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Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 07-05-2013)
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Oakenator, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Drknight, Sep 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

DeeMalloy, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Its a love hate story: when you hear that there's a beer that's made from the cultivated yeast from the brewmaster's beard; you think, "awesome!". But then when you're asked to taste it, the though of chucking down a bristle or two causes the throat to clinch. Its both the masterful part of their campaign and its greatest hindrance all in the same.

But as the beer pours, its a lightly milky gold color with glimmers of both straw and copper. Its dainty rise of foam gives the beer a scattered head character after just a minute or so. With retention being light and retention in question, the appearance is slightly faltering as if dispensed from cask.

Zesty and acidic, its aromas are lightly of bread and citrus. A little on the doughy side, the scent of lemon, apple and lime ride along side of the yeast and malt. Modestly spicy with clove, white pepper and mint, the beer seems quite Hefeweizen-like- especially with its light vanilla character.

Then to taste, the beer quickly sheds its short-lived grainy-sweet taste in order to favor a vivid citrus and grassy taste. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples and berries all play into its mix while light zinfindale acidity, saltwater taffy and mild sandalwood add subtle complexities just before the beer finishes grassy with bitterness and with a tinge of peppercorn.

Mid-light in texture, the beer edges quite near to thin and watery texture, but never crosses the line. But its refreshing acidity saves its reputation as the lightness is easily understood as drinkability. Clean and crisp in finish, its modest alcohol comes across as minty rather than warm. Its quick aftertaste is banana-like and with light cellar-like must.

Though I applaud Rogue's assertive brewing inspirations and even more, its marketing transparency (perhaps to a fault), I find that the cultures in John Mayer's beard to lack the depth of flavor, complexity or full fermentation that's necessary to result in a formidable American Wild Ale.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very clear almost filtered appearance presented itself with a very cohesive head and some sporadic lacing.

The scent was phenolic with a clovey, bubblegum aroma but it had a mellow sweetness.

The flavors were less Wild and more Hefe with clove and banana, some wheat like flavor and a touch of doughy malt. A little sweet with a little bready, doughy and dry malt this is more mellow wheat beer and less Wild Ale.

The feel is dry and slightly astringent but it's also quite crisp and refreshing. Despite the strange origin of the yeast it serves as an easy and tasteful experience.

KYGunner, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Bear1964, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

bernat1971, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Ian_Hammons, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

braugon, Sep 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

innuendobrewskiman63, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Jonny41, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

johnnyboy76, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ralphw56, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

cantfindme, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Zach136, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Duggie, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

mscudder, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Boone757, Aug 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

largadeer, Aug 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

lupercmda, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

silverking, Aug 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Stout_Combo, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates to a wispy film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt and citrus. Full-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, sweet malt and ripe fruit. The finish is syrupy with a honey and fruit aftertaste. Above average overall.

jbaker67, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

JVan, Aug 16, 2013
Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.