Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Single Malt AleRogue Farms Single Malt Ale

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 332
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 03-13-2010

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (334 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (619 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,449 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple.. Nice play on the palate and a decent hoppy aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains (404 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, malt, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of malt, a little citrus, malt, and a slight biscuit component as well. Much more complex and vibrant than most blonde ales out there.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer won't win a whole lot of prizes for complexity, it is likable and easy to drink. (526 characters)

Photo of Kala1073
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up a bottle today and poured it into a pint glass. The beer was orange in color and a bit hazy. The head was substantial and there was a bit of lacing on the glass. Took in a deep smell of this ale and the smell of caramel and hops were detected immediately. Soon after, the lingering smell of malts became apparent. I took my first sip of this ale and could immediately taste the caramel and hops. Then it balanced it self of well with the malts. Quite honestly, it was very tasty. The drinkability of this ale was very smooth. This ale surprised me as I was not expecting much. I will definitely pick up another bottle when I get the chance! (650 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/21/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops presence. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while. (739 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sams Perfect Pint glass.

I rarely comment on the appearance of the bottle itself, but in this case, I think it deserves a mention.

The bottle is extraordinarily informative, giving the exact latitude/longitude of all their hop yard and Barley farm. They list every malt used, every hop used, the yeast used, the plato, ibu, and alpha acid.

But they don't list the ABV. ???

The beer pours a very clear light gold. There is a big head that lingers for a few minutes, but fades away leaving a nice lace behind.

The nose is crisp and clean - though simple - that really displays their hops.

With lots of carbonation in the mouth, the taste is citrusy and hoppy, but this evolves beautifully into a wonderful toasted malt finish. For me, this finish is really what elevates this beer from an average beer to something a bit better.

Overall a well made, and well balanced beer that really doesn't try to do too much. It's clean, it's refreshing, it's got a very pleasant (though not complex) hop profile that takes center stage up until the finish, at which point their Dare Malts shine. Additionally, the beer has a great value: I only paid $6. Well worth the price, and a nice refreshing brew. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-yellow with a creamy, quarter-inch white head that remains.
Smell is crackery malts with some caramel tones. Some toffee and faint brown sugar as well.
Taste is bready, buttery malts with some light hops. Finish is malty and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Finish is slightly watery.
Drinkability is very good. Well-rounded beer. (356 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid, but not overly aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass still produces four-fingers of lightly tanned froth that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, dark copper / red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-stained, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest and a hint of pine (much like Cascade hops), but finishes with a touch of soapy malt and grassy grain. The hop notes seem to have a touch of juniper to it at times, but the nose on this is fairly clean and perhaps a touch simplistic, but certainly enjoyable.

Again a Cascade hop like flavor is found here in my first sip. The beer is a touch warmer than cool and has a bit of a fizzy texture to it, but has a lightish body overall and is fairly quaffable. The finish has a light'ish, but still slightly biting, smooth bitterness to it and there is also a touch of menthol and pine like hop flavors mixed in that linger on the tongue as well. A touch of menthol adds some interest and there is a fair amount of biscuit like malt character underlying the more dominant hop character. More specifically the dominant character here is definitely the fruit hop character; it is most like Cascade, but does have a few more touches of lychee and perhaps some tangelo notes that Cascade doesn't have and it is quite a bit smoother without the cattiness that Cascade often has.

A fairly simple beer in some respects, but this is actually a very nice drinking Pale Ale. I almost wish it was a bit bigger so that I could better zero in on the Dare(TM) Malt and the Revolution hops. I could see myself enjoying quite a few pints of this brew. My biggest gripe is that it is a bit over-carbonated, but luckily a few swirls of my glass can get rid of the excess carbonation. (1,800 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (337 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (456 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that their GYO idea really appeals to me. The beer is a rich amber color, with a touch of haze. Modest white head. The most notable thing about the beer is the intense malt aroma. It's wonderfully complex and appealing. The taste is moderately sweet, with a malt-centric trait. Medium in body, the beer is not as heavy as expected. On the low side in carbonation. The concept is fantastic, and the beer is solidly good...just not great. (452 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale is cloudy, bright, golden and very lively, with a foamy, white head that has outstanding retention. Oh, outstanding lacing and sip lines, too. It has a bright, fruity aroma that's recognizable as Rogue. There are notes of lemon and tropical fruit. It has a super smooth medium-light body with a crisp, clean finish. There's a nice, resiny bitterness and hop flavor that veers toward pineapple and mango. The malt pretty much stays out of the way and isn't really sweet or dry. It's really yummy. This is a spot-on American Pale Ale. I had this after working all day in the yard in 90-degree weather. Talk about quenching and refreshing! (671 characters)

Photo of evansrdbrew
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

35 ibu. 12 degrees plato
Drank on 7/4/10
22 poured into a pint glass

A- amazingly clear yellow ale with a huge 2" head receeding to a mound of foam and endless streams of bubbles.

