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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Photo of jkrich
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle: poured a hazy, reddish-brown color with a creamy beige head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma was dominated by soft, mellow fruit and malt. There was just a hint of hops.

A solidly sweet flavor is quickly balanced by some nice piney hops; some tasty caramel and a very light roastiness follows through. There is a mild fruity aftertaste.

The body was rather light with a mouthfeel that was a little too thin and short-lived. The carbonation was very restrained.

Another good offering from Rogue that does not quite match their American Amber Ale. The ale could use more balance, but it is worth trying.

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Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy blood red color with a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very good lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell of sweet malt, floral hops, toffee, yeast, dark fruit, grass, husk, grains and a slight funk; the hops faded quick in the nose and the grains took control as it faded.

Tastes very earthy and the sweetness is repressed by the grains; the initial flavor includes sweet malt, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar and herbs, followed by floral hops, light piney hops, orange peel, tea leaf, grass, hay, flowers, wheat, yeast and some funk, pepper, crackers or biscuit, and light spices which I can’t nail down; the balance is in place but the flavor still leans towards the grains and malt with only little waves of the hops. This beer tastes good one sip, and then average the next, so it’s a little confusing to me. I should chalk up the uncertainty to the style profile and just enjoy it for what it is: a decent beer.

Mouthfeel is light and almost watery with light carbonation, a light body and a slightly bitter and dry aftertaste. This was a decent beer, and while I would drink it again I would not seek it out.

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Photo of Schneic8
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep red/copper color with decent lacing and frothy off white head.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar and malty smell. The sweetness is appealing and there seems to be a bit of citrus and floral as well.

Taste: Slight initial bitterness with not as much sweetness as expected from the smell. It turns to a malty sweetness and is very refreshing. Has a slight earthiness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice crispness in the beginning. It sits wells with mild carbonation and goes down easy. Leaves a slight bitter after taste but not too strong.

Overall: I thought this was a great beer. The combination of slight bitterness and sweetness were balanced and was very refreshing. I need to try more dry hopped beers and I look forward to trying this one again.

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Photo of demuzik
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the dry hopped edition of St. Rogue Red on tap.

Appearance is smack-dab red; server poured with minimal head, the lacing was very good, however.

Very straight-forward and no-frills for Rogue, I must say. Not as much hop aroma as I expected; a decent amount of pine, pepper, and grass. Taste was refreshingly smooth, drinkable, yet substantial; the beer has the right amount of heft yet it remains balanced. Malty caramel, roasty-goodness alongside fresh, sparkly hops. Well done, Rogue.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, auburn-brown coloring with a thin, big bubbled, frothy, yellow-tan colored head that clings scantily all over the glass. Tangy sweet and slightly sour malt aromas, with a peppery hops blend. Flavor blasts hop forward, with the taste at the tip and sides of the tongue. The tangy and slightly roasted caramel sweetness fills the middle of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The aftertaste is light, with a slight cloying feel, and a resiny kick of the hops. The finish is slick, but cleans up quickly. Decent brew, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle is a clear looking copper red brew with a creamy light tan head. Lacing is stacked leaving microbubz everywhere. Huge legs!!! Holy hell!!! Nah, just kiddin. Not on this 5% brew.

Aroma is straight fresh soft citric hops with a strong malt backbone smelling of mild yet sweet caramel malts. I like the balance here, hoppy yet the malt bill is prevelant. Balance is evident on the tongue as well, sweet malts & mixed citric make this red ale a standout for its style, although the extreme hop usage may deviate from the traditional sense. Right up there with CCB Tocobaga in my opinion!

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a red-copper hue with a beige 1-1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates in to a thin lace.

S: Floral hops hit the nose up front followed by hints of citrus and pine.

T: Slightly sweet and bitter brew with a hoppy punch to the face.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Love this beer! It was a little over the top with the hops - but that it is how I like it.

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Photo of stabzmcgee
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice little 12oz. A pleasant sweet malty aroma with hints of citrus hops. Appearance is amber with light white head. Taste is bitter, malty and slightly yeasty. Pallet is slick and bitter with a sharp carbonation. Another solid addition to Rogues lineup.

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Photo of shanblur
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No date on the bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Copper color with some red tones. Decent tan head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Hops and malt both apparent in the aroma. Perhaps a bit more sweet malt than hops.

T - Instant bitterness on the tongue from the hops with a malt backbone as well. Nothing real complex.

