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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale - Rogue Ales

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

15º PLATO
65 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Docer on 09-19-2009)
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 102 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark amber, almost brown color. A good inch of dirty white head. Lots of bubbles. Not quite transparent.

S - Very fragrant. Sharp citrus and softer floral smells.

T - Moderate hop bitterness. The different flavors of the hops roll over my tongue in waves. The malt and hops battle it out at first with some nice sweetness followed by the bitterness... and then more hops. It is quite nice.

M - Going towards a softer feeling. Not as carbonated as all the bubbles suggested; moderate carbonation and body.

D - Very drinkable. I would have to concentrate but I think I can taste each of the five different hops as they flow across my tongue. Great use of the hops without going into the "hop bomb" mode.

Fatehunter, Nov 18, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was hoping for a dood fresh hop-style ale here,I was left a little dissapointed.Poured a slight hazed burnt orange with a nice tight one finger white head that held well.Aromas are very muted,dull leafy hop shows thru but honestly not much more,maybe a passing caramel note,flavors are alot like the aromas,quite plain with little hop presence other that some leafiness,slight caramel/biscuit sweetness shows thru more than the hops.Eh pretty lackluster beer here,again I was left wanting much more.

oberon, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head. As the head receded, it left some nice lacing, but the surface of the beer resembled a bacteria culture plate. Very herbal aroma, but also a nose of flowers (lavender), and clover. Some malt flavor, but it was very piney. Mouthfeel was dry and oily. Definitely not as hoppy as I expected.

lordofthewiens, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer ever at the SF Rogue Ale House. Poured clear orange-gold with a bubbly white head. Good lacing. Fresh pine hops. Kind of that "wet forest" smell that is so nice. Sweeter malts, but overall a light nose. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very fresh hop taste. Piney, bitter, with just a little sour grapefruit and white pepper. True to the single IPA style gives it a refreshing quality. Liked it.

magictrokini, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of jondeelee
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a nice large bubbling beige head, chunks of sporadic lacing. Aroma contains citrus, earthy notes going on. A nice malt driven breadiness, with hints of yeast and a touch of diacetyl. Sugar coated earthy hops, mild citrus tones subtle hop flavors but excellent home grown malts backing up the adventure. Flavor is nice not overly aggressive with hops but very nice and subtle mix of earthy citric hops. Great malt base almost sugary sweet but very nice once blended with the hop base here, earthiness, citrus stand out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is upfront sturdy but never overdone, not a lot of resins just a nice malt base girth to it. Drinkability is super solid easy to drain a 22 ounce portion without effort, one of the better all around organic beers I've ever had to date.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Could the name of the specified hop varietals be any more Red State, belying Newport's rural standing, in the metro Portland dominated Blue Beaver State?

This beer pours a hazy medium burnt amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, creamy ecru head, which leaves a smattering of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bready caramel malt, a bit of bitter citrus, and musty, dusty hops. The taste is bready malt, a wee bit of caramel, and noticeably bitter leafy, citrusy hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body just shy of medium weight, with just a late-arriving prickliness on the palate to spoil the smoothness shutout. It finishes off-dry, but with a decidedly biscuity, bitter hop edge.

A reasonably decent, but all-around middling pale ale, with a certain mirror-worldliness to it, which I would imagine to be due to Rogue's in-house, well, everything.

biboergosum, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint.

A- Nothing amazing here. Muted caramel color, almost a tan hue to it. Did pour with a surprising amount of head given its a pale at heart.

S- Misses the mark here. For a wet hop ale I was expecing to get kicked in the face with fresh hop aroma. Next to nil. This would be expected if I had sampled this late in the season but two months after bottling isn't enough time to completely wipe out the fresh hop. Very dissapointing as this is the raison d etre for these beers.

T- No fresh hop oils to tickle your pallet here either. Comes across unbalanced and a little too malty.

M- No problems with mouthfeel, good carbonation. Finishes very clean, typical Rogue style.

D- Its drinkable, but it misses the point. Im quite dissappointed. Rogue usually crafts a supreme brew and is one of my favorite breweries but this misses the mark, especially since this is one of my favorite styles.

HugePlume, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks Derek. Already waiting the second growth. Attractive orange appearance, with a great head and spider lace. Full mouthfeel, very mild, only 40 IBU so its its own style and a wet hop not your typical IPA. Blind tasting winner because this is something for supper, without being intrusive. Munich malt.

Sammy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of jbowers56
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, should be said that I had this beer described to me as 'more of an ESB'. This helped. It doesnt stick to the APA style as much as it seems people would like.

Good brown appearance. Not clear (which i like). Good head with fine lacing throughout, reasonable retention.

Smell was lacking. I got some hops. A little malt. thats it.

Taste was good. Piny, rich fruit hops mixed well with a caramelish slightly biscuity malt. Not overly bitter.

Felt really nice in the mouth, enough carbonation to lift any lingering malt off the palate making it highly drinkable.

jbowers56, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of vihila
4/5  rDev +11.7%

vihila, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $7. I like what Rogue's been doing with their First Growth beers, but this is my least favorite so far. The hops are a mellow and spicy citrus blend, but there's none of the crisp, bright notes of a classic we hop ale or typical pale ale. There's a bit of toasty malt to balance things out and while it's not a bad beer, it leave something to be desired from a Rogue beer.

tempest, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2+ fingers of soapy looking off-white head. Retains with a smooth layer of foam, which leaves some decent swathes of frothy lacing behind. The aroma is mostly grassy and herbal smelling in the nose, with citric tones and bready malts giving this a tangy backing. More herbal qualites carry into the back of the profile. Just very dank and earthy overall.

