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Rogue Farms OREgasmic Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 06-14-2010

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
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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a little cloudy/muddy for a pale ale in my opinion, and the smell is fruity-hoppy with a touch of sweet malt. So far, not a knock-out. The taste is more complex than I think it is at first. It starts out as an aggressive hop attack, but further into the beer the flavors come to life: the hops show their individual qualities, bitterness upfront, and fruity in the middle and then a particularly smooth malt base finishes it off.

Slightly jarring at first, almost falling into a tastelessly unbalanced bitter hop attack (perhaps from the first growth hops, as the crop typically needs a few years to develop), but the tongue gets used to it after a while and the beauty of the individual ingredients come out.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Pours a murky amber with a brownish tint. Two and a half fingers of beige creamy/frothy hybrid head. Very good retention and plenty of lacing. Really a looker.

3.0 S: The smell is incredibly weak. Some hints of caramel malts, earthy hops, and yeast.

3.0 T: This tastes a lot like a decently brewed homebrew due to the intense yeastiness I had going. Yeast gives an overall bready vibe. Caramel malts, sticky resiny hop oils, earthy and piney hops, peach and orange fruitiness. Moderately bitter. Okay, but perhaps a bit yeasty.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Chewy and somewhat creamy. Not bad here.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, just not one that stands out in any way. It's dominant flavor is yeastiness, which I'm not too fond off. To some extent, it seems like a homebrew that hasn't quite finished bottle conditioning.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan of orgasms, so I figured I'd try an Oregasmic Ale. I'm also a fan of growing your own hops and ingredients necessary to create a beer, more or less like Sierra Nevada's Estate series beers.

Pours an attractive, cloudy medium brown with muted brass highlights. Nice off-white head with good retention, leaving a halo around the edge of my tulip.

I love the smell of this beer. It's a hearty nougat, caramel sweet malt mix that's sublime. Worldclass malt bill used here - I love it. I also get the faith citrus of the hops, as well.

Taste reflects the nose. Great carbonation and mouthfeel. Nice pale ale that recalls the use of a quality malt bill in addition to nice hops. Great balance and highly enjoyable.


Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A muddled canyon clay red coloring has a modest size frothy, pie crust colored head that sits well retention wise. Lighting reveals a micro-bubbly fury for effervesce. The lacing is a spongey band that clings rather well to the glass.

S: As noted on the label, the nose is both fruity and spicy. Cinnamon coated applesauce comes to mind with a light spicy citrusy helping. Fresh and fruity with perhaps instances of cantelope and moderate nuttiness.

T: Defined fruitiness, sharp, again of cinnamon coated applesauce, with some fresh pear juice and a balance of bittering citrus grind. After a first impression of sweet and fruity the drink turns malty and dry, more malt base, with a increasing bitterness of grapefruit like hopping. The beer loses its initial fruity appeal and becomes rather linear with each occurring sip. After having several of their "first growth" beers im definitely seeing a common taste theme running between them. Doesn't stray far from their base.

M: Mouthful was lax, malty with a spicy dry citrus bite on the back of the tongue. The swallow finds a partial increase of hop bitterness.

D: A bomber suffices here, doesn't finish as fruity as it started or as stated on the label. Becomes linear in flavor upon the second sip. Not bad, Decent but hardly lives up to its name.

Photo of cratez
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased by my girlfriend at Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI. Pours a cloudy, hazed amber, bordering on murky, with copper hues, a bitty and frothy beige head, and sheets of lacing on the nonic glass. Unusually opaque for an APA, but still attractive. Smell is floral hops, sweaty yeast, must, caramel, pit fruit, orange peel, pine, slight buttery note, and a touch of spruce. Taste is grainy caramel malt, citric, grassy and spicy hops, pit fruit, trace of diacetyl, faint jujube flavour, brown sugar, cinnamon, juicy and biting astringency on the palate, quite bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy medium, foamy carbonation, crisp bite on the tongue, lasting astringent finish. Considering this bottle is just under a year old, it's drinking pretty well. I find it sad that 'mediocre' US pale ales perform better than top-flight Ontario efforts of the same style. This is past its prime and yet it nevertheless satisfies the taste buds with a pleasant spiciness on the back end. An above average brew.

