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Rogue Farms OREgasmic Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using 100% OREGON Ingredients. Micro Barley Farm first growth Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Willamette, Sterling, and First Growth Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

40 IBU
76 AA
6º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 06-14-2010)
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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Couldn't find a freshness date on the bottle.

Look: hazy amber. I haven't seen an APA this cloudy in some time. The head is thick and is about three fingers. The head is tan colored. Looks very carbonated.

Smell: I get a lot of fruity hops, some herbs, caramel, and some citrus hops as well. Not overly aggressive in terms of hops and smells very sweet. The smell is fairly strong and I could smell the glass with my nose about a foot away from the glass.

Taste: sweet and malty with some fruity hops as in the smell.

Feel: medium bodied but kind of thick for an APA. Not very crisp despite the early amount of carbonation. Not enough bitterness either. Alcohol is hidden well.

Drink: I dunno how many of these I would drink.

Overall, I am not the biggest fan of this one. It was decent but nothing extraordinary. I also couldn't really tell that it was an APA because the hops aren't really out in front as they should've been. Maybe my bottle is old or something but there was too much malt for my taste. The mouthfeel was perhaps the most disappointing part. I wouldn't really recommend but maybe give it a try if you're a big fan of Rogue.

EDIT: I had another bottle, hoping to give this one another try. The beer tasted the same with the added fact that it was a gusher. As soon as it was opened, it geysered out so I lost about half of the beer in that fashion. Contacting Rogue to complain was fruitless. I would definitely recommend avoiding this beer at all costs.

SkunkWorks, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A steady pour produces almost four fingers of amber tinged, tan colored foam in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a plum / amber color that shows a lightly hazed, red-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of spicy hops, toasty caramelized malt and citrusy hop character. The hop character plays the leading role here, at least up front, because if you start to dig the malt becomes more and more characterful. I smell notes of orange zest, some lychee notes and a caramelized grapefruit note, with the malt contributing a spicy grain character, some whole grain brown bread like notes, spicy rye like character and some toasted, not quite roasted leaning grain notes. There is also a touch of hot alcohol towards the finish of the aroma.

Lightly sweet, which is an interaction between the fruity hop notes and the caramelized malt, as this really isn't that sweet. The finish is quite spicy, it almost seems derived from the malt, but most of it must becoming from the hop character as there isn't anything like rye in this beer. The hops contribute flavors of orange zest, some grapefruit and a touch of tangerine, on the fruit side, but also add a touch of herbal notes, a spiciness and a touch of pine notes as well as a touch of gritty bitterness towards the finish. A medium-thick body coupled with the spiciness makes this a sipping brew for me. Some of the spiciness seems to be contributed by a bit of noticeable alcohol in the finish.

Somehow the mix of hops, spiciness and malt just doesn't quite work; all of the flavors individually are quite nice, but somehow they don't quite mesh into a wonderful whole. Still this is certainly not a bad beer, and it can be pretty enjoyable at times.

Gueuzedude, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into pint...

A: pours a murky, rust color with a thick head of tiny bubbles that settles slowly. leaves some thin lacing and has great head retention.

S: hits the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. piney hops, caramelized grapefruit, and tropical fruits with a praline and biscuity malt background. this is labeled by Ba as an APA, but with this rusty color and sweet malt presence, I'm thinking American amber.

T: very spicy indeed. Resinous and fresh hop flavors are immediately present along with a peppery tropical fruit flavor with a buttery, cracker like malt reminiscent of an English IPA. finishes bitter and sappy

M: medium body with a great balance of carbonation to hops, one thing I've always liked Rogue Ales for. finishes dry and resiny.

Overall, friggin great. Wish I had bought two. We need more brewers who are willing to grow their own. Would definitely buy again first chance!

OlRasputin989, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of david18
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better pale ales that I've had. I bought a bottle of this at the Pioneer supermarket in New York City. Very intense in both malt and hops. Dark copper color, light head. Very cloudy and quite flavorful. Dark malt flavor and great hop aroma.

david18, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of claminat420
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy amber color with a frothy tanned colored head. leaves little lacing.

S- just some faint caramel malt. nothing special. nothing really at all.

T- unique. just some weird caramel malt with some weird floral hop. alcohol is undetected. solid.

M- medium bodieD. good carbonation.

D- wish i bought a couple more 22's.

