Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 66
Gots: 215 | 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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Ratings: 1,923 | Reviews: 642
Photo of ryannosaurus
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BWED
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale shaker pint glass.

Look: Orangish copper color. Eggshell colored head, light foamy lacing.

Aroma: Rich 2-row malts, wood, slight spiciness, hops.

Taste: Very bitter to open the account. Pine, cedar, spruce, faint peppery spice.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky.

Overall: Standard IPA. Good.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad looking beer. It has a hazy orange color , off white head and plenty of lacing left on the glass. Being such a hop forward beer, I was expecting more in the smell category. Smells slightly sweet.
This is a bitter beer. The bitterness is upfront and lingers on long after the swallow.
A little too bitter for my taste and I usually enjoy IPAs.
Even with all the bitterness, the beer goes down smooth.

At $14.99 a six pack and nearly $7 a bomber, Yellow Snow is not a good value.
There are plenty of other IPAs out there that cost less that I enjoy more.

Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a six pack at Table and Vine. Pour with a hazy dark orange color with a slight tint of gold. Head disappeared quickly with no lacing. Great whiff of heavy hops mixed with spices and citrus. The beer had the typical IPA bitterness wrapping around hints of grapefruit, bread, caramel, and tea, Great body with a light refreshing texture that made this a very drinkable IPA despite the typical bitterness. Overall, a great IPA that is approachable for non-regular IPA drinkers.

Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange color with an amazing thick head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces. Hard to get any better.
Light citrusy aroma with notes of passion fruit, mango, bread and oranges.
Quite bitter taste (made me sneeze a few times) with intense piney notes, orange peel, grapefruit and slightly toasted malts. Hints of pepper, perfume and earth. Dry with a really long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Assertive IPA, a bit less complex than top average, but bold in character given its bitterness that lasts forever. It grew on me and I had to keep raising its grades. Its aroma could be more explicit, though.

Photo of ISmith87
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - kind of hazy golden amber color, thick film of bubbles on top sticks around, leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smells like piney grapefruit, with maybe some bready malts in the background.

T - Bitter, piney grapefruit flavors, doesn't get to complex. Strong bitterness at the back of the mouth.

M - Bitter aftertaste again not that well defined. The alc is not well covered in this one, and I think this is one of the only times I've said that. Carbonation - medium, mouthfeel - medium.

O - It's not a bad IPA, but it's not great by any means. I wouldn't drink it again.

Photo of JAFoley
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale orange with nice white head of medium/fine bubbles. Really nice retention and lacing.

S - Citrus lemon

T - More of the citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, and floral, and light earthy malts in the base.

M - Medium body with high carbonation, maybe a bit too much for my liking.

O - Not a bad IPA. Bitter and earthy, not sweet in any way. I'll definitely pick this up again in the future.

Photo of Nanners
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's been about a year since I tried this but I have been thinking about it again lately. There have been sixes of this still sitting at my local for a year now. Let me just say. I am a hop head...proud. So I got that out of the way. I drink beers like white rajah, and panzer wolf pretty regularly. I am a fan of bitters and hops. I have access to a lot of great IPAs. This beer put my tongue in a vice. It's all about the bitters. Eye watering bitters. There is a lemon, citrus fresh on the back end but by that time it's too late. There are no taste buds left. The appearance of the beer is highly unusual as well. Piss yellow.

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

A: Dark yellow like pee when you are dehydrated. Moderately cloudy, no head and any white foam fades fast.

S: Hops, red peppers, grapefruit, little malt, little fruitiness.

T: Snow with freezeburn, white grapefruit, then a strong bitter hop that lingers long dull and hard.

M: Medium syrupy resinous body, medium low carbonation.

O: Great label with the black lab, solid beer on all accounts, drank beginning my holiday in Phuket after finding it in Chiang Mai Rimping. Would pair well with spicy food. Glad to have found one my bro likes over here in Asia.

Photo of silverking
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, deep gold with a creamy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and so is the lacing.

S- The hops offer Pine and slight floral notes. There is also a touch of tropical fruit. The malt shows a little bit, with nuances of caramel and baked bread.

T- More malt forward on the palate than the aroma would allow me to believe. It starts off semi-sweet with caramel and citrus and moves into a grapefruit rind bitterness mid-palate. The finish is long with a sharp, aggressive hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O- Not bad, actually, quite good.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a mini keg into a lagunitas wide mouth glass.

Pours a darker golden color with a large white head that slowly dissipates. Smell is very prominent citrus and hops. very big smell that hits you just as the beer touches the glass. The taste isn't as big as the smell. It is very balanced between malts and hops, neither one overwhelms the other. slightly sweet aftertaste with just the right amount of bitterness from an IPA. high carbonation (thanks to the mini keg) and medium bodied.

overall a VERY easy to drink IPA. it might be the easiest drinking IPA ive ever had. No wonder they sell this in mini kegs, it's so easy to down.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a meringue-like permanent 1/2 inch head with extensive lacing and hazy orange-gold hazy color. Aroma is a strong whiff of citrus and pine with a slight malt aroma in the background. Flavor is balanced by a strong malt backbone and generous dose of American hops. Slight honey and biscuit notes. Mouthfeel is decent. Overall this is an IPA that is deceptively easy to drink like a session ale. Take it easy.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass at PiBar - Lausanne.

