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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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very good

637 Reviews
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Reviews: 637
Hads: 1,960
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 70
Gots: 250 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 637 | Hads: 1,960
Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours two finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is mild grain, a little lemon.
The taste is loaded with a burst of bitterness: lemon, pine and grapefruit. Quick and short.
The texture is crisp.
It's light bodied but has a great IPA flavor.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: clear; burnt orange; 1 finger slightly off white head that receded very slowly; moderate lacing;

S: muted; floral hops;

T: floral and piney hops; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish; long lasting bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyed it more and more as I got through the glass;

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Photo of lochef81
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Having tried other Rogue Ales this was quite the disappointment. It poured a hazy yellow amber hue with a small white head that left little lacing. The nose was lemony and acidic and slightly stale smelling. Mouthfeel was rather thin and light. Flavor followed the nose with an abundance of lemon and stale hops. Some pine and malt were also present. I'm hoping that this was just an older bottle and not the intention of an (up until now) very solid brewery.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass/shaker.

A: Golden/orange color with big, white head with medium retention, little hazy Medium lacing.

S: Low aroma of tropical fruits (pinnaple), some low to medium citrus aromas (grapefruit), also low aroma of floral notes. Also noticable medium aromas of pale malts.

T: The taste is medium sweet, at first dominant by ale malts, but soon you can taste medium bitterness - mainly from grapefruit-like hops. It's consistant (bitterness) thru all the time. Some amarillo sweetness is noticable, but at low level. Light biscuitAlso you can feel and taste some floral notes.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty dominant by amarillo hops - sweetness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Semi-dry. Sticky texture. Zesty and asharp. Very low alcohol warmth.

O: I think it's too much zesty and refreshing for a winter beer. Another time my bottle came from to Europe from the US so the hoppy character is not as dominant, as it should be. You can feel some citrus and tropical fruit character. It could be recognizable by it's bitter character. I can say that this is very average AIPA.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: a standard brown 355mL bottle with the usual Rogue-style label.

Appearance: pours a clear amber with limited head, not much lacing either. Head settles to a light ring - would have expected more for AU$8.50 a bottle.

Aroma: more of a malt-driven aroma rather than hops - some bitter bread malts with a touch of pine hops. A pretty standard IPA if I'm honest. Standard Rogue stuff.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose but with a touch more citrus and pine hops. A standard IPA.

Aftertaste: a touch more bitterness comes through here.

Mouth feel: a good mouth feel - moderate in body with plenty of fine carbonation.

Overall: this is the fourth Rogue Ale I have had to date, and each of them - Yellow Snow, Juniper Pale, Moromito Black Obi Soba and Shakespeare Oatmeal - are average beers for exhorbitant prices. I think I'll forgo having any more from this extremely disappointing brewery.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I suspect I may be drinking an old bottle as it was in the clearance rack at the local Total Wine store. The price was right, and I wouldn't have purchased this beer otherwise, so here's my review regardless of the bottle date.
A: very interesting and lends the name "yellow snow" appropriately. Kind of an intense yellow, hazy and unfiltered looking. No gold or copper highlights here, just a big mess of proteins suspended in my beer.
S: citrus and pine to be sure, but way too muted for an IPA. Nice toasty/caramel malt notes and bready grain aromas.
T: full malt body, not as much caramel as the nose would suggest. Some of that grapefruit and pine hop flavors are immediate, but the back end bitterness is substantial. Leaves a dry, astringent taste that I find enjoyable and lacking in too many IPAs with lower IBUs and all the hops bursted at the front.
M: pretty substantial and full bodied, but the carbonation seems tame, perhaps giving the illusion of a bigger mouthfeel than it really is.
O: I like bitter beers and not enough breweries have the balls I make them. Everyone now is making "girly" IPAs. If my girlfriend likes your IPA, that means it has a nice dank hoppiness up front with very little bitterin hops in the back. She didn't like her glass of yellow snow, and that meant more for me. I'm going back to that clearance rack for another bottle.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange color. Half a finger of head which dissipated quickly to a thin layer across the top. Low active carbonation.

Smell: Very light tropical hop tones of tangerines and lemon on the front. Rounded caramelized malt body. Some lingering citrus sticks around but after that nothing much.

Taste: Saturated heavy citrus notes on the front. Dry malt body, with some lingering medium fruits. The back end is some substantial bitter pine with accents of grapefruit, oranges, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat unnoticeable. Some lingering bitterness but pretty forgettable.