Overall- i'm not a major fan of apa's but this one is pretty good and different.

claminat420, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WesWes, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of terrapinfan88
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burnt translucent orange in color, foamy one finger head, good head retention, carbonation rises throughout

Smell: Pacman yeast, small grapefruit, pear

Taste: Grapefruit, grassy on the backend

Mouthfeel: Hop bite up front that dissipates into a sharp dry earthy mouthfeel, with medium carbonation throughout

Drinkability: Very Drinkable I enjoyed this brew could pound 2 or three bombers

terrapinfan88, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out of bottle into tulip glass. The most beautiful looking ale I have ever seen. Opaque orange-rust color with 1/4 inch of head that held. Lots of bubbles on the pour.

S - My nose was at least a foot away when I poured it into the glass and I could distinctly smell the beer. Very bright with pear and citrus, grapefruit the most apparent, with some malt at the end.

T - Hops early, grapefruit and accompanied bitterness. Taste stays on the tongue long after.

M - Crisp and clean. Not very carbonated despite all the bubbles on the pour.

D - It took me a while to drink the bomber. I would be satisfied with 12oz in one sitting. The flavors are a bit too much after a few glasses for me.

Fatehunter, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had me a Rouge brew in quite some time. This fellow looked interesting. The notion of a beer built from the ground up is a compelling one and a respectable effort.
The color of the body is a pretty one. Mahogany that has a bit of a glow in the glass. The head leaves behind some solid lacing.
Smells are biscuity and bready. Upon having it pointed out to me I'm picking up some sun dried tomatoes in the scent.
A not so pale, pale ale in flavor. Hop top notes and a biscuit, black tea back bone. The over all profile strikes me as a little bit more British than American here. There are some chocolate notes to be found with some dark fruit edges.
For the most part, not my cup of beer but I get an idea of the quality of ingredients. I am interested in the other Grow Your Own offerings and in the movement as a whole.

ommegangpbr, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of fragilemacabre
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice AND a pint glass. Take that!

it's a milky reddish-brown, almost looking like apple cider, and leaves some gorgeous lacing on the pint glass. First reaction upon smelling: "it smells like pizza. WHY DOES IT SMELL LIKE PIZZA?" Seriously. Between the yeastiness and, I swear, a tomato scent... almost Spaghettio-esque. I don't understand, but I'm curious.

Yep. Still tastes like Spaghettios. Pizza is gone. Between the yeastiness and the tomato-esque tartness... yeah. Upon further sipping and letting it sit for a minute, I'm finding a very tart maltiness, more like beer and less like Boyardee, though that's still there.

I find the transparency of the GYO angle compelling and really do appreciate the information on the bottle, as well as Rogue trying something it seems isn't a standard on the beer market. It's even a tasty beer! I'm just confused.

fragilemacabre, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy amber with one finger of white suds. Some lacing.
Smell is malty yeast and some sugary alcohol.
Taste is a bitter hop with some sugar and malt.
Mouthfeel is thin after the initial bitterness.
Drinkability is good here. I would like to try this on tap somewhere.

peabody, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic Ale is a cloudy orange/amber with a dense yellowish head that thins to a film and leaves really nice lacing. It has a faint, slightly sweet, hoppy aroma with notes of grass, pineapple and orange. It's medium bodied and very smooth with a crisp, dry finish that leaves the tongue a touch chalky. It tastes slightly dry and pretty bitter. There's lots of orange peel flavor and it's very nicely balanced. It's an enjoyable, solid pale ale.

yesyouam, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of msmezher
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer in the Rogue First Growth series, OREgasmic Ale was definitely a treat. I met this beer with high expectations, after recently sampling the Single Malt Ale in this line-up, Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout, and nearly every year-round beer Rogue offers. This beer definitely met my already high expectations of quality and taste. The beer poured a goldish amber color, with a little frothy head and an initial smell of roasted malts and fresh hops. This ale was also well balanced between hops and malt, despite having distinct tastes for both. The hops were spicy and citrusy, while the malts were roasted and carmel-y.
If you support Rogue's call to "Grow Your Own" this is definitely one to try, and in terms of quality it definitely matches up to Rogue's standards.

msmezher, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Strix
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown with a frothy head.

Smells very nice, grapefruity over bready caramel notes.

Malty caramel, grapefruit, bread, and some earthy tea-like notes. Hops run away with the finish.

Mouthfeel full, slightly resinous.

Flavorful, but not my favorite from Rogue. Too much ESB-like taste, which I'm not digging in this. But I love the locally grown aspect.

