8 Hop IPA
Rogue Ales

8 Hop IPA8 Hop IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,971
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,957
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.1%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
161
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Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
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89
Very Good
8 Hop IPA8 Hop IPA
Notes: Formerly known as Rogue Farms 8 Hop IPA

Ingredients: Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™, CaraRed, Maier Munich, Dextra Pils & Dare™ R-1 Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina & Alluvial Hops; Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

80 IBU
Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 161 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Caramely malts with piney hops and citrus.

T/F: Follows the nose... caramel sweet malts and toasty grains. Well balanced hop bitterness. West coast evergreen/pine.. resinous.. milder citrus and light stone fruit. Some herbal/earthy character. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A really good DIPA from Rogue... and I didn't know that they knew how to do an IPA this well. Strong work!

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - orange/amber opaque with a thin white/light tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - piney hops, slight aromas of citrus, and nice amount of malt. The smell isn't too strong though.
T - follows the nose: piney hops and a good amount of malt, along with notes of citrus and biscuit. A little bit of earthiness as well. A slight twinge of alcohol flavor on the back end - not off putting but slightly noticeable.
F - medium to full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Thicker, smooth, and creamy.
O - This is a pretty nice IPA. Nice hop notes along with malt, citrus, biscuit, and earth. The creaminess and fuller body are notable but otherwise, nothing really sticks out and makes this one "special" to me. Definitely a really good beer, a really good IPA, I'd have it if it was on tap (depending on choices of course) but otherwise nothing that makes me want to go out any buy another.

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Photo of mpyle
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interestingly to me, the 4 hop (4.44% ABV), 6 hop (6.66% ABV) and 8 hop (8.88 ABV) were priced exactly the same where I bought it. Opted for the cheapest per unit alcohol, apparently.

Look is amber color, cloudy as h*ll (might be dry hopped, yes?) Pours a lovely just off-white head, remarkably creamy and long lasting.

Smell is big malty and slightly alcoholic, more sweet than hoppy. Definitely smells like a big beer.

Taste is malty and rich but not overly sweet. Hop flavors a bit more of the earthy/piney variety, and a bit more subdued than I expected. Gently bitter in the finish. Overall a pretty smooth drinking DIPA, and fairly balanced.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation. No astringency, a bit of restrained alcoholic warming.

Overall is very much in line with the style - big hops balancing out huge malt. Though not great, this one is more in the style of my liking, as it seems unified. Not a big slug of malty sweetness and a biting hop bitterness on the back end - this one is more balanced.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From Elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing Always the Same Blue Sky. Some pine and, above all, plenty alcoholic, so much that a bomber became too much for my head. Heady.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber, thin head of refined bubbles, fantastic lacing.

Smells of malty fruit, tinged with earthy pine.

Taste follows the nose. Sour, creamy and subtle, followed by medium bubbles on the mouth's roof.

More subdued than the typical IPA's intense citrus, grapefruit and especially pine, the booze is not hidden, it's presence is rather put on a pedestal by the sour, creamy malt. Almost as drinkable as a standard Red Hook, which is saying a lot.

This stuff puts the Imp in Imperial IPA! Goes well with Slayer!!

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Brownish, clouded amber, moderate light khaki cap, leaves a typical looking film, collar and some strands and bit of lacing.

Earthy, hopped up nose.

Ripe fruit, earthy hops, notes of some tea, leafy/minty hops, malty under coating balancing things out.

Enjoyable and worth a try...nice to enjoy a fresh tasting sample on tap

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Photo of craigbelly
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very malty with sweet bread and biscuit. Hop kicks off with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, some spicy, earthy, & ends very grassy.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a pint glass at Dog in Yard, Bangkok.

Clear copper amber in color, it comes with thick creamy off-white head that won't easily die down but lastingly stick with very good retention. It slowly dissipates to an everlasting foamy crown and leaves numerous of sticky lacing wave all around.

The aroma is poked through with tropical affair of lychee, pineapple, grapefruit, as well as pine, floral, earthiness, and grassiness. Malt is there too with its sweet bread and biscuit.

