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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jsh420 on 03-13-2010)
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Brand


5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This and The Good Chit by Chatoe Rogue are the two best beers I've ever had for general beer consumption. Occasionally I like heavier and lighter beers, but for the standard, their single malt ale and the good chit are the best. Since I first tried these beers no other beer satisfies me, in the general range of beers, excluding heavies and true lights.

Here's my E=mc^2 description of this beer, and 'the good chit', which are both nearly indistinguishable, btw:

OMG, amazing, the best beers. The only beers that I have thought "How can I make these beers, these are the best I've ever had!" Because the balance of the flavor-nourishing-quality-feel is the best I've ever had.

Poured into a Jameson Irish Whiskey glass:
- Light golden liquid, medium white head.
- Beautiful light hoppy floral fruity aroma. Top quality.
- Amazing balance, only lightly sweet, grapefruity flavor, noticeable acid, but not too acid(whereas for example, S.N. Hefeweizen is too acid). For the alcohol content it has, it is not 'too sweet', and it is not 'mellow'. This is a lively refreshing and very nourishing feeling beer(though on the lighter refreshing side, but not too light, it has standard punch),...as part of a balanced diet.
The best. Amen!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 17:12:52 | More by Brand
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salvo

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update 5/14/2011:

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.

Original Review:

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."

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 15:58:32 | More by salvo
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beerbrains

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

06-18-2014 05:31:58 | More by beerbrains
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numenor1

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first review i've written in years.

Do not drink this beer too cold!!!

Consumed at near room temp. Pours a pale hazy shade of yellow, and shows gorgeous lace. Maintains its head incredibly well. Very floral nose with honey and lots of pine. You gotta keep in mind the ABV here, under 5...The nose is alright, just subdued. Hits the palate with honeyed toast, and fresh baked bread. Hops take control through the middle with pine, earth, lemongrass and flowers. Mouthfeel is quite dry with chablis-like minerality, but airy, soft and slightly creamy carbonation. Really dry, and clean. Makes me wonder what the apparent attenuation was, there really can't be much residual sugar here at all. This dry backbone offers an excellent stage for the malt and hops. Hops win out in the end leaving your mouth watering for more. Drinkability doesn't get better.

Very expressive beer, and very impressive balance, though for sure skewed towards the bitter end.

I really like this beer. I've been through a lot of beers and i've seen my tastes change a lot through the years, but at some point in time i really got off the high gravity beer roller coaster. There are exceptions of course, but so many are overdone and completely neglect balance. I'm really tired of beer shakes with too much residual sugar, caramel malt, concentrated hop juice, coffee, indiscriminate use of rye/spices/fruit/honey!...you name it. And there are exceptions to everything, but i've really found that my tastes have migrated, permanently it would seem, towards drier styles where balance and subtlety become most important. Often this turns me towards lower alcohol styles...pilsners, bitters, hefeweizen, saisons (ok not lower alcohol, but certainly dry)...inevitably old world styles where balance takes precedence.

Anywho, this beer exemplifies those ideas, and unfortunately i think most of the reviewers are probably just drinking it way too cold. You should really be approaching this as if it were an english bitter, 60ish degrees fahrenheit. If this were ever served on cask, it'd be a showstopper for sure. Best new beer i've tried in recent memory.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 05:35:39 | More by numenor1
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love, love, love my local bottle shop! Man, but those guys get various and sundry and they will call me to make a stop-in! They brag about me to their distro and act like I'm a king when I hit the joint. This was one of the first Firsts and I'm getting anxious ...

From the bottle: "Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters"; "GYO is Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own. We made this beer with our own hops and barley"; "Malty aroma, deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. Medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare (TM) malt."

I spied, with my little eye, a good bit of sediment, so my pour was as gentle as it would be for my baby doll's skin. Color was a deep orangish-amber. BUPGOO! No head, thanks to the gentle pour. Nose smelled oddly familiar - it was the characteristic Rogue hop strain, underlain by the malty sweetness. Wow! I have noticed this in their beers before (a certain commonality), but to have it appear in a home-grown form is just impressive. It had a very bready, toasty malt flavor initially on the tongue, but also an earthy, grassy (Saaz?) hops flavor underneath. Finish was very dry, just the way I prefer my beers. Best Blonde I've had in a while!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 20:00:07 | More by woodychandler
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Draw04

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

03-23-2012 15:44:12 | More by Draw04
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Jackal

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

07-26-2013 05:01:33 | More by Jackal
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

11-23-2013 16:26:36 | More by MacStinson
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

01-11-2012 11:22:52 | More by facundoCNB
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deangrail

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

03-21-2014 04:48:49 | More by deangrail
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

american blonde ale? ok. seems more similar to an english style pale ale. and if it were, it would be the best american version of one i have ever had.

A- hazy dirty swampy golden orangeish brown. nice puffy buff colored head is stable and buildable. it's got that raw biscuit look. decent amount of webby lace as well.

S- sweet caramel toffee malt with a berry tartness and light citric hops. lemony-orange. and a touch of meaty pork. not too forward, but light, pleasant, and welcoming. woodsy, some vinous notes, and cookies.

T- delicious malt profile, its got that marshmallow thing goin on. herbal hop flavors linger continuously in the background hand in hand with a savory meatiness. caramel toffee butterscotch perhaps intentional diacetyl which i think is delicious. it is that characteristic that i associate most with english pale ale here. hops are like oregano and thyme, with some pine and lime pith. very well balanced. finishes with the same balance and lasting flavor. hops and cookie malt swing back and forth until they both fade away.

