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Love & Hoppiness (JLS Release #3) | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ElGordo on 05-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 44
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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Krumb
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

With a bold pilsner malt flavor and a not-so-subltle American/Czech hop blend, this beer is a very well crafted lager with American brewer's finger prints all over it. If this is the future of American-made Pilsners, then I'm certainly on board.

Pouring with a bright straw color and carrying only the most modest of haze, the lager forms an airy, fluffy white head and with fine patterns of lace. With no frills, the appearance is stately and soft.

Floral, spicy, and citrus hops are evident right away. Backed by the soft and understated cracker-like maltiness, the freshly kilned barley and ripe hop character gives a zesty and vibrant aroma throughout.

Soft sweetness from pilsner malts reinforce the dry cracker-like flavor that's exhibited in aroma. Acting as a springboard for hop flavor the malts fade in support and propel the notes of white grapefruit, fresh grasses, and a softer honey suckle-like flowery taste. Light esters and mild sulfur character offers a crips apple-like taste that ties the citrus hop character to the low-lying malt sweetness for reinforced support and balance.

Very crisp and clean, the early carbonated creaminess dissipates and ushers in an arid and crisp dryness and with an evaporative memory of bready malt sweetness. Bone malty-dry finish from mid palate on allows for the hop flavor to make a clean transition to smooth bitterness with low aftertaste.

No gimmicks, no games- just a simple and flavorful lager; this is a long awaited and very welcomed beer from Rogue. Sometimes it's ok to make a 'standard' beer if you can do it better than others. Rogue displays that capability here.

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Photo of ToddT
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden yellow with an off white head. Head falls quickly to a ring but leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Floral hops and biscuit malt are the dominate notes. There are notes of lemon, pineapple, and spice that show up as this warms.

T- Nice notes of floral hops to start, fresh cut grass and pine along with a nice note of citrus. The hops are not that strong but have some nice complexity to them, the middle is a nice backbone of malt and the finish is crisp and clean.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. A very clean and refreshing beer, what you would expect from a pilsner but with a lot more complexity.

O- I really liked this beer, Pilsners are not my favorite style and I have to be in the mood for most of them, but I could drink this one anytime. The 5.8% ABV makes it a good one to have more that one of too.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Pearl District location in Portland.

This beer appears a hazy golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a few specks of stringy lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of toasted biscuit and bread, a bit of lemon, and floral, weedy hops. The taste is mildly sweet cracker malt, more aged-seeming lemon, and bitter grassy hops. The carbonation is on the sedate side, the body smooth and innocuous. It finishes off-dry, but just barely, the focus shifting completely to the bitter leafy hops.

A nice, hopped to the nuts pils. Rogue should push the envelope more like this.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Poured into a stem glass, a golden yellow around the edges with a hazy golden-brown core, and a small white head that receded to just a patchy layer of bubbles. Decent leafy hop aroma, countered by some rather uninteresting graininess. Grains in the taste up front, kind of stale and drab, but the flavor was saved by the onset of leafy, citrus hops, which created more of a bitter dryness mid- to end-palate. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable even if somewhat lacking in flavor. Wasn't entirely bad, but I didn't care for it too much. I was kind of surprised to learn this was classified as a pils.

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

Had it on tap at the Single Hop Festival in Portland. Solid Pils with big flavour and clean finish. The beer did have IPA aspects mainly because of the amount of hops. I liked this beer in that it didn't taste like any other Rogue beer. Really showed off the lager yeast

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Photo of MiScusi
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Verdugo Bar in LA, CA.

Came poured in a pint glass. Nice frothy couple finger head on it with a hazy light golden body. Smell was very interesting. It reminded me of something specific but I couldn't put my finger on it. It smelled grainy (maybe some sulfur too?), hops were evident but non-descript to me. The taste was that light taste of pilsner malt but also kinda juicy too thanks to those hops. I would describe this as having a big fruity component too, at least much more than was expected. Not sure if that came from the yeast or from the hops, but it wasn't bad. Bitterness was moderate and it finished fairly dry.

