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Rogue Ten Thousand Brew Ale (Brew 10,000)Rogue Ten Thousand Brew Ale (Brew 10,000)

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brew 10,000: One Brewer, Eighteen Years, Ten-Thousand Batches of Beer. Brew 10,000 is not so much a style of beer, rather it is a new recipe using some of the best ingredients John Maier has ever brewed with... Vienna, French Special Aroma, and Maris Otter Pale Malts; Yakima Summit and German Saphir Hops, Free-range Coastal Waters, and PacMan Yeast. 83 IBU

Added by Todd on 02-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Balanced aroma, bottle thanks to Jason and Mike. Soapy head. Cloudy peach coloured body, and some lace. Yakima Summit and German Saphir Hops, and PacMan Yeast. 83 IBU. Quite floral and carmel, a definite emphasis on not just maximizing bitter flavour.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with some retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is interesting. Taste is a ix between some caramel and light toffee malt with some dominating notes of floral hops and a medium-strong bitter finish. Full body with some great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Overall, a nicely done west coast hoppy ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a coppery honey-colored body with a soapy, medium-sized white head.

Smell: A fruity, floral (and piney) aroma of grapefruit, lemon slices, pine sap, and toffee.

Taste: Light, sugary caramel flavor quickly moves through to the hoppy, bitter bundle of flavors, which initially is mostly just the assertive (and somewhat harsh) flavor of pine needles, but as the beer warms a bit the fruitier notes begin to come through with grapefruit, peach, and lemon. The finish is certainly bitter and longish, with an acidic, perfume-like aftertaste. Reminds me of a slightly heftier Avery Maharaja.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: Accurately hopped for a Rogue beer, as one might expect, but nowhere near as monumental or awe-inspiring as you would suspect a 10,000th batch to be.

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Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 4+ fingers of sand- colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Earthy hops & a little bit of pine, plus citric hops

T: Bready malt & earthy/pine hops + warming booze up front. Pine resin follows along with caramel, some orange peel & cakeyness. Earthy & piney hops, orange peels, brown sugar, a little booze & more cakeyness are all over the finish, like ugly on an ape!

MF: Chewbacca chewyness with medium carbonation& loads of oilyness

Drinks very easy for the abv, great treat for my backyard camp out with my boys (60 degrees out now) . Don't understand the pricing, although I enjoyed this, can't see me paying near this much ($20 for 750-800 ml) of this again. Better DIPAs out the for half-1/3rd the price

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary head (four-fingers

Very nice blend of malt and hop to the nose. The hop is flowery and fresh. The malt is light and just right as a counterpoint.

A complex beer for a double IPA. More malt than typical, but certainly in the background. The swallow and aftertaste is all hop. There is a slickness from the high alcohol content and the full body. The carbonation is equally high, but this gives the beer great texture.

Another great offering from Rogue!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I cannot begin to descibe the excitement I had to try this one. From the day I read about it coming out I knew this would be one for me. Then I saw the picks for the bottle, and holy schnikes, one of the best bottle creations I have ever seen. Then I heard about the price, set me back a little, but you know what I was still determined to get my hands on one. So as soon as it came out I began scouring my stores up in North Carolina, as we had still not popped the cap at that time, but I just could not find any. It seemed as soon as they came in they were gone. SO I call up my buddies at Bruisin Ales and managed to secure one of the last left/ A big Thank You has to go out to Julie and Jason for helping me secure this one. This is one big bad ceramic piece here, and the artwork was just fantastic. I had it sitting in my fridge just waiting for the right moment or special occasion to open. That just never came, so I just went for it last night, figured what the hell and popped the cap on it....and away we go...

Poured a very hazy orange amber, great tone on this . Lots of visible carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass gave it a lively, albeit hazy appearence. A nice one inch white frothy head formed immediatly and took its sweet old time in coming down. What was left was a gooey stick mess of film stretching accross the top of the glass, yummy. Lace streaked down the sides of the glass, and by the end of the session had almost completly obscured the insides of the glass with its rings of lacey white. Now this just looked great. It was very full looking and just seemed like it meant business. Looked like I would want a strong hoppy beer to look, just the best orange amber haziness that makes one so damn great. Would have given a 5 here for a little bit bigger of a head, but needs to get that honerable mention.

