Combat Wombat | Rogue Ales

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4.14/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Northeast-style IPA brewed with blood orange and grapefruit.

Added by superspak on 03-16-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
38
pDev:
8.21%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Almost clear light amber color with off-white head. Aroma has classic hop notes like orange rind and pine resin. Taste follows with fruity notes, slighty tart citrus and a light resiny bitterness on the finish. Not bad but a bit too basic.

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Photo of cruzmartinez
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

top tier beer

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge juicy/tart/tangy blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of blood orange, grapefruit, citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Mild pine, zesty, herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; and fruit/lactic tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of blood orange, grapefruit, citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/grainy, fairly acidic, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is a fantastic soured/fruited milkshake NEIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of blood orange, grapefruit, citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly acidic/bitter/drying finish. Great soft feel, not overly lactic. Citra, Bru-1, Vic Secret, and Galaxy hops. Super juicy fruits, hops, and fruity Barbarian yeast complexity; balanced wheat/oat/lactose/malt backbone. Touches of dankness. Not overly sweet from lingering dryness. They soured it with acid malt and not actual lacto. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Definitely the best sour IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a somewhat hazy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, tart lemon and caramel. Very tart tasting with grapefruit, lemon and toasted caramel.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vladdswrath
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber pour with a fast disappating head. Aroma is very nice and fruity, tropical with lots of pineapple essence. Taste is not overly sour...and I think that is to its benefit. Lots of blood orange and grapefruit, malts are light...almost a spritzer feel, as others have noted. I really enjoyed this more than I have other sours (probably because it's a riff on sour brews, not an actual sour. Will definitely revisit.

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Photo of travolta
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrenc
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice glass of beer, I would say it is more of a pale ale than IPA ( or maybe I am just not familiar with the ' northeast' IPA ? ), a sour pale. A lot of grapefruit in there and I really like. So believe the bottle when it says blood orange and grapefruit. Very nice, Cheers!

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Photo of williahd
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewTheBrew
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxOhle
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Love the doofy artwork

L: Slightly hazed golden brown pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Funk and citrus. Strong grapefruit and orange... slightly musty hops.

T/F: Tart up front... a pretty strong blast of blood orange and grapefruit. Almost drinks like a citrus spritzer... mild funk mixed in... and more citrus from the hops. Not a ton of IPA character... earthy and with light malts. Zesty carbonation. Slightly sweet/tart fruit and lime towards the finish with more grapefruit.

O: A pretty awesome soured IPA... the strong citrus really works with this brew and very enjoyable/unique. Solid work from Rogue.

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with one finger of fast-falling beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Reeks of citrus, especially Blood Orange

T: As advertised, plenty of Blood Orange & Grapefruit with appropriate sourness & just a hint of white grape & lime up front. Sweetness, sourness & citric tartness/bitterness all meld as this warms along with a little dryness. Fisnishes sweet, alittle sour/tart & little with plenty of grapefruit & Blood Orange

MF: Medium body, slightly heavier, subdued carbonation, lovely balance

Very easy to drink, they did a great job with this

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Photo of ThePold
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - why 'wombat'? Just because it rhymes with orange, um, I mean 'combat'?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly dirty white head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of sour, indistinct tropical fruit, gritty and grainy cereal malt, some further domestic citrus rind, a bit of funky yeastiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a mixed exotic fruitiness, musty yeast, discount store orange juice, white grapefruit pith, and more understated leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-friendly frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a swell time at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the mixed tarty frooty character presiding.

Overall - this is indeed one juicy-ass brew, yet one that reminds me neither of wombats or combat, for the record. At any rate, not all that sour, which works out nicely for me, and added to this offering's atypically affordable shelf tag around here, makes for a pleasant summer evening's tipple.

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Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Combat Wombat from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 38 ratings