Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by salvo:
4.83/5 rDev +32.3%
I would say the beer pours slightly hazy gold/orange (had said crystal clear). The head was crazy: big, fluffy, fully three inches before it started falling off. I continue to think this is a near-perfect beer and will try to stockpile what I can along with Sierra Nevada Estate.
I'm standing by my assertion that some reviews seem to be reviewing how they felt about the name ON the bottle and not the liquid IN the bottle. Now that the anti-Rogue hysteria has passed somewhat (with Goose Island's InBev deal taking the heat now) perhaps we can get some meaningful reviews.
Pours from the bottle golden with a ful inch of light head. Beer is crystal clear with lovely tiny bubbles rising from the glass maintaining the froth for quite a while.
Smell is rich: healthy, earthy, sweet, biscuit malts supporting sharp, piney, tart hops that grow drier as the beer warms to room temperature. Taste is deep: starts with richness and earthy bitterness with tastes of dried grass, plum, honey, oats, and cereal grain; rich and fruity with a mineral complexity like produce harvested from a virgin field: all the elements of the soil are imparted to the grain. The hops are spicy with subtle citrus and pine, but those are later, lingering hints and the first wave is a spicy oscillation from black pepper to coriander seed.
Maddeningly drinkable, the body is medium. I wish it had more butteriness, but that is my own quibble with this near-perfect beer. Lovely, and I was happy to share it with an appreciative group.
My response to this beer is unreservedly positive, and I have to think that some reviewers are allowing their negative feelings for Rogue to cloud their palates. I shared a 22oz. with friends, and the response was overwhelmingly positive among a wide range of beer appreciation, from hopheads and homebrewers to "Miller Lite treats me just fine."
05-15-2011 15:58:32 | More by salvo
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3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
I have to say to me seeing Rogue do a malt driven beer seems strange.Poured a bright lighter golden with a fluffy one finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled very slowly.Light aromas,mainly light honey,and toasty grain.Honey malt flavors hit up front on the palate along with some toasty/graininess,a faint herbal hop note lingers in the finish.Its lagerish to me flavor wise,its crisp and relatively clean,not bad.
04-03-2010 22:21:38 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Golden amber with a sustained white head. Fresh grains and grassy hops aroma. The taste is balanced but predictable. Malt flavors are smooth and grainy, some pine is present. A well cared for beer, I'd peg it for more of an amber ale. It should be in a six pack at a lesser doller per ounce ratio.
06-06-2010 18:49:56 | More by brownbeer
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
This is a blonde ale? Could have fooled me, it's so hop forward. In a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color with a small white head and a little bit of lace. Very citrus aroma, a little malt. Big time grapefruit taste, some malt that was hidden by the hops. Not very balanced, not like any blonde I have had, but still a nice beer.
05-19-2010 00:46:06 | More by lordofthewiens
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Bomber pours a hazy amber body with a medium sized almond hued head. Decent retention and some scattered patchy lacing.
Aroma features fruity apricot esters, pine hops, and some toasty caramel.
Light medium to medium body with crisp carbonation.
Taste is hoppier than expected, with a solid pine and earthy bitterness. Malt presence is bready and toasty caramel, but somewhat restrained. Finishes dry and bitter.
Highly drinkable and reasonably priced.
05-17-2010 16:58:15 | More by merlin48
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Appears a pale slightly hazed bright orange golden hue with a thicket of off white cream head, billows above the edge of my new DFH curved pint glass. Aroma is simple yet very nice, a touch of light lemon citrus hops and pale biscuit malts with a nice air of fruitiness. Flavor has an assertive herbal/citric rind bitterness from the hops and a pleasant malt tones coming through. Way more interesting than your average blonde ale, this is a single malted ale that gives of nice biscuit/fruit malt character that really makes the beer along with grow your own Revolution hops kickin' in to balance things out. Way more hops than your average beer very well balanced excellence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, never thin or boring on the palate. Carbonation is perfect goes down very easy, drinkability overall is solid a nice big bottle of GYO from ROGUE, I will drink whatever offerings come out of this series.
10-08-2010 02:31:00 | More by WVbeergeek
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a very hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of pale malt and faint floral and leafy hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted pale malt flavors with hints of breadiness kick things off. Leafy and mildly citric hop flavors join in shortly thereafter, carrying throuhg to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I definitely think this was more of an APA than an American Blonde. Either way it's a very understated beer, certainly not bad but also not worth seeking out.
