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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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salvo

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brown ale arrived effervescent under a half inch of off-white head, dissipating slowly, and laced the glass nicely as I drank. The smell is richer that other Rogue beers, sweeter malts and a thick mouthfeel, with the fresh hops remaining mostly in the nose and the finish. Astringent finish lingered nicely, but was lost in the malty middle. Well worth tasting.

While I was disappointed with this beer, I wasn't as disappointed as some, and certainly not willing to pour it down the sink! I'm concerned that reviewers are confusing fresh hops with strong or overpowering hops flavor. Just saying; not flaming.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 17:28:26 | More by salvo
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philbertk

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 21:31:11 | More by philbertk
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keesimps

Arizona

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting beer and attempt but feel that it misses the mark... Flavor profile does not seem to come together for me. I like the hop notes and presence but they don't seem to fit with the excessively malty and darker characteristics of this beer than a traditional pale ale... I wish it were better, but I had to toss it down the sink.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 05:15:16 | More by keesimps
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claspada

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a white head with light lacing and average retention, an orange amber hue.
A light aroma with equal amounts of malts and hops.
Robust malty, nutty body, followed by a powerful hop presence that is piney, earthy and bitter.
Somewhat sticky and mouth coating, not in a good way however as this beer is fairly thin in malt backbone.
Goes down easy and is mildly flavorful but something is missing in my opinion.
Overall, not as good as the newer OREgasmic Ale from Rogue, I think they must have learned their mistakes and fixed them with this Harvest Ale. Seek out that beer over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 20:20:28 | More by claspada
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changus

Oregon

2.17/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm really not impressed with this beer. Light, flavorless, smelled terrible and I just didn't want o finish it. Not a real fan of the wet hop beers, but this could have been more exciting. Looks good and dressed well in that fancy Rogue bottle. Just not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 05:52:15 | More by changus
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Indeterminate age. Recent purchase at a store I'd never been to to check out the selection.

Light color, golden.

Good bit of foam. appetizing amount.

Smells like there were hops in this at one point.

Tastes malty. Definite biscuits, some bitterness. Heavy handed at one point, this has significantly aged. Medium body.
UnBalanced, there is much left to enjoy on the hop end.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 02:16:53 | More by Dotcubed
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:25:46 | More by rapidsequence
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Ego

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 04:15:20 | More by Ego
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:14:26 | More by beer2day
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dirtbikejunkie

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright, almost clear orange. Very pronounced color. Only a light head with light lacing.

S: I could not distinguish anything in the smell except for light malt and hops. Nothing extraordinaire.

T: The taste followed the smell and nothing really good. Not bad, just not what I expected.

D: It was easy to drink. I can see my friends who are not craft beer drinkers enjoying this one more than me. I can't give it a great score for drinkability though because I simply had no desire for another.

OA: Not what I expected. At the price of this bottle I have no intention of buying another. I hoped for an interesting, flavorful beer but it was not so.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 16:00:26 | More by dirtbikejunkie
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avocadoz

Georgia

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To my knowledge , this is the first wet hop beer I have had.

Smells of grapefruit and caramel; pours golden, slightly cloudy with little head.

Taste is relatively flat, not very hoppy. I was expecting more, but it's just not there. Very easy to drink though.

I would probably not buy this again, but will try more beers in this style to compare.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:57:16 | More by avocadoz
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froghop

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy amber with a small light beige head, and a little lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, a touch of spice, and malt in the back.

taste is of hops, some caramel, a touch of citrus, malt, and earthy, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 17:51:56 | More by froghop
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear, bright orange body with a thin, bubbly ecru cap. Settles nicely to a thin collar with delicate lines and dots of lace.

A light aroma of tangerines and caramel. I really want more of a punch from my fresh, wet hop ales.

The flavor profile is a little subdued as well. Tangerines and slightly gooey caramel. Lightly bitter finish.

Medium body with a dry finish that leans more toward the bitter side. This might be the best part about this beer.

This is an easy drinker for sure. Nothing overpowering, a light, crisp hop bite--well more of a nibble--and easy to get through a 22. I just wish the hops were more of a showcase.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 17:19:10 | More by ColForbinBC
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:24:22 | More by Wasatch
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangy amber, little head, little lacing. Smell is almost non existant, light malt and light hops. Taste is almost non existant, light malt and light hops... theres just not much going on with this beer, there is just a touch of a bitter bite and a faint faint touch of pine, but there is very little fresh hop charachter here. Body is slightly thicker than the bland scent and flavors would dictate. I actually recommended this to a friend who usually drinks macro, as i knew the taste wouldnt offend him.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 17:30:02 | More by rfgetz
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 15:22:18 | More by mikesgroove
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saccro

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably my least favorite Rogue beer. I'm done with wet hop beers. I haven't found one I really like. The hop flavor is there I guess, but no punch. Pales in comparison to double ipa hop flavor. Classic Rogue malt flavors though. Hard to believe it's just Munich malt and 2-row. Just disappoints on the hop flavors and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:19:37 | More by saccro
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 13:50:28 | More by Gavage
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 13:13:46 | More by lordofthewiens
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 08:34:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:31:11 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 16:37:28 | More by jwc215
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farrago

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gets you a solid finger plus of dark tan, oranged-tinged foam for a head, solid mixture of bubble sizes, above average retention and medium level stickiness to the lacing. Soft translucency adds richness to the red, copper colored liquid, holds the light and glows, more orange rust around the rims. Wet hay, grain, green corn husks, sour mandarin oranges take up much of the nose, the apricot to peach scents more pit and skin than flesh, little bit of pine, the malt and caramel very muted. Medium-bodied, there's a "fine bubbles" quality to the carbonation, lightly prickly but not really contributing to the whole. Seems more to strive for a bitter zing than deliver it, grassy with that hay/straw, corn husk, wet fallen leaves thing going on, sort of stemmy. The white and pink grapefruit, orange citrus about the sweetest element as, with the nose, the malts are persona non gratis. Dried breakfast biscuits, minimal depth to the peach, pear, yellow apple fruit flavors. Overall, it's not a bad beer and is certainly not something you'd pour down the sink, however, it is somewhat clumsily executed or in need of clearer goals at the outset.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 05:19:31 | More by farrago
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 13:14:30 | More by Kegatron
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ADZA

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright orange,copper colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head and average lacing,the aromas are brown sugar,hard candy,alcohol and piney fruit filled hops,it has a nice medium mouthfeel and the the first taste i get is a caramel,toffee,brown sugar taste followed by a nice hit of piney bitterness at the end,overall this beer is not bad and will easily finish it i just expected more from one of my favourite US breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 10:47:11 | More by ADZA
Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.