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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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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 eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper amber color. A bit cloudy. Forms a huge creamy and soapy beige head that leaves tons of lacings in the glass. Head is creamy and solid and never disappears

S: Sweet caramel malts upfront. Strong American herby, flowery and a bit piny hops. A bit fruity too

T: Slightly sweet upfont. Strong notes of crystal and caramel malts. A bit metallic sensation. Very smooth in the mouth. Balanced bitterness. Notes of toffee and bready yeasts

M: Light body. Very good carbonation. Caramel and flowery hops aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Rogue quality

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 20, 2013.

The pour is an attractive looking deep mahogany amber with a modest head that eventually fades.

The aroma has some earthy hop notes, sweet malts, and black licorice.

The body is in the medium range.

The taste is much like the nose with malty goodness at the start and a definite licorice quality to it. Mild bitterness that lingers briefly.

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Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Snot running down his nose
Greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes.
Aqualung my friend
I had a few before this one so my palate is polluted by Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and a Bitter Monk(Stone & Ommegang).
The bottle caught my eye. My brother, the halo I use when convenient. The outfit reminisce of my sometimes Buddhist ways, a nation and cult that can't be labeled or defined.
Caveat Emptor, I like Rogue, this Red Head looks and smells pretty sweet. She has been dry disinfected with some yocal hops. It's not a 90 minute dog head like bath. Nice head.
Rogue nation certified. Salute.
Sun streaking cold
An old man wandering lonely.
Taking time
The only way he knows.
Leg hurting bad,
As he bends to pick a dog-end
He goes down to the bog
And warms his feet.

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Photo of hrbuchanan
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful red, relatively opaque. Impressive head retention. I like the design of Rogue's bottles, but they do get monotonous after a while.

Smell: Classic red malt aroma, light on hops surprisingly. Mild overall.

Taste: Little at first, then fades into red malt, then fades into hop bitterness. A little too much back-of-the-throat bitterness for my taste. Seems unbalanced as a red ale with so little malt flavor. Still nice, though!

Feel: Fairly nice, but a little thin, similar to the malt flavor.

Overall: Just a bit out-of-balance to me. The hoppy reads I have enjoyed have been included a lot more red malt flavor. Won't buy again any time soon, but glad I got to taste it. Rogue just has potential to do it better than this.

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Photo of Omnium
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Winter Lager glass
A - Pours a nice dark reddish brown color, thick khaki colored two finger head, thick lacing, a little murky though.
S - Sweet toffee and fresh bread, nice piney and earthy hops, a little resinous.
T - Good balance of malt and bitterness, but still not too heavy, you get a good bite from the dry hopping.
M - A little thin, but still kinda chewy.
O - Very good hoppy red ale, you could pound a few of these with the mild abv. Pleasant enough for a hop head, but not overly agressive.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, carameland hops. There is also some toffee and a bit of a cherry sweetness. It ends with a malty sweet mildly hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - Can't find a date on the bottle, but I'm sure this beer is really good when fresh. It has a nice flavour but it doesn't have much hop vibrancy. Still a good beer that I will seek out again - hopefully with a date on the bottle.

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Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red with a medium beige, slowly fading head. Some light lacing. Aroma of earthy piney hops, caramel malt, yeast with some dark fruity esters of plums fill the senses. Taste is earthy piney hops, caramel malt, yeast and bready, some toffee notes. Palate is a medium body, sweet with some bitter notes on the tongue, with good carbonation. Finish with caramel malt, yeast and bready, dark fruits, some toffee notes and some good earthy piney hops for balance, ending has a nice dry hopped nutty toffee lingering flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful and pleasant brew.

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Photo of curtismontcalm
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a while ago and will have another for sure next chance I get.

Nice sweet smooth start with hints of a caramel flavour but it finished with a bitter slight smokey flavour. Nothing overpowering at all just a nice touch as far as I'm concerned.

I had it from a Key Keg so it may have poured slightly "flatter" than a traditional keg.

Overall a great pint that I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From Jim's, no BB.

