New Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | 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: 213 | Reviews: 43
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 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 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 jancona
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful sweet malt backbone to this hop monster - quite good!

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 snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. No bottle codes or dates that I can see.

Pours slightly hazy, good sized pale tan head, slow fine carbonation. Smell is mysteriously fruity. Smells kind of like old oranges. Some musty bread scent.

Taste is creamy, sweet and fruity. There is an aspect of creamsicleness to this, without being overpowering or off-putting. Strong pine and citrus bitterness in the aftertaste, which comes out more and more with each sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, sticky. Chewy. Overall, I like this quite a bit.

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 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 lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Newport, OR. Apparently, it's a "pale barleywine", brewed with entirely pale malts.

Indeed, it seems pale: a pale yellow colour, with mild hazing and a hugely solid body. Head is a powdery ring of white. Lace is intricate and complex. It looks like Hindu art. It's a great looking beer all up.

Nose is bright with sparkly hops. Hints of mint, pine, orange and juniper with a touch of jammy apricot giving it some sweetness. Whoo, this is a big beer. You can tell already.

Or can you? Actually, the palate is surprisingly light (or at least lighter than I expected). Some slight grain on the entry with a hint of raisins, before some pithy orange sharpness comes through like a dollop of rindy marmalade. There's a big biting bitterness on the finish, but it's smoothed and lightened somehow. Somehow. I just can't figure it out. Not from the feel, which is gloriously smooth and thick: it might just be the fragrance of it gives the impression of the big hop bitterness without actually leaving a huge whack of hop oil on the finish.

Fascinating stuff, and surprisingly good, given this could have just been astringent, fusel-full and harsh. Instead, we get a remarkably balanced beer for it's high ABV and aggressive profile.

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 BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Where traditional Barleywine is quickly falling from favor, the attempt to "American-ize" them leads to a drier malt structure and a heightened sense of hoppiness. But where does American Barleywine and and Imperial IPA begin? That's the line that brewers flirt with, however it's one that Rogue has chosen to exploit!

Unlike Barleywine, the strong ale pours surprisingly light. Golden or light amber, the ale looks much more like pale ale. Modest in its haze, the beer sheds a creamy off-white blanket of foam that locks onto the beer and refuses distension. Lightly broken lace clings to the glass as the beer sinks.

Its boisterous bouquet opens up with all things hoppy. Floral scents weave in and out of highly citrusy grapefruit, orange, pineapple and apricot. Its accompanying notes of fresh-cut grass, pine and mild chive round out the beer's hoppiness while caramel and honey character support the hops and bring the nose into balance.

Its malty-sweet upstart is decadent with caramel, honey and biscuit- taking graham cracker form. But the middle palate of hops balance the sweetness with its citrus acidity and herbal spiciness. Pink grapefruit, ripe oranges and those tropical fruit flavors carry the ale into finish where the citrus turns resinous- like pine, grass and light chive.

Its malty-dry body is creamy and lingers with sweetness. Even as the spicy and mildly solventy alcohol spices keep the session warm; and as the resiny-dry finish crispens the mouthfeel considerably- the beer's malt is intent to balance the taste- down to the bitter end.

Rogue has straddled the fence of Imperial IPA and Barleywine to perfection. Where I think that the intent was a big IPA, its malt insistence refuses to take the backseat that the style demands. Its this balance that makes it Barleywine- well, kinda, sorta.

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 TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 7/2/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body. just a few slow tiny bubbles but they pump out a well sustained three fingers of foam that leaves a few thick rings followed by continuous thick coverage, lighter in color then expected but sexy looking stuff

S lemon, mango, tangerine, and pineapple, some grass, tropical citrus I can't place, sweet hard toffee, and just a hint of booze and something I can't quite place mint perhaps?

T not to far off the nose, more booze and just a little pine and cereal

M silky and a little syrupy, some heat, and almost slimy on the palate, just a little sticky on the lips, cereal and tropical fruit on the finish

O not what I expected but I liked what I got, big brew but not over the top, the booze hits my head and chest more then my throat

light on the malt for something so big, I can see how this one would get stuck in between styles, I'd peg it as an Imperial Pil, don't think I'd age this one

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew, from a large 750 ml bottle, this brew is an orangish color with a slim head....lots of haze. The aroma is fruity, with grapefruit and peach notable....some underlying pale malt and some alcohol. The taste is notably sweet...malty, with a very pronounced bitterness. Long and continuing hoppy finish. Very full in body.

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 Rutager
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Apellonious
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Braz
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Total Wine. Pretty orangey gold appearance with a beautiful creamy looking snow white head. Almost clear but a slight haze. Very pleasant balanced aroma. Heavy taste. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. There a malty bittersweet in the middle that is hard to pin down. Hops are present but not overly so. I think the hops make this closer to a double IPA as opposed to a barleywine. This is an interesting marriage though and enjoyable. Very heavy body and tastes so it's a good sipper.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

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

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 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.

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New Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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