Smoke Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
254 Reviews
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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Reviews: 254 | Ratings: 328
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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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you want it let me hear you say "Gimme some more"

-Busta Rhymes

Found this one at Nikki's... I love me a good smoked beer, so this one was an instant buy. Rogue is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries, as I need two hands to count their awesome beers.

A- A nice, caramel/rust beer. A beautiful, billowy cloud head is floating on this one.

S- Smoke from a mile away. I'm reminded of Aecht Schlenkerla's Weizen... smells like smoked meats, wood, campfires, and tastiness. Mmmm.

T- Pretty fucking awesome. Lacking some of the nuttiness/meatiness of the Aecht Schlenkerla, this still provides bundles, buckets, oodles of flavor. A nice smoked malt propels this beer to the front of the class. I taste mild hops, a nice balance, but the smoked malt is the main event and is fan-fuckin-tastic.

M- Crisp, tasty... gimme some more! I love this beer.

D- For me, through the roof. I love a good smoked beer, and Rogue has brought its heavy guns to this battle. I am impressed, and find this to be almost an equal to the Schlenkerla beers, which is about the highest compliment I can pay any smoked beer. Seek this one out, cherish it, and bathe in it if you must. A world-class beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges slightly husky and hazy, brown amber in color and topped by a large white head.

Aroma is metallic with a touch of smoky aromas. The smoke isnt really a campfire type smoke but more of a smoked meat typ smoke aroma. The smokiness is discernible but is mostly muted. Some caramel aromas but everything seems light in the aroma department. Nothing jumps out.

There is a ton of smoke in the flavor however. It isnt as overwhleming as Schlerenka but certainly noticeable. The smoke is immediately noticed and stays true. After swallowing, the smoke fades a bit and some hop bitterness makes itself present. A bit of that metallic flavor is back. The hop flavor is delicate and is mostly an earthy flavor. Very well balanced beer.

As far as smoke beers go, this one is pretty damn tasty. The smoke isnt overwhelming but one can certainly taste it. I was hoping to have a little more smoke in the nose, though. Finishes dry which I think complements the smokiness. Long bitterness in the plentiful finish. A sure winner in the smoke department.

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

I had this on tap at the Rogues Ale House in San Francisco, pint glass. The beer is somewhat dark, brown and hazy with a thin white film of foam on top. The aroma was smoky but not as strong as I'd expected or hoped, more like a Schlenkerla beer dialed down to 75% intensity. Along with the salami smokiness I guess I'd say this was more malty than hoppy, somewhat sweet or toasted malts. The taste was similar, toasted malts with enough smoked flavor to keep you happy (if you like that style of beer), I can't say I tasted much of the hops which I expected based on Rogue's decription of the beer. Anyway this is a good smoke beer, I like it enough that I'll look for it in bottles sometime at home.

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Photo of cvfish
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a light orange color that produced a huge fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas produced by this beer were dominated by the smoked malts, a different smell altogether from a roasted Stout, and a bit of fruity hops on the end

T - The taste of this beer was liquid smoked gouda cheese, however they did it, this is what I taste after taking a drink, with a little bit of fruity hop finish, more tropical

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very good beer, my first Smoked Beer, and I was hooked, very nice and rich flavor for such a small beer

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Photo of ricke
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber color with a medium-sized tanned head that leaves some lacings.

S: The smell is rather malty with notes of notes of butterscotch. Some earthy hops and a hint of lemon-peel. The smoke is noticeable, but very faint - just a hint of smoked ham in the background. However, as the beer warms up, the smoke seems to get more pronounced. But it's still very mellow. It's quite balanced, but for a smoked beer it's not very smoky.

T: The taste is rather sweet with biscuity malts to the fore. Some diacetyl. Earthy and citric hop notes complement the malts nicely. As in the smell, the smoke (we're talking smoked ham rather than forest fire here) is very restrained and doesn't get noticeable until the finish where it is complemented by some bitterness, citric hops and a hint of minerals. Well hidden alcohol.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: I was quite underwhelmed by this one. It is far from the original German smoked beers. This is more like an American mildly hoppy beer with a touch of smoke to it. It's to clean and uncharismatic.

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

22oz bottle into stout glass.

Poured like an amber ale in color, with 2F of soapy cream-colored head, slight chill haze and little bit of visible carbonation. Head fades to film, and leaves spotty lacing.

Really interesting, yet subdued aromas. Old sneakers, smoked ham or bacon, and charred log.

Taste was pleasant - smokey qualities carry over with charred maltiness, and then yield to some slightly fruity/acidic hoppyness.

I enjoyed the mouthfeel on this one - again, much like an amber ale, pretty slick without any thick or cloying astringency left on the tongue (which frankly, I was expecting).

