Rogue Farms OREgasmic Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Hoppy beer with a good malt backbone. Carbonation right there. Golden colour with creamy head. Faint hoppy aroma. Tastes hoppier than the 40 IBU. Some vegetable notes. Good drinkability.Medium mouthfeel, a little honey, and ginger.
On tap at Cole's.
05-09-2011 04:19:03 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice hop flavors.
12-02-2012 06:07:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
"Memory is like an orgasm. It's a lot better if you don't have to fake it."
Bold brassy orange with multiple streams of rapidly rising bubbles that have created two fingers of khaki colored froth. Overcarbonation may play havoc with the mouthfeel, but the appearance is no worse for wear. Nice lace too.
The nose is subdued. There's a little toasted-earthy-caramel malt and even less herbal-spicy hoppiness. These guys know their way around a mash tun, so the blame must lie with the choice of ingredients. Willamette, Sterling and Revolution hops don't get my taste buds primed for excellence. Warming helps... as it usually does.
OREgasmic Ale is decent beer that *may* achieve an above average taste score by the bottom of the bomber thanks to its still considerable hoppiness. As in the nose, though, there isn't much that's distinctive about the flavor profile.
Specifics include well-toasted bread drizzled with caramel, bitter citrus peel and white tea leaves. This must be a superfresh bottle because 40 IBUs tastes and feels more like 60. In the final reckoning, this rather simple ale will get better scores in the third and fifth positions because this hophead appreciates an aggressively hoppy brew.
It's extremely rare for a Rogue beer to be anything less than good (4.0) in the mouthfeel department. The size is fine, given the ABV, but there are still too many sharp bubbles that sting the tongue with each upending of the glass.
I'm not sure what Rogue is hoping to accomplish with the First Growth series. Maybe they wanted to pay homage to local farmers (and themselves) by brewing a variety of beers using nothing but local and brewery-grown ingredients. That's fine and dandy if the end results are up to their usual standards. Unfortunately, with the possible exception of Dirtoir Black Lager, they aren't.
10-24-2010 11:39:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
Appearance: Pours a murky apricot nectar color with a very impressive head; nice retention and the foam leaves a smattering of lace
Smell: Caramel and pine with a lot of sappy character
Taste: Caramel dominates up front, with the piney hops arriving in the middle; after the swallow, the sugary malts overwhelm the palate
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with moderate carbonation
Overall: Very sweet for an APA; tastes more like a hoppy amber; the thick mouthfeel is a real detractor
05-14-2013 01:04:53 | More by brentk56
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
With the 'green' movement in full swing, Rogue contiues to challenge themselves with this OREgasmic Ale derived from home grown ingredients.
OREgasmic pours with the classic Rogue look of burnish amber which carries a medium-heavy haze. Malty-rich froathiness provides an eggshell colored head that forms, retains, and laces extremely well. All sorts of decorative patterns remain on the glass, long after the beer falls.
Balanced aromas of malt and hops sing the praises of a well made pale ale, however the character seem as much English as American. Caramel rich with the depth of English malts but without the biscuity scent. Pine and citrus give an earthy, spicy note rather than the strict citrus notes of American ales. Still, the beer's true malt aroma shines with the balance of noble aromatic hops, and a burst of fruity esters for a measure of complexity.
Medium caramel sweetness carries the early taste while the follow of hops deliver flavors of pine, fresh cut grass, and mint before leaving with a leafy bitterness that's slightly resiny. Medium attenuation leaves just enough sweetness to keep the brunt of 40 IBU's in check. Estery-hoppy with appricots, over-rippened red apples, tangerine, and white grapefruit leads to a fruity and sharp finish.
OREgasmic carries a heafty malty weight early and resides to only a semi-dry finish late. While never reaching complete dryness, there's a closure that makes the beer appealing in a more rustic and grassy way. Minty-cool evaporation occurs as the alcohol teases the palate while the grassy bite of hops create a dull spicy ending.
While the beer straddles the fence of what's expected from English and American pale ales, this is what Rogue does with nearly all their beers. It keeps them in the conversation of both but prevents them from acclaim for either. And, that signature pacman yeast has such an influence that all their beers taste nearly the same. Though this was a fine beer, no orgasm was ever reached, induced, encoraged, or denied in this review.
