Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale - Rogue Ales

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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.

15º PLATO
65 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond
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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 155
Photo of Ego
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sitting in the cellar for a few months now.. totally forgot about it actually..

eyes...
rises to 2 fingers of head, retreats quickly, good to decent lacing, caramel towards orange clean hue, amply carbonated, nothing outstanding, nothing detracting.

nose...
soft citrus and pine, almost more of the malt profile is lurking here, caramel sweetness, very inviting, everything is blended and intertwined into a nice soft pillow, almost smells chewy.. diggin' it

taste etc...
slightly prickly carbonation, the smell matches the taste to the letter, what a balance! I immediately wanted more after the first swig, full bodied for the style but that is not a negative, mild hop bitterness rounds out the flavor, the bitterness is sharp but not bracing/over-powering, easy drinking and satisfying.

verdict:
if this was available for a reasonable price in my market year round.. damn nice option for easy back yard/hang out drinking. Is this the best beer ever ? errr, certainly not but man this would be what my "bud" would/should be. Enough flavor, enough body, easy drinking, and just good. You can really taste the quality here, it may not wow you but it is just plain solid. (1,175 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium amber with very active carbonation. 1-finger medium bubbled head. Excellent head retention.

Nose is much more muted than expected. Weak floral hops with a very light citrus touch. Light tangerine and a scant whiff of pine are all that comes through. It's very nice, just wish it had more oomph.

Now I know where the tangerine comes from. Never had a pale ale with orange or tangerine flavors and this one does have that as part of the profile. Initial hit is very smooth and creamy. Picks up the citrus midway through with the aforementioned flavors, along with a light tart fresh grapefruit and a twist of lemon. Very refreshing finish, tart and dry.

Body seems just about right for the style and their interpretation. Smooth and creamy enough to balance the hops.

Very easy drinker. I only got one 22oz'er of this? (835 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice slighlty hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, malty, nice citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice one from Rogue. (354 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a decent head. The aroma is herbal, somewhat waxy, and with intense tropical fruit notes, particularly guava. The wet, green herbs take on more prominence as the beer opens up. The taste has even more of the guava, plus fresh squeezed tangerine juice and more wax in the backend. Less herbs here. Definitely has the flavor profile of a fresh hop ale, but the guava is very interesting. I also love the idea of chateau beers. Nice. (453 characters)

Photo of TheFlern
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is a nice amber that pours with a decent amount of head. A disturbing trend I've noticed with Rogue beers is that the head disappears almost immediately and leaves zero lacing. This beer continues that disappointing trend.

Smell: Luckily the beer smells great for an APA. Very balanced with a nice fresh hoppy scent that meets your nose. This mixes nicely with the barley/malt notes.

Taste: A nice balanced beer that is quiet juicy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Nice and juicy from the hops. Doesn't finish dry but leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent ABV for an APA but that doesn't prevent me from wanted another pint as I relax tonight. (710 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle for $6.99.

Appearance: Really nice looking beer. Clear bright orange-gold. Decent retention of a white head and some reasonable lacing.

Smell: Sweet biscuity, caramelly malt. That pacman yeast smell is there too, which I like. Very subdued citrus hops for a wet hop beer, although it is a few months old. For an APA, its above average, but putting wet hop on the label makes me expect more.

Taste: Again, the juicy hops explosion isnt there, but its a solid APA. Sweet citrus and a nice caramelly and slightly crackery maltiness. Quite a bit of bitterness through the back, then a little sweet and bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really good. Smooth with a slightly resiny feel. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, for the fourth or fifth time-- good for a pale ale, subpar for a wet hopped beer. Some of that may be the few months of age on this one. Would I pay more than 20 bucks for a sixpack?? Never. (944 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Excellent deep amber/carmel coloring. Creamy 2- finger thick long-lasting head yielded a good amount of lacing.

S - Smell is delicate but lovely. Malty sweetness with a fresh, citrus hop aroma.

T - I liked this APA. It was fresh tasting, not as hoppy as some, not as cloying as some.

M - Light body, not overly carbonated, light and refreshing on the tongue.

D - I find this a very nice, drinkable APA. I enjoyed it! (462 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive looking beer. Hazy amber colour with a solid, fluffy pale tan head. Decent head retention. Great lacing.

Good tropical fruit aromas. Pine, some caramel. Overall, good but it could be brighter.

Strong malty caramel up front tastewise. Some hops in there to balance this out but it seems unusually tilted to the malt. The hop character is generally fruity with hints of pine and cat's pee. Some lingering bitterness and some green dryness which may be tannic.

Medium mouthfeel with slightly lower than average carbonation which increases the perceived thickness. Slight tingling on the tongue but that is nicely acting as a palate cleanser.