Now for the smell, and what a beauty it was. Very strong pungent bitter smell, this one nearly knocked me over! Very strong citus notes, lemon, orange, tangerine and grapefruit were the most obvious at first. A little bit later the sugary notes started to percolate through and gave it a sweet but yet completly knock you down bitterness. The hoppiness was extremely fresh, I mean it wouldnt have suprised me if they were still attached to the damn vine. Overall a very pleasing aroma, very fresh and just over the top in hops. I didn't really detect any of the copious malt amounts that were supposed to have been in it. I am sure they were there just not evident in the nose.

So, the time has come for the first sip on this one. Wow, really set me back as soon as it hit the mouth. Super fresh cut hops. I mean thick, and gooey with resin. Will go with the feel first. Crisp, clean, and sticky. This was silky smooth going down, and had a very finish quality to the feel. Light not too thick, but it made you lips stick to your teeth from the resin that was inside. Great carbonation really helped the flavors come through. Not too oily or watered down either, very nice. The flavors were just fantastic. Big bouguet of hoppy goodness would be the best way to decribe it. Lots of citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, a touch of lemon, some tangerine maybe as well. Very fresh, you could really taste the freshness and I think I took that away from it most of all. There was a noticeable amount of sugar mixed in to try and balance out some of the bitterness, and it worked to an extant, however this still retained alot of the hop bomb charecteristics to it. Really just a great, full, west coast IPA type taste. Just what I would have expected from a bottle featuring a man covered in hops!

Overall what can I say, this was really very nice. Did it live up to my expectations, absolutly. I had wanted this to be a rich, complex, hoppy dream, and that it was. My only critique would be where are all those complex malts that were advertised? I didn't really see this as balanced as it could have been, but I am not complaining at all. I really did like this, unfortunatly at $20+ a bottle, I would not be able to get another, even if I could find one, they are long gone from everywhere around here. But if you have the cash I would definatly recommend seeking this one out if you can. This is a very nice brew indeed. On a side note, the bottle is worth a few dollars easily and that should factor in. This is a collector bottle if I have ever seen one. Very well done, and heavy as hell. Would love to see some more limited releases, like the JLS's put out in bottles for a short time, would make for some intresting times.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Capone's. Served cool in a standard pint.
A - A medium amber w/ light amber highlights and a thick tan head.

S - Slightly apricot and floral w/ a hint of jasmine in the hop aroma. Definitely a dose of grapefruit. The hops provide a sweet fresh fragrance of a ton of hops.

M - Dry with leafy hop flavor. Citric w/ a hint of sweet malt.

T - The rich IPA flavor is dominated w/ spicy green hop goodness. Lively piney bitterness w/ a subtle sweet floral taste in the tail end and malty sweetness trailing behind keeps it from tasting too bitter.

D - Just huge, but I can only handle about one pint of this intense beer. It has a nice blend of hop taste and texture, but I only consider it above average drinkability-wise.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 4-22-2007. Pours a clouded amber with a tan head. Nose is sticky sweet with fruit in there and a very generous hop character. Flavor is thick with hops and an almost salty edge as well. Carries an almost hairspray tone to it as well. Feel is thick on the liquid and not a whole lot of bubble to speak of for the mouth. Drinkable sure. I have to say that for being such a monumental brew, this one falls short of the mark. I think it really could use a good bit of age on it. Then it might be worth checking out. Until then, this is just a mediocre brew for a pretty high price.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BTAH in NYC, nice bold looking ruby medium almond amber, leaves respectable tiny bubble lacing. Citric and spicy nose. Citric hops pounding and crunching, bold and complex brew. 10% alcohol, full load of early malts clearing way for the west coast style hop jolt. Great stuff, happy to enjoy it on tap and avoid the questionable price tag on the ceramic bottles

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

08/11/07- Had on tap at the Toronado 20th Anniversary party.

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Super murky looking. Kinda like the SF Bay on a windy winter day. Looks like something a catfish would enjoy swimming in. Yeast floaties with a huge ass one that appeared at the surface. The drinking was over at that point. Just looked massively unappealing. Very light lace from the limited amount I drank as well as a small less than 1/4 inch head.

