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

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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
Reviews by 99bottles:
Photo of 99bottles
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, this beer had a clear, dark yellow body and a tight inch of white foam that displayed good retention. With a moderate to high level of carbonation, this beer also had a strong and spicy hop prescence in the smell. The first sip is something of a shock if you're expecting they typical pils. It has a light to medium body, with clean biscuity malt and a slight sweetness like that of dried fruit. This soon ebbs away as the strong, spicy, peppery, piney hops pull through. There has to be a boatload of jazzed up Saaz in there. The finish is amazingly bitter for a pils, and while the finish lingers of strong coniferous hop flavor (bordering on citrus), the stong bitterness also leaves the palette feeling crisp and clean. This initial slap in the face soon subsides and the beer becomes immensely drinkable. A session beer for sure and one that solves the problem of all those carmel soda IPAs. Get your bitterness here: in a light, clean, ass-whooping pilsner. Great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say I had no idea this was was categorized as a pils and to be honest I still dont think I drank a pils last night.Poured a slight hazed peach with a nice tight 1/2 finger head that had good staying power,aromas were quite citrusy a little doughy as well like sweeter pizza dough you could say.Somewhat grainy mouthfeel it went down pretty easily,the flavors were typical Rogue you could say healthy dose of hops quite citrusy with lighter notes of pine but I thought id lacked some depth in the flavor department there was a slight doughy malt presence but not much and the hops just seemed to peter out in the finish.All in all a pretty good beer an odd pilsner if I say so myself,just a little boring for me.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This came out of the tap a light, cloudy orange in color with a pure white head. Looks more like an IPA than a Pils.

Smell – This is a very interesting nose. The hops are huge for the style. The fruits especially are big. There is some good grapefruit though along with an aroma that I can most closely describe as passion fruit.

Taste – The passion fruit comes out even bigger at the taste, a bit too much actually. The malt base also rises to the occasion now and is very sugary, almost sticky.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very creamy with a big big bitter hit from beginning to end. There’s a harsh feel though in the mouth kind of like hard water if you’re ever drank that before.

Drinkability – This beer is a lot bigger than one would initially assume. It’s certainly not a session beer. I don’t really know what you’d call it. It was good enough but probably not worth revisiting. Hang up any style comparison.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems I follow carln26 wherever the good brews are.
Also enjoyed on tap at Red Bones.
Pours a nice light copper color...full finger and a half of off-white head w/ decent lacing. Nice cling, but disappears quickly.
Aroma is nothing overpowering...just a nice balanced hops and malt sweetness.
Taste is one perfect bitter hopped up Pils. I may not compare it as close to Mojo being that I did not find it overly hoppy or as sweet as Mojo, but really enjoyable nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is nice...not thin at all. Carbonation is perfect and the drinkability is extremely high...another winner from Rogue.
As stated before, sure wish this one was around more often.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Innsbrook Ale House.

Color is a hazy golden-honey in color with a very thick and long-lasting white head on top. Excellent lacing of the glass. Aromas are balanced, with spicy, almost peppery hops mixing nicely with malt sweetness. Quite bitter in the taste department. Not as assertive as the Spring Brew from Dominion I'd quaffed just prior to this one, but a hefty mixture of spicy hop bitterness paired with some residual sweetness. Finish is dry, long-lasting, and very bitter. Like an aggressively-hopped Tupper's Hop Pocket. And this is good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another rare Rogue offering on draft at Mad Mex, Love and Hoppiness sounds like a hoppy ale from Rogue to me. Let's see how it looks, appears a light slightly hazed copper golden hue with a frothy nicely formed off white head leaves nice scattered lacing throughout the glass. Aromatics very impressive citrus hops and tropical fruit notes very intriguing light biscuit malt character balanced overall doesn't smell like the typical hop bomb. Taste comes off extremely balanced yet very flavorful highlighting a crisp light caramel biscuit malt character alongside herbal, citrus hops with fruity essences screaming out in every sip. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even smooth carbonation very mellow and nice going down. Drinkability was great sitting outside enjoying this one in the sun couldn't have chosen a better beer. The true surprise comes when I reach my computer to find out this brew was a lager, the big three needs to take a page from Rogue's playbook and teach how to obtain these great fruity highlights in your pilsners.

