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 ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, with leggy small-bubbled lace. Aroma is sedate but balanced.

Taste is lightly sweet to start, lemony in the middle, with a Saaz-like crisp hoppy close that lingers. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Good brew, and admirable concept. (433 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 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. (372 characters)

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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: poured into a tulip which was golden yellow in color with one finger head and good lacing that stuck to the glass.

S: absolutely no hop character to this one, lost ao malt for sure with some bready notes coming through.

T: like the smell it has lots of malts and a bready taste to it.

M: this is light to medium body with very little carbonation. seems like it has sat around for awhile.

D: not impressed with this one, very basic flavors not complex at all. Dissapointed cause rogue makes some decent beers. (515 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light hazy golden pour, 2 finger head of foam, some lacing.

It smells like a typical adjunct lager...some sweetish malty notes with some grain, light hoppy notes.

The taste is better than the smell. Nice malty notes paired with a spicy Pilsner-like hoppy profile, it has a nice dryness that finishes crisp and clean. Without looking up what this was brewed as, or looking at the label, I would have guessed this to be a Pils.

An interesting brew that's an easy quaffer and has some good taste to it, I like it. Probably more than most. ;^) (545 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 puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 3, 2010. It pours a golden-yellow color with about two fingers of fizzy, bubbly white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is an enticing concoction of barley malt and thin hops. The taste is almost a polar opposite with a noted bitter hoppiness and a thinner sweet maltiness. Decent mouthfeel. I love "liner notes" and this one declares the actual latitude and logitude of where the barley and hops were harvested. You can't help but to wonder if the taste would have been different if these ingredients had shifted a couple of degrees. Likeable beer altogether. (602 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild-blonde color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks interesting already.

Aroma is full of sweet, buttery malt and a hint of grassy hops. Blonde ale? You gotta be kidding me.

Taste is full of grassy hops that seem to dominate a bit, followed by light, buttery malt underneath.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness. Hops take over palate. Very nice.

Certainly not a blonde ale in my opinion. Delicious and worth the price. You can't go wrong. (479 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (778 characters)

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. (526 characters)

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. (365 characters)

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. (990 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)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a blonde ale? Could have fooled me, it's so hop forward. In a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color with a small white head and a little bit of lace. Very citrus aroma, a little malt. Big time grapefruit taste, some malt that was hidden by the hops. Not very balanced, not like any blonde I have had, but still a nice beer. (337 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DENSE head. Medium dark malt, medium filtered, with a head that's as white as this BA background and it's like you used too much Palmolive, the head is so soapy and unstoppable.

Smells faint but complex. I guess that Dare malt is so fabulous they had to go and copyright its name, but really all I'm getting is run of the mill light malt node of cereal. The hops are medium green, and thankgod the yeast is super chewy and yeasty because that really ties everything together.

Tastes a bit more adventurous than it smells. Makes no mistake: this is a simple ale that's not supposed to blow your socks off, but it's really well brewed and there's enough going on to keep your attention, make it more or less worth the price of admission. Very hoppy for a blonde, but that's fine since it turns out the malt is more aggressive than the aroma had led me to anticipate. (868 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 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. (452 characters)

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. (250 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While the whole grow-your-own Rogue venture is an interesting concept, this resulting beer is a bit lackluster. Moderate malt with pleasant grain and some honey sweetness. Not that everything this brewery makes has to be over the top, but here the level of restraint makes for a rather one-dimensional and unengaging beer. (322 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden yellow/orange with a big 2 finger chunky white head that had good retention and covered the glass with lacing

smells of citrus hops pacman yeast and bready malts

taste - a balance of citrus hops and bready malts hit me first then a good amount of bitterness puckered my mouth a little - has a nice malty aftertaste

mouthfeel is light to medium body beer that is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is solid - i am not a fan of many blonde ales but this and NB's are two of the best (511 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a hazy amber body with a medium sized almond hued head. Decent retention and some scattered patchy lacing.

Aroma features fruity apricot esters, pine hops, and some toasty caramel.

Light medium to medium body with crisp carbonation.

Taste is hoppier than expected, with a solid pine and earthy bitterness. Malt presence is bready and toasty caramel, but somewhat restrained. Finishes dry and bitter.

Highly drinkable and reasonably priced. (456 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.69/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - uncaps with a major rush of air. Pouring into a DinkelAcker half-litre, I am greeted with eight to nine fingers of rocky off-white foam. With some patience I am getting the beer into the glass, but I can't help thinking that this may be a waste of time. As the beer goes, it has a coppery honeyed color, some haze to it. Nice-enough looking but these foamers usually are a bad sign.

Aroma - a bit funky but rather non-descript.

Taste - somne of the lower rated reviews state this as very bitter and astringent. That with the runaway head, I have a feeling the bottle is infected. It has that classic acrid, dry and bitter taste. Against my better judgment I take a healthy pull from the glass anyway (hey there's no pathogens in beer, right?), and I am rewarded with the faintest hint of fruitiness/hoppiness in the back but this is very dry, sharp, and unpleasant to me otherwise, and way gassy. I can taste parts of the beer that I think I'd like, but this bomber is a goner.

Mouthfeel - uber-crisp of course, the body has a medium feel and a layer of smoothness that I like.

Drinkability - probably pretty good with an intact bottle. I can't totally bottom out the score, I'm still nipping at the beer as I type, maybe got a third of it down, but I am always disappointed with infected bottles as I can't always find another sample easily. I'll keep my eyes open for this one though and give it another shot. (1,428 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

Medium amber pour with a touch on the lighter side. Immense cascading white foam. 2 fingers of it settles slowly.

Faint malt hop blend smell. Nondescript.

Tastes like a Lite Pale Ale if such a thing exists. Hop throughout, but not domninant. Well blended.

Light in the mouthfeel. Small bitter remnants.

Good drinker, nice brew, great concept. (386 characters)

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