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White Crane Bitter - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 49
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 04-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 49
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess this bottle is a little old? considering it's really not that bad for the age. Bright orange color, white head, malty slightly fruity and vinous aroma. Creamy medium body, lots of wine like notes, grapey, a little medicinal and grassy . Has a very unique peachy flavor to it overall, but pretty good.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I just read this brew only happened once. How I came to one in 2014 was interesting, and I wasn't even looking for it.

Nose: Raisins and minerals

Body is a cloudy orange, and the head quickly reduces to a quarter finger after a gentle pour.

Taste: Lemons, apricot, grapes, and oranges. What I really love is the grapefruit finish, with a odd mineral bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just right!

Overall, I'd say this was a good find. It's still odd that I found one now.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that consistently covered the surface and left a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a very slight amount of bitterness and some hints of malty sweetness and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer seems quite malty and flavorful for an ESB, it is rather drinkable.

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Photo of thain709
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a clear, copper tinted body...the head stood one finger tall and was off white in color...it stayed as a full cap and left some decent lacing

S - The nose was rather sweet with lots of caramel and an underlying fruitiness...bready malts...faint hops

T - This bitter was rather malty from start to finish...sweet caramel catches your tastes buds right away...the middle brings a toasted malt and breadiness flavor...apples and some other fruity flavors come in...the finish brings out dark toffee notes with an underlying, yet faint, hop presence

M - Medium bodied...metallic twang, sweet finish

O - This one needed just a few more hop notes...it was a rather sweet ESB...my bottle may have been old, but the two Japanese-looking Rogue bottles I've had have not impressed me

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Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Stateline in MD for about $2.99. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Hop Leaf tulip.

a - Pours a murky deep orange color with two fingers of off white fluffy head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, earthy notes, grassy, toasted malts, and light fruit. A little bland, but not as bland as the taste is. The citrus hops are nice, though faint.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, light fruit, light caramel malts, grain, bread, and earthy notes. Very malty and a bit bland. Also a little bit of tea to it, some definite herbal notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall reminded me a little bit of their Green Tea IPA, but a bit blander. Light citrus in the nose and a ton of malts in the taste. Not bad but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice silkscreened bottle, $2.29 from Artale in Rockford.

Poured into a tulip glass, there's a brief layer of foam that fades quickly to an extremely thin veil across the surface. Bright reddish orange, pristine clarity, thin ring of white around the edges.

Bready and floral nose, slightly sweet. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Medium bodied, some light shortbread flavors. Very mild residual bitterness, honey malt and a slightly medicinal apple flavor. Finishes dry and bitter with a bigger sip. Overall ok, pretty average though.

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Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Copper-bronze with an almost pinkish hue, thin ring of retention, only a few spots of lace.

S: Interesting aroma of lychee fruit, marmalade, lemon grass, raspberry buds, caramel and biscuit.

T: Lychee fruit, earthy orange rind, caramel, biscuit, modest bitterness lets the residual sweetness really come through. There's some hops here, but it's still balanced to the sweet side. Seems to be a little oxidized, though I purchased this from the fridge in their brewery store?

M: Moderate body has a modest carbonation and some residual sweetness.

D/O: It's fairly well-hopped, but it doesn't seem like a ROGUE.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

White Crane Bitter Ale was amber in color and quite cloudy. It had a creamy beige head with good retention and lacing. The smell was sweet toasted malt and toffee. The taste was sweet toasted malt and fruit with plenty of earthy hop flavor. The finish was semi-dry and with residual hop flavor and bitterness. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew exploded out of the bottle--I lost about 3 oz. Surprisingly modest head. Some spotty lace. Very cloudy broth with a copper-amber color and a tinge of orange.

Creamy toasty malt aroma. Nice hop spice to the nose. Good balance.

High bodied with a high carbonation level. The malt has a biscuit element with a touch of burnt toast. The finish has a peppery hop spiciness. The aftertaste is brief.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.79. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A moderate pour gives a huge whirlwind of carbonation rising upward to form a nice fluffy tan head. As it settles a ton of fluffy webby lacing sticks to the glass. Smell has a good malty sweetness with some sour cherries and a little indistinguishable hop. Taste comes straight from the nose... sour cherry + hop gives a nice bitter bite balanced well by the sweet malt body. Feel is a maybe little heavy and viscous for the style, it's pretty filling.

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Photo of deereless
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Much heavier head than expected, off white to light tan rocky foam, deep gold to dulled copper in color - 3.00, S: The initial nose is strong with biscuit and toasted grains, there is also a significant amount of caramel and an earthy hop bite, solid nose for a bitter - 4.00, T: Significant hop bite, bitterness is upfront but backed by strong caramel malt flavors, quite sweet on the tail end, somewhat resiny and possibly some faint pine, a slight raisin taste appears as the beer warms, alcohol is perceptible, a nice ESB flavor - 4.00, M: Medium body and mouth feel - 3.50, D: All around a nicely crafted ESB and pretty close to the style, worthy of a drink - 4.00

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam that rests on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - An aroma of biscuity malt with lots of fruity yeast. Notes of red apple, toffee, and light toast.

