Two Tier Bier (15th Anniversary) | Rogue Ales

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Two Tier Bier (15th Anniversary)Two Tier Bier (15th Anniversary)

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ngandhi on 09-07-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a famous, perhaps imfamous, Rogue 22oz bomber. This is a limited addition release commemorating their partnership with Mt. Hood Beverage. I sampled this beer while watching the ALCS Game 5 NYY vs BOS, and sampled it over the course of nearly an hour. This sample really was a tale of two beers, almost symbolic of why it was made. The longer this beer breathed the better it got.

Appearance: Deep bronze color with a biege colored foamy, bubble layered, big head that left solid bands of lacing around the glass with every drink.

Smell: Piney, woodsy hops and sweet malt in the beginning. Started out fairly muted, not because it's cold (the beer was probably about 60 when I first poured it), but because I believe this beer to be way to young. The nose really starts opening up, but only after quite some time.

Taste: It began with sweet malt and very bitter, unbalanced hops. Very strong pine, spruce, and resine flavors. Exactly like when I took one of the first buds of my Mt. Hood hops bine and ate a sample, but much, much stronger. Needs age. However, because it was so bitter and I was watching the game this beer sat in the glass much longer than I would normally. It had a chance to open and breathe and became quite balanced and quite incredible. The piney, spruce, resiny flavors mellowed and the cascade and amarillo citrusy flavors and the sweet malt really started to present them selves.

Mouthfeel: This also improved, while it started out sweet and then drying bitter, it settled into a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness and finished wet and smoothly.

Drinkability: At first, very poor. Then fantastic. This beer will be great in four to six months? maybe longer.

Thankfully my wife brought me back two of these from Oregon so I can sample it again in a few months.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one poured a dark orange in color slightly shaded with brown. The beer is very thick and hazy. The head was big on an overly cautious pour and left some cool-looking pits on top of the liquid. When it finally went down the inside of my Rogue pint glass was covered with lacing.

Smell – The hop profile here is big and very complex. The pine is laid back a bit but the floral and citrus aroma is huge. This is also a very balanced nose. The rich, creamy, biscuity malt notes are complimented with some good caramel.

Taste – The flavors are very clean and sharp. The light pine from the nose came out roaring at the taste. The floral flavors are raw and edgy and the bitterness will snap your head back. The balance is right on as well. The rich, caramel-laden malts are wonderfully doughy like a freshly-baked buttered biscuit.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full in the body with a bitterness that can’t be ignored. It is viscous on the palate and almost seems to ooze down the throat.

Drinkability – This is Brutal Bitter meets Ruination. I’ve reviewed close to a hundred IPAs of various sub-styles and still got a surprise from this effort by Rogue. This is the real deal.

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Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of 99bottles
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at KClingers, the offical name of this beer on the poster reads Awry IPA, Two Tier Bier.

Appearance: Served in a mini-pilsner glass. Boo. The body is a rich tan-orange and there is a nice dingy yellow brown head of foamy lace that has average retention.

Smell: A juicy boquet of hops fills the nose on this beer. Very lush and citrusy.

Taste: This is a wonderfully crafted IPA. The hop mix of Horizon, Amarillo, Mt Hood, and Cascades create a beautifully complex hop flavor, that undulates over the tounge and finishes in a wonderfully lip smacking bitterness. "Only" 72 IBU ? I might have thought more. In any case, the malts are dry and supportive, a little sweet, and a little grainy. I see they use rye, which might explain the somewhat different taste. The alcohol is present, but nowhere near as pronounced as in the I squared PA they make. The two are similar, but this one stays within reason and really just lets its ingredients shine. Excellent beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich and not overly viscous, this IPA has low to moderate carbonation, and feels smooth across the palette.

Drinkability: Wonderful. Might dull the tastebuds after a few of them, but who cares? Nothing else out there is going to deliver the satisfaction like this will.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing, cloudy orange with some darkish spots of brown in the soup. Creamy, dense, even head. Sweet hop nose with lots of fruity hops and whiffs of alcohol.

Rough, quick-dry cement hops blast the mouth and fill it with more full-mouth dryness than I've ever had. Settles down into only remnants of dryness and finishes cleanish and quiet. Some underlying tropical fruit sweetness is present, but it's completely pinned down by the dryness. Medium to light body.

Highly drinkable brew for its level of hoppiness. The best double IPA I've had without a doubt.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a medium golden with amber hue and with a very slight haze. The head was white with a yellow cast and rose tall and frothy and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with notable amarillo hops leading the charge. Some slight rye aroma was present, but not to a huge degree. Maltiness was behind the hops and rounding out the aroma was a caramel impression.

The flavor was very nice with a great bittering component and a nice rye flavor. The complexity of the bittering and flavor hop component in well achieved balance with the malt and rye leads to a very nice brew.

The finish is bitter, but not overly so, and dries out over time leaving a toasty, rye flavor in the aftertaste. The body was medium full and well done.

A very nice and easy drinking IPA with Rye. They should make this a year round beer instead of a one time shot. Thank goodness I have another bottle.

22 ounce bomber sent to me by none other than Denny Conn who made the original Rye beer that inspired this brew. Many, many thanks Denny!

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Photo of ngandhi
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Edgewater Lounge; Chicago, Illinois.

Bracingly bitter with deep spicy malt from the rye. The great match of rye and big hops was long ago proven by Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye and this is a beer in the same vein. Though this recipe, taken from homebrew legend Denny Conn's RyePA , perhaps predates Bear Republic, its execution by Rogue is not up to par.

The bouquet is astonishing. The palate upfront is jarring. But, as the beer progresses, it becomes a little lost in its bitterness, overwhelming the rye presence and chainsawing through the delicate structure of this beer.

