Smoke Ale | Rogue Ales

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Smoke AleSmoke Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Label of 22 oz bottle:

12 Ingredients: Great Western, Harrington, Klages, Munich & Hugh Baird Crystal, Carastan 30/37 & 13/17, Chuck's Alderwood Smoked Munich & Bamberg Beechwood Smoked Malts; Saaz & Perle Hops, Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast. No Chemicals, Preservatives or Additives.


A German Style Rauchbier with an orange-amber hue, a delicate smoke aroma and flavor, with an intense hop finish.

Oregon Brewed - Established 1988

Oxygen Fixing Caps - 48 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: rich orange-amber hue with a murky haze and two fingers of slightly orangey tan head. Not a lot of retention, but the color is very nice indeed.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a solid dose of heady smoke. The smoke is sort of bright and astringent; it's good, but I don't quite like it as much as other smoked beers of a comparable intensity.

Taste: rich caramel malt flavors with a little bit of fruitiness. Bitterness is low and I can't identify any hops under the smoke. The smoke itself is less intense and more well-rounded than in the aroma. Again, it's not bad, but it's not my favorite smoked beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big dose of well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creamy mouthfeel. I think it's rather well done.

Drinkability: this beer is pretty good, but I wouldn't write home about it. Drinkable, but not fantastic.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great, bright, smokey-red colour. First pour yielded next to no head. The next one provided lots of foamy head. It sank rather quickly. Also at the end of the bottle was some dark yeast, which I didn't expect, making the beer cloudier than at first. I would have swirled it around first, had I known.

The smell was so reminiscent of something I knew but couldn't place... I think, what it was, was a cold bean salad I've had at family things a couple of times. You can smell the smoke, but there was something meaty/beany in there, too. Also a bit of caramel and toffee.

It's like I drank a drenched campfire... with a bit of caramel. Not bad, but a bit much, perhaps. A smaller bottle would have been better. I still got that bean note in the flavour, as well as the smoke. The smoke comes out in the taste, and really comes out in the aftertaste / exhale. It smelled like a campfire that had just been put out.

Feel was well-balanced, overall. For me, it seemed to work up a bit of solid spit in the mouth... leaving the mouth a bit dry, even though finish isn't really dry.

This was my first smoked beer, and it was alright. I would like a smaller amount of it to actually have with some BBQ or some campfire goodies. I think it would work even better there.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of smoked malts, along with touches of citrus, caramel and hops.

T: The taste starts out very smoky and a little sweet with flavors of caramel, some citrus and a hearty malt character. However the smokiness isn't as strong in the taste as it is in the smell and fades into the finish. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, while there may be better smoky beers out there, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up over the weekend at the COOP ... used most of it in my Mexican Pot Roast recipe... poured the rest into my small tulip glass... 2 finger tannish head.. the brew is perfectly amber.

Nose is smokey beef jerky... immediately brings up memories of the gift shop of the Shoshone Bannock tribe over near Pocatello.... I know I know.... but hey, it is the truth. Definitely a "German" smoke more than a peat smoke... sorta sweet like a thick campfire.

Ughhh... I know I am supposed to appreciate this, but it is just too damned smokey for me.. meaty.. thick.. chewy... smokey.. almost some mushroom qualities... lite malt sweetness helps deliver the smokey smack-down.

Body is medium.. carbonation is medium too... I just don't really dig it... I will finish my glass, but the rest goes down the drain.


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Photo of biggietattoos
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Smoke Ale is a first for me in the family of smoke beers.

I poured it into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a nice golden amber color with a thick head that dissipates slowly and leaves about a half inch thick foam behind

Hit me with an aroma of smokey malts.... Kinda like a backyard cookout or a breakfast scent of bacon....

Very smooth, and easy to drink.... Not very complex at all but still very nice and the smoke aroma stays with you throughout the entire sip.

I can see this being a nice beer to pair with anything cooked on a grill for sure.

solid enjoyable beer

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer from BBrianBoogie in CanBIF6. Cheers fellow Canadian BA!

1 pint and 6 fl.oz bottle.

The color is copper with some orange notes. The head is dense and lingers. In the aroma, the smoky notes are faint, fruity and citrus notes are more dominant. Just one notch above average aroma wise. On the taste, smoked malts are present. A lot more than in the aroma. It actually takes the place it should... It is followed by fruity notes and a good bitterness which lingers in the mouth for some time. Very nice taste for smoked beer. Very balanced. Not overly smoky, just enough to be great.

Medium body beer with light carbonation. From Rogue I would have expected a more extravagant beer... but I get a balance smoked ale, which isn't bad. The aroma shows more smoked malts once the beer warms a little bit.

A very smoked ale, balanced and thirst quencher. Easy to drink...

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Photo of ralree
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Clear brown with a white head, average retention, no lacing. Poured with a 2-finger head, settled into no head.

S: Extremely smokey, like a Rauchbier from Schlenkerla. Rich and grainy malt is very strong, and a nice sweet fruity background is present as well. Definitely some hops in there, and a bit of chocolate.

