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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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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Single Malt (in this case, their proprietary 'Dare' varietal) - surprising it took this long to make the single-estate/ingredient connection that wine and whisky producers have been capitalizing on for a while now.

This beer pours a frosty pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and loosely foamy off-white head, which renders some sticky curtains of dried suds lace around the glass in its seemingly rushed wake.

It smells of semi-sweet crackery and grainy pale malt, a touch of bready caramel, dry citrus, and grassy, floral, and haystack-esque hops. The taste is pleasantly biscuity pale and caramel malt, softly aged lemon, a hint of black pepper, and crisp grassy, faintly piney, and earthy hops - not a lot of complexity, but agreeable enough in its converse simplicity.

The carbonation is quite laid-back, but firm enough, the body a barely adequate medium weight, a wee bit creamy, and within chipping distance of smooth, I suppose. It finishes on a weird drying trend for something so malt-focused, and clean, the hops substantially mellowing out.

A pretty tasty and drinkable blonde ale, one way more enjoyable than the anemic standard for the style, and propped up with the malt and hop characteristics of, well nearly a properly rendered Czech Pilsener, of all things. Well, revolutions often have a side-effect of recalibrating expectations, and Rogue has provided at least a glimpse of that here.

biboergosum, May 30, 2010
Photo of kini
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.

kini, May 30, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
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.

coachdonovan, May 29, 2010
Photo of Kala1073
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up a bottle today and poured it into a pint glass. The beer was orange in color and a bit hazy. The head was substantial and there was a bit of lacing on the glass. Took in a deep smell of this ale and the smell of caramel and hops were detected immediately. Soon after, the lingering smell of malts became apparent. I took my first sip of this ale and could immediately taste the caramel and hops. Then it balanced it self of well with the malts. Quite honestly, it was very tasty. The drinkability of this ale was very smooth. This ale surprised me as I was not expecting much. I will definitely pick up another bottle when I get the chance!

Kala1073, May 27, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

lordofthewiens, May 19, 2010
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/orange with a thumb sized white head that leaves some sparse lace.

Aroma is malty light caramel malts with light fruity citrus notes.

Taste is is wow lots of citrus hops grapefruit right away makes the malt even seem bitter. Some lingering minty notes also after the grapefruit calms. All these hops are on a malt base but its overpowered by the hops. Not really to style but good none the less.

Mouthfeel is medium lightly slick/slimy carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew. Want to thank merlin48 for sharing this one with me.

mntlover, May 17, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a hazy amber body with a medium sized almond hued head. Decent retention and some scattered patchy lacing.

Aroma features fruity apricot esters, pine hops, and some toasty caramel.

Light medium to medium body with crisp carbonation.

Taste is hoppier than expected, with a solid pine and earthy bitterness. Malt presence is bready and toasty caramel, but somewhat restrained. Finishes dry and bitter.

Highly drinkable and reasonably priced.

merlin48, May 17, 2010
Photo of StoneTSR
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Gorgeous, crystal clear copper color with a very nice, thick head...part of the 22 oz. bottle poured into a 16 oz. pint glass left a solid finger-full of fluffy head. As the beer sat it became more opaque. Lacing was heavier at the top of the glass than further down and the lacing up top clung to the glass throughout the entire 22 ounces.

SMELL: Not a very strong aroma, but instantly bitter and hoppy - a dry hoppy smell. No
Scent of sweetness at all, which in my book is exciting.

TASTE: The taste is surprisingly similar to the smell, not an overpowering taste by any means. In fact, some light beer drinkers might be capable of enjoying this beer while people who actually have a palate can still do the same. The hops stay bitter and dry throughout the sip, but do also stay crisp and refreshing. This is not as bold a beer as I thought it would be, but could be perfect for a long, warm, summer evening.

MOUTHFEEL: The Chatoe Rogue jumps around on the tongue almost immediately upon the first sip, tickling the roof of the mouth. The tiny bubbles continue to provide a lively feel all the way down helping to make this a very refreshing brew.

OVERALL: My first estate beer was from Sierra, and maybe I was spoiled, but given that this one was from the Great Northwest I was slightly disappointed. That said, I was looking for something more bold, hoppy and rich. That prejudice may have led me to not quite fully appreciate the fact that as a nice, crisp and refreshing summer beer the Chatoe Rogue would be absolutely ideal.

StoneTSR, May 16, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass. Nice head on the beer, very white, and about 1/4 inch. Consistent carbonation makes me thing this will stay throughout. Beer is a nice orange/yellow pale color. I expected this beer to be a darker color and malt character just by looking at the bottle.