Smell- Hops for sure as well as a pretty hefty malt base. Burnt caramel with some pils like hops as well as various other ones.

Taste- Was told by the bartender this was a Imperial Pils...not a DIPA. So, my taster was fooled while drinking this. I can definitely see more DIPA than pils here. It did however have a pils like hoppy flavor, but it also had some grapefruit action as well as a pretty flavorful malt taste.

Mouthfeel- Thicker beer that I should have ran through a fishnet stocking or something. Large bitterness aftertaste with a lighter carbonation level.

Drinkability- If all pours look like this, I will pass in the future if I see it again. The taste was perfectly fine, but the appearance killed it big time.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool ceramic fliptop bottle depicts the 10,000 brew milestone.

Appearance: reddish amber with a one finger head that sported some large bubbles. The head lingered around a while. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: malt sweetness, ripe fruit sweetness, and huge floral hop nose.

Taste: strong malt profile with caramel, honey, plums, and a hint of cherry tones are well balanced with big hop bitterness and warming alcohol. Very hearty brew here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium-heavy in body. The aftertaste had the caramel and malt sweetness glue to the tongue while the bitterness lingers in the throat.

Drinkability: one ceramic bottle was enough in the session based on the high alcohol content, slow sipping profile, and the kick your tastebuds get. Great beer and congrats on the milestone.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Ceramic Swing Top Bottle

December 2006

Poured into a Rogue glass a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, nice touch of citrus and pines, there is some caramel notes as well. The taste is slightly sweet at first, then the big hops and malts come to play, good notes of citrus/pines, and caramel. The finish is bitter and dry, very tasty. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Rogue. This is my 1000th review, and I wanted to do this one, since in numbers is close, LOL

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was presented as an 'ale', and that's it. A blend of everything, from what I heard.
Pours an amber/brown color with a nice small bubble, 2 finger head (served in a wide flute glass). Head would not go away. Nice lacing.
Smell. Hmm. Nothing dominant. A bit of sweet malt, some caramel, red apple, hops.
Taste. Hmm. Nothing dominant. Tastes like a beer. Can't quite place it. Caramel, perhaps. Apple, perhaps. Raisins? Not sure.
Nevertheless it ain't bad. A bit pricey, won't have again b/c of the price.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent malt scent that boasts of Vienna and pale malts. It's a bit grainy, but sweet as well. There is also a nice hop aroma that's not overly aggressive, but blends in well. The taste is good a well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with a bitter hop blast. It's not one of those aromatic IPAs, but the flavor is really powerful. It resonates in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I don't think it's the best Rogue has to offer, but it's a fine anniversary brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better Rogue beers. Had on tap at Barley's in Asheville. Pours a nice medium golden with a thin head but with great lacing. The smell is citrus fruity hops, graininess and light malts. The flavor is a complex back and forth between the bitter, citrusy hops and rather robust malt. The hops probably win out on the end, as they are quite punchy. Rich, full mouthfeel, but not all that hot. Surprisingly drinkable, mostly because it is a fairly balanced brew and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Quite good, too bad there is so little of it out there.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost brilliantly clear, lightly orange tinted, pale cherry accented, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, almost one-finger thick, darkish tan colored head. The aroma definitely has some citrus notes to it as well as a sharper, more resinous character, but it also has something like water to it. I am not sure what I am saying but something reminds me of bland water, maybe it is a clean soap character. Interestingly minty, or like an exotic, woody, turpene laden spice from the Asian super market. This definitely has some malt aromatics to it, though they play a supporting role here; I get notes of caramelized sugars, brown sugar and even toffee. The most interesting part of the aroma is that sort of soapy, exotic spice, almost incense-like character.

Aggressively hopy, with a resinously herbal / pine character leading the way. Still, quite a bit of citrus flavors are found in the beer as well. Flavors of orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, tangelo and lychee are all fairly noticeable. A rich underlying, though subtle, maltiness contributes notes of caramel, a touch of brown sugar and a chewy, Maillard driven, crusty bread flavor. That interesting, spicy, sort of incense like note from the aroma is definitely found in the flavor too; it is really most noticeable as a lingering note in the finish, though it does project its perfume-like essence throughout the flavor profile.

