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Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 27.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-17-2012

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.32/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

11 ounce goblet - $6.50 at Taco Mac (Prado) in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a muddled, opaque brown body with a fourth of an inch of fine, dusty white suds.

Smell: This isn't exactly what I had anticipated. Burning rubber, molten plastic notes. All in all, it's highly displeasing and begs the question: "they really let this monstrosity leave the brewery?"

Taste: Roasted cigarette butts, a heavily phenolic smoke character giving a flavor of burnt rubber doorstops, lacquered bandaids, and a growing hint of six bucks and fifty cents absolutely wasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Appallingly bad.

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Photo of boisebeerfan
1.86/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this beer in a bottle, and the labeling is strangely missing its ABV rating. The bottle itself has a clever painted-on / water-graphic label though, not a paper one.

The initial smell was heavy smoke with a belgian ester finish, not what I was expecting. The label does indicate weizen yeast, though.

The hops are listed at 25 on the bottle, but the hops are very present in the beer. For the heavy smoked malt and belgian notes being present, the sheer volume of hops put it up around 60-75 IBU's in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was medium-body, and there was more than sufficient carbonation.

I don't really know what they were thinking with this beer. It reminds me a lot of the infamous voodoo donut beer. If you loved that beer, and you love belgians and IPAs and you wanted everything to come together in one bottle, you might love this beer. I didn't... and thus I don't.

This was the last beer I drank last night, and after brushing my teeth and waking up the next day, I can still taste it. Much like cigars, the smoked malt will linger for over 12 hours in your mouth, even through brushing.

TLDR: A heavily smoked belgian IPA with a tart red-apple bitterness that you will taste the next morning.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a fizzy, tan head that leaves a decent sheet of lacing.

Smells of some smoke and a little rye.

Tastes of some slight smoke with the rye coming in after. First wave to hit is the smoke which is on the light side. A bit of rye spiciness comes through and then it just fades into a bland middle that has a little bitterness to it. There is a touch of a belgian yeast character with banana and clove that comes through as well, but doesn't really help anything.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am perplexed. This just feels like a complete miss to me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.62/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Well, that's one way to get pronunciation right... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset topaz topped by over a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises rye bread, light black pepper, and a vague sense of some sort of orange character. The taste keeps some of the spiciness and breadiness and adds a decent helping of soap. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy-ish feel. Overall, this beer just didn't sit right with me. There's no real sense of weizen-yeast character, the rye doesn't meld well with anything else, and the flavors just fall flat.

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Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I see bomber. Bomber say rye. I buy bomber. Split bomber with rye. I mean wife. Rye!

The pour is dark brown with a beer-concealing white head. The nose is big peppery rye backed with a shot of root beer & fall nuts. Odd. Appealing? Let’s see.

Roguenbier Rye - over 2,000 reviews & this is my first roggenbier, how is that even possible? You’d think I’d have fallen into a roggenbier puddle by sheer accident at this point. Nope. As noted in the nose, rye is all over this brew: moderate spiciness & a lot of earth. Tinge of smokiness, mint, & subtle herbs that don’t quite gel together. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, to the detriment of the brew. Half a bomber is plenty.

Odd beer. I’m not sure if this is representative of the style, but it doesn’t hang together for me. Just OK.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a small white head.
Nose shows bready, grainy malt and some soft caramel. Not much going on.
Some sweet malt and a grainy character as flavours with little else to make things interesting.
Could use a lighter body.
Pretty boring.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Towering cap of khaki head. Medium bubble. Excellent retention and lace. Great color on a light mahogany body.

S - Oh no... something smells wrong. Funky, salty, week old bacon.

T - A touch of the nose comes through in the flavor profile, but it's not bad at all. Soft rye, toasted marshmallow, lightly salty cola finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body.

O - My first Roggenbier. Well balanced with a nice flavor profile. Just wish the nose wasn't so unpleasant.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep reddish-brown with ruby edges. Small cream colored head which doesn't stick around. Decent lacing. No noticeable haze but the color is dark enough that I can't see through it all the way.

Some piney hop aromas. Slightly earthiness and some spiciness.

Spicy flavor to start. Pepper, pine and smoke. Crisp malt. Caramel and leather.

Crisp mouth feel, somewhat thin bodied. Noticeable carbonation.

Overall, some interesting flavors but it didn't seem to blend very well. Each was a distinct piece rather than melding together into a whole.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown hazy root beer hue with about four fingers of tan head. Aroma does evoke weizen yeast spice and dark sweet malts with a whiff of smoke and fruit. The beer starts with some caramel and biscuit malts and a vanilla bourbon-like rounded sweetness that is really quite nice. The smoke is subdued in my view; do not be deterred by this. The weizen yeast flavors are also subtle, at least to my palate. I don't get much banana but there is some plum on the finish. Peppery spice makes an appearance but once more is mellow. The malts add coffee flavors and the rye adds a grainy spicy bite but overall the beer is smooth and balanced. Think brown porter with weizen yeast rather than a dunkelweizen.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tap to pitcher to pint glass.

