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Integrity IPAIntegrity IPA

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Elemental on 05-18-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 59
Photo of phishgator
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this on tap @ Mellow Mushroom in Tampa. The color is a lighter hue, golden, and the head was not that large (I think due to the pour). The aroma is a strong raw earthy, grassy scent that is hard to place, it is not floral like a lot of IPA from the West Coast. The taste is just as strong as the aroma. The amarillo hops are the center piece and they make for a good up front bitterness, but they don't kill your palate. I'm not sure what the IBUs are on this one, but it seems like the bitterness is well bablanced for an IPA. The body is full, but the brew goes down so easy! This is one that I would love to get in the bottle, but until they bring it back as so I will cherish the memory.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good to see some of Rogue's retired beer re-surface to sample again. Thanks to Rich O's for serving up these rare treats. The new edition of Integrity is one big IPA! Boarderlining on a Double IPA, this beer explodes with citrus, pine, and mint; evident in the aroma and flavor. Light colored malts add a protein haze and great head retention, looking somewhat like a Hefe. The flavors (after the hops) contribute sweet, light maltiness that is completely overtaken by orange and lemon rinds. Stopping short of astringency, the beer offers a big bitterness that adds more than just balance. Clean to the core and powerfully drying without becomming overly alcoholic. Heavy, creamy, and smooth on the mouth without becomming thick. Thanks to Rogue for the resurrection!

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Photo of kozmo
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding west coast style IPA. Very citrus-hoppy nose, fairly balanced in the mouth with a very dry finish. Nice medium brown color. Fine to sip or drink. As hoppy in the mouth as some double IPAs I've had, but nowhere near as hoppy on the nose. Glad to see this fine beer is available again.

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Photo of bignick
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ TPH 5/29/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a nice IPA from Rogue. The smell is a little fruity and foreshadows the hop attack to come. It is very piney, almost abrasively so. I like the way that the pininess the the hops interact without creating a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it is a very interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice find at the Pizza Plant on Main last night,poured a hazed lighter orange with a thin white head that didnt last to long.Whoa momma the aromas were Ammarillo's all the way intensly piney and resiny with a barely noticable sweet caramel malt note but its far beneath the hop attack,big grapefruit and pine needle flavors but the malt profile shows thru a little more in a toasted lightly sweetness but the big hops steal the show here.Good going down and a hop lovers dream here,a damn fine IPA.7.2% alc according to the board at the bar.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm here to say that this fantastic IPA is anything but retired because I just had a hyperfresh pint at Des Moines's own El Bait Shop, a new 105-tap beer bar. It was listed only as 'John's Locker Stock' so it took a call to the brewery to figure out what it was that I drank earlier this afternoon.

Pristine, sun-fired tangerine capped by a fat one finger of beige foam after a gentle bar pour. The head lasted about as long as I had a right to expect one finger to last. It left stray scraps of lace that turned into thick rings with drinking. Integrity had a clean, straightforward look.

The nose was purely, brightly, brilliantly hoppy... full of fresh grapefruit and orange zest. My guess on the hop bill was Amarillo, Cascade and Columbus. As it turns out, it's 100% Amarillo. Yet more evidence that Amarillo is one of my all-time favorite hops.

In my opinion, the recipe for success when it comes to IPAs is to use just enough pale malt (no caramel) to provide a sturdy base, and then to add a single American hop with the generosity of a drunken sailor. That is exactly the blueprint that Rogue has followed with Integrity IPA and it works like a charm. A very, very hoppy charm.

The malt bill is an odd and interesting lineup: Beeston, Chariot Pils, Melanoiden, Cara Foam. But that's not why any of us is here, is it? IPAs are all about hops and Integrity is nothing if not a showcase for the Amarillo hop.

The beer was impressively bitter right out of the chute and the resinousness increased with each successive sip. The crucial difference (and the thing that separates average beer from great beer) is that the bitterness was fused with a remarkably bright, remarkably fresh citric hop flavor. Think exploding white grapefruits and exploding tangerines.

The finish was lingeringly bitter and parchingly dry and the mouthfeel was *just* big enough considering the style. I like my IPAs to be a bit more viscous, but there's no denying that the lightness of this one kept drinkability on the ridiculously effortless side. That is, if your hop tolerance knob is continually set on '11'.