This beer never quite worked for me. When sampled fresh from the tap it had an aggressive green onion character to it, though this now seems to have morphed into a sort of perfume / incense / exotic Asian spice note, it still does not work. Tasty enough, but a bit too much.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This might be the best beer I've had from Rogue.

This is a very hoppy DIPA, with excellent balance and good malt to back up the hops. The alcohol is pretty noticeable, and is quite warming, but you'd expect that at 10%. Very nice mouthfeel with excellent citrus fruit from the hops and malt. A very good beer from Rogue.

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper-amber, off-white head, some retention, great lacing.

S: Very piney, appricot, cotton-candy fruity esters, toffee.

T: Piney, appricot, slightly herbal, bready, toffee, slight candied fruit, slightly earthy, quite bitter, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slight acidity, dry finish.

D: Big & bold.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capone's whenever that was...
Appears a hazy, dark orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Streaky tubes of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and spicy herbs.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with heavy caramel and yeast killing my tastebuds with the abundance of piny hops in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, bitter of citrus, herbs, flowers, and yeast.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sunset bright orange with a big soft fluffy white head.

S: Sweet malt aroma with hints of citrus.

T: Huge floral bitterness in beginning, malty body, with some citrus hop bittering and some grassiness. Big caramel mouthful, some dry pine and alcohol upon warming but otherwise is very drinkable considering abv (10.0). Big malty lacing for an aftertaste with dry pine. Good balance from start to finish transition wise of flavor. Sure half your money is going towards the price of the fancy swing top ceramic bottle but don't hold this against the beer itself, blame marketing.

M: full bodied, creamy

D: Overall good and very drinkable especially for its abv

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Photo of beertunes
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy orangeish yellow with about a half inch of white head that had average retention and lacing.

Solid hop aromas, mostly citrus with some pine, but seemed subdued, perhaps due to age. The flavors followed along but the hops seemed to add just bittering instead of the flavors that were originally there.

The body was pleasingly solid. Drinkability was good, perhaps the age made it even a little more drinkable than when fresh. I would have liked to try this when it was new. As it is, it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange/brown color with about an inch off-white head. The aroma is very nice, it smells like pine and citrusy hops, pepper (spice), strawberries, bready malt and just an overall hoppy and fruity smell. It smells very nice, and the aroma isn't overpowering. However, the taste is mostly citrusy hops and some malt. Finishes bitter, and the aftertaste is a bit harsh. Not bad, but it was a letdown after smelling the beer first. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink and the alcohol isn't very noticable. Overall I think it's a decent beer, but definitely not worth the money (I think I paid around $19 for this).

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pt 10 oz ceramic swing-top bottle purchased from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear light copper brew. Head lasts nicely, with somewhat sparse delicate lacing. Aroma is intensely herbal and piney with a sweet undercurrent. Taste starts with the malt sweetness, then comes on strong with pine hops that last to the end, and beyond. Intense, yet not drive-you-away bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the great experience keeps me drinking along, even though the abv should slow me down. Worthy of the anniversary moniker.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dan was kind enough to share this at the Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were A Part Of. Thanks!

The pour is clear orange with a dense beige head. Retention is OK and lacing, moderate. The nose is dominated by just an incredible amount of caramel and pine. There's some citrus as well. This is very barleywine-like, but does not smell its age. A touch of alcohol is noticeable, as is some toffee. The palate opens with big caramel candy sweetness with some pine and citrus bitterness. That the bitterness has held up as well as it has is pretty impressive. Hops are faintly oxidized with a touch of cheeziness, barely perceptible. Finishing moderately sweet with a lingering bitterness and a little alcohol, this medium bodied beer has a moderate level of carbonation. Decent stuff, I'd like to have tried it fresher.

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Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with some lacing and good head retention. The aroma was mild overall, mostly hoppy with sweet orange character and a little floral. Nice flavour. Very well balanced between restrained bitterness, malty backbone, citrusy hops, and a spicy alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium bodied, nice texture with some creaminess. A well built beer, nothing unbalanced, making it a very easy drink - even considering the abv.

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