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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 1,847
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 56
Gots: 154 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Avryle on 07-26-2008

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
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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange body, creamy white head, gobs of citrus on the nose. Calling the flavor hop-forward is a bit of an understatement. This beer screams hoppy west Coast IPA. Hardly a touch of malt flavor, this is a citrusy, floral, minty, piney, resiny hop bomb. No pretense of balance, just accept its aggression and enjoy. Nice, long, hoppy, bitter finish. This one will stay with you.

With our avid hop heads constantly seeking new IPAs at the shop, I couldn't be happier that Rogue released this beer when it did. 400 lb gorilla and ranger ipa may be due out soon, but it is great to have something in the meantime. Hod fiends rejoice, there is a new, worthy IPA in the house!

Photo of gmcfarre
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass
Lots of yellow snow around these parts this time of year, but I'm not sure what an IPA from Oregon has to do with that.

A - Pours a nice, slightly hazy orangish yellow color with a small but very foamy 1/2 inch head. Head gets somewhat rocky and doesn't dissipate easily. Laces incredibly well for an IPA.

S - Not all that aromatic, which is a bit of a disappointment. Pine dominates with some grassy & fruity contributions. Maybe a touch of pineapple.

T - Starts with a good malty sweetness that is soon joined by a strong pine hope flavor. Hop flavor is not altogether complex, but its adequate. Some grapefruit emerges along with a nice grassy flavor, and the finish is extra bitter & dry.

M - Medium body with a strong bitter component. Dry.

D - Not a bad IPA, it just doesn't pack much in terms of strong or varied hop aroma & flavor. Still very drinkable at 6.2%.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange/light amber color, plenty of haze from the yeast on the bottom of the bottle. creamy head w/decent lacing. nose is citrusy, floral, and resiny. also some tropical fruit. biscuity, crackery malt sweetness is washed away by a prominent, sharp hop bitterness. finishes dry, long and bitter. decent carbonation. medium-bodied. more of a sipper with the sharp bitterness.

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to Chris and Kyoko for the Xmas present!

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, some golden highlights, very thick and rocky off white head forms, tons of chunks, looks like whipped cream, lace chunks everywhere, looks pretty good.

Smell is nice, lots of floral and citrus hopping, some orange, caramel and biscuit malt, lightly sweet, nice balanced hoppiness, simple but effective.

Taste is similar, very malty up front, caramel, biscuit, corn syrup, floral, big citrus kick right off the bat, malty middle, more citrus and floral in the finish, pretty solid herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty simple IPA but goes down easy.

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma features some malt with a good dose of pine and citrusy hops and a touch of alcohol.

T- The taste like the aroma is good. Some malts start out with a nice dose of grapefruit in the finish from the hops. Very tasty stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Yellow Snow IPA is a very solid IPA that is definitely recommended!

Photo of troutmask96
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a fanatic of their Shakespeare and Chocolate Stouts, it was with great anticipation that I sampled my first Rogue Yellow Snow. Pours a deep orange marmalade with heavy foam. Smell is of pine esthers and hops. Heavy, heavy white grapefruit up front, followed by a subtle malt sweetness that finishes with a pungent bitterness that lasts forever, probably from the hop oiliness. Overall a nice, if unremarkable IPA that falls a bit short of Rogue's dynamite lineup...

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint

Pours a lightly hazed orange body, very bright. Huge, creamy beige head rose 2+ fingers and receded slowly. Moderate lacing.

I wouldn't say huge grapefruit, but very big grapefruit with pineapple and pine resin. Overall very sweet with a lightly toasted pale malt aroma lying low in the weeds.

A spicy IPA with heavy doses of white grapefruit and pine resin. The bitterness comes in one giant rush up front, with a mild sweetness that pokes through in the finish.

Crisp and bitter with a dry, lightly sweet finish. On the chewy side with an oily, resiny consistency left behind.

A fine example of the style, easy to drink with enough bitterness to please this hophead.

