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Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale - Rogue Ales

Rogue Somer Orange Honey AleRogue Somer Orange Honey Ale

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

11 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest 2-row, Wheat
Specialty: Oregon Wildflower Honey,
Sweet Orange Peel, Oats, Chamomile, Coriander
Hops: Crystal & Rogue Farms Willamette.
Yeast & Water: Rogue' s Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast from Hood River & Free Range Coastal Water.

13º PLATO
10 IBU
79 AA
3.5º Lovibond

(Beer added by: scott451 on 10-10-2010)
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle pours a light golden orange color with a finger of white head that settles to a few spots of lacing. Aroma is light orange and sweet malts with some mild citrusy hops. Taste is orange zest with some malty sweetness and mild hop bitterness. A decent wheat ale, but a slight disappointment from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:32:56 | More by Serge
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

220z bottle served in a snifter.

A - Pours golden yellow in color with a small white head that quickly reduces to a ring. Virtually no lacing left behind, excepting a few spots.

S - A pleasant aroma with hints of orange blossoms and honey but mainly of a light, bready malt and faint wheat.

T - Nice mix of malt and wheat for a foundation, with a subtle contribution from the honey and orange. In perspective, I've had many APAs and IPAs with more 'orange' flavor (from hops alone). Personally, I didn't miss the clove or banana one might expect in a beer like this.

M - Low but adequate carbonation; a bit crisp; Fairly clean feel; light body but not particularly watery.

Overall: a fine lighter (but not "Light") beer for hot summer days. Refreshing. Should work well with mild foods such as most seafood, but a little too mild for some spicy hummus I had with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:19:16 | More by chinchill
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GNWBC

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: pours a pale, yellow with a slight orange tint with a very white 2 fingers of head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: strait up oranges wheat and hops.

Taste follows the nose, lots of orange citrus, a wheaty breadiness follows and end with some clean hops. not bad but not amazing.

M: mouthfeel was really light

O: i was kind of let down by this beer, its lacked any serious defining character.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 17:05:47 | More by GNWBC
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t420o

California

2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Rouge orange honey ale

Bottle given to me by a friend

A- pour produces a 1 finger white head receding quick leaving no lacng. Beer looks a lot like a hazy bud 3

S- orange peel, lemon-lime,grainy boring 3

T- tastes like a corona with lime and some salt in it. Seriously that's pretty much what it tastes like but more artificial 2.5

M- prickly carbonation decent moutfell 3

D- I had trouble drinking the whole 22. Not great. I expected more from Rogue though I'm not sure why 2

C-  

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 07:54:43 | More by t420o
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BeersCriteria

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden orange color with a white frothy head.

S- Sweet, spicy and citrus aroma.

T- Refreshing, light bodied and very carbonated overall. It tastes what it smells like, honey, coriander and orange peel.

Food Pairing- Grilled chicken, spicy chicken sausage, and fish with a mango salsa on top.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 04:34:15 | More by BeersCriteria
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Looks like a fairly standard American wheat ale.

S: Lovely aromas of wheat, cream, honey, coriander, lavender, orange peel, and chamomile are present on the nose. This is probably the best aspect of this beer.

T: Opens smooth with notes of orange peel, lemon, coriander, wheat toast, cream, chamomile, lavender, and honey. The finish is sweet and spicy with coriander, chamomile, and honey flavors.

M: Light-bodied and slick with lively, distracting carbonation. If this beer were not so carbonated, it would be greatly improved.

O: This is a decent summer seasonal, but will likely not be a staple for most drinkers. The harsh, distracting carbonation really takes a lot away from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 13:34:30 | More by mrfrancis
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the LCBO, Sept 2011...

Golden beer with a light limpid color with a shy head.

Smell of honey, coriander, spices, oranges and hops, not all in that order.

Taste was pretty light and smooth, but very carbonated in mouth to a certain displeasure, honey was there first followed by zests of oranges and the spices which ended up with a fruity hoppy finish. A good summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 08:09:29 | More by 3Vandoo
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright yellow with a finger of white foam. Smell was mostly yeast with a hint of lemon. Taste was malt, yeast and something that used to be citric. Not too good. Mouthfeel was medium light and held together nicely. Overall one wonders if this was past it's prime. Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:09:17 | More by JackieTH
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rel

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on a hot summer day in Miami. AC was broken, a terrible thing in this climate, and it was very refreshing.

It poured a cloudy orange color with a thick white head. Minimal lacing but it already looked like it would quench the summer heat.

Smell is sweet like honey, a cross between a blonde ale and a Belgian wit, full of light citrus notes. A soothing aroma.

