Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye - Rogue Ales
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4.13/5 rDev +18.7%
Picked up a bomber for about six or seven bucks. Not sure if Rogue dates their products but I can’t find a bottling or enjoy by date anywhere. Poured into a hefe glass. This is a new style for me but that type of glass seemed right.
Appearance: Really nice dark brown hue and translucent, similar to root beer. Poured a good three-finger off-white head, which has since dissipated a bit leaving a fair amount of lacing. (3.75)
Aroma: Bready, somewhat spicy, malt with hints of grassy hops. Also some yeasty undertones akin to Belgian style ales. On the label they mention weizen yeast, which could definitely account for my previous observation. (3.75)
Taste: Starts with a good balance of crisp hop bitterness and sweet caramel malt. The bitterness intensifies throughout while the malt bill shows its range. The flavors range from caramel sweetness to light smoke to toasty goodness. An interesting mix that feels like an amped up Dunkel. The finish is sweet and toasty malt with a moderate hop bite. Aftertaste of ebbing bitterness and a touch of smoke with caramel undertones. Not really getting any of the weizen yeast in the flavor but it isn’t missed. Really good flavor for 5.5% ABV and makes the most of its 25 IBUs. (4.25)
Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body, an impressive feat, with smooth carbonation and a generally silky texture. Good drinkability and likely sessionable but possibly cloying due to the sweetness of the malt. (4.25)
Final thoughts: Although this may be my first roggenbier, and not even a German-made one at that, it was highly enjoyable and brought together the flavors of a few different styles. My one caveat would be that the rye, while in the name of the beer, was not entirely present in the flavor. However, it did not stop me from fully enjoying the experience. Nicely done. Would I drink it again? Yes. (4.25)
08-17-2014 19:42:24 | More by JamesMN
4.1/5 rDev +17.8%
Pours a deep, dark red colour. HEad is off-white, slight brown. Nice lace but thin otherwise. Decent.
Smells pleasant. Malty, with toffee, plus a meaty, smoky note. Some spice and a touch of booze. Sweet-tinged meat, yeah it's nice.
Smoky on the palate, dry and peppery as well, almost to the point of dustiness towards the back. Some slight pie spice sweetness midway and caramelised edges. Pleasant, warming and yet subtle smoky, spicy palate.
Bit of texture, but mostly velvety and almost creamy. Cracking body.
Very sophisticated drop. Smoky, curious, but ultimately finely balanced and nuanced.
08-06-2014 02:07:13 | More by laituegonflable
3.84/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass. I tried a moderately aggressive pour and miscalculated, producing a billowing, overflowing light brown froth. The beer itself is rather a dark ruby brown, and quite effervescent. The head proves moderately sticky.
I get a good whiff of smoky malts and herbal hops as I urgently suck up the overfill. A distinct smokiness is also apparent on the palate, along with a good bit of spice and a dark cherry sourness. The flavors all smooth out, leaving some lingering herbal hops and a touch of licorice. The smoke re-asserts itself now and then, but does not overpower. Surprisingly smooth finish with pleasant burpiness.
This is a well-balanced brew (despite my misapprehensions about Rogue's smoked malts) and perhaps a good an introduction to this style, which I had not tried before.
07-31-2014 04:01:16 | More by archyquaffer
3.46/5 rDev -0.6%
22 oz bottle, no date
pours a cloudy hazy medium brown color with off-white colored head. thin layer of head hangs on until the bottom of the glass. some lacing. aroma is earthy, herbal, but subtle. taste is well balanced, starts a bit sweet, finishes drier, long finish. rye is definitely highlighted. medium body and carbonation.
07-26-2014 04:28:33 | More by jmdrpi
3.86/5 rDev +10.9%
A- Dark brown pour. Almost a brown ale look.
S- Malt, roasted grains
T- Mellow and smooth. All the flavor seems to be on the front end for my. Falls off on the back. Tastes of roasted grains
M- Smooth and on the mid to fuller side.
O- This is very good and smooth, but I wish there were a little more flavor.
05-25-2014 03:02:52 | More by PBRmeasap1980
3.6/5 rDev +3.4%
From a fresh growler this beer is a mostly clear reddish-orange-brown, translucent due not to haze but color. The tan head reaches one finger and is sparsely bubbled at first but settles to display a good density. Webby spotting is sticky on the glass.
Not being completely new to the style but not particularly familiar either, this one takes some work to sort out. It has a bit of earthy smoke in the grainy malts that isn't woody, per se, even more interesting since a distinct woody notes comes out separately. Malts are thickly bready, and there are some dark fruits, though it's also peppery. It gets pretty herbal underneath.
The flavor doesn't deviate much, though it changes the order of things a bit. Both pepper and dark, grainy breads come out up front, dark fruits as well as a hint of banana not far behind. A touch of steely mineral runs underneath. I get some leaf attesting to a hops and a bit of tartness in the finish. The light smokiness remains a constant below it all.
It's a bit too heavily carbonated in a medium body. It gets crisp but can't fully achieve a firm bite before the carbonation gives way to a smoother undertone. It thins out some in the end after it gets a little tinny.
03-21-2014 20:42:33 | More by Brenden
Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye from Rogue Ales
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