04-25-2010 23:18:03 | More by glid02
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
Bought a bottle of this from the Rogue Garage Sale at the Rogue brewpub near Portland State University.
I opted for this over two of the other BYO Rogues present at the sale because I prefer a straight ale over a rye or a black lager.
Pours a honey yellow with a good medium think white head and decent lacing.
The aroma is pleasant - nice and floral; however, the malt really comes through and colors the whole scent. The same can be said of the flavor. At first taste straight from the fridge, the malts seemed really downplayed. It came across as a nice light and floral golden ale with the Revolution hops really shining through. As the beer began to warm up, the Dare malt began to show its face; very biscuity. The after taste reminds me vaguely of a Lagunitas IPA.
This beer is super drinkable. A nice beer to have on hot summer day (like today). Not very interesting, but that's probably the idea with a SMASH like this. If I could find this for $2.00 again, I'd buy it.
07-07-2014 02:59:16 | More by merzbeer
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
Hazy gold with a white, pillowy head that soon dissipates into a thin skein.
Slight yeast ester, sweet malt. Slight piney hop aroma.
A lightly sweet malt flavor quickly gets KO'd by a lasting bitterness. A lot of pine here, a little too much, maybe?
Soft carbonation, medium-light body.
Not Rogue's best, but not a flop either. It's a little too bitter for a non-IPA - I finished the beer 10 minutes ago, and I can still taste the hops. I'd love to see more from the GYO series, just something a little less unbalanced.
03-19-2010 01:56:57 | More by dosher
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Bright blonde with a minor head that stuck around, this looks nice. There is a slightly opaque glow that gives it some character, while lace is minimal but present.
The smell is simple yet delightful, a plain mix of light malts and pine hop flavor that may not be intriguing but it certainly is pleasing. The taste leads with light biscuit flavors, followed by yeast, cleaned up with a touch of hop bitterness. If this is what I expected when I saw a blonde on the menu at a new establishment, I would order the style much more frequently.
06-26-2013 06:23:08 | More by watermelonman
4/5 rDev +9.6%
650ml bottle. Single Malt (in this case, their proprietary 'Dare' varietal) - surprising it took this long to make the single-estate/ingredient connection that wine and whisky producers have been capitalizing on for a while now.
This beer pours a frosty pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and loosely foamy off-white head, which renders some sticky curtains of dried suds lace around the glass in its seemingly rushed wake.
It smells of semi-sweet crackery and grainy pale malt, a touch of bready caramel, dry citrus, and grassy, floral, and haystack-esque hops. The taste is pleasantly biscuity pale and caramel malt, softly aged lemon, a hint of black pepper, and crisp grassy, faintly piney, and earthy hops - not a lot of complexity, but agreeable enough in its converse simplicity.
The carbonation is quite laid-back, but firm enough, the body a barely adequate medium weight, a wee bit creamy, and within chipping distance of smooth, I suppose. It finishes on a weird drying trend for something so malt-focused, and clean, the hops substantially mellowing out.
A pretty tasty and drinkable blonde ale, one way more enjoyable than the anemic standard for the style, and propped up with the malt and hop characteristics of, well nearly a properly rendered Czech Pilsener, of all things. Well, revolutions often have a side-effect of recalibrating expectations, and Rogue has provided at least a glimpse of that here.
05-30-2010 00:12:44 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Golden color with slight amber hues, lively with a very impressive thick and fluffy head, slow to dissipate with some minor lacing left over.
Citric, tangy and earthy hops, light honey in the malt with some very nice crispy wheat aroma's.
A very lively and crispy bite right off, earthy wheat in the malt, the hops are very tasty and complex, nearly wet-hop style flavor's with hearty aspects, dry earth and tangy. Really good balance overall.
The feel has a fresh, clean bite, full of life and really easy going down. light and then medium in body, the "Dare" malt imparts major flavor and smoothness. The only downside to the feel is if this is not consumed within a short period of time it becomes a bit lifeless and flat feeling.
11-04-2010 21:00:09 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
2.38/5 rDev -34.8%
22oz bomber poured into a pint
A- Pours a bright golden yellow topped with a thick bright white head. Head dissipates rather quickly, but great lacing sticks around for the duration of the event.
