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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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82
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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jsh420 on 03-13-2010)
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Photo of numenor1
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

numenor1, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is interesting that breweries are going the way of high-end wineries and going for an "estate" kind of concept - growing and brewing and bottling the entire product in house. And in this case, Rogue has managed to take the concept and produce ... a perfectly good beer.

Pours a light, clear, straw yellow with a fluffy white head. The aroma is sharp, sprightly, and bitter, with straw and slight lemon. The flavor is primarily bitter, with a sharp pine sting. The flavor has a light, pilsner character, with a lemony edge and some pine. The mouthfeel is prickly.

Seanibus, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper in color with a two finger, not dense head that settles out to a wisp in short order but laces nicely considering it's a blonde ale.

Whispered smells of biscuits, pines and Juicy Fruit gum.

Flavor is largely grassy and husky, with somewhat of a jagged hopping. It's mostly back of the tongue. Up front it's got something of an acrid, aspirin type of notion. The malts just aren't quite doing their job here. It does finish off really clean so the notions don't linger at least.

The mouthfeel saves the day here, washing out quick and easy, with carbonation leading to a dryness that makes for repeated full cheeked quaff.

As for drinkability: This is homebrew-esque. If a friend made it, I'd give them compliments. But, while I'm certainly not here to tell the fine folks at Rogue how to brew, I think this one could use a little tweaking, and a little balance.
As silly as it seems to say, I think this one would be made great by honey.

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of curasowa
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with two finger of head that fade slowly with thick lacing. Grainy malt and piney hops combine in the aroma. The body is much thinner than I was expecting, and along with a strong, slightly harsh bitterness is the dominate characteristics of this beer. The bitterness is sharp and earthy, with just the slightest hint of malt sweetness. The finish is lingering with an unpleasant bitterness. Not a great beer - the single malt bill doesn't have what it takes to balance the hop profile and really holds this beer back.

curasowa, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Suds, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of DarthMalt
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

DarthMalt, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice golden amber with small streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Head was a solid 3 fingers off white froath that lasted a few minutes, but then left a nice head akin to whip on a mocha. Aroma was mildly hoppy, small amount of kick but not overwhleming. Malty did come through a bit as well. Taste was a sharp hop, not bitter. Different than I normally expect for something classified as a blonde. Felt good in the mouth. A strange mix of textures, but yet still coated well with enough to it to be interesting. Seemed to me to be one to savor, definitely not something to slam.

mountdew1, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

ommegangpbr, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of weller1js
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

weller1js, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

ppoitras, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

hustlesworth, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale

Appearance: Orange-amber, medium head, and little lacing.

Smell: Apple, hops, and slight malt.

Taste: Warm malts, hops, and barley.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Overall:
This isn't strong flavored, but it is very pleasant. There is a slight bitterness at the end.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While the whole grow-your-own Rogue venture is an interesting concept, this resulting beer is a bit lackluster. Moderate malt with pleasant grain and some honey sweetness. Not that everything this brewery makes has to be over the top, but here the level of restraint makes for a rather one-dimensional and unengaging beer.

Brent, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle purchased from American Beer Distributers, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, effervescent, 2" head with foam that clings well. Very hazy, golden brew with some carbonation.
S: Definitely a malt-driven aroma, hinting of dark, dried fruit and caramel, while given a bitter hops texture.
T: The taste brings the bitterness of the "Revolution" hops into play. Subdued sweetness gives way to the explosive and lingering flavors brought on by the hops.
M: Light/moderate body, good carbonation
D: A refreshing beer with some interesting characteristics, but overall kind of simple and--while very drinkable--leaves something wanting.

ozzyCobblepot, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

WesWes, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of evansrdbrew
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

evansrdbrew, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of msmezher
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

msmezher, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of monkeybutler
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

monkeybutler, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of brendan13
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark golden colour with a 3cm white head that hangs around.
S - Herbal hop aroma & muted caramel malt hints. Pacman yeast is dominant.
T - Much like the smell; herbal hops with light caramel malt notes.
M - Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Bit of bitterness.
T - Great concept but fails to deliver anything to get excited by. Better beers at the same price from both Rogue & other breweries means I won't be buying this again.

brendan13, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -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.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of CaraAndMike
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a highly drinkable beer due to its integrated hop and malt taste. As a blond ale, it had interest, but is not a hybrid ale or IPA. So, if you need a lot if complexity, you'll be disapponted. However, for an interesting blonde that has some different flavors & aromas, she's worth taking for a spin.

As an example of an integrated agricultural product highlighting both a particular region's raw ingredients and approach to brewing, it's a very cool opening salvo in the Chatoe series.

CaraAndMike, Aug 26, 2010
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.