St. Rogue Red | Rogue Ales

St. Rogue RedSt. Rogue Red
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

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Photo of dwvarner77
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a tall three finger beige head that falls relatively quickly but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Retention is decent.
Nose is sweet, malty and caramel. A little bit of grassy hop is evident in the background.
Taste is malty at first, hints of malt sweetness that gives way to a quick hit of hop bitterness, but then the malty sweet takes over again at the finish. The sweet is a bit much at first, but more balanced as the session progresses.
Full, thick mouthfeel. Slight active carbonation.
Not bad. Was better when i had it on tap a few months ago with kmpitz.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark red body with a big tan head. Retention was good as was the lacing. Smells very malty and bready. It starts going downhill with the taste, though. Way too buttery for my taste. Malty and sweet, but a little cloying. It could use a little more carbonation in my opinion. This is a very average red ale.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloude medium dark amber with a 2 finger head, good longevity and very good lacing. Aromas of a nice rich malt with some raisin, plum and vanilla notes. Slight alcohol too. Smells sweet, like maple. At first the tatse is of a stronger ale with some raisin and caramel notes. A lingering roastiness bitterness is left on the sides of the tounge - a bit too much I think. I enjoy a nice red ale but I was not expecting the amount of roasted malt flavor it has. Its not bad, just too much for me in a red ale. A bit watery as well considering its roastiness. Slightly below medium carbonation. As I stated, its a quality brew just not one of the better reds in my book.

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

The beer poured crystal clear amber brown with a tan to brown head which rose tall and frothy and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with a nice caramel backbone followed by citrusy and slightly grassy hop aromas. The aroma was also fruity and when first released from the confinement of a bottle was extremely nice, but sadly that aroma diminished over time.

The flavor was a little thin with some malty caramel impression, but the main emphasis on hop bittering. Hop bitterness and hop flavor control the balance of the beer and the caramel malts only lent and subtle sweetness. Hop flavor was citrusy and once again grassy and fruitiness was present as well.

The finish was dry with lasting bittering and some slight caramel and chocolate. The body was medium and fine for the style. I was hoping for a real winner and got a decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks Dr. Wad!

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

Ruddy garnet body with a small, but steady, light khaki head. Nose is roasty, toasty, and sweet with caramelized notes and a raisiny fruitiness. Fresh, herbal-bitter hops top it off. Nice. Sweetish toasted malt notes up front. Herbal hop bitterness pervades, with cookie-dough maltiness in the middle and a singed hop flower finish. Doughy sweetness lingers. Medium-bodied, with a moderate hop bite. Would go well with a burger.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 arizcards
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Papago Brewing Company in early March for $4.95.

Poured a fine 3 inch head, deep red in color, and there is a nice lacing being left in my glass. Nose is a nice caramely citrus and malt blend. Taste definitely grows on you. This is a nicely balanced beer heavily influenced by the caramel malts and the beginning, and it finishes with a nice citrus dry hop. Mouthfeel is nice and full as most Rouge beers are made. Overall drinkability is good. This one definitely grows on one as you drink it!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. On sale at $6.99 / sixpack. Lot less reading material on the 12 oz. bottles though.

Dark red to almost brown body, fairly opaque. Three fingers of irregular bone china white froth, good lacing immediately evident.

Aroma started off with a bit of citrus, but that quickly faded away, leaving a bit of candy sweetness.

Taste begins with a big caramel start. The hops never quite come in as big as I expect, just a bit of balance in the middle. Finishes somewhat harsh, a bit ...arid? Dry is a good thing, but this feels like I have a parched spot in the center of my tongue. Hops with sandpaper? Slightly metallic. Not an enjoyable closing sensation.

Mouhfeel is fine. Aftertaste kills drinkability.

Very disappointing. I know this is suppose to be basically the same as Santa's Reserve, but I don't see how.