04-20-2011 04:36:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with light citrus notes akin to West Coast hops. Taste is a very refreshing mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a well balance caramel malt backbone which just enough sweetness to maintain a good balance. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Well made with a very refreshing balance though nothing here is re-writing the rule book except for the fact that the ingredients are home-grown.
08-27-2010 17:51:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +6.4%
deep orange amber. Very dark color on this one with almost a reddish hue to it. There was ample carbonation apparent in the form of lots of bubble chains streaking toward the surface and building tons of foam across the top. After the pour a large head of white foamy and frothy lace appeared across the top, perhaps as high as three inches before finally settling down
Big notes of pine and sugar, not so much heavy on the citrus side, and to be honest there was much more of heavy resiny aroma to it then a large floral display. Very nice grain notes were also becoming very much apparent; bring a good fullness to it. There was an underlying maltiness, almost akin to an amber ale that seemed to be showing its head as well, giving it a bit more character then just a hop ale.
nice piney note starts to kick in, subtly at first but then getting stronger as the flavor builds before finally taking over the palate completely and turning into a very nice dry and bitter finish, leaving you there waiting for another sip.
08-07-2011 04:59:47 | More by mikesgroove
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
22 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a ever so slightly hazed, dark amber body with a moderately-sized, off-white head.
Smell: Sweet-scented caramel atop toasted bread and biscuits stirred up nasally moist herbs and juicy grapefruit, peels and all.
Taste: Upfront malt profile tasting of toasted sliced loaf bread brushed well with sweet caramel. In the far-off distance is just a teensy hint of roast. Just a hint, mind you. Hops present a spicy, grassy herbaceousness with a touch of white grapefruit and a growing, accumulating bitterness. As the bitterness flourishes on the tongue, it begins to drown out the initial maltiness. Anticipated Pacman yeastiness. Finishes fairly dry and bitter with a bit of the fruitiness enduring into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I'll politely golf clap a solid, if straightforward pale ale utilizing GYO ingredients. I will!
08-29-2010 22:38:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured a deep hazed burnt orange color with a very tight formed one finger clingy head that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.A mix of caramel malt and spicey hop in the nose,I actually found the malt to be more prevelent than the hop.Flavors are very nicely balanced with the hops playing a bigger role,caramel/biscuit sweetness at the onset with a sharp and spicy hop kick in a lingering finish.A nice quaffing pale ale,very well balanced.
07-05-2010 21:53:03 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a three-finger, off-white head of thick foam. It was long lasting and left some soapy lace on the glass.
S - It smelled malty with caramel and chocolate notes. There is a nice citrusy presence.
T - Good roasted malt flavor with some citrus flavors.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
D - This is a nice tasting APA. I like the fact that it is "green" or local.
08-16-2010 01:28:31 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
22oz bottle. Hmmm...oregasmic ale? That's a lofty promise! Or perhaps something to do with this state's beavers? I'm here all night, folks, tip your waitress well!
Anyways, this beer pours a slightly hazy orange brick amber hue, with four crazy-ass fingers of teemingly foamy and bubbly off-white head, which eventually settles, leaving some thick and thin layers of splotchy lace around the glass.
It smells of biscuity, semi-sweet bready and grainy caramel malt, a certain hard-water minerality, and piney, citrusy, and floral hops. The taste is more crackery, bready caramel malt, kind of sweet and crispy, all at the same time, warming herbs, orange rind, pine needles, and a further earthy, somewhat spicy green-tea bitterness.
The carbonation is moderate, and weirdly, pleasantly tight, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, and sort of airily creamy. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the malt going all nutty with its crackery aspirations, and the earthy, piney, and pithy citrus hops prevailing.
A veritable West Coast treatise for that real-ale kind of flavour, Yankee-style, all with an estate aura, to boot. Easy, and duly pleasurable to drink, with just a subtle homage to the grand English bitters of lore. Now, onto whether this is actually or(e)gasmic or not - I'm guessing your mileage will of course vary, but this is certainly revving me up.