T: Very very smokey, like a campfire. Yet, the Schlenkerla I've had is smokier. Style underneath the smoke is a nice sweet ale, with honey, northwestern hops, and a hint of chocolate. Aftertaste is still smokey, and the sweetness sticks with it. Metallic flavor comes out after a bit of drinking, which detracts from the taste.

M: A tad overcarbonated, a bit watery, medium-light body. Rather dry. A bit astringent.

D: Extremely good for this style! Smoked beers are generally rather hard to put down, so this one is exceptional.

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Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich and hazy tawny amber hue with two and a half fingers of slowly receeding fluffy cream coloured head that leaves chunks of cloud-like lace behind.

Salted ham, wood, and smoked malts pair nicely with notes of peat and hints of vanilla making for a saliva-inducing, highly inviting aroma.

Smokey and toasty at the beginning with smoked and salted ham and wood that progresses into delicately bitter notes of peat with very subtle notes of vanilla sporatically popping through, all over a rich earthy character. As the beer warms, the peat becomes more pronounced, but not at all offensive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy through and through. Delicate, with a good, clean balance.

Rogue does indeed put out some great brews, and this one is of no exception. Smokey, delicate, balanced, and very drinkable. I can see the parallels drawn between this type of beer and the German Rauchbier, but the peaty character really distinguishes the style. I'd say this one is worth picking up, whether you are a fan of Rogue or not.

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Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy copper-orange color with a fleeting, small white head. The aroma is of smoke and fruity hops. It's not a heavy meaty smokiness, but rather mild and woody with a light sweetness and some yeast. A bright yet subdued smokiness hits the tongue first. Sweet, hoppy, and very Rogue-like under the gentle smoky flavors...increasingly so as it warms up. Medium-light and easily drinkable.

A pleasant, balanced, well-made is usually the case with Rogue.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with an eighth-inch, slightly off-white head that fades rather quickly, becoming patchy.
Excellent smell on this one. Thick, smokey malts, with BBQ wings, sausage, bacon--name the meat--it's smoked and it's there--all over a faint caramel aroma.
Taste almost matches the smell. Smokey malts are the core, with some more BBQed meats, though not so pronounced as in the smell. Slightly bitter on the finish. Signature Rogue malt character on the finish as well--bready.
Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp, though a little watery. Light bodied.
Very good on drinkability, though I'm a bit biased when it comes to this style. I could drink it all night.

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Photo of RevereBeer
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Thick off-white head that sticks around for a while, but not much lace. Pours a hazy orange-brown and some red which feels just right for the style.

Aroma: Sweet malt dominates, but the smoky character is really distinct and reminds me of smoked meat.

Taste: I loved the evolution of this taste. For me, started off with a smoky malt flavor that was more subtle than expected. Then, the a caramel sweetness and even fruitiness. Finally, a spicy and powerful hop finish that dries out the taste. wow.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation but a bit thinner than what I was hoping for. The combo of sweetness with a drying finish was neat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I found myself flying through my 22oz. The hop finish does nothing but make me want to go back for another gulp. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of THORN
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL poured into pint glass. Served 50-55 F.
A: Orange brown. Random CO2 trails. No head, just a couple of bubbles. No lace.
S: Holy fucking bacon. I mean the bacon flavor from a cheese can. Sweet malts.
T: Smoked malts give a red meat dominated body.. Sweetness comes with the malts that is balanced with resiny hops.
M: Very light on tongue. Drying if anything.
D: Its unique. It would be paired well with a bloody mary. One of the lighter smokes I've had.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazy, dark golden/light copper color with a long-lasting cream colored head. Leaves some lacing on the glass and the foam gets somewhat topographous and mountainous as it slowly fades.

Nose is medium on the smoky scale with a large amount of sweet maltiness. Hops are surprisingly noticeable, as is a bready yeast characteristic. The sweetness on the nose is noteworthy and I am not sure I have had a rauchbier that smells as sweet as this one.

The smokiness on the flavor is unique...almost cedary, maybe the beechwood gives it that characteristic. Hops are definitely in here more than most smoked beers. Flavor is woody and the malts caramely, a touch toasty and certainly sweet. Unique take on the style with the dose of saaz and I am not quite sure the combo is my cup o' tea. I like it more than most Rogue beers, but far from my favorite rauchbier.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Smoke Ale is a slightly hazy amber ale with a small white head that mostly dissipates and leaves solid lacing on the glass. It has a smokey, slightly sweet aroma with a peaty note. There's something like beef jerky in the nose. It's pretty light bodied and crisp, with a finish that's kind of sharp. Yeah it's smokey-- almost like barbeque. There's a tartness from the malt and a spicy bitterness going on too, so it's not just the smoke going on. It's a nice blend of flavors and it's well balanced. It's an interesting and engaging beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper color. A little covering of white head with a touch of lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

S: A very delicate smokiness to it. Good use of smoked malt. No peat smoked malt here. The malt is fairly clean and works to showcase the smoke.Probably only 10% of the grain bill was smoked malt.

