Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales
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4.25/5 rDev +16.4%
Pours a nice golden amber with a medium head and lingers for some time.
The smell is a subtle malt and hop balance, not much too it but still fresh.
This is a balanced brew with the sweet malt and citrus up front and earthy hop tones following. The taste is not too complex but in this case it works out.
This had a nice smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.
I could drink this all day. It went down easy, isn't too strong, and is actually very refreshing. I will probably pick up a few more bottles to make this my brew for relaxing on a summer day.
06-18-2010 19:13:31 | More by BigTomZ
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
pours hazy golden yellow/orange with a big 2 finger chunky white head that had good retention and covered the glass with lacing
smells of citrus hops pacman yeast and bready malts
taste - a balance of citrus hops and bready malts hit me first then a good amount of bitterness puckered my mouth a little - has a nice malty aftertaste
mouthfeel is light to medium body beer that is very smooth and creamy
drinkability is solid - i am not a fan of many blonde ales but this and NB's are two of the best
03-13-2010 01:37:49 | More by jsh420
4.18/5 rDev +14.5%
DENSE head. Medium dark malt, medium filtered, with a head that's as white as this BA background and it's like you used too much Palmolive, the head is so soapy and unstoppable.
Smells faint but complex. I guess that Dare malt is so fabulous they had to go and copyright its name, but really all I'm getting is run of the mill light malt node of cereal. The hops are medium green, and thankgod the yeast is super chewy and yeasty because that really ties everything together.
Tastes a bit more adventurous than it smells. Makes no mistake: this is a simple ale that's not supposed to blow your socks off, but it's really well brewed and there's enough going on to keep your attention, make it more or less worth the price of admission. Very hoppy for a blonde, but that's fine since it turns out the malt is more aggressive than the aroma had led me to anticipate.
06-15-2010 04:54:15 | More by mynie
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
I seem to enjoy this style more than many others do. For me it merges aspects of English pale ales and well hopped pilsners. This rendition happens to be a tasty example of the style.
The hop character here reminds me very much of Saaz. The overall feel strikes me as a hoppy pilsner. Very light bodied, very drinkable but still with a lot of flavor. There's a freshness to the drinking experience, perhaps due to the First Growth ingredient tactic. I was curious as to what Rogue itself had to say about the beer but the Rogue site seems to have accidentally listed one of the First Growth beers twice to the exclusion of this one.
This is the kind of beer I'd like to have a six pack of in place of a fizzy yellow lager.
10-20-2010 02:21:25 | More by ommegangpbr
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
big WOOSH when the cap is pried off leads to one of the biggest heads i've seen on a beer in a long time. poured into a mug, foam fills almost 2/3 of the glass. this is a ton of fun watching it settle. all kinds of lacing on the side of the glass, and the head settles eventually to what looks like a fluffy marshmallow atop the pale straw liquid. the beer is pretty clear and there are still bubbles coming up from the bottom of the mug.
both the aroma and taste are very clean and awfully reminiscent of a lager. i know this is technically an ale, but i'm not sure that i'd be able to pick it out a kolsch/pils lineup. you get that pilsner-like bite at the end but otherwise it's very balanced. although abv is unknown, i'd be shocked if it was north of 5.5%, so it's exceedingly quaffable. i can't get over how carbonated it is - my glass nearly overflowed on every pour throughout the bottle - so that makes it a good choice on a hot day. i'm not sure that "single malt" does for beer what it does for scotch, but this one's a winner.
05-29-2010 18:51:35 | More by coachdonovan
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Blond with a nice white head, good retention & lace.
Big American hop aroma, plenty of depth and not the usual suspects.
Taste is very hop-forward, with a hint of sweet grainy biscuit under the Rogue (TM) bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to moderate with hints of hop acidity.
A really good drinker. It's almost like they made the Brutal Bitter a 'lite' beer. I like it.
09-02-2011 03:57:40 | More by Derek
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Bought a 22-oz yesterday from Total Wine. Looking at the label, I just love this concept: a single malt ale with homegrown Rogue farms malt & hops. The malt is "Dare" and the hops are "Revolution". Poured into a tulip glass for review. Small sticker on bottle says 6/27/12.
Pours a cloudy yellow with nice little fluffy head that fades to a thin lacing. A few suds cling to the glass. Some larger carb bubbles could be seen on the glass sides that lent add'l carbonation after the pour.
Smells of doughy malt. Reminds me of taking pizza dough out of the breadmaker. No hops evident in the nose - I'm assuming the hops were used mostly for bitterness. There's a slight lemony character and the slightest of sweetness.
