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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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1,793 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 50
Gots: 126 | 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 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.

Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot/light copper color into a pint glass. Big pillowy white head, excellent head retention and thick ladder-like lacing.

Smell is a bit mild for an IPA, citrus hops primarily.

Taste is strong. Mostly grapefruit, but the grapefruit acidity is stronger than the typical citrus hops bitterness found in grapefruity beers like Avery Maharajah. There is very little malty balance here. This one is more like grapefruit rind squeezed. There is kind of a resin or tobacco like quality here as well, that is a bit harsh.The finish is long and bitter. This is a bit rough, even for a hophead but still worthwhile.

Mouthfeel is rich but a bit rough. Drinkability suffers a bit from the lack of balance and the harshness. I like a good head shrinker, but some of my favorite very bitter IPAs go down a bit smoother than this one

Photo of waddsworth
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a long time ago at the Drafting Room, and liked it. So today I took the opportunity to pick up a bomber from my local food store when I saw it. Not sure I have the same impression now.

A - Poured into a pint glass. Minimal creamy white head formation with some okay lacing that doesn't hang around. Color is a very light copper - against a white background and good lighting it does come across as yellow. My bottle had some haziness to it.

S - Malt and yeast dominated nose with some minor hop traces. Biscuity. Overall, not very aromatic. I was almost sipping this one through my nostrils to get a good whiff. My experience was not in line at all with the description on the bottle. Sad too, because I love Amarillo as an aroma hop.

T - Kinda harsh - and I'm saying that as a hop-head. The flavor is surprising considering the small aromatic profile. Not to say that its completely lacking character - it does have a beginning (sweet alcohol), middle (mild citrus from hops), and end (palate obliterating and lingering grass and rind harshness). These components, the end in particular, either became more complimentary as the beer warmed, or I just got used to it. Either way, the beer did seem to see some improvement and greater cohesion of flavors over time. But even so, this is still a finish weighted hop-bomb of rind and grassy bitterness.

M - Thin for the style. However, this also seemed to improve over time as the beer warmed, and the carbonation subsided.

D - Could go two ways here. The alcohol is in the lower-mid range for the style, so in that regard, its pretty drinkable. However, given the extreme finish on this beer, you'll either need relief, or figure that nothing else you can drink will taste proper, and go back for more of the same.

Final notes: I was thinking the other day that I wish I could remember what it was like when I first drank a really hoppy beer. Although this wouldn't be my favorite beer for the style, it does have that "Like a(n IPA) Virgin" quality to it that warrants a purchase every now and again.

Photo of bobsy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow, kinda like some melted yellow snow with a chill haze. A finger of white head forms and leaves impressive sheets of lace on the top third of the glass, while exhibiting great retention. I usually like more clarity and depth of colour in my IPAs, but I feel this fits into the whole pissing in snow vibe. The aroma lets you know that this beer is all about amarillo, and it provides a veritable showcase for the hop. Tangerine, apricot and sweet grapefruit mix in with floral notes to provide a very scented bouquet.

I don't really see anything approaching balance in the flavour, and while the bitterness is average for an IPA, the malts have gone completely AWOL and this feels far too one-sided. Again, tangerine and nectarine dominate, with the floral notes coming in at the end. The finish is long and bitter. The body is quite well done, with a soft (but steady) carbonation helping to create a smooth mouthfeel.

We may have a dearth of IPAs available in Ontario, but we have better ones than this. Its certainly quaffable, but there's little balance or complexity to it to justify the dollar value and serving size.

Photo of skrib09
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this ipa poured a light copper color, almost golden, with a thick white head. it appears hop-fueled. plenty of lacing on the glass.

smells bitter, piney, and citrusy right off the bat. a lot of astringency and resin on the nose.

taste is bitter and resiny. plenty of earthy hop flavor. less detectable malt than an average american ipa.

mouthfeel is sticky. a lot of astringency on the palate. this one seems like it's hard to drink.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange, slightly cloudy, with lighter yellow highlights. A thick, foamy, snow-white head leaves behind nice dense, marshmellowy lacings all the way down.

Little less than I would like in the aroma, given the generous hopping. Light, sweet, tropical fruit on the nose. Hard to tell whether it's the hops or malt.

Bitterness hits right away. Actually, it hits and then sort of bows out, at least initially. The pine quickly gives way to a citrus rind bitterness with a clementine, almost candied fruit, sweetness. Malt is incredibly juicy, starts off fruity but finished caramel.

