Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Single Malt AleRogue Farms Single Malt Ale

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 332
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 8.49%
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: 332
Photo of YouSkeete
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Glowing golden yellow, short pale white head with weak retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Smooth hops, pine, yeast and lemon zest. Sugared fruits and some malt. Overall, light aroma.

T/M: Bitter hops, yeast and sugared fruits. Hop and lemon zest are bitter while the fruitiness is sweet. Nice balance. Not much more to the flavor, relatively flat. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Decent. (398 characters)

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. (329 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A monstrous marshmellow head quickly evolves upon the pour standing a proud and firm 3 fingers high in my standard pint glass. Sturdy, it slowly lapses, first around the edges invoking a "devils tower" structure standing in the middle. The coloring was a orange-cream with a medium sense of haze, while an initial vibrant carbonation of feverish macro-bubbles race upwards in a fairly dense state. Soon thereafter things quite down carbonation wise to a slow putter of random bubbles with no where to go in a hurry, much like an old women on a Sunday drive. The lacing was spongey, of broken concentric circles running down the glass providing good coverage. Substantial pours produced a dense head that looked like whipped cream. Overall I really enjoyed the appearance, that of an honest grain base minus specialty influences, the haze, and the long lasting dense creamy head that gave me plenty of time to both write/review and still appreciate the visual aspect long after I was done.

S: Softy musky lemons break out against a nice backing of slightly wet barley grains. I'm not totally sure about their homegrown "Revoluiton" hops but think they kinda remind me a bit of Amarillo. Delivery is moderate in strength.

T: The initial flavor seemed a bit thin at first substance wise. A good bite of wet and tart lemony hops moves in that turns slightly bitter on the finish. I liked the fact they kept their beer honest with minimal ingredients that were homegrown, though it didn't necessarily translate into a well composed or complex flavor. The single grain and hops both grown on premise is a great marketing idea, I just wished they utilized the preparation a bit more. A lemony tart flowery hopping, a bit more then usual per style moves in for the kill and close leaving a gentle reminder of pollen like coating on the tongue after the swallow.

M: Medium bodied at the start, but seemingly loosens up and becomes lighter and washy on long holds. Slippery texture with hardly a mention of carbonation, A warming of room temp lemons and dry flowery hops is detected on the tongue and inner cheeks .

D: Overall like I mentioned earlier, a great marketing ploy, but doesn't necessarily translates into a great beer, Overall decent per style but a bomber is the limit of my interest and wouldn't care for this in six pack. A tart lemony blonde that somehow didn't quench my thirst. Besides the appearance this was only slightly better then average all around. (2,474 characters)

Photo of smellandsip37
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured at 45F into a pint glass

A: Golden yellow and a little haze, really deep white head, nearly 4 fingers

S: Piney hops like a good pale ale, malt comes through a little later and gives some balance

T: Flavor is light with some hop tones, malt comes through, and then hop aftertaste. None of these were really stand out or over done, good balance

M: Lots of carbonation, not sticky or thick, smooth

O: Good flavor and balance, I hope future brews of this ale come out even better as the recipe improves (523 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint. Tall billowing head expands throughout the glass. Nice stair-step lacing down the glass leaves even chunks with each sip. This a dark dirty blonde color that still has good clarity. Very active carbonation streamers race up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell has a light dry graininess blended into a lemon zest hops profile. Taste has a strong citrus punch from the hops and the Pacman yeast gives it an extra bite. Finishes a dry and a little astringent.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, which I think I really think it could use more malt character. A little more malt sweetness would really round out the experience. (668 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Hy-Vee on Grand in Des Moines. Pour a hazy blonde with a very loose head. The aroma is citrusy and piney with some honey and good fruitiness. The flavor is grapefruit with a little saltiness and a nice all around citrus rind bitterness. Not bad. (270 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a ton of appreciation for the cultivation and execution of home grown ingredients, I appaude Rogue for the dedication to the organic and natural way of thinking about their brewing process and products. After all that, it's hard to say where their beers are actually going.

Their Single Malt Ale has a deep golden, rusty hue with significant haze. A stark-white head forms a mix of mid-sized bubbles that rise and then resign to a sheet of creame that covers the beer evenly and with good lacing.

Aromas and flavors of biscuity malt, mild caramels, and high fruity esters scream English Pale Ale while earthy and spicy hops give both bitterness, a leafy flavor, and smooth bite in the finish. Moderate in alcohol, the weight of malts and fruity notes dominate the beer basically from start to finish. Earthy tobacco, aloe, and pine give a resiny taste and bitterness that edges even closer to earthy flavor- but odd ones. Apples, peaches, pears, mangos (all of the over-rippened variety) have a tremendous impact on flavor.

It seems that the Rogue line-up (the Pac-Man yeast affect) is taking on a very strong English-like taste, aroma, and body. These make for good beers but this brewery is known for their advancements of American style (West Coast) Ales- very contradictory. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (640 characters)

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. (485 characters)

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with some orange hues, capped by a billowing two finger white head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Aroma is somewhat muted - light malt base with earthy hops and some strong citrus notes, predominantly lemon zest and a touch of orange.

T: Light grain base up front, followed by a strong lemon character and some light green apple. Piney and earthy hops come in strong and dominate the second half of the sip, leading to a bitter and slightly citric finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly prickly on the tongue.

D: Goes down fairly easily, but not interesting enough to want more than one of. (685 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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! (488 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of enfield249
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (415 characters)

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. (535 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of rjhaupt
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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* (945 characters)

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. (562 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.64/5  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. (1,311 characters)

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (413 characters)

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. (390 characters)

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. (343 characters)

Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
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