That dankness carries over to the taste, with an earthy and spicy bitterness sticking on the tongue and leaving a gritty dryness behind. Some bitter resins, citrus, and toasted grains hang on the edges, working themselves inward but this is mostly about the hops here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp prickly carbonation that sits on top of a much smoother feel underneath. The sharpness of the feel up front gives the bitterness a bit of extra oompth. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

While this wasn't absolutely dripping with the resins and oils that you would normally associate with a Wet Hop Ale, this overall wasn't too bad. Plenty of herbal dankness and spice kept this interesting and the body felt spot on in the mouth. Hopefully they will tweak this up for future releases and really let that fresh hop character rip.

Kegatron, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Beertracker, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Kolsch
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fresh Hop Ale - Grow your own.

Not exactly sure what this beer wants to be? Very malty upfront, sweet tart and fruit like. Hops are dialed almost non-existent. I just don't get the fresh hop smell or taste. Beer is rather fresh so don't see an issue there with QA.

No off tastes to this just don't see why this is called fresh hop ale. I am not expecting a hop bomb, but the label is rather mis-leading.

Overall: Quite disappointed with this one and a dammed shame I spent 11 bucks for a bomber of this.

Kolsch, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -16.2%

GRG1313, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangey copper with tangerine and amber highlights. Small whiteish head which dissipated into a pool of hop oils. Some decent light lacing.

Fresh citrus, lemon and grapefruit, and herbal hops. Although not a as big as one would expect a fresh wet hop harvest to be. Sweet toasty tangy malt.

Fresh herbal and citrus hops. sharp and crisp. Toasty, caramel, nutty malts. mild smooth resinous herbal bitterness. Decent, but needs to be turned up a notch, esp in regard to hops.

very smooth, med body, dry, oily

Good fresh APA. Not quite as hoppy as one would expect a wet hop to be, but a decent brew, glad i tried it.

CHILLINDYLAN, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a nice fresh bottle at New Seasons... a brand new fresh hop ale from Rogue with their Independent and Revolution hops.... it is however on tap at their pub locations as well. I grabbed a bottle.

- Nice dark semi-cloudy amber color with foamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing all about. Looks sweet and rich.

- This fluid is masking its goodness... a very light mild caramel scent with a bare hint of fresh hops.. slightly floral and zingy bitter. Must be a characteristic of wet hops.

- A well balanced ale.. packed with a pleasant malt profile of caramel and slight sweetness.... and not really a hop bomb of sorts... but the bitter portion is there with a nice pull of pine and grass.

- Little chewy and tongue curling because of the bitterness.

- Overall a very well balanced ale... balanced well with malt and pine hop bitter goodness. Not a bad fresh hop ale, and I am sure different from all the rest.

Docer, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber. Pours full amber with a strong off-white head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is resins, pine, bready.
Taste is immediate bitter piney citrus hops that are quickly subdued by the large amount of malts. A bit of alcohol is apparent but mainly when warmed up a bit. The hops are very full and complex which is expected in a wet hop beer. Mouthfeel is spot on for a Pale Ale. Drinkability gets a slight hit due to the fairly high abv for a Pale. Not extreme but I have had many tasty PA's right around 5% and I think if they cut the malts it would both reduce the covering up of the tasty hops and lower the abv a bit. Value wise this is a spendy Pale Ale but not out of line with Rogue's usual premium pricing. I believe I paid about $5.29 for the bomber. I don't mind at all 'cause I want to support locally grown hops (about 20 miles from where I live) and local farmers.

Spikester, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of jtyson
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jtyson, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd bottle of this one... my first review was purged when the BA database went down a week ago... Poured into my Delirium goblet... I picked this up on Friday at Erickson's Fine Wine in Eagle.. Thanks Brian.

Good foamy white head dies fairly quickly.. the brew is slightly hazy light copper... descent lace.

Aroma is packed with too much and nothing really melding... grassy/citrus hops with bready and caramel maltiness.. everything is on its own plain.

Flavor is better.. more integrated.. citrus hops come out first.. then grassy hops play pretty much all the way to the finish.. the malts are still more than present and push the hops toward the end of the glass and the back end of the palate.

I would say this is not nearly as good as Hop Trip, but it is an entirely different beer that allows the malts into the playground.. very drinkable and if I didn't have to drive to Eagle to get another, I would probably have another couple in the fridge right now.

JohnGalt1, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one I seemed to miss out on down here, sent to me by Rich. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/15/2010.

The pour was about what I expected. Nice medium amber in color with a light cloudiness to it. A nice one and half inch head of white foam rises up from the bottom of the glass and caps the top very nicely. Smooth and even break down leaves behind a nice bit of side lace. Aroma was light, piney hops with a light touch of orange mixed in. Warming up brings in a medium amount of biscuit like notes and a smooth bready aroma. Medium feel here, coats the tongue with a sticky pine hoppiness at first sip. Mellows considerably after a few moments and settles down with a lightly dry, and considerably balanced profile. Incredibly drinkable as the flavor really seems to be well balanced against the feel and overall led this one to be quite sessionable.

While not the best harvest ale I have ever had, it certainly was enjoyable and that is all I could ask for.

mikesgroove, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

IdrinkGas, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +11.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Telestic
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Telestic, Jan 03, 2012
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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
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