T: Very nice balance. It is kind of one dimensional but this beer is all about that smoked taste and this one delivers. Not like some of the Bamburg rauch beers but more subtle and without the bacon.

M: Full medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D: Split the bomber and paired it with wild boar bacon. The beer is good lets hope the pizza pairs well. Nice beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: copper in color and crystal clear. Off-white head quickly diminishes in to a thin film.

S: aroma is bold, and dominated by smoke. Other aromas include bacon and toast.

T: off-dry with heavy notes of bacon and toasty bread.

M: full body and creamy. A nice compliment to the aggressive flavor of this beer.

D: a delicious brew that is well worth a try. One of the better varieties of a rare style.

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Photo of xanok
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an interesting deep bronze-ish color with lots of off-white bubbly head.

S-Pork? BBQ and wood smells throughout. Not too strong of a scent overall.

T-Hair apparently, as one fell into my glass from somewhere. But seriously, smoked flavors. A bit citrusy and fruity at the end. Hops in this beer are non-existent.

M-Light-medium in body, medium carb. Pretty smooth going down with a bite at the end.

D-Pretty drinkable. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

This is my first smoked ale, and I do enjoy it, although I can see why others do not enjoy it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright deep bronze-gold colour, with a fluffy but large bubbled head of yellowish bubbles. Slightly cloudy body, which has some thickness, as the bubbling has to work its way up to form the head. Looks really quite lovely. The colour is just gorgeous.

Robust smoke notes on the nose, but pleasantly sweet. Rather like smoked and cured ham, with the lingering woodfire character providing some rustic charm. It's not complex, but it's a lovely smoky nose - not overpowering, not too sharp, but balanced very pleasantly between true smoke and sweetness. Again, it's a lovely drop.

Taste is more subdued on the smoke character, with some whiffs of smoky haze on the front, and a sharp hop bite on the back. Feels a little thin, and the sweet aromas present on the nose have abandoned the palate. It's quite refreshing, however, and I'm certainly glad that the smokiness isn't overpowering given the lack of body and sweetness (which would be sorely needed otherwise). Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's suitable for the style.

A drinkable beer, very much a Rauch - the smoke character is robust, but not overpowering. It lacks a little something on the palate - I really like my Rauchbiers to have some sweetness behind them, but otherwise it's a very pleasant and pleasantly smoky beer.

(My 600th review, how about that...)

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangeish body with a good head that died slowly and left some lace. A mix of light smokey/meatiness and hints of sweet (caramel) malt as well. Real smooth, semi-creamy even with a medium body that passes not only with some meat/smokiness (even woody) but with some sweetness and then finishes clean with a minor hoppy bitterness backbite. A real pleasant beer that is enjoyable and distinct with the different and balanced feels to it. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Long813
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Affligem Chalice

A: Dark murky oragne/copper with minimal blotchy head. Leaves very little lacing

S: Burt wood, pork/bacon, very fine caramel in the background.

T: The smoked pork is very strong. There are subtle hints of sweet malts and grainy hops.

M: Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Leaves an interesting bacon grease finish and ends with slightly bitterness

D: It's very interesting, but for the price and taste I could not buy this again. It's worth trying at least once. Very surprising what some people can create.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, every other place was out of this. Poured clear amber-brown with a minimal white head. Rich smoked wood and bacon nose. It smells like a just-lit campfire with a solid hop backing. Creamy mouthfeel with a long finish. Taste is just what I want with my smoke ales: STRONG smoke. Hearty, peaty, oaked, and hopped. Some balance with the malt. Spicy hop finish. Incredible. Its like a Aecht Schlerenka in ale form. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of chickenm
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL bomber poured into tulip glass. Pours a hazy copper color. Thick head rapidly disappears. Smokey campfire aroma is very apparent. Taste is smoke and malt with some hops and citrus. Is also quite dry. Pretty good stuff but not really sessionable.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby brown in color, 1 inch head, cloudy

Smell: smoke and pork

Taste: toffee, tea, smoke and a touch of hops in the end. The smoke comes in the middle and lasts till the end.

Mouthfeel: bitter start that becomes sweeter, medium body, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: A good not great smoked beer. I will look for this again, but one bomber is enough. I do like to smoke combined with the hops.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a 1.5 finger foamy yellowish beige head that quickly fizzles away into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Smoked malt aroma with hints of butane, charcoal, bacon, and a surprisingly strong citrus hop presence.

Resinous chewy mouthfeel with a very roasted smoked malt flavor with hints of charcoal, campfire ash, barbecued bacon and butane as well as a crisp dry bitter citrus hop presence. The citrus hops sweeten things up a bit and provide an interesting balance to the smokey flavor.

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Photo of Travlr
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Watery and cloudy brown with rapidly disappearing head and no noticeable lacing. Aroma of frying bacon. Taste is gritty, smoky but a bit thin on body. Not much malt or even hop flavor, maybe it's hiding. Brief aftertaste of campfire. Interesting but not terribly.

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