100 Meter Ale | Eugene City Brewery

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100 Meter Ale100 Meter Ale

Brewed by:
Eugene City Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by unklesyd on 09-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by bkilpatr:
Photo of bkilpatr
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/07/09.

Pours a hazy copper color with about a finger of beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is full of caramel malt and piny and herbal hops.

The taste is very malty and slightly sweet, with caramel and light toffee flavors up front. That is followed by piny and herbal hops and a bitter finish. Pretty well balanced, and the hops are not too aggressive, though it is bitter for a red ale. Feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though slightly low given the bitterness.

Overall, not bad for an "India style red ale". Nicely hopped, though a bit high on the bitterness.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, as pictued, with a Rogue bottlecap. Pours a hazy, deep orange/amber body with a medium sized offwhite head that leaves some patchy and splotchy lacing on the glass.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit with undertones of caramel maltiness. Solid, if unspectacular.

Medium body and carbonation. Slightly oily with hops resins.

Taste has a zesty hoppiness. Lots of pine and grapefruit rind bitterness that is offset by equal measures of caramel malt sweetness.

Nothing special here, but a solid drinking, hoppy American amber.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of glid02
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington DC.

Pours a very dark cloudy copper color with a rocky two-finger off-white head. The head dissipates very slowly - there's still about a half-finger left when I finished my beer. Lacing is very thick, in fact I'd actually call it sheeting.

Smells good. Lots of sweet malt with some pine and citrus aromas. There's also a slight hint of vanilla.

Tastes good as well. Robust sweet malt flavor sup front followed by good amounts of pine and grapefruit flavors. The pine is a bit heavier while the beer is still cold. There's a nice bitter ending to it all.

Mouthfeel is good. It's the tiniest bit on the thin side as far as thickness is concerned, but it still goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This beer went down very easily - it's one of the better ambers I've had.

Overall this is a very dark and flavorful amber that's definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy darkish amber with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. A great looking 1/2 finger of retention leaves a huge, sticky latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is fresh, floral hops and the scent of light pine. There is also an underlying malt sweetness to the bouquet that evens things out. Unfortunately, I had to dig a little bit more than I would have liked to pick all of that up.

The taste contains a much more subtle amount of dry hopped bitterness than the aroma, providing a more pungent bite up front but then works the palette over with bitterness over a period of time. Luckily, there is a fairly decent backbone of caramel malt and light toast that balances the bitterness out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly creamy carbonation that only occasinally gives off a prickly feel.

This is a decent take on a hoppy Red Ale. Maybe if the aroma had given up a little more and the overall flavor had burst a little more in the mouth, I could have rated this a touch better. This was still tasty and quaffable enough to call a pleasant beer drinking experience.

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Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a dense two fingers of head that has great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface. Strong hoppy smell of pine and citrus. This one hoppy red ale. Also a solid toasted malt base. Semi-creamy texture with a medium body. A nice hoppy ale. It is a bit like Santa's Private Reserve but even hoppier.

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Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged this up today at Whole Foods... didn't realize until now that it is a sister Rogue brew.... wonder if it is the same as the St. Rogue Dry-Hopped Red now... but they say they don't just repackage... and the hops smell better than I remember the plain red smelling...

- Cloudy red and caramel malty look... huge fluffy tan head... about 3 fingers deep sticking around....

- Smell it from a distance... nice sweet malt and grain.. and a citrus hop presence... up close it's a thick caramel scent... very grainy, must be loaded with proteins... spicy zesty hop, bready character..

- Is what it says.. tastes great... caramel malt, not too roasty.. nice bitter punch to the tongue... tastes like some old school hops.. Mt. Hood, Willamette maybe... or perhaps a boatload of Cascade.... either way,.,. it's a hoppy one. Loving it. I'm more for a less thick and caramel red... but this is rather bitter, and balanced...

- Medium bodied, sticky sweet... sticky everywhere...

- Overall very tasty.. and very bitter. If you have a bitter tongue... then you will love this brew. Love the hops and flavor... and would love this on tap I am sure.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single 22 oz bottle with no apparent bottling date, purchased 5/17, sampled 5/19. Nice dense khaki head that lingers for some time, capping the copper, honey colored beer. Particulate matter floating here and there and keeping the brew considerably cloudy. I have made an effort to keep the sludge that has settled at 1/4 thick in the bottle, but it doesn't help much. A good looking beer, but I am hesitant about that particulation. Smells like thick, ruddily sweet malts - not far from some barleywines I've laid nostril to. Behind that is fusel alcohol, melon, rye bread. The malt becomes cloying to inhale, but at the same time I don't stop sniffing. Still, it seems this beast has some age on it. Is it past its prime? Difficult to tell, but still worth reviewing in my mind. The show must go on. Taste is clean, crisp biscuity right off the bat - a nice note...the body grows quickly on this, it becomes creamy and sticky and thick as soup as it roars towards my tonsils. While this thickens, it grows bitter. The hop resin holds up on my tongue a little more than I could pick it up in the nose. Grassy oils, clashing with the toasted malt sweetness. As this goes down, I'm picking up bamboo, corn, tomato, all of it slightly bitter and warming in my throat. Its all messy, sometimes cloying with rote maltiness, sometimes too hot... but it has its moments.
Mouthfeel relies heavily on the medium oil-filled body being kept in check by some intense carbonation. It works well unless I let the beer sit in my mouth. At that point it becomes too 'soft' and falls apart in a sticky viscous trip. I'm not 100% sure I'm going to finish the bomber - that tells me drinkability is not there.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eugene City, aka Rogue, brews this big Red ale in the basement of their Eugene location.

Reminds me of a fairly amateur homebrew red ale.