Overall: This may have no been the freshest ipa I've had but still it was unspectacular. I don't know how ambitious the overall vision for this brew was and it turned out very middle of the road. Many, many others I would recommend before this one.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.80):
Golden yellow to amber, slightly cloudy with a creamy looking, 1cm tall, white head that holds pretty well initially.

Tropical smelling with a lot of citrus notes & mango initially along with some background hops, grapefruit and orange. The beer is very fruity & refreshing on the nose with some floral notes & light caramel for the base, some bitterness also features too.

Bitter with more hops than the nose indicated, there is some strong pine and grapefruit flavours with a little spice and orange as well. Some of the fruits from the aroma as well with some citrus too. Some caramel sweetness appears toward the middle and end of each sip and lots of floral flavours round things off nicely.

Medium with lively carbonation & a very bitter palate that still seems refreshing thanks the abundance of fruits throughout the beer. The beer was well balanced with plenty of flavours coming through despite the hoppy bitterness coming out on top.

Intensely bitter beer that was both lively and refreshing with a great combination of fruity flavours and a wonderful bitter aftertaste that lingers for some time on the palate. A very good example of an American style IPA and one that I'll be on the lookout for again.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Todd kindly shared this with me and others during the holidays. I hadn't had this this a good long while, so I was happy to revisit it. Poured out of a 64oz growler into a plastic tumbler cup (we were at a concert, so whatever). Not sure on the capping date - I'm thinking no more than 2 weeks?

First off, as a Zappa fan and as a media studies major, I'm less than flattered that I should be drinking anything with "yellow snow" in the title, but at least it doesn't *look* like yellow snow, or any interpretation of urine for that matter. Cloudy amber orange in color, with a nice frothy white head that dissipates rather quickly, and leaves pretty much no lacing at the finish. Pretty standard for the style, although definitely has its own slight twist at this point.

The aroma is a very typical Northwestern IPA flavor, although it's definitely filled with a lot of the grainy and spicy yeasty qualities that I've found most of Rogue's beers to be chock-filled with. In other words, not as zesty or hoppy as you'd think. At the front, I get a lot of toasted cereal grainy qualities, with some notes of orange, lemon, and a bit of pine. At the middle, there's a black peppercorn spiciness, with some green pepper, as well as a toffee and caramel undertone that finishes it off. Smells a little buttery, and a little chalky as well, as some other reviewers have pointed out. It's memorable in a strange way, and while it's not totally bad, I have no clue what the brewers' intentions were in developing this beer's recipe.

The flavor only produces a larger question mark overall - if this is really an IPA, or a hoppy beer for that matter, it's definitely one made for those that haven't had too many hoppy beers in their life. Rather, it stands as an enormously astringent, grainy, husky, chalky mess overall, and while it's not completely undrinkable, it wasn't the most pleasant thing to sip on while I sat around to watch some live music. Huge husky grain flavors are at the front, with a toasted, yeasty malt flavor that tastes both brittle and cooked, with brief spice, pine, lemon rinds, and semi-sweet toffee thrown into the mix. It's definitely bitter, but other than the lemon and pine notes, this offers far too much bitterness and strange raspy yeasty spiciness from everything BUT the hops, which makes this progressively more difficult to drink over time. I haven't a clue what this aimed to do other that displease me overall.

Other people I was with seemed to enjoy this just fine, so maybe my palate was wrecked from the Coffee Bender I had beforehand? No clue, but I really don't think this is a very notable hoppy beer, nor is it a very enjoyable beer on its own. I simply cannot get past how astringent and brittle the entire beer felt and tasted, and how much its malt profile would cover up whatever its hops sought out to do. Not the worst I've had, but way below average for what the style tends to offer in terms of drinkable options.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bottle with a hazy golden orange color with a foamy white head. Has a grassy, piney aroma. Flavor is pine and medium to high bitterness, with a dry finish. The beer has a medium body mouthfeel and goes down pretty smooth. This is a pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

$2.99 single poured into a Perfect Pint. No bottling date... I forget if Rogue has one or not. If they do, it scratched off this bottle.

Appearance: A five, no question. A slight haze. The most-dehydrated-man's-piss-you've-ever-seen orange/yellow. The really sexy thing is the head... creamy slightly off-white color with incredible lacing. An insanely attractive beer -- just forget the name is "Yellow Snow."

