Combat Wombat
Rogue Ales

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #823
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,355
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
80
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Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  12
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: Sour Northeast-style IPA brewed with blood orange and grapefruit.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 80 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Jules143 from Oregon

2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I normally LOVE Rogue Ales beers and sours. Rogue experiments and goes new exciting ways with their beers. I love sours for their fruitiness, tartness, and because they're so refreshing. However, this beer was off. It's a stinky, funky beer with lots of body and carbonation. You can taste the blood orange and grapefruit but they are too tart and they clash with the sweet/earthy/rancid/funky flavors. The beer has lots of sediment.

I think Rogue missed their mark on this one or I got a bad batch.

Jun 17, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$ 9.75 (Including tax & bottle deposit)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.443/oz). Purchased 8/1/19 at Oneonta Beer Depot, Oneonta, NY. Reviewed 5/3/20.
Undated bottle. In reefer at store. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale gold (SRM 4), very slight haze.
Body – Medium amber (SRM 11.6 as marked on bottle), moderate effervescence, chill haze. When held to direct light, deep gold (SRM 6) and hazy. Shallow layer of sediment in bottle.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), off white, medium density with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three to four mm irregular crown and thin rocky complete cap.
Lacing – Poor. Few small islands of tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak grapefruit, no malt, no yeastiness. Considering the potential age, not bad.
Flavor – 3.5 - Begins with a syrupy sweetness of orange-flavored candy, no malt, no yeast. As it warms, the bitterness increases. No alcohol (7.2 % ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Ends with light citrusy bitterness with a long hang time.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost syrupy, carbonation initially lively but quickly softens.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 (Lost 0.25 point for undated personal container). I must assume partial responsibility for the low score – I’d lost this in my beer reefer for eight months. Apparently, it didn’t hold up well. Otherwise, I think this brew would have been nicely bittered and even more citrusy. The cloying initial sweetness is a detriment to any style IPA.

May 03, 2020
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TerryW from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is just all over. Tart and fruity. A whiff of alcohol, noticeably orange, also cider-like. A touch of bitter dry in the finish from grapefruit. This is sippin' beer -- give yourself the time to figure it out. I'm not sure I have and think I may have to find another bottle.

Apr 15, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is really good! At various times, tastes differently. Might taste like grapefruit juice or orange juice or a cider. Bitter. PAIRS EXCELLENT WITH SOUR PATCH KIDS.

Apr 12, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks, Abhishek!

The first pour is mostly clear and deep orange in color, with a small, white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is fruity and sour, with bright blood orange and bitter grapefruit juice immediately noticeable. This is followed by a a moderate lactic and yogurt like tartness and a noticeable candy sweetness. The palate opens messy and confused, with a blend of mildly grassy hops, bitter and pith heavy grapefruit, juicy orange, lactic sourness and lemony dry hops all present, all clashing and not quite sure what their roles are here. The mid palate brings more of a cooked orange/candied citrus sweetness that's quite noticeable and grows to be taxing. Sweet and tart on the finish with a nice dry hop flavor, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Experimental for it's own sake, this is decent, if not entirely enjoyable.

Dec 01, 2019
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TijuanaTovar from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is deserves a world-class rating. Best rogue shelf beer I’ve tried yet. So much blood orange, sweet citrus and grapefruit. No perceivable hops, so it doesn’t feel like an ipa/NEIPA at all. But the smell and taste, insane how they got this to taste like juice, yet still a kettle sour and still a beer. Hats off to Rogue for this one. I could drink a lot of this! Buy some if you like slightly sweet citrusy tart beers.

Nov 16, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is quite tart with lots of green apple and sour grapefruit aromas. Along with these smells comes a little bit of tropical fruit of tangerine and mango as well as a apple cider vinegar smell and notes of lemon and some stone fruits of cherry and plum.
Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat more crisp malt flavor that has a good level of sour green apple and apple cider vinegar right from the start. The apple cider vinegar flavor really amps up as the taste moves on, bringing quite a bit more sourness to the tongue. Along with the increase in sour some grapefruit and light grassy hop, a touch of lemon-lime, and some light hay come to the tongue, in the end leaving one with a moderately sour and grapefruity apple cider vinegar taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side overall with a more prickly carbonation level. For the sour and hopped tastes of the brew the feel is rather well done and makes for a nice easy sipper overall.
Overall – While I am not a huge sour fan, this one I actually rather liked. The grapefruit and light grassy hop complement the sour rather well, making for a nice tart, but still very approachable and inviting taste overall.

Oct 20, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated Mar 15 2019 and served slightly chilled. Haven't seen much Rogue presence in Ontario as of late... in fact, this might be the first new beer I've seen from them in two years. Still, I didn't think twice about plucking it from the shelves.

Pours a hazy golden-orange colour, crowned with one finger of foamy white head that dissipates in less than two minutes' time. A frothy collar of modest width is the main survivor, as there's no cap to speak of, and minimal lace at best. I'm getting fruity melon and piney, herbal, earthy hop bitterness on the nose, as well as a fair bit of citrusy character, mostly grapefruit. This is a six month old IPA and to be honest it smells that way.

