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New Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-23-2012

Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer - just drink it and enjoy.

88 IBU
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Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 41
Photo of imfinished
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Goes off in many different directions taste wise, but it's quite a compelling mix.

Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber slightly darker than gold. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of tropical hops (mango) with hints of citrus (orange) coupled with a slight spiciness. As it warms, biscuit and apricot are also noted.

Medium body with a smooth texture. Below normal carbonation with very little effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but not balanced. It begins with a richly sweet blend of fruit - primarily apricot with notes of orange, mango and caramel. Caramel comes to the forefront as the hops fade approaching the middle. In the middle, alcohol attacks with an astringent vengeance and detracts from what would have been an outstanding flavor profile. The finish is a slow fade of residual sweetness and astringent alcohol. A moderate alcohol burn is present on the back of the throat, a bit of tongue numbness and pucker.

Photo of Beerswag
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of bommber, into tulip glass : aged 5 months. Pours a hazy, no particles floating around, burnt orange to ruby red tones. Smell is apricot and dried fruit ie. Some apple, mango, smell has some depth. The taste is dried apricot, a little pineapple, some earthy bitter-hops. The hops bring a lemony and grassy aspect. Complex, and balanced. Medium-body not overly carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. Pair with rich crustacean shell-fish dishes such as Lobster in browned butter, scalloped withbrownded-butter, steak or lamb-chop "Oscar", or simply fresh crab fondue.

Photo of J-Dub_Maine
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, very drinkable despite the alcohol content .. beware though .. catches ya quick!

Photo of JAFoley
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy pale amber body with nice white foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Big sour apple and earthy, grassy, hops

T - Nice citrus and lemon grass hop bite followed by caramel, cherry sweetness. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/full boddy with moderate carbonation. Tacky and somewhat syrupy.

O - This was great. I'm typically not a big Rogue fan. I find their more typical beers to be weak and their absurd beers absurd. But this I really liked. A nice tasting barley wine with a more cali-hop bite for balance.

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruity piney hops with some caramel malt and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with lots of resiny piney hops and some harsh fusel alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, nice fruit and hops but the harsh alcohol is a bit overbearing.

Photo of vfgccp
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Lighter than I thought it would be, but still a nice looking beer. Apricot gold body with a finger of off-white head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Mild nose. Light booze, water, touch of caramel, lemon lime soda, soft woody hops.

T - Honey, bread crust, bitter wood, and wax. Astringent lemony finish.

M - Super smooth medium body.

O - I like the concept, but the astringency on the backend is a little overpowering.

Photo of Pencible
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemons and sweet oranges, with some tart grape juice.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and resin hops, with some sugary malt and alcohol. It had a clean bitter aftertaste with a lot of alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was barely a drinkable beer, with very one dimensional scent and taste. The body was good, but the finish was terribly rough like a shot of vodka. Age might help mellow the burn, but I don't know if the malt bill is strong enough to hold up over time. Not a high quality brew.

Photo of leaddog
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6% ABV

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus hops, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), grapefruit, bready caramel malts, dark fruits (plum, raisin), heat from the alcohol.

Taste - hit right away with the citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, pine resin, bready caramel malts and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant blend of the sweetness from the bready caramel malts and bitterness from the citrus hops and pine resin.

Overall - Rogue delivers an enjoyable cohesive blend of ingredients of an Imperial IPA with an American Barleywine. The aroma needs a minor tweak to bring out more of the hops. However, this one definitely speaks to Rogue's brewing creativity by pushing the envelope. An enjoyable brew nonetheless.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL capped bottle. no date.

pours a hazy cloudy orange color , thin white head. hoppy aroma - fairly earthy and floral. taste is bitter, dry, biting hop flavor. a little boozy. body is a bit syrupy and sticky. moderate carbonation.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blonde barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a clear deep orange-amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest a sweet smell with tons of caramel and toffee as well as some big fruity aromas of tangerine, orange, and apricot, Along with these are some lighter hoppy aromas of a grapefruit and grassy smell as well as a bit of a boozy aroma of a rum like nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a very bready and doughty taste with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness. Along with these flavors are a little bit of a citrus sweetness as well as a moderate showing of a grapefruit hop flavor. As the taste advances the grapefruit grows stronger in nature and is joined by some grassy and herbal hop taste. The herbal hops and grassy flavors actually out pace the grapefruit more toward the end all while a bit of a boozy flavor joins the profile. The sweet flavors all the while remain relatively constant, and in the mix of tastes that is left, ends up leaving a somewhat warmingly sweet and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweeter and more malty flavors of the brew mixed with the moderate hop and yeast the feel is rather nice and creates a nice slower sipper.

