St. Rogue Red | Rogue Ales

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
St. Rogue RedSt. Rogue Red
Very Good
1,050 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,050 |  Reviews: 676
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an overall good yet slightly uninspired brew from the folks at rogue. it's certainly not a misfire, but not amongst thier best. it looks like your typical red ale after it's poured...medium amber in colour with a medium head. the smell and taste are hoppy and hint at a fruity sweetness as well, but at times are a bit too hoppy and a bit too bitter for my liking. this in turn takes away from the overall smoothness that i associate with a red ale. it's a bit different and still tasty, but just not in the league of other rogue brews.

 536 characters

Photo of barleypop
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the SF-Rogue outlet.

Apperarance was a clear burnt umber colour with a filmy head.

The nose was very faint. I could detect some sublte pruney scents with much effort.

Some roasted nut and toffee flavors hit your tongue and don't get overpowered by the hops that jump into the fray. That said, It still felt like something wasn't quite in balance.

The mouthfeel was good. Smooth but just a wee bit watery.

Overall a decent beer. It somewhat reminds me of a british style IPA. Call me crazy.

 523 characters

Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Extremely dark ruby red in color with a decent had that dissipated slowly.

Smell – Nice mix of bitter hops and malts. The hop aroma is a little stronger, but both come out nicely.

Taste – Very crisp red ale. The malt flavor, along with just a hint of sugary sweetness, ends up at the finish. The crux of this ale is the bitter and floral hops, which are excellent.

Mouthfeel – There’s a slight carbonation to this medium-bodied ale. It is extremely refreshing and thirst-quenching.

Drinkability – I’m not a big fan of the red ales, but I really like this one. It went down well, hit the spot, and found a place in my regular shelf spacing.

 671 characters

Photo of DESTRO
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber with a mid sized bubbly head. smells lightly matly and fruity with a pleasant hop overtone. the taste, lightly fruity and malty (go figure) with a moderate amount of piney hop bite taking over. not overpowering at all and very enjoyable. medium body and very smooth. nice stuff, i really dug it.

$3.49 a bomber.

 333 characters

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

An above average Red Ale, which is pleasent seeing as its a style that has been beaten into the ground making it real hit or miss. This was a hit. Poured a orange-brown infused with a ruddy copper perfect for the changing leaves and a loose off-white head. Smelled of deep piney hops and a fruity peach like malt with just a hint of bready notes, but still typical hopped up Rogue aroma. Taste was tons of juicy grapefruit hops and a toasted cracker malts. Reasonably effervesant bordering on creamy. Went as a good compliment to the quatro formage pizza with waaay too much garlic. Another quality Rogue brew.

 627 characters

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This red-tinged, dark brown/amber ale with a full beige head is beautiful to behold. The fresh floral and tea-like hop aromas are fairly potent. A sweet malt and faint chocolate aroma are noticed early, but fade rather quickly. The lightly caramel sweet malt melds with a fresh biscuity flavor. The hop bitterness is made up of grapefruit, tea-like and a faint metallic bite. Fruit notes and a light lime taste appear late as does a bit of honey sweetness as it warms.

 468 characters

Photo of avylover
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. This pours a deep reddish/amber, hence the name with a good creamy white head. The aroma of bitter, slightly citrousy hops hits you first, with some bready maltiness in the background. This is a bitter beer. Not so much mega hoppy but the weak malt taste seems to almost add bitterness as opposed to balancing it out. As a hop head I'm enjoying this. As far as red ales go I can't say I've had better. Nice slick mouthfeel that dries up into a bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

 491 characters

Photo of rastaman
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Like the Dead Guy Ale, this felt a little out of place. Caramel and choc, with a typical Rogue hoppyness on the finish, some earthyness notes. Nice flavours, just didn't excite me i guess, nothing really jumped, and althought it was drinkable, it didn't really do anything for me in the end (Bottle-GBBF 03')

 308 characters

Photo of byrd
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An employee at a tasting at a local beer store told me St. Rogue Red is the only beer to have ever been canonized by the Catholic Church. I got a kick out of the comment despite the fact that only people (not beers) are eligible for canonization. So, I bought a bottle anyway...

This one pours with a medium head of orangey tan foam that doesn’t remain very long and doesn’t produce much of a lace. True to its name, the beer is clear reddish-copper in color. Roasted malts are apparent on the nose, as are some slight notes of hops. The flavor starts with fairly mild malt notes that have very small hints of caramel and maybe a little bit of nuttiness. Big roasted malt character then hits the palate. Hops become more noticeable towards the end and mingle well with the roasted notes. The dry finish is of hops and some roasted bitterness which lasts into the aftertaste. St. Rogue seems a little thin in the mouth, with moderate carbonation. This is a good brew that is pretty easy to drink, but not my favorite.

