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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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Reviews: 102
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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.

65 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond
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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 156
Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of csiewert
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This american pale ale pours a hazy bien color with not much head at all. The aroma is Rey week and consists of some citrusy hops. The taste begins with some matly sweetness and the finishes with a citrusy hop bitterness that hits you in the mouth... More IPA flavor. The mouthfeel is good although slightly over carbonated. Overall a good beer I think... And organic!

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a modest chill haze. Long lasting, but modest head. Leaves some large-bubbled lace on the side of the glass.

Surprisingly malty for a beer that emphasizes the hop on the label. The malt is similar to caramel. The hop is very muted to the nose.

The hop makes a decent showing on the taste profile, but the malt is very present resulting in a well-balanced beer. Very good body (meaning "full") with a lower than average carbonation. The hops provide enough bitterness to linger a long time in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color, with a small off-white foam head. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Not as potent on the nose. Some citrus and earthy hops, but mostly bready, caramel malts with some hints of yeasts.

T: The malt is the backbone of this beer. Lots of bready, caramel and brown sugar malt with a decent amount of citrus hops.

M: It is a light to medium body beer, seems a little thin to me, with a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Overall a decent beer to drink. I could have a few in a sitting, but would want to make sure this is fresh before doing so.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange light amber color with a lingering off-white head. It's a little dark here in Small Bar in central San Diego, so forgive the appearance description if it's not entirely accurate. A lot of lacing around the edges of the glass appear as the beer is consumed. The bouquet is comprised of citrus and heavy cream. This flavor is difficult to describe. Sweet lemon esters. Everything blends well. The first few pulls yielded some harshness at the finish. I had some Stone PTSD. But, everything blended and got smoother as I worked my way through it. There might be some apricot in there. Midlle of the road. Maybe just a little north of that.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, light mahogany-hued body with an off-white cap of suds on top.

Smell: Dry, day-old biscuits tops with mellow notes of tired spices, oranges, and, well, that's about it. It's a pretty mild aroma, really.

Taste: Biscuity, bready malted barley accentuated with a touch of toasted grains and a modest sweetness. Apricot fruitiness early on. Earthy spiciness, very slight leafiness, and a pinch of citric orange zest from the hops with ample bitterness. Mild yeastiness of Rogue's house strain throughout. Final, brief displays of biscuit crumbs and a bit of cooked sugars before the spicy, earthy finish. Very mild bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: As with the other GYO brews, it's reasonably decent, albeit simplistic and straight-forward, though the Dirtoir Black Lager was pretty tasty. So far, a batting average of .200 for the series.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue's Wet Hop Ale--which proudly states that the hops were picked and immediately driven seventy-seven miles to be pitched into the brew kettle--smells far less hoppy than such a description would imply. There are hops, yes, in rolling sweeps of grapefruit and light pine, but sugars and malts make up the larger part of the nose, bringing seas of toasted grains, brown sugars, bread, and apricots.

On the tongue, the immediate flavors are sugary and lovely, swirling in light fruit esters (grape, apricot, apple, berry), brown sugars, toasted wheats, and unbuttered toast. The hops, though present in 65 IBU strength, are surprisingly subdued for most of the mouthful, peering out meekly from behind the wheat fields. This doesn't mean that they aren't present, but that the normal hoppy bitterness seems accompanied by taming plant flavors; the fact that the hops are fresh has made them less wild and concentrated, and more subtle and nuanced. Late in the mouthful the sugars die off, and more hop bitterness does come through, partnered with a slight grassy note, or the taste of biting into vine. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, and fades with moderate quickness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while this brew doesn't provide the intensely hoppy buzz that comes with many wet hop beers, the flavors that are present are good, and the beer is very drinkable. Still, something seems ever-so-slightly missing, as if the beer needed that extra kick--whether sugar or hop--to round out the picture.

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Photo of riored4v
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle looked a bit different than the one pictured (solid green bottle). This one states it was brewed with Freedom hops.

Poured in to a tulip. Deep copper colored body. 2 finger, rocky, off-white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma was floral. Not real pungent. Some maltyness, a bit bready and some light citrus notes.

Taste was floral with some orangey citrus flavors. Turned to medium malty sweetness, bready and a bit grainy. Some light caramel. Finish was lemony, orangey and floral. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carbonation and a slightly chewy finish.

Overall a decent beer. Mild bitterness was pleasant and paired nice with the sweetness. Felt the hop intensity for a Fresh Hop beer was lacking a little.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with no freshness info.

