an hour before the hops had left my mouth.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability, despite the bitterness. I could drink these all night, though those who are not a fan of fairly bitter beers might not think the same.

Photo of homebrew311
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft in a pint glass at Durty Nellies.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange/gold with a nice soapy white head that retains itself quite nicely

S: I had to really search for any kind of aroma on this initially. As it warmed a little bit, I noticed a piny/grapefruit hop character, but it was very mellow and subdued. The aroma was quite disappointing.

T: There the hops are. This beer is a one note hop beer with little balance. All I can taste are the bittering hops in the form of pine cone, citrus, etc. I couldn't detect any kind of maltiness which surprised me for a Rogue beer. It finishes bitter. This doesn't really leave a lasting impression. In my opinion, it is a very one dimensional run of the mill IPA. Again, disappointing.

MF: lower carbonation that I am used to with IPAs which suited this beer fine

D: This beer has a decent flavor but in the end, the bitterness gets overwhelming. I would have really liked more of a malt backbone to balance this beer and give it a little more character. For the price it goes for, I don't think this one is worthwhile.

Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the tap at ITAP, came in the standard shaker pint glass, the hazy amber brew with a decent ivory head was enticing, to say the least. Left a roadmap of sheet lace all the way down.

Even more enticing, especially once I got a whiff of the pine and citrus.

Very tasty brew, a good dose of pine and orange citrus in the quaff, along with a pop of bubblegum. This one also contained Juniper, which I may be labeling as pine. Donno for sure.

A thick and rich brew, started with a sharp bite and finished crisply, even with a semi-oily body. Very well done, the "low" 6.2% could leave me to quaffing for the evening.

Photo of Reaper16
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a globe glass

Pours a warm, toasted yellow that is darkened by the cloudy, unfiltered nature of the beer. The eggshell white head is two fingers in size on an average pour. Its decently frothy on top and the lacing is notchy and spidery; quite impressive. This beer looks a lot better than I ever expected it to.

Another surprise -- this is one pungent IPA! The damp, almost funky hop smells coming off this beer are pretty impressive. Please don't take this comparison as trite... but Yellow Snow IPA smells like marijuana. This shit is like weed smoke, I'm telling you! Deep pine and loads of herbal qualities. Just a touch of lemon juice to brighten things up. It isn't balanced or particularly great, but it is unique.

No weed in the taste, but that's okay because what is there are yummy IPA flavors. Lots of resiny and pine flavors going on; this is a bitter, oily beer. Grapefruit zest and lemon come out of the lupulin too, but those fruits taste very damp, like they've been in a cool closet for a few days. This is not a clean, bright IPA but if you can handle the musty side of hop flavors then this beer will treat you right.

The mouthfeel is a disappointment in that there is very little carbonation. The beer certainly looks like it has adequate carbonation but on the tongue this beer feels flat. The prickliness of bubbles would have done this beer some good. What saves the mouthfeel from being scored a 2.5 for me is that it is light-bodied, which is an aspect that I love in IPAs. The light body accentuates the hop flavors; if only the carbonation would be there to do the same.

All-in-all this is a darn drinkable IPA. The flavors can be intense in their musk but this relatively low-ABV% beer is consumed quickly if you like the taste. I would buy this again, moreover I would like this to be available in six packs.

Photo of strangemusic
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review in a while, for Rogue's Yellow Snow 2009!
I have to preface this by saying that I bought two bottles of Yellow Snow. I opened the first one last week; it was absolutely AWFUL and obviously skunked. Poured down the drain. First time I've had a skunked Rogue. On to the next bottle in hope of improvement!

The beer pours a nice cloudy amber with a dense, robust and thick off-white head. Carbonation is evident. Can't complain here.

The smell is muted, which surprised me given the usual Roguish tang that I have come to expect from lots of their beers. Citrusy, hop oil, Pine Sol, pretty standard Western IPA.

Taste-wise things are much more pronounced. Crisp, clean pine and tart grapefruit all over the place. Oily bitterness really only show up at the back end of the sip, but shows up bigtime. This beer is pretty good for the "usual Western IPA taste" in my mind, but there's nothing about it that really knocks my socks off, and it's not very delicately balanced as it leans more toward the hoppy, citrus, piney flavours.

The beer has a strong body, lots of fresh carbonation, creamy and heavyish for an IPA. It goes down easily, it's NOT drenched in mouth-coating hop oil (keeping it nicely drinkable) and is very refreshing.

Photo of bonk0076
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ever so slightly hazy straw color with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is dominated by pine notes, with hints of strong citrus beneath it (lemon?). Taste is very bitter, but not overwhelming. There seems to be no attempt to balance it with sweeter malts. A good IPA.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was a murky hazy citrus copper with a fluffy head

light floral and sweet citrus.

light pine and citrus bitterness, mainly pine up front. sweet red grapefruit emerges and rides along the malt backbone. floral hops pop midway through the ride and finish with bitter citrus.

quite full, carbonation gives the body a boost

i was wowed by this. insanely easy to drink and insanely good. not too much of anything and a perfect balance of everything.

good stuff!

