St. Rogue Red | Rogue Ales

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St. Rogue RedSt. Rogue Red

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 676 | Ratings: 1,050
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underrated red. Good combination and balance of bitterness, hoppiness and malt. I would drink this as a staple if they distributed here. Good sumer beer by itself or with some daytime food. Big malty head and off-white brown colour. Smooth, great bottle cartoon.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a reddish brown colored brew with a yellowish off white head on top. The beer has good clarity to it. The lacing is thin but does stick around for just a little. The smell of the beer has some sweet malts mixed in with a really nice hoppy aroma. The taste of the beer has a pretty strong bitterness to it with some sweetness in the back end as well. The mouthfeel of the beer is average really, it's nothing to write home about. Overall this brew isn't too bad, it's enjoyable but I never went out of my way to have it again either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really what I'd call an Amber, but I guess the ingredients work. It's very sweet with caramel, toffee, and a touch of molassas. Though tasty, it finishes much less than clean. The hops add an earthiness and spiciness that resembles cloves and wildflowers. Though interesting and complex, there's too much muddling to consider it a top knotch beer. The bittering hops doesn't balance out the huge barley malt sweetness. The finish is sticky and sweet with a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is all malt.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Called 'Dry Hopped' at the downtown Portland location.

This beer appears a clear medium amber colour, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves a thin pock-marked wall of lace around the glass as it bleeds away. It smells of caramel cream, zingy citrus, and softly bitter pine hops. The taste is caramel malt, kind of biscuity, and soft citrus/pine hops. The carbonation is medium-low, the body medium weight and smooth. It finishes off-dry, more malty that hoppy.

A decent enough red ale, just kind of plain, and subtly underwhelming all-around.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber colored liquid that has a bit of a rocky head on top; a few shards are left behind as the liquid descends

Smell: Caramel malt forward, with a building sweetness; a bit of a piney character, as well

Taste: Malt forward on the tastebuds, as well, with loads of caramel up front; fruity through mid-palate, with a growing earthy bitterness that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Too much sweetness and not enough hops for my palate; more of a Red Ale for the mainstream, I'm afraid

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with average retention. Aroma of hops is clearly dominant. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of caramel malt and a surprisingly high level of bitter hops at the end. Not the most complex of beer but the high level of hops make this more interesting then most beers in this style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a soapy, sticky, tan, two-finger head. Left quite a bit of lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and sweet malt.

T - I could really taste the dry hops. The malt flavor was powerful enough to match the strong hop flavor to give the beer a good bittersweet quality.

M - It was dry and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I was really pleased to find this at a restaurant because I've never been able to pick up a single bottle of it. This is a really good amber. One of the hoppiest I've ever had.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hop and dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, light toffee, and floral/toast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of citrus hop and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant amber ale. Good balance of citrus hop and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have wanted to try this beer for some time and I got my growler filled today at Consumers.Poured a slight hazed light amber with a tight well formed 1/2 finger head that left a ring of lace as it settled.Ah man the aromas of this beer would make any hophead speak in tongues at first smell,I popped open the growler to fresh squeezed grapefruit and damp pine needles with underlying freshly mown grass just beautiful and to me pretty much perfect.The fresh hop flavors just abound here really wake up the taste buds there is a sweet caramel malt base there and it holds up ok until the finish when the big dose of fresh citrusy/piney and extremely resiny hop comes crashing thru.Burping fresh tasting hop is a treat,by far my new favorite red its so good I might finish off the growler today!Ouch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its clear reddish-copper body is capped by a full head of foamy light tan froth that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is quite hoppy with notes of piney and gentle citrus. The body is medium with a fine, median carbonation. The flavor starts softly fruity and lightly nutty before some sweet caramel maltiness breaks through, only to be hammered back by its quickly ensuing resiny hop flavor and bitterness. It finishes dry with just some residual maltiness and a bold lingering bitterness. Delectable!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz undated but recently purchased bottles into a Sam Adams lager glass. (1 re-sampled in March 2013)

Pours a deep amber with an orange-red tint. The 1+ finger tall creamy tan head dies to a top coat rather soon but leaves considerable coating on the glass. '

An earthy and hoppy aroma with a trace of mustiness. The taste follows the aroma but without much of anything objectionable tied to the mustiness. Medium bitterness from mid-taste on, with grapefruit rind eventually appearing in the aftertaste.