Smell: I gotta wonder what hops are used in this. It's a hop I've smelled before, or one similar, but I don't know what it is. All I can explain the smell as is... chalky? It's a distinct hop though. I have no way of describing it accurately. Fruity chalk? It's not a great smell, but still one that compels you to get yourself a taste. After reading some other reviews, I suppose it's sort of an orange aroma, and also quite floral. Powdery? I don't know, I still think of it as "chalky" even though it doesn't really smell like chalk.

Taste/feel: Almost entirely that chalky flavor. Tastes exactly as the aroma would lead you to believe. Very nice fairly thick mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Decently sweet on the start with more fruit than "chalk", with a slightly bitter finish.

Pretty unique. That "chalk" character (for the lack of a better description) should maybe be an instant turn off to people, but this is still a pretty good brew. Semi-sweet with a nice malt presence. Not all that complex by any means, but still very drinkable and enjoyable. Nearly gave this a 4 overall, but I can't quite do it. I know I shouldn't, but I blame the $3 price tag. Rogue certainly brews some fantastic beers, but their pricing is what gets me.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; no bottle dating, but was released fairly recently. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, bread, light honey, pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of resinous pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops with moderate malts; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of bright and sticky hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy light orange with a two finger white head that leaves behind a moderate amount of lace.

S- Apple juice! Also tropical fruit aromas, very sweet.

T- Very refreshing. Apple juice and sweetness upfront followed by tropical fruit. Very piney and bitter dry finish. Very clean.

M- Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

O- A very refreshing and clean tating IPA. One of my favorite any day IPAs.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - Medium sized white head, golden, copper, orange, yellow, light active carbonation, nice lacing

Smell - Piny and sweet. Grapefruit, orange hints of honey, brown sugar, roasted malts

Taste - Bitter rich pine flavor, piny oiliness, at the beginning. Nice grapefruit zest hoppiness more on the dry side towards the middle. Malts and a mellow bitterness much like grapefruit zest you get early on.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium bodied, smooth and refreshing but also has a thick syrupy resin like consistency.

Overall - Good beer. Flavors were a bit dryer than I was used to but still pleasant. Loved the piny characteristics of this beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Review adapted from notes taken 1/7/14

Appearance: Medium orange, with some gold around the edges and copper at its core - first half of the bomber pours Clear, and the second half is rather hazy - pours with a small head, fades to some minor wisps

Smell: Orange and grapefruit oils, zest, and peel - not particularly potent, but the citrus is the primary aroma here - kind of overripe, not really fleshy or juicy - floral with some perfume - pale and some caramel malts at the base

Taste: Hops and pacman yeast, basically - orange and grapefruit peel, pith, and oil - some spiciness, a touch of pine, and some grass - a flavor reminiscent of old orange juice (I probably shouldn't assume this was a fresh bottle) - moderately bitter - some strange esters, apparently from the yeast, adds some other fruit flavors - moderate amount of bitterness - bready with some biscuits and biscuit dough - finishes with some pith

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, most smooth, finishes dry and pithy

Overall: Best served frozen

I received this beer as a gift, and I suppose it was about time I reviewed it. I've had it on tap once or twice and never felt compelled to buy a bottle. And I won't be buying another. It's not that this is a subpar IPA; there are just many out there that are better. The hop profile is a bit odd (even though I know I love Amarillo), and the malts don't quite hold up.

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Photo of jdhops
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Growler from East Nashville's Filling Station into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep orange, belying its name. Off white head dissipates quickly, but retains a thin layer. Nice lacing.

S: A little orange and pine. Slight hint of cat pee.

T: Some citrus, then pine. Mild hop presence. Easy finish with a slowly developing bitterness.

M: Medium feel and carbonation. Not dry.

O: A decent IPA that neither inspires nor offends. Not as aggressively hop-forward as many west coast IPAs, but smooth enough for a session. I wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn it down, either.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly intense hop bitterness that lingers long after each sip.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second offering reviewed from Rogue, enjoyed at the Noon Hill Grill. Nothing particularly wintery about this IPA, but a good one nevertheless. Not totally sure where the name comes from as its more a light copper than yellow, but a nice lighter IPA. Notable grapefruit and floral favors and aromas. Definitely enjoyable, solid.

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Photo of ckollias
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light copper hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Hoppy citrus aroma with a pine background.

