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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 09-19-2009

Carawheat, Carafoam and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Daretm and Risktm Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Freedom, Revolution, Independent, Rebel, Alluvial and Liberty Hops; Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

65 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond
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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 156
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the rogue farms project is such a cool series of beers, with stuff we dont see too often in the beer world. i mean, some of them have been downright bizarre. this one is less inspired than some of the others honestly, and as much as i love wet hop beer, this one doesnt necessarily display those qualities as well as i would like it to. the homegrown thing is awesome, and i have to give points for that, but this recipe needs more hops. i get a balanced american pale here, not a wet hop ipa. that sticky fresh sappy hop thing is too subtle, its only in the finish, and the grain seems to be showcased as much as the hops when i just want it to get out of the way. maybe part of it is i am not familiar with the hops used in this recipe, they are rogues own i think, and they are either real mild or way under dosed. that said, the beer is clean drinking, autumnal in its own way, and pretty dark tasty. i just wish for more of the wet hop character, maybe next year.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a glass. It has a burnt orange color body with a 2" white creamy head, that hangs out for a lttle bit and leaves a sticky foam on the glass. The smell has a very nice hop aroma and some malt coming through also. The taste has a very bitter hop flavor with a malt backbone. The mouth is very smooth and leaves a bitter after taste on the tongue. Overall this beer is really good.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass at a restaurant in SoCal. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Delightful floral hops, clean pale malts, and bright fruit. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T/Mf: Heavy floral and bittering hops. Accompanying naked bitterness is murky; decently hidden by the malty sweetness. Shockingly light on the palate and refreshing. Quite light on the palate. Fresh and refreshing. Very wet and smooth. Quite well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. A tasty IPA from Rogue. I'd have it again - but only on-draught. Surprisingly solid stuff from Rogue; I remember it being worse from the bottle.


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Photo of riored4v
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle looked a bit different than the one pictured (solid green bottle). This one states it was brewed with Freedom hops.

Poured in to a tulip. Deep copper colored body. 2 finger, rocky, off-white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma was floral. Not real pungent. Some maltyness, a bit bready and some light citrus notes.

Taste was floral with some orangey citrus flavors. Turned to medium malty sweetness, bready and a bit grainy. Some light caramel. Finish was lemony, orangey and floral. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carbonation and a slightly chewy finish.

Overall a decent beer. Mild bitterness was pleasant and paired nice with the sweetness. Felt the hop intensity for a Fresh Hop beer was lacking a little.

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Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 13oz tulip at Sunset Grill (Boston, MA).

A: Dusky auburn with soft cap of off-white, foamy head with good retention and several thick rings of lace.

S: Hops are resinous with sopme pine and orange rind while that malts provide some light caramel/toffee.

T: Flavor is an explosion of resinous hoppiness -- pine, orange citrus, and plain old-fashioned resin without the leafy, grassy dank character that I am not such a huge fan of. Malts are even and fairly complex to lend some caramel sweetness and provide balance to the resin attack. The bitterness is medium-high but not over the top. The Pacman yeast mybe contributes some light fruity esters, but it is hard to pick up with the resin character.

M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel with medium body and even carbonation.

O: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer -- big resiny hoppiness if tha's what you're after.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy amber body. Aroma wet sock hops, light pine hops and breads. Flavor is both very resiny and piney with a nice bready and caramel malt base. This one is piney to the point of being very metallic and medicinal. Medium body and moderate carbonation with an oily finish. This one grows on you. This one seems like its hopped more as an IPA than APA

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange light amber color with a lingering off-white head. It's a little dark here in Small Bar in central San Diego, so forgive the appearance description if it's not entirely accurate. A lot of lacing around the edges of the glass appear as the beer is consumed. The bouquet is comprised of citrus and heavy cream. This flavor is difficult to describe. Sweet lemon esters. Everything blends well. The first few pulls yielded some harshness at the finish. I had some Stone PTSD. But, everything blended and got smoother as I worked my way through it. There might be some apricot in there. Midlle of the road. Maybe just a little north of that.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the "grow your own" movement sweeps across local farmer's markets and backyard gardens, Rogue brings such sensibility to the brewing community. Using their own hops, fresh from the hop fields and straight into the brewing process, gives the beer a decidedly fresh unadulterated hop taste.

With a firm copper-amber pour, the beer casts golden highlights through a yeasty and hoppy haze. A dense blanket of foam caps the beer with tremendous staying power and clumped lace.

Balanced aromas of malt and hops intertwine with medium intensity, neither allowing the other to dictate the taste. Caramel, honey, bread, peanuts, and fresh kilned barley provide the malty base while pungent grapefruit, grass, and wood deliver the hoppy counterpart. Complementing esters of oranges and fig attach to the malt scent and give a richer impression.