M: nicely carbonated (medium+); dry finish; medium+ body.

O: Very hoppy and flavorful for both the style and the limited ABV. A bit rugged. Improved with some warming.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle into a ½ pint glass.

Pours a deep, somewhat murky, rosy colored amber with a ¾ finger head of light mocha foam. This retains with a rich creaminess which throws up a robust cascade of lacing. The aroma is leafy, citric, and a touch spicy, with a pronounced roasted smokiness going on with it. Some caramel malt mingles in to add a touch of sweetness to the proceedings.

The taste is a balanced mix of bitter citrus and sticky feeling caramel malts, before heading into a dark backend of deep toasted grains. Leftover sweet sugars, fruit, and dry bitter rind linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is a little sharper up front on the tongue, before spreading out into the mouth with a smooth creaminess.

This was a solid take on a Red Ale from Rogue, and I liked that this focused a bit more on the roasted character of the malts than their regular American Amber Ale does. The hops didn’t quite assert themselves like I would have expected but then again, I’m not quite sure of the age of this bottle. I still liked what I found here though and would definitely try this on draft if I saw it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste is starts with a nice burst of piney hops bitterness which is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus fruits and caramel. There's a hearty malt character that help balance things out, even though the hops presence comes back into dominance as the sweetness fades. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I was unsure of what to expect of this beer but was very pleasantly surprised to find that I liked it quite a bit. This is a beer that I could drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Attractive amber brew in the St. Bernardus chalice. Creamy and foamy and makes a nice sudsy mouthful. Dry hopped with what? I was pleased to visit the Rogue hop farm in Independence, Oregon and smelled the giant piles of beautiful hops. But maybe this is one that shouldn't have been used for dry hopping. Some warm malt is a welcome change.

The deepest, funkiest, dankest hop stew. I'm not entirely sure what the point is of brewing a beer like this, but it's quite distinctive and I don't mean that as a compliment. Cardboard and resiny murk. Quite bitter and herbal at the finish. No sediment. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish color with a small, yellowish head.

Smell: A vigorous swirling of the beer seems to coax out some soft caramel notes and a small amount of citrus.

Taste: The blending of moderate caramel sweetness with a slight citrus hoppiness provides an overall tart flavor. Over time, the bitterness does becomes more and more prominent, but never overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some serious carbonation.

Drinkability: At best, a fairly average, textbook amber ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber or amberish red, take your pick. The head is toasted ecru in color, rich and creamy in consistency and looks to be a pretty good lacer. And in fact, the semi-sticky cap deposits beautiful, tenacious, abstract-patterned lace as it moves up with each addition of beer to the glass and down with drinking.

The strength of the nose leaves something to be desired, but the content is tough to fault. There's a sizable caramel malt load, yet the hops are clearly in charge. More aromaticity and in-your-nose hoppiness and St. Rogue Red would be edging into IPA territory.

Most beer of this style is underhopped and relies too much on malt for flavor (spoken like a true hophead). Leave to Rogue to deliver their trademark jacked-up hoppiness with a couple of beauties: Centennial and Chinook. Sweet caramel/toffee is countered by loads of spicy, pine sap soaked grapefruit peel. The hop bill was an inspired choice, I wouldn't change it even if I could.

Both malt and hops are present in abundance, but neither one wears out its welcome. There are no sharp edges with regards to the flavor profile, just pure, polished perfection. This is one of the easiest drinking beers with this much flavor that I've run across in a good, long while. The body is medium with a nod towards full and the mouthfeel borders on silky. Damn this is good beer. The dry hopped version must be awe inspiring.