Overall – An alright Barleywine overall. It has a decent hop blend but also maintains a good level of sweet, malt, and booze. Not a bad try, but nothing all that exceptional as Barleywines go.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass over the course of an evening. Interesting description on the bottle, a brew unsure if its an IPA or a barleywine, and indeed, this offering does integrate key features of each style in a surprisingly effective fashion. Beer styles are clearly continuous rather than categorical variables ;). A light cloudy yellow-orange with ample rich and creamy off-white head. An initial sniff reveals spicy pine resin and fresh citrus rind, the expected IPA level of hop aroma and a sweet buttery malt undercurrent, with hints of peanut brittle and ripe tropical fruit. This one conveys a remarkable and perhaps unexpected degree of complexity on the palate. Pancakes and syrup, graham cracker, cotton candy, and rum-soaked raisins mingle with black tea, grapefruit and orange rinds, lychee, white grape juice, peach, and a massive cantaloupe melon flavor ... A veritable codex of hop flavors in lockstep with very sweet malts. Although these two dimensions are not integrated and do vie for one's attention, they do not exactly clash either. There is a fair amount of alcohol bite although I wouldn't say this brew tastes too hot. An American barleywine is going to feature some booze on the palate. Smooth body, on the thick side of moderate, mid-range carbonation and big resinous hops in the finish. Excellent hop flavor if a tad too sweet.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

New Crustacean pours a hazy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a nice bold oaky and floral aroma. The taste has a harsh strong floral flavor, with big oak flavors. Good body and good feel, very strong flavors. Overall it taste a blend of barleywine and an old IPA, a bit harsh but is a nice sipping beer never the less.

Photo of kflorence
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle grabbed my attention, love it!

A: Pours a clear, golden copper in color with an inch of thick, creamy foam atop. Tons of lacing on the glass edges as you drink. Carbonation looks strong, although the bubbles are small so it shouldn't be too aggressive. A beautiful beer, to be sure.

S: Sweet and spicy on the nose with floral and tropical fruit hops and bready, toasted malts. A bit of bubble gum and a touch of alcohol astringency. Comes off pretty much as described on the bottle, with a mixture of barley wine and IPA notes.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Sweet and spicy up front with toasty, bready malts to balance things out a little bit. Finishes dry with toasted bread at first but quickly giving way to a bitter, citrus rind and stomach bile aftertaste. At 11.6% ABV the alcohol is masked fairly well, although it is definitely more distinguishable as it warms. That said, a bit astringent for my tastes.

M: Medium bodied, this one goes down smooth with a bit of chewiness and a lot of bite. A bit of a palate wrecker, it does coat the tongue a bit and the aftertaste lasts and lasts. Fairly drinkable considering the ABV.

O: Another quality and unique brew from Rogue. In terms of appearance and mouthfeel this one is definitely a winner, but on the tongue it is far too astringent for my tastes as I find myself struggling just to finish the bottle. Somehow, I can picture this being an excellent pirate swig, but unless I'm out hoisting the jolly roger, I'll pass next time. If you're a fan of double IPA's and barley wine, I'm sure this will please. Cheers!

Photo of seand
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a small amount of white head. Clumps of foam retain, leaving mild lacing.

S: Grassy, grapefruit-y hops, with a fair amount of malt background.

T: Sweet, hoppy, and grassy. It's a pretty strange blend, as the name suggests, with both barleywine and imperial IPA notes. Pretty good overall, though.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, definitely unique. I'm not sure I love it, but I do quite like it. I'd recommend trying it.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is musty barn hay...
The taste has an assertive orange and grapefruit flavor, to include the bitterness, at first. There are some very sweet malt notes that snake their way in and out. And the booze is there too.
The texture is thick with low carbonation.
It's a big beer with big flavors. Interesting for sure.

Photo of zeledonia
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4 June 2014 at a Rogue bar in the Portland airport.

In a big heavy 12 oz. Rogue goblet. Pours an opaquely murky pale orange-yellow wheat. Brought with a thin layer of whitish head, excellent retention and outstanding lacing. The color and cloudiness are unique.

Smell is somewhat absent. Malty, hoppy, but just not much there. Perhaps due to the serving temp, but even warmed up it was faint.

Taste is quite interesting. Hopped-up, but malted-up to balance it. Waves of bitter and not-quite-sweet grains. Golden, rich, robust. This is my kind of barleywineish beer - potent on both sides, letting each shine.

Feel is good. Pretty darn heavy, sitting thick in the mouth. Carbonation is medium-low, but it's enough to stir things up. Strong in the middle, and lasting, allowing those rich malts and biting hops to come through.

Fals at an interesting point on the spectrum. I find it to be more like a balanced barleywine than a malty DIPA, but either way I like like it.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, grassy hops, mixed light fruit. Doesn't really smell like either an IIPA nor a barleywine, but has some elements of both. Interesting flavor, starts with rich caramel malt, tropical, stone and apple family light fruit and grassy hops then tapers off into a very bitter hop finish that was almost resiny in intensity, but without the evergreen flavor components that usually support resiny hops. Long, lingering bitter finish with light residual caramel and mild grassy hop flavors. Medium to heavy bodied with an appropriate barleywine mouth feel. A bit of a roller coaster of flavor; my initial response was mmmm, better than expected with nice rich concentrated fruit and malt flavors, but soon a wtf when the much more stark bittering compounds kicked in. Fortunately as my tongue got hop fatigue, there was a better balance of the quite nice initial flavors and the intense finish and I enjoyed this more. I really liked the initial flavors and do not enjoy the finish. I'm torn about cellaring one of these. Old Crusty was a trusted cellarable barleywine, and if the initial flavors in this intensify and improve and the finish balances out, this could be great too. I'm on the fence on this one. Interesting with some great flavors, but perhaps too stark and tongue shredding in the finish. (You know I'm going to cellar one, I just can't help myself…more at 11:00… or 2016).

