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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale - Rogue Ales

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
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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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.

tempest, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber, capped by a finger of frothy eggshell colored head. Retention is good as it recedes slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Subdued earthy and piney hops followed by lemon zest and some light citrus notes, caramel and sweet bread. Overall a rather weak nose.

T: Sweet bread and caramel up front, some lemon zest on the mid-palate followed by earthy and piney hops that ramp up towards a reasonably hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied with creamy, moderate carbonation. Probably the high point of the beer.

D: Nothing offensive but not particularly inviting or interesting.

Xul, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Kolsch
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fresh Hop Ale - Grow your own.

Not exactly sure what this beer wants to be? Very malty upfront, sweet tart and fruit like. Hops are dialed almost non-existent. I just don't get the fresh hop smell or taste. Beer is rather fresh so don't see an issue there with QA.

No off tastes to this just don't see why this is called fresh hop ale. I am not expecting a hop bomb, but the label is rather mis-leading.

Overall: Quite disappointed with this one and a dammed shame I spent 11 bucks for a bomber of this.

Kolsch, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $6.49 at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach, and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice copper, slightly amber hue with a fat head and big patches of fluffy lace from start to finish.

S: Big brown ale smell - earthy and grainy, roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate, with a prevalent smell of fresh cut grass.

T: Real similar to the smell, but the hop is there from start to finish, but at the same time not dominating the flavor at all. This is a real nice Fall ale - fresh and tasty!

M: Medium bodied, buttery smooth, slightly sticky and perfectly carbonated for this style ale.

D: Ridiculously easy to drink - the overall freshness of it makes it quite enjoyable and easy to drink in large quantities.

DeanMoriarty, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep, burnt-orange in color, with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Piney hops, citrus note
Taste-Onrush of fresh hop leaf flavor, biscuit, a rather soft hop bite leading to a pretty clean finish. Overall, a bit light-bodied and clean finishing for an APA. Hop flavor is good but without much teeth, however, not bad for first growth hops.

hosehead83, Oct 25, 2010
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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 25, 2010
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.

Brad007, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an average quality APA with a proper look and a mild head. nose is a bit more grassy with a delicate hushiness about the yeast. not an outstanding malt. not particular memorable in palate to some other wet hops. just a bit of pine and a bit of grass and a pop corn bitter finish. a bit flat and the yeast protein fingernail quality is accentuated by the lake of malt and carbonation.

rtepiak, Oct 23, 2010
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.

biboergosum, Oct 22, 2010
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

gatornation, Oct 16, 2010
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.

IronDjinn, Oct 16, 2010
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...

troutmask96, Oct 10, 2010
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.

stonermouse, Oct 09, 2010
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.

biggred1, Oct 06, 2010
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.

Cresant, Oct 05, 2010
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.

salvo, Oct 03, 2010
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.

philbertk, Oct 01, 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.

keesimps, Aug 10, 2010
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.

claspada, Jul 28, 2010
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.

changus, Jun 03, 2010
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.

Dotcubed, Apr 30, 2010
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.

rapidsequence, Apr 01, 2010
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.

Ego, Mar 31, 2010
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?

beer2day, Feb 09, 2010
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.

dirtbikejunkie, Jan 28, 2010
Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.