Tastes purely malty but is evened out with some firm bitterness. Feels light, maybe a tad medium. Has some nice waves of grain toward the back end. The Pacman yeast seems somewhat evident, but the single malt is the showcase in this one. After checking out the suggested food pairing for this beer off Rogue's website, I enjoyed this bottle with some spicy fish, broccoli, and a baked potato and it really hit the spot.
Overall, I really dig this beer for the concept of Grow Your Own (GYO). For that alone, I give an overall score of 5. Having just homebrewed a wet hopped beer a few weeks ago, I really admire what Rogue did with this one. I think a tad bit more hop character would help in the aroma & nose profile, but I'm Rogue is attempting to showcase the malts, not the hops, in this finely crafted ale.
10-01-2012 23:13:39 | More by jwhancher
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
I toasted with this beer to announce my wife's pregnancy, and didn't get any (pun intended). Then I bought a bottle for a friend's birthday, and I didn't have any then either.
So I made sure not to share any of this bottle this time, the third time I've bought it.
I was surprised to see this beer classified as a blonde ale. It certainly doesn't look, smell, taste, or seem to be a blonde ale.
Maybe that's a mistake on the BA website - maybe not.
But I'm one of those hard-headed types of people who will look at a situation, ignore protocol and move ahead as if the guidelines were irrelevant or perhaps non-existent.
The beer is clearly something other than a blonde ale, no matter who says so, including Rogue themselves.
I understand that beer styles are not arbitrary distinctions, but as far as I'm concerned this beer defies a heretofore existent style category. It's a Oregon first growth, organic hop, organic barley ale. An O-1-GOHOB, maybe.
And sure, it's cloudy, and a little dark - but maybe that's what an O-1-GOHOB is supposed to look like.
As for the flavor and mouthfeel, I can only compare it to a double-thick version of a West Coast American Pale Ale. Like they make double-thick milk shakes with extra ice cream - maybe the first growth barley has more protein or something.
As I notice the extensive lacing, I must note that the above comment might actually be more of a truth than a flippant observation.
Maybe I'm off base, but this beer probably shouldn't be rated as an American blonde, even if that's what it's supposed to be.
09-19-2010 01:16:48 | More by monkeybutler
4.05/5 rDev +11%
22oz bottle purchased somewhere local in MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, with leggy small-bubbled lace. Aroma is sedate but balanced.
Taste is lightly sweet to start, lemony in the middle, with a Saaz-like crisp hoppy close that lingers. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Good brew, and admirable concept.
10-11-2010 20:32:48 | More by ppoitras
4.05/5 rDev +11%
A- Slightly hazy amber topped with a large tan head. Head fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
S- Sweet aromas of pineapple, citrus, and some malt.
T- Sweet pineapple at first that is soon wash away by a slightly bitter grapefruit middle and finish. The finish is dry and clean.
M- Medium in body and decent carbonation.
D- An easy drinker for me, not sure of the ABV but my guess is that it is low 4-5% range. I think I could session this one.
Solid beer not stellar but solid.
02-08-2011 04:45:46 | More by ToddT
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Bought at Total Wine in Claymont Delaware.
Continuing my Rogue journey, having now had just about all of the Chatoe Rogue selections.
Poured into a tall beer mug, a cloudy yellowish orange with about 2 finger head, bubbly and off white. Minimal lacing.
The malt scent jumped out at me immediately, with almost a breadiness evident.
First sip, noticed the lighter mouthfeel which is to be expected for a single malt American ale.
Mostly noticing the maltiness in flavor with the Revolution hops adding the bitterness that I enjoy very much.
I could see this being a good session beer in the summer as it's a smooth drink with a low ABV.
As a hop head, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this, but it did deliver.
And as others have said, I always respect the process of Rogue growing their own barley, malt and hops. It adds authenticity to this selection. Try it!
12-03-2012 01:03:13 | More by GiantMidget
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
Trying a new one from an oldie but goodie, Rogue. I like the concept - malt and hops grown by Rogue, beer brewed by Rogue. Nice sturdy looking beer, blonde, slightly hazed, thick rocky head. Not a lot of character to the aroma, but clean, crisp, and grainy. Mmm... much more going on here than the nose suggested. Yes, pretty basic, but really bright flavors here. Nice crispy malt, light dry hop. Nice fresh grain and hay flavors. Light and lively on the palate, smooth, highly refreshing and schwillable. The best quality of this beer is it's simplicity. Could be easily summed up in three words; crisp, clean, fresh.
06-09-2010 01:21:13 | More by twelvsies
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
Appearance has a slightly hazy golden straw color supporting a nice steady head leaving a nice curtain of lace. Smell has a nice floral hop aroma over the Dare malt. Taste having a bold, but not overassertive bitterness blending well with the sweetness of the malt. mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. An easy drinking PNW ale.
05-15-2013 02:34:16 | More by Bookseeb
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
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
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