Great mouthfeel. Nice creamy head, subdued carbonation. Great drinkability. Satisfying hops with a nice malt structure. Good beer.

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

Pours a cloudy burnt orange. Deep, brilliant orange when held to the light, the colour of an orange wedge. It's capped by a big pillow of thick white head. The well-retained head leaves rings of lace behind it. Lots of citrus in the nose, with notes of grapefruit and orange taking centre stage. There's some pine in there as well. There's a nice caramel malt base aroma underneath, and a hint of tropical fruit. It smells delicious. Tastes of grapefruit rind, and orange with caramel malt underneath. Finishes with pine. Moderately high bitterness throughout, fading away in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Feels soft and slightly oily. In between mouthfuls of beer, I'm left salivating for the next sip. Delicious and easy drinking.

Photo of Yesac
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale yellow with a dark orange hue. Bright white two finger head.

S- Citrus and caramel malt.

T- Tart bitterness up front. Dry middle followed by a toasty malt finish. Spicy and tagy overall. bleh.

M- Light/medium bodied, low carbonation.

D- Melted and bottled yellow snow. nough said.

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

22oz from the LCBO, pours a just barely cloudy tangerine orange, multiple fingers of soff white head which recedes to a rocky sweater and throws down good lacing - beautiful.

Nose is piney and citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, pineapple - just a hint of slightly toasty caramel malt in the back.

All about the hops, perfect for my hop craving. Light fruity notes, sharp grapefruit peel. Followed by a pine, almost spruce burst. Finish is nice bitterness which drys your mouth and leaved a long bitter taste which won't go away - not complaining. Light but there caramel backing, strand of sweetness weaving through. Grassy and fresh, hint of metallic bite in the finish as well. Not as complex a hop wallop as I might hope and I usually dig a bit more citrus complexity - but hop wallop it is!

Probably the best IPA in the LCBO stable at this point and I would gladly drink a couple bombers of this and be satisfied. Sum up: Terrific drinker, lots of hops, bitter as hell but not as complex as I might prefer, buy more.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange with a solid, thick head of foam. Lots of juicy orange and grapefruit aroma. Flavour is similarly hoppy with lots of citrus and a pretty solid bitter finish. Soft, creamy body is nice and just a bit of zip in the carbonation. A smooth, easy drinking IPA rather than a big, complex beast.

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

Pours slightly hazy, with a frothy head with good lacing.

Aroma is very citrusy and hoppy. Grapefruits come to mind, tangerines, lemon rind and lime. Grassy, slightly musty hay with a good malt backbone.

Starts and ends on a bitter, hoppy note. The hops used are Amarillo according to the bottle. Very citrusy. Grapefruit rind. This beer does a good job to showcase the hops without too much malt getting in the way.

Medium bodied and a soft carbonation.

Photo of Ezone024
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of a 22oz bomber it pours a hazy shade of pale golden, almost amber with lots of carbonation and an inch head with lots of lacing .

smells earthy and citrus.

taste's great and leaves a long lasting taste on your tongue. citrus up front with a bit of a smoky pine at the back end. Very clean and naturally refreshing.
all hops here

unlike others that claim, This truly is a hop lovers delight.

pour some out for your four legged friend!
(as long as he/she is of age!) that would be 3 in dog years

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Production date K0509. I can't be arsed to google what that means.

Pours a slightly murky amber, with a slight reddish tint, capped off by a frothy, lovely healthy white head of foam. Sticky lacing. Looks great.

The aroma is grapefruit juice all the way, really nice and piney and juicy and fruity with just a twang of toffee lingering sheepishly in the background.

Ah yes, that signature Rogue taste is there that I can only assume is from the Pac Man yeast, and this time it's met with an abundance of grapefruit like bitterness with hints of tangerine and pine. The malt is pretty low but keeps things in check. Barely. It's dry in the finish. A strong piney bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, full, slightly creamy.

I'm not sure I could drink more than one or two bombers before completely trashing my palate. This is definitely one to end on.

I'd be lying if I said this wasn't all but completely interchangeable for me with the Brutal Bitter (the latter having a little more malt, spiciness and earthiness vs the more citrusy Yellow Snow) but seeing as the LCBO will likely only carry one or the other at any given time, I'll happily take either for a badly need bitter hop fix.

That said, I do wish Rogue beers weren't all kind of samey.

And there are certainly any number of IPAs that I would reach for before this.

But I do like this.

Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.