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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 03-13-2010

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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 335
Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap.

Appearance is a light orange tone with a one finger white head. The nose has grains, toasted malts, as well as floral hops. Its` taste is a mix of more of the malts, hops, biscuit and faint sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very smooth finish. This is a great beer for a warm day in the late summer or early fall.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blond with a nice white head, good retention & lace.

Big American hop aroma, plenty of depth and not the usual suspects.

Taste is very hop-forward, with a hint of sweet grainy biscuit under the Rogue (TM) bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate with hints of hop acidity.

A really good drinker. It's almost like they made the Brutal Bitter a 'lite' beer. I like it.

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Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (no dates or codes, but I think relatively fresh) poured into a tulip. Pale straw/golden color with a 2-finger fluffy white head.

Aroma is very floral and fruity with a background of citrus and pale malt. A little spicy, funky yeast aroma too. Aroma reminds me a little bit of a witbier.

Taste is light, a little lemony, with plenty of hops and the clear presence of Belgian yeast. Some coriander and white pepper maybe. Mouthfeel is a little weak.

Overall this is a drinkable, refreshing beer but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: When first opening it let out a loud carbonation release, however no foam came out of the bottle. When Pouring it had way over 5 fingers of head. It foamed up real fast. Once I got past all the head on this, i noticed the beer was a semi dark golden yellow with some haze to it.

S: Aromas of piney hops, almost like an IPA. Malts show up towards the end of a big sniff of the beer.

T: Very light taste some citrus, and again some of that nice hop in the aftertaste with a heavy dose of malt.

M: Very carbonated, but doesn't bite the back of your throat. the hop linger more then the malt.

O: This is a perfect summer beer in my opinion, very refreshing and light, not overpowering at all. I think this would be a nice beer to go along with a pizza.

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

Clear pale straw colour with a small white head.

Slightly citrussy hop aroma with a touch of pine. Nothing special.

Earthy, piney bitterness with no real malt character. A touch of citrus. This is a little disappointing.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer but it lacks finesse and complexity. Ok.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow, with a soapy white head. Nice lace.

Not much aroma, but mostly biscuity malts.

Tastes much better. Nice floral, bitter hop bite with a light malt base .

Light body, crisp and clean finishing.

Nice hop bite, but that's about it.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy straw yellow with about a fingers worth of bubbly white head. Head disappears down to nothing but tiny swirls. Grainy (an extremely pale malt), grassy flowers. Flavor is crisp and carbonated biscuit malts, which are very pale but on the caramel lightly toasted side. Hops character is huge with floral grassy hops starting to creep in right after the first couple seconds. Some fruity hop notes start the finish but it becomes grassy and overly dry. At first the finish had great flavor changes but finishes off too dry.

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Photo of cnally
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The excitement of producing your own. The thrill of eliminating the horizontally positioned vendors. Hats off to Rogue for doing the damn thing.

The appearance is a deep orange, mildly cloudy. The carbonation is unruly and produces a huge, thick white head.

The aroma is sterile, sour and floral. You get a sense of the freshness.

The flavor continues with the sterile bitterness. It is a little puckering. The hops really jump out at you and maintain a lingering bitterness in the finish. The malts have produced a significant sweetness but not enough to tackle the off bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good enough considering the amount of carbonation and foam. Even keeled and thick.

I love the theory and I cannot say I even understand how difficult it would be to produce a consistent product with self grown materials. Let alone a first run with first growth products. I love the idea. I don't love the beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, malt, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of malt, a little citrus, malt, and a slight biscuit component as well. Much more complex and vibrant than most blonde ales out there.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer won't win a whole lot of prizes for complexity, it is likable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rogue First Growth Single Malt (dare)

Bright amber body, on the lighter side of the spectrum. Caramel and floral hops in the aroma. The flavor is pretty one dimensional, a weak, nutty roasted malt flavor and a bit tart. Hopped to the point of decent balance, but theres not a whole lot there, the typical sour Pacman yeast Rogue insists on using is here at work. Bland, eh, maybe the barley needs a year or two to get firmly rooted before the flavor comes in strong.

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Photo of salvo
4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update 5/14/2011:

I would say the beer pours slightly hazy gold/orange (had said crystal clear). The head was crazy: big, fluffy, fully three inches before it started falling off. I continue to think this is a near-perfect beer and will try to stockpile what I can along with Sierra Nevada Estate.

I'm standing by my assertion that some reviews seem to be reviewing how they felt about the name ON the bottle and not the liquid IN the bottle. Now that the anti-Rogue hysteria has passed somewhat (with Goose Island's InBev deal taking the heat now) perhaps we can get some meaningful reviews.

Original Review:

Pours from the bottle golden with a ful inch of light head. Beer is crystal clear with lovely tiny bubbles rising from the glass maintaining the froth for quite a while.