Looks the biz on the pour, with a lovely fluffy two to three finger head, but after that all downhill.

Aromas are malt mainly, but the taste is just, erm, not nice. Dry hopped I guess means a dry dry tasting beer, which just does not suit this palate. It's thin and watery, too.

How else can you score a beer, if you genuinely do not actually like the taste??.

Maybe it's the yeast...

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Photo of TeamMathis
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy, orange red.
Smell: Honey. Smokey.
Taste: Odd, almost hollow, except for the bitter aftertaste that hits the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: --

With each drink the smell of honey took over the taste but subsided once the bitter settled in on the back of the tongue. It's an interesting brew and worth a try; not one of the best of Rogue's lineup. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of danieelol
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent red with good head and lacing.

Smell is the typical American Amber honey-on-buttered-toast character. And that trademark honeycomb. Perhaps some tropical hop behind that.

Taste is the same. Watery and not too bitter.

Decent, but I feel I want more aroma hops, more body and more bittering hops.

I feel this is superseded even by local takes on the style (Wayward, Riverside).

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Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark amber with a thin, soft, off white head that hangs around for a few seconds

S - big bread, some faint caramel, citrus

T - bread, caramel, piny bitterness, some faint citrus, some dark malt notes hidden throughout

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. It seems a bit unbalanced. The dark malt notes pop up from time to time to clash with the big breadiness that dominates the flavor. The hop character is piny and bitter and doesn't seem to mesh with the awkward malt character. This isn't a bad beer, but it I'll say it's muddled. The next time I'm in the mood for an amber ale, I'll seek something a little more fine-tuned.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not much head just a 1/4 inch of foam. Beer is a slightly hazy amber brown.
S - Slightly hoppy more just an amber ale with caramel malts and sweet malts.
T - Well it's not bad. Like others said it's a mildly hopped amber ale, less so than Nugget Nectar but not bad.
M - Medium bodied somewhat chewy, thicker than it should be.
Overall I am not going to get it again but it's not as bad as others say.

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Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
2.03/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Serving: 12 oz. bottle from a pick-your-own six pack. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red with a handsome one-and a half finger head. Good head retention throughout the session.

Aroma: I get this funky sweet smell in the nose, a little bit of citrus hops but it is mostly all funky fruit, I don’t know what’s wrong with this beer but I am hard pressed to find any signs of dry hopping here.

Taste: better than it smells, but it is still well below what I expected. Small bit of hops up front and a decent amount of toasty and caramel malts in the finish. Not much else.

Mouth-feel: I find it to be medium and rather creamy. Not bad here

Overall: Maybe I purchased a bad/old/light struck bottle. Therefore, I may give it a second chance one day. Nevertheless, I was disappointed with this beer. I was expecting a hoppier red ale with a fat malt backbone to make for some delicious sipping.

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Photo of ubenumber2
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in to a pint glass

Dark redish deep brown colors , small head that goes away fast , no lacing

Not a lot of aroma from the glass , kind of an off smell

Mouthfull is weak , not full at all

Taste is just not working for me , starts off kind of nice but ends with an off taste that is really hard to explain

Overall , maybe I got a bad bottle , an old bottle , it was in a pick 6 and the store is always rotating stock and keeps fresh beer , not too many old beers in there but this very well could have been , I may try another at a different store

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

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a large snifter.

Ruby amber color with two finger thick off-white head that fades to a small layer. Good lacing. High number of bubbles. Hazy appearance.

Aroma is full of dry hopping with a certain kind of hop profile used that is distinctive. Piney, resiny and slightly floral aroma. I like it. Very suppressed malt, caramel aroma.

Taste: Hop forward. Malt is quite suppressed for a semi-dry bitter finish. Lingering bitterness that is yet again distinctive.

Mouth feel : Medium to slightly oily feel. High on carbonation that contributes to some astringency along with dry hopping.

Drinks like an IPA just for color and little caramel .

