Hop Heaven 2005 (JLS Release #8) | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Shaw on 10-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by bubrewer:
Photo of bubrewer
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I went to the bar looking for something hoppy that I hadn't tried before. On a Rogue handle I saw a handmade cover that said "Hop Heaven."

Beer was hazy - a good indicator of hops, thought I.
First whiff was not overwhelming, but had a decent American hop aroma. Nothing wrong, but not very crisp. I took a sip and...well, was underwhelmed again. It's balanced, but nothing really stands out either. The blast of hops I was expecting never really showed up.

This was a decent pale ale, but not as vibrant as most Rogue products I've had. A nice session beer, but I had a hard time getting excited.

Only later did I learn that this is wet-hopped; I would now like another glass to study more carefully to see if there are subtleties I missed the first time through.

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Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Murky reddish amber with the usual half inch of head you'll get on most of their beers. Oily aroma of herbs and citrus oil. Very earthy palate ... almost dirty. Lots of veggie hop flavors with a slick oil in the back. Maltiness is a tad laid back with a touch of toasted grain. I see the hops but I am still waiting for heaven.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger in lower NYC, this one poured dark almond, cloudy and with a tan frothy head that left lots of thick sheets of lacing. Nose is strongly of hops. If you like em bold and hoppy this on is for you. Gritty, grainy, graperuity, all on a well laid blanket of malt. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. More quality product from the All world brewers of Rogue. Fine stuff.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Heaven from John's Locker Stock # 8 I believe...

On draft at Fathead's pours a ruby amber tone with a nice sized off white head as it dwindles leaves behind scattered chunks of lacing. Aroma is a strong wave of floral and pine tones deep nitty gritty dry hopped style with some evident graininess from the malt bill. Flavor is extremely hop heavy not a beer to start on leaves a layer of hop oils streaked across the tongue, one of the most bitter beers from Rogue I have tasted up there with Old Crusty. As it warms up malt flavors wake up a bit and your palate gets used to the onslaught of hop bitterness some bready and fruit tones thrown into the mix help it out, well balanced of course not, good you know it. Mouthfeel: Medium to fuller in body with the oily hop texture that grafts itself to your oral cavity evenly carbonated stays with you. Drinkability: Not a beer I would drink in session but definitely interesting to get to try a Rogue one off brew, Hop Heaven was definitely full of Hop bitterness.

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Photo of scooter231
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Tiger. Perhaps it was all the strong beers leading up to this that affected my scoring on this, since many people do not find it to be heavenly, but I really, really liked this guy. It was deliciously hoppy and citrusy, with a good malty backbone. Light, easy to drink, and pretty. I'll have to find this again- but my memory of this is simply yummyness.

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Photo of carln26
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hate to do this. I know Rogue is famous for changing beer names, but I checked their website and it appears it is one of John's Locker Stock, and is legit, so I'm going ahead with adding it. I had this on tap at the Gingerman.

Deep copper to amber with a thin white head. Citrus grapefruit with much more toffee than I expected. Flavor is really sweet caramel with a nice orange citrus back. Slick mouth feel decent drinkability.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this with eager anticipation at BWW's in Indianapolis...and also because the server didn't know what I was talking about re: "Randall".

Comes out a familiar deep but interesting deep brown with red highlights. No head at all, but did manage a few strains of lace.

Nose is sort of funk-filled, suggestions of locker rooms. Mild maltyness like in Amberican Amber, St. Rogue Red.

No real hop "pop" like I was really hoping for. The earthy, almost buttery malt character wasn't helping. Average at best.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/05/05- On tap at the Toronado Wet Hopped Festival in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- via 6oz samplers from the tap.

Appearance- Darker amber pour, light rimmed head with good lacing.

Smell- Heavy on the bitter hops. Nose burning. Afraid to drink. Could be good, could be bad.

Taste- Well, unfortunately it's towards bad. Lots of hops, heavy and harsh hops with not much malt to speak of. Kinda like Hops Infusion from Weyerbacher. Just to much hops without anything to control them.

Mouthfeel- Almost a burning sensation. Not an easy drinker.

