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Rogue Farms Fresh Roast - Rogue Ales

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86
very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 07-04-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 75
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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DR1936
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber - this entry was added first, so I'm reviewing it here.

This beer pours a very dark, near black hue, with subtle basal mahogany highlights, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and cake-batter-esque pale tan head, which leaves a band of melting snowdrift lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, a sort of musty dark cracker character, mild coffee beans, dark chocolate, an oily nuttiness, and very faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is nicely roasted grainy pale and caramel malt, an earthy nuttiness, understated mocha, a further slightly sour lactic essence, and more weakly leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite light on its feet, manifesting in a tame frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a pleasant, late-arriving creaminess developing as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, toasted malt, and milky coffee notes presiding.

I guess I was expecting a whole lot more of the titular acridity, and not a nicely rendered, even-tasting brown ale, out of this one. No complaints, then, other than the normally overpriced Rogue-ness of it all. (1,161 characters)

Photo of Nick29
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Rogue Pub in San Francisco, CA

Appearance - Served to me in a 16oz pint glass with little head, this beer is deep, dark and auburn brown in color with a thin layer of suds across the surface. Very little lacing.

Smell - Hits on roasted malt with lesser notes of coffee and a touch of that sweet brown nuttiness which is fairly prevalent in the style.

Taste - A fair amount of coffee character upfront, but quickly gives way to more traditional brown character; moderate roasted malt, a touch of brown sugar sweetness, light caramel/toffee and some nuttiness. Faint earthiness. Finishes with nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down well enough.

Overall - A fairly good brown. It's certainly not on the level of their Hazelnut Brown. The roasted qualities are nice, but ultimately this doesn't hit on anything too special. Price dependent I'd be willing to give it another go, but I doubt this one will ever see a bottling line.

01/25/14 Update: Obviously I was wrong, they did push this to the bottling line. I'm drinking it now. Outside a bigger head w/ longer retention when poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass, the brew is basically the same as I remember. (1,244 characters)

Photo of McMatt7
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nobody really thinks about the freshness of malts, so it's cool to see Rogue diving in and seeing what a super-fresh malty beer can do. More than anything, I notice a huge aroma with nutty cocoa and wisps of roasting coffee. The flavor that follows is smooth and more mellow, with a dry earthy finish. I'd drink another bomber, or a pitcher. Check this out. (357 characters)

Photo of grahuba
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevincredible
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very good beer, but not geat. (29 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650mL bottle: 15 Plato; 37 IBU; 73 AA; 56 L; Brewed with Rogue Farms Dare Risk, Dare R-3, Risk R-1, Risk R-3, Risk R-7 & Freshly Roasted R-10 Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty & Rebel Hops and Pacman Yeast.

The beer poured a deep, rich, dark brown that produced a thick, creamy, light brown head that was well retained. The beer gave off some hints of coffee. The taste was a nice, not too thick, roasted malt, coffee, and slightly bready. The beer had a lighter feel than expected, but still very good. The beer was very smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, a high quality beer. (582 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a large off-white head.
Nose shows bready, toasty and roasted malt hinting at chocolate.
Flavours are a cross between a brown ale and a porter. A fair bit of roasted malt but also some bready, toasty malt. (222 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, coffee, and some citrusy hops. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some nuttiness. It's mostly a roasty tasting brew but there's also enough hoppiness in it to make it interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation, and it's smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was a good brew. I passed on it the first time I saw it at the store last week, but couldn't pass on it 2 weeks in a row. I'm glad I picked it up this time! $6.29 a bomber. (735 characters)

Photo of Derek_Besly
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beardo
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a brown ale, this beer is a bit of a strange duck. Darker in color, more opaque, and bigger booziness than the ABV suggests or brown ales tend to land. I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't intended to be a stout. Even had some vanilla character you might associate with a bigger/barrel aged beer, which this is not. Interestingly this beer had a nice head on it after the pour, but it faded without lacing and I wasn't able to rejuvenate it after repeated swirls. Roast qualities are appealing but for a brown ale I like a little more maltiness to come through of its own accord. The mouthfeel is rather slick, again not necessarily what I look for in a brown ale where more quaffability from a lighter body is the expectation. This is a nice beer and is worth trying, but a reference brown it is not. (808 characters)

Photo of DrBier
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a wine glass.

A: Nearly-opaque black with deep ruby-brown accents along the edges. 1/4" Khaki head recedes very quickly with little-to-no retention or lacing.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, hints of booze are the big three. Vanilla is present, along with a subtle lactose note.

T: Really mimics the nose. More milk chocolate, spiked with booze. Surprising with such a low-ABV brew. Cane sugar. Vanilla in the background with that very same lactose note. Black coffee is present throughout, albeit of the weak variety.

M: Thin & oily. Moderate carb. Goes down pretty quick & slick.

O: This brew is pretty quaffable despite it's shortcomings. I'd like it to be a bit heavier on the palate, although the overall creaminess helps. Not a bad breakfast beer. (787 characters)

Photo of Syracuse12
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TetonMike
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small brown head.

Smells strongly of caramel. Smaller amount of chocolate and wheat toast. There is a little coconut scent to this. There is a German chocolate cake scent to this.

Starts out sort of dry with a caramel taste to it. This gets sweeter as you drink it. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors. A distinctly malt forward beer.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall an OK malt heavy Brown Ale. (436 characters)

Photo of kkazemi
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GinDC
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 650 ML bomber on February 4, 2015. (48 characters)

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Rogue Farms Fresh Roast from Rogue Ales
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