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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Single Malt AleRogue Farms Single Malt Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | 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 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.

Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of WesWes
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.

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.

Photo of msmezher
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of monkeybutler
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of CaraAndMike
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of rjhaupt
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A bight lively golden color. Light head even in a tulip glass with a proper pour.

S - There's no suggested serving temp obviously displayed on the bottle but this guy definitely needs to warm up a bit once out of the fridge. There's not a lot of aromatic character until it's had some time to open up. Once it does the main smell is like a toasted earthy loaf of bread. Smells basically like the first half of a brewery tour.

T - As expected, the hops take a back seat to the malts here. The intial flavor of the beer (where I always feel like the hops hit hardest) is somewhat absent but it makes up for it on the backend with the malts. As much aftertaste as actual taste but it's a good aftertaste so I'm not complaining.

M - Much lighter and crisper than expected, a pleasant surprise.

D - A totally drinkable beer (if you neglect the price) that I'd quickly recommend to any hop-hating friends. They do exist, unfortunately. *sigh*

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basic apricot gold with the sparsest 1-finger of head I've ever seend. No retention and faint lacing.

Faint malt nose with a decent hop backbone. Pine and toasted malt come through.

Thin veil of sweet malt up front, then thicker malt with biscuit, and finally a suprisingly dry, sour malt finish. Pine hops do creep in. Better than I expected from the nose.

Feel is more lagerish, like a good octoberfest.

Easy enough to drink and goes down well on a hot day, but not my favorite.

Photo of russpowell
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,,,

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of tapman
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Clear, blonde in color with tiny helix-like strings of carbonation. A styrofoam head that subsides slowly tops this brew. Looks like a decent blonde to me. Fantastic head retention, simply fantastic.

Popcorn and honey dominate the aroma. Hops have an earthy pacific-northwest profile. Not much sign of the neutral pacman yeast, which I suppose is a good thing. Even a little bit of cream corn in this one. Hard to judge this one as there are not too much going on, but what is is quite interesting, though I don't know if I am a fan if any of these smells turn into flavors.

Thankfully no popcorn or cream corn, but I do get some mild bitterness in the middle and finish with a delicate pale malt flavor. Hops and yeast are similar to the aroma, subtle and mainly support the malt.This brew is actually quite bland and, like the Oregasmic of the same 'Chatoe' line, feels like a great homebrew experiment. I like to brew single ingredient brews and this one especially is quite interesting, but not $7 interesting.

Nice creamy texture. Carbonation doesn't bite too much and actually feels like the head looks.

I will keep buying these brews because, as a homebrewer, they are doing some of the work for me by doing experiments like these. However, at $7 + per bottle, I could make 5 gallons of similar brew for the price of 5 or 6 bottles.

Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint. Tall billowing head expands throughout the glass. Nice stair-step lacing down the glass leaves even chunks with each sip. This a dark dirty blonde color that still has good clarity. Very active carbonation streamers race up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell has a light dry graininess blended into a lemon zest hops profile. Taste has a strong citrus punch from the hops and the Pacman yeast gives it an extra bite. Finishes a dry and a little astringent.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, which I think I really think it could use more malt character. A little more malt sweetness would really round out the experience.

Photo of Xul
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with some orange hues, capped by a billowing two finger white head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Aroma is somewhat muted - light malt base with earthy hops and some strong citrus notes, predominantly lemon zest and a touch of orange.

T: Light grain base up front, followed by a strong lemon character and some light green apple. Piney and earthy hops come in strong and dominate the second half of the sip, leading to a bitter and slightly citric finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly prickly on the tongue.

D: Goes down fairly easily, but not interesting enough to want more than one of.

Photo of strangemusic
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a cloudy orange-gold, with a really lush head. No complaints!

The smell is quite muted, but has some citrusy and herbal notes. It is a clean, fresh aroma, but not very exciting.