Clear iced-coffee colored ale with no cloudiness fills the glass and an off-white creamy head forms slowly and dissipates rather quickly. Speckled foam lacing stays behind on the glassware. Roguenbier smells like a brown. Only a bit of nutty sweetness accompanies the scent of rye.

There is no redness in the color, but the flavors suggest more complexity than straightforward black bitter malts. This may be a result of large amount of dark rye in the mash. Tastes of blackened rye toast with just enough herbal hops to add flavor without undue bitterness. The American hops distinguish this from what I might expect in a German Roggenbier, but this is much different than the typical American Rye Ale, which tends to be some form of hoppy pale.

The color is darker and not completely suggestive of the taste. There is not a ton going on in this beer, but the mellow tastes are good enough to accompany my pizza tonight. Easy drinking, fairly light-bodied, and smooth, this is a fine beer but makes me crave a Roggenbier that does not stray so far from the style.

NOTE: There is a duplicate of this one, called "Roguenbier Rye" and categorized simply as a Rye Ale. These should be combined. They have stopped calling this one Rogue Farms, now they use the title "Rogue Chatoe" for the series.

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Photo of sommersb
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-12-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Dimpled Mug
Purchased: Received in a trade

One of the last styles I haven't tried...happy to give this a go!

Pours with a large tan head on the clear, dark brown beer. Very nice levels of lace and head retention.

Aromas are very unique - spicy with a distinct root/vegetable quality to it. Other smells have an earthy hop character. I've had other beers with rye in it, but this one seems very strong in that regard.

The taste is crisp and bitter up front. Not bitter in a hops sense, but from a strong rye grain presence I gather. The sour and vegetable qualities of the rye seem to overpower the other malts.

The mouthfeel is clean and highly carbonated. The beer finishes with sourness and an astringency, I'm assuming from the rye grains.

Overall it's hard to say of this is a good example of a roggenbier as it's a rare style and the only one I've tasted. It was certainly interesting but I can't say the flavor much agreed with me. This could perhaps be something I grew to like more over time if I had more examples readily available.

Thanks to buschbeer for the try!

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Photo of Kendo
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is hazy brown with a small greyish head on top. Some lace on the glass.

S: Mild brown bread, earthy hops and rye spice.

T: Brown bread, a touch of smoke and modest rye spiciness. A bit mediciney and phenolic with some cardboard as well. Finishes with some tannic bitterness.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, modest carbonation. Feels a bit watery.

O: I don't know much about this style, but this version doesn't impress.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. What the hell is with the weak-ass blurry current picture here? I've had much less egregious submissions unduly rejected. Fuuuuck. Anyways, this is miles and miles beyond when you had to somehow include Germany in your quest for this particular style.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark reddish amber hue, with two flabby fingers of somewhat densely foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some admirably pocked concrete wall lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of sharply metallic rye grain, yeasty, somewhat banana-esque weizen essences, some overripe apple mush, a touch of singed caramel, and mild, indeterminate savoury spiciness. The taste is somewhat more than lightly spiced rye grain, some lingering banana/clove zinginess, a hearty dry yeastiness, some middling sour smoky notes, a lingering tart apple fruitiness, and some understated leafy, herbal notes.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and not really all that smooth, as the pithy, clammy nature comes full circle for the here and now. It finishes mostly dry, the metallic, earthy, spicy nature pretty much the only game in town.

An ok-ish rye beer, how this is a German Rogenbier, vs. an American Rye Ale, I don't know. More rye than most beers and whiskies alike, so points abounding there, I suppose, but there's not much more worthy here beyond that pithy foreign reference.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent crimson/brown with 3 fingers tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint brown bread & woody hops

T: Brown bread, a touch of smokeyness, a bit apricot, tea-like tannins up front. Faint smokeyness, a touch of rye pepperiness, some faint cardboard notes dragging the overall flavor profile down, plus woody hops & dryness. Finishes smokey, with apricot, a bit of plum & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Alright for the style, wouldn't buy it again. Most of the "special" releases from Rogue are underwhelming me. Drinks easy but doesn't really entice you to want more

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Photo of JLSIV
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz Bomber poured a nice dark brown with a creamy two finger head. Good head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell of malt up front, with a little alcohol, not an overpowering aroma. Some of the others compare it to a brown ale, but it has a little more spice than that. Some pepper.

Taste is very mild, with an earthy overtone. I cannot go as far as some to say I taste the rye, but it is a very pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied to me, with a little chewiness, good carbonation, very smooth and satisfying finish.

Overall, I like this, it has more to offer spice wise than the Hazelnut Brown, but is different in its own right. I think the use of quality ingredients is what sets this apart. I would go again on this one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP for $6 and change.. poured into my slim tulip.. 1" tan head.. good retention.. only decent lacing... the brew is slightly hazed chestnut brown..

Nose is very odd IMHO.. sorta smokey... sorta yeasty phenolic.. maybe even some yeasty banana esters... very odd... not getting anything in the realm of "rye"..