This bomber has been in my beer fridge for months at least. I kept passing it over for more interesting looking fare, but I now realize how mistaken I was. St. Rogue Red is one fabulous red ale, maybe the best that I've had. It's also one of my favorite Rogue beers and that's saying something.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep rich red/copper with a 3 fingers+an head. Good lacing and head retention

Smell: Fruitty & malty

Taste; Bitterness, both grainy & hoppy up front. Pronounced fruitiness follows. Hoppy finish

MF: Good carbonation, not balanced enough to the malt side

Pretty drinkable, but doesn't quite pull together as good as I thought up front. I will try again to make sure freshness wasn't a factor (don't think so)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark amber with a nice one inch off white head and a good amount of lace. Nice retention on the head as well. Smell was deeply hopped, with a nice pine resin aroma and a hint of light grain. My first impression was a bit light in the carbonation, and a slight slickness or oilyness to it. Big hop profile was very nicely balanced against the malted grain back. Overall this was an easily sessionable and highly enjoyable brew. Score another winner for the guys over at rogue.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate one-finger head...has a red tinge to it. Not much lace. The beer is a dark amber with a touch of orange.

Pleasant American hop pellet aroma. Blindfolded, I'd think APA.

Quite hoppy--from initial sip to the finish. Good long aftertaste. This has the body of skim milk with an appropriate amount of carbonation. This is a very easy bees to drink.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date. List of ingredients and specs on the brew are on the label.

Appearance: Thick yet cropped bubbly head does a fine job of sticking to the glass, rusty amber hue shows a mild chill haze.

Smell: Mild malty aroma with notes of toasted grain and sweetness, some hop and yeast as well as fruitiness is in the back.

Taste: Sturdy medium body and smooth carbonation. Raw but rounded maltiness, toasty with husk undertones. Mild fruitiness with signs of yeast, hops are there and balance more than anything else at first. Flavours from the hops are modest but broad though the citric flavour is light with more piney notes on top. More lazy toasted malt flavour linger in the finish with some residual sweetness and hop flavour.

Notes: A decent red ale, actually it is quite tasty in a laid back way though I like its alternate ego “Dry Hop Red” which is the tapped version that is dry-hopped to the hilt. I found this to be a perfect pairing with my Hell’s Fire Beef Stew.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with a small layer of head, good lacing.

S: Caramel, bread, some hops.

T: Slight bitterness, orange, caramel, malt, toasty, toffee. Not that much in the hops department, the bottle may be a bit old.

M: Coats the tongue well, good body, not much in the way of carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, wish it were hoppier, though.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty Rogue brew? Hell yeah, these guys cannot be beaten. Appearance is dark brown with a tall and creamy head. Aroma is full and very inviting. Smell is fairly malty, much maltier than the beer tastes, but hops have a strong presence too. Taste begins with piney hops, becomes nicely balanced towards the middle, and finishes mildly sweet. Very enjoyable overall, creamy mouthfeel just adds to the goodness. More anything from Rogue please.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears blood orange in color, with 1/4" of off white head, and decent lacing on the snifter.

The nose brings a balance of hops and malt, with light fruity notes.

The flavor is decent and well balanced. The hop character is light, and the beer finishes with a malty, fruity character. Overall, a decent brew, but nothing to get too excited about. I'd have it again.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby brown. Light head, but what's there hangs around with some good retention.

S - Fresh sourdough bread, toffee, warm milk, touch of dark fruit.

T - Malt with a spike of molasses sweetness. Profile ramps up then drops suddenly, leaving you with candied ginger, a touch of booze and a mellow breadyness.

M - Medium body with a round sweet finish.

D - Great drinkability. The flavors are pleasant and aren't overwhelming.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very well crafted deep amber red tone with a nice biege head lacing appears coating the entire side in very fine nicely patterned specks. Aroma: Soothing caramel malts very grainy cereal sweetness, with spruce toned hopping in the finish. Taste: Remarkably similar to the Santa's Private Reserve just less hops here the same malt character, I think this beer is incredible with the semi sweet caramel/biscuit malts tasting of cereal grains with a nice touch of piney hops and signature Pac Man yeast breadiness this beer is a classic balanced session brew in my opinion. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied smooth carbonation classic. Drinkability: My go to Rogue product from now on, of course I'm still a fan of Dead Guy but this one is so balanced and reserved yet flavorful and filling I love it.

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