T - Bready malt up front with some toasty notes. Musty hop flavors show up in the middle with some fruity yeast. Finishes with more herbal hops, notes of red apple and a hint of plum with moderate bitterness for balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice bitter with a thick and rich malt character. Toasted malt notes dominate throughout and are balanced by light, but effective musty hop character. The yeast character is also quite outspoken with lots of fruity notes that work well with the somewhat higher than average malt sweetness. A nice, drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours cloudy copper dark amber with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells like a rogue with carmel malt and a little hops

taste is very sugary - carmel candy apple malts and not much else to it

mouthfeel is full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

drinkability is so so - everything about this beer was just blah

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Photo of medic25
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass; copper-amber color with a head that disappeared pretty quickly. Not much aroma, just some malt. Taste is pretty low-key. Fairly biscuity malt, with a touch of bitter hops towards the end. Not much carbonation. Relatively easy drinking beer; nothing overwhelming, but something I'd enjoy again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. The beer was a cherry amber color with a thick off-white head and plenty of lacing. It had a caramel malt and floral aroma. Taste followed aroma, with caramel and pine resin. I thought the beer was nicely hopped, and very easy to drink. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or bottling date. The pour is an amber color with a fairly thin head. The aroma tends to emphasize the hops rather than the malts although the malts are there. The taste has a maltiness to it but it is also a tad flat. There is also a bit of ripe pears in the mix. It is not one of Rogue's better efforts b ut it is fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 3/15/10

Pours a caramel-amber color which is fairly unique. The head appears across the surface area of the glass, then quickly dissipates.

Not much happening with the smell. Mostly just a lot of caramel malt.

The super malt taste of this reminds me of wort water with some carbonation. It isn't bad, but not extremely exciting. There is an ever so slight hop flavor but it is just enough to take the edge off of the malt hit.

This is an average feeling beer, pretty plain in the mouthfeel.

This is an easy drinker but too malty for session consumption.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orangey amber with a nice solid head and good lacing. the bottle is awesome with the japanese writing and the little map on the back. rogue markets well. there is only the slightest of hop aromas. the taste is alright, some dried dark fruit notes, a little lingering on the palate but pleasant. not really what i expected. it's kind of a different flavor profile than i expected, more of a rice wine or barleywine. drinkable none the less, i find myself wishing i had one or two more kicking around.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark orange, with a finger thick off white head that is slowly forming a thin layer.
S: very heavy malt aroma, sweet almost like fresh cookies
T: have yet to figure out why they call them bitters when they are so malty sweet. flavor reminds me sort of like a liquid spice bread.
M: smooth and silky, mild carbonation so not to gassy.
D: very easy to drink, mad i got only a single bottle.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Brown pour with a large two fingers of head that camps out and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is mainly an empty hop bitterness, with some biscuit malt notes creeping in behind. Taste is once again fairly empty. Some bread crust and floral hops. Nice heavy body, but overall a very unmemorable beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like "Goldfish19", I purchased this 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington/Elwood, NY.

Pours a very cloudy orange/brown/amber color with a 1 inch creamy tan head; very light fragrance with slight whiffs of yeast, malt and hops.

Tastes like malt, light hops, bread, yeast, grass, faint caramel, some light fruit/citrus, plum or another sweet fruit, maybe a bit of grains or rice since it is made in collaboration with a Japanese brewer. It is very light and crisp, with champagne like carbonation that borders on zero carbonation and is best described as a thin beer. The beer goes down very smooth and easy, almost too easy like water. This brew lives up to its name as it finishes dry and bitter, with some lingering malt or rice flavor.

Overall this beer was good and refreshing; an interesting take on a beer to make it resemble sake (I assume). Definitely worth trying this beer for it's taste and drinkability.

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Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must admit this came across as an interesting brew as ive never heard of it b4 but apparently its brewed for the japanese market by one of my favourite american breweries Rogue,it pours a semi see thru copper colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast receding two finger head,the aromas are sticky caramel coated popcorn and some honey infused hops,it has a nice above average mouthfeel which finishes nice and smooth with a big dominant flavour of caramel malts first to hit the palette which is semi balanced out by the hop bitterness at the end but not that bitter at all just a tinge of bitterness in this brew and the malts are the dominant taste,not a bad brew but for the price it costs to get here can think of better Rogue Brews to recommend.

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Photo of Berthold
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy deep amber/light copper (SRM14) with a thin, tannish head buoyed by moderate carbonation. Aroma is malty sweet with brown sugar notes. Hoderate hoppiness in the aroma. Taste is all malt up front with sweetness like brown sugar and a defiante bitter bite. Hoppiness lingering is refreshing.

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Photo of Goldfish19
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This is a nifty looking bottle with Japanese writing all over and the Rogue name centered below. Appearance is light brown with a moderately good head. It has a light hoppy aroma and a sweet pleasing taste. This beer is all right I guess - it's just nothing that spectacular. ~

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this at the store the other day, and it called to me. I'm not sure what to expect as the label is in Japanese.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a big fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, a bit of a mineral smell as well. Not much going on really in the nose. Taste is a little better with some sweet malts caramel and bread mixed up with some floral hops and that mineral tartness. Sparkling carbonation, sticky mineral-y mouthfeel, medium body. I'm not sure how old this bottle is or how it came to be available for sale in NH, but I bet its not as fresh as it should be. Nothing objectionable here, but really not up to what I consider the norm for Rogue.

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White Crane Bitter from Rogue Ales
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