The taste of the beer resonates similarly- firm malt flavors of thin caramel, honey-soaked bread, biscuit, cashews, fig, orange, and peach give a sweet and fruity under carriage that blends well into the hop complex. This is where notions of orange zest, white grapefruit, and citrus pith begins to extend from the sweeter components of the beer and steer toward drier fruit taste. Finishing with the resinous bitterness of pungent grasses, leaf, and stem- it seems that the chlorophyll of the moistur-rich hops are playing a major role in the beer's overall taste.

Medium bodied, the beer's malty weight also plays a big part- allowing the beer to give richer sweetness than is probably there. The lingering residual sugars and dextrin-rich proteins extends deep into the finish before the stern bitterness and detected hop astringency comes into play, just ahead of mild alcohol warmth and fading sweetness.

The Wet Hop Ale is certainly a very rustic type of pale ale, with its English yeast-derived flavors and biscuit malt taste. But as the fresh hop are injected into the brew, I would prefer to see less influence from malt and more "juicy" hop flavors that favor citrus and tropical fruits instead of the highly grassy versions here.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Big, off-white head, high retention atop a bright copper body, slightly hazy. Soapy, sticky lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma has an air of freshness with pine and grass dominating. Taste is pretty spicy, bitterness throughout, mild sweetness in the back but faint compared to the very forward hops. Smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink, very tasty brew.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a large mug. Pours slightly cloudy orange/amber, with a light beige head, heavy lacing, and significant carbonation. Smell is not particularly floral, just heavy malts and slight yeast, a little spicy hops smell.

Taste is reminiscent of their Imperial IPA -- super bitterness coming through in the aftertaste, strong bitterness in front, with a thick malty backbone. Nothing delicate about this.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and slightly gritty. Overall, I'm satisfied with this beer, but not delighted.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly hazy medium gold color with a dense, creamy half inch ivory head that lingers as a pool of foam.

Aroma is fairly malty, with bready caramel malt, fairly sweet, forming the backbone and piney, citrusy hops adding complexity.

Flavor is far more hoppy, with bitterness pervading throughout. Grapefruit and resin surface early, with pine and spruce rounding out the fairly bitter, peppery finish. Fresh cut grass surfaces as it warms.

Body is moderate and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation, slight alcohol warmth, and significant hop astringency.

Overall, a very bitter brew, with much more hop flavor than detectable in the aroma. Then again, I have a cold, so aromas may elude me. Too much skew toward bitter for my liking.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle fresh from Rogue's Hop Yard

A - Excellent looking beer. Dark marmalade. Beautiful, creamy off white head with stellar retention and lace.

S - Pop of fresh herbal hops and pine. Edge of orange. Touch of grass.

T - Super smooth. Surprising balance with a big caramel malt body. Lemongrass, grassy herbs, and waxy bitters ramp throughout the profile. Nice resiny backbone. Great staying power.

M - Full body. Creamy. Perfect carbonation.

O - Loaded with flavor for a sub 7% ABV IPA. Awesome drinkability.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy dull amber/copper color with a solid finger of beige head. middling retention; patchy lacing.

nose is subdued, definitely not as aromatic as i typically look for. notes of citrus hops... a bit biscuity. to be honest the 3.0/average rating here is a bit charitable. flavor mostly follows the nose: hoppy/earthy with some balancing malt characters. a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. it's decent - by no means a drainpour - just underwhelming.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. goes down easy enough, but with more tasty beers out there i probably won't be gunning for this one again. again, it's fine but nothing special.

originally reviewed: 02-06-2011

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Photo of rogueleonardi
4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy amber orange color, small off white head, however the lacing left perfect rings for about 3/4 of the glass.

S - Good amount of sugar and sweet malt, Nice wet hop aroma, with some other citrus as well.

T - Nice sweet taste, Good bitter from the wet hops, Malt adds a nice balance between the bitter and sweet.This reminds me of the Chatoe Rogue Creek Ale, without the cherry bitterness.

M - Very different from most beers, a very unique feel. It has good carbonation, but has a much thicker viscosity then most APA's. It doesn't have the thickness that a stout or porter would have, but still a full bodied beer.

O - This was a great beer, the flavor and aroma blended fantastically. I'm still not sure about the mouthfeel though, it's just odd to me, but in the future it could grow on me.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue's Wet Hop Ale--which proudly states that the hops were picked and immediately driven seventy-seven miles to be pitched into the brew kettle--smells far less hoppy than such a description would imply. There are hops, yes, in rolling sweeps of grapefruit and light pine, but sugars and malts make up the larger part of the nose, bringing seas of toasted grains, brown sugars, bread, and apricots.

On the tongue, the immediate flavors are sugary and lovely, swirling in light fruit esters (grape, apricot, apple, berry), brown sugars, toasted wheats, and unbuttered toast. The hops, though present in 65 IBU strength, are surprisingly subdued for most of the mouthful, peering out meekly from behind the wheat fields. This doesn't mean that they aren't present, but that the normal hoppy bitterness seems accompanied by taming plant flavors; the fact that the hops are fresh has made them less wild and concentrated, and more subtle and nuanced. Late in the mouthful the sugars die off, and more hop bitterness does come through, partnered with a slight grassy note, or the taste of biting into vine. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, and fades with moderate quickness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while this brew doesn't provide the intensely hoppy buzz that comes with many wet hop beers, the flavors that are present are good, and the beer is very drinkable. Still, something seems ever-so-slightly missing, as if the beer needed that extra kick--whether sugar or hop--to round out the picture.

