Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Wet Hop AleRogue Farms Wet Hop Ale

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of gatornation
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy peach amber color with a decent head yellows and red colors mix in with a beige collar looks good..smell is bland of citrus ,tropical and floral smells nothing overwhelming or indicating of a wet hop..taste was a disappointment it just average not alot of wet freshness in this minimal hops and citrus are meet by doughy bread and dull malts..mouthfeel is light ans medium carbonation..this wet hop lakes big bold citrus hops and just nothing jumps out or grabs you in smell or taste i would say pass on this one as this time of year there are many harvest/wet hops that lap this one

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a 650 ml brown bottle. Abv listed on this bottle as 6.1%. Very hazy coppery amber hue in appearance, with a spongy, creamy light beige head with good retention

Bright piney and citrus aroma, with bready notes and some light toasted caramel.

Dry toasty malt up front in the flavour, mildly earthy, while the hops remain fairly tame as well with herbal and spicy notes. Some citrus lingers in the aftertaste already.

Medium-full mouthfeel, a bit slick, moderate carbonation.

Somewhat reminiscent of a higher end ESB, tends to lack the depth of what Rogue is capable of producing. It's not until I've let it warm for over an hour and am near the end of the glass that any of that depth of character from all those different hop varieties even remotely starts to appear. I give the Rogue marketing dep't credit, they're great at building a lot of fanfare for products that sound good on paper (and on the label), but aren't delivering the goods anymore.

Photo of troutmask96
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of Rogue's sensational lineup of brews, I was quite disappointed with this offering. Pours pretty enough, but that's where the romance ends. There's just nothing remarkable about this beer other than the packaging. I migh come back at $3.99 a bomber, but at $6.99 it's one and done for this cat...

Photo of stonermouse
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a fluffy tan head of different sized bubbles that leaves scrappy lace on the glass. Pacman yeast and fresh minty hops in the aroma. Sweet and malty up front with leafy, herbal hop flavor and a mild tea-like bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. An easy drinker and a pretty good 6% ABV APA.

Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. There was some haze in the body. Copper/amber in color with a huge head of rich tan.

The smell was caramel-like. Typical Rogue yeast smell. Hints of sour dishrag. Bread crust. More on the malt side, rather than hops aromas.

The taste was also caramel-like. Low on the hops flavors too. Seemed a bit hollow, not well balanced. What happened to the hops? kind of bland.

The mouthfeel was rather light and less carbonated than expected.

Photo of salvo
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of keesimps
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of claspada
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of changus
2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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?

Photo of dirtbikejunkie
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of avocadoz
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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 rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of saccro
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

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 lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.