Hop kicks off with notes of tropical, lychee, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, some spicy, earthy, grassy, and strong bitterness while malt displays underneath with its sweet and biscuit. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with grassy bitterness.

Medium body with rather smooth mouthfeel and mild carbonation, the feeling needs like a bit more of crispness. Finish is pleasantly dry.

A tropical paradise IPA, hop intensity is high with its juicy, fruity, grassy, yet earthy profile plus with a good malt bill to harmoniously blend in.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle.
A: Pours a Clear Amber with a 1 inch white head and pretty good sticky lacing.
S: Has a wet grass musty nose.Somewhat sweet.
T: A bit sweet and malty up front but a good bitter hop finish.
F: Good carbonation ,medium body.
O: Pretty good IPA a bit malty /caramel for me.

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Photo of brewaddict
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/24/16 from notes:

L - Pours a clear amber with a thick cream colored head
S - I get a little dank with caramel sweetness
T - The taste is malted up front and hoppy bitter at the finish. The flavors are a little muddled
F - A little chewy which is nice
O - this was OK

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought on a whim. This beer is just too odd for me. The hop flavors combat with each other to create a maelstrom of acidity that I just don't find appealing. I won't be getting this again, and I'm mad I paid for and hauled a bomber back from Rapid City.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a touch of haze. Double bar pour resulting in a small head. The lace is gorgeous with a literal ring after every sip.

Good blend of caramelized malt and fresher floral hops.

Served slightly warm, nice. Creamy body with plenty of carbonation. Some definitive alcohol warmth on the tongue and throat. The finish is ever so lightly sweet with a strong bittering bite leaving a long aftertaste. Very close to being a double IPA.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This here brew pours a rather light amber colour which produces a large head and leaves random splotches of not quite lacing.

Usually when IPAs say they have a strong malt backbone it's empty boasting, however, this time it's backed up by a rather robust malt posse. The various hops intermingle and give a rather bitter muted hop profile.

It's perhaps too smooth and not snappy enough. However it is quite good.

Would have again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: citrus and earthy tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, earthy hop bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a slightly dry finish. Long lasting earthy aftertaste here.

Overall: a decent IPA but not as refreshing as I would like.

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Photo of Pencible
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with moderate off white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and earthy herbal hops, with some mild peach.
T: It tasted like candied apricot and orange zest and burnt caramel, with some wild onion and catty herbal hops. It had a dirty bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with some carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was another poor IPA from Rogue, using their terrible self grown hops. Bad scent, bad taste, and great body. It had a rough finish too, so it was hard to drink. Not recommended.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is an opaque medium-dark amber. Plenty of light brown head.

The smell reaches out from some distance. Gotta get close to get specific, though. There's lots of honey and a little vanilla. I can also detect a little bit of barrel.

The taste is surprisingly malty and a little toasty, which I wasn't expecting considering that the main selling point is eight different types of hops. It's not particularly bitter, either. Most of the hop flavors I get are floral and earthy. It's nicely balanced between malt and hops, but nothing really stands out. It's like an album that everybody thinks is great, but there were no hit singles.

The carbonation is surprisingly coarse, yet it's smooth. Maybe there was something up with my bottle because it almost foamed out when I opened it.

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Photo of Hop15fan
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Agree with past reviews; complex, moderate hops with nice malt character that is not enveloped by the hops, and tasty finish. Mine was on draft at a local Whole Foods pub that always seems to have steady one very drinkable IPA

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex. Sweet. Tasty. These are the best words for me to use from my limited vocabulary. The ABV is very well hidden which could pose a danger to the untested. Approved.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue 8. Deep copper color. Sheets of lacing on the glass from the creamy and rich orange-cream head. Bright citrus aroma along with some caramel malt. The flavor is quite malty, and is like a barley wine in some aspects. Notes of orange, honey, and bread. Slight bitterness to the finish, with a bit of alcohol heat. A great beer overall, my favorite from Rogue thus far.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottling date

Appearance - Pours hazy and copper orange in color with a sandstone, two-finger width head. Good retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing consists mostly of small patches and a few spots.

