New Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 222
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of Pencible
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Straw in color - way too light for a barleywine. The nose has a sweet note that is hard to place but certainly not unpleasant. The flavor is mildly sweet with not too much maltiness. The body is super light for either a barleywine or a DIPA - that DOES make it dangerously drinkable. (286 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,797 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought locally for ~$10.

A hazy orange brew with a one finger head of foam, doing well with the lacing as the head shrinks.

The nose is intrinsically bitter with grapefruit citrus until a few whiffs in when I get a strongish aroma of sweet malt.

Super bitter up front, almost too bitter but not quite, as a huge caramel maltiness sweeps in and tames the hop bitterness for the most part. The alcohol is very noticeable, bringing a hella lot of heat. This is also a very dry sucker, a very dry sucker.

Medium bodied for the most part though it does get a bit thin in the finish.

An interesting brew and a lot cheaper than the Old Crustacean, probably in part because the bottle isn't a swing top but, I like the old one more. (729 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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! (916 characters)

Photo of kflorence
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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! (1,589 characters)

Photo of lenayres
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ML blue painted bottle marked 11.6% ABV poured into snifter

A- Blonde, light golden color much lighter than I expected...very fluffy billowy off-white head much like a Belgian Strong Ale. Legs and some lace.

S- Smelled of sugar, some estery alcohol and hops

T- Also like the appearance I initially was getting Belgian Strong Ale notes as there seemed to be a fruity yeast flavor (hopefully not beard yeast! It did say right on the label it was Pacman), complimented with a sugary candy flavor that seemed to accentuate that yeast aspect of the brew. On top of this was a nice hop profile that was balanced nicely with the maltiness.

M- A bit on the thinner side but remember this is "barleywineish." It was different. The 11.6% was well hidden. I drank the whole thing over the course of three hours. It was quite drinkable.

O- I thought it would be more towards an American Barleywine, but they nailed it...I really couldn't say that this is a barley wine- it's not quite there. It's lacking backbone and substance. Yet, it seems too malty for a DIPA-and it doesn't have that crisp carbonated, hoppyness. Although it is hoppy...but the hops aren't that bitter. Like someone else said, drink this now... I am a fan of aging a good barley wine, but not this...this isn't really a complex and crazy beer that will benefit from it. It's a well balanced ale that is designed to be drank now. I'm glad I got to try it but glad I only bought one. It's a one and done for this guy. (1,483 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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. (1,645 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (244 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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). (1,548 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (895 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,750 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (694 characters)

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New Crustacean from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.