Smells slightly fruity/earthy, which is probably from the hops. The taste is pretty tart at first, but smooths out a bit through the drink. The bitterness hits first and doesn't let any of the malt come through. It's carbonation gives the beer an almost thin taste which makes me think they used some sort of priming sugar instead of more malt for bottle conditioning, even though the label says it's made with 4 local ingredients.

I like the idea of this beer and I'm glad I tried it because I've often thought of growing barley and am growing hops right now in my backyard. I don't think I would reach for it again based on flavor, but I might. It is a well disguised high gravity beer.

tchenery, May 15, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-14-10

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a foamy white head and epic huge bubbles of lacing. Very nice.

Smell is lightly sweet malt with a subtle hoppy kick. A little sweat sock, the malt adds an almost sour quality.

Taste is very tame, not much going on. Very light hops add a little citrus and bitterness, with not much malt to back it up. Slightly fruity, which helps.

Mouthfeel is very slick with tart carbonation, and slightly flat at the same time. A little odd.

Drinkability is good, easy and light.

Overall, not anything special or anything I'd seek out again.

BMoney575, May 15, 2010
Photo of david131
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An ever so slightly hazy orange liquid that has a slight luminescent quality with a craggy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Honey, caramel, and oats. A little tame and mild, but it isn't bad.

T- Honey, oats, caramel, and a bit of earthiness. Sweet and slightly bitter. There isn't much here.

M- Clean and bitter with a lasting dryness.

D- Drinks rather nicely, even though if it is uninteresting.

david131, May 15, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the record, This is not a Blonde ale. If anything its more like an English pale ale or an American amber ale. Definetly not Blonde by any sight or taste.

A straight up pour shows a copper and gold ochre color. Nice three finger sponge of bone white hea that recedes to a nice film o' foam. Hardly any visible bubbling.

Simple weed wacker cut, wet grass on top of fresh fallen orange bitterness with toastd nwhite bread fresh from the toaster. Simple yet happy aroma.

The taste is pretty simple, like the ingredients. Fresh toasted bread an biscuits with a mild orange hop bitterness and a little wet grass. Thats about it.

Dry pop rock palate upfront, but a gypsum and resin dry palate i the finish.

scruffwhor, May 14, 2010
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Hy-Vee on Grand in Des Moines. Pour a hazy blonde with a very loose head. The aroma is citrusy and piney with some honey and good fruitiness. The flavor is grapefruit with a little saltiness and a nice all around citrus rind bitterness. Not bad.

BieresDesMoines, May 12, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Single malt pours a hazy golden to orange color with a thick white head that slowly settles to a few millimeters thick. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is lively.

S: Honey and biscuity malt notes are prominent, with a hop aroma of grass and floral character. Overall not very strong on the nose.

T: Grainy cereal malt flavors, with some hints of toffee. Hops give the beer a slightly dry finish, with herbal, grassy characters.

M: Typical smooth Rogue mouthfeel, however still lacks something.

D: Not a bad beer, but it just doesn't have alot to it. It's just boring, so to speak. Of all of the beers Rogue had produced over the years, I've liked most of them. I have to say I'm a bit dissappointed.

WYVYRN527, May 12, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden-orange color with 2+ fingers of ivory foam. Not bad; it looks a bit orange for a blonde ale, in my opinion.

Smell: sweet, grainy malt with a light dose of citrusy hops. There's also a kind of bizarre off-odor in my beer which I can only describe as rubbery. Could it be funky hops? It's hard for me to tell; a nice, mild aroma, but for the rubber. Call it OK.

Taste: grainy, dry malt flavor with some citrusy hops. Bitterness is somewhat strong for the style. I'm getting a little bit of the rubber, but not as much as in the aroma. Truth be told, I'm not crazy about this beer, but it's not objectively a "bad" beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: I'm just not into Rogue's first foray into the chateau-beer world. This beer is awfully rough around the edges, and my guess would be that this is due to the hops. I just don't think this variety is well-suited to a single-variety beer.

flagmantho, May 06, 2010
Photo of cody208
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is excellent. I t pours a nice a nice hazy orange-brown with a very thick creamy offwhite heady that hangs around for a while.

Smell is a not strong but is a a light citrus and malty smell

Taste is good, but nothing exceptional. very light flavor with plenty of maltyness and some sesame and rye like flavors during the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and its slightly more fizzy than usual. nice.