 1,021 characters

Photo of beerguy101
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium red color, medium head. Medium bodied red ale. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Nice flavor. Slightly hoppy. Spicy with a touch of spruce. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice tasting beer. Etched/painted beer bottle.

 292 characters

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid four, had it on tap at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA.
It has a great reddish look to it and a very hoppy smell, yet it is not too intense in bitterness. It was nice on the palat and a good mix of flavor. Nothing overpowering, it was easy to drink and like most other Rogue beers, well made.

 297 characters

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This red ale poured a hazy, red amber color with creamy off-white foam that left some fine lace. The smell was very hoppy but with some caramel malt in the background. As the name implies, this ale tasted like a red ale but with a potent hoppy punch. The taste had caramel malt but also a nice, resinous hoppy flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice hops aftertaste. This was a very drinkable ale.

 471 characters

Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another fine ale from Rogue. A beautiful deep reddish amber ale with a magnificent frothy tan head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full bodied. An excellent treat this is. Flavor is almost half malt and half hops with a bitterness that is well blended. A malty flavor that is a bit sweet like a scotch ale almost. Excellent work guys.

 379 characters

Photo of TinusTime
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I am not usually a fan of Red Beers ( cant get over Killians i guess) I decided to try the St. Rogue Red as it had just arrived in my store. The sample I was a 22oz bottle.

The beer poured a nice ruddy reddish brown colour. Kinda like a strongly brewed Iced tea. The head was a light tannish colour, but it seemed to dissapate rather quickly with not much lacing. The aroma was one of slight caramel and nutty notes with a dose of floral-citrusy hoppiness.

As I said earlier I have never been a fan or Red ales before, but this could make me a convert. The taste started with nice maltiness with slight caramel and nutty undertones, followed by the lovely dry hops flavour.Most Reds I have had before have had to much sweetness. The hoppiness at the end definately balanced this out and gave it balance and enhanced the overall mouthfeel . While not my favourite Rogue, this beer was better than expected and a very very nice brew

 944 characters

Photo of fattyre
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly hazy medium dark reddish orange with a large rocky tan head. The smell is of mild maltiness with a pronounce cedary/sprucey hops. The taste is slightly breadlike with a strong but pleasing cedary hoppy finish and a nice full and rounded mouthfeel. This is a very nice bitter red ale with lingering hoppiness.

 336 characters

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#14 - bomber bottle

An above average red ale with a hoppy bite. This beer pours a nice dark red colour with a dark white head. The aromas are of straight-up hops, malts, and alcohol. The taste is hoppy, but very malty as well. The mouthfeel is quite thick and the drinkability is quite good.

a nice one.

 309 characters

Photo of vitesse
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap at redbones in boston...

this was my first rogue beer and expected something way more "extreme." i wasn't disappointed though. they seem to be doing their version of a west coast-style red ale, which was nice.
wonderful rich red color. decent bubbly head. floral hops aroma.
taste was very balanced. some hoppiness, but that wasn't over the top. some sweetness from the malt and grassy/herbal flavors as well.
very crisp, carbonated mouthfeel.
overall, a very solid red ale, and not a hop bomb, either. (and i mean that in a good way.)

 559 characters

Photo of charlesw
2.41/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 22oz bottle. Pours very dark for a red - a deep mahogany color. The head mounts readily: a slight reddish tinge to the creamy, dense foam. It disappears quite quickly.
Smell: very light malt smell.
Taste: er, this is a red ale? Color me confused! It's very light and fruity (light citrus flavor). There is very little malt flavor (ok, I don't taste any at all). The aftertaste is all light citrus veering to heavy citrus with time. Oh, ok, there is a bit of hop bitterness to the aftertaste, but not much.
Mouthfeel: again, quite light. It IS pleasantly light. It is NOT the firm creaminess I expect from a red ale.
Drinkability: I'm not pleased at all with this beer. I expect a red ale (my favorite style) to be quite malty and perhaps a bit hoppy but definitely without the fruity (citrusy) side. In fact, I am disappointed to the point that I shan't even make the effort of trying it again. This is not what red ale is about AT ALL (ok, aside from the color), IMO.