M - Medium bodied but somewhat watery with a light carbonation.

Not a bad beer but not a great one either.

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

A: Pours a copper/brown/golden color with a thick off-white foam head that is long lasting. There is a decent amount of lacing on the sides.

S: Lots of grassy hop scents along with somee earthy hops. There is also some mild dark fruit.

T: Lots of grassy and earthy hops up front and throughout the tasting. There is some toasty bread and burnt caramel flavors as well in the middle. On the back end, the malt profile is engulfed by the earthy hops.

M: A nice light bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. Leaves a bitter taste on the palate.

O: A above average Amber Ale. Good hop profile throughout, very earthy. Would have expected more malt character. Certainly worth a shot!

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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 BradtheGreat7
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay not sure which one I had. But it said dry hopped on the 12 oz. Brown bottle. I poured this brew into A standard pint glass. So I'm assuming it's the dry hopped version?

A - hazy and rusty looking amber to dark red color. Beige looking head. Fabulous looking brew. The head was thick and a real treat. Nice thick lace.
S - a touch of a sweet malty aroma. A hint of grass like hops. Sort of fruity as well.
T - some sweet malt flavors that were there through and through. Not familiar with these notes, but Whatever it is has a big flavor. The brew is quite bitter up front. Maybe a touch of light caramel toward the middle. The hops hit toward the finish. Very new flavors all around for me in this red/amber ale
M - upper medium bodied brew. Fairly easy going at 5.10%. has good carbonation/
O - okay, this wasn't a bad beer. It was a good beer. By no means great, but just a better than average good beer. Honestly, I expected more from this red ale. This continued as I scoped the color and look of this red. Rogue usually always hits the mark for me, but this one just didn't get all the way there. Came up a bit short. However, that being said, it's still a pretty good brew. Some unique flavors I've never experienced and that alone makes it worth a try. I'm sure I'll buy another at some point in time. Especially if I can get it as a single bottle like this time. It's a remarkably gorgeous looking brew in body color and head.

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
A: Pours hazy rusty red with a bubbly head on top. Noice.

S: Malty goodness, dayum kid this smells awesome. Like some kind of sweet candied fruit chew covered in caramel.

T&M: Malty, subtle hoppiness, sweetness that lingers... solid brew. Medium bodied and slight carbonation helps it slide on down.

O: Another solid brew from Rogue Ales, noice.

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Photo of IllNate
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fairly boring rusty copper color. Fairly cloudy beer as well. Great beige head though, and it has staying power.

S - Malty sweetness with some hoppiness as well. Fruity yeast rounds it out. Nice.

T - Quite bitter up front, with some well balanced malt backing, bit of caramel.

M - Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with a very well placed bitterness.

O - A fine beer, but overall not very remarkable.

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Photo of Morey
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a cloudy crimson red color with two fingers of cream colored head which has started to settle, but is still hanging around after a few minutes or so. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Big roasted amber malt aroma in the nose. I'm also getting a bit of grassy hops behind the malt-wall.

Big and malty flavor hits the palate like a ton of bricks. I don't really get the hops until the middle/back end with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

Medium.... boarding full bodied mouthfeel with low.... teetering on moderate carbonation.

Not bad, if you prefer you Ambers on the malty side, you'll probably dig this beer. I've also noticed that this beer is priced higher than many of Rogue's other offerings, and I'm not sure why?

Morey's Bottom Line: I have no way of telling how old or fresh this beer is, but I'm going to assume that it may have been a bit hoppier earlier on. With no bottle dating or sediment, I'm left to review as is. A decent malty fall beer. Wouldn't buy a whole sixer if left up to me though.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a Tulip.

A: Poured a very dark and hazy red almost brown color. Very thick white head that takes a while to settle down. Had a good 3 almost 4 fingers worth of head.

S: From the head of the beer alone you get instant dry out scents which were very pleasant.

T: This is where the dry hop kind of ends. The smell and taste have no real relation. The dry hop is present don't get me wrong. But for the amount of aroma it gives off, it lacks in taste. You taste the basic red ale with a mild dry hop with notes of citrus.

M: Had moderate amounts of carbonation which was pretty easy going down the hatch. Up front citrus followed by a touch of hop at the end.

O: From the aroma of this beer it had a nice start, from the taste to the mouth of the beer it kind of lost me. Overall still a decent beer from Rogue.