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking hazy gold with a thick white head, lots of lacing.

Smells piney, some grapefruit bitterness, floral hops, smells like a very hoppy beer, but one-dimensional.

This is a hop bomb. Loads of grapefruit bitterness, sweet honey, and a very nice spicey hop finish. Wow, wasn't expecting this to be this hoppy at all. Not very balanced but still this is delicious.

Smooth creamy and highly drinkable, this is an underrated IPA for sure. If you like hoppy bitterness, this beer is for you! Without a doubt the best IPA available at the LCBO at this time!

Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a cream-colored, bubbly, two-finger head of pillowy foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, citrus and pine. It had subtle roasted malt notes.

T - This was very spicy with tons of bitter, piney hops. There were mild grapefruit flavors with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a spicy heat.

D - This is an okay IPA that had some unbalanced bitterness. Okay, but not my favorite.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-nice hazy yellowish amber color with a big two fingers of thick white head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-very faint smell, almost nothing there but i do get a hint of citrus hop and pale malts.

T-light taste of citrus hop followed by pale malt taste, light malt sweetness, and a bitter hop finish

M-smooth mouthfeel, medium body, light carbonation

D-this is a par at best IPA, more like a pale ale if you ask me. I've definitely had hoppier pale ales. I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow Snow IPA is appropriately topped with a snow-capped mound of off-white head which, fortunately, does not easily dissipate. In fact, even where it is plowed there are banks of frosty, fleecy lacing that wrap the glass like a tightly wound scarf. The prints are each unique, like snowflakes. Its wintry body is frosted over with a blizzard of haze.

It's looks good and it smells good, too. Anyone unsure of exactly what hops smell like need look (err, smell) no further; this aroma is definitively hoppy. It is musty and pungent like the crawl space of an attic or bunker. The smell has an irrefutably gangja-like stink and touts a crude, reeking herbalness that is almost as stuffy as it is aromatic.

I'm starting to doubt if what I'm smelling is even legal. This vivid and pungent plant-like mustiness bleeds through into the taste where the tongue, like the nose, is exposed to exceedingly raw herbals. The flavour is no less musty or hemp-like. Here, however, notes of grapefruit (flesh, pith and skin) lend a tangy zest that mellows out the earthiness. The Melanoiden malts also impart the taste of toasty bread crusts.

But hints of toffee squares and honeycomb aside, it is ultimately the (more than ample) hoppiness which prevails, and with it a bitter and arid mouthfeel. It might have 'snow' in its name but the texture more closely resembles sand. The beer is harshly drying but that characteristic can be quite refreshing in its own right. Very refreshing.

Whoever said 'don't eat the yellow snow' clearly didn't know what they were talking about, or at least had never tried this offering. This IPA epitomizes all there is to appreciate about the style: it is flavourful, aromatic, fulfilling (but not filling) and immensely pleasurable. Colour my smiley face yellow - I just wish we could get the snow all year around here!

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Hazy, burnt orange color, very nice whipped cream, 2 finger head, super rocky

S: Huge floral and grapefruit hop presence

T: Massive grapefruit rind bitterness, starts with a good bready note also, which is shattered by the hops, the malt makes a return but then just fades into more bitterness, the one criticism I have is that the hop flavor fades out but the bitterness continues, it either needs more flavor and less bitterness or more malt to counter the bitterness at the end

M: Good carrier for flavor, nice carbonation enhances the hop bite

D: Really good for a really hoppy beer, a little less flavor than actual bite though

Notes: I really liked this beer. I didn't expect it to be as bold as it was. Obviously it isn't going to be "balaned" since it showcases its hops, however that bitterness is a problem for me. It stops tasting like anything and is just bitter. It needs more flavor or more malt, but still very good.

Photo of Trappissed
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pleasantly surprised with this one. Smells like bubble gum, a little fruity. Traces of citrus hops and some malty suggestions. Haven't tasted an IPA like this yet. A wonderful and balanced hops taste. A little tropical citrus, some grapefruit and pine.

Bitter hops on the end. A touch of light biscuit malt throughout. I could drink a lot more of this. People can say what they will about Rogue, but they have a few top-notch brews in my book.

I will say this though; I enjoyed the first half of this bottle more than the second. The latter tasted more yeasty and heavy. The bottle had plenty of time to settle and I poured correctly, so I don't know what's up with that.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber bottle pours a dark golden orange hazy colour. Lots of foam in this one, and leaves a nice lacing on the outer edges of the glass. Taste is of mild piney/citrusy hops, but its a little too bland to be honest. Its drinkable, but this isn't anything special. Probably won't go out of my way to buy this again. Average ipa.