Pours a dark, brick-amber with a khaki head. Smell is "wet" and leafy, some tartness too. Taste is pretty mellow for the 65 IBU claim, actually way more balanced toward malt than I would believe. Don't get me wrong - it's good though. Finish is bittersweet. Reminiscent of a few other Rogues I've had, this is a tasty pale ale.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a glass. It has a burnt orange color body with a 2" white creamy head, that hangs out for a lttle bit and leaves a sticky foam on the glass. The smell has a very nice hop aroma and some malt coming through also. The taste has a very bitter hop flavor with a malt backbone. The mouth is very smooth and leaves a bitter after taste on the tongue. Overall this beer is really good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the rogue farms project is such a cool series of beers, with stuff we dont see too often in the beer world. i mean, some of them have been downright bizarre. this one is less inspired than some of the others honestly, and as much as i love wet hop beer, this one doesnt necessarily display those qualities as well as i would like it to. the homegrown thing is awesome, and i have to give points for that, but this recipe needs more hops. i get a balanced american pale here, not a wet hop ipa. that sticky fresh sappy hop thing is too subtle, its only in the finish, and the grain seems to be showcased as much as the hops when i just want it to get out of the way. maybe part of it is i am not familiar with the hops used in this recipe, they are rogues own i think, and they are either real mild or way under dosed. that said, the beer is clean drinking, autumnal in its own way, and pretty dark tasty. i just wish for more of the wet hop character, maybe next year.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a large mug. Pours slightly cloudy orange/amber, with a light beige head, heavy lacing, and significant carbonation. Smell is not particularly floral, just heavy malts and slight yeast, a little spicy hops smell.

Taste is reminiscent of their Imperial IPA -- super bitterness coming through in the aftertaste, strong bitterness in front, with a thick malty backbone. Nothing delicate about this.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and slightly gritty. Overall, I'm satisfied with this beer, but not delighted.

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Photo of Risser09
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a white wine glass · fridge temp · 2010 harvest?

Appearance: A strong amber color is gorgeous. A generous 3" head grows and settles with an ivory head. Great retention and lots of spotty lace.

Smell: Nougat malt aroma. Nuts, biscuits, fresh barley. Not much hop action on the nose.

Taste: A very tasty malt flavor. Cereal, figs, raisins, almond. There is some hop bitterness, but not a whole lot of hop flavor complexity. Think donuts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, ample sweetness, very little alcohol. There seems to be a lot of residual sugar.

Drinkability: This is a good beer. I like supporting farmers, so I had to try another on of the GYO series. This is a solid beer, but the term Wet Hop implicated a hoppy beer to me, which this certainly isn't.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with lightly rising carbonation, and a thin off white head.

Aroma is of mostly pine and citric hops with some caramel malts in the backing, though it is overall fairly subdued.

The taste is of breaded caramel malts upfront with earthy, pine and citric hop notes creating a good backing. Though while this is a great APA, the hops while present and enjoyable are not quite shining as much as I would expect from a fresh hop ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp clean finish.

This is an extremely drinkable beer, I felt the 22 went by too fast!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this beer on a whim thinking it was the First Growth Creek Ale. Still good to try at 2 bucks for a 5oz sample.

A - Pours a light amber in color with a nice bit of foamy head. According to notes it had a nice bit of lacing sticking to the sides of the sample glass.

S - Wow that smells earthy! I get some mild citrus hops in the back as well.

T - Wow this would have to be the maltiest wet hop ale I ever had but it's not bad! I get a strong earthy malt along side of a balanced citrus hop base. I could maybe detect cherry but it maybe in my head thinking it was the other rogue ale.

M - It was definitely medium bodied. I was able to get his one down third so an easy drinker.

D - Not something I would seek out or pay for elsewhere (8.75 a bomber?!?! F-that!) but it was really cool to try for around 2 bucks. Still I prefer my wet hop ales well... more hoppy. Good overall.

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Photo of GJ40
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods on Westlake in Seattle. No date on the bottle.

Golden with a haze and a small beige head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has floral and grassy hops with some toasted malt in the background. Nice but not outstanding. The flavor is reserved but quite enjoyable with some floral hop flavor, citrusy bitterness and toasted malt. I initially found it a bit mild but it really should be judged as an APA, not and IPA. The mouthfeel is moderate with a fair carbonation.

I checked the BA rating before picking this up and despite having a B- on three reviews, I decided to go for it. It's tough for me to pass on a wet hop beer. I found it a little better than that but not by much.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this beer all week and I'm still not exactly sure what I think of it. It's a pale ale but has a lot of interesting malt flavor, like an amber. Color is a very dark and cloudy amber brown. Head is usually very low but there is plenty of carbonation in the beer. The flavor is quite complex. It's definitely not a typical pale ale in flavor, with much more malt and tongue effect. I'm enjoying that this beer is at my local and i'll miss it when it's gone but I'm still not sure what I think.

Definitely try it.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel

A - Pours a hazy amber colour, with an of white head that hangs around and laces.

S - Not as hoppy as I would have expected, but hoppy nonetheless.

T - Plenty of hops up front followed by malts and a decent dry finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - An interesting beer but not exciting.

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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.