Photo of meintempe
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky yellow color with light carbonation. The head is thick and clings slightly to the glass as its drank.

S: Lots of citrus upfront followed by a hint of floral. A little alcohol comes through in the nose at the end.

T: Hops and definitely lemon in the first part of the taste. The malt holds its ground but you really have to look for it - has a nice nutty flavor to it. Residue of alcohol is left behind along with a bite of citric acid. Tasty.

M: carbonation is detectable along with an oily texture from the hop oils.

D: Very easy to take this one down in a night. The citrus is a great addition to the pine essence of the hops. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of berley31
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a dark-yellow, almost copper body that is very hazy. Small, white head that diminishes to 1/2-finger.

S: Great aroma of lots of fruit (pineapple?) and lots of hops. I could spend the whole time sniffing this beer.

T: Lots of citrus in this baby, and it's extremely flavorful. The finish is extremely bitter and hoppy, with a long duration.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: I really enjoy this beer... hoppy and citrusy, still quite drinkable, smooth. Wish it was available where I am. I could say that about a million beers, however.

Photo of manahansf
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and radiant light orange color with a creamy and thick yellowish head. The head is full and clings to the glass sip after sip. From the frothy head arises a big and full aroma of citrus hops. The taste is sweet and semi-tart hop bitterness with huge grapefruit flavors. There is little to no hop presence but it is not overly out of balance. The finish is also slightly tart with hop flavor and a gentle touch of alcohol. The beer fades slowly but leaves a small tart after taste.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic pint...

A: a slightly hazy golden amber brew with a full, foamy head that leaves webbed lacing down the glass as the head slowly, very slowly, dissipates.

S: banana nut bread, caramel, grassy aromas, and spices. Very nice change from the standard citrus and floral aromas of most AIPAs

T: rich flavors of spicy citrus, banana, biscuit flavors. finishes with pine sap, pepper, grapefruit peel, and earthy flavors. Has a unique, almost honey-like sweetness upfront and through the finish that balances perfectly with the hop flavors.

M: a medium full body with a chewy entry that leaves the mouth slightly dry and with a nice hop tingle that doesn't over do it.

Overall, this is a most interesting AIPA. The aroma, flavor, and texture are all unique to this beer. It has great balance. Bitterness of hops with delicately sweet malt flavors. This is an extraordinary brew that I will be looking for again.

Photo of ThoughtPolice
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks purty. Cloudy orange-straw with a lacy, sticky head that starts at 2-fingers and lingers are a 1/2 finger for the duration.

Aroma: Glorious, you can smell the bitterness, and some all around (pine-citrus-floral) hoppy aroma. Sweetness comes through, too, signaling what might become a well balanced beer.

Taste: Seemed way too bitter at first, with nothing else showing almost, but mellowed as I got used to it and it warmed. Hop flavor mostly dominated by bitterness, but there's some citrus in there, too. Tastes mildly sweet, but I can't really distinguish the particulars of the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: WOA this is bitter. And it lingers for a while. Sticky lips with this beer, which is nice with this style.

Drinkability: This beer, to me anyway, is surprisingly drinkable for it's bitter qualities. I will put this deuce-deuce down with ease. Probably wouldn't go for much more than that.

This is a damn tasty beer and well worth trying, especially for the bitter hop heads. I think I'm going to grab another one to hold onto for a while to see how the flavors mellow.
And btw, what the hell is the ABV here, I am feeling aaalright.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pouts a hazy orangish/yellow color with a small white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Ample amounts of pine, lemon, orange and tangerine.

T: Lot of pine hops up front, with some toast in the middle finishing up with more pine/citrus hops.

M: Leaves a dry and bitter finish on the palate.

D: A lower ABV allows more than one in a sitting, a really nice IPA offering.

Photo of nms1987
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber/bronze. Orange looking. Nice foamy head.

Great, fresh nose. Citric hops.