Honey was the star in the beer. It served as a canvas for all of the other ingredients. Obviously the orange citrus flavor was a key player, with little enthusiasm from the malt or hops. A rounded beer.

Almost felt like I was drinking a juice with some pulp.

Having said that, it does the job. Not a beer to blow your mind. But I was quite stressed when I popped this open and I enjoyed the first sip enough that it calmed me. Truly a soothing, summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 23:30:11 | More by rel
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yesferro

Mississippi

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Blue Canoe, Tupelo MS

I have had this before in a bomber and did not like it, after having it today, I've decided the bomber was old ( I don't remember checking)

Pours a cloudy yellow, no head but I blame that on the tap system, they can't even put a head on a Hoegaarden. My rating on the mouthfeel is influenced by this too.

Smell was ok'ish, faint smell of oranges and honey, hard to tell really with the strong smell of the kitchen going on, given that I could still smell it, I'd give them an 4.0. Liked what I got out of it a lot.
Taste was nice, the honey hit as a delicious aftertaste, almost like Honey Smacks cereal, it's what I love the most about this brew. Not much orange going on other then the smell.

Overal I'm really glad I retried this, at $2 a pint it's a very great 90degree weather buy. If I can find another fresh bomber I'd try it again, but since it seems to be a retired beer, there's not much chance of that happening.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 01:06:11 | More by yesferro
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Rogue brewery feature at the LCBO.

A - Pours a very cloudy medium orange or golden kinda colour. Strong carbonation. One finger fluffy white head. Great retention with a half finger remaining and a slight amount of lacing.

S - Wheat and yeast mostly with grassy hop and floral notes. Not overly interesting.

T - Mild and smooth. Wheat and honey with some gentle spice or floral notes and some orange.

M - Good strong carbonation with a medium body and a nice floral/honey finish.

O/D - Not a bad beer by any means but not overly complex. Good for what it is and for the style, just not something to keep you really interested and stimulated. But granted, it tastes good and is really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:39:04 | More by tbeckett
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a orange yellow in color beer with very little head must have only been a mild ring.

S - Smell is pretty good I distinctly get a solid bit of orange not of peel and a touch of honey but faint. Little to no wheat.

T - I was right the wheat in this on is almost absent except in the finish which made this beer more watery rather than beer in body. The honey orange flavor was pretty nice but kind of lackluster without a solid wheat body. Would be nice to get a bit of spice but sadly no Chamomile or Coriander to speak of.

M - Tasted kind of flat compared to most other session wheat beers that are bubbly and alive with carbonation.

Overall I find it weird that they retired this since it's a solid session ale with great reviews but I guess nobody wants to pay 6+ dollars for two session beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 15:31:08 | More by DrDemento456
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice 3 finger head, white, fluffy, lacing, cloudy, hard to tell if carb

Smell - Honey, Orange, zest, earthy,

Taste - Simple, smooth, not much orange or zest

Mouthfeel - Little bitterness, good volume

Overall - I truly enjoyed this beer and thought it would make an amazing session beer. Drove all over Ottawa, in a hail storm and lights down to make sure SpinRSX and I had a good beer sampling evening!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:24:44 | More by Swedes21
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What's interesting is I drank and reviewed this beer right after trying what I'd call and "opposite" summer ale. The other was a cheap BMC style with lemonade added whereas this one is a classy craft beer with spices and orange peel in the brewing. Believe it or not the former wins on flavor, but this one wins on mouthfeel, and in the end they score about the same.

Poured a 1.5" white head. Hazy yellow lemonade-like body. Smell has citrus, spice, and yes the sweet honey is in the forefront. Body has obvious honey, is pretty mild on the spices, and the orange peel mainly comes across in the finish. It's like a richer version of the summer ale. I've got to say though after mowing the yard or playing some sports I'd think this is too heavy as a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 12:03:48 | More by MoreThanWine
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Herbal tea in a bomber, with some lagerish characteristic and bitterness. Best shared by several people, because I could finish but a glass and had it. Unoffensive and uninteresting. Yes, smooth mouthfeel, bitterness creeps out in the finish. A little soapiness. Maybe I should have drank ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 03:02:15 | More by Sammy
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - half finger head poured from a bomber into a wine glass - the consistency of cider - dark orange color with little head rention and no lacing

S - wheat orange honey coriander

T - sweet grainy malt - orange with some honey especially as it warmed, giving it an interesting although not spectacular complexity - spicy coriander - tea

M - light medium body with decent carbonation not overly bitter

O - like the other Rogue offering I have sampled a very interesting brew which I can not quite figure out - I like it!! Interesting is good!!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:14:50 | More by Stocean1
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single 1PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Woodman's in Rockford, IL in late 2010 for $5.89

Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow color with a nice head of foam but is quickly gone. The scent is full of wheats and citrus fruits. The sweet smell of the oranges make for a desirable want to taste. There's a nice orange and honey taste to this beer. It's rather thin in texture and makes for a quick drink. No bad by any means but could definetly use some improvement for a bolder taste and texture. Great craft choice for a hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:26:24 | More by Lemke10
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EkimGram

New York

2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 650mL bottle poured into standard pint. Colour is a pale golden-orange. Lots of visible carbonation, massive head dies away leaving a delicate lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, some orange. Smells musty, though. Not very good.

Taste: Better than the smell. Very light, yeasty, a little bit of clove. Just the gentlest amount of bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, not as much carbonation as visible.

Overall: The smell is extremely off-putting. If it wasn't for that I would say this is not a bad beer. Unfortunately, I would be lying if I said I did not take the first sip without having to muster up some courage.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:50:30 | More by EkimGram
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match1112

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pale slightly cloudy golden straw color. had a huge head that went away quickly and left very little lacing.

S: lots of sweet citrus, honey and wheat.

T: taste is just like the smell, nothing outstanding.

M: very light smooth with a good amount of carbonation. goes down smooth with no bite.

O: nothing special but a very good beer for a hot day in the yard. too bad it's no longer brewed i could get use to this.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 23:28:25 | More by match1112
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not overly impressed with this beer. It's a good summer brew for sure but it's almost too light. The taste is lightly citrusy with a soft wheat backbone that is prominant. It's a sweet beer and very light bodied. The color is a light hazy yellow. This beer isn't too bad but since it's retired I guess it'll be kind of hard to find now. I'm glad I tried it but I won't miss it too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:24:32 | More by Knapp85
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KajII

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a hazy light yellow with a HUGE white fizzy head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was strong with the scent of a horseblanket yeast, citrus hops and hay like malts with notes of orange, honey and some spice. It tasted sweetly-acidic with hints of honey and spice at first and then had a become a sweet-bitter flavor with a nice note of orange peel and honey at the finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a nice summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:50:39 | More by KajII
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stevef03

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance - 1 finger head, Very light, golden color.

Smell - light fruity smell

Taste - really light fruity taste, not much flavor

Mouthfeel - not a whole lot of carbonation kinda like a cheap light beer.

Drinkability - could drink a few big bottles of these no problem.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:53:12 | More by stevef03
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Chronofied

North Dakota

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured at about 50 degrees into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Intriguing murky golden color, about a full inch of head, decent retention, nice carbonation, sediment visible.

Smell - Instant smell of orange peel as the bottle was opened. Sweet maltiness and grain followed, and a little bit of ester, like banana. Orange followed again afterward. No real indication from the nose that the herbs are present.

Taste - Nice mild grain taste with a medium body. Esters are difficult to taste undeneath the honey and orange flavors, but the orange flavor is fortunately pleasant. A little bit of spiciness in the malt, but mostly sweet, with not much in the way of hops. The coriander and chamomile make a "cameo" at the back end of the finish, but that's about it. A little more presence would probably help the brew.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was good, though I think increased carbonation might do the brew more justice. Not particularly sticky, thickness would have improved enjoyment of it. Overall not unpleasant, but not impressive.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, if a bit sweet. Easy to session. A strong like of citrus, specifically orange, is necessary to enjoy more than a glass of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 08:09:46 | More by Chronofied
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mazingblue

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance - Almost 3 fingers head, lasted long time. Very light, yellow color (light gold).

Smell - Very faint fragrance, yeasty. Aroma has citrus fruit, hardly any hop smells (unless it is the citrus).

Taste - Light, low taste. Citrus/flower type taste. Not a whole lot going on to me.

Mouthfeel - Hardly any mouthfeel at all. Low carbonation. A small tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability - Due to its "flat" kind of nature, I could see myself drinking a few. However, it is not a beer that I would drink a lot of since there is hardly any taste at all. For a APA, it is weak.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:17:28 | More by mazingblue
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swirl poured from a bomber into a glass mug. Very cloudy dirty apricot with a one finger bubbly head which soon disappeared. No lacing.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Orange and a bit spicy. A nice balance of sweetish light fruit with a slight hop bite at the end.

Basically light in body with light carbonation. The sweetness bulks it up a bit. I could use a bit more carbonation.. It is pretty drinkable. A little sweet for a long session

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:30:26 | More by scott451
Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale from Rogue Ales
78 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.