I had never heard of Integrity IPA before today, but it's easily one of the best Rogue ales that I've ever had. The brewery needs to keep sending it to Des Moines for starters, but they also need to bottle it again, this time on a year-round basis. I doubt that I'll ever have a beer at El Bait Shop as delicious as my first.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is light orange in color with a nice, clingy head.

Smell – This is a classic PacNW hop nose. The stiff pine, light grass, and good citrus are mixed with some subtle grainy undertones.

Taste – The grain is here at the taste as well, but it’s the nice orange and pine that carry the day.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very bitter with some leafy characteristics.

Drinkability – This is a bit unbalanced but otherwise a good-drinking IPA.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I obtained this bottle from Kclingers Public House in Etters, PA along with several other 15th anniversary beers. I poured the bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer poured a bright and relatively clear golden color with a medium white head and very active bubbling action. The aroma is of floral hop bitterness mixed with a bit of citrus refreshment, lemony. The taste is very very bitter. I bit much for my normal taste but the taste is also balanced fairly well with some citrus notes. Overall I found this to be a bit more bitter than I expected but with a medium body it is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Crosling
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light peach, with a giant head of frothy and never ending foam. Pure Amarillo love in the aroma, with hints of biscuit powder, pancake batter, peach and lemon. Mildly bitter, phenomenal hop flavor with huge suggestions of mint and lemon and an adequete malt flavor and body. Nice feel on the palate. This is a very special beer.

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Photo of beercollector
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a very big white head. Very frothy and lasting. It was cloudy light amber and sparkling. This was a live beer.

It had a light malt and yeast smell and big hop somewhat herbal.

This is clearly an IPA in the Rogue style. The hop bitterness starts out harsh and then moderates to the malt and alcohol. This beer cleans your mouth and wants you to come back for more.

This has a thick almost gritty mouthfeel and a lasting bitterness.

A good summer quencher to go with spicy BBQ.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Driven from the brewery in coastal Oregon to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Almost didn't make it past Nevada.

After drinking this beer, I truly believe that John Maier and the genii at Rogue might have gotten their hands on some Three Floyds. I say this not because of the Amarillo connection, or striking similarities between this beer and Gumballhead, even with that beer's wheat malt. They just seem like spiritual kin.

Integrity IPA evacuates the bottle much like the Gumballhead; the yeastiness creates a vacuumingly white, meringuing head. The bubbles are abornally large and spacious but still manage leaving behind evidence of their presence. Color is TANG-y gold amber and beautifully marbled once the lace is in.

The nose is absolutely wonderous - fitting the color, the nose is purely grapefruit juice. Heady citrus notes of tangerine and apple peak through on repeated tastes and re-sniffs. The Amarillos are truly stealing the show here. The sweet, eclectic blend of malts brings forth images of Alpha King. Single-hopped ... but so widely infused with flavor.

On my first bomber of this beer, I felt like everything was Pac-man destroyed and uninspired. The hoppiness was good, but seemed excruciatingly bitter and lacking roundedness. When I primed my palate with a Dead Guy first, this beer seems like a wickedly juicy hop-bomb.

Clean as hell and forgetting basically about malty sensation, this isn't a one-beer beer. Go for a Dead Guy first (or something else rich and malty) and you'll be blown away. Otherwise this is just a decent, prematurely ripened IPA.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poofy big bubble head settled quickly and left flakiness behind. Unfiltered-looking orange body, with some particles in suspension. Could smell the fruity hops from a food away!--from my glass to my seat, they just reached out to grab me.

Taste was smooth and dry for an IPA and not nearly as big and fruity as the smell led me on to believe. Totally...mellow. Very fresh and uncomplicated.

Pretty high carbonation bubbles came down and bubbled away the taste--creamy mouthfeel. Dry bitterness remains.

Had an altogether unrefined feel to it, fresh, which I liked alot.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a thick, foamy white head with lacing. The smell is a strong hoppiness. The taste is very well hopped with the more assertive (but still delicious) Amarillos, with a good citrusy taste to it, and somehow remains balanced, and yet leaves just a light hop resin in the mouth. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this is a beer I'd probably drink several of!!