Overall an average beer. Looking forward to try more beer of this concept from Rogue and other brewers.

cody208, May 03, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 03, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a toasted grain color with a fairly tight off white head that settles inot a light cap. The aroma is quite faint there is a very light bready malt scent, thats about it. The taste is of a light malt with some fruity notes and a subtle grassy bitter hop bite. The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation, lightly sweet on the palate and finishes slightly bitter. A nice easy drinking brew. Good balance between the sweet malt and grassy hops. The flavor won't blow you away but you can easily pack away a few of these.

Gmann, May 01, 2010
Photo of prosper
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold, slightly hazy. Has a pillowy off-white head with good retention.

Smells of sweet malts, with some candy-like hops in balance.

Taste is excellent - sweet malts, caramel, citrussy hops. It's got a bready character to it, and cascade-esque american-style hop to it, with a very faint toastyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is interesting - it's sticky, yet finishes dry and has a moderately light body. Moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability - mmm. It's delicious, moderately strong, and interesting. Extremely well balanced and drinkeable.

By the numbers:

12* plato (o.g. 1.048)
77% AA
10*L
35 IBU

Doing the math, that means an FG of 1.011 and an ABV of 4.9%

prosper, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of errantnight
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I was expecting more after enjoying Sierra Nevada's Estate Ale, but this is another beast entirely.

Comes out of the bottle looking quite nice, and orange hued straw. Nice retention and moderate lacing in my Spiegelau tulip.

Downhill from there. A musty graininess with some light esters predominates, only a hint of citrusy, earthy hop.

On the palate this is pale malt up front, light toast. Flinty and firmly, strongly bitter that settles in on the tongue and predominates. Dryness sweeps up a bit of lemon on the fringe.

Body and carbonation are spot on, right in the medium-light range, although I wonder if it is slightly overcarbonated given the bitterness.

It's not hard to drink, but the mineral, metallic bitterness is the strongest flavor, and the aroma speaks to a flaw either in process or some weakness in the ingredients that I'm not quite putting my finger on.

Certainly not worth the price, and really doesn't work as a pale or a blonde. Love the idea of the series, but this needs some adjustments in next year's batch.

errantnight, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orange color with yellow highlights. Small glass, small white head. Decent lacing and retention, but not much lace left over when it's done.

Pale, grainy malt sweetness, with only a hint of leafy hops. Bready, but not very strong. The flavor is not overly powerful either, with some metallic notes mingling with the citrics, grassy, and pale malt sweetness.

Tinny mouthfeel, good carbonation, with decent heft. Just a hair on the watery side. Slightly bitter, dry finish. The hopping is just on this side of blonde ale. Understated and a little boring.

BretSikkink, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malt and faint floral and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted pale malt flavors with hints of breadiness kick things off. Leafy and mildly citric hop flavors join in shortly thereafter, carrying throuhg to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I definitely think this was more of an APA than an American Blonde. Either way it's a very understated beer, certainly not bad but also not worth seeking out.

glid02, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of mstyne
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden amber with a substantial, thick, creamy head. Not much to write home about in the sniffer department, as best as I can tell, but not unpleasant either. Light, hoppy flavor and exceptionally easy to drink. Definitely an interesting offering from one of my favorite breweries, especially when you consider that this is a true DIY brew.

mstyne, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-yellow with a creamy, quarter-inch white head that remains.
Smell is crackery malts with some caramel tones. Some toffee and faint brown sugar as well.
Taste is bready, buttery malts with some light hops. Finish is malty and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Finish is slightly watery.
Drinkability is very good. Well-rounded beer.

Parrotbeak, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Ego
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
a quick "schwipt" sound as the cap is popped and the head immediately begins to rise (this has been sitting in the cellar for a few days now undisturbed, if I don't interrupt this sentence it will flow out of the bot....
whew, save that keyboard.
obviously the carbonation is active, and man I can already smell this from 2 feet away... we'll get to that, 2 big fingers of craggy white head crackle subtly at the top, lacing is on par, cloudy and with a light burnt orange hue, nice.

nose...
holy sourdough batman, really assertive bread notes with some honey sweetness on the back end, a little funk like wet grass, buried deep is ever the hint of grapefruit, this smells great.

taste etc...
pretty standard fare, the carbonation does lend some refreshing smack, the flavor is subdued, a mild hop bitterness with the bread character lightly taking charge on the initial sip, smooth drinking all the way, I could imagine macro drinkers being able to handle this one. Nothing ground breaking here, very straight forward.

verdict?
well executed for the style, but not exactly on my list of favorite styles. if this was in 6'ers for the pool party summer it would be a better fit.

Ego, Apr 24, 2010
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.