Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 632
Hads: 1,934
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 66
Gots: 220 | 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.

15º PLATO
70 IBU
76 AA
14º Lovibond
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Reviews: 632 | Hads: 1,934
Photo of therica
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One-dimensional, sour-dry, and as it turns ot only 6.5%ABV for my $15.99/sixpack. For price comparison Dead Guy was $12.99.

I would be disappointed with this brew even if it were free or a gift. (198 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into std pint glass. Slightly hazy gold color. Decent head with medium retention. Nice persistent lacing. The aroma was a bit subtle and underwhelming. The flavor was nicely balanced with grassy, earthy hops and with a bit of astringent bitterness on the back end. Overall nice round mouthfeel. All-in-all, a very nice beer. Some of the more prominent IPAs have a more forward aroma and a little less bitterness on the back end but I would happily drink this any time. (495 characters)

Photo of muchos
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first review ever....

22 oz bottle given to me by Walls on 12/24.
No date on the bottle. Consumed on 12/24.
Into the Duvel.

L: Orange-ish. Small foamy head. If it doesn't look like a glass o' soda pop, then I don't think there's anything wrong with the look.

S: Smells sweet, malty. As it warmed it smelled like marshmallows. And fruit. In a good way. Kinda like that bag of flavored marshmallows you got once. Yum. Not smelling ipa-ish tho.

T: Taste is bitter. Yes, she's an ipa. Lemon peel (ah, yes, yellow snow), watermelon, pine. Just enough sweetness. Very unique.

M: Mouthfeel was fine. What?

O: Out of the small handful of ipa's I've had, this is one of the best. Dy-no-mite. I'll be enjoying this one again soon. (730 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy brownish yellow with some floaties. The maltiness is solid and the body is a bit heartier than most standard IPAs. The hop bitterness is quite potent as well.

The name is terribly unappetizing but the beer itself is a very well crafted offering. (260 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Sure is yellow. Pretty lacing already.

No freshness date but it sure is bitter. Juicy fruit and citrus in the nose.

Sharp bite initially with a crispness. Lemon and pine really push through from the hops. Finishes dry and really coats the tongue with a resinous bitterness. This only makes my tastebuds crave Another sip. Good doughy character from the light malt bill.

This is a pleasant change of pace from most winter beers. Easy drinking IPA that I would seek out again. (477 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Clear gold body, thick white head, never completely fades and leaves very heavy lacing.
S - Flower hops, biscuit with light toast.
T - Grassy, earthy hops, solid malt backbone, slightly atsringent aftertaste.
M - Medium/thick body, medium carb. Very smooth/oily as a result it lingers on the palate.
O - A good IPA for the winter. The heavy body makes it more suitable for colder weather. Try it out. (408 characters)

Photo of DEdesings57
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Serving type: Bottle
Freshness: N/A no date on bottle
Glass: Baby Duvel Tulip
BY THE WAY: This is a single hopped beer with Amarillo only.

Appearance: Yellow, straw like color with a light gold hue. Nice big white frothy head. Tight bubbles.

Aroma: With all the grape-fruit, citrus bombs out there, this beer provided a very pleasant and different aroma. Full of lemon grass, pine, fruit, and sweet malt. The aroma is not as heavy as its competitors but different enough to win in the category of uniqueness.

Taste: You get that lemon grass bitterness and citrus in the taste. But the malt is there to keep things balanced. The house pacman yeast provides an unusually pleasant yeast like flavor that comes in the form of lightly cooked biscuits and bread.

Mouth-feel: light-med

Aftertaste: yes dry but not causing you to down a gallon of water. Like I have been saying, very pleasant.

Overall: This is a great beer brewed without the need of harmful chemicals or preservatives that other brewers use( to me thats a plus ). I highly recommend this beer not because its an OUTSTANDING beer with 100 IBUs and 10%ABV, NO, its just a really good damn beer! (1,161 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA has a medium, off-white head, a murky, yellow-orange-gold appearance, nice lacing, and noticeable bubble streams. Aroma is of lightly-roasted malt, light fruit, and unusual yeast. Taste is of straightforward, but not citrus-grapefruit-pineapple, bitterness, sweetness, yeast, and white bread. Mouthfeel is medium, and Rogue Yellow Snow IPA finishes not so dry, and pleasant.

RJT (402 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. This stuff just came into town yesterday, so I'm certain it's fresh. Acquired the six pack from the local beer store. No idea why this shit is so expensive.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a brassy burnt sienna orange with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Leaves behind good thick strands of lacing. Some carbonation bubbles lazily floating topside. Looks very nice.

S - A unique and pleasant aroma - floral, herbal, dirty, and earthy. Creamy, and slightly appley. Lots of honeyed bready malt presence.

T - The taste is mostly bready and malt driven, but it's very nicely flavored for a single hop IPA. The Amarillo presents notes of pine, resin, and grapefruit. Notes of apples and some metallics on the end.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied with good crisp carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA from Rogue. Not entirely sure why this one is a winter seasonal, but it is one whose release I look forward to.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA -----4/5. (1,044 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.05/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a finger high, and shaded just slightly off-white. I'm rather impressed by the long-lasting retention, and the thick texture as well. There isn't much lacing left behind, though. (3.5)

Smell: Holy lemon zest. Compared with other Amarillo-laden beers, this really brings forth a lot of lemony notes, along with a mild floral presence. Also, I'm getting a touch of body odor. Uh oh. Come to think of it, it smells kind of sweaty. Damnit, Rogue! (2.25)

Taste: Oh, fuck. While there are strong lemon notes, the way it combines with the hop bitterness and Rogue's yeast strain makes it taste like a combination of urine, onion, garlic, and body odor. Ugh. On the plus side, the malts seem nicely subdued. Great, I guess? (1.75)

Mouthfeel: Well, at least it has the crisp dryness I like in an IPA. But when the flavors suck, who cares? The carbonation is nicely strong, at least. (2.5)

Overall: Holy crap, Rogue managed to make a beer taste JUST like eating yellow snow! It's like a Frank Zappa song gone horribly, horribly right. Rogue keeps letting me down, and as a result, I'm gonna dump this. Maybe it's their yeast strain? As I'm drinking this...yeah, it's definitely their yeast strain. (1.75)

2.01/5: Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you drink that yellow snow (IPA) (1,367 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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. (255 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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; (329 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of BlazerT
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (2,965 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,662 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of Flopjack
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (1,403 characters)

Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.