T: Good balance between the hops and the malt. Finishes on the dry side of hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Solid ipa – great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Obtained a bottle from Co-op liquor store here in Calgary. This brew does in fact look like concentrated urine, dark yellow grading into orange with ample white head. The beer remained fizzy throughout the drinking session and left a lot of lacing on my pint glass. Aroma was classic Amarillo hops, grapefruit and orange citrus, a whiff of pine. I could not really smell the malts per se but there was a pleasant fruity sweetness a bit like Juicy Fruit gum and mixed citrus. Aroma was much sweeter than the flavor. Aggressive hops with ample peppery spice lead the way. I also get some orange pulp, lemon, baby aspirin, celery seed, and a little green onion. Similar profile to another Amarillo hopped ale I had, Phillips, albeit a bit more pungent, with pine, ammonia/cat pee, and woody unripe nectarine showing up in the finish. Surprising in its hop potency, including a spicy "buzz" on the tongue like Szechuan pepper and reminding me of some relatively mellow DIPAs. My palate seemed to habituate to the bitterness and spice, however, and the sweet fruity aroma again became salient. A pleasing IPA weighted towards the dry and pungent as opposed to lush and fruity, but the fruit is there if you go looking and be patient. The malts were subdued for about the first two-thirds of the experience, despite some melanoiden in there which ought to be pretty salient... But wait, there it is, dry toast and a little charred grain. Moderate body was typical for the style. Rogue has yet to truly win me over but I will freely concede that the beers I've tried have all had their charms.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber to large brandy snifter. Hazy dark gold color. Thick creamy off white head that leaves significant lacing.. Aroma and flavor are very hop forward, bitter when cold, balances out as it warms. Kind of funky hop flavor... not bad, but out of the mainstream: bold, bitter, herbal, peppery and a tad metallic and garlic. Hopheads won't want to miss this one, as it is aggressive and different, but those looking for a balanced or malty IPA might want to pass. As interesting as the grain bill sounds, the hops romp all over the malt subtleties, even as it approaches 55F.. Nice palate clearer when one needs contrast with other sweeter / spicier seasonal offerings, I'll definitely try it again.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The head is an off-white color. The body is a rich yellow with orangey brown tones. This beer is translucent, with a lot of bubble activity right after the pour. This settles down rather quickly. Lace makes a futile attempt to cling.

Grapefruit, navel oranges and pine dominate the aroma.

Up front I get faint, sweet malt with orange peel. This dives into the grapefruit and really gets bitter as the pine comes on.

The mouthfeel on this is a really nice, clingy medium body.

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As cheesy as it seems to make the (obvious) correlation, it seems whoever made this so-called "Yellow Snow" may have been pretty dehydrated. The color may still be in the yellow range, but barely, it's basically into orange. The head is tight and creamy, about a 1/2 finger but remaining in its entirety the whole session and leaving tight, consistent lacing in plenty.
Orange and pine are very prominent on the nose, soft in a sense but extremely firm. It's aggressive but not overbearing, balanced by toffee, caramel and breads but owned by the hops.
The assertive tone of the hops carries in the flavor without giving up balance, but this beer establishes itself as a strong, classic West Coast-style IPA. There's such a piney and citric bite, with lots of fresh hops oils and very resinous while just enough malts add a bready backbone and supporting sweetness.
Biting crispness with plenty of smoothness ride out this beer's medium body with lots of brightness. The finish lingers with some herbal character.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: slightly hazy with golden/orange color with a one finger head that dissipated quickly into a thin coat of small bubbles, moderate carbonation with minimal lacing.

SMELL: pine, citrus and flowery with bread and yeast, subtle and definitely not assertive or overpowering.

TASTE: the taste does NOT follow the nose on this one, the hops are very assertive and linger in a good way, there is the taste of pine and resin as well. There is no mistaking this is an IPA.

PALATE: medium carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, full bodied and slightly sticky.

OVERALL: a traditional IPA, no complaints except for the price, a very poor value so I will not buy it again as there are similar beers that are more affordable.

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Photo of BWED
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Rogue tumbler.

A- Hazy dark golden rod. Hues of burnt orange. Pad of off white head retains around a 1/2". Bits of sticky lacing line the glass.

S- Notes of citrus with a good biscuity malt background.

T- Hop of course in the beginning. More resinous and floral than in the aroma. Mellow malt, biscuit, helps balance things slightly.

M- Medium bodied, pretty sticky, and a modest bitterness lingers at the finish.

O- Solid IPA, I just didn't see anything that really stuck out in this one.

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.