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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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Ratings: 1,693
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 44
Gots: 96 | 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.

70 IBU
76 AA
14º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Avryle on 07-26-2008)
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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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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
Photo of drgonzo3705
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a night light golden orange color with a white fluffy head that fades a thin filmy head but leaves lots of lacing.

S: Nice balance of citrus and floral hoppiness going on. Nothing outrageous here, but easy going on the senses.

T: A little citrus but thats about it. Almost seems a little light. Nope still not getting much...

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and hop oiliness.

D: Easy drinking IPA, nothing extreme. I paid $5 for a bomber and have paid more for less than stellar beer before, so it is worth it, but its nothing to write home about!

drgonzo3705, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Aggressive head forms atop the beer. 3+ fingers thick. Beer is slightly hazy and amber color. Honey color.. No visible carbonation. The head has good structure and nice retention.

My god, smells like lemonade. Strange... Lemon peel as a matter of fact.

Wow, this is a terrible beer. I am wondering who thought it was a good idea to make beer from the pith of lemon peel.. An unpleasant bitterness comes out of the shoot. Almost a medicinal lemon flavor comes through. Almost artificial. It reminds me of canned iced tea with artificial lemon flavor..

Mouth feel is pucker.

Drinkable? No... drain pour.

Reagan1984, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Shadman
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't find a thing wrong in the way thid brew looks. Has the hue/color of a IPA down pat.Hazy/cloudy orange/golden in color. Awesome head and lacing. Even after 15 minutes still had a very sticky, whipped looking cap left.

Very floral aroma. Pine, citrus, and a hint of sweetness.

as a IPA deprived BA this brew was a God send, Very nice balance with the grapegruit and pine hop, not overly oily, some decent malt backbone to firm things up and keep it real.

An extremely drinkable IPA.

Shadman, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright I'm not a fan of Rogue beers. I find them very over priced for the kind of beer inside. Not to mention they all have a similar taste, oh that could be because they are all made with the same yeast. The only reason I picked this up is because I have a Yellow Snow Ale glass from 2001 that I got as a gift a long time ago. I've never seen the beer and thought since I ran across it and have the glass might give it a shot.

A- This looks like cloudy pee with a slight white foamy head. Its like the snow is on top of the pee.

S- There is a strange cherry fruit smell. It also smells similar to a sprite or ginger ale.

T- The taste is not very hoppy. Well not like most IPAs are hoppy. The hop taste is more fruity then anything else, and not grapefruit citrus hoppy either. I'm also getting some cherry taste too. The hop taste is there, but not as much as I would have thought. Kind of a weak IPA. I've had APAs that are hoppier then this.

M- Feels like a beer of this style in your mouth.

D- Easy to drink, just like most other beers.

Wetpaperbag, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed at a tasting. review from notes.

A: hazy light amber. excellent lace. plus retention.

S: orange, sharp cheese, pine.

T: Pine, grass, citrus, dry, garlicky.

M: Quick hop bitterness is fleeting. carbonation is spot on.

D: As drinkable as an IPA of this abv could be. finishes pretty clean.

imagineiii, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy golden amber hue with a thick two finger rocky head that slowly settles to an incredibly thin cap. Webby lacing from the large bubbles appears in its place.

Sharp and aromatic hops make up most of the aroma. Sharp piney and grapefruit along with a light biscuity backbone.

More grapefruit immediately hits the tongue, giving off a strong citrus flavor. The malts add a slight bit of a slightly toasty and biscuity background. Full bodied.

A good all around IPA. Solid hop flavors with just a little bit of malt giving a balance. The beer has some sweet characteristics, but those are quickly met by the bitterness. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky golden-orange color with a thick, lustrous off-white head. The nose is all hops; resinous pine dominates with hints of citrus. The hop presence in the taste is not as prevalent as in the nose. The piney, citrusy notes are replaced with more of an earthy, grassy hop flavor. There is a decent sweet maltiness at the start and is quickly subdued by hop bitterness yet finishes decently smooth. The mouthfeel is light in body with a fairly heavy carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer but not Rouge's most impressive.

gmfessen, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's moderately hazy and light golden brown in color. There is a slight orange tint to it. On top is a vanilla colored head that's foamy and about two fingers deep. It took its time dissipating and left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose could use a few more horses under the hood. It features light citrus orange and pineapple scents first. Smells sweet. It's more malty and yeasty than I was expecting. Hops are noted and smell a little citrusy and floral. It tough to tell, but it's smells pretty well balanced between the sweet malt and hop aromas. No alcohol is noted. No clue what the abv is in this one. All in all, above average. A little work would go a long way here.

