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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 61
Gots: 185 | FT: 2
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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 rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a very faint hazy golden orange body that becomes much hazier in the second pour. There is a thick creamy egg white head that last and last. There are strands of microbubbles trailing up the glass to the surface.
S- This beer has a pungent dandelion aroma without the bitterness and a green cinnamon note that becomes more minty in quality as the beer warms. The aroma seems to grow more bright and green as the beer opens up.
T- The bitty carbonic acid taste leads to a pungent musty hops with dry pale malt with a slight fruity quality underneath. The distinctive pacman yeast flavor is present and blends well with the malt flavors. The soft dry finish has a pithy bitter bite note.
M- This beer has a medium full hop flavor making this a good sipping IPA but the pungent hops become a bit too pungent without other hop flavors to support them.

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

Pours a cloudy orange with thick foamy head. Uneven lacing down the glass. Smells of citrusy hops. I think I'm getting orange flavour compared to the more grapefruit flavour I usually get from citrusy IPA's, which is nice for a change. Quite a bit of sweetness too. This may not be overly balanced, but it is an IPA so it should all be about the hops and they are there. Quite smooth and I can easily finish off a couple bombers of this in a night. Since the 'control board' in Ontario has been carrying this, I've been drinking a lot of it.

Photo of emericanchaos
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 20oz bottle from Triangle Liquors in Conowingo Md, on Rt 1.

Pours a dark amber orange with a touch of cloudiness. in a 16oz pint i managed 2 fingers of head on my first pour. Foam is thick and bouldery. Many large bubbles. Over time the larger bubbles subside and a thick meringue like head caps the beer all the way to the bottom. Been awhile since I've had an IPA with a lasting head. Very cool :D

Smells of Amarillo hops. Lots of citrusy notes and maybe a slight bit of bitter orange. Like a hopped up pound cake, pun intended.

Taste comes off a bit short for me. Some of the orangey notes come into play from the aroma but not really as much as i'd hoped. Lots of grapefruit analogue in the mix but nothing dead on reminiscent but that could also be a good thing.

Feels a bit watery in the mouth. Most likely due to the lower alcohol of this beer. At 6.2% they're not really tipping the scales so the overall feel of the beer will seem a bit more loose just because of the lack of malt needed. Again, take into account that I've grown accustomed to more aggressively hopped beers.

Very drinkable in my opinon. Not an over-the-top beer but Rogue isn't really into that. I wouldn't expect something like the Pliny's or even the greenflash west coast IPA from guys like rogue. They seem to play things more towards balance and this beer will show it. Don't take me lightly though. This beer IS an IPA. It just doesn't turn your mouth inside out. It's also a hair over the 6% marker so if you're accustomed to craft beers this won't do too much damage to your sobriety.

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

Found this bomber at the LCBO, this poured a deep cloudy orange, half inch thick creamy head on top that lasts. Smell is strong, sweet and hoppy, characteristic of west coast IPAs. Flavor is very nice, sweet malt balanced by grapefruit-like hop bitterness. Surprisingly it's also quite smooth in the body, but packs a bitter punch.

It's quite bitter, but quite good. If you see this, and you like IPAs, this is a good example of one and therefore worth trying.

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

Bottle from LCBO. I like Amarillo. Although the orange potential taste was not fully realized by me, this is a very nice drinking IPA. Well malted, and about the standard bitterness for American IPAs these days. Good looking head on golden yellow body. Bit above average mouthfeel. Satisfying. Good on tap, 2.8 years later at West 50, good hop delivery.

Photo of Luk13
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, courtesy of ritzkiss. Clear copper gold pour with a thin veil of white foam. Nice grapefruit and cookie aromas, reminds me a lot of dogfish head 60 minute IPA but dryer. Taste is nice and herbal hops with a very earthy bitter finale, lacks a bit of malt sweetness which makes it a little hard to drink. Overall very good IPA.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into Imperial Pint

A: massive big fluffy head that is right on style, solid lacing, it is slightly yellowish and turbid to boot with lazy carbonation

S: the hops are a bit sour smelling, between citrus and pine, interesting but not my favorite aroma

T: pretty flat profile right, sweet, a bit of citrus, then it just kind of stalls, ends more pine-like with an incredible roundness to the experieince

M: super soft, maybe too soft, as more carbonation could kick up the differentiation in the taste, slightly dry

D: It's good but not really a go-to. i'd like more of a character

Photo of teovaldi
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger head that doesn't last long and leaves hardly any lacing.

Smell is of hops with a heavy malt base.

The taste is of citrusy hops and finishes quite bitter. The bitter aftertaste lingers for a while. Didn't expect this from the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation feels pretty good on the tongue.