The taste is similarly clean (even a bit soapy?) and herbal, with mild hops, tart grapefruit and a nice malt presence.

Mouthfeel is light and not all that carbonated, but the beer has a refreshing tang to it (and a noticeable astringency.)

Drinkability is great! It's very light and refreshing and I had no problem going through the bottle.

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

Medium amber pour with a touch on the lighter side. Immense cascading white foam. 2 fingers of it settles slowly.

Faint malt hop blend smell. Nondescript.

Tastes like a Lite Pale Ale if such a thing exists. Hop throughout, but not domninant. Well blended.

Light in the mouthfeel. Small bitter remnants.

Good drinker, nice brew, great concept.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A monstrous marshmellow head quickly evolves upon the pour standing a proud and firm 3 fingers high in my standard pint glass. Sturdy, it slowly lapses, first around the edges invoking a "devils tower" structure standing in the middle. The coloring was a orange-cream with a medium sense of haze, while an initial vibrant carbonation of feverish macro-bubbles race upwards in a fairly dense state. Soon thereafter things quite down carbonation wise to a slow putter of random bubbles with no where to go in a hurry, much like an old women on a Sunday drive. The lacing was spongey, of broken concentric circles running down the glass providing good coverage. Substantial pours produced a dense head that looked like whipped cream. Overall I really enjoyed the appearance, that of an honest grain base minus specialty influences, the haze, and the long lasting dense creamy head that gave me plenty of time to both write/review and still appreciate the visual aspect long after I was done.

S: Softy musky lemons break out against a nice backing of slightly wet barley grains. I'm not totally sure about their homegrown "Revoluiton" hops but think they kinda remind me a bit of Amarillo. Delivery is moderate in strength.

T: The initial flavor seemed a bit thin at first substance wise. A good bite of wet and tart lemony hops moves in that turns slightly bitter on the finish. I liked the fact they kept their beer honest with minimal ingredients that were homegrown, though it didn't necessarily translate into a well composed or complex flavor. The single grain and hops both grown on premise is a great marketing idea, I just wished they utilized the preparation a bit more. A lemony tart flowery hopping, a bit more then usual per style moves in for the kill and close leaving a gentle reminder of pollen like coating on the tongue after the swallow.

M: Medium bodied at the start, but seemingly loosens up and becomes lighter and washy on long holds. Slippery texture with hardly a mention of carbonation, A warming of room temp lemons and dry flowery hops is detected on the tongue and inner cheeks .

D: Overall like I mentioned earlier, a great marketing ploy, but doesn't necessarily translates into a great beer, Overall decent per style but a bomber is the limit of my interest and wouldn't care for this in six pack. A tart lemony blonde that somehow didn't quench my thirst. Besides the appearance this was only slightly better then average all around.

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

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 3, 2010. It pours a golden-yellow color with about two fingers of fizzy, bubbly white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is an enticing concoction of barley malt and thin hops. The taste is almost a polar opposite with a noted bitter hoppiness and a thinner sweet maltiness. Decent mouthfeel. I love "liner notes" and this one declares the actual latitude and logitude of where the barley and hops were harvested. You can't help but to wonder if the taste would have been different if these ingredients had shifted a couple of degrees. Likeable beer altogether.

Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, and I salute Rogue for trying to use all local ingredients - especially when they've grown some of those ingredients.

I'd venture that this looks more like a pale ale, albeit cloudy. Sweet malty smell with a very low hop character. Bitter-sweet malt taste, somewhat reminiscent of some of the Old Yale beers. Very PNW character to it, but somehow a bit heavy on the bitter side and some what metallic.

Carbonation could be toned down, and this is a bit thick, but over all a good, solid Rogue brew and something kind of new.

Photo of malloyca
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, hazy golden in color with good carbonation and a nice, thick head. Light, malty and baked bread aromas with some citrus and hops in the background. This is a very drinkable beer, with a firm, metallic body and mild hop flavors that make it refreshing.

Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.