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Photo of doubleipa
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: frothy, mostly diminished head, clear body, brown.
Aroma: Moderate malt, light bread, toasted, molasses, hops, (what hops), nothing there. Palate: medium, oily/creamy texture, very little carbonation.
Plenty of head, just no real hoppiness. My be moving towards "skunk" state.

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Photo of philerman
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into British Pint glass. Like others have noted, no freshness/bottled on- information.

A: Darker amber color with about an inch of head.

S: Mainly caramel/malt. A bit of a chemical off-smell in mine.

T: Barely discernible hop taste. Much more of a malt.

M: Nothing too disagreeable. Very little alcohol burn.

O: Had higher expectations than this. The description above (and on the label) made it look more special than it is. Probably would not go to again.

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

22 oz bottle with no freshness info.

Pours a dark, brick-amber with a khaki head. Smell is "wet" and leafy, some tartness too. Taste is pretty mellow for the 65 IBU claim, actually way more balanced toward malt than I would believe. Don't get me wrong - it's good though. Finish is bittersweet. Reminiscent of a few other Rogues I've had, this is a tasty pale ale.

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Photo of Risser09
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a white wine glass · fridge temp · 2010 harvest?

Appearance: A strong amber color is gorgeous. A generous 3" head grows and settles with an ivory head. Great retention and lots of spotty lace.

Smell: Nougat malt aroma. Nuts, biscuits, fresh barley. Not much hop action on the nose.

Taste: A very tasty malt flavor. Cereal, figs, raisins, almond. There is some hop bitterness, but not a whole lot of hop flavor complexity. Think donuts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, ample sweetness, very little alcohol. There seems to be a lot of residual sugar.

Drinkability: This is a good beer. I like supporting farmers, so I had to try another on of the GYO series. This is a solid beer, but the term Wet Hop implicated a hoppy beer to me, which this certainly isn't.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden burnt orange color with a slight amount of foam. Leaves a large amount of thin lace. Not too much hop in the nose but some strong caramel tangy wheat malt. Almost a rye aroma. Flavor is light on character. Some sweet and tangy malt notes. Wheat definitely with a light metallic middle. Crisp, lightly floral hop finish. Body is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation with a dry finish.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel

A - Pours a hazy amber colour, with an of white head that hangs around and laces.

S - Not as hoppy as I would have expected, but hoppy nonetheless.

T - Plenty of hops up front followed by malts and a decent dry finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - An interesting beer but not exciting.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy dull amber/copper color with a solid finger of beige head. middling retention; patchy lacing.

nose is subdued, definitely not as aromatic as i typically look for. notes of citrus hops... a bit biscuity. the 3.0/average rating here is a bit charitable.

flavor mostly follows the nose. hoppy/earthy with some balancing malt characters. a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. it's decent - by no means a drainpour - just a bit underwhelming.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. goes down easy enough, but with more tasty beers out there i probably won't be gunning for this one again.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a light brown hue with orange highlights. Thick, thick, thick, two finger head subsides to a crown of large bubbles

S: Light pine, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, malts are like cinnamon raison bread.

T: Very similar to the smell. Light pine flavor with luscious tropical fruits like mango and guava. Malts and brown sugar and cinnamon breakfast bread.

M: Medium bodied with a slight creaminess to it.

D: Quite a subdued and dense IPA. I'm enjoying it, but once is probably enough.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just coming off a sub-par pilsner (Victory's Prima Pils, which I understand most everybody else likes), this brew made my mouth water. Nothing special in appearance, kind of cloudy burnt orange, and the nose is pretty subdued, too. But let's be real. The look of a beer matters mostly for aesthetics, and although smell can make a beer great, generally, if you are not put off by it, then it's all good. I tried the OREgasmic GYO last night and was thinking that this would be an other overindulgent attempt to "show off" their home-made ingredients. In fact, this "wet hop" ale is malt heavy, with hops only slightly adding to the body (because the AAs are usually harder to extract on wet hops, which means you'll need to add more to get the desired IBU, but in turn adding body), a very slight earthy taste, and a touch of bitterness that hits upfront and in the aftertaste. The malt body is the shining star here, with a sweet pop right away that transforms into a sort of chocolate/toffee/peanut-butter candy bar toward the end.

Every sip makes me want another. This beer is happy, sweet, slightly bitter in just the right places (like a good piece of dark chocolate), balanced, and pleasant through and though. Very impressed and may just run to Sam's Quick Shop to grab a bunch before they go away from Durham forever.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp bubbly dark orange with a nice frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is some crisp citrus hops and mild sweet malts. The taste is a decent kick of citrus hops with some very sweet malts coming through in the finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. This one was a decent wet hop ale, but not likely one I'll have again.

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