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big blue bottle pours with a gold to copper body that has some haze to it and supports an off white head. The modest aroma offers up floral hops, soap, malt sweetened lime peel, a slight tropical fruit hoppiness and then a good dose of booze on the back end of the draw. The taste begins bitter with bitter tangerine and lime citrus hops that pulse with resiny bitterness and some malt sweetness. To midway it picks up floral hops and a soapy sensation that doesn’t come across that great. Overall the hops aren’t really working for me and it is boozy and rougher than a barleywine needs to be. At this point I’ll take the yummy original over this anytime. I'm not sure age will do this any good either. Wow, I haven't had an underwhelming barleywine like this in a long while.

Photo of lenayres
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good brew, but nothing special. Very pleasant appearance and aroma. Detect citrus in the smell. While I liked the initial taste, I was not really impressed with the lingering strong after taste. Mild carbonation makes it easy to sip. I bought at Total Wines & More, but wouldn't buy again.

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer just looks like it's up right my alley,pours into an imperial nonic a hazed apricot color with frothy half finger white head atop that lasts for quite awhile.Big juicy fruity esters in the nose,they really jump out at ya,after it sits some sweet alcohol is detected.Big alcohol and caramel/toffee sweetness along with fruity hops,not much hoppy bitterness but it does come into play a little in the finish.This is the type of beer that really makes me happy Iam into craft beer,yeah Rogue has made some clunkers recently and the name changing stuff is annoying but this beer renews my faith in this old school craft brewer.Great stuff...in my opinion.

Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into s 16 oz snifter. Pours a light orange, with a two inch head, that leaves behind some lace.

Smell is champagne, apricot, grapefruit, hard candy, caramel, and plum.

Taste is really potent, not champagne, but loads of grapefruit, hard apple candy, apricot, and some booze. These flavors don't leave after each sip, they linger on the tongue begging for more.

Body is maybe medium, plenty of life for a brew of this size, a bit dry, and drinkable for fans of big aggressive beers.

Overall this isn't for everyone, but damn I really like it.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright orange coloring, opaque, with a frothy, dense, finger-thick, off white head that settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of tropical fruits all over the place, heavy on the pineapple, peach, and apricot, with a hint of booze, roasted notes, and some subtle hops bitterness in the background. Flavors are very malty sweet forward, with an underlying blast of booze. Again, heavy on the tropical fruit, with pineapple, peach, and mango commanding the taste buds. Bready backbone provides substance, and there are citrus highlights throughout, with subtle grassy and bitter notes towards the end of the palate. Heavy, robust bodied, filling your senses with every sip. The aftertaste has a bit heavier roast characteristic, with a more subdued sweetness and building warmth from the alcohol. Smooth, lingering sweet finish. This is a heavy beast of a beer!

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Crustacean looks brand spankin' new: it has a strong, charged golden radiance and glitters as though it were intentionally designed to stand out. Make no mistake, however, the ale is nowhere near transparent; its haziness is so heavy as to make it look thick as a brick.

Though designed as a Double IPA/Barleywine cross-breed, it has the earthy hops, toasty breadiness, and alcohol esters to pass for a Bock. Or at least it would if not for the pine and grapefruit flavours. Still, those aren't prominent enough to satisfy my nose, and for all their aromatics the sap and zest are out-muscled by alcohol.

New Crusty does kind of taste like it's being funneled through a gas tank; the alcohol is overpowering. There's no two ways about it: 10.8% is a lot of booze, especially when there's not enough grain to hide it all. Nevermind blurring the lines between Barleywine and Imperial IPA - this thing blurs your vision (if you don't lose it entirely). Harsh stuff.

The palate is fortunate for the caramelly sweetness of the malts and for the generous amount of grapefruit zest because otherwise there's few redeeming qualities to this beer. The combination of herbals, citrus, tree needles and unabashed alcohol give it the profile of a craft gin - and don't make it any easier to drink straight. The bitter, dry aftertaste acts as a punishment.

Intended to show that beer need not fit neatly into categories to be enjoyed, the only thing this offering proved is that old is better than new; whereas Old Crustacean is rich and mellow, New Crustacean is hollow and hectic. It tastes and drinks more like something made at Rogue's distillery than their brewpub. Rogue usually does a better job at 'big' beer - don't bother with this one.

On-tap at Rogue Public House in Portland, Oregon.

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New Crustacean from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.