Aroma is dark roasty malt. Hops are just enough to attempt a balance.

Cloudy and a bit of sugary un-fermented malt. It's got a ton of malt and hop varieties, sort of a stew. Mouthfeel is full...dense with loads of malt.

Kind of a slow drinker because of its over the top flavors. It's a big beer for sure, and I would compare it closest to St. Rogue Red, but jsut a bit more muddled and clustered.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, piney hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Pretty tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, the side of the label reads "India Style Red Ale" and this beer does well to fit that description. It's a nice beer to drink for long time.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the moderately cloudy reddish amber brew. Meringuey head is going nowhere fast, with tons of pleasing lace. Aroma is defined by citrusy hops character. Taste starts with a quick shot of sweet, then gives itself over completely to the lemony bitter hops. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is limited slightly by the (over)abundance of hops power.

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Photo of brendanos
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just landed in Australia, 650ml bomber.

Deep amber/copper, quite hazy/muddy with short but fine beige head. Huge caramel, toffee, hop (vibrant juicy fruit, cumquat, fanta orange) and alcohol aromas. Very smooth, silky body which seems almost a little flabby towards the finish, which is modest but lingering. Moderate to strong bitterness, which seems in balance with the overall feel of the beer.

Obviously quite fresh, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of tim9887
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial (nonic) pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark/burnt copper with a nice 1" off-white head that subsides to about 1/8"

Aroma: Not as hoppy as the taste interestingly enough though hops are still detected. It's got a nice maltiness to it, reminiscent of the barley aromas one encounters while the wort is boiling.

Taste: Hops hops hops. Peppery hops, citrusy hops. Not much maltiness in the forefront although there's a bit more balance in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation. Smooth stuff. A lovely beer all around.

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Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 100 Meter is dark brown and hazy with a nice, thick, tan head. Possibly a little orange coming around the edges. Pine and resin dominate the nose with some oak coming in also. The taste is fresh and hoppy. Lots of hop characteristics but a little amount of hop bite relative to what the flavors would lead you to believe there should be. Very nutty and oak-y too. Super smooth in the mouth. Awesome beer...I wouldn't have guessed it was an American Amber...glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's during American Craft brew week.

The beer list at Max's describes this as a DIPA. Not surprisingly, it doesn't look or smell like a DIPA.

The beer pours a dark reddish brown color with good head retention and lacing. There is a decent citrusy hop aroma on the nose, though it's pretty subdued. There is also some roasty malt, which I typically find to be much more in character with red ales. The flavors are very roasty on the palate, with just enough hoppy bitterness to keep the beer from becoming overly sweet and tiring. The beer is ultimately a bit too malty and roasty for me, but it does have a nice soft mouthfeel and the relatively low abv. is nice. The beer is pretty drinkable for the most part.

Nothing exceptional here, and frankly a larger dose of hops would do wonders for this beer. Nevertheless, this is a solid beer, if not exactly anything memorable.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think I brought this back from chicago.
No doubt an impulse buy due to an affinity for Rogue's beer line.

Popped open with a champagne like sound. I was sure there would be foam coming out.

Stable foam has been sitting for at least 10 min. daring me to sip.

Cloudy red beer has a hoppy smell, but not overwhelming.

Taste; bitter. Definitely overwhelming. Someone will like this.

Not at all much like a red ale other than in color & name. Tastes like an IPA, hiding a weaker red ale.

Consume as an IPA, carefully. You won't taste much else.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed & bottled by Rogue Ales, Eugene, OR. It definitely isn't the same as the Brutal Bitter.

A: Deep amber-brown with a light tan head, light retention & lace.

S: Grapefruit & citrus rind aroma with hints of grass.

T: Grapefruit, nectarine & marmalade with hints of pine & grass. Biscuity pale malt with a little caramel & nuts. Good bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation with a little hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 100 Meter Ale was described by my server as a red IPA. It came in a standard shaker pint.

The beer is amber with a chill haze and a skim of off-white head. Good lacing.

The beer has a caramel nose that is backed with some pinesap and red apple.

The beer leads with a 1-2 punch of pine and caramel malts. Bitter wins by a nose. Seems well balanced and its tasty. Really more of a hopped-up red than an IPA, but it is solid.

The mouth is just above average boarding on crisp.

Easy drinking session beer. It is complex enough to engage your palette.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy amber body with a frothy light tan head.

s: pretty typical ipa nose. Sweet toasted malt and citrus hops.

t: Flavor is citrus hops. Resiny, grassy, and sweet. Very bitter finish.

m: medium body.

d: I would have preferred more hop flavor and less hop bitterness. Not a bad beer, but I was hoping for more balance.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a Rogue Dead Guy glass a very nice hazy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, nice touch of citrus/pines. Medium body. Drinkable, on the bottle it sez India Style Red Ale, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

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Photo of ralree
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried at the Brewer's Fest in Portland.

A: Caramel brown, nice fluffy head, white. Good retention and lacing.

S: Fruity caramel malt, northwest hops, grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit, a bit of alcohol, good dosage of hops, great aftertaste - the fruit lingers. A bit of barley.

M: Medium-bodied, a little astringent. Perfect carbonation.

D: Extremely refreshing - goes well on its own!

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Photo of ADZA
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This came in a 1pt bottle with no use by or produce date and no alcohol abv either but must admit have always been a fan of rogues beers on pouring this beer it has a redgum honey colour to it with a little one finger cream coloured head which dissipates quite quickly,the smell is quite unusual i just cant place it exactly but u can definately smell a feint hop smell with a alot of malt in the background and on tasting it has a very different taste almost like lots of malt with passionfruit thrown in and at times a little medcinal,not a bad beer but def not the best effort from rogue.

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