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderater pour yields 1/2 finger yellowish tan head with good retention. I retained as much yeast in the bottle as possible, still a cloudy reddish brown color.
S: Bright citrus, cinnamon, a little biscuit and caramel, slight apple, but overall a tad bland which brings my rating down.
T: Fairly bitter, tastes like an ESB. Pleasant sweetness with mildly bracing hops following. Very nice, I like a lot.
M: Fairly bitter, chewy, full feeling.
D: I love it! I'd definitely order another and buy again. I wish it was sold in sixers.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Coppery reddish and cloudy, nice head and great lacing.

Smelled pretty good, quite caramel malty with a hoppy texture that's pretty piney.

Tastes nice and hoppy with no shortage of earthy malt background flavors and a light piney-ness with moderate bitterness. Has a small amount of that particular burnt-malty flavor that I can't quite identify but don't care for. However, it doesn't really take much away from the beer so I'm rating it quite well anyway. A pretty nice beer.

Feels thick and rich, moderate bitter aftertaste and ample carbonation.

Drinks a bit below average for the style. There are other APAs that I much prefer.

Value wise this one would not rate very well. For this price I could almost get a six pack of some APAs that I would rather drink.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, very clear dark reddish copper colored ale, with a great thick tan head that fades in a sticky, rocky, lacy fashion. Pretty.

A big piney hop aroma, full of promise. Some caramel and burnt notes in the aroma as well. A nice pine spice taste, with sweet caramel malt. Stays sweet through the middle and then a nice bitter hop bite melds with some alcohol warmth to finish big and bold.

Big bodied, thick with malt and hops, sticky lacing, noticeably viscous on the glass...this would be a great American Strong or DIPA by appearance and taste. Not even in the same class as most APA's thus making it very hard to review to that style.

Great beer!

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very pretty orange brown with a thick creamy head, great retention and lacing. Smell citrusy and sharp, some bready malt notes. Chewy bready malts on the tongue first, then very spicy, lemony hops finish it out. Easy to drink, refreshing, quite good.

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Pours a murky, burnt auburn in color beneath a densely creamy white head; very good strength.

Fragrant floral hops with a hefty mustiness. Slightly bitter caramel malt that accentuates the musty, tea quality.

A mouthful of floral bitterness from the very beginning. Sharp citrus notes cut the filmy texture and musty flavor, despite being short-lived. Biscuity malt with a touch of diacetyl. Spicy black pepper attempts to cut cut the floral bitterness in the finish, but fails to do so.

Medium in body; rough and filmy on the palate. Almost leaves your mouth craving water.

A bit one dimensional in terms of flavor profile, but the toughest obstacle to get past is the texture, especially in terms of drinkability.

Photo of jneiswender
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a large bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-orange body and an off white head

S-cereal smell, very malty

T-cereal , grainy, some resin flavor in there


D-very nice. I would have this again. I am sure this would be great on tap.

Photo of SykDoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy burnt orange color. A 1 inch light tan head forms leaving a full coverage lacing.

The aroma is primarily a citrus/pine hops with a mild but sweet caramel malt. There is a unique spiciness that I can't completely place.

The taste is a healthy dose of citrus bite and sweetness blended with a malty sweetness. There is that spice component again.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good blend of carbonation for the hops. A mild dryness hangs out at the end and the finish is somewhat bitter and gritty.

The overall drinkability is solid, with a well balanced aroma and taste, combined with good coverage of any alcohol and not so intense, as to ruin the palate.

Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-10-10

Pours a cloudy red/orange color, with a filmy head and a few big bubbles. Lacing is a nice thick band that quickly settles.

Smell is sharply hoppy, aromas of pine, citrus, and a nice malty caramel at the end. Light and pleasant.

Taste is just like the smell, lots of hops with a surprising malt backbone. Tart at first with a bitter finish. I like it.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation but with a nice thickness to complement the hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is good, the malty character balances the hop flavors nicely.

Drinkability is very good, it's all about the balance.

Overall, a very good beer that would be a great addition to their regular lineup.

Photo of SkunkWorks
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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.

Photo of claminat420
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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

Photo of Fatehunter
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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.

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.

Rogue Farms OREgasmic Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.