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New Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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87
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

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.

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2.76/5  rDev -29%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of SpleefCity
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%

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 RuinDees
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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 Ego
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
ultra muddy orange, a quiet head that only rises about 1 finger, really effervescent with lots of carbonation curling around in twisted columns towards the beer event horizon, leaves legs along the glass as a telling testament to the ABV lurking underneath, interesting looking
for sure

nose...
orangy and slightly spicy, lemon zest and a slight musty note, mild tropical fruit, curious

taste etc...
pretty thick mouthfeel, the carbonation kind of swells in your mouth, there is some sharp bitterness all over the place tempered (a bit) by the tropical fruit notes, but this does have a pretty damn bitter kick! this is a strange bird, the bitterness at times almost reminds me of the acerbic (but tasty) Stone stuff (like ruination) but the tropical fruit ending is a weird twist, the ABV really does let you know who is boss after just a bit (hint: the boss ain't you)

verdicT?
flummoxed... I like certain things about this beer, I don't like other aspects, it is pretty aggressive in the bittering department which I like but the sweeter flavors did not marry properly for me.

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 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 assman79
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, honey, citrus zest, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors, but the mouthfeel is off in my opinion.

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New Crustacean from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.