I give this puppy good marks for drinkability. Extremely interesting beer to review - highly encouraged that you seek one out.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy medium golden orange, with a couple of fingers of thick, puffy off-white head, which leaves webbed lace around the glass. It smells of nice, soft, campfire smoke, like that sweatshirt that you forgot to wash after wearing it camping all weekend, as well as some caramel malt and grassy hops. The taste is smoked caramel malt, some citrus (burnt grapefruit?), and grassy hops. The carbonation is fairly average, the body adequately weighted to balance the smokiness, and it finishes a bit off-dry, the smoke tailing off to some singed caramel sweetness, and tangy, bitter hops.

A nice even dose of smoke, after having a few of those Scottish peat monsters. Good as an exposure to a special style, but not something that I'd want to have more than one of.

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Photo of ColdBeer30
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an off-white head of moderate thickness and a hint of orange color. The head settles relatively quickly but there is some spotty lacing that stays after it is gone. The beer itself has a translucent warm amber hue and appears to be lightly carbonated.

The nose is very inviting. Smokiness is obviously very apparent but not overwhelming. May remind you of cooking on a grill. The hops have a resiny and grassy smell but the malts come through a bit stronger with smoky and toasty aroma as the name suggests.

The beer is not super complex but the ingredients are well balanced. Woody grains and bar-b-q are on the forefront with the beechwood smokyness being most noticeable. Hops seem to be almost absent until the end where they are quite pronounced and can linger on the tongue but not as long as the smoke flavor. At no point is the smoke flavor smacking you in the face.

Mouthfeel: light body feel but not thin or watery. Carbonation is mild.

Drinkability: Moderate drinkability. Does not sit heavy but I personally would switch to something else after having a couple in one sitting.

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

had 8.8.09
This beer pours a hazy amber with a thick frothy off white head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is of smoked goodness with a touch of sweet caramel and toasted malts to it. Smokiness is not overpowering. Taste is of toasted malts up front, pale malts mixed with smoked flavoring take the middle with the malts at the forefront, finish is slightly sweet. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, thick creamy feel to this beer. This is a very nice smoked ale to sit with for a while.

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Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves a one finger head,it has aromas of smokey wood and a very distinct hop smell which overpowers the smoke smell,it tastes very pleasant i was abit worried about not liking this style of beer but i actually really do it has an average mouthfeel with tastes of smoked peatiness with fruity hops which definately balance out each other very well quite a nice beer that i would recommend and suprisingly enough easy to drink more than one of.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Copper body under a large white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Smokey but with a nice sweet malt backbone. Little hint of fruit thrown in as well. Not a whole lot going on, but the smoke is very well balanced with the malt.

T: Smokey again but with some malt sweetness, a hint of honey and some fruit. Very mild bitterness with the smoke clinging to the tongue.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is medium at best making for a smooth body. Drinkability is good. I'm sure I'd tire of the smoke eventually but I could put down a few of these. Very solid beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazed, mahogany-hued body with a thin, smallish, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of sweetish, toasty malts layered with smoked wood, chipped beef jerky, a distant fruitiness, and spicy, steely hops.

Taste: Toasted maltiness instilled with smokiness and some slight caramel sweetness. Sure, there's plenty of smoke to be had in Smoke Ale, but it won't bowl you over like the Schlenkerla line-up. Faintly fruity. Moderate hop bitterness with some spicy Saaz qualities. Final rise of malt sweetness that drops back down for the dry, smoky, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's enjoyable. A pleasant, well-balanced beer with a nice level of everyday smoke character.

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Photo of Scriba
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: An amber, hazy liquid. The large head is light yellow with large bubbles.

S: Smoke and (shoe) leather is obvious. There are also notes of malt and citrus.

T: Smoke dominates the taste. The aftertaste got some bitterness and malt. Although the smokiness is very present, the taste of this beer is quit thin. I guess the smoke needs to be balanced of more malt et cetera.

M: I like the feel. It is smooth, and the CO2 got a nice bite and is mild at the same time.

D: One bottle was both nice and interesting, but now I'm ready to drink something else. And considering the high price I'm probably not going to buy this beer again.

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Photo of bark
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is red-orange-amber; the finger thick head slowly sinks down to a thin off-white lid, leaving some lacing. The liquid is a little cloudy (the beer is bottle conditioned).

The smell is semi-sweet and slightly smoked. Hints of caramel and smoked ham/smoked salmon. It is fairly light.

The taste is a little sour. Smoked notes (ham/salmon/cheese) in the background. Some sweet notes of white bread and a touch of cookies from the malt. There are some bitter flavours, although quite mild. The aftertaste got a fresh bitter flavour as well as some caramel and a mildly smoked taste in the background.

The carbonation is fresh and a little strong with lots of very small bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

An elegant and quite conservative smoked ale. I like them a bit more aggressive.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer a couple nights ago after wanting to try it for awhile. It was a amberish-hazy beer. The smell wasn't strong on the smoke but it smelled more like a pale ale. The taste was like a pale ale until it warmed up, then the smoke came through. I found this beer very drinkable and I can't wait to have another!

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Smoke Ale from Rogue Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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