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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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634 Reviews
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Reviews: 634
Hads: 1,946
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.69%
Wants: 68
Gots: 236 | 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
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Reviews: 634 | Hads: 1,946
Photo of doogey
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle, into a standard british pint glass.

A nice yellow, almost copper color. Very good lacing... my glass is coated!

You are presented with a nice hoppy floral smell, giving you a good idea of what coming. It doesn't disappoint. It's a very good IPA. It's smooth up front, and with nice malty beginning, tempered by the hoppy nose. It transitions nicely to a strong hoppy finish. Your tongue is left with the taste of hops, nice strong (but not overpowering) hops. And it lingers well. Did I say the word "hops" enough?

I can't stand some of the typical "harsh" american IPA's. And this is not one of them.

It very much a Rogue beer... Hoppy, good medium alcohol content, and smooth all the way through.

I could find myself drinking tons of this.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap @ the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR

Head a little bit about this one before I got to try it and it was pretty good, nothing super special or extreme but a good IPA none the less.

A- Cloudy Golden color, 1 finger head, good lacing.

S- Has that "Rogue" smell too it, Big hops smell

T- Again with the signature "Rogue" taste, Good hoppy taste all the way till the end with a good bitter end too it.

M- Good consistency

D- I really dig a good IPA so I could drink this one all day long.

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Photo of erikm25
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy and honey colored. Almost an off-bright or dimmed down orange hue. Decent cloudy white head with solid retention. Big bubbled lacing all around the circumference of the beer and eventually sticking down the sides of the glass.

S: Nice balance of citrus and floral hops. Not overly aromatic or strong. It is softer in smell with a combination of light fruit and malt aromas.

T: A nice sharpened bitter taste like freshly squeezed grapefruit. The pine hops are present and the finish is biting, lemony, and peppered. Not as much malts are in the taste as I expected. The bitterness hangs around for awhile so the only thing I am missing is some spicy food.

M: Nice medium body with good carbonation.

D: I remember some saying like "don't drink the yellow snow." Chances are if it tasted like this then I would. My throat was a little sore and the bitterness just did the right amount of numbing. I would love to be able to get a growler of this stuff.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large frothy head into my Sam Adams glass. I gave it a nice pour, but I recommend being careful. The head builds quickly and recedes slowly, leaving clumpy residue as it goes.

The smell is fresh and full of citrus hops. I expect strong bitterness.

As expected, the hops hit the tongue fiercely. Then an interesting serious of tastes passes by in a whirlwind. I first get a strong taste of alcohol, then the malts present themselves very delicately and faintly, and finally the hops overwhelm everything. This one is more complex than I expected, but unfortunately ends up being a hop bomb. I will enjoy trying to pick out those minor details while I finish this bomber, though.

Recommended if you have never had it. Probably won't have it again.

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Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange body with a big cap of white foam.

Smell: Citrus and lemon aroma from the hops.

Taste: Bitter citrus flavor from the hops. Not much else is going on except some sweetness from the malts.

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Photo of ABHatter
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz btl into 20oz Guinness glass. Pours a slightly hazy glowing orange/peach color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Smell is mostly of bready malts with your standard IPA citrusey notes. Sweet caramel malt entry on the front & mid palate then finishes with an impressive hop bitterness on the finish. Great mouthfeel due to the delay of bitterness on the palate. Mild alcohol lingers a tad on the end. Drinkability is quite good. Not quite a session beer, but certainly 2 bombers consecutivly wouldn't be a problem for your average hophead. I am really a big fan of this beer! The Hopiness does not smack you in the face, tearing your taste buds to shreds like a lot of other IPA's. But this beer certainly doesn't disappoint in anyway due to the superb balance. HIghly Recommended!!

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fluffy two finger white head capping off a slightly hazy orange-golden body. It just looks tasty. Tons of lacing. Silky smooth semi-light maltiness comes first, with piny hops just seeming to balance. Tasty fruity esters complement the hops nicely. Malt sweetness in the middle, hop bitterness comes out a bit more on the finish. Very refreshing. Not as in your face as many American IPAs.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice hazy peach colored body with a huge amount of carbonation.Thick white fluffy head,looks like its gonna leave great lacing.


Not a sharp bitterness but hoppy all around.Make any sense? Some malts keep the hops from being over bearing.Nice bitterness at the end of the sip.

Nice Carbonation with a prickley mouthful.

Great beer and well worth it for everyone to try.

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Photo of froghop
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a medium size off-white head, very nice lacing.

smell of peach, orange, apricot, and citrus, with hops in the back.

taste has lots of hops up front, tart and sweet fruit (as it smells), strong grapefruit, ends bitter and slightly dry.

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prepackaged growler on sale at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.

