Smoke Ale | Rogue Ales

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86
very good
254 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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.

DEDICATED TO THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL.

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
328
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Viking
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy, dark red-amber body. Thick, rocky, cream-colored head. Very smoky aroma with slight undertones of sweet malt. I really can't taste anything beyond the smoke. Smooth beer, just too heavy on the smoke to be truly enjoyable. Probably great with a turkey sandwich.

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

Pours like cough syrup. You can tell this one's got some viscosity. It's a murky looking brown with no head. Smelling this is like smelling smoked venison. Awesome. This seems like you're drinking liquid smoked sausage. It's almost a bit too much on the smoke. The beer seems to be a little void of substance. There seems to be little backing to the smoke. There are not a lot of other flavors of note. It's not bad, but I've had much better smoke brews (Batch 5000 and Alaskan Smoked Porter).

Edit on Feb. 26, 2003:

I raised the scores in most categories after drinking a 22 oz version of the Smoke Ale. It's very drinkable for a Smoked beer. The smoke quality is subtle, but nice. Great malt underlying and I don't get the huge viscosity that I got from the 7 ozer.

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Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Small 7oz brown twist bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy amber hued brew with a very sticky off white creamy lace.

Smell: Very aromatic with a whaft of creamy and smooth smelling smoke ... similar smoke aroma as cured meat or fish.

Taste: Soft and velvety smooth with a quite luxuriant and creamy malt mouth feel. A dose of caramelly sweet malt is quickly quelled by an assertive yet balanced smoky flavour. Lingering spicy hop lays its self from middle to end to add a touch more to the complexity while the smoke stays for a long time with an increasing warming feeling from the alcohol and smoke.

Notes: A step above the rest and an absolute delight to savour. Just a small warning ... the 7 oz bottle is not enough especially if you are a smoked ale lover.

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Photo of mattmaples
2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, maybe I'm drinking this too young, it is made here in Oregon. I just can not drink this stuff. It tastes like liking an ashtray. I like Achet rauch beer but I just can't hadle this. Maybe if I aged it out for 6 month to a year. I like most of Rogues stuff but not this.

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Smoke Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.
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