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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:54:14 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-25-2012 19:00:45 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty basic for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 06:05:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin peel orange with honey bee highlights. In other words, darker than most blonde ales. Three fingers of manila colored foam was created on the first pour, has a firm and pitting texture, and is gracing the glass with small sheets of BB-shot lace. Yet another good looking Rogue beer.

The nose doesn't have much going for it. The malt is contributing nothing more than a very mild toastiness and the hops add a little grassy muskiness. Here's hoping that the ship will be righted on the palate.

It seems that Single Malt Ale was designed to be as simple and as lacking in personality as possible. Beer with only four ingredients is fine, but Rogue Dare malt and Revolution hops don't seem to be able to carry the day all by their lonesome. Pacman yeast lets you know that you're drinking Rogue beer, but can only do so much.

The flavor profile is roughly identical to the aroma. The beer is balanced for these guys, which means there's a pleasant hop nip on the semi-crisp back end. In the end, though, there's nothing for the taste buds to grab onto and make the drinker look forward to the next mouthful.

Even though the mouthfeel is no great shakes, it's slightly above average for the style and ABV (estimated 4.8-5.0% based on degrees Plato). Bigger and more lush is always welcome, of course.

Of the three Chatoe Rogue First Growth brews that I've reviewed so far, Dirtoir Black Lager is clearly the best. Next is Wet Hop Ale. Bringing up the rear is Single Malt Ale, a relatively lackluster offering from a brewery that is capable of much, much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 11:31:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Coopers Craft & Kitchen Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of spicy hops and earthy yeast in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Flavors of biscuit and pale malts are present in the taste along with a light amount of bitterness. There are also some hints of hops and yeast. At first, the taste seems a little bland but it improves as it warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really stood out about this beer that would make me want to try it again but it could be something suited for a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 13:52:06 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:44:55 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel malt is nice enough with some piney hops with light citrus undertones. Taste is also a nice enough mix between caramel malt with a light bitter finish with medium piney notes and some citrus as well. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad with good drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 15:08:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a ton of appreciation for the cultivation and execution of home grown ingredients, I appaude Rogue for the dedication to the organic and natural way of thinking about their brewing process and products. After all that, it's hard to say where their beers are actually going.

Their Single Malt Ale has a deep golden, rusty hue with significant haze. A stark-white head forms a mix of mid-sized bubbles that rise and then resign to a sheet of creame that covers the beer evenly and with good lacing.

Aromas and flavors of biscuity malt, mild caramels, and high fruity esters scream English Pale Ale while earthy and spicy hops give both bitterness, a leafy flavor, and smooth bite in the finish. Moderate in alcohol, the weight of malts and fruity notes dominate the beer basically from start to finish. Earthy tobacco, aloe, and pine give a resiny taste and bitterness that edges even closer to earthy flavor- but odd ones. Apples, peaches, pears, mangos (all of the over-rippened variety) have a tremendous impact on flavor.

It seems that the Rogue line-up (the Pac-Man yeast affect) is taking on a very strong English-like taste, aroma, and body. These make for good beers but this brewery is known for their advancements of American style (West Coast) Ales- very contradictory.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 06:32:40 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a finger's worth of white foam.

S: The nose is nose is primarily sweet and bready malt, but it is not all that powerful. There are also some mild spicy and floral hop aromas.

T: A sweet and bready malt backbone defines this beer with plenty of piney and bitter hops with some light citrus.

M: The body is medium with plentiful carbonation that is slightly creamy on the tongue.

D: This isn't normally my favorite style, but this wasn't too bad for a blonde. I was pleasantly surprised by the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 06:40:43 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a delicately hazed, orange-copper body with a goodly-sized, near-white head.

Smell: A nose that's chiefly lemony with a backing of fine white pepper in the fore and the grainy-scented, homegrown malts bringing up the rear.

Taste: Initial taste of well dried-out biscuits and simple whole grain bread. Particularly small touch of honey-ish sweetness that's quickly knocked out by the lemon pepper hop taste, a medium amount of bitterness, and a hand-hewn hay character. Modestly acidic. Finishes fairly dry with a bit of lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'll admit, it's a cute concept. Decently drinkable and not quite as simplistic and one-dimensional as I'd first anticipated. Let's see where they go with this whole "GYO" idea.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 23:33:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-05-2014 01:57:51 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 22:21:38 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy with some grapefruit aromas.

T - Mostly sweet caramel with some spicy hops. Not bad for a blonde ale.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice blonde ale. I like the concept.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:49:38 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:12:44 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-26-2013 21:41:35 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-23-2011 04:58:51 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-15-2012 19:23:28 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 22:46:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:31:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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,,,

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 03:42:26 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 16:52:18 | More by Kegatron
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WesWes

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a powerful hop aroma. It's bitter as hell and totally dominates the nose The taste is decent as well. It has a solid pale malt flavor with a very bitter hop taste. It's light and quaffable; an enjoyable blonde. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking blonde ale. It's simple in composition, yet flavorful and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 23:00:49 | More by WesWes
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mactrail

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-22-2013 05:11:59 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 20:34:58 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.