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New Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-23-2012)
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Reviews by Apellonious:
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North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber from Lil Roberts, poured into a oversized wine glass. 11.6 ABV. Blue bottle, no sighting of a born on or best by date.

A - Murky, cloudy pale orange, ruby highlights. Active sediment. Thin lace on the pour, very thin head formation.

S- Orange citrus, mango, dark fruit

T - More of the same, followed by a wallop of malted grain mid swig. Scary absence of alcohol. The hops are present, but the bitterness is not as dominant as you would expect at 88 IBUs.

M - On the side of low carbonation. But very heavy, and somewhat sticky.

O - The description of it being a "barleywineish imperial IPA sorta" seems accurate. A good sipper. Certainly has a warming effect.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:07:10 | More by Apellonious
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

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06-29-2014 22:15:30 | More by kflorence
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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.

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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.
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The texture is thick with low carbonation.
It's a big beer with big flavors. Interesting for sure.

Serving type: bottle

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New Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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