Taste: It gets back on track here. It is sweet, malty, and yeasty initially. It's not an overwhelming malt flavor. It actually acts a nice springboard for the light citrus flavors that follow. Those mostly consist of orange, lemon, pineapple, and light grapefruit. Hops kick and provide a really nice bitter surge. Tastes like they're pretty evenly split between citric and floral varieties. Hops easily overtake the malt flavors and have a really aggressive bitter taste. I like it. Edit: As it warms, floral hops are the dominant variety. Personally, I think it'd be a little better if it swung the other way. No alcohol is noted. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium bodied and is above average as far as feel goes. Carbonation seems a little high and prevents it from being smooth. Drinkability is good. This beer's got a nice flavor and goes down pretty easy. No clue what the abv is, but it doesn't present itself as an overly strong IPA.

Yellow Snow. Nice name. There's still some snow on the ground. Perhaps I'll test it out and see if this bomber delivers. As far as the beer goes, it's good. The nose could use a little more "ooomph" and I think the hop varieties could be skewed a little more toward citric hops. Those would be improvements. Maybe dial the carbonation back a little, too. But, it's a solid IPA as it is. Well worth checking out.

prototypic, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy dark yellow almost orange with a nice two finger head. Good retention and heavy lacing.

S - I was surprised with how little I detected. Hops but not much else.

T - Hops and some light malt. Very bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation and very smooth on the tongue.

D - Very easy to down. Very smooth and would have no problem drinking more than one.

CMW, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle.

Hazy cider orange with two and one-half fingers of white froth atop it; excellent duration and ample lacing earn full marks for appearance. Nice citrus hops smell, oily--could be stronger, however.

Hops pervade the taste--oily, chewy--but more through texture than taste, oddly enough. The orange and grapefruit citrus flavors are nice but should be more pronounced. Instead, malt flavor especially caramel is more apparent. This isn't exactly off-putting but, for an IPA, a surprise. That the texture, at least, speaks IPA s loudly is gratifying and unmistakable, with hop grittiness layered over a smooth malt base--very delicious.

Overall, a solid and visually pleasing if somewhat imbalanced IPA that, with some ramped-up hop flavor, would go from rather good to outstanding. However, it's well worth grabbing as it is now.

Gehrig, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on the lookout for this bottled brew ever since I sampled it on-tap at Tyler's in Durham, where I liked it, but I never got around to drinking a whole glass... to be honest, the brew got lost amidst all the other premium taps. The label art brewer-guy sports ski goggles and a black Lab in this current incarnation of "Yellow Snow", and though it's fine advice not to eat the namesake of this brew, I'm having no qualms about drinking it! Crack open that bomber bottle, buddy! Let's Roll!

In my DFH shaped pint glass, Yellow Snow reveals a bright golden amber body with a bit of haze and a sturdy crown of milk-white foam atop. The head hangs around with fluffy persistence, depositing thick webs of sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and citrusy with oily lime zest and fresh, sugary flowers. A light toasted maltiness gains purchase as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is built on a mellow pale malt backbone that supports quite a bit of citrusy flavors and a stiff, persistent herbal bitterness. Wet cereal and a mild, silky, syrupy character languish in the aftertaste, accented by a lingering note of bitter citrus oil.

Yellow Snow is medium in body with fine carbonation, and is plenty quaffable, for sure, but like I said... I'm still not eating any. Nice hoppy brew, and a welcome addition to the local bomber botle lineup.

cvstrickland, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Edgecrusher
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Mini Keg from my fridge into a Sam Adams cool glass.

Appearance: Yellow-true to its name-minimal lacing and a bubbly head. May be due to having the mini keg for a while.

Smell: Yellow hops-are there such a thing? Smells very inviting-heavy citrus aroma and fresh cut grass.

Taste-Oh yummy this one is. Very hoppy-but doesnt kick you in the teeth. Citrusy flavorful hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very good. Medium carbonation-nice considering this keg has been in my fridge for 2 months. Slight oiliness.

Drinkability: You can drink this puppy all night. I mean all night.

Get some. So glad I picked up the mini keg, and reasonably priced too. It has kept a long time in my fridge-as fresh as the day i bought it!

Edgecrusher, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of dakid618
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a bourbon glass as that was the only glassware available. Pours a hazy light caramel color with a half finger of head. Decent lacing and head retention. Smell is all piney hops. Taste is straightforward, piney hops and biscuit malts. I really love this ipa. I hope this becomes a year round beer. Dry light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I could session this beer for sure.

dakid618, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with billowing off white head. Copious lacings. Aroma is floral hops and some yeast funk.
Taste is bitter citrus orange grapefruit hops witha good amount of malt backing. Has that IPA crispness on the palate. Slight over carbonation. Very nice IPA.

Spikester, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber this one pours a very cloudy amber color with plenty of floaters and lively carbonation with a major big bubbled off-white head and a good mess of lacing. The aroma is solid pine hops with a malted milk ball background. The flavor brings out clean lemon citrus and sweet wheat bread, subtle chocolate malt. Not much more to say, it's marvelous and dangerously drinkable. Plenty of bitterness but nothing over the top. I love this stuff!

Durge, Jan 14, 2009
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,693 ratings.