A: Pours a light cloudy orange color forming a nice, creamy and soapy light yellow head. Good retention and lots of lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet grains, herbal hops and tropical fruits. Notes of pine and pineapple. Caramel too

T: Slightly sweet upfront followed by a strong hoppy bitterness sting. Quite malty with a persistent dry bitterness in the end. Notes of caramel and wood. In overall, a dry and bitter taste. Very piny hoppy profile which suggests the presence of Chinook or Simcoe (or both) hops

M: Medium body and good carbonation. Dry hoppy bitterness as aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. My first Rogue. Classic American IPA. Recommend

Photo of beerdrifter
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't believe I've never reviewed this beer. Cloudy golden yellow pour with an off-white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Nicely balanced nose with sweet biscuity malts and equally intense citrusy, resiny, piney, hop notes. The taste definitely leans towards the hops. Huge bitter citrus notes with hints of lemon zest, grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and some subtle caramel malt sweetness to keep it honest. The mouthfeel is totally mouth-puckering with a sharp, bitter, in-your-face hop bite from start to finish. With that said, it's one of the more sessionable hop bombs out there. Overall, this is one of beers I always come back to. It's just an all around solid IPA.

Photo of bmwats
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Lots of effervescence. Pours about a 2 finger, bubbly white head. Settles into a froth, and has a dry slow disintegration; leaving dry residue in its wake. Sporadic lacing. Head never really dissolved completely. Head renews completely with each pour.

S: Hay and pine.

T: Very hoppy and bitter. Just a bit of sweet tea, woody notes, and peat. Alkaline, pungent, and rubbery.

M: Light and shallow body. The slightest hit of sweetness as it careens onto the palette. Dry, pungent finish. Steely aftertaste which haunts you throughout.

D: Pungent and mouth-puckering, will dictate a more plodding experience.

Atmosphere is really solid. Lots of carbonation, a great head which never really vacates the brew completely, and a bit of sporadic lacing. Nose is a basic combination of fresh hay and pine. Hoppy and bitter, with some sweet and woody notes cleverly settled in. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of IsaacCraft
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Maybe my pallet isn't ready for the IPA since I'm a relatively new beer drinker, but I didn't particularly enjoy this beer. It got a great deal better toward the end, which is why I rated it as average, on taste, but the overwhelming bitterness was tough to get past. I didn't notice much in the way of mouthfeel because of how quickly I swallowed every sip to get past the bitterness. I did enjoy the background flavors though. I believe I would have really enjoyed this beer if it weren't for the bitterness, but I'm pretty sure I could handle it if I just simply wasn't a wimp.

Photo of Jemonster
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice thick white head, leaves a lot of lacing, opaque gold color. Medium sized bubbles.

S: The amarillo hops come out first with a lot of floral notes.

T: Light floral hops, and standard bitterness for the style. Having not had a plain ol' single IPA in a while, it seems like it's lacking in something.

M: Creamy and rich for an IPA. Moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty good but kind of standard IPA. I like it.

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with copper highlights and a dense one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is fairly subtle. Lemon, fresh cut grass, pine, and a hint of cattiness are subtle, with floral hops and slightly sweet, bready malt rounding things out.

Flavor reveals more hop character. There's an initial citrus kick, which subsides to toasted malt, ending decidedly bitter. Tangerine, orange, and mango emerge in subsequent sips, quickly giving way to resiny and earthy, bitter hops at the end. There's enough malt to hold things together, but that's about it.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, and slight alcohol warmth.

Definitely has the bitterness of an ipa. Flavoring hops make a good showing. Wish there was just a lot more prevalent aroma. And the bitterness is more than my palate favors.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale orange IPA with excellent foam and lacing. Good carbonation as well.

Smell: Very strong pine cones. Very Northwestern.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similarly to the smell, the flavor is full of Cascade hops. A bit too assertive on the hop bitterness, but it finishes with a nice resiny mouthfeel. Medium-full body.

Overall Drinkability: A pretty IPA that could use some more balance or some toning down of the hops.

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Personaly I love this beer ... High IBU brewed beers are not for everyone, especially if you are not used to them. Rogue has a special touch to the beers they make! ....I am a home brewer and would love to make this kind of beer.

Very nice golden color, very good aroma ... malt hop ballanced well concidering the high hop addition. Great hop flavor, ...don't plan on drinking any other kind of beer after this one, you won't really taste it!

If you like "Ruination, Hop Slam, ...ect, you will like this one!

Photo of atr2605
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy golden, almost light copper color with an off white head that has great retention
S-citrus, lemon, grapefruit, hint of pine
T-Ton of citrus and lemon flavors, with the malt coming in the finish and providing a nice sweetness and leaving orange zest on the palate
M-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-really solid example of the big hoppy citrus filled American style of the IPA. Would most certainly drink again

Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,923 ratings.