S- Good things end with the appearance. Smell is an indistinct grainy mash and bready malt.
T- Very astringent taste. When cold its quite unpleasant. As it warms, the astringency wanes, but its still there.
M- Mouthfeel is middle of the road, well carbonated and a nice weight to the liquid. Like a low-carbonation soda.
O- Lack of interesting nose and the poor taste make this a loser, no reason to try again,
09-27-2011 04:24:35 | More by HugePlume
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
Honeyish appearance, with mild floral hop aroma. A nice controlled bitterness, citrussy, a little grassy. Average plus mouthfeel. Very drinkable.Easy mouthfeel from the caramel.Suitable carbonation.I am guessing about 6% a.b.v.Thanks Presario.Refreshing for summer.
08-08-2010 02:54:14 | More by Sammy
2.7/5 rDev -26%
WTF!? I figured by the name "Single Malt" that this would be a malty brew, but I was surprised again.
This is a hazy gold color. Definatley unfiltered.
This is one of the best smelling beers I have come across. It is super cleansing. It's like a palate cleanser for your nose. I smell a garden full of flowers, pizza dough, and environmentally friendly cleaning fluid (because it is a friendly cleaner smell). The hop aroma is tremendously on the floral side, I have smelled candles that smell like this.
Oh no, then the taste is like, Hops Hops Hops, Hops hops. I get no malt, damn it. The name is misleading. I get pine and water with bunches of hop oils in it. America needs to calm down with the hop obsession. Really dry taste, and a hint of grapefruit juice. I have a hard time identifying flavors in overly hopped beers.
It feels like Sprite with all sugar and syrupy sensations removed and replaced with grass.
Sorry Rogue, this one isn't doin' it for me.
01-20-2012 06:49:26 | More by Doppelbockulus
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
Color is straw yellow with a touch of vibrant gold. pours brilliantly clear with very little head.
Aroma herbal with notes of sage and lemongrass, backed with a grainy lageresc aroma
Flavor is really straightforward and crisp. Very dry, with a firm bitterness. Flavors of pine and grapefruit rind dominate, husky grain flavors come through on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Not much, but good
Overall this beer is a really easy drinker, I like the simplicity of it and really like the crisp finish.
12-26-2011 03:55:43 | More by LukeD23
2.65/5 rDev -27.4%
Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita, ks
Starts out gushing, WTF?? Lost at least 6-8 oz. Thia pours a turbid amber with a finger of cream colored head. Never clears, but has good head retention & lacing
S: Faint maltyness
T: Plenty of malt sweetness, hints of honey, plus floral hops up front & dryness. Watered down apple juice, slight apricot as well as this warms, & more grainyness. Finishes watery, with apricot, grassyness & apple
MF: Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation. Becomes somewhat grainy when warm & thins out too
Drinks okay, but nothing too interesting going on here. I applaud the effort, but the results fall far short. Money is starting to get tight for beer, might be a long time before I pick up any of these Rouge experiments any time soon..
Maybe I got one out of date, how the hell would I know? No freshness dating,,,
08-11-2010 03:42:26 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy copper, with about 2 fingers of rigid eggshell-white head. This retains with a thinnish layer of rich froth, which leaves some thick swathes of foamy lacing back. The aroma smells of zesty fruit and floral character, which gives this a little bit of a lemongrass feel in the nose. An extra layer of earthy hops mix in with this, lendingthis some grit. Malts push up from underneath into the nose, with a toasted sweetness to it that rises up and envelopes those hop flavors.
That Dare malt is pretty straight forward here in the taste, being sweet, toasty, and grainy, while some lightly tart citric fruit mixes in. Earthy hop flavors tingle the back of the palate with spice, rind, and bitter fruit which all lingers with a dirty and dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the most part but feels a touch lighter in spots as this spread out in the mouth. Overall though, this has a easy mellow crispness to it which allows things to flow easily across the tongue.
This definitely had a bit of a "Dirty Blonde" thing going on, with those earthy hops and fruit flavors getting to come out and play a little more than normal for the style. The malt and hop profiles here were pretty honest and clean thoughout and coupled with an easy feel to keep the drinkibility of this good. I had no problem polishing this bomber off with dinner. Hey, sometimes simpler is better...
06-10-2010 16:52:18 | More by Kegatron
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
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