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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
82
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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | 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 JordanEllwanger
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice semi-transparent golden straw with a thick crisp clean white head and a little ring of sediment.. Smell is sweet and crisp. A wonderful German pils smell. Taste is malty upfront with an interesting grassy hop after swell. An earthy hop taste that allows itself to be what it is after the malt has rushed by. Medium bodied. Over all not a bad beer but a little less grassy would make it better.
Cheers.

JordanEllwanger, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: blonde/honey yellow,
mild cloudy body, floating white head,
patchy lacing

S: mild malt, honey, citrus

T: sweet orange, lemon peel/grass, honey,
malt, mild grain bitter finish

M: med/light body, smooth mouth
mild oily/hint of semi-dry

O: Very nice session brew. Would
get again, but not must have.
Recommendable. Enjoy Rogue
and glad to see an American craft
brewery GYO their own raw beer
ingredients. Not really a fan of this
style, but works quite well.

NICE, NOT MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

oberon, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of draheim
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

draheim, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light and clear amber under a thick head and spotty lacing.

S - Fresh citrusy hops, sweet bread malts, earthy spices.

T - Malts up forward balanced against the orange peel hops and peppery spice, hints of booziness.

M - Crisp and clean, medium body and carbonation.

O - Not quite as sessionable as it should be at 5.3 % abv but worth a try if you spot it.

dansmcd, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Risser09
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Risser09, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice golden amber with small streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Head was a solid 3 fingers off white froath that lasted a few minutes, but then left a nice head akin to whip on a mocha. Aroma was mildly hoppy, small amount of kick but not overwhleming. Malty did come through a bit as well. Taste was a sharp hop, not bitter. Different than I normally expect for something classified as a blonde. Felt good in the mouth. A strange mix of textures, but yet still coated well with enough to it to be interesting. Seemed to me to be one to savor, definitely not something to slam.

mountdew1, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of rjhaupt
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A bight lively golden color. Light head even in a tulip glass with a proper pour.

S - There's no suggested serving temp obviously displayed on the bottle but this guy definitely needs to warm up a bit once out of the fridge. There's not a lot of aromatic character until it's had some time to open up. Once it does the main smell is like a toasted earthy loaf of bread. Smells basically like the first half of a brewery tour.

T - As expected, the hops take a back seat to the malts here. The intial flavor of the beer (where I always feel like the hops hit hardest) is somewhat absent but it makes up for it on the backend with the malts. As much aftertaste as actual taste but it's a good aftertaste so I'm not complaining.

M - Much lighter and crisper than expected, a pleasant surprise.

D - A totally drinkable beer (if you neglect the price) that I'd quickly recommend to any hop-hating friends. They do exist, unfortunately. *sigh*

rjhaupt, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

mltobin, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

BDTyre, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Seanibus, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Reaper16, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle purchased from American Beer Distributers, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, effervescent, 2" head with foam that clings well. Very hazy, golden brew with some carbonation.
S: Definitely a malt-driven aroma, hinting of dark, dried fruit and caramel, while given a bitter hops texture.
T: The taste brings the bitterness of the "Revolution" hops into play. Subdued sweetness gives way to the explosive and lingering flavors brought on by the hops.
M: Light/moderate body, good carbonation
D: A refreshing beer with some interesting characteristics, but overall kind of simple and--while very drinkable--leaves something wanting.

ozzyCobblepot, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

zeff80, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of enfield249
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the local bottle shop for 30% off. The appearance is a light cloudy gold in color, with a thick white head. The smell is a nice fresh hop aroma. Slight spiciness. The flavor continues in that vein, but adds a subtle sweetness, and the spice now tastes more like a pepper/rye. The mouthfeel is fine, if slightly cloying. Overall a nice blonde ale, and certainly one of the better blonds I have had.

enfield249, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

brownbeer, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 kgotcher
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very hazy, blonde, fizzy but sturdy head and carbonation. White lacings.

Aroma of graperfruit, fresh pine, cracker and slight sweetness

mouthfeel is pretty light, wet and tart

Taste is very hop forward. Must be a lot of late addition and dry hopping involved here. Hoppy from start to finish with a slight maltyiness in the middle. It takes couple sips to get used to it but the citrusy hop flavor is really good.

The hops really take over this beer. It is good as a lighter beer that lets the hops do the talking but I could imagine a few of these would be enough.

kgotcher, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Clear, blonde in color with tiny helix-like strings of carbonation. A styrofoam head that subsides slowly tops this brew. Looks like a decent blonde to me. Fantastic head retention, simply fantastic.

Popcorn and honey dominate the aroma. Hops have an earthy pacific-northwest profile. Not much sign of the neutral pacman yeast, which I suppose is a good thing. Even a little bit of cream corn in this one. Hard to judge this one as there are not too much going on, but what is is quite interesting, though I don't know if I am a fan if any of these smells turn into flavors.

Thankfully no popcorn or cream corn, but I do get some mild bitterness in the middle and finish with a delicate pale malt flavor. Hops and yeast are similar to the aroma, subtle and mainly support the malt.This brew is actually quite bland and, like the Oregasmic of the same 'Chatoe' line, feels like a great homebrew experiment. I like to brew single ingredient brews and this one especially is quite interesting, but not $7 interesting.

Nice creamy texture. Carbonation doesn't bite too much and actually feels like the head looks.

I will keep buying these brews because, as a homebrewer, they are doing some of the work for me by doing experiments like these. However, at $7 + per bottle, I could make 5 gallons of similar brew for the price of 5 or 6 bottles.

tapman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the local bar as part of their incentive program. I was happy to see an Oregon beer as part of the program (go Ducks!).

The look fits the profile of a blonde beer. It is nice and light with fluffy foam on top. You can tell that it woudl leave some good lacing right off the pour.

I smell what right from the glass. It is a refreshing beer. The flavor is very complimentary. I would say that this would work as a great entry level beer for people graduating from BMC.

Pick up a bottle. Hopefully it isn't priced too high. Unfortunately most Rogue beers are pretty expensive in New Jersey.

ummswimmin, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

MinnesotaRIS, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.