Smell is rich: healthy, earthy, sweet, biscuit malts supporting sharp, piney, tart hops that grow drier as the beer warms to room temperature. Taste is deep: starts with richness and earthy bitterness with tastes of dried grass, plum, honey, oats, and cereal grain; rich and fruity with a mineral complexity like produce harvested from a virgin field: all the elements of the soil are imparted to the grain. The hops are spicy with subtle citrus and pine, but those are later, lingering hints and the first wave is a spicy oscillation from black pepper to coriander seed.

Maddeningly drinkable, the body is medium. I wish it had more butteriness, but that is my own quibble with this near-perfect beer. Lovely, and I was happy to share it with an appreciative group.

My response to this beer is unreservedly positive, and I have to think that some reviewers are allowing their negative feelings for Rogue to cloud their palates. I shared a 22oz. with friends, and the response was overwhelmingly positive among a wide range of beer appreciation, from hopheads and homebrewers to "Miller Lite treats me just fine."

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle cap came off like a champagne cork. It exploded. It poured with a TON! of head that would not go down. Foam continued to come up out of the bottle too. Eventually got it to drink. Leaves a good amt of lace. White, thin top foam remains.

Golden appearance with an abundant but thin haze.

Aroma of hops. Slight earthy and floral. Malt sweetness pokes through. Soft citrus notes.

Tastes sharp of carbonation, malt undertones with a hoppy finish. Sweet but not dry. Bitterness is not at all overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is a touch puckery due to hops. Pleasant and moderately clean.

I hope they continue something like this.

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

L: Pours a pretty clear yellow orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malt, some yeast aromas, and then a nice citrusy, piney hop aroma at the end.
T: The malt was sweet upfront and then it moved to bitter while mixed with yeast flavors and a piney/citrusy hop finish. Not a bad taste and certainly an interesting idea with using only one malt variety.
M: Pretty smooth, fresh, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, pretty good feel.
D: Pretty drinkable, overall it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love, love, love my local bottle shop! Man, but those guys get various and sundry and they will call me to make a stop-in! They brag about me to their distro and act like I'm a king when I hit the joint. This was one of the first Firsts and I'm getting anxious ...

From the bottle: "Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters"; "GYO is Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own. We made this beer with our own hops and barley"; "Malty aroma, deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. Medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare (TM) malt."

I spied, with my little eye, a good bit of sediment, so my pour was as gentle as it would be for my baby doll's skin. Color was a deep orangish-amber. BUPGOO! No head, thanks to the gentle pour. Nose smelled oddly familiar - it was the characteristic Rogue hop strain, underlain by the malty sweetness. Wow! I have noticed this in their beers before (a certain commonality), but to have it appear in a home-grown form is just impressive. It had a very bready, toasty malt flavor initially on the tongue, but also an earthy, grassy (Saaz?) hops flavor underneath. Finish was very dry, just the way I prefer my beers. Best Blonde I've had in a while!

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy with some grapefruit aromas.

T - Mostly sweet caramel with some spicy hops. Not bad for a blonde ale.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice blonde ale. I like the concept.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an impressive brew, mainly for its good balance and very good drinkability.

Pours rich amber color with lush, creamy head. Very appetizing to look at; not much in the smell, though, beyond easily expected citrus, bread and caramel.

The taste is quite good - exceptional balance is noted right away. Notes of lively citrus, toffee and pleasant floral hop bitterness are present. Nothing extraordinary, yet very very drinkable and friendly. Excellent thirst-quencher and thirst inducer. Calls for savory accompaniments, such as grilled meats or hot-smoked fish. I'll have another one anytime - really.

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Photo of madjr80
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 bomber straight into a perfect pint glass.The was an uruption of carbonation once I popped it open,so I lost some of it. It poured a hazy, golden color with plenty carbonation. The taste was vey smooth with a solid hop kick. It had a very earthy mouthfeel and plenty of residue was left on the empty glass. Overall, a quality brew.

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Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy amber topped with a large tan head. Head fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet aromas of pineapple, citrus, and some malt.

T- Sweet pineapple at first that is soon wash away by a slightly bitter grapefruit middle and finish. The finish is dry and clean.

M- Medium in body and decent carbonation.

D- An easy drinker for me, not sure of the ABV but my guess is that it is low 4-5% range. I think I could session this one.

Solid beer not stellar but solid.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: It opens with a very loud hiss. It pours a hazy golden-orange with an enormous 3 and a half finger head that lasts forever and becomes quite rocky, leaving huge clumps of lace on the sides (and this was with a gentle pour).

S: Very floral and medicinal, grass, and some light citrus notes.

T: Flowers up front, grass, sweet citrus, and aspirin.

M: It has a medium-light body with lots of effervescence and palate-sticking flavors.

D: This is strange. The carbonation is way too high, the floral aromas are over-bearing, and it tastes like I'm licking a Bayer aspirin.

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Photo of numenor1
4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of curasowa
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.