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Photo of BeerHiker
2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was excited to try this beer after trying the Imperial Red from Rogues XS series, which by the way, was extremely impressive.

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Immediatly impressed by the deep, ruby-amber color and strong holding spotted frothy head. This is truely a gorgeous beer.

Now it starts to go down-hill. Doesnt really have much of a smell at all. Mild sweetness with slight malt and very light hops. Not really too much to work with here.

After my first sip,I brace for the flavor, but it never truely takes off. You get an innitial surge of malt and slight hop, which quickly retreats into...a nasty bitter metallic taste.

I have been extremely impressed with every beer I have tried from Rogue in the past. I dont know whether this one came from a bad batch... or what. Theres just no dimension or flavor to it. Its got almost no aftertaste. Its got almost no taste. I do not recomend this one.

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Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle shared by a friend. Poured into an Alaskan pint glass...

The body is, as the style would dictate, amber in color with some dark mahogany hues. A one and a half inch head, off-white to cream in color, develops and leaves patches of bubbly, wet lacing as it subsides. The smell is of toasted malt, toffee, some caramel, faint fruits (cherry, plum), and some citrusy hops. Taste emphasizes the toasted malt, though the caramel is also readily noticeable. The citrus and fruit shines through in the rear. Mouth is very smooth throughout, but finishes a touch sticky. Overall, a very good amber that I’ll gladly have again.

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Photo of KajII
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a medium brown with an average sized (1-2 fingers) almost beige creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma started out with a nice scent of spruce hops and a hint of citrus but quickly became overpowered by toasted caramel malts and a sweet moldy yeast with notes of raisons, plums and brown sugar.

The taste at first sip was lightly sweet and malty with a nice hint of caramel and brown sugar then progressed into a slightly bitterer flavor with a dose of fruit at the end. The flavor was left to linger for a nice long time, bringing out just a little more of the hop characteristic in this brew.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and dry in texture at first but finished a tad bit watery with a very mild carbonation.

Overall a unique tasting Ale with the sweet and bitter flavors complimenting each other quite well.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a thick, murky consistency. Lots of chunky sediment. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Hops dominated the aroma, with some traces of malt and caramel.

T: Tasted mainly of hops, with a grainy quality coming through as well. A little bit of malt, a little bit of caramel too. There was a slight, unpleasant metallic taste in the finish.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with the aforementioned metallic finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer. Has some deficiencies, but is still drinkable.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose on this ale predicts a nice balance of malts and hops, with both ingredients coming across in roughly equal parts. On the malty side, there are lovely promises of maple sugars and toasted grains, and the hops add a good grapefruit scent to the mix.

On the tongue, however, the hops take the mic and largely out-sing the malts, shouting of grapefruit bitterness and singing in pine-y notes, in many ways making this ale more resemble the symphony of an IPA. The malts do come on stage, timidly at first, but in greater strength later in the concert. Early on, they add an almost chocolate malt-like counter to the hops, and later bring in more sugary notes, with subtle hints of brown sugar, caramel, and light fruit esters. The aftertaste is largely hop-based, the bitterness clinging to the tongue and lips long after the brew has slid down the throat.

Overall, a good brew, though strongly biased toward hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has a nice hop smell right out of the bottle. With smells of carmel, malts, and a sweet smell. It pours a deep amber red color with a 1/2 finger head. The head disappears quickly but leaves a small line of head on top. The taste was slightly hoppy on the front of the tongue but dry on the back end. This really was nothing special just an ok beer.

bottle poured into glass.

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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 goblue3509
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange color with a reddish tint and an one finger soapy head which recedes to skim but does leave some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very faint, I got a caramel malt backbone with a hint of sweetness at the beginning but mostly got an earthy like almost musty aroma. The taste follows suit closely there is a caramel malt backbone with hints of sweetness in the middle. The end of the beer has that earthy hop bite, this is the main flavor of the beer that I got. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was an okay beer, the nose was a little faint, but the taste was better. It did just kinda leave me wanting more out of it, the flavor was average but not very complex.

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

Appearance. Pours a deep amber with a little red, nearly clear and half a finger of thick white head.

Smell. Brown sugar, toasty light malt, caramel and some spicy, earthy hops.

Taste. Toffee and floral hops. Just a little sweetness and bit of lasting bitter citrus rind in the end. A little watery.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Flavours seemed a little attenuated, but not too shabby.

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