09-25-2010 02:57:22 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
A - The body is orange-copper colored with some light haze. A small head of off-white foam rests on top and recedes slowly, leaving nice lace.
S - Light, bready malt with some toasted notes and a hint of herbal hops.
T - Bready malt matched against musty hops and strong bitterness. Some spicy notes in the finish and a lingering pity bitterness that coast the palate.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Dry and toasty with a strong hop character. It is really too bitter for the level of malt character and residual sweetness that is present here. I touch more sweetness would make for a far more drinkable brew, but as it stands it just seems harsh and unbalanced.
11-25-2010 06:47:24 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Appears a clouded amber copper body with an off white light khaki head, which forms with nice intricate bands of lacing. Aroma has stale cereal notes hints of caramle and carbonation, with spicy herbal hops in the background. Flavor has a dry undying bitterness with malty sugary edges...what's going on with the Chatoe Rogue ales...a bit of malt upfront sweetness. Followed by dry doughy bitter sweet moments, The first sip of malts fills you with bread daough caramelized sweetness, while the second sip proves dry and bitter with leafy herbal hops. Mouthfeel is dry and mildly carbonated not bad stuff, smooth overall sensation. Drinkability is decent not much to report here, a vacation beer for chicks, because for me this doesn't carry out much of what the beer label is trying to do.
09-22-2010 05:00:25 | More by WVbeergeek
3.15/5 rDev -16.2%
Scored this at Goebels in Wichita
Pours copper/auburn with 2 fingers of tan head. Superior head retention & insane lacing
S: Faint breadyness
T: Caramel, breadyness, earthy & herbal hops, dryness up front, plus just a touch of woody hops well. Malty sweetness (toffee), breadyness, woody hops & a touch of astringency surface as this warms, some cakeyness arrives to try to balance this out. Finishes bitter & with some astrigent notes, some caramel is hiding underneath
MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & okay balance
Drinks alright, I applaud the risk taking, but this one doesn't really work for me. I blame the hops in play here
08-08-2010 03:33:22 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazed copper, with 2 fingers of off-white head. This retains with a tight ½ finger layer of foam, leaving back frothy swathes of lacing that rings the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of burnt grainy malts, that mix with some sweeter fruit notes, before giving away to more bitter hop accents that have a bit of a gritty and earthy edge to it. There’s maybe a touch of light warmth to this underneath.
The taste has a chewy toasted graininess to it, which lies under a tight earthy bitterness from the hops. A strong citric fruitiness mixes in here as well, while this finishes a bit strong with a deeply dry and lingering pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium boded, with an overall crisp smoothness to the carbonation but this definitely has some assertiveness to it in spots as well. Some warmth does creep out of the body as this warms, mostly accentuating the burnt feel of the grains.
With the aggressiveness of the malts, hops, and that 6% ABV, this one as coming on a little too strong at times as an APA for me. Maybe more like a moderately flavored IPA. This was decent but I’ve enjoyed others from the Chatoe Rogue line more.
08-16-2011 19:31:54 | More by Kegatron
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
sort of a mix between a pale ale and a hoppy amber. the pours is Halloween orange, cloudy, with a thick khaki head an inch or so tall with good retention. the nose is citrus hops, dry red malt, and mineral heavy water. its iron rich or something, and looks like it with its rust color. it has an orange juice taste to it, fresh squeezed, but isn't acidic. its also really bitter on the hop front, balanced out a little bit by some gentle candy sweetness from the malt. complex but pretty well balanced. unconventional. fuller body makes it more of a sipper than a pounder, but it does have very lively carbonation which keeps it from becoming too filling. overall a solid pale ale from rogue, I like the choice of malts, and wherever that citrusy orange flavor comes from is great. not my favorite in the chatoe rogue series, but a solid brew here.
04-11-2013 15:53:55 | More by StonedTrippin
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pretty solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a spicy hop aroma. It's sweet with some light biscuit character and a touch of hops. The taste is good. It has a very malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a damn fine hop taste. It goes down easy with a good amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good, malt forward, APA. It's balanced well with excellent hop notes; a good drinker.
10-07-2010 22:37:46 | More by WesWes
Rogue Farms OREgasmic Ale from Rogue Ales
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