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Yellow Snow IPA - Rogue Ales

Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

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Ratings: 1572
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: Avryle on 07-26-2008)
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Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue- Yellow Snow IPA

A- Bright hazy orange with a moderate size head. Good lacing.
S- Light on the nose but sweet pine/ grapefruit hops dominate.
T- Big bitter grapefruit/ pine hops with a nice creamy caramel malt. Slight taosted grain/ sunflower seed flavor in the malt.
M- Big thick sweet malt with an equally balanced bitter hop bite. Finishes creamy.

Overall- Solid throughout. Sessionable and a good beer to drink on a snowy afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 21:31:09 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy IPA with a nice lingering half-finger head.

Smell: Oh god! So good. Citrusy hops and pine. Lots of earthy aromas come through and a bit of molasses as well.

Taste: Very bitter. It lists it as 70IBU on the bottle and I'd say that's a pretty conservative estimate. The pine-tree hoppiness complements the citrus flavours exceptionally well. There is a slight alcohol flavour as well as some caramel from the malt.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with good bitterness hitting all parts of the tongue. This is just a joy to savour. A slight sourness mixes well with the maltiness and creates a nice balance in such an overtly unbalanced style of beer.

Drinkability: The bitterness is so high that eventually your palate would be shot so I could definitely drink a few pints, but after that it would be a waste.

Overall: This beer reminds me a lot of Stone's IPA. Huge bitter hop profile and a nice malty balance makes this a well-rounded beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 01:03:35 | More by Hornet2003
Photo of roan22

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Edit 1/10/10:
2009 version is also awesome! Had it on draft too this year. Increasing taste to 5.

Original Review:
Yellow Snow IPA I purchased mainly because I had seen some beer advocate buzz about it, and being an IPA lover, I had to check it out.

Comes in a typical Rogue bomber, the appearance eshews traditional paper labels and uses burnt on images (usually featuring a real person..an idol, or a collaborator, or a Rogue employee, or maybe a cariature of one)....creative of Rogue to go this route with their bottle appearances, IMO.

Appearance is a "Tang" colored orange with nice puffy off white foam. Typical to IPA style.

Aroma is mainly citrus fruits: melon, grapefruit, orange, maybe apple... with a hint of piney mint resin.

Taste is awesome...the hops are piney bitterness and zesty grapefruit. Puckery! mmmm

Excellent choice for me being a hophead...best beer I have ever had from Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 07:38:20 | More by roan22
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4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy and smooth with a big white head. Lots of lacing and sticky foam all down the glass. Fantastic Amarillo hop taste and aroma. What an American IPA should be. Nice malt backbone. I could drink this one all day long. Even at $5.75 for a 22 oz. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 22:28:59 | More by vtbeerman
Photo of bamadog


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another solid beer from Rogue -- this is a very enjoyable brew.

Appearance: Cloudy, light orange in color -- lighter than I thought it would be. A massive 3 finger pillow/thick head with tons of carbonation bubbling through the glass. The head eventually worked itself down to a about a 1/4 inch head and left a solid sticky lacing the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Smells bitter - very bitter, citrusy and fruity.

Taste: Bitter, very very bitter. I like it. It's like biting into a grapefruit first thing in the morning. There is also a strong presence of alcohol running through it as well.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky and oily -- very nice coating and it lingers. The bitterness makes the mouth water almost uncontrollably. It's pretty great!

Drinkability: I like it a lot and this is a great beer to work though. If you don't like bitter, don't drink it, but if you enjoy sipping through it and picking up on the various notes it's amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:34:33 | More by bamadog
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one on-tap at the Daily Planet in Burlington. The beer was poured for me a hazy, deep gold color with a one finger head. Average retention that left streaks of lacing. The aroma was pleasant and clean, citrus hops and floral hops with hints of malt behind it. The flavors were bold and defined, a flash of caramel malt sweetness followed by lots of expansive floral and citrus hop character with a good malty balance. The finish was sharp and bitter but not crisp per se because it lingered on my tongue. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium/full and the carbonation nice for the style. Another good Rogue offering.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 21:36:57 | More by thekevlarkid
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber ($4.99 at Whole Foods in Columbus). I bought this 90% based on name, 10% based on it being from Rogue. It looked really good, hazy-opaque dark orange color with a huge laceable head. The smell is amarillo hops (I think), spicy and pungent, with bready yeast in the back. The taste is nice, all citrus-style hops, just like an IPA should taste. More than worth the money, a very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:42:36 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so glad rogue brought this one back. hazy honey gold. white head. good lace. nose is cirtusy amarillo style and leathery bread. i think it is the best part of the beer. and yes, it is there... you know you smell it. the brewers at rogue didn't use the combination of amarillo and melanoiden for nothing. yes... you'rein rogue territory. get it? youre in? well done. yellow snow. well balanced for a hop bomb, and nice long lemony grapefuit finish. i'm getting the 5l because apparently i like the taste of yellow snow.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:57:06 | More by timtim
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South Carolina

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

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Decent head that folds into a thick lace that sticks untill well after your done.