 986 characters

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this growler from Half Time Beverages in Puoghkeepsie, N.Y. (You have simply got to go there if you can--what an incredible place! See all the beerfly reviews.). Anyway, this hoppy brew pours a dark ruby amber with a light tan head. The smell is understated; I didn't really know what to expect. Yes, there was hops and a touch of rosy sweetness. The taste, however, was far more intricate. I loved the first blast of hops bitterness, which then mellowed into a balanced semi-sweet finish. Good mouthfeel. Definitely worth it. (and my wife loved it too)

 559 characters

Photo of Popsinc
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown pour with a medium head that held up pretty well. The nose was malty. Good hoppiness as well with underlying hints of fruit. The taste was nicely hopped. Good maltiness and a slight fuity sweetness to follow. Good overall balance and body. An enjoyable beer. Not my favorite from Rogue, but good nonetheless.

 327 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearnace: deep, dark reddish, nearly copper hue, and an impressive, fluming creamy tan head atop, softly crumbling down.
Aroma: terrifically sweet, creamy, nutty, with a hint of spice.
Wonderfully filling mouthfeel, a sense of flooding and washing over the mouth, tongue, and all applicable areas. Good'n' malty, but very little hop presence.
Delicious, sweet, giving and warm texture. Long, sweet, happy finish. A refreshing occurence of flavor occurs again and again, a constant supply of tastiness, with a nice emergence of fruit in the middle.
Hops show up a little late on the palate and are well-appreciated.
One of the better tasting Red Ales I've ever drunk and down, and I'm sure I'll revisit it again, and again. Quite a nice little beer! (The 22oz. serving size in the typically handsome Rogue bottle was a bit short, I felt. Maybe Magnums are in order?)

 872 characters

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the AOBF 5/24/03

Listed as "St. Rogue Red Dry-Hopped" in the program for the AOBF.

Cloudy apple cider in appearance. Minimal tan-colored head laces quite nicely. Aromas, predictably, are of hops. Not quite as "heavy" as expected, but distinctly hoppy, with just a slight sweet undertone in the background. Taste was not as over-the-top Rogue-esque hoppy as I' d expected, especially for a beer that was dry-hopped. Hoppy flavor with a surprisingly-balanced malt sweetness noted as well. However, there was an almost "iced-tea" flavor to this beer as it warmed. Mouthfeel is smooth, though slightly on the thin side. Drinkability is tolerable. I was slightly disappointed by this offering from Rogue, given my typical love for most of the beers I've had from them.

 780 characters

Photo of MJR
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Art of Beer Festival on 5/24/03...

Appearance: The beer poured a wonderfully deep red with a tiny tan cap.

Smell: Weak aroma of faint hops and sweet malt. I was told that this keg was dry-hopped with Centennial, but the aroma sure doesn't show it.

Taste: Thin and lacking... What was there was a good balance between the sweet, slighty roasted malts and the piney, resiny hops.

Mouthfeel: It had a smooth, buttery mouthfeel, but was a bit thin in body.

Drinkability: Average... I was quite disappointed by this brew.

While I didn't plan to review any of the brews I tried at the AoBF, this one just stuck in my mind because it was such a disappointment coming from a brewery that puts out consistently great beer. What I find strange is that I really like their double-the-hops, winter version of this, Santa's Private Reserve.

 860 characters

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK bought in the 22 oz bomber with a rather cool looking "saint" on the screen printed label.
This beer certainlly surprised me in how it looked..deep dark red almost brown with a nice sized tan coloured head that shrunk to leave great lacing.
Great smell of lightly roasted and chocolate style malts..smell the hopping also.
nice tasteing beer..nice sweet chocolaty taste to begin then a slight bitterness..theres a sort of "zingy" after taste which I like also.
Nice and smooth on the tongue..nice after taste .
Very easy drinking beer..a good summer beer in my opinion.

 577 characters

Photo of Quaffer
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a hazey red color with a rough, two-finger head. I settled down fairly quickly, leaving a thin, tan layer over the top of the beer for most of the drink. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Right after the pour, this beer smelled like lake water. Not good at all. After it settled down, though, that aroma went away (thank God) and smells of caramel, malt, and dark fruits wafted up from my glass. There might have been just a hint of hops on the nose, but it was very faint.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium-bodied brew that was buttery smooth at the front of the mouth, but with a bite along the edges of the tongue.

Taste: Upfront, this beer was all caramel malt and butter. Then a plum and tart juniper flavor kicked in that intermingled with a mild piney-hops bitterness that arose on the finish. Very straightforward and full flavored, but without much complexity.

 912 characters

St. Rogue Red from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,050 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.