Drinkability- Glad I only tried two samplers. Too much of a good thing is simply that. Too much hops can be bad.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a thin white head, which left moderate lacing. The aroma was definitely hoppy, with hints of sweet malts and yeasts.
The taste was nothing to write home about, very bitter but not very complex or interesting. Malts and mild sweetness were overshadowed by bitterness, as was the alcohol. It was, however, clean and crisp, with a good drinkability. I have come to expect more from Rogue, but this was something of a disappointment.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table hazy, oh heck, cloudy and milky with a deep amber color and an off-white frothy head which lasted forever to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was lightly fruity and slightly spicy at first and then caramel and an earthy presence emerged as the beer warmed. In truth the aroma was minimal at best.

The flavor was pure Rogue, malty with a strong caramel presence. The bittering was strong and resinous with just a slight metallic flavor. The hop flavoring was very nice.

The finish was dry with a piney resinous presence which lasted long into the aftertaste. The body was almost medium full and the carbonation was perfect to leave a creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, but could certainly use a boost in the aroma department.

Draft at Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is apparently retired, but I had it tonight at Monk's. I tried it and Victory Hop Wallop in succession, which was an interesting experience.

Pours out a clear gold-brassy color with a generous white head of thickly-packed foam. Holds relatively well.

Smell is pretty strong with West-Coast hops, a certain piney bitterness, not quite as floral as I was expecting, and a solid doughy malt presence to offset everything.

Flavor is hoppy, with a nice pine/spruce presence, and plenty bitter, with just a touch of citric hoppiness that tastes a little like orange. However, it's not ludicrously hoppy like the name would lead you to believe. A big caramel-drizzled biscuit malt flavor that almost overwhelms the hops at times.

Overall: Eh, nothing too fantastic, so don't flip out over it. A decent IPA, but nothing incredible to get excited about.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer sits a clear, deep amber color in my glass; it is topped by a thin, frothy, light tan colored head that is about typical for a draught beer. The aroma is hoppy, though it is certainly somewhat muted, especially for a fresh hop brew; the dominant aromatic note is that of pine.

The taste is sharp and bitter from the get go. Mixed in with this are notes of orange and pine, which dominate, but there is also a bit of a menthol like note. This beer is definitely quite bitter; the bitterness actually lingers on in the finish with a certain astringent quality to it. There are some sweet caramel notes here and there is a soft fruity character reminiscent of raisins. The body on this beer seems a bit week though, there is just not enough malt. The bitterness is a bit too much for the body and hop flavors.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried a pint of Rogue's Hop Heaven at McMennamin's and it barely cut the mustard. Poured a dim ruby amber with a scant head cap. Scents of mild berry and which were reflected in the palate. A slight berry and dry hoppy flavor. A slight lemon sourness quickly gives in to a hop dryness.

Last swigs: The ticket to Hop Heaven is a round trip ticket. One did my curiosity in. The Rogue BlackBitter was a formidable foe. This was a shoulder shrug.

Beer is good. Happy Rogue beering.

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Photo of Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draught @ The Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, California. Pint. Hazy dirty orange. Hops standout in the nose putting forth a pungent grassy and herbaceous mix along with the malt, which is rather sweet and gives hints of toffee and caramel. The flavor is equally balanced, malty (butterscotch, caramel, fruit, toffee) and very hoppy (grass, herbs, grapefruit). Oily. It seems like these wet hopped beers are a growing trend. I liked this one but it is far from being as good as others, specifically Harvest Ale.

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Photo of Higravity
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh dear was this a bore. I got the happy hour special at Max's which is the 32ozer. Man how I wish I didn't. Looked pretty good and it smelled a nice game but the end result was a beer I let die on the table. The smell was a grassy lemony kind of thing and the maltyness was lost. Thde taste was a quick one two of a splash of sweet almost chewy maltyness that is beaten aside by hop bitterness. There was almost no hop flavor just bitterness.Glad it was just a one-off, no need to revisit this.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear honey amber pour with a thin white head that leaves spiderweb lacing.

Aroma is a yawn-inspiring mix of sweet, doughy malts, buttered toast, some dried fruit, and subtle citrus and pine notes.

Flavor starts with sweetish malt notes of honey, sweet rolls, and biscuits, with a softly floral middle and a bitter citrus/pine hop finish. Not bad, but not as good as I was expecting for a Locker Stock release.

Body ius medium, chunky, creamy textures, with a flat sort of mouthfeel due to the lifeless carbonation.

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Hop Heaven 2005 (JLS Release #8) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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