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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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: poured into a tulip which was golden yellow in color with one finger head and good lacing that stuck to the glass.

S: absolutely no hop character to this one, lost ao malt for sure with some bready notes coming through.

T: like the smell it has lots of malts and a bready taste to it.

M: this is light to medium body with very little carbonation. seems like it has sat around for awhile.

D: not impressed with this one, very basic flavors not complex at all. Dissapointed cause rogue makes some decent beers.

Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale is cloudy, bright, golden and very lively, with a foamy, white head that has outstanding retention. Oh, outstanding lacing and sip lines, too. It has a bright, fruity aroma that's recognizable as Rogue. There are notes of lemon and tropical fruit. It has a super smooth medium-light body with a crisp, clean finish. There's a nice, resiny bitterness and hop flavor that veers toward pineapple and mango. The malt pretty much stays out of the way and isn't really sweet or dry. It's really yummy. This is a spot-on American Pale Ale. I had this after working all day in the yard in 90-degree weather. Talk about quenching and refreshing!

Photo of NStLincoln
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy gold with a big, blustery white head.

Getting a bunch of sourdough bread with lemon zest.

Mostly malt and citrus on the palate too. Very refreshing. The Revolution Hops that are grown by Rogue add a nice bite at the end.

Good carbonation, smoother on the mouth than I thought it might be. Easy drinking, I had no problem putting down a bomber.

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

Cloudy golden body, white head. Toast, lemon peel, and yeast on the nose. Same on the palate. Light toasty grain, moderate citrus hop flavor and a very dry finish. Light body. I enjoyed it, but nothing I would seek out again. Quite ordinary, uninspired.

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

I have to say to me seeing Rogue do a malt driven beer seems strange.Poured a bright lighter golden with a fluffy one finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled very slowly.Light aromas,mainly light honey,and toasty grain.Honey malt flavors hit up front on the palate along with some toasty/graininess,a faint herbal hop note lingers in the finish.Its lagerish to me flavor wise,its crisp and relatively clean,not bad.

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

Pours out a cloudy amber to orange yellow with two fingers of off-white creamy suds. Not a lot of lacing here.
Smell is weak hop with a little lemon peel and grapefruit rind. Some alcohol and burning yeast to the nose.
Taste is weak and bitter. Kind of like a budweiser married with an english bitter.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part but the bitter is really strong and stays with you for a while.
Drinkability is OK. Would be so much better if it had a tad more flavor diversity.

Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild-blonde color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks interesting already.

Aroma is full of sweet, buttery malt and a hint of grassy hops. Blonde ale? You gotta be kidding me.

Taste is full of grassy hops that seem to dominate a bit, followed by light, buttery malt underneath.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness. Hops take over palate. Very nice.

Certainly not a blonde ale in my opinion. Delicious and worth the price. You can't go wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of dosher
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type:
Bomber

Appearance:
Hazy gold with a white, pillowy head that soon dissipates into a thin skein.

Aroma:
Slight yeast ester, sweet malt. Slight piney hop aroma.

Taste:
A lightly sweet malt flavor quickly gets KO'd by a lasting bitterness. A lot of pine here, a little too much, maybe?

Mouthfeel:
Soft carbonation, medium-light body.

Drinkability:
Not Rogue's best, but not a flop either. It's a little too bitter for a non-IPA - I finished the beer 10 minutes ago, and I can still taste the hops. I'd love to see more from the GYO series, just something a little less unbalanced.

Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found me a bomber at Whole Foods in LaCamas, WA off Mill Plain..

- Nice golden yellow, every so slightly cloudy... nice fuzzy and creamy white head... settles down to a nice ring, and a few floating continents....

- Nice roasted grain, sweet malt... spicy and zesty hops.. little pine and some bitterness... smells yummy.

- Nice subtle sweet grains, mild oat flavor... loving the hops... nice super bitter zesty hop, touch of citrus zing with a nice pine.... fantastic standard ale.. wish it would be just a flagship 6-pack just called "Rogue Ale".

- Light bodied, and bitter.. makes the mouth water....

- Overall this is a fantastic fresh tasting brew... and it's great to see that a single malt and single hop ale can come out so good. Great job to Rogue, for yet another great beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the COOP today.... thick foamy white head... great lacing... the brew is hazy lite golden..

Nose is mainly bready/biscuity pale malts with something in the hops that make me think lemon oil.... clean ... no yeasty esters or phenols.

Again... the biscuity malty essence is pretty pleasant... bit of citric tang... very good for a style I normally don't appreciate... medium body and an abundant small bubble carbonation..

Not alot else to say... it really does highlite the ingredients... good, but I doubt I will buy again.

4.5/4/3.5/4/4

Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden yellow/orange with a big 2 finger chunky white head that had good retention and covered the glass with lacing

smells of citrus hops pacman yeast and bready malts

taste - a balance of citrus hops and bready malts hit me first then a good amount of bitterness puckered my mouth a little - has a nice malty aftertaste

mouthfeel is light to medium body beer that is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is solid - i am not a fan of many blonde ales but this and NB's are two of the best

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