S- very light pale malt aroma, crisp with hints of spicy and citrus hops. Very refreshing on the nose.

T- light and clean malt profile with a wonderful crisp grass and citrus hop finish. Simple and fantastic!

MF- light on the tongue, refreshing. Nice well balanced with a great lingering bitterness.

D- great beer for the fourth of july or any other summer day. Not too heavy on the alcohol or body so you can have quite a few. Great light offering from rogue and with everything being homegrown how can you go wrong. (702 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GYO indeed! (755 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... (1,425 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/orange with a thumb sized white head that leaves some sparse lace.

Aroma is malty light caramel malts with light fruity citrus notes.

Taste is is wow lots of citrus hops grapefruit right away makes the malt even seem bitter. Some lingering minty notes also after the grapefruit calms. All these hops are on a malt base but its overpowered by the hops. Not really to style but good none the less.

Mouthfeel is medium lightly slick/slimy carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew. Want to thank merlin48 for sharing this one with me. (564 characters)

Photo of melliott2811
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale

"Malty aroma, deep golden in color with a dense creamy head."

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Poured 05/31/10

A: Rogue's painted bottle are always a welcome addition to any beer tasting. The theme of this review is a beer's beer. It's not anything fancy in any category, but it is a solid beverage. Light color like any normal ale and average to above average amount of foamy head. Not as clear & polished as one would expect from Rogue.

S: Nothing special on the nose, but discerning consumers will notice that things aren't quite what they seem. With Rogue proving their own hops and grain, it feels like a twist on something familiar.

T: I'm not sure how this is categorized as a blonde ale, because I am not a fan of blondes, but I like this. Feels more like an ale, and don't worry about the Rogue hops; this is not a west coast wet hop by any means.

M: Feels like an everybeer. Takes me back to my first experiences drinking "good" beer, but puts a different spin on it.

D: An all around beer guy beer. You have to give Rogue props for producing their own barley, malt & hops while at the same time offering a beer that is familiar, yet distinctive. Not quite as nice as the Dirtoir, but with four ingredients, locally sourced, you can't find many that are better. (1,318 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This very nice blonde comes out of the bottle looking a little dirty with some nice head. The aroma is mild and appropriate for the style.

The taste is also right where it should be - slightly over the top. It is a nice mild hoppy taste, but truly unique. The aftertaste also sticks with you in a nice way.

Unfortunately, this brew cannot overpower strong flavors and I just killed my taste buds with some hot jerky. Time for some cheese so I can appreciate this good beer.

I would buy this again. (500 characters)

Photo of gyllstromk
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden and cloudy. A piney, fresh hop aroma on the nose. Flavor is a mild fruitiness of pineapple or melon and a delicate bitterness. A sticky, hoppy flavor lingers between sips. Comes across wet and refreshing. Not overly flavorful and quite sessionable. (261 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful golden color, nice little creamy head, with tight bubbles on the glass as you tilt to drink. no lacing, except for the previous Duvels i had poured in before this one which have since stuck to the side of the glass like a carb-y rice film.
strong malt malt and hop aromas, with a hoppy finish on the tongue. a coating of maltiness in the beginning, but some definite mild hops at the finish.
minor carbonation, medium viscosity, and overall a decent brew to have a couple of or more. since i heard Rogue was brewing strains of yeast from the master brewer's beard, i've been a little hesitant about all their beers. i mean, can you imagine the more 'common' areas they might have already chosen for their previous beers . . . . ? yeah, you know . . . . (762 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (540 characters)

Photo of weller1js
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow with heavy carbonation, heavy bubbly foam leaving just-as-bubbly lacing.

smell: light hop scent with floral undertone, maltiness is subdued yet smells consistent.

taste: first impression gives off an readily mistakeable subdued taste, hops have adequate flavor and complementary bitterness, and the malts came off as nothing spectacular. But after a few sips, it becomes apparent how consistent in flavor and bold in character the taste is. Well-balanced and not hoppy for the sake of being hoppy.

drinkability: while it can be assumed that a single-malt ale is intended to be consistent in its attributes, it is definitely recognizable and pleasant to drink as such. It has everything it needs. (737 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy gold with a big, blustery white head.

Getting a bunch of sourdough bread with lemon zest.

Mostly malt and citrus on the palate too. Very refreshing. The Revolution Hops that are grown by Rogue add a nice bite at the end.

Good carbonation, smoother on the mouth than I thought it might be. Easy drinking, I had no problem putting down a bomber. (372 characters)

Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.