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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:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 637 | Hads: 1,960
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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Photo of beerdrifter
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of IsaacCraft
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
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!

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Photo of atr2605
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of scot_chale
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Very murky cloudy orange- there was some yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I thought I should pour it like my homebrew, and leave the yeast behind, but I decided to pour it in as it did not say anything about leaving it behind. Heavy 3 fingers of white pillowy foam that recedes in 1 finger in about 2 minutes. It looks like head mountains.

S- Classic mild IPA aroma. Citrusy hops with an almost vanilla ice cream type sweetness.

T- BOY! IS THAT BITtER!? The amarillo hops are mean. Not for the faint of heart. Grapefruit, orange peel, pine needles, and lawn clippings in an aggressive hop package. Can't pick up much from the malt because the hops are so over the top.

M- Medium carbonation, nice soft liquid feel, not too dry. You can swish it around nicely and it doesn't get too spritzy or dry. It's a little creamy as well.

O-Too strong for this guy. I like my IPA's, but i like them to be balanced and the hops to be uniform. This is a good example of how the American brewery's are trying to make up for the European's insulting our beer tastes for so long. I fear we may have gone a little too far, but for those on a quest to try the biggest, meanest, bitterest IPA's America has to offer, this should be on the list.

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Photo of swalesean
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden haze. Moderate white head dissipates fairly quickly though lacing is durable throughout entire glass. Nose consists of predominant sweet malts overlaying subtle citrus; ultimately charactersitic of while understated for the variety. Same hierarchy initially persists in taste before giving way to a peppery finish.

I need to taste this one closer to release.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden (appropriate) yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, pine, pine hop, and spicy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If you are a hop-head this brew is definitely made with you in mind. While the hops aren’t overly aggressive like some out there, this one is very hoppy and brings a nice hoppy spiciness along with it. This fact keeps your palate intrigued but does not fatigue it at the same time. Just wish that there was a little more sweetness to balance it out slightly. Definitely worth trying for any craft beer fan out there.

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Photo of jaz58
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine IPA. Served in a clear pint glass.

Very nice golden orange colour, cludy, with a very thin head.

Very good nose of carmel and malt

Citrus start to the taste finshed with a generous hit of hops that lingers for a decent amount of time.

Round mouthfeel.

An over all favorite to add to my IPA list..

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured out from a bottle. It was golden in colour with a cloudy, orange hue to it. The beer had a very light nose to it. There wasn't much going on except for a slight aroma of hop. The taste, however, was very bold. It was clean upfront, transitioned into a citrus-hop taste, and concluded with a strong, bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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