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Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle consumed at the Sanctuary (Iowa City) in May 2005. Pours a thin head of large bubbles that settles quickly to a ring over a crystal clear red-brown liquid. Smells of caramel, citrus hops, honey, iron, and perhaps a hint of munich malt.
Tastes initially dry irony but then a great malty and caramel steps in. There is some hint of floral citrusy hops at the end and the aftertaste rises as a repeat of the caramel and malt. It's sweet yet has a crispness. Hop bitter is noticable, but just a tingle across the pallette. Md thick mouthfeel and mildly carbonated. The flavors are really well balanced and overall, the flavors are tune with the hop bitter. It's a little bit rough grassy on the tongue (about 2/3 through the beer) which is starting to wear considering the beer now seems quite dry. Hops are also more prevalent, but with looking, I can still find sweet in the middle of the swallow.

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Photo of longarm
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour leaves a beige fizzy head temporarily resting on a base of burnt, amber colored beer. Head retention is only fair at first but dies quickly.

Aroma reminds me distantly of a Belgian Ale with mild hints of orange and dark caramel or carmelized sugar. Piney NW hops present themselves in balance with the malt and are not remotely overwhelming.

Mild hop bitterness mingles with sweet caramel flavors creating balanced flavors up-front. Fruitiness appears in the middle of a sip, while a dry and moderate bitterness washes the palate. Noticeable hop flavor in this brew as well creates interesting degrees of complexity, somewhat surprising to me for the style. Its body is crisp without being watery or too dry.

The more sips I take of this the more I enjoy it. Overall a nice beer that stands-well on its own or paired with beef.

I tried subsequent samples with a choice cut of rib-eye (as suggested on the 6-pack) as well as a ham sandwich. It matched rather well with the steak, where carmelized flavors from the grill mixed well with sweet maltiness in the beer. Hops help to cleanse the palate and begin the combinatorial process again. A plain ham sandwich was a little too salty and the mix of ham and red ale was subsequently unbalanced.

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Photo of nfo
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a nice foamy head. Generally a sweet malty flavor with a bit of hops, and a dry, clean finish. The feel is nice and full, but not too heavy that I don't enjoy the whole 22 on my own. While not really distinctive tasting, I feel it is very well balanced and drinkable, so it earns high marks on taste - it's a well designed beer. Great with food, so do yourself a favor and grab a burger and a St. Rogue's Red.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle -- previously enjoyed only from 22 oz. bottles. Appearance is a deep amber, almost red color. Very nice. Aroma is malty with some caramel and some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty full and chewy for a red. Taste is excellent: sweet, a little dry, well-balanced hops. Good finish. Drinkability is high. This is my first six-pack of this particular Rogue style, but like most Rogue brews, I would not hesitate to purchase another. Rogue consistently puts out enjoyable, approachable, and very drinkable beers. St. Rogue Red is no exception. Enjoyable with meals.

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Photo of mynie
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What would a Rogue be without an excellent pour? Deep, dark red, wonderfully hazy with a retentive 2-finger head.

Smells of sour hops and distinctive Rogue Pacman yeast. Very nice but sadly far too faint.

Hops up front, sour and fairly complicated. Not too hoppy, nice for a red ale. Weak malt backbone, lacking the distinct yeast character I look for in a Rogue.

Slightly unbalanced but pretty good. Sort of a let down from my favorite brewer...

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Photo of Brent
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the darkest of the ambers I've run across - deep garnet, and under a bright light I almost see a touch of purple. Bright and lively in the mouth. Rogue was more reserved in hopping than I expected, but this is an American take on the red ale style, with some well-moderated sharp bittering in the middle. Finishes out with some malty sweetness. Not stellar, but a solid product.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a half-pint glass. It pours a medium ruby red color with one finger of head. There's a decent amount of lacing. The smell is fairly hoppy, but still has a nice amount of toasted malt character. The taste is very...weird. Slightly burnt and maybe smokey malt up front, and it seems to have a candy flavor, like licorice to it. Rather odd, but still good. The finish is nice and hoppy. Really piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly thick. The drinkability is very nice too. Another good one from Rogue.

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Photo of paulyrimz
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had this on draft at Hollingshead in a German style pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color. A fizzy tan head when it was first poured. No lacing, head dissapated within a minute.

Smell: Rich malt aromas. Spicey apple and caramel hints. No hop aroma. Smells delicious.

Taste: Malty taste, to be expected of red ales. But something more, taste of apple and spice compliment the malts nicely, very little if any hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very light on carbonation but surprisingly nice depth of mouthfeel.