Wow....a fantastic single-hopped IPA. Amarillo isn't one of the C hops, but is just soo tasty and doesn't bash you over the head. Well, the Amarillo makes this a simply fantastic IPA, and maybe Rogue will come out with this one for good!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I know before I crack the crown on this special Anniversary IPA that I'm going to like it...the only hop is Amarillo...I like my amarillos. Let's pry this sucker and see for sure!
Gorgeous golden color, hazy, beneath a big, bristling, very active head, that assuredly settles down.
Aroma? Aw, there it is, the vibrant, fresh, very citric, very piney character I love in an could go stronger and I'd be happy with that, but this is nice. Wonderfully dry, bracingly bitter, but well put-together. That really is the stuff for me, but I'll have to pry my nose away and take a taste...
Mmmmm! Big bitterness, bright citric/ tropical flavors, a buzzsaw on the palate, that mellows soon enough and leaves a pleasant tingle, after all.
Yum! I'm going to keep wanting to say that, so let's shelve and move on to other matters. Hops are hugely on top, body is medium, finish is long and fruity, and this card-carrying hophead is plenty satisfied. Pretty well-balanced, too, although that's coming from someone who loves the hop-heaviness. A curious blend of malt, too...""Beeston Stout, Chariot Pils, Melanoidin, & Cara Foam Malts"...what a menagerie! It works, though, and somehow delivers great taste and that bold, blistering bitterness we require in our big, fat IPAs.
I am very glad to have the opportunity to sample this bottling and would even urge Rogue to make it a regular offering! It would surely find a place in a rotation among my other favorite IPAs!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cupbeerman for bringing me this brew from KClinger's on the Harrisburg trip. Appearance: Orange cloudy amber hue large frothy head caramle toned leaves thick upfront lacing throughout my pint. Aroma: Pine and citrus galore, they consume the aromatics a very hoppy brew utilizing one of my favorite hops Amarillo the malt profile is there to balance somewhat but this is one hoppy IPA. Taste: Strong hop bitterness nice citrus hop bursts, Amarillo hops definitely apparent my type of aggresively hopped beer wish this would find it's way into regular rotation. The flavor was a bit one dimensional, but I loved it wish I could have licked out the inside of the bottle for more hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Raw resinous mouthfeel where hop oils flow down the palate some sediment chunks with hop leaves are evident giving it a slightly viscous texture, medium bodied great carbonation no complaints. Drinkability: To me it was amazing, I love the hop profile it brought out my true hop head side I could have definitely sampled another bottle, damn good IPA.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Integrity IPA is too fresh a beer. Not just a beer that's "too fresh," but an IPA -- I've lost my mind.

The Amarillo single-hopping is a bright idea -- small production hop that seems to be the lastest thing with beers like Gumballhead leading the way. It reminds people of Cascades, but it isn't quite so loud. A delicate hop with a clear relationship to the booming West coast pale ale scene, it's a way to reach new ground over a long-trodden path.

But as Amarillo is more delicate, it is also more dull than hops like Cascade and Centennial. It works well on its own, but needs a supporting cast for it is young and naive without the confidence to make it in this world.

Where am I getting this from? From tasting Integrity whose thin malt profile and Good Housekeeping award-worthy PacMan yeast leaves nothing but the Amarillos, confused in their bittering and flavor. From taste and smell, the light lemon tips us off to this relatively distinct hop, but the finish is of raw hop pellets. And once you've chewed on a hop for a while, it loses all of its flavor becoming not exactly bitter, but more piney and herbal than you'd expect. It's why we don't eat hops; the different varieties wouldn't be nearly as complex as they are with timed boil additions.

All we get here is a chewed-on hop, spit into the kettle and filtered out.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, The Rogue anniversary series is really hitting its stride now! An excellent cloudy golden with a huge frothy white cap of foam. The aromas are fresh floral hops, with citrus and pine notes in there as well. Wow, this beer smells so darn fresh that it is begging to be sampled! The taste delivers what one would expect from such an awesome aroma. The earthy, piney hops hit hard but the subtle biscuity malts provide just enough backbone to make this brew balanced, or as balanced as a brew from Rogue can get! The mouthfeel is sharp and creamy and the drinkability is amazingly good. This beer is quite reminiscent of Hop Wallop in many ways...and for that I give praise! Another excellent beer from the folks at Rogue Nation!