Overall this is quite good. Lots of flavour and a near perfect mouthfeel. Well worth drinking. (748 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brew Chatoe Rogue First Growth Wet Hop Ale--Independent & Revolution Hops--Grow The Revolution 22 oz. Bottle 40 IBU's 6.25% ABV. $5.99 each. Rocky lacy off white head. Sediment dusting turns clear rich bright amber color orange. Aromatic unique hop light fruit front. Creamy mellow sweet mild caramel fruit ester malty mellow hop resin body. Mellow hop spice fruit citrus refreshing smooth tasty end.

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Chatoe Rogue First Growth Wet Hop Ale--Independent & Revolution Hops--Grow The Revolution--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.63% 65 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Harvest Ale--Dense foamy lacy off white head. Sediment hint. Dusted rich bright pretty dark amber orange color. Rich floral wet hop malt fruit hint front. Cloying creamy mellow sweet doughy toasted caramel fruit earthy hop resin hint malty body. Clean mild bitter hop end. Purchased and Tasted 2 @ 6.49 from The Ballard Market on 10/1/2010. (919 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (395 characters)

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

Appearance- Pours a low off white head with light lacing and low retention, an orange amber hued beer.

Smell- A light aroma with more malts than hops.

Taste- Robust malt body, Munich comes through at the fore, followed by a powerful hop presence that is piney, earthy and bitter

Mouthfeel- Somewhat sticky and mouth coating. Hops linger nicely.

Drinkability- Goes down easy and is quite flavorful. Also, pretty cool that the ingredients are produced both nearby and specifically for the brewery. (500 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

The look is an amber that looks yellowish and/or reddish in different lights. Interesting. Good persistent head with pretty solid lacing.

The smell is super mild, and doesn't really give anything away. I took a couple of good whiffs to try to get some suggestion of what's to come, and nothing really shows itself.

The taste was good, if only representative of an ordinary style. There was nothing overwhelming here, but maybe that's part of it's charm. Just a little bitterness, and a little bit of floral. Otherwise, it has a lager-like cleanliness that belies the "wet hop" on the label.

Again, the lager-like qualities to this beer make it pretty smooth, and it has a surprisingly (disappointingly?) clean mouthfeel. Each sip disappears without much of a trace.

The drinkability here is quite high. It's too bad this isn't available in a mass-produced six pack, Sierra Pale Ale style. It could be a successful go-to sessioner if it were a little more available. (1,009 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this beer all week and I'm still not exactly sure what I think of it. It's a pale ale but has a lot of interesting malt flavor, like an amber. Color is a very dark and cloudy amber brown. Head is usually very low but there is plenty of carbonation in the beer. The flavor is quite complex. It's definitely not a typical pale ale in flavor, with much more malt and tongue effect. I'm enjoying that this beer is at my local and i'll miss it when it's gone but I'm still not sure what I think.

Definitely try it. (529 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this beer on a whim thinking it was the First Growth Creek Ale. Still good to try at 2 bucks for a 5oz sample.

A - Pours a light amber in color with a nice bit of foamy head. According to notes it had a nice bit of lacing sticking to the sides of the sample glass.

S - Wow that smells earthy! I get some mild citrus hops in the back as well.

T - Wow this would have to be the maltiest wet hop ale I ever had but it's not bad! I get a strong earthy malt along side of a balanced citrus hop base. I could maybe detect cherry but it maybe in my head thinking it was the other rogue ale.

M - It was definitely medium bodied. I was able to get his one down third so an easy drinker.

D - Not something I would seek out or pay for elsewhere (8.75 a bomber?!?! F-that!) but it was really cool to try for around 2 bucks. Still I prefer my wet hop ales well... more hoppy. Good overall. (885 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods on Westlake in Seattle. No date on the bottle.

Golden with a haze and a small beige head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has floral and grassy hops with some toasted malt in the background. Nice but not outstanding. The flavor is reserved but quite enjoyable with some floral hop flavor, citrusy bitterness and toasted malt. I initially found it a bit mild but it really should be judged as an APA, not and IPA. The mouthfeel is moderate with a fair carbonation.

I checked the BA rating before picking this up and despite having a B- on three reviews, I decided to go for it. It's tough for me to pass on a wet hop beer. I found it a little better than that but not by much. (731 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with lightly rising carbonation, and a thin off white head.

Aroma is of mostly pine and citric hops with some caramel malts in the backing, though it is overall fairly subdued.

The taste is of breaded caramel malts upfront with earthy, pine and citric hop notes creating a good backing. Though while this is a great APA, the hops while present and enjoyable are not quite shining as much as I would expect from a fresh hop ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp clean finish.

This is an extremely drinkable beer, I felt the 22 went by too fast! (645 characters)

Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
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