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

Low on alcohol but still a good ale. I like it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut amber with thin steady beige cap that trails.
Sticky caramel and resiny nectar nose - doesn't smell especially dry-hopped.
Berry jam, toffee, a hint of cocoa then big blood orange and pine hops.
Orange hard candy finish and tart linger. Medium, sticky, chewy.

A less aggressive 5AM Saint. Centennial shows up big and there might be a big of chocolate malt in there but no dry hopping except for a slight grassiness. Not approaching Red Rocket or Cascazilla, but a solid amber.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Totowa last week since I hadn't had Rogue beer in quite some time. Wasn't sure what to expect here and after having this, I had to say that this was somewhat disappointing. I would never have guessed that this was dry-hopped and there wasn't much body or carbonation here at all.

The pour to this was read with a fluffy head that faded somewhat quickly and no accompanying lacing to be seen. Not much of an aroma here and after some grapefruit up front, the taste faded away to a less-than-filling red with some lemon zest and sweetness. The malt is there but it's hard to pinpoint and the aftertaste was an earthy and floral bitterness that wasn't pleasing, forcing me to take another sip to mask the taste.

Yes, this was a session beer but I wouldn't have another of these if it was the only beer left in my fridge. I had a bad feeling about this when it bubbled over upon opening and like a few others on here, I didn't taste the dry hopping on here. If this was made another way in the past, I'd give that a go since something's not lining up right at all with this beer.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Toasted malt and a pinch of floral hops.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Nice dry hopped flavor. But the malt doesn't really shine.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: Pretty good, but not great. The flavor was lacking in strong malt characteristics.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber with an off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet hops and a bit of roasted malt character. Mostly sweet in the nose.

Taste: Unexpected blast of bitterness up front. That bitterness gets more intense and then subsides giving way to a somewhat smooth finish. A bit of candy-like sweetness at the end, I'm assuming that's from the hops. There's definitely a good amount of malt in there but it's hard to pinpoint any particular flavor from it. Not getting any of the roastyness from the nose. There is a slight off-flavor in there like a soapy bitterness and it becomes more prominent the more you drink.

Mouthfeel: This is a light bodied beer but it isn't watery at all. The carbonation actually contributes to the bitterness in a way without overwhelming the palate. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: If you like Red Ales then this would be a good choice because it has a sufficient amount of flavor and is sessionable at 5.10% abv. Definitely not among the best, but a pretty good brew none the less.

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Photo of christofermcclendon
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

light floral and citric notes, nothing overwhelming but definately noticable.

: not sure if it was a carbonation or yeast issue but upon opening bottle some of the beer ended up on my countertop. in the glass this beer has a rich red tint topped with a little over a finger of head.

citric and dry, not nearly as hoppy as expected since "dry hopped" is printed on the label. not a bad taste but nothing stood out with this beer either

the creamy (texture not taste) head quickly dissipated leaving an almost flat beer pretty quickly. this could have been due to the oveflow upon opening maybe just a bad bottle??

overall this wasnt a bad beer especially to a person such as myself just now exploring craft beer. id drink this beer again although for the price id much prefer other beers.

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

Pours a deep ruby color with off-white head that settles to a film on top throughout the whole drink. Hops appear to be of the floral variety, as I only get a mild floral character on the nose. Similarly, the taste is very mild with a certain bitterness that isn't made up for with the flavor. Not much carbonation or anything to spruce it up at all. Just a very plain beer. Rogue has another red which is much better than this.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy, copper amber with a finger width off-white head, good retention and the lace left behind is sufficient and semi-sticky.

Smell - Predominately citrus hops. Orange and lemon peel. Earthy. Mild malt aromas beneath this.

Taste - Starts and ends with abundant citrus orange hoppiness, mildly bitter, with a touch of metallic twang not uncommon in reds. A hint of pineapple pops up from time to time. Notes of a lightly toasted bready malt back the hop to complete the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Light and a touch watery. Decently carbonated. Finishes dry and leaves your throat a tad parched.

Overall - An interesting, but not elite red. If memory serves correct, and I believe it does, I liked this beer better when it wasn't dry-hopped as it is now. I wish they'd release that version again.

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