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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Wet Hop AleRogue Farms Wet Hop Ale

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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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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 103
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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 CHILLINDYLAN
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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 farrago
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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 ADZA
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A curious little offering from Rogue. It is a sneaky surprise in some ways.

Pours a frothy amber, with lively carbonation and a sprightly head. The aroma is distinctly malty, more like one of Rogue's characteristic amber ales than a pale ale. The flavor too is surprisingly muted considering Rogue's sometimes punishing hop character. The flavor is a bit malty, again rather amber in character, with a herby, grassy character, fairly mild. It's only on the finish that you get the full hop effect, with a sneaky, spreading bitterness that coats the entire back of your mouth and throat. The bitterness has a piny, sharp edge. The mouthfeel is a bit clingy, and surprisingly flat, which highlights the bitterness.

Good overall. Not astonishing, but drinkable. I can't testify about the stated 6.4 Percent ABV, but based on the slight fuzziness between my eyes after one 16 ounce glass, I wonder if it might not be higher.

Photo of jbowers56
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautifully blurry bronzed orange peel that practically glows when the glass is backlit with bright morning sunshine. The lovely looking lid is closer to ecru than ivory and is seriously sticky. Salt water taffy-like bridges of foam deposit attractive sheets of lace when they break.

For a fresh hop ale that is barely two months of age (first released on September 25th), the nose is disappointingly meek and mild. In fact, the Munich malt is barely appreciated. However many pounds of hops were used clearly weren't enough. Considering the fact that good beer of this style has an amazing aroma, the score doesn't deserve to be average.

When it comes to the intensity of its hop flavor, Chatoe Rogue First Growth Wet Hop Ale tastes like it's at least 10-12 months old. 40 IBUs tastes and feels pretty accurate, so for whatever reason, the brewers failed to unlock the lupulin goodness of the Independence and Revolution hops.

The malt tastes mostly biscuit-like pale, with a bit of toasted nuttiness in the background. Too bad there isn't anywhere close to enough hop flavor to make any comparisons to the better known varieties. From what I'm able to appreciate (oranges and apricots mostly), these particular hops aren't blockbusters that will take the brewing world by storm.

The beer is impressively bitter if that's important to you. Actually, now that it has warmed a little, CRFGWHA is improving just enough to earn higher taste and drinkability scores. Anyone who isn't a hophead probably won't be as kind.

The body/mouthfeel has a wonderful contrasting combination of creamy smoothness and serrated alpha acid edges. No matter what else is going on, this brewery almost always comes through in the areas of appearance and mouthfeel.

In my opinion, there are few things more delicious and drinkable than a well-crafted fresh hop ale. Unfortunately, Chatoe Rogue doesn't fit that description. If a reasonably fresh beer of this sort isn't dripping with juicy hop flavor, then it isn't a success. It really is as simple as that.

Photo of Lunch
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle, purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD, into my 20oz. Stone Imperial Nonic glass (11/24/09) at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pour a rich, golden, light brown with an orange/amber hue capped off with a crisp two finger off-white head with nice retention.

S: A very much subdued aroma of malt with just a slight hint of bitter hops. I'm a little surprised that the hop smell is so minute, but I guess that this being the first harvest, the hops might just need time to mature.

T: As with the smell the hop flavor is quite subdued leaving just a trace of bitterness along with mild malt character that is fairly one-dimensional. There was a nice fresh quality though which I did enjoy.

M: A medium-bodied beer which is lacking in flavor, but has a decent feel with moderately crisp carbonation.

D: Good drinakbilty but the lack of flavor leaves me with no real desire to have anymore than the one bomber.

Overall this beer was a bit of a disappointment, but it had a fresh quality that slightly made up for it lack of hops flavor. Worth a Look.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better wet hop brews available locally.

Light brown appearance with some haziness, medium head. Great, fresh, piney, hoppy nose. Flavors of medium roasted malt, fresh hops, hay, and pine. Great balance with a noted presence of bitter, fresh hops. Great finish with the acid, alcohol, and tannins in balance.

Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly murky dark amber ale,with a small,delicate yet handsome light tan head. Aroma is of very fresh citrusy hops,manilly i get for some reason,broiled pink grapefruit with demerara sugar scents! Taste? very smooth,yet very hoppy.Great use of the malts to enhance the juicyness of the hop.Quite peppery near the end. Delicious and thick palate,coats the tongue and roof of the mouth..in a good way. Very drinkable stuff. I see I rated this much higher than others on here..i suppose sitting at the window overlooking the Pacific waves does that!

Photo of bitterthebetter
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bought a 3.99 22 at local 7-11, figured why not. poured a hazy golden orange with crisp white head

resiny pine, slight citrus undertones, bready malt

resiny pine upfront then fades into lemon citrus then fading to bready malt, citrusy finish

resiny pine upfront, but gives way to dominating citrus and heavy malt, i wouldnt know it was a fresh hopped ale, very thin hop body, overshadowed by the bready malt, almost lagerish

a lame example of a fresh hop beer. looks great, smells good, but tastes like a boring pale ale. I would never guess this was a fresh hopped ale, very light and fading hop body and mouthfeel left me wondering what's the point, and then i remembered it's a rogue beer, I should have known better. don't buy this beer to expect a fresh hopped flavorful beer

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first wet hop ale poured light brown orange color with a single finger foam head. Not much initial head with a quick dissipating foaminess.

The smell is fairly muted even as it warms up. I wonder if they dried them a little too much before putting it in the wort. The taste is a spicy maltiness with a medium to low bitterness in the end. You get a tiny bit of tingle on the tongue. Overall this needs improvement. I expect more wet hop aroma and flavor from this style.

Photo of olmatty
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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

Bomber that I picked up at New Seasons 2 weeks ago, in have since kept it in the fridge, erroneously thinking this was a hoppy ale that needed kept as fresh as possible (what with the fist full of hops and the big red "Wet Hop Ale" proclamation on the label). Poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint, the wet hop ale is a chill hazed bronze with a large, creamy light sand head leaving light lace.

Smell is subtle hops, kind of bubblegum like, with hints of pine sap and limes. It's pretty good, but far to muted.

Taste is malty, spicy, bitter, pretty much like every other Rogue pale ale - this one being most notable for it's lack of hops. I realize wet hops are generally milder then dried, but this one is really subtle, mostly on the pine side. Good enough but not what I was expecting. The alcohol could probably be turned down a few notches, as it's the only really flavor that lingers on the long finish (along with some bitter hop spice), which I'm quickly tiring of.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok for a basic, if maltier then most pale ale. Of course it's no bargain in Rogue bargain packaging, even with the ABV that is higher then most session ales. I don't see myself ever revisiting this. Overall, it's disappointing for a wet hop ale, in regards to there are not enough hops to showcase them. All the more so since I think these are Rogue's own hop varieties that I've never had.

Photo of TheFlern
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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.

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