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White Crane Bitter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 04-07-2009)
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-17-2012 21:18:36 | More by metter98
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emerge077

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

11-02-2011 01:58:18 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-23-2011 05:09:27 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

08-12-2010 06:30:53 | More by nickfl
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mdfb79

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9%

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.

12-09-2011 00:58:37 | More by mdfb79
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

02-21-2011 23:48:11 | More by smcolw
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-29-2012 02:25:43 | More by duceswild
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-02-2014 17:45:34 | More by LXIXME
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

09-09-2011 03:45:04 | More by Derek
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

09-07-2009 04:34:40 | More by johnnnniee
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

03-28-2010 00:52:06 | More by puboflyons
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Rogue's Issaquah Brewhouse sells 12-oz. bottles of this Japanese export beer among their vast litany of Rogue ales. Unlike some other Ezo beers, this one has a US Government warning beneath the Japanese text on the silk-screened bottle, making it suitable for sale in US markets. Not much is otherwise known about this beer though it has been incorrectly identified elsewhere as a re-named and repackaged Dead Guy Ale. It is not the same beer as Dead Guy.

Visually, White Crane appears hazed and modestly particulate in a warm hue of gold. It shows ardent CO2, but forms no more than an islet of head and a rim of lace. No yeast sediment remains in the bottle.

Though only a modest 5% ABV, the aroma and taste of White Crane most closely resemble barleywine. The nose is big and fruity, with a whiff of rum-raisin. The taste has a similar measure of dried fruit, especially sugar-plum, and finishes with a flat bittering that offers no signature from the Cascade and Willamette hops within. A mild solvent-like smell attempts to poke through at the margins though it doesn't overwhelm, and the body is a bit thin. But overall, White Crane makes for a worthy excursion into the Rogue Nation.

04-07-2009 05:28:35 | More by RedDiamond
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

04-02-2010 00:58:52 | More by lordofthewiens
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ADZA

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

10-05-2009 10:46:17 | More by ADZA
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-02-2011 04:59:13 | More by deapokid
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-11-2012 02:04:35 | More by Tyrawlings
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. This bitter appears a clear straw color with about an inch of pillowy bone white foam. Nose and flavors of lightly toasted grains/barley, grassy, earthy hops, biscuits and a hint of caramel at the end. A tad thin in body, but with ample carbonation. Worth a try if you see it.

05-21-2009 23:20:58 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-03-2013 00:22:36 | More by Chugs13
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jsh420

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

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

07-06-2010 01:57:24 | More by jsh420
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CHickman

New York

3.8/5  rDev +7%

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.

11-11-2009 03:38:40 | More by CHickman
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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

12-24-2011 15:50:26 | More by thain709
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Seanibus

California

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours clear golden with a decent white fluffy head. The aroma is slightly grainy, like a pilsener malt, with a light hop character, a bit like a noble hop. The flavor is slight, with a light malt character with a faint bready edge. It reminds me of a good rice wine. There is gentle bitterness that develops slowly after you swallow. Mouthfeel is thin and refreshing. It's a good beer for a hot, humid day. It is not deep, but it is tasty for a session beer.

05-03-2009 01:18:20 | More by Seanibus
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-26-2012 02:51:46 | More by pknyc
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

02-11-2014 23:10:23 | More by jtierney89
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

12-06-2009 18:41:43 | More by alcstradamus
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White Crane Bitter from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.