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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, light mahogany-hued body with an off-white cap of suds on top.

Smell: Dry, day-old biscuits tops with mellow notes of tired spices, oranges, and, well, that's about it. It's a pretty mild aroma, really.

Taste: Biscuity, bready malted barley accentuated with a touch of toasted grains and a modest sweetness. Apricot fruitiness early on. Earthy spiciness, very slight leafiness, and a pinch of citric orange zest from the hops with ample bitterness. Mild yeastiness of Rogue's house strain throughout. Final, brief displays of biscuit crumbs and a bit of cooked sugars before the spicy, earthy finish. Very mild bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: As with the other GYO brews, it's reasonably decent, albeit simplistic and straight-forward, though the Dirtoir Black Lager was pretty tasty. So far, a batting average of .200 for the series.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a creamy white head that leaves strands of lacing.

The smell is of the Rogue Pacman yeast house character with orange, with a bready tart character.

The taste is yeasty/tart with some sweetness. Bitterness is muted, making this more sweet and tart than bitter. At 40 IBU's, I wasn't expecting a bitter hop bomb, but being "wet hopped" and the IBU level, while rather tame today compared to others, and even considering it's an APA rather than an IPA, I expected more hop character. Things are a bit out-of-whack/ clumsy. It isn't "bad", have some character- but the pacman yeast strain is a nice one and makes up for the muted hop and malt character that don't clash, but don't exactly mesh either.
Finishes on dry side, with a brief aftertaste.

It has a creamy, medium body. Carbonation is right here.

I don't know that the hop bill is all that thrilling. The house character and feel save the day here. In the end, it's worth having if you're a Rogue fan, but isn't one of the brewery's greatest creations by a mile or so...

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

B

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a modest chill haze. Long lasting, but modest head. Leaves some large-bubbled lace on the side of the glass.

Surprisingly malty for a beer that emphasizes the hop on the label. The malt is similar to caramel. The hop is very muted to the nose.

The hop makes a decent showing on the taste profile, but the malt is very present resulting in a well-balanced beer. Very good body (meaning "full") with a lower than average carbonation. The hops provide enough bitterness to linger a long time in the aftertaste.

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with 1/2" head sporting some large bubbles. No lacing develops.

Smell: light floral hop aroma with some mild caramel sweetness in the background.

Taste: caramel, some ripe fruit sweetness, and a floral hop bitterness that is mild. Flavor profile is a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Very short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Not one that will excite you but a decent drinking beer.

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and surprisingly thick orange amber colour, with a slight haze that just lets in enough light to make it glow. Two-fingers of yellowish-cream head sits slightly filmy on the top, leaving some lacing, but collapsing in short measure. Carbonation is extremely fine and it looks wonderful pushing through the residuals in the body. Overall, a really lovely looking brew.

Subdued nose, with not a huge amount of hop aroma. Some subtle sweet orange characters, spiced raisin bread and some honey-like malt are more dominant. Almost a cleansing ocean-spray type of note to it as well. Nothing that screams Wet Hop Ale to me. Also, I'm unfamiliar with Rogue's unique hop varieties, so I was looking forward to experiencing their flavours.

Taste is also very subdued, almost obnoxiously so. Very little in terms of flavour on the front, not even much malt - surprising given the body and the sweeter notes on the nose. Some savoury orange characters start to linger a little later, and there's a slight rosewater character that releases a little fragrance, but it's all very toned down and muted. There's a somewhat grating bitterness on the very back that lingers more as an aftertaste than anything present on the beer itself. It all comes together to speak of a mediocre beer to me. Mouthfeel is sparkling with tiny bursts of effervescence, but it doesn't have much to work with.

I think it's fair to say I found this a disappointing brew. It's not just that I expected more luscious fresh hop characters given the style, I found the beer itself to be a bit tepid and lacklustre. It's drinkable enough, but I would have had issues with it no matter what it styled itself as. Rogue does much better.

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-brown, light-tan head, thin ring of retention, some lace.

S: Orange rind, peach, apricot, alcohol, brown sugar, cotton candy fruity esters.

T: Orange rind, caramel, good bitterness, nut, bread.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker... though a little light on the fresh hops (I expected a little more punch).

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden/amber color with a two-finger head into my glass. Very nice hues present here. Otherwise, nothing that's out of place.

The aroma is sweet with bread and a light amount of hops. Feels a bit fresh than other examples. Otherwise, moving on.

Taste is a mix of sweet and bready malt with just the right amount of hops. They don't overwhelm or disappear within the mouth.

Mouthfeel is decent as well with lingering sweet/bready malt and hops.

Honestly, I find this a tad bit boring. You're either crazy about wet hopped beers or you're not. It's not bad by any means. Check it out.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at Rogues Ale House in San Francisco. I was hoping for a fresh hop or harvest ale from the name, but in all ways this was more an American Pale Ale, not bad but not really the fresh hop character the label might imply.

The beer was darker than you'd guess it would be, kind of amber color with a thick foam from each pour, all sorts of lacing on the glass. The aroma is well balanced, caramelly malt sweetness and some mild floral hops. The taste is malty in the front end, no juicy green hops flavor which you'd expect although there is a slightly bitter hops profile in the back end. Overall too balanced for a "wet hop" ale, not bad in any way but disappointing in that I wanted fresh hops flavors.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.