Decent drinkability despite the hops being way up front.

Photo of Long813
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Production Date: K0509
From LCBO, 650ml

G: Chalice

A: Cloudy orange body with two fingers of froathy white head. Good retention and thick lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Very forward with citrus and orange Some yeast and pine mixed in the back.

T: Citrus and pine are very strong making for a hoppy beer. Orange, yeasts and some maltiness come through at the end. Very good tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Silky smooth in the mouth then leaves with a sticky-oily finish. The hoppiness lingers around for a long time.

D: Great beer, one of the best from Rogue I'd say. All around a better than average hoppy IPA.

Photo of NightINgale
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml/22oz bomber poured into a nonic pint glass...

A - Cloudy orange body, with a nice frothy white head. Decent head retention, some nice lacing, and some lively bubbles visible.

S - Citrus hops, with orange, passion fruit, mango, and grapefruit notes. Some caramel sweetness, and that mild Pacman yeast smell, so typical for Rogue ales. Also some resinous hoppiness.

T - Wow! Starts with a powerful hop bite, with bursting citrus and tropical fruit notes (again, mango, orange, and passion fruit, with a hint of grapefruit), then the hop taste mellows down a little, leaving room for some fairly strong sweetness. The tropical fruit notes linger on, joined by a fairly strong bitterness in the aftertaste, with a little bit of pepper spiciness. It is true, there is much more hoppiness than there is maltness in this beer, but I would not quite call it "unbalanced". "Delicious" would be a more appropriate word!

M - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and just a little peppery. The bitterness is not over the top.

D - Very good, in my opinion. I could not taste the alcohol, even though I started feeling it a little after my second glass. I'm not fully accustomed (and totally unspoiled) to intense American IPA's, but I love them when I do drink them! This beer drinks like a charm and the bitterness would not get in the way of it becoming my session beer. But alas, I can't get it in my area...

Photo of peabody
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy orange with one finger of white suds that quickly dissapate. Not a lot of lacing here.
Smell is kind of weak for this IPA. Very little hop aroma here.
Taste is kind of boring. The bitterness is here but it is more of Grapefruit rind than any fruit flavor. Very dissapointing.
Mouthfeel is good and very clean. The palate is washed clean after every sip.
Drinkability is OK but this one needs more flavor.

Photo of david131
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy golden liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has some pretty good retention.

S- Fresh cut grass, sharp orange rind. Pretty sharp and simple.

T- Grass and citrus. Sweet and bitter. Yup.

M- Sticky with a good carbonation hop bite. There is some lasting bitterness.

D- A pretty generic IPA.

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

As a lover of rich, malty beers I often am disappointed with the more hoppy variety. Nevertheless, decided to try the Rogue, as i've had some great beers from this group.

Appearance: Like always, interesting bottle. Poured a light caramel with a wheat beer type hazyness to it. Obviously the brewers used some wheat malt, as the head was thick and plentiful.

Smell: Floral hppiness.

Taste: Wonderful, mixtures of caramel, pislner malts with a nice bitter finish. The bitterness lingers, but certainly does not pucker the lips, very balanced.

Excellent beer, i recommend for those intersted in trying a unique IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty unique beer in IPA land I guess. Single hop variety, nice. Sometimes I think some breweries throw as many varieties as they can into a beer, very few, make it work though (Southern Tier).

Looks like a good IPA should. Bordering on orange, great head/carbonation. Floral citrus aroma, check. Taste, a little lighter than I expected, definitely not the x2 or Brutal Bitter heft that Rogue can bring.

Mouthfeel, nothing complex, which is a good thing, as Rogue was DFH before DFH (i.e., making crazy brews with crazy ingredients just for the sake of doing it). Quite drinkable, suffers a little as Rogue is traditionally overpriced relatively speaking.

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

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA is straight up, unadulterated hop juice, and for that reason, I love it. 650ml bomber from the LCBO, poured into a shaker.

Hazy golden in colour with amber edges, a frothy white head, and lots of lace. Smell is floral hops, perfume, fruity yeast esters, and sweet malt aromas of biscuit, cookie dough, and caramel. Taste is all about the Amarillo hops, imparting lemon, citrus, pink grapefruit, and oranges. Finishes with a piney, resinous, and acidic hop bitterness that sticks to the palate. IBUs are fairly high, with some grassy/herbal elements in the aftertaste. Kind of two dimensional, but I like it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and oily through the middle, spicy hop bite precedes a dry and bitter finish that lingers for quite a while. A very satisfying drinker.