Smell: Hops and citrus notes with subtle bread like malt.

Taste: Bold hop flavor that is chewable, this gives way to citrus notes and subtle undertones of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that finishes wet.

Drinkability: Good IPA not sure of how sessionable this is due the the hop profile. This all depends on you and your taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 15:04:08 | More by mbenthall
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent IPA from Rogue. Golden honey colour with a nice thick, creamy white head that sticks all over the glass.

Hoppy, floral smell with a low malt profile. Smells almost like a double IPA. Hints of bread tease the nose.

Full-on hop flavour and a noticeable bread flavour from the malts. A little heavy on the hops, but the malt holds it own, and keeps the hops from running away.

Carbonation could stand to be a little lower, but otherwise a decent drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 03:37:28 | More by BDTyre
Photo of thespaceman


3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber

Appearance: Honey colored golden in appearance, a bit cloudy, bottom of the glass looks a bit thicker then the top, minimal to no head, lacing is good though.

Smell: Huge orange citrus hops in the forefront, trumps most of the other aromas in the glass, a bit of clementine spice, and some other fruity florals. Can't really put a finger on it but it's sweet to the nose.

Taste: What a grand finale in the finish! HUGE HOP FLAVOR, this might take a page exactly from the nose but the grapefruit esque, citrus aromas explode. Doesn't taste like a true IPA until the finish, a bit of sour bitterness in the front, but the finish is the huge explantation point.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, mouthfeel tends to think it will be creamy yet this one gets wet on the palete once it sits there. Light in the body, yet keeps a decent amount of complexity.

Drinkability: Good for one or two of these, not very sessionable due to the fact that hops overpower the actual finish of the beer, not that it isn't tasty, but yet I wish there was a bit more going on then just the usual "throw a lotta hops in there" type of brew. I'm not a big IPA guy yet this one is still a decent beer, maybe "good" for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 01:46:24 | More by thespaceman
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Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. brown bomber (although it was damn tempting to pick up the mini-keg!). Pours out a cloudy marmalade in appearance, impressive billowing off-white head with equally impressive retention.

Leathery and biscuit malt in the aroma, fragrant floral and citrus hops, and....well, how does one bring this up? Maybe it's just in my head, and I haven't read any of the other reviews yet to see if this is regular for this beer, but I'm picking up some slightly briney/earthy urine aroma as well, nothing overly pungent, it's faint. My hands are clean, the glass is clean, I'm nowehere's near a WC or animals at the moment. Curious....and in a way brilliant if they were able to reproduce such a thing with the malt, yeast and hops!

The taste however does not reflect that last aside regarding the aroma, thank goodness. Earthy biscuity malt up front along with immediate citrus zing from the hops, they're neck and neck right from the beginning. The hops pretty much take over by the middle, leafy and an assertive presence of pine. Zesty white grapefruit rind on the finish that shreds its way across the palate, but in a cordial manner.

Mouthfeel is a bit of alchemy, full and rounded texture, yet watery and quaffable enough that it easily slides across the palate and down the throat, all the while leaving a faint trace of stickiness in the mouth, like a lingering kiss.

Nice work with the Amarillo hops, they provide a nice twist from the usual PNW hop-bomb results of Cascade hops, and are pretty much kissing cousins when all is said and done. Even from near the bottom of the glass I'm still getting a hint of that faux urine presence, and shaking my head in wonder. After all, up here in the Great White North, we're taught at a very young age not to eat yellow snow, as there's enough of it around in abundance (or at least it used to be, global warming these days and all....). All that said and done, I think I'll be picking up the mini-keg next time, this is a mighty tasty IPA, and one worth sharing!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:24:02 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in the back of a store, who knows how long it had been there. What's not to like about the appearance of an IPA? In my pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head that left abundant lacing. Aroma was a little weak, I could detect a floral aroma, and not much else. Primarily pine taste, tiny bit of citrus, and a nice lingering bitterness. Enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 14:45:46 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Chelsea1905


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle

Nice yellow golden colour witha thick foamy head. Little bit of effervescence throughout the drink

Smelled like hops and caramel malt, but the change from one to the other was remniscent of yellow snow itself!

Tasted fine, citrusy hops up front and a little malt finish, not bad at all.

Slightly too effervescent for an IPA for my liking, but better than some others out there

Drinks well

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 04:11:52 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of Wildman


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, malt and yeast. The flavor was of hops, pine, citrus and bread. The body is medium light and the finish has some astringency, bitterness and a touch of pepper. A pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:31:42 | More by Wildman
Photo of doogey


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:10:26 | More by doogey
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 13:19:17 | More by mugglesandhops
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:09:01 | More by erikm25
Photo of bassmantin


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:31:30 | More by bassmantin
Photo of BierFan


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 02:18:18 | More by BierFan
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Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 03:12:04 | More by ABHatter
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 17:45:20 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of MmmIPA


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 18:06:32 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of froghop


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 16:49:28 | More by froghop
Photo of mynie


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2008 03:43:49 | More by mynie
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
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