Nice pour. Dual hues of deep red and orange amber, nice and hazy, with an amazingly large and retentive, soapy head

Smells strongly of Rogue's distinctive pacman yeast, crisp and bready, with some strong amarillo hops adding some citrus and and nodes of earthy peat.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Very bitter all around--the yeast tries to balance out the dry, earthy hops but doesn't quite do it all the way. The yeast is wonderful, and so's the Roguey pacman aftertaste, but a stronger malt profile really would have benefitted the beer.

Very good, but not not quite great.

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Photo of Walken
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue: Yellow Snow IPA (Tasted 11/23/08) (No Date)
22 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orange/yellow with a huge puffy white head with beyond insane retention, almost Belgian lace going on with giant chunks of fluff on the glass. Not really all that surprising considering Maier's heavy handed hopping style and use of CaraFoam malt in this beer.
Odor: Bright snappy orange zest aromas with a resinous, grassy undertone. Not much recognizable maltiness in the nose.
Consistency: Medium body, moderate carbonation massages the palate without really amplifying the hop bitterness.
Flavor: Dextrin sweetness hits first and stays as firm as possible during the hop assault. Bitterness ramps up slowly as the hop flavors burst out, juicy fruit, fresh cut grass and grapefruit. Slight dry sourdough malt/Pacman flavor that peeks out here and there. Finish is long and hoppy, definitely some oils on the tongue.

This is definitely a good beer and I can't say I wouldn't drink the hell out of it if I had the chance, but as it stands, it didn't really wow me. John Maier brews "palate bruisers", as he puts it, very well, but I'd really like to see something different come out of this brewery for once. Gripes I aside, give this one a whirl if you like the hops!

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Photo of jaxon53
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a brown bomber. Always interested in Rogue offerings.

Appearance: Yellow Snow IPA pours out a pale golden color, that is quite clear. A pretty normal pour resulted in about two fingers of white frothy head. Head lingered a bit, leaving behind a generous coating of white lace on the glass.

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma out front with a good amount of malt. Slight notes of pine and citrus are noted. Quite yeasty and bready in my opinion. Not a real strong nose on this one.

Taste: A strong dose of , bitter citrusy hops are backed up nicely by a thick malt backbone. Notes of grapefruit peel, and lemon zest. Also notice a hint of pine in the background. Has a nice dry, bitter hop finnish.

Mouthfeel: Has a somewhat light, medium bodied mouthfeel. Seems a bit thin. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink. Not a bad beer, just not at the top of my list.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, muddled yellow, with some brown. Some effervescence, with a good number of CO2 streams rising along the sides to feed the white head, which has a top of the clouds, pockmarked appearance. Decent retention settles to a nice film, with good lacing.

Citrusy hops to the nose, grapefruit. Some English Pale notes as well, with biscuity hops.

Grapefruit notes to the taste - upfront, throughout, and in the aftertaste. Some pine, as well. Biscuit flavors accompany some hop resins at the end. A bitter aftertaste and finish, but not at all dry - I'm left sated.

Well carbonated. Fairly light in body, with a creamy feel that is cut by carbonation prickliness.

A lot in the flavor department to be that sessionable, unless people would excuse pauses in conversation due to Bitter Mouth Syndrome.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich, hazy copper with golden highlights and a fluffy white head.

rich hops dominate, with pine and lemony citrus notes, good floral notes too, very inviting

sturdy pine body with a slight lemony zest notes, good biscuity malt body without being too big, dry pine finish

good body, crispy dry hops on the lingering finish

a solid, sturdy IPA, not usually a fan of Rogue beers, but this is the first I would buy again. tastes like an IPA should with a nice sturdy piney body with a slight citrus edge.

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

Picked up a growler of this at the local beer store. And I've got to drink it all before my girlfriend gets home. Pours the color of yellow snow, hence the 5/5 on appearance. Smells of fruity citrus hops and taste like the same, which is very good, a highly drinkable wonderfully smooth beer. Love the amarillo hops.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big ole' head of foamy eggshell white head. Finally settles down into a thin creamy layer of retention that begets some thick and sticky rings of lace. The aroma is resinous and floral with citrus and notes of sweetness underneath. The sweetness really stands out to me for some reason.

The taste is an aggressive hop bite right off the bat that offers up notes of spice and pine first. This is well balanced by citrus, bready malts, and sweet caramel character. The hops return to the forefront with a finish that is dry, bitter, and lingering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation up front that then spreads out and gets creamier with a nice amount of oily slickness in the feel.

Solid IPA from Rogue that offers good balance and a nice aggressive hop profile. I'm not sure what the ABV on this was but it definitely felt a little higher to me. One bomber was plenty for this sitting.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Builds a massive head of rocky, off-white foam that ever-so-slowly recedes to a thick half-inch cap. Lots of lacing left down the side of the glass, too. The body of Yellow Snow is just that--yellow, with an extremely cloudy pineapple hue. Aroma is bursting with fruits and yeasty esters (mango, banana, and pineapple), while a sweet caramel/biscuit maltiness lurks beneath. A sprinkle of piney hops is detectable as well.

