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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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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I feel this is superseded even by local takes on the style (Wayward, Riverside).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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Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy red-amber, with an average head of tan sudsiness. Lace pretty limited.

Nose is subtle, with a little piney hops.

Taste is mild with a slight citrus hops touch, but this is backed up by a substantial malt profile. Not bad, not great, but just a fine and drinkable session ale.

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

A: Pour is amber with a rather large, but quickly dissipating tan head. Nice lacings.

S: Piney and citric, just as one would expect from an ARA. Caramell malt, somewhat roasted and sweet. Pineapple and grapefruit. Lots of bitter hops.

T: Malty and sweet. Nice bitter hops as well as floral; pineapple and grapefruits together with lemon sezt.

M: Long lovely bitter aftertaste. Body is medium while carbonation quite mild.

O: Nice and smooth, easy to have quite a few of...

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Photo of t2thebro
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours amber with orange and red tones, one finger head that fades quickly.

S- sweet grains, and bittering hops. Very earthy.

T- resembles smell, sweet and a bit over malty, I honestly can not believe this ale is dry hopped, it had flavors of unfermented malt and early boil bittering hops maybe I need to let this age a bit but as it was already carb bombing a bit when I opened the bottle I don't know if that will help. Bad batch?? Not impressed.

M- plenty of carb, kinda oily. Strange from most ales I've had.

O- at $15 a six pack unless this was a flook bottle I won't be picking this up anymore. It resembles my first home-brew(although this is drinkable) which was poured down the drain due to bad yeast. I was expecting more from rogue.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of pine and citrus with spicy malt, and some cinnamon sweetness.

T: Starts witha zesty malt taste with some caramel sweetness. There is a nice bitterness in the background and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance.

O: Very enjoyable ale that goes down easy. Well worth a try.

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

On-tap.Pint glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.Reddish copper in color,quite foggy.Off-white froth. Crown is close & dense with good retention. Yeasty,piney & resiny aromas to the nose.Bitter upfront then a slightly malt flavor overwhelm the palate.In the middle subtle citric notes. Medium body,gentle carbonation.Good drinkability.

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

Pours a hazy-clear red copper with an antique white-cream colored head. Nice head retention, offering an impressive looking glass of beer. Foam laces the glass as the head dissipates. Sweet, malty caramel and mild toffee aroma. Nice mouthfeel. The water used for brewing seems to be a little harder with natural minerals; like a softer rye ale. Excellent carbonation. Caramel, sorghum, and Christmas pull candy flavors. Finishes with a pleasant bite for a great balance. Rogue always delivers tasty, interesting beers, but you'll never say, "Wow!"

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Photo of rangerred
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap.

Appearance is a slightly hazy medium red with a creamy off white head.

Piny hops dominate the aroma with some nice spicy malt coming in underneath. Almost has a little rye character.

Pine and a little citrus are early flavors followed by a nice spicy malt. A little toasted caramel is there as well along with a moderate bitterness to balance out the malty sweetness.

An above average red ale although not spectacular. A solid beer I would have again.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep, hazy reddish brown with about a finger of beige fizzy foam.

S: Smells sweet with molasses and brown sugar and spicy with cumin, toasted malt and a faint hop bitterness as well.

T/M: Carbonation is surprisingly low and texture is light which leaves it feeling a little drab. Flavor is better, though; tart yeastiness up front leading into dry but sweet maltiness and just a hint of hoppy bitterness, toasty and dry with some champagne tinniness on the finish.

Pretty good through and through but there are better reds out there.

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

Poured a deep unfiltered brown-red with aa frothy cherry-tinted thick head and lots of lacing. Smell a pleasing cinnamon apple spice with a hint of nutmeg. Taste, a well balanced malty spiced chocolate-caramel with a smattering of bitter hops and barnyard hay barrels, lingering nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good but not overwhelming carbonation. Drinkibility is nice and smooth. This is a fine red ale from Rogue and one I will look forward to having again sometime.... I like the subtle bitter hop kick!

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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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