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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 ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Chapel Hill. Apparently it's a very limited edition beer brewed for John Maier (Rogue Head Brewer)'s wedding. Pours a nice robust golden color with a smallish stark white head on top. Crisp, clean aroma of floral hops and pilsner yeast. Hops hit heavy up front on the palate, with a slightly fruity note towards the back of the mouth. Tasty! A bit more assertiveness from the hops than is generally characteristic of a pilsner, but an excellent brew nonetheless. Too bad they're not making more of this, I could see it being a wonderful session brew in warm weather.

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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 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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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap.

I arrived a half hour early for the ABF post-party/Colorado beer throw-down at the Sunset. Rather than hang around outside, I bellied up to the bar and ordered up this hitherto unknown-to-me brew. It arrived in a tall pilsner glass. I looked at this tawny, light auburn colored brew sporting a dense white head and moderate carbonation and thought to myself, "This is a Pilsener?"
The nose didn't really help me out all that much, in truth. Yes, there was a definite herbal hops presence each time I took a sniff but there was an equal amount of caramelly sweet malt aroma. Enough to keep me wondering.
I finished the glass pretty quickly, trying to put the pilsener tag to it with each pull. Couldn't do it. Lots of caramel malt sweetness bouncing off the more in-place herbal hops flavor made me think this was a hybrid Pilsener/APA rather than a true pilsener. Even the feel medium-bodied, lush and almost filling, kept throwing me off.
Given Rogue's penchant for sometimes going off the rails with style experimentation, I'd say this leans closer to an APA than a pils. Still, it's a very unique beer for the style and worth trying if you spot it.

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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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Photo of wcudwight
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Olde Hickory Tap room.
Comes in a pint glass a hazy golden color with a fluffy and somewhat sticky white head that settles to a thick lacey crown. Smell is bready, hoppy, and mildly buttery.
Taste is butter crackers up-front(the kind you put in soup), and biscuity. Has a nice hoppy finish that kind of cleanses the palate. Very crisp and refreshing in the mouth.
This is not a prefered style of mine, but I thoroughly enjoyed this particular beer.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at Red Bones today, and poured a hazy gold to copper, with a good head. The head receded quickly, and left no lace on the glass. The nose was citrus orange with light caramel. The taste had citrus hop up front, light caramel body in the middle. Hop bite on the finish. The hops really do a nice job of cleansing the palate in this beer. Somewhat reminds me of a Mojo IPA. Full slick mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Krumb
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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 TheEclecticGent
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the many Rouge beers that I sampled during a local tavern’s “Rouge Fest”. This German Pilsner is more like it! Yea, I’m not a Pilsner guy but this was intriguing. The color was a cloudy amber-orange with a light head of carbonation. The smell was light, effervescent and fruity. The taste is medium in hops, orange rinds with a clean and bitter aftertaste that lasts. The mouth feel is light and fizzy. It’s a decent Pils that that I would drink again.

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Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a cloudy yellowish color. There was little head. The smell was kindly sharp. It had hints of a hefe' in both the smell and taste. The mouthfeel was a bit rough. I would not likely drink this beer again. Possibly a slice of orange would have at least made it more drinkable. There are better Rogue offerings.

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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 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 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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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm assuming this is what I'm currently drinking at Frisco's in Columbia. It's definitely a pilsner, and even though Max's currently has a Rogue DIPA they list under this name (Love and Hoppiness), I'm assuming that's probably a mistake on their part.

The beer pours a honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer has what I would call a proto-typical pilsner nose, consisting of honey, bitter citrus and clover. The beer smells very, very good. On the palate this is a very good pilsner. It has quite a bit of flavor and finishes with a very bitter, crisp finish. It's medium bodied with flavors of honey, citrus and white pepper. The finish is also pretty impressive, and the beer is eminently drinkable. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, as one would expect from a 5.8% pilsner.

A fine beer from Rogue.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn. Poured into my mug. Nice head, 'bout half an inch. Sharp bite on the tounge, but fizzled nicely going down. Tickled my throat--I liked that. The flavor flowery, maybe. My cousin is saying it's frothy in the mouth, but I don't feel that, he must be swishing it around in his mouth. Hints of citrus and honey. Not much of a smell, but what I smell, I like. Overall a great beer. Oh, my tacos are ready.

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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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