The flavor had two distinct properties. First, fruity yeasts meet the front of the tongue, landing sweet mango and pineapple notes. Then, upon swallowing, a bitter, resinous, grassy hop-onslaught takes over. For only 70 IBU's, this thing drinks like 100! A malty backbone of bread, caramel, and candy lasts throughout, but gets displaced by the unadulterated hoppiness. Now, I like hops just as much as the next man, but the body felt a bit unbalanced and harshly bitter, especially toward the finish. Consistency is slightly sticky and light, and could've used a bit more carbonation.

In my opinion, Yellow Snow bordered on a Belgian IPA, with its big fruity esters and grassy bitterness. Stylistically it worked well, but I would have liked a smoother transition from fruit & malts to the hoppy finish. Still, Rogue never ceases to bore me, and I'd gladly purchase this beer again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a rather nice bottle a hazy orange/gold color with a white head about half an inch thick. Quite a bit of sediment in the bottle (mung as the lady at the store called and insisted that i get a different bottle because it was probably spoiled).

S: Nice grapefruit scents from the amarillo hops, a nice sweet malt is there but is quickly over powered by the hops. distinctive rogue yeast smells as well. kind of a lemon/mineral spirits scent in the forefront, maybe somewhat towards a sulfur,

T: citrusy, tea flavors as well, black tea, somewhat astringent, not too bad really though, not a whole lot of malt here, in fact very little sweetness is perceived, the hops dominate this one, what little bit of malt is there is really grainy, not much sweetness. somewhat of a soapy flavor too.

M: thin, lightly carbonated, and excessively dry on the finish, there is almost no wetness on the finish of this beer, very dry, and lots of lingering bitterness, the bitterness sticks in there quite a while.

D: as much as I would like to be able to drink a lot of this beer, it just isn't quite up to par, not a bad seasonal beer, but I'm definitely glad I didn't go with the mini-keg of it. not a bad beer, just a little out of balance and slightly astringent.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a while back. Now from the bottle.

A:Slightly hazy golden copper in color. Poured with a finger of white head. Nice lacing.

S: Nice piney hop nose with a slight hint of citrus.

T: Sweet up front with a nice subtle hop bitterness. Nice citrus and piney hop notes.

M: Medium bodied. Nothing to make it really stand out.

D: Very nice. If the ABV is low enough this would be a good session beer. Has that very distinctive Rogue taste.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Yellow Snow pours a hazy yellow color with some sticky blizzard like lacing on the side of the glass. It had a solid 3 finger foam head that took a while to go down.

The aroma was fruity and citrusy. It had a good malt backbone with an abrasive hop finish. If you are not a hop head this might be a little too much for you. I think it is just right. After this brew you the buds won't be able to decipher much else. It is raspy on the tongue and back of the throat and is an aggressive IPA. Overall another enjoyable beer from the boys on the bay.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange yellow with a big wet and sticky white head. Looks a lot like a cask beer.

Aroma of grapefruit and orange hops and a smaller sweet, earthy malt presence.

Big bite of bitter hoppiness dominates any malts nearby. The bitterness lingers through the finish but decreases as the beer warms.

Lighter mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

The bitterness overpowers all. I would have preferred a bit more maltiness for balance. Still, a nice IPA form Rogue.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale glass a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with some nice thick islands/sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, nice citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, very slight malts going on, very nice bitter citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice IPA, recommended.

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Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter. Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice frothy off-white head. The aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops, sweet malts and a slight hint of Pacman yeast. The taste is a wonderful plethora of hops that are nicely balanced with malts but linger nicely as sticky pine on the tongue. The beer is medium bodied with some slightly present alcohol, but nothing overwhelming. This is certainly a very enjoyable IPA, just what I would expect from Rogue.

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Photo of jcwenzel1
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have been waiting for Rogue to come out with a solid IPA (besides their Imperial IPA which is incredible!). They have several Pale Ales the skirt the issue of an IPA, kind of like this brew. When I first poured this beer it reminded me of a White Ale in colour. The aroma was surprisingly light on hops, I think I was expecting a Dogfish Head style hop aroma. A wonderful light citrus smell filled the glass. A cream coloured head. There was nice subtle cascading while this sweet beer went down. Altough the aroma lacked hops the taste did not.

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Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a dark, golden orange with a 1" white head that leaves light lacing as it dissipates.
S-a mild but nice grapefruit hops with a bit of sweet malt. The smells are very airy & floral.
T-a bitter bite to start then some grassiness and followed by some malt flavor at the end.
M-is medium with a fair amount of carbonation.
D-is good, a Bomber was no problem to finish.

This is a better than average IPA. I'd like to smell and taste more hops but it's still a very pleasant beer.

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.