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2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy, dull, burnished gold body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Slightly grainy pils aroma completely dominated by a floral, citric hop scent. Hmm. I'm not so sure I like where this is headed.

Taste: Grainy pilsner maltiness, nearly absent of any sweetness. Floral, caustically citric pith taste. The hop bitterness goes beyond prominent, beyond aggressive even, to really make for a rather harsh drink. The finish is grainy and displeasingly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Excruciating and unpleasant. I dumped the remaining few ounces on the restaurant's wall and within seconds a ChainGangGuy-sized hole had been eaten through both the dry wall and exterior bricks. This made for a quick getaway, allowing me to quickly flee the premises without paying.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, filtered yellow gold body with a half-finger snow white head of average retention. Leaves some real nice sticky but fine-bubbled sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass, though carbonation is near nil.

Aroma: "Hay, fresh cut grass, pretty simplistic, almost German-like hop profile. Not too spicy or malty," read my initial notes. Now that I know it's a German pilsner, well, good for them! Spot on.

Taste: Mild to moderate bitterness, mostly grassy, spicy, biscuity, grainy malt base. Decent for the style, though nothing out of this world amazing, and not particularly my style.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carb, pretty even, fluffy, and solidly medium-bodied.

Drinkability: An enjoyable brew if nothing groundbreaking. Abv% is manageable and undetectable, and I'm glad this one is labeled as it is - I initially had it rated thinking it was an IPA (as, like some of the previous reviewers, I was told the same, an understandable mistake given the name of the beer). This is not an IPA, of course, but a pretty decent pilsner. Give it a shot.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spring House Drafting Room.

A friend described it as a hopped up pilsner and I'd say that's a pretty accurate description. It has the style's trademark dry biscuit malt plus a big, albeit relatively smooth, kick of herbal and citrus rind hops. Overall, this was an excellently balanced beer and quite drinkable, but the malt and hops flavors could be more complex, especially when I think about the great pilsners. Still worth trying if you're into the style.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Summits near Stone Mountain. I asked the bar maid what type of beer is was since I had not heard about this. She said it was a really hoppy IPA. Coolness, I said. I'll take one. Not really all that hoppy and, of course, not an IPA. Anyway, the appearance was OK - not much of a head. Aroma was slightly hoppy, but none of the citrus aroma. There was a decent amount of banana though. The mouthfeel was quite good. All in all a decent pilsner.

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Photo of supercolter
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it looks pretty in the glass, some head and a good amount of lacing.
Smell is a bit weak, almost skunky, not too much there.
Taste is nice and hoppy, seems to come through more once it warms up. A bit of banana flavor.
Mouthfeel is a bit weaker than expected, but ok.
Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to enjoy this one down at Barleys last night for my Birthday. I had been wanting to try this one for a while so when I saw the barrel was on I was all in for it. Served to me in a standard Pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was nice with a deep, hazy, golden yellow. Nice amount of carbonation streaking up throughout the session. A good sized two inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently into a broken crown across the top with a good amount of side glass lacing as well.

Smell - The aroma was much hoppier then one would expect for a pilsner, but far short of an IPA, sort of a mixed bag, but very nicely done. Light aromas of grain mixed in with a good light floral bouquet and hints of pineapple. Some light banana way down in the back.

Taste - The flavor was more of the same. Crisp, and refreshing. A light wheat like grain base was cut by a nice orange rind like hop flavor that was quick to turn nice and bitter on you. Hints of banana flavored yeast and a nice finish that was full of fresh cut grass and a wet hay flavor. Some light sweetness mixed in as well, and as it warmed this started to come out a bit more. Very nicely done as well.

Mouthfeel - This was a nice medium bodied pilsner. Much thicker then you would normally see from the style, but it worked very well. Good carbonation kept it from coming across too heavy and the overall result was nicely done.

Drinkability - An outstanding session ale, this was one I would have no issues in repeating any day. It was light, crisp and clean with a nice profile and low ABV, all things making this lean hard towards being very seasonable.

Overall I did not know what this was style wise before I tried it, but I was more then pleasantly surprised by the end result. A very nice hoppy little summer ale, I would love to have tried this one again, and will definitely grab another glass the next time I am down there.