Smell - Strong notes of candied citrus and caramel. Lesser pine and a hint spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy flavor of orange and lesser grapefruit. Strong undertone of caramel adds a candied sweetness to the hops. A touch of pine, which strengthens as it warms, and spice hit near the finish, and the aftertaste lingers with a light pithy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Turns a bit heavy in the finish, but not unexpected for a near 9% brew.

Overall - A good, delightful IPA. While the profile is decidedly hoppy, it's no hop bomb. Instead it relies on a wonderful blend of hop and malt to deliver a tasty brew. Not the smoothest, but the flavor helps to pardon the less than ideal finish. I'd say this would be an occasional buy, but the lack of bottling date makes me leery. It's 2016 Rogue, get your priorities straight.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Hattiesburg Beer Fest. We were pouring the 4 Hop, 7 and 8. 8 was the big winner with the taster crowd.

A: As another reviewer said, "whiskey colored," opaque, with an off-white one finger head that hung around.

S: Those familiar Rogue hops, only a lot stronger. Very assertive.

T: Like drinking a strong ale, Rogue style. Low bitterness but aggressively hoppy. Caramel malts make it smooth with a strong bite. This one really gets your attention.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Perfect for hopheads, but malt lovers will like this juggernaught, too. The more hops, the better the brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle with no obvious bottling date. Sampled on May 13, 2016.

It is a handsome looking medium amber (whiskey color) pour with a long lasting cream colored head.

The aroma begins with a sweet caramel malts but then the earthy and spicy hops kick in. But it is not overpowering. It just brings out a hop forward character.

Medium body.

The earthy hop bitterness defines the flavor at the finish after those sweet caramel malts jump forward. Mild bitterness to finish. Definitely unforgettable. Not has hoppy has hopheads would like but really nicely balanced.

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had this beer poured from 22-oz. bomber into tulip. Surprising in color, there's also a lot--probably too much--going on in this big, interesting 8-hop beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Made with 8 different hops - I COULD detail them all here, but why bother - Google it yo self! Also, how is this not a DIPA?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some sudsy and splattered lace around the glass as it slowly and surely abates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, musty pine resin, a bit of herbal mint and white pepper spiciness, bitter generic citrus rind, some muddled tropical fruitiness, and further leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed floral hoppiness. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, some faintly biscuity toffee, well blended pineapple, kiwi, and peach fruity notes, somewhat edgy orange or yellow bell pepper, and more piney, leafy, herbal, and certainly perfumed floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly robust in its palate-filling and supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and actually quite smooth, despite the furor of the obviously oblivious hops swirling about. It finishes off-dry, the combination of the entrenched malt and fruity hops, not to mention the well-integrated, and near 18-proof booziness, all ensuring my palate's future date with a scraper of sorts.

Well, for such a strong, um, IPA, this one comes off rather graciously - the hops being very complex and complicated in their octet of flavour vectors. Toss in a sturdy and stoic malt backbone, and the aforementioned down-low alcohol warming, and we have ourselves one tidy 'little' quaff here - worthy of checking out, I gotta say (providing you're okay with the extra sweetness).

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Photo of Ego
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

ahh, the rogue bomber, a welcome site in these skies...

eyes...
medium orange hue with some red highlights, clean presentation, good amount of bubbles commuting to the cloud city (lando would be proud), head fades but does not die, lacing is good, a nice enough looking fella

nose...
running the spectrum, piney to earthy to herbal/medicinal to tropical and then malty sweet/dark honey, this is a ride

taste etc...
carbonationus perfectionus, really, the carbonation is perfect here, lively with bite and floats the brew perfectly
down the river.
the tropical hops seem to fight to the top just a tad, mostly the other flavors hold out (all sectors of my tongue are
sensing something here), medium bitterness, plenty of malt once the bitters subside, mild warming from the ABV (but not in the flavor), this tends to stay a little sweeter than I would like in my IPAs - I like the over the top bitter type

verdict?
tasty, well crafted, a little bit too sweet for me, I mean cmon, I'm sweet enough already...

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8 Hop IPA from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 161 ratings