Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Single Malt AleRogue Farms Single Malt Ale

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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of LukeD23
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is straw yellow with a touch of vibrant gold. pours brilliantly clear with very little head.

Aroma herbal with notes of sage and lemongrass, backed with a grainy lageresc aroma

Flavor is really straightforward and crisp. Very dry, with a firm bitterness. Flavors of pine and grapefruit rind dominate, husky grain flavors come through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Not much, but good

Overall this beer is a really easy drinker, I like the simplicity of it and really like the crisp finish.

Photo of dosher
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Braz
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty straw/blonde color. Rather clear for most part with a tall snow white head. Pleasant light citrus and floral notes.
Light sweetness and lightly bitter. That’s about it. Good body as Rogue always has, but not much else going on. Very minimal hop presence.
Nice body but fairly boring in flavor. This beer is by no means bad or repulsive, just bland and uneventful. Taste like a higher quality adjunct lager.
I do really like the simplistic approach to this beer. Most of today's craft brews seem to have 6 kinds of malt, 6 kinds of hops, aged in this, blessed by that etc. This actually reminds me alot of the first home brew I ever made come to think of it.

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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.

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.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive, if typical, clear amber with a very thick, fluffy, and rather persistent white head. Aroma is malty, yeasty and a little fruity, and not particularly strong. Malty flavor has a bitter, slightly tinny overtone and a hint of fruit Texture is smooth and has average body but not much fizz. Not one of Rogue’s better efforts, but still palatable.

Photo of tchenery
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of kini
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Muhly
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a chalice glass.

A-Pours a golden straw colour with about two fingers of off white head. Head stays up for a decent amount of time and leaves behind a very solid white lace on the glass.

S-moderate hoppy aroma. Probably just the marketing, but I also get a whiff of barnyard or haystack.

T-grassy hops with rustic cereal.

M-nicely carbonated. Bubbles seem to allow the flavour to wash over the tongue.

O-quite liked this one. Simple an refreshing. Would love to kick back on a porch in the summer with a bottle of this and a steak. Probably not the best beer for the winter season, but I knew that going in.

Photo of crossovert
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle.

It pours a light gold with a frothy white head that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The smell is candylike with a decent hop overtone that has a bit of citrus and herbs.

The flavor is clean. It is pretty nondescript, a hint of bitterness, perhaps a bit of cattiness. It is okay.

Not too bad of a beer.

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow beer with a full sized snow white head. This looks like a lager.

Smells strongly of toasted grain. Lesser scent of caramel and scorched sugar. Mild noble hop aroma that is mostly lemon scent.

Starts out neutral with a little bit of bitterness and a stronger grass flavor. Mildly sweet and a little astringent. That is about it tastes like they steeped the grain too hot.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a average beer.

Photo of errantnight
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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 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 mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with an enormous white head. Subtle orange highlights are on display once the beer settles. Overall, this is a moderately attractive ale.

S: Sweet, soothing aromas of spicy malt and ripe orange are present on the nose. As the beer settles and warms, these two aromas blend until they are indistinguishable. I would have liked to see greater depth and a longer separation of scents here.

T: Opens smooth and velvety with notes of roasted nuts, heavy cream, herbs, vanilla, lemon, and navel orange accompanied all the way by a restrained malt spiciness. Finishes in a delicate fashion while displaying spicy malt, orange, and herbal hop notes. Pleasant, but lacks any standout flavor component to make it more memorable.

M: Off-dry medium body that gets slightly stickier before the finish.

O: This is not a terrible effort, but it is not one of Rogue's finest offerings either. In the end, this is a pleasant enough beer, but nothing about it is all that remarkable.

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.

Photo of RyanTeeter
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a: A slight haze to a straw colored beer. Very unique and cool to look at. Held up to the light you get faint tints of copper. Thin white head that is gone in moments.

s: Watery smell, with hints of lemons. Decently pleasant.

t: The bitterness was very fresh however seemed to slightly over power the rest of the flavors. In the background there is some bitter lemons and earth.

m: It is a strong medium mouthfeel Very enjoyable.

o: I enjoyed this beer very much. I wish the flavors balanced themselves out a little more however overall, it was not a bad finish to the flavors. I would drink this beer again. Would not be the first thing I purchase however should I be in the specific mood for a beer with a solid bite - this it is.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery in Newport, OR.

Pours a very pale yellow hue: very mild and light. Head is very frothy and egg white; it leaves firm rings of lace down the glass. Carbonation is streaming, but quite mild. Not bad all up.

Nose is very, very light and very, very dull. Some maltiness comes through along with a very faint hint of lemon, but it's not exciting or bold, and doesn't really give me anything insight into the malt itself.

Pale light entry on the palate, with a clean but empty mid-palate. There's a touch of bitterness on the finish, along with some husky grain. It's not unpleasant, it's just, well, not there. Feel is extremely weak. Almost watery.

I don't have a lot to say about this beer, because this beer doesn't have a lot to say about itself. Single malt? Is that interesting? Certainly not this one.

Photo of thesarahfuller
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Bright cloudy yellow with a very white head and nice lacing.

Smell is almost nonexistent - pretty disappointing.

Taste falls a bit short. There's a bit of bitterness from the hops (it was dry hopped maybe?), but I'm not really tasting any malt to balance it. Very crisp and clean, but not particularly exciting. I'd like to try another beer with these hops.

Mouthfeel is too light for my taste.

I love the concept behind this beer, and imagine this could be nice and refreshing on a hot summer day, but it's not really hitting the spot on the October evening.

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.

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.

Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.