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New Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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 BigMcLargeHuge:
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

3.29/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

05-23-2014 03:49:14 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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oberon

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

04-28-2014 22:01:35 | More by oberon
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Had this on tap at ROGUE Ales Publick House in San Francisco - labeled as "Chatoe New Crusty". I was told by the beertender that it was a triple IPA and 13.5% ABV but I doubt it. Best I can tell it is a barleywine and ABV of 10.8%.

Sparkling medium gold pour, white head, nice lacing. Aroma of dates and alcohol. Crisp flavor, some canned fruit salad, some caramel, a bit of licorice and a boozy finish. Alcohol hidden well. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. I’m not what it was but I liked it.

10-16-2012 03:39:48 | More by ExtraStout
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-18-2014 04:01:25 | More by tbryan5
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AScrambledEgg

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-07-2014 19:42:35 | More by AScrambledEgg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

750ml blue-painted bottle. I do like the confusion implied in the name, for some reason. Truth in advertising, perhaps? Methinks I may be inclined to ramble on a bit too long about it. Thanks be to doktorzee for enabling this.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of billowy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy chain link fence lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crisp, biscuity pale and caramel malts, dry boozy esters, mild citrus rind, tart tropical fruit, and herbal, piney hop notes. The taste is more semi-sweet caramel, crystallized toffee, crackery white bread, somewhat acerbic pine extract, bitter tangerine and kiwi fruit, more indistinct citrus peel, a mild mint julep-like spiciness, and rather sedate warming alcohol.

The carbonation is pleasantly tight and progressive, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, a slight airy creaminess popping in and out of perception. It finishes off-dry, the crackery, faintly caramelized malt still running the show, albeit almost remotely, it seems, while the mix of pine forest floor, worldly citrus, and masked spice bitterness provides a decent insurgency.

Certainly more of a hoppy-leaning DIPA, than anything outright barleywine-ish, even by Yankee standards. Maybe the well-integrated, large ABV could push opinion in the other direction, but the lack of any old, musty esters precludes me even further from championing the latter. Overall, a pleasant, definitely warming, and surprisingly balanced (both the malt and hops weirdly restrained, but for the better) DIPA, but, given its provenance, I won't shit on anyone who wants to keep this New Crustacean in the same boat as the Old.

02-22-2014 04:15:18 | More by biboergosum
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Tuckersmth

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-14-2013 00:10:36 | More by Tuckersmth
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TheSixthRing

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin but consistent film across the surface. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Orange and caramel hit the nose first. Hints of banana and pineapple. Mild alcohol heat.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deep caramel base, complimented by notes of orange, pineapple and banana. Light notes of dark fruit. Orange pith bitterness and a mild caramel sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, full-bodied and chewy/syrupy like your typical BW. Smooth. Inviting for another sip.

Overall - Hmm, I'm wondering if this was, in the least, a partial inspiration for the Class of '88 Barleywine Collab, or vice-versa. Though the ingredients differ, the flavor and body hold a lot of similarities. Really does ride the edge between a IIIPA and BW. Maybe even a touch of strong dunkelweizen-like character. Nice balance. Mellow, with a citrus bite. Really drinkable.

07-09-2013 05:48:52 | More by TheSixthRing
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-30-2014 01:23:43 | More by Griffith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-23-2014 00:58:34 | More by Sammy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-18-2014 18:34:35 | More by tdm168
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Snow81

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-12-2014 19:18:51 | More by Snow81
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jkroese

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-18-2014 23:44:45 | More by jkroese
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-31-2014 17:26:43 | More by qcbrewer
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.41/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

06-17-2014 01:05:56 | More by Fatehunter
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tabascosigned

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-22-2014 02:18:05 | More by tabascosigned
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eliz108

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-17-2013 16:00:08 | More by eliz108
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-26-2014 18:02:25 | More by Lanstrum
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

03-01-2014 23:23:08 | More by GRG1313
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

Big thank you to mom and dad for bringing back this bottle and many more from the Rogue brewery in Newport.

Appearance. Pours a bright and hazy orange with two fingers of thick, cream coloured head .

Smell. Candied orange rinds, lemon and grapefruit, along with sweet caramel and grainy light malts. This is going to be one hoppy bwine.

Taste. Big orange, grapefruit and lemon rinds, some candied pineapple, caramel and sweet grainy light malts. Big and quite tasty. Alcohol very well hidden but for the heat in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel. Full body, but maybe not quite as big as I was expecting from the sweet and full smell. Smooth low carbonation, just a bit sticky on the lips. Slight warming in the back of the throat hints at the big abv.

Overall. Surprised by this one, it's a tasty brew that's flown under my radar. Would be happy to drink this again.

10-16-2013 00:13:42 | More by Rutager
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-01-2014 04:13:17 | More by fivetime
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-06-2014 16:34:38 | More by EgadBananas
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-05-2014 02:31:20 | More by jaydoc
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Mineo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-24-2014 00:52:51 | More by Mineo
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.86/5  rDev 0%

750 picked up a few days ago at the COOP for about $11 and change.... Poured tonight into my HotD goblet.... a beautiful bright glowing hazy golden brew.... nice long lasting off-white head.... great retention and good lacing.

Nose is surprisingly balance... piney and fruity hops help move a pretty hefty maltiness up and out of the glass... with warmth, something that I associate with apricot blooms a bit.

This is waaay more bitter than the aroma... lighter maltiness (than the nose) barely balances the resinous hops and then smack the bitterness grabs mid-palate and doesn't give up through a very long finish.

Medium/full body with a good carbonation that helps cut through the residual sugars... sorta slick and definitely a bit boozy.

This is a hoppy bitter monster that will not benefit from cellar time IMO.... enjoy it now while it is bright and brash.

4/4.25/3.75/3.75/3.75

02-14-2014 05:34:26 | More by JohnGalt1
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New Crustacean from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.