Combat Wombat | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of williahd
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewTheBrew
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxOhle
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrkozak
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigbutter
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of n2185
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaialai-untilidie
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of karma_initiative
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of ichorNet
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Donkster46
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Velivolus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FFreak
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised with this. Awesome beer!

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Photo of BKotch
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Combat Wombat from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 24 ratings