Combat Wombat
Rogue Ales

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,021
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,218
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 10.92%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
97
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Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Combat WombatCombat Wombat
Notes: Sour Northeast-style IPA brewed with blood orange and grapefruit.
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Combat Wombat pours a golden color, with a big, long lasting, lacing head. Aroma is sour and tart. Flavor is sour, tart, dry fruit notes, sweet fruit, a hint of bitter to balance it all. Good body and feel. Overall, its more of a sour ale, with a great sour feel, a hint of fruit and a hint of bitterness to balance it.

Nov 02, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 3/31/21

I love a well executed sour IPA. Oddly enough, it’s one of few styles that actually benefits from the addition of lactose. This one does not have lactose, and quite a simplistic blend of fruit adjuncts, with just grapefruit and blood orange. The fruit in this sub style can often get ridiculous, so I’m guessing this one might end uo being a bit more balanced that others. Let’s see what it’s all about

Pours a hazy orange gold with 3 fingers of off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This honestly has a nice balance of fruit, hops, and tartness; all in the absence of lactose. I’m picking up on aromas of floral hops, juniper berries, orange zest, doughy malt, tart lime, and grapefruit pith

The flavor profile is a little more subdued but it is still quite good. On the swallow especially it reminds me of Goya guava juice. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting sweet blood orange, wheat bread, tangerine, tart lemon, and fruity hops. The swallow brings notes of guava juice, red grapefruit, tart orange, light melon, and light floral hops

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a somewhat slick beer. Finishes off dry with a nice tartness

Certainly a solid one but not quite outstanding. I do like that it didn’t go full on sour and kept it pretty balanced

Jul 27, 2021
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Spikester from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Rings of lace appear as the levels drop.
Smell is pungent citrus.
Taste is citrus lime lemon orange and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is mildly dry and fairly well balanced.
Overall a tasty fruity citrus IPA.

Jul 10, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super citrusy sour ipa, nice and clean and hop forward but with the blood orange and grapefruit it pops a little extra. i think this is super summery and drinkable despite the abv, and the acidity is just right, enough pucker to be quenching and refreshing but not so sour it hurts the teeth or sits bubbly in the belly. this is ultra modern and very well execute. pale orange in the glass and just a little hazy, short head from the tap. it smells sharp and crisp at the same time, clean and sour, things that dont always go together, with the grapefruit and the tropical hops right up front, pineapple in the nose to me, more lemongrass in the flavor, blood orange and grapefruit both appreciable the whole way, and surprisingly dry, not sweet in the least from either the malt or the fruit, its even more light to drink that way. i get a champagne grape note to this, some lemon in the bacterial part of it, and the hops sparkling through it all as well. really good flavor, hot weather beer, a neat bridging of styles and one of the better overall beers we had in here. it was awesome to finally check out their brewery after being a fan for all these years!

Jul 06, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the ever growing popularity of both hoppy beer and sour ale, so grows the marriage of these two flavors in a single beer. Where some will see a perfect marriage in flavor, others may see a combat playing out on the tastebuds. Embracing the trend, Rogue highlights the duality of beers in a sour Northeast-style IPA that's brewed with Down Under hops and a blend of citrus for added appeal.

Pale gold and glowing translucently, Combat Wombat soon floods the nose with tangy citrus and a pleasant herbal tea quality while staying juicy, perfumy and highly appetizing to the nose. With the inherent dryness of sour ale and IPA, any sweetness is hard to find beyond a scant and wisping maltiness of wafer, honeysuckle, light cereal and taffy.

But the story isn't about the malt; its about the interplay of hop and sour that first stands out with a burst of pink grapefruit, under ripened orange and then lime from the sour hoppiness. With a quick followup of tropical passionfruit, papaya, white wine and gooseberry, the Australian hops make a tangy transition. Diving into a moderately bitter late taste, the hops carry a snappy tea-like, herbal and hemp-like bite.

Crisp, refreshing and highly characterful, Combat Wombat cleanses the thirst from the palate with ease while continuing a juicy-dry theme. The beer finishes fruity and bitter with a brief afterglow of tea, wine and soft cedar resins with a twinge of cannabis. For lovers of both IPA and Sour Ale, the beer can be a welcomed combination, but where some find complexity, others may find conflict.

May 12, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pint can poured into a clear pint glass shows a solid amber liquid with abundant carbonation, but very little head and no glass lace It smells a bit tart and a bit sour and that's how it tastes. The presence of fruitiness over powers all other characteristics and that's not good in a beer. It has more body than a flavored alcoholic seltzer, but that's faint praise. It's just too acidic to taste and feel to be good. A least it's not too sweet.

Aug 24, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Straw, slightly hazy, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Mandarin orange, mango, pineapple, grassy, grapefruit, melon, tangy, highly fragrant.

Taste- Melon, mandarin orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, tangy.

Feel- Medium body, soft, slightly below average carbonation, sweet/tart finish.

Jul 31, 2020
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Jules143 from Oregon

2.71/5  rDev -32.8%
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 -15.6%
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 (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +12.9%
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 -24.6%
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 +20.3%
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%
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 (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 mix-up 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 -14.9%
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 (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +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 (ON)

3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
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 -0.7%
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 +0.2%
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 +24.1%
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 -13.2%
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 North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +12.4%
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.

Aug 29, 2018
Combat Wombat from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 97 ratings