This is a bizarre beer, but it all comes together rather well. The lactose sweetness is noticeable early on, but never becomes much more than a background presence, instead complementing and contrasting against the tartness and tanginess imparted by the grapefruit and blood orange. The hops also contribute hints of pineapple, melon, passion fruit and apricot at the front end; towards the finish, shades of piney, herbal bitterness can be detected amidst the citrusy sourness and blood orange twang. This lightly bitter finish is followed up with a tangy-sweet aftertaste; lactose fades quickly, but the tropical fruit and sourness persist into the aftertaste for a bit. Medium in body, with low carbonation levels that gently brush the palate; smooth texture, with absolutely no sign of the 7.2% - I never would've guessed it was that strong.

Final Grade: 4.07, an A-. Rogue has taken some ribbing from beer geeks over the years, but I've always seen them as creative first and foremost. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but it's almost always fun for me to try their stuff. I didn't have high hopes for this one, particularly because it's nearly six months old, yet Combat Wombat turned out to be another success story. Its disparate elements - ranging from milk sugar, to citrus pulp, to its combination of American and Australian hops - didn't sound like a great combination in my head, but it just works. I'll probably grab one more bottle for the road.

Sep 02, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5 oz pour on tap.

I always say I like all beer styles, but if there is one I do not like it is sour IPAs. The combination of sour and bitter just doesn't work at all for me. This particular beer is fruity as advertised, but comes across as almost undrinkably astringent. The combination of flavors does not work.

Aug 13, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shares this 650 ml oz. offering from Rogue with my best pal Adam. Served cold into a tulip. Review from notes. Cost was $7.85 CDN if I remember correctly.

Appearance - Super hazy rich coppery gold / orange colored brew, beautiful half finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

Smell - Orange and blood orange steal the show on the nose, with a plethora of other tropical fruits, guava, passionfruit and papaya most prominent among them. There also a subtle lemony and tart undercurrent that you can smell, so you can imagine how it will taste.

Taste - Initially sweet with the mandarin orange and blood orange doing their things, then the citra hop explosion with pineapple and other tropical fruits kick in, before the tartness and sour flavors move in. Lemon zest in attendance.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, modest carbonation and drying palate.

Overall - Simply one of the most complete and well rounded sour IPA's out there, Combat Wombat is sour and tart without pushing to far and also maintaining some delicious tropical flavors. Worth a try and one of the best and more interesting new brews I've tried in 2019.

Jul 20, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada

3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A uniquely interesting beer, something that makes this sour more tolearble for me, as I usually don't like the style much. But here it's at least acceptable, although regrettably this will not be a regular beer for me, as I have an adverse reaction to orange, due to its particular acidity.
The head is non existent and the nose is obtruse, but other than that, this is pretty decent, especially for summer. The fruit turns most of it sour, but the hops help out somewhat. I would have added more of them to create a better balance, but maybe that wasn't the idea.

Jul 08, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle -

Pours hazed golden with a thin off-white head that lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is interesting - sour with citrus and tropical fruits from hops but also from blood orange and grapefruit.

The taste is of sour (vinegar-like) with hop bitterness. Blood orange and grapefruit juice give a fruity twist in the sour and bittersweet finish. Juicy feel with a bit of spritzy carbonation.

A cross between a sour ale, an IPA, a NE IPA and a fruit beer. Unique, interesting and enjoyable.

Jun 27, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark yellow with almost no head. Nose is lemon and wheat. Not too complex. Taste is so much better than the nose. Super sweet and hop bitter. Nice citrus and candy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Overall, this is a great mix of sour and IPA.

Mar 24, 2019
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Roncedad from Washington

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isnt for traditionalists of ipa lovers which is why its great. The sour notes compliment the classic ipa citrus notes. Best of all hop is not crazy like most ipa beers. Yet alcohol content is high 7.2 i believe. Love this beer look forward to it annually now!

Oct 27, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Oct 06, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Sep 22, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Sep 12, 2018
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vladdswrath from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Aug 29, 2018
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warrenc from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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 sour 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!