Notes: Not the type of beer I usually go after, but surprisingly drinkable. Very malty brew, little hop presence, but unique fruit and spice aromas, make this beer worth a try.

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Photo of dauss
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard 12oz. brown bottle, no freshness date. A small head started to form when I popped the top. Probably 6% alcohol after looking at Rogue's website.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber ruby. A moderate-large tan head forms, with fair retention, and good lacing.

Smell: Heavily malted. Lots of caramel, touch of fruity esters, spicy sprucey hops, alcohol, and butterscotch diacetyl.

Taste: The flavor hops used gives it a "holiday" spice taste. Sweet and biscuity malt. Loads of spicy hop flavor, and a light smooth bitterness runs across the tongue. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a light body.

Notes: Good contrasting malt sweetness and hop bitterness and flavor. Could use more body. Definitely a good beer.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliant red pour with a big head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smell is malty with some caramel and just a little bit of hops. Flavor is a pretty thick wall of malt with a lot of chewy grain and caramel flavors. The hops come through very faintly in the finish, but the malt really evens it out with a nice roasty flavor. Not a bad one from Rogue.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear color of cherrywood with a 1/2 inch rocky tan head. Lacy. Smells lightly fruity malt and hops. Tea leaves.

Some nice fruity malt with strident underlying hops. Again, tastes a bit of tea leaves in the hoppy flavors. Nice, crisp, medium bodied brew. Nice hoppy aftertaste and bite and a fine very drinkable red ale.

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Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red color with an amber and copper hue, two inch head with lacing, and lots of carb action.

A roasted caramel malt smell with pine hops and hints of red licorice and vanilla.

A medium roasted caramel malt taste with pine hops and red licorice and vanilla background.

Medium bodied, dry slightly syrupy rexture, lively soft carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

Smooth enough for a session beer but a little heavy, great for the style.

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Photo of Wonka
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ.
bought at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

Appearance – clear cranberry juice red; good 1.5 inch thick cream head; lace is good

Smell – a bit like defrosting earth in the spring

Taste – malts from early to mid – a bit roasted; bitter is in majority from mid to close and in the aftertaste where it stands strong; not really complex

Mouthfeel – light feel; a bit dry on the close and its certainly accented by the bitterness

Drinkability – I hearken back to the 80’s band “Simply Red”. Its not too exciting but its certainly drinkable (listenable).

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy dark amber with a nice creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, aromas of pine and caramel. Citrus, pineapple, caramel and fruity cherry flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes bitter.

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Photo of karst
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark red color with a beige head and modest but persistance lace. With aromas of spruce, floral hops, malts, and alcohol, taste follows suit. Medium body with good carbonation.

Rounded maltiness, toasty with husk undertones. Mild fruitiness hops balance at first then dominate finish though their citric and piney aftertaste. Malt flavors also survive to the finish with lingering sweetness and the sharp biting hops and clean water taste. Flavor puts me off, it is old bottle. I hate it when I don't finish a beer! Lacking complexity. Body improves as it warms until carbonation fades. Roasted caramel balanced by bitter, spruce and citrus hops. Finishes crisp, dry with bitterness and a toasted aftertaste.

Debating on trying this again since I am a Rogue fan. From the bargan table at Corall liquors in Granite City.

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Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a brown color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some caramel malt, but also has a lot of grassy hops. The flavor is much the same. Mostly caramel malts with a lot of hops on top of it. Not bad, but not really my style. The body is right about where it should be.

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Photo of oracle
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 oz imperial pint in a traditional english pint glass

Beer arrived medium redish copper with thin film for a head. No lacing at all.

Smell was pretty hoppy, with strong citrus scents and very little else.

I was mildly disapointed with the flavor of this beer. Large hop presence in the beginning, almost as much as an big IPA, but after that, there seemed to be very little flavor to back it up. The finish especially seemed to be lacking any substantial flavor at all.

Now, I know some folks who swear that this is one of the finest brews ever created and may be the reason that God gave us hops to begin with. And that's fine. For me, I'll pass on this one from now on.

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,050 ratings
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