This is not the most complex beer, and the malt backbone could use some beefing up. However, the single hop variety produces an impressive range of flavours, and I could probably drink this all night. It seems Rogue can do no wrong.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce draft. Carmel color with mild carbonation. About an inch of white head. Big hops in the nose. More floral than pine. Light mouthfeel. Lots of sticky citrus flavor. More flavor in the aftertaste than while in my mouth. Sticks with you. Meduim to mild lacing left on the glass. Low drinkability.

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

Poured into a standard pint a hazed peach color with a very tight formed 1/2 finger white that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled into a creamy mass.Ahh the aromas of Amarillo hops,ya gotta love it,they seemed to peter out just a little though,quite citric with a bit of a leafy note in the nose.There is a bit of a sharpness in the mouth that never really mellows out completely.Flavors are good but not great,it seems the hops seem to not pack as big a punch as you might expect,citric notes seem to spread out instead of packing a big punch.Its pretty well hopped and flavorful,but it could have been better I think.

Photo of jfmorey
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber-orange into a pint glass with a thick creamy head that persist into abundant lacing

Light citrus, pleasant aroma

Taste is very good; citrus, pine and bitter hops that compliments rather that overpowers the malt backbone

Mouthfeel is very good, very drinkable IPA

Photo of seand
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy light amber color, with a dense foamy head. A reasonable amount retains pretty well, leaving fairly nice lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, primarily grapefruit. Not bad, if a little one dimensional.

T: Quite hoppy and bitter, again with strong citrus flavors.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation, slight chewiness, very dry from the hops.

D: Quite hoppy, and not balanced by much sweetness, but drinkable enough if you like that.

Photo of rpstevens
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on draft at la festa in dover, into a pint glass. The pour reveals a pale orange body with a small off white head that leaves some oily lacing.

The smell is caramel malt with a backbone of lemon zest and peppery hops.

The taste abandons most of the malt and features floral and grassy hops backed by sharp citrus tones, mostly lemon and orange peel.

Light bodied, well carbonated and more drinkable than expected, but not outstanding.

Photo of kaseydad
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this on tap at a local restaurant and it was brought in a pilsner glass? I asked for it in a room temperature glass but that didn't happen.

Hazy copper pour with a small bright white head.

The aroma has a bit of sweetness and also a pungent malty smell and some mild hops. Reminds me a lot of Hop Devil.

Bitter taste. I was expecting some malt to kick in but couldn't find it. No sweetness either. Just a lot of bitter beer and it could pass as an ESB in my opinion.

Not a bad beer just not my style of IPA. Great name for a beer though!

Photo of Norfawkers
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very bitter...very yellow

Appearance: Cloudy, yellow, bubbly; minimal head

Smell: Malt; some citrus

Taste: Some malt but otherwise minimal flavors

Mouthfeel: quite bitter and lingering

Drinkability: Bitterness takes over and can be overpowering for most; we've had better from rogue

Photo of wangbruins
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden with a deep head that stayed and pretty decent lacing

S- Lots of citrus and the hops really jump out. There is also a flowery scent

T- Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon with some flowers and it's pretty decently bitter

M- Light but with that IPA bite. It starts smooth but the bitter aftertaste stays for a minute...very good

D- IPA's are my favorite so there may be some bias but I think this is tremendous. I could drink it all night

Photo of markaberrant
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - glowing orange, slight haze, frothy white head, creamy, dense, thick sheets of lace

S - fresh grapefruit, sweet moreso than bitter, ruby red, almost like candy, super clean malt and yeast profile, simple, straight up, fresh hop scent, not huge, but certainly there

T - hop flavour is a little more dynamic than the aroma, ripe, juicy fruit, tropical, mango, bitter grapefruit, firm bitterness, malt is there only to provide balance, lingering hop flavour and bitterness

M - med carbonation really brings out the creaminess, although the body is light enough to not weigh it down, bitterness is nice and dry in the finish, no astringency, alcohol tickles the back of the throat

D - an insanely drinkable IPA, and more than hoppy enough to satisfy

This seems to be a completely different approach for Rogue, and I quite like it. Not so much of that caramel sweetness that they seem to overdo, this one is just a straight up vehicle for delivering the hops. Very well put together, the gravity is low enough to make it very drinkable, the hop flavour is superb and the bitterness is long and lingering. YUM!!!

Photo of yesyouam
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA is a cloudy, bubbly, golden ale with a big, foamy, white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a strong, hoppy aroma with notes of orange, wood and grass. It has a very smooth medium body with a quick, clean finish. There's a good amount of citrusy bitterness. The flavor is pretty much all coming from the hops. It's just dry enough to leave you thirsty for another sip... Actually this is hard to sip. It's a gulper. There's a long, bitter aftertaste that suggests grass and juniper. It's both quenching and satisfying.

Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.