Strix, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of allthatAles
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*note Pour was das boot. however, i think the boot makes an excellent agitator. so i went with it.
Pour: deep red with bronze tones. Thick, head is certainly well structured and breakdown never exceeds 1/8in head.

Nose: bready, malty, the hops are there. but more so as an earthy funk front and back. it imposes itself on the glass.

Mouth:the malt profile is dimensional. the hops play as deeply citrus undertone which is married to an almost smoky character. One malt provide a dryness center of the mouth. while a light coating remains round the edge with touch of hops. its almost salty, could be the free range water, but i like it. its like swimming in the NW waters. light soapy character upfront.

this is my first true encounter with the GYO. i'm interested to see a little more from the Risk and Dare hops, actually all ingredients.

allthatAles, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of andrewm190
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine entry from Rogue. I've been a bit ambivalent about the last few Rogues, but they seem to have delivered something nice here. The smell is devine; perhaps better than the actual taste of the beer itself. The beer poured a sizable head with a solid grip, releasing a beautiful copper color. Very clean finish, plenty of reason to sip on it throughout the game. Sweet, a little bit of spice, delicious malt flavor, well done.

andrewm190, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buddy grabbed a bottle....

- Clear copper ale... white head... couple fingers.... down to a thin cake... simple.

- Wonderful malt notes... smokey almost, caramel, bready.... oats... citrus hops, bitter bright.

- Slightly sweet caramel, grain, oats.. smokey malt, woody... huge bitter hops... great bitter bite... and some citrus flare on top.... superbly balanced and zesty.

- Light bodied with a parching bitter bite.

- Overall Rogue has not failed with their first growth brews... the malt profile is near perfection, and I love the mix of hops... willamette are nice and bitter... plus some of their own... very balanced, and very drinkable. I love it.

Docer, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber, capped by two fingers of foamy, pale beige head. Retention is good as the head recedes every so slowly, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of earthy and herbal hops up front with some citrusy undertones, followed by a strong, sweet caramel base. Some lightly toasted grain in the background.

T: Earthy and herbal hops up front again, but in a better integrated form, along with some pine notes. Caramel base comes in mid-palate and is joined by som citrusy hops. Piney hops come back for a resinous finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a bit too watery towards the backend.

D: Goes down pretty easily but I wouldn't be interested in more than one.

Xul, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, murky brown...Beautiful creamy head that settles into a half-finger of beautiful laciness...Aroma is sweet, robust, filled with maltiness, some caramel, some overripe tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. Flavor is a cavalcade of luciousness...Some of the creaminess I mentioned is upfront, lots of bitter hoppiness, in a good way. Finish is long, smoothly bitter (???), and keeps that creamy characteristic to it...Some weird stuff, too. Almost like lactose or something has been added, weird but not at all offputting. Delicious and decently priced at $5.99/bomber. Great robust Summer drinking here. Find and enjoy folks.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Gouxman
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a fan of Rogue beers. Though they've never really knocked my socks off, their beers are truly inventive and flavorful. I went between grabbing the new Double Chocolate Stout and the new Chatoe series out of the fridge. I wasn't ready for a heavy dessert just yet...

The newest installment in the Chatoe Rogue series, labeled "OREgasmic Ale" (I had a laugh) is a great interpretation on an APA.

This beer pours a deep copper amber with an off white head and dissipates into the beer while still clinging on to the side of the glass.

The aroma is predominately comprised of piney and citrusy hop notes with a slight caramel malt musk.

The hop aroma comes through nicely in the flavor jumping out upfront with resinous hop bitterness that leaves earthy hints of pine and orange peel. The bready, toasty malt base plays a nice role by balancing out the hop bite.

This brew has a great mouthfeel and nice balance between the citrus hop notes and semi sweet malt base. At only 40 IBUs the hops are definitely present, but don't overpower the beer. And at only 6% above you can easy polish off a bomber or two without feeling too bad about it.

It is good to see breweries like Rogue and Sierra Nevada growing and using their own hops and barley in their beers. The dedication to their product really shines through in the liquid. Though I think I enjoyed the Chatoe Rogue Schwarzbier more, I could easily enjoy another one of these sometime soon.

Gouxman, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruity and malty, not strong but still pleasant. It pours a somewhat hazy dark amber with a fluffy and slightly orange light tan head. Flavor is quite malty with apple and hoppy undertones that add a little bitterness and a bit of sweetness to the mix of tastes. Texture is quite fizzy and edgy, leaving behind a firm and pleasing tingle.

Cyberkedi, Aug 28, 2010
Rogue Farms OREgasmic Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.