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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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650 Reviews
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Reviews: 650
Hads: 2,008
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 73
Gots: 281 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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: 650 | Hads: 2,008
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Nanners
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of silverking
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.