What a delicous beer. Apricot and grapefruit goodness all over the palate, with just a splash of malt at the end. Good, fairly crisp carbonation. Resin-y, oil-y hoppy finish.

Very flavorful, I could drink this all night

Photo of camcroteau
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with the flavor of this beer. It is very powerful and Delicious all around. I choose this IPA to try because it was from rogue. I cant say i like all of their beers but the yellow snow is done right. Crack open your bottle and enjoy.

Photo of Josievan
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The stuff really is the color of yellow snow. If piss was carbonated, I'd have half a mind to think I was handed a glass from someone playing a dirty joke on me. Someone rather dehydrated, that is. There is a decent head and ample clingy lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very hop-dominant.

Taste: Hoppy and bitter, but more in an APA way than an IPA way, if that makes any sense. The waitress described this as a less hoppy IPA. I'd say it's more just a differently hopped IPA. There's no doubt the beer is quite bitter, but not as much as you might expect, especially since I find almost all Rogue beers to be pretty bitter. There is a juiciness and flavor to the hops that nicely balance the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot to say. Body is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability for an IPA. Despite the bitterness, I could have a couple.

Notes: The name for this beer is quite apt. Somehow it manages to actually taste like you would think yellow snow would taste, but it a good way! Confused? Try it and you'll see!

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Rogue Ale House, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a peppery and herbal hop barrage.

The taste consisted of a super spicy and herbal hop with a nice grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a residual hop spice.

Overall a very good hop bomb with a user friendly ABV.

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

on tap @ Fat Head's, 16oz served in a pint glass

A - bright gold color, crystal clear. smallish head, but a thin layer of foam sticks to the glass all the way down.

S - hops all around, most notably crispy pine with some subtle floral and citrus. lemon and citrus notes as well, and a very faint bready malt underneath it all.

T - pleasantly caught me by surprise. spicy piney hops, other hoppy tendencies present. sharp bitter bite at the back of the tongue. boldly bittering, but plenty of character to round it out. loved it.

M - quite a bit of carbonation, which helps the bitterness and delivers the other flavors to the right spots. just a bit thin on the body, needs either a touch more or a bit more oily feel.

D - ordered this on a whim and was quite surprised. went down quite easily and a good pairing with some fresh chips and honey mustard. might be my favorite Rogue beer so far.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

out of a 5L mini keg.

A- pours a hazed dirty golden amber, yeah piss color, with a thick dense stiff off white head that becomes extremely wrinkly and hoppy looking as it settles and leaves some excellent ring of laces as well.

S- intense and unmistakable amarillo nose. lemon, tangerine, pine, and white grapefruit go crazy here. so far this is a fine way to put the spotlight on amarillo aromatics. reminds me of mojo IPA. behind the huge hops are sweet caramel and toasty malt aromas, some dry white wine notes, white grape, passion fruit, leather, strong tea, reefer, and cut grass.

T- strong lingering hop flavor and bitterness, less fruity and more herbal and vinous than the smell. piney and resinous, with some serious white lily floral flavors in the background. some sweet and toasty grain flavors play just enough of a supporting role to keep the hops from demolishing any hope of a balance. leather, tea, chardonnay, etc. are transitioned nicely to the palate creating a seamless junction of aroma and taste with a resinous herbal dryness replacing the big citrus fruitiness of the nose. finishes hoppy and bitter with just a touch of malt sweetness and whole grain bread to carry things along.

MF- astringent, resinous, oily, and sticky, just short of what could be deemed an imperial/double. in fact, with all other aspects of this brew, that's what i might have guessed it to be. medium carbonation hides a fuller than medium body and lightens things up a bit. hop oils resdily adhere to the cheeks and show no signs of letting go.

D- much better out of this mini keg/giant can than i remember it being out of a bottle a few months back. big on flavor but tame abv make this an ipa i could spend the night with. a huge hit among the hop heads in my bar.

