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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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156 Reviews
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Reviews: 156
Hads: 334
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
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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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 334
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 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 ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (433 characters)

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 ToddT
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (501 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (868 characters)

Photo of monkeybutler
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,572 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,534 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (909 characters)

Photo of coachdonovan
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (372 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (724 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (868 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (511 characters)

Photo of BigTomZ
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (591 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of Cannoneer
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of prosper
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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% (686 characters)

Photo of msmezher
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of DarthMalt
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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! (495 characters)

Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
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