Photo of Ralphus
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Yellow snow starts off on the right foot. It looks fabulous. A big bold cloudy yellow colour with tons of highlights. Plus the head is big, pillowy, white and stays with the beer to the last drop. If I had a the proper equipment I'd take a photo of this beer and make it my desktop wallpaper.

The smell is pleasant mix of a hoppiness. It has some strength in the beginning but after a sip or two it's so muted in comparison to the taste that you will barely notice it. And the taste is BIG on hops. There is a touch of sweetness on the back end but the whole thing is dominated by citrus hops with a long bittering finish. The balance is completely is shot and I found it was a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth but a touch sticky. Drinkability suffered from the lack of balance. I could finish my beer but sessioning these would be asking for gastrointestinal problems.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon jug(I've only had 2 officer I swear) poured into pint glass nov28 2009

A cloudy golden peach with some suspended particles and slow rising tiny bubbles. a nice thick thumbs width of head has pretty good retention and leaves lovely rings of lace even after falling to a thin film

S some grape fruit and pine with a little caramel but a little faint I remember this smelling better out of a bomber

T I taste lots of pine and more caramel then grapefruit, pretty good overall a nice balance

M fairly bitter and a little creamy from the carbonation

D I like this beer and will be drinking it again, the 1/2 gallon is like getting 3 bombers for the price of 2 so it's a nice perk and makes it a better value

I cant help thinking the bomber was a little better I will have to go back and look at my review for it. I must admit I do love the 1/2 gallon it's a great novelty and is a much better value. I find it funny how many people ask me at my store if it's still good the next day and I always reply no one knows it's never made it through day one

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark peach color with a one finger white head which left excellent lacing behind.

An aroma of citric fruits and a bit of hoppy pine. Not complex but very inviting.

Taasted of a nice blend of orange peel and piney hops. Not overly hoppy like so many beers these days seem to aspire to be. Had a bitterness in the finish but again, not over the top.

The mouthfeel was extremely smooth, and with a somewhat thick body. Very nice.

All in all one of the more enjoyable IPAs. Not too bitter, and with a good balance that made it easy to drink. Well done Rogue.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap yesterday at the Old Chicago.

It poured a hazy peach colour with a small head of foam. Not much lacing.

The nose is all hops with big citrus notes and smaller notes of pine. No malt that I could detect.

Taste matches smell with the citrus, mostly grapefruit, dominating. A light bready note came through from time to time but this IPA is all about the hops and is quite typical of the style. Nothing mind blowing, just solid.

A medium mouthfeel with the carbonation on the high end of medium.

Drinkability? I enjoyed 3 pints in the rather long session and could have had another 1 or 2. Drinkability scored much higher than the sum of its parts would have suggested.

Photo of budgood1
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5 litre mini keg purchased on sale for $20.

pours out of the keg a hazy and cloudy sunset orange colour with a huge meringue like head that sticks and shows no sign of receding. tons of chunky lace. grapefruit rinds, orange, tangerine, and wispy lemons in the nose with some grainy malt notes. the taste is a quick and simply sweet malty note followed by a citric hop blast that really is quite bitter in the end. the bitterness lingers quite awhile providing many puckering moments. there is a hint of alcohol spice lingering about. really one dimensional in that this IPA is bitterly hop centric and everything else takes a back seat. in another words....unabashedly unbalanced. the overall body seems about right for an IPA although the mouthfeel could use a slight boost away from the coarseness from the hop bitterness. drinkability is just ok for an IPA from a brewer of the caliber of rogue.

not sure if the use of one hop, amarillo, is the cause of this being so out of whack. this is wickedly one dimensional. a hop whack upside the head and on the tongue. after drinking celebration last night, this offering doesn't hold a candle to that perfection. and for the prices i've seen ($40 or more for the 5L mini keg), the only way i would drink this is for the price i did pay for it...and still for $20 i can get two hearted for the same price (or lower) and this isn't near as good as that.

still...if you like hops, especially amarillos, this is your fix.

Photo of albern
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite American IPA because it seems flawed. The beer pours a slighly cloudy orangey amber color with hazy dab of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Kudos to Rogue for labeling their ingredients, including the IBUs in the beer. The beer has pale and melanoidan malts and Amarillo and Willemette hops. The nose on the beer is very good with a nice orange burst type hop presence. I just wish the taste followed suit.

The beer is overly bitter, with a very pungent tangy hop bite, and not enough of the enjoyable orangey citrus hop and estery juices that I was expecting from the aroma. The beer is medium bodied but the malts just don't balance the hop bitterness enough for my tastes. You're left with an artificially bitter beer with not enough other qualities to offset and recommend it. I'm thinking about the most tart unripe grapefruit and that's what the beer provides in terms of bittering hop. The acerbicness lasts well into the finish and aftertaste. This beer will get rid of everything on your palate leading up to it, but it might be hard to recleanse the palate once again after having a few of this one.

Photo of ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of MattyV
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of wenkalman
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,805 ratings.