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3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ BLB in MPLS.

A: Pretty. Golden. Tulip glass for $5.50. I like.

S: Wha? What's going on? It's a little skunky. Is it from the sun on the outdoor strip?

T&M: Very nice and Hoppy (as advertised). A real gentleman, but just a hint of character.

D: Nice hop profile but what else is there to say?

Am I missing something here? I love Rogue, but this one leaves me wanting more.
An excellent choice for your girlfriend or wife whom you are trying to explain your hop obsession to.

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Photo of ccrida
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at their PDX pub, poured into a Rogue pils glass, Love & Hoppiness is a hazy gold with a small, dense white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is mostly malt, grainy pils, with a touch of sourness from the acidulated malt, with a minty, herbal hoppy backbone, but not nearly as much as the name would imply, especially for a Rogue brew! I was ready for an uber imperial pils, this is more like a regular pils that was dry-hopped.

Taste is a bit more snappy with the hops, but still heavy on the pils malt. I like the sourness from the acidulated malt, but the finish is way to bitter for my taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, but I wanted a lot more hop aroma and flavor, not just all bitterness on the finish. This beer isn't bad, but the name had my expectations skewed.

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Photo of Avryle
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rumor had it that Stone IRS was on tap at Mahar's... Lies, Gloria. Lies! Instead, this is what the night resulted in.

A- Really good looking though posibly a bit hazy for the style. Golden-colored with a dense, fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind

S- Strong malt presence. Not as hoppy in the nose as expected by the name, though to be honest, I didn't know what style of beer I was ordering when I ordered it.

T- The high-alpha hops take much stronger hold in the taste than the smell. Lots of biscuit malt too.

M- Crisp though a bit heavier in the body than the style dictates. Good carbonation.

D- Would make a good session beer

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My pint had a slight haze to it, nothing major, and was a gold colour. The beer was topped by off-white, fine foam that left thick, solid lacing on the glass and even left a couple of rings around the glass. Great head retention. The aroma was heavy on hops - grassy and full of citrus, with a little bit of pine and the smell of fresh cones. There was a bit of crackery malt in the background too. Solid bitterness balanced by grainy malt. Fruity grape and hop notes, some grapefruit pith and grass. Relatively quick, balanced finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation, good texture. Overall, a nicely balanced, hoppy brew.

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3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Drafting Room in Exton

Poured a clear golden yellow with amber hues, thin white head left spotty but good lacing. Smells of citrus, grain, honey, grass, and grapes. Tastes of sweet malt, grapes, toasted grain, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. Medium body with good carbonation. Sweet and fruity with a nice bitter finish. Pretty hoppy for a pils, a bit unbalanced but easy to drink and pretty sessionable.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light hazy golden hue with a one and a half finger head. The head dies to a ring and leaves only spotty lace.

S: Nice light hop aromas with hints of pine and fresh cut grass.

T: Nice pils with a great balance of pils malt and grassy hops.

M: Medium in body with ample carbonation.

D: Not bad I enjoyed it. One of the better Rogue brews I have had as of late.

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Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at coles may 10/08.

pours deep gold with just a hint of haze. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. big fresh citrus and floral nose. orange, tangerine, grapefruit. bread and crackers. just a touch of alcohol. hint of pine. light pils character too.

taste is good. just above medium bitterness level. lots of citrus again - grapefruit and orange, bit of tangerine. pine. big floral character too. powdery hops. bread and crackers. touch of grain. light alcohol. really like a pils/american ipa crossbreed.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level, well integrated and super smooth. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. slightly unbalanced for a pils, but good for an ipa. the combination works pretty well together. a great summer brew.

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Photo of pershan
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, medium amber with a thin, white head into a pint glass. No discernable aroma at all - kind of weird. The taste was, thankfully, something else - beautiful caramel and hop flavors melding together, with a nice, clean, hop bite at the finish. An excellent German pils. Good carbonation and lacing as well.

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Love & Hoppiness (JLS Release #3) from Rogue Ales
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