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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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83
good

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 lacqueredmouse
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -17.8%

sholland119, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -17.8%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of rx-beer
3/5  rDev -17.8%

rx-beer, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of mpenning13
3/5  rDev -17.8%

mpenning13, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of LSUPT
3/5  rDev -17.8%

LSUPT, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of hedgepigtails
3/5  rDev -17.8%

hedgepigtails, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -17.8%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of RyanTeeter
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

RyanTeeter, Apr 28, 2013
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.

cnally, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of thesarahfuller
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

thesarahfuller, Oct 27, 2011
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 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.

mrfrancis, Oct 05, 2011
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 crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

crossovert, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

EgadBananas, Aug 14, 2011
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.

Muhly, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -11%

JMS1512, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Dave_Treat, Mar 19, 2014
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 Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

khargro2, May 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

chugamugofsud, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of wookievath
3.25/5  rDev -11%

wookievath, Jun 13, 2012
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.