Assertive and intense with bright floral flavors, lemon, and pine. Like many of these released-too-soon 15th Anniversaries, this beer tastes far too raw. I'm sure it will drink nicely in a month or so but, with this scorch-the-earth schedule, we'll probably never know.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita. Thanks, Rob!

Appearance: A huge head exploded out of this bright, copper-orange beer. The foam had the same orange hue that the beer had. It settled down slowly and the top layers became dense and lightly fluffy as it did so. A light haze and a surprisingly heavy bead could be seen when the beer was held up to the light. There were large amounts of thick lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: A great mix of sweet malts and hops right after the pour. After the beer had settled, the sweet malt took a backseat and the hops became the most obvious aroma. The malt presence that remained took on a more roasted quality and was joined in the background by some light alcohol. The hops had some nice citrus qualities on the nose that did not come out at all in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth upfront with only a small amount of carbonation developing as the beer moved back in the mouth. I assume that was due to the explosive release of CO2 on the pour. Light- to medium-bodied with a hint of a buttery coating left behind.

Taste: Roasted malt with just a hint of sweetness hit the tongue first. There was a little bit of vanilla mixed in there as well. Then in the middle, a huge, herbal hops bitterness mowed every other flavor down and dominated completely all the way into the aftertaste. Very bitter and menthol-like in character. There was still some malt in the background but it didn't come close to balancing this out.

I realize that this is a double IPA (which is something that I really enjoy), but this beer needed more malt presence to help balance out the bitterness. Plus, the extreme herbal and menthol qualities of the hops that were used came across a little too harsh. I would have enjoyed different variaties. Not a bad beer, but I was really expecting something a little better.

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Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a halloween orange colour with an off white thin head. clinging lace. aroma seemingly subdued...piney, citrusy...hoppy to be sure. upon tasting...this IPA isn't messing around. lots and lots of frightening hop bitterness and flavour which runs rampant over tastebud land with reckless abandon. mostly citrusy and bitter, a bit piney and sprucy...with a slight spicy malt note that can be attributed to the rye used in the malt bill. there is a slight caramel malt base that cries out to be heard among the ghastly and ghoulish hops...this IPA is scary among the other hop "monsters" of rogue. alcohol slashes a wound in my psyche...the hops scream at me in the aftertaste. the body of this brew is medium and the mouthfeel is deadly with those hop goblins dancing their macabre dance on my palate. "scary" drinkabilty...have yourself your own "two tier" fear and go "awry" with this doubly dangerous IPA. YIKES!

happy halloween fellow BA's.

another "monstrous" thanks to my old friend tony for procuring this special rogue and bringing it to me from oregon on my wedding weekend. i wish everyone would have given me rogues as gifts...

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Photo of lampkins
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good friend of mine picked this brew up for me at the brewery in Oregon. The appearance of this beer was a reddish/brown that gave way to little or no head. The smell of the brew reminded me of malted milk & grapefruit. The taste of this beer was fantastic. Unlike other IPA's the beer was not dominated by an intense alcohol taste. I call this the alcohol burn. The taste was a fantastic blend of hops and malts that gave way to a grapefruit/bread like taste. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and wish that this was available in WI.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark orange with crimson edges and a thick head of pure white foam. The aromas are piney, citrusy, and in your face. This beer is definately all about da hops. The taste is very hoppy up front, with some citrusy fruit flavors, and some pine in their as well. The malt backbone is biscuit like and substantial. Awesome stuff. The mouthfeel is creamy and not too thick, and the drinkability is awesome as well. Another awesome offering from Rogue and one of the best in the Anniversary series. As good, or better, than the Integrity IPA!

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Photo of Shaw
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought a bottle of this back to Florida from the Rogue brewery in Newport, Ore. I didn't have any idea what this would be like, but I guessed that since it was from my favorite brewery, it is probably -- at worst -- good. And Rogue again lives up to its reputation.

Think of this as the brother of Rogue's Imperial India Pale Ale. It's bitter and hoppy, wonderfully so. From what I've read of this beer, I learned that it is based on a homebrewer's recipe. Power to the brothers! I'd like to think I could homebrew something this good.

If you like Double IPAs, you'll dig this beer. Too bad it's a one-off. Get it while you can!

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Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of beercollector
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the 15th Anniversary beers, this is a great IPA. it pours a yellow amber with a creamy head that lasts a good long time.

I didn't pick up a big aroma with this. It has a perfume hops smell and not much else.

It has a long lasting hop flavor that is tempered by a good malt balance. This is a good summer beer. A good representation of IPA. It does not have a harsh bitterness but is a good quencher. This is one of my favorites of the 15th series.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: gorgeous, hazy orange color, thick, creamy head, very inviting, urging my nose forward...
ah, fresh hoppitude in abundance, bold and fruity, apricot and peach, orange and more, with a gentle buzz...I like this a great deal, and forswear consumption until I've gotten my fair share of this deliciousness. Time to drink...
Nice...brash, full flavored deliverance on the palate, great juicy bitterness, citric tastiness, ...medium bodied, excellent texture, long, bitter, fruity finish....very satisfying IPA. This is awesome, actually, a perfect citric pale ale, with an extra edge. I'm loving it. Damnably delightful, to this affirmed hophead!
Except, I'm confused: the hops involved are Amarillo, Mt. Hood, & Centennial-type hops...what is "Centennial-type"? Didn't want the real one, found a bargain on a phoney, what?
Never mind, this is actually pretty damned amazing, and they ought to add this to the regular line-up, if their collective noodles are in order!

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Two Tier Bier (15th Anniversary) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 15 ratings