MF- soft medium carbonation, rolling feel, fitting to whatever style i feel like it is. grainy texture, not too light and not too heavy, falling somewhere on the fence of mouthfeel associated drinkability. dry enough, kinda sticky on the lips, and leaving a leafy feel in the back of the palate.

D- tastes very fresh and very rogue. estimating the abv at somewhere round 5% i think this bomber is da bomb. D through the roof homey! flavorful and modest, i dig the organic nature.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 08:24:35 | More by hustlesworth
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive head--if this is a single malt, I'm surprised there isn't a touch of wheat in the beer. Recedes slowly leaving some spotty lace on the glass. The liquid is a dirty yellow.

Well balanced aroma of soft malt and mild hop.

This is a hoppy Blonde. It is crisp and quite refreshing, yet it is full-bodied. There is less malt flavor than I'd expect. With only one malt, one hop and one yeast, this is a stunningly complex beer. It goes to show you what can be done when brewing is kept simple. Excellent raw hop aftertaste.

What can I say, I am something of a sucker for gimmicky offerings, but I think this is a special beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 16:19:51 | More by smcolw
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DarthMalt

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dude! Talk about living the beer dream.

Grow your own? Roll your own? Smoke your own?
[DISCLAIMER: Mr. Darth has never tried the Bud]

This is like some kind of Golden Delicious beer! I would say session beer, but it's much too wholesome for such a whoreish moniker. I'm pretty sure this is the kind of homebrew I always dramed of making: malty, creamy, lightly hopped--good stuff!

No techs on this. It's a Rogue. 'Nuff said.

Time for Darthy to start trolling the farm co-ops.

Inspirational!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:04:15 | More by DarthMalt
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold, slightly hazy. Has a pillowy off-white head with good retention.

Smells of sweet malts, with some candy-like hops in balance.

Taste is excellent - sweet malts, caramel, citrussy hops. It's got a bready character to it, and cascade-esque american-style hop to it, with a very faint toastyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is interesting - it's sticky, yet finishes dry and has a moderately light body. Moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability - mmm. It's delicious, moderately strong, and interesting. Extremely well balanced and drinkeable.

By the numbers:

12* plato (o.g. 1.048)
77% AA
10*L
35 IBU

Doing the math, that means an FG of 1.011 and an ABV of 4.9%

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 21:16:52 | More by prosper
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msmezher

California

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chatoe Rogue's First Growth Single Malt Ale delivers on a few points. Grow your own ingredients, and emphasizing quality over concept in terms of style. Single Malt Ale is about as good as one thing can be, without getting into the hazy realm of high concept beers. If more ales had this sort of quality I'd be a much happier camper. If all you want is hoppy, malty refreshment, try this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 00:47:18 | More by msmezher
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Pizza Paradiso, DC (Georgetown)

A: light orange; semicloudy; thin head, mixed-size bubbles; decent lacing
S: bubblegum, hoppy, persistent and very inviting
T: hops prominent--grass, hay; the (single) malt stays in the backseat, seems to be a medium roast; grapefruit rind on the tail end of the swig
M: silky, nice

Really good table beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 18:17:46 | More by Arithmeticus
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Docer

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found me a bomber at Whole Foods in LaCamas, WA off Mill Plain..

- Nice golden yellow, every so slightly cloudy... nice fuzzy and creamy white head... settles down to a nice ring, and a few floating continents....

- Nice roasted grain, sweet malt... spicy and zesty hops.. little pine and some bitterness... smells yummy.

- Nice subtle sweet grains, mild oat flavor... loving the hops... nice super bitter zesty hop, touch of citrus zing with a nice pine.... fantastic standard ale.. wish it would be just a flagship 6-pack just called "Rogue Ale".

- Light bodied, and bitter.. makes the mouth water....

- Overall this is a fantastic fresh tasting brew... and it's great to see that a single malt and single hop ale can come out so good. Great job to Rogue, for yet another great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 19:58:25 | More by Docer
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Cannoneer

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an impressive brew, mainly for its good balance and very good drinkability.

Pours rich amber color with lush, creamy head. Very appetizing to look at; not much in the smell, though, beyond easily expected citrus, bread and caramel.

The taste is quite good - exceptional balance is noted right away. Notes of lively citrus, toffee and pleasant floral hop bitterness are present. Nothing extraordinary, yet very very drinkable and friendly. Excellent thirst-quencher and thirst inducer. Calls for savory accompaniments, such as grilled meats or hot-smoked fish. I'll have another one anytime - really.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:06:28 | More by Cannoneer
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at Mellow Mushroom while waiting patiently for the Mrs. It poured a hazy golden color, I didn't realize it was a blonde ale given then name when I ordered it, so that came as a bit of a surprise. The taste was floral almost under yeast and malts, and was actually quite nice. There was decent lacing on the glass, but not a ton of staying power. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2014 21:01:18 | More by MarkQ617
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justinadaircobb


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

07-13-2012 23:24:48 | More by justinadaircobb
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wildcat29

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-23-2012 19:23:02 | More by wildcat29
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-10-2013 04:28:56 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Poserdisposer

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

04-13-2013 06:35:19 | More by Poserdisposer
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thehead92

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

01-24-2013 04:43:51 | More by thehead92
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alexandrefdiniz

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

02-03-2013 14:07:08 | More by alexandrefdiniz
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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.