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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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BA SCORE
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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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 11:15:19 | More by TurdFurgison
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troutmask96

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -12%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:49:47 | More by troutmask96
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oberon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 21:16:48 | More by oberon
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philerman

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into British Pint glass. Like others have noted, no freshness/bottled on- information.

A: Darker amber color with about an inch of head.

S: Mainly caramel/malt. A bit of a chemical off-smell in mine.

T: Barely discernible hop taste. Much more of a malt.

M: Nothing too disagreeable. Very little alcohol burn.

O: Had higher expectations than this. The description above (and on the label) made it look more special than it is. Probably would not go to again.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:17:55 | More by philerman
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 06:00:21 | More by IronDjinn
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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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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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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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-11-2013 03:26:38 | More by XmnwildX12
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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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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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hopheadjuice

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ox bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a dark amber copper red with a slow rising 1 finger head that holds tight and laces modestly.

Smells pretty balanced for a beer that's supposed to be showcasing "wet hops". slight bitter hop presence with more of a rounded caramel malt profile.

Taste is a bit off to me for some reason. Strong hop bitterness with almost no flavour and a big malt backbone that makes this ale a bit thick.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a creamy tongue coating finish.

Drinkability was okay but for the 6% or so ABV it drank more like a 10% ABV with the thickness aspect. I probably will not seek this offering out again but i would drink it if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 17:26:21 | More by hopheadjuice
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rtepiak

Poland

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 02:53:05 | More by rtepiak
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 15:39:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:11:00 | More by tempest
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 05:02:14 | More by cswhitehorse
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Xul

California

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:22:05 | More by Xul
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden burnt orange color with a slight amount of foam. Leaves a large amount of thin lace. Not too much hop in the nose but some strong caramel tangy wheat malt. Almost a rye aroma. Flavor is light on character. Some sweet and tangy malt notes. Wheat definitely with a light metallic middle. Crisp, lightly floral hop finish. Body is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 16:40:51 | More by DrinkingDrake
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jtyson

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-10-2013 18:53:57 | More by jtyson
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-11-2012 08:30:11 | More by IdrinkGas
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-19-2012 01:53:32 | More by Tyrawlings
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AleVana

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-23-2012 00:12:52 | More by AleVana
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-29-2011 23:11:15 | More by brandoman63
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vcoggins

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-14-2013 16:10:15 | More by vcoggins
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KYRed

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-04-2013 22:17:14 | More by KYRed
Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.