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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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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jsh420 on 03-13-2010)
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bort11

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:21:23 | More by bort11
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Xul

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 06:03:38 | More by Xul
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strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 21:53:11 | More by strangemusic
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 21:17:48 | More by KTCamm
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:38:34 | More by beerthulhu
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:46:41 | More by puboflyons
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 05:16:01 | More by BDTyre
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malloyca

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 13:57:52 | More by malloyca
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2010

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow color. A large heads asserts itself and is off-white in color. Good retention and a sticky sensation for the head, overall. Very cavernous head formation after a few minute shows that it doesn't want to go anywhere. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Could be one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Beautiful.

Smell: I immediately get that metallic, biscuity malt aroma upon popping the cap. Cereal grain and pilsner malt succumb to a burst of hop nobility. A fresh smelling beer.

Taste: A clean beer. The taste is not very powerful at all. I get a dull, fizzy sensation at first, followed by a cereal grain and pilsner flavor that dictates the beer. The hops are different, and quite bitter. They don't actually have a lot of flavor in them.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, heavily carbonated, bitter from start to finish, with some alcohol burn.

Drinkability: I'm glad I picked this one up. I fully support the use of terroir in beer. Less transportation cost, more locally produced products, etc., but this beer is lacking in flavor. It is fully adequate in every other area. I guess it just needed some tweaking to find itself. I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 06:24:12 | More by Risser09
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ocelot2500

Arizona

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

Pours a hazy golden orange with a fizzy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and grain.

Tastes of a good dose of graininess and light hops. Hops give a faint lemony flavor. Malts are honey like in sweetness and offer a certain graininess as well. Some peppery spiciness comes through as well. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:01:54 | More by ocelot2500
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BigTomZ

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:13:31 | More by BigTomZ
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mynie

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 04:54:15 | More by mynie
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the idea behind this one. Simple and local ingredients. Being from the NW, this beer should be a bit more hoppy than a normal blonde.

Pours a bit hazy golden, glowing body. Head is huge, I would say this is due to carbonation, but it's quite sticky.
Aroma is a bit of citrus, some herbal spice, a good amount of dry biscuit and some wet corn. Doesn't quite do it for me, but not bad.

More citrus and biscuit in the taste, corn is gone, thankfully. Some light spice. Carbonation and hops make this one fairly dry, and not quite as light or clean as normal. This would be nice on a hot day, but probably only one. It is well hopped.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 05:34:16 | More by Mebuzzard
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gyllstromk

Belgium

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 17:43:46 | More by gyllstromk
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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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Reaper16

Alabama

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a nice looking shade of light-amber, bordering on yellow. It isn't completely translucent but you can easily make out the stream of bubbles rising upwards. The head shoots out at two fingers and settles down at one. It never fades from that one finger; impressive staying power. Decent lacing compliments the whole package. Impressive.

This beer smells of light hops and lightly nutty malts. Rogue's own proprietary "Dare" malt is the only malt used in this beer and it makes for a beer that doesn't give off any strong aromas. It is pretty average for a amber/blonde ale.

This beer tastes fairly floral from the hops used. Light bitterness and honeysuckle flavors accent the nutty, faintly butterscotch flavors of the "Dare" malt. This is very straightforward but well-executed.

Mouthfeel is nice; inoffensive, some carbonation, some slickness, doesn't give you anything to think about. I really think this is a VERY drinkable beer. Light and refreshing; this would be a lovely beer to bottle in six-packs.

Sometimes you just want a straightforward beer with a clean flavor profile. "Chatoe Rogue" First Growth Single Malt Ale fits that bill. The politics of the beer - sustainable, estate grown ingredients - is icing on the proverbial cake.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 04:03:22 | More by Reaper16
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twelvsies

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:21:13 | More by twelvsies
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a sustained white head. Fresh grains and grassy hops aroma. The taste is balanced but predictable. Malt flavors are smooth and grainy, some pine is present. A well cared for beer, I'd peg it for more of an amber ale. It should be in a six pack at a lesser doller per ounce ratio.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 18:49:56 | More by brownbeer
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melliott2811

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 17:01:28 | More by melliott2811
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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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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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kini

Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thought I'd give this a try. I assumed a malt beer would have a strong flavor of malt. I was wrong. A totally unremarkable beer given the price. For a blonde I much prefer the very less expense GB Blonde.

Color was very nice. A nice golden amber, a nice head of off white color. Again taste was nothing more than average. Kind of disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 23:55:15 | More by kini
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 18:51:35 | More by coachdonovan
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Kala1073

Hawaii

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 06:33:01 | More by Kala1073
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:46:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.