Aug 25, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 13, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Aug 11, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Aug 04, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rogue Ales "Wombat Combat"
$8.99 / 32 oz. crowler @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I just couldn't pass up a beer called "Wombat Combat" - oh wait, it's actually called "Combat Wombat" - and now I find that this isn't even the only one... there's another one by the Human Fish Brewery? (By the way, what is a human fish?). Is "Combat Wombat" some kind of meme I don't know about? is it from a video game? I thought it was just a goofy name. Anyway, it's poured a mostly clear golden body beneath a full head of off-white foam. The aroma is unusual. On first sniff it smells like coriander and sour beer, but let me get my nose back in there again... well it's citrusy as well, but I still get a kind of "woody" spiciness. If I have to call out the fruits I'll go with grapefruit and orange/tangerine, it's kind of sharp, and there's some apricot too, and maybe some white grape. It's a little floral as well, which works with the woodiness. Is it oak? I'm also getting a slight hint of a metallic note that's usually associated with sourness. So, OK, on to the flavor... well, it's pretty much as the aroma suggested it would be but with a dollop of honey added into the malt. It's tart, that's for sure, sour even. And there is a distinct woodiness to it that I still can't figure out if it's oak but I don't really get the oaky dryness, well maybe just a little. Is it oaked? I am guessing now that it's not based on the finish, which is acidic but clean, and fruity and only moderately bitter. I get a lot of dried apricot lingering in the finish along with some mildly grassy and subtly herbal notes. I'm guessing this is around 35-40 IBUs. But back to the flavor, is there anything else? Maybe some mango, and perhaps some papaya, but otherwise no. It's fairly complex and yet at the same time it seems kind of one sided, perhaps because the tartness seems to compress the flavors. Maybe once it warms up a bit it will open up but I doubt it. The odd thing here is that it doesn't seem like Rogue yeast. It seems to me like a saison yeast, specifically WLP566 Belgian Saison II Ale Yeast, and I'm not saying that it is, but it doesn't seem like the regular Pac Man yeast they usually use. But I'm getting off track, I should be getting to my opinion of it overall at this point but let me finish with the specs first: it's medium bodied leaning towards medium light, and mildly acidic. A median, fine-bubbled carbonation works well with that and it's not too biting despite the acidity. It's just slightly astringent as well. OK, so, what I'm finding here is OK, and it will probably tickle the fancy of some, but it just doesn't hit the upper register in scoring for me, nor is it really that original. And I'm still wondering what a "Combat Wombat" is. Overall I could take it or leave it, it's OK but not fantastic, which is a great shame because it's on the cusp of becoming something magical. What I paid for it was a decent price though, and I've pretty much enjoyed it and I've still got a pint to go. This is one of those odd beers though where you might love it or hate it though so I'm hesitant to recommend it.
Review# 6,165

Jul 24, 2018
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karma_initiative from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a huge fan of sours, and I think you have to be to enjoy this beer. It features pineapple, orange, and passion fruit flavors behind a backdrop of aggressive sourness. I would say this particular sourness is vinegar-like in nature; there is a similar quality found in stuff like Bragg drinking apple cider vinegar or Switchel. It's not a bad thing by any stretch, but it doesn't have the same quality as most sours I've had that are made with lactobacillus.

It's unlike any sour I've had yet, and while I wouldn't rank it among the best I've had, I still rated this beer highly because it offers a truly unique experience - Rogue has an interesting thing going on here!

Jul 23, 2018
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, in my glass is the newest sour beer from Rogue... Combat Wombat. This is a blood orange/grapefruit hoppy beer with lactose. It also features Citra, BRU-1, Vic Secret and Galaxy hops, so it definitely seems to operate in the "sour IPA" realm. Wonder how it'll be?

Pours a hazy medium-orange with a surprisingly dense head of white foam that seems to settle at around 3/4 finger of foam. The turbid body bespeaks the "NE"-style IPA focus going on here, but the whole project seems to live in the sour beer side of things... what is this going to end up being?

The nose is heavily biased toward the orange elements, with a little bit of creaminess and light notes of passion fruit and white grape. The hops do definitely give this some nice pop with some grapefruit, gooseberry and pineapple coming across, along with soft spruce and grassy notes. Intense fruity elements ranging from cut green apple to lemon peel and papaya with blood orange coming across as well. A very "sour-forward" hoppy beer, to be sure. If you don't like the sourness, this is not for you.

Each sip has a ton of blood orange and pulpy grapefruit, making this beer superbly delivered if you only take the ingredients listed on the front of the bottle into account. Luckily, it's more impressive than its adjunct ingredients. The use of acidulated malt here is very well done, as it definitely backs up the acidity of the fruits. As with most Rogue beers, this lists the different ingredients involved in brewing this beer, but I did definitely notice the lack of acidifying bacteria. How did this beer get sour? Not really sure, but it is definitely not just a normal IPA. From the nose alone, this gives me the idea that it'll be a sour experience... and not necessarily in a bad way! The first sips I take of my glass throw off puckering sourness and notes of white wine minerality, grapefruit, orange and lemon with slight notes of red berry. This is certainly hoppy, though, with a solid flavor of citrus and pine in the mid-palate that coalesces into some more intense grapefruit toward the finish.

The feel here is pretty much medium with a bias towards the sour flavors and elements at hand. Though this is certainly a hoppy beer, it doesn't come off as an IPA, and thus has kind of a "wheat beer"-like disposition. Approaching it as such, however, will prove futile, as this beer really flouts the differences between "wild ale," "IPA," and "American pale wheat ale" in a unique and enjoyable way.

Jul 21, 2018
Combat Wombat from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 80 ratings