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Photo of 99bottles
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Forget the 5 categories of ranking beer. This is a treat. On-tap at KClingers in Central PA. This beer is a cloudy goldenrod with thin lacing that doesn't stick. It was rather cold, so maybe my bartender is to blame, but what can you do? The only 'problem' is that this had a somewhat weak smell. It was weird and funky, but not hoppy. Isn't this an IPA? Shouldn't I be expecting hop leaves stuffed up my nostrils? Apparently not. They did something to make this refined and curious. Faint hops are subdued by wet moss and soil. Tangy citrus aromas woft through the malt. Everything about this seems homebrew. Oh, except the taste. This is something else. IPA? IP why the hell not? This is a beer among beers, weird belgain farmhouse, sharp hoppy finish (and urrrp, pine-sol burp), light and toasty malt gives it a bready malt backing with more interesting flavors than just perfumey hops. This is strange and awe inspiring at the same time. If you ever have the oppourtunity to try this, do it. It's so good and ahead of its time/style/world that a good methapor is the internet in the 1870's. Damn. Also, the best tap handle I've ever seen- a great patriotic hand clasp of two blue collars high in the air before long and stately stripes rising to the pinnacle star. This is beer at it's finest.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange amber color with an inch tall off-white head that left really nice lacing. Clearly looks the part of an IPA.

The aroma was mild at first with a light level of flowery hops. As the beer warmed, it became far more aromatic as the malt asserted itself in a roasty presence.

The taste was unabashedly citric in its mouth puckering glory. Grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine resin, caramel, and pepper flavors literally leaped off the glass during the first sip. Assertively bitter, but highly drinkable at the same time.

The carbonation was perfect for the style, and made the mouthfeel exceptionally creamy. The malt was sticky (not Imperial IPA sticky, but more like butterscotch syrup). Medium in thickness with a spicy bitter aftertaste, and a warming level of alcohol. I believe this beer to be contraband in the state until July 1st, but who’s keeping tabs anyway.

This was an exceptional IPA that was a rare single day special at the Summit’s Wayside Tavern. For those who can acquire this during its fleeting lifespan, go get some.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes... oh yes. Rogue's anniversary series hits full stride after a couple recent stumbles. The bottle is dedicated thus: "To the many vendors who have stood with us over the last 15 years..." followed by a list of suppliers of both beer ingredients and beer paraphernalia. Hazy but sunny gold with very large head that lasts and lasts. Lather down the sides of the glass as it empties. Quite a lot of sediment in the bottom, which I gather is derived from this recipe's cask-conditioned origins. Fragrant hop bouquet of bright flower aromas and zesty citric hops. Malts are quite sweet, and admirably persistent in their caramel and bread crust flavors. Hops dominate, of course, with a heaping ton of grapefruit. Juicy, succulent, delectable. The sweetness and bitterness are both ample enough to provide great balance. Mouthfeel juicy from the hops, but there's a grainy quality (from the suspended yeast?) to provide friction. Aftertaste lingers with tart grapefruit and orange flavors; the tongue curls. I haven't been closely following each monthly beer release, but thanks to the recommendation of others I was able to make sure Integrity did not pass me by. This deserves a full time spot in Rogue's stable of beers, especially for the reason that, while Rogue make a large number of hoppy ales, they don't have a regular IPA that I can think of.

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Photo of freed
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for picking up a bottle of this beauty. A 22oz with a really cool logo, even by Rogue's standards. Pours a very hazy golden with a very slight red hue to its core. The head is elegant; brilliant white with consistent lacing around the glass.

The aroma is stellar. The hop kiss is so bright and vivacious that its hard to say no. But you don't need to say no. The greenness isn't overpowering to the more dominant citrus and floral smells. But the whole gamut of hop aromas are covered.

The taste is a bit much for those who "don't like hops." Its wonderful. There's very little conflicting malt flavors, but they provide a firm base to the beer. The hop provides a brilliant fruit and spice flavor with an excellent, tongue-humping bitterness.

A single sip really starts the saliva glands flowing, begging for more bitterness to be applied. Yes, the tongue wants more. Much more.

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Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very nice color with a nice thin head. It is quite hazy from the yeast. great pale color.
Smell: Very grassy from the hops with a malty smell.
Taste: very nice taste with lots of hops that jump out at you from the start. its pretty bitter but wonderfully balanced with a nice malt content.
Overall a great beer that I wish was going to be around for awhile.

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