Photo of Pinto21
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: yellow, just like the snow I made yellow outside. Well not really, but it was a golden yellow and more pleasent than my yellow snow cones. Big white head and good lacing.

S: Amarillo hops through and through. Nice citrus hops.

T: Amarillo assualt. Sweet pale malts and bitter hops, the sweet bitter battle goes slightly to the hops. The taste is all amarillo though. Citrus and some pine.

M,D: Oily mouth, but very drinkable. Feels like a nice IPA, and no trace of alcohol. Could drink this brew all day.

Very tasty and great beer to highlight the amarillo.

My buddy had another bottle he brought to share with me on day. His bottle must have been old, since it tasted nothing like this and was just bland and unpleasant. It ended up going down the drain. Be warned! IT'S GOT TO BE REALLY FRESH. We bought the bottles from around the same time but his must have been sitting longer.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA poured light gold, like a pilsner, with a massive pillowy head. It left perfect rings of lace from the top to the bottom of the glass. The color was too light; however, the head and lace were remarkable.

The smell and taste were loaded with citrus. It was crisp and delicious. It was aggressive, with loads of hops and a thick, bitter feel. It was an easy pleasurable refreshing drink.

After, appropriately, four hours of digging out of a blizzard, Yellow Snow IPA was a great experience: relaxing, flavorful, and thirst-quenching. This is a great IPA.

Photo of WalterSobchak
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a rich one finger head, serious lacing and good retention.

Strong citrus notes with a light roasted malt and corn(?) background. Maybe a bit earthy smelling.

Grapefruit/citrus coats the top of my mouth with very nice transition into malts. Hops lingers and interacts with the citrus notes.

Solid carbonation. Acidic on the tongue and overall seems pretty dry.

I like this one...seems as if it would be versatile with foods and a good drinker any time of the year. Definitely enjoy it now but I'm putting a few of these in the cellar until the early summer.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark yellow, half finger head when it was brought to me, half finger white head that has fairly nice lacing
S: grapefruit and hops, light roast malt.
T: grapefruit like citrus, nice hop bitterness, with light malt sweetness, citrusy aftertaste
M: medium body, crisp carbonation
D: easy, want to steal the other part of the bomber from the person im sharing with

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the latest in a fine string of Rouge products to grace the shelves of our beloved LCBO.

It pours a thick, creamy off white head with some excellent retention. The beer itself is an hazy attractive golden orange.

A fine hop heavy aroma rises through the nostrils. Floral, pine hop aromas first greet the nose. Lovely fruity esters of peach and apricot are rounded out by warm honey caramel malt notes.

The taste is sweet and bitter together at first with each separating and clashing throughout the drink. Pleasant light hop spiciness adds complexity fading to a more herbal resinous feel; thyme and green pinecone. Some fruity taste again mirroring the scent, peaches. A malt biscuit flavour with some caramel sweetness adds good balance. The bitterness lingers for a good while providing a Christ finish.
The body is fine, pleasingly viscous yet smooth despite the high IBU of the beer.

Another fine brew from Rouge though I don't find this one dissimilar to the bitter bastard we had up here in months past.

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of just slightly off-white head on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - An aroma of bready malt and caramel with some toffee. Pine hops work well with the malt and reveal some light orange and grapefruit notes as well.

T - Resinous pine hops up front with moderate bitterness and lots of moderately dark malt. Toffee and caramel notes compete with the velvety pine hops and increasing bitterness through the middle. Finishes bready with mild pine hop flavor and strong grapefruit-like bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a classic west coast IPA. It has more of an emphasis on bitterness than some of the more recent contributions to the style that rely on fruity hop flavors. While I generally prefer hop flavor to excessive bitterness, Yellow Snow doesn't quite go over the top on the bitterness and I can appreciate its appeal as well as the nice pine aroma. The thick, bready malt really helps to balance out the strong bitterness and allows the pleasant, grapefruit quality to assert itself. Worth trying, but there are other, commonly available IPAs that I would stock my fridge with before this one.

Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.