Flavor is also very damn weird... for something highlighting "rye" the brewers seem to do a lot to mask the distinctive nature of the grain... a phenolic note begins right up front and lingers for easily :30 on the finish.. combine the phenols with the smokey malt element and it honestly reminds me of burning plastic (NOT NECESSARILY A BAD THING, JUST DESCRIBING WHAT I TASTE).. other flavors of note, very earthy... minor hoppiness pulls things back a bit.

Body is a bit light side of medium.. carbonation is the expected Rogue perfect bubbly.

I don't remember the last time I had a beer that was this much of a "Thinker". I personally normally don't care for anything with smoked malt or aged in peaty scotch barrels.. but the minor smoke notes really work with the surrounding earthy elements.. The minor hops are earthy too..

Interesting for sure... Definitely belongs in the "Autumn catalog of beers", honestly much more than any "cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and no real pumpkin used brew, but we're gonna call it a 'pumpkin' beer anyway" brew.

One last observation... and this is probably my feeble palate.. but the odd use of the smoke malt and the Hefe yeast really masked what could have been a chance to highlight Rogue's hard-earned proprietary rye... Just sayin'

3.5's across the board.... I wish I could have given higher numbers, but personal preference definitely came into play with this bottle.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle
Served in a mug

A - It has the appearance of iced tea except for the four inches of beige head on top.

S - I get some light rye notes and some bread.

T - I taste some rye, but it is more subdued that I expected. I get some caramel malt.

M - Medium

O - I expected a ton of rye flavor. I thought is was sort of bland. It's cheap enough, but I do not foresee purchasing any more of it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red with a medium off-white to light tan head, beige really with quite good retention and some good lace.

S: Spicy bread, malt, but nothing too striking.

T: Dark rye or pumpernickel bread. A turbid character with a hint of vegetal, but really gets carried over by the spice.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, flabby but has a good finish.

O: Roggenbier is a super rare style, so I had to pick a bomber of this up. Finishes a lot better than it starts. Go for it for a unique experience, though it still has that Rogue house character.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark hazy brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass.
S: Light aromas of rye malts are present in the nose along with notes of herbal hops and earthy hops. .
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness along with some hints of spices from the rye, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer was really drinkable compared to the other beers I've had in this style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dark burnt orange color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing is thin and spotty with good stick.

Smell - The weizen yeast sticks out like a sore thumb, imparting a slightly sour, somewhat banana-like aroma, while lesser notes of earth, black pepper, smokiness and hints of caramel come into play.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong yeast character up front and throughout. Strong sourness matched by a grassy bitterness. Rye character is moderate, and comes across as more grainy than spicy. Fair smokiness. Finishes with a waning, grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate, soft carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - It's hard for me to gauge how true to the style this beer is, because it's the first and only roggenbier I've ever seen available. Based on what I've read though, it does sound like it stays true to the style. That said, I doubt I'd buy this beer again. It's fair, but this isn't a style I can see myself getting into and, based on the lack breweries producing it, I think a lot of people feel the same way.

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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A- pours a hazy murky brown color with a two-finger foamy and creamy off-white head that retains nicely, long after the pour 4

S- spicy and peppery rye up front with some nutty aromas, sweet caramel malt with some floral hop bitterness on the backend 3.5

T- malty and sweet with some nutty flavors that is very similar to a brown ale. The peppery rye kicks in mid-palate, closing with some floral/herbal hop bitterness 3.5

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and creamy finish 4.5

O- this is my first roggenbier, so I didn't know what exactly to expect. It actually drinks like a hoppy, peppery brown ale. Overall, it's not very complex, but quite drinkable 3.5

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a copper brown color with a tiny brown head. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a rye bread smell mixed with some sweeter aromas of caramel and a bit of toffee. Along with these aromas were some spice aromas and a bit of a bready smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rye bread flavor mixed with a little bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. The sweetness fades as the taste advances with the rye flavors getting even more potent. As the rye grows stronger some hoppy flavors of a grassy and pine nature greet the tongue. The flavors start out weaker and grow stronger toward the end, where they are joined by a light bit of earth and a resurgence of the caramel and toffee, leaving a lightly sweetened and hopped rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite appropriate for the rye flavors of the brew and when mixed with the lighter hop and sweeter flavors make for an easy drinking feel.

Overall – A tasty and easy drinking rye that is a little more on the mild hop side. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy dark amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to a couple of medium patches of thin film, a very thin film covering about 75% of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light notes of rye spiciness with some stronger aromas of herbal hops and an earthy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of spicy rye with some earthy yeast. There is a lighter amount of herbal hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with some dryness in the finish.

O: Probably one of the more drinkable beers in the style - not that I have had the opportunity to have many of these. I think this beer is easy to drink and one I could enjoy several of during a session. Definitely worth grabbing (and I am not always the biggest fan of Rogue's offerings).

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Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye from Rogue Ales
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