Latona 20th Anniversary Ale
Rogue Ales

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American Strong Ale
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3.76 | pDev: 10.64%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up a darker shade of medium amber with a nice copperish hue to it. A slightly off-white head left nice sticky lace on my glass. The aroma was malt forward with plenty of brown sugar and toffee notes, and just a little bit of citrus hops. The taste was quite interesting in that it was very malty, yet still had a nice citrus hop character. Toffee, caramel, bready sweet malt and brown sugar blended well with piney and white grapefruit hop character. Not too bitter and all the flavors are well integrated. This has a very smooth medium body and a great mouthfeel that has a nice clean finish. Very drinkable and by far the better Rogue offering I have had so far.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Somerville at Redbones' Rogue Keg Party to kick of the NW Fest party. Pours a faded orange color. Somewhat cloudy body. Little head. Taste was very well built. Plenty of hops, but balanced well with other ingredients so as to not overwhelm the beer. Very smooth mouthfeel. If this is a "strong ale", then I found it hard to tell. Would not guess the abv to be that high. Extremely easy to drink and enjoy. An ale that I would buy again if given the chance.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle N' Hum, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft cereal grain and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth round malt, a touch of sweetness and a neat hop.

The mouthfeel, and the beer in general, were toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced ale.

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, 2-18-09.

A: Body is clear, golden-honey colored with a 1-finger ivory head that recedes fairly slowly, leaving behind good lace.

S: Grapefruity hops over lighter malt scents -- think bready or biscuity. Hint of pine.

T: Simple and straightforward, there's a bready malt foundation, followed by citrusy & piney hops with a lemony dry bitterness that finishes it off nicely, leaving a slightly dry, bitter aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft, the carbonation on this one is about perfect -- it's there, but not in a big-bubbled, harsh sort of way (if that makes sense), but rather is more fine, giving it a fairly creamy all-around feel.

D: Excellent. I have no idea of the ABV on this one, but given the style I'd guess it's around 8%. If so, this one could be dangerous.

Notes: from other reviews here I see a couple things worth pointing out. . . . (1) apparently Rogue used just 2 basic ingredients for this recipe. If that's the case, they've proven that sometimes simpler is better. No need for 5 different kinds of hops, 3 different malts, etc. if you can get this sort of straightforward, clean-tasting, refreshing brew. I'd like to see more beers take advantage of these Mt Rainier hops, as they imparted a nice citrusy flavor that wasn't over-the-top, and left it dry and slightly bitter. Great balance over the lighter malt. (2) Not sure if this keg is fresh or if it's been cellared for awhile, given the date of some of the earlier reviews and the fact that this is an "anniversary" release. Based on the size of the head, I'd say it's probably fresh. But then the carbonation felt a little fine, so maybe it's been sitting for awhile. Whatever the case, I enjoyed this beer probably as much as any offering I've had from Rogue, which says a lot.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this during a rare visit to the stellar Cock & Bull Pub.

It's a light golden in color, and looks like a strong Belgian ale.

Its aroma is hoppy -- typical Rogue -- but also features a complex mix of fruit esters and alcohol.

The taste is also good. It's bitter and hoppy as you'd expect from Rogue, but there is a complex depth to it. It really reminds me of Belgian beers -- albeit hoppy ones.

Overall this is a fine beer and well worth drinking while you can.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pint. pours a slightly opaque yellowish orange color. white head. good retention and wonderful lacing.

S: grapefruit, some pine resin. some sweet oranges.

T: straight up grapefruit. good solid malt backbone. light citrus hop burn. wonderful hop bite.

M: clean and crisp. big hoppy palate, mostly citrus. dead on carbonation level.

D: phenomenal, though I think this is an IPA and not a stong ale. really enjoyable and highly drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light, clear golden color with thin, fizzy white head that quickly dissolves without any lacing. The aroma and flavor are very bland with a decent balance of hops and maltiness but nothing special. Easy drinking for a strong ale but nothing special here.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-draught at Sawmill Tap Room, NC.

Waitress set down an attractive, golden-amber body with a pronounced haziness. An off-white head went nowhere fast, leaving behind thick rings of lacing across the upper half of the pint glass. The aroma wasn't too special, but had some faint traces of lemony, citrus hops, caramel malt, and a hint of tropical fruit.

Latona was a bit one-dimensional, but still delivered an enjoyable flavor. Lots of juicy, citurs hoppiness balanced by notes of amber & caramel malts. A medicinal, toffee-like bitter note lingered on the finish for quite some time (I definitely enjoyed that part). Body was of medium consistency, creamy, smooth, and left behind a sticky bitter aftertaste. I'd have this again on tap, but if it were ever bottled, I might overlook it for other Rogues.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a semi-transparent golden amber with a fine-bubbled, pale buttery head. Aroma is richly malty, very appetizing, with a hoppy overtone. Flavor is smooth, nicely balances malt and hops, somewhat but not overly bitter, with a hint of butterscotch. Texture is fairly smooth and lively, and very satisfying going down the hatch.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An strong-ish amber ale with decent lacing, some earthy hop aromatics, a malty middle and a pretty powerful bitterness in the finish. A hand-written flier seemed to indicate that this beer had a starting gravity of around 15 Plato and 70 IBUs. My guess is what was probably around 6 percent alcohol by volume...but enough with the specs. I didn't take detailed notes on this beer, but I enjoyed it. The malt and hops played well together, with the bitter finish lasting quite awhile.

Had this on tap at Edgewater Lounge in Chicago advertised as a John's Locker Stock special tap (not widely available.)

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on draft at Barleys in Greenville during Rogue Month.

The description on the menu described this one as, I am paraphrasing here, "Lots of hop aroma with a bitter hop bite".

Amber in appearance with a white head. Nothing too impressive. Aroma was neither hoppy or citrusy. To be honest, it smelled like an amber lager. Good bit of caramel and maltiness but quite soft on the hoppiness.

Flacid taste as well. Minimal hoppiness, no hop flavor, absolutely NO bitterness. WTF? Kind of thin and watery on the mouthfeel.

Not sure what is going on here but withou a style, I cant give a "fair" review. To me, it seems more like an amber lager or perhaps an amber ale but in no way is this a strong ale or anything that has "hop" or any variation of the word in the description. Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of johannasclimacus
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to find this on tap at Fatheads in the south side of Pittsburgh today. I enjoy these kinds of beers for lunch, where the beer is pretty bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Provides a very nice balance.

Latona pours a nice coppery amber and had good lacing. The first half of the beer showed some nice looking rings alongside the glass, although it faded as I kept drinking.

There's nothing that stands out about the smell. I picked up some toasted notes and a vague hop smell, but nothing more. The taste hits you with some of the toasted malts, then dries up with a sharp bitterness that stands out and then lasts for a bit. It's not overpowering or particularly exciting, but I enjoy the contrast of beers like this when I pair them with foods.

I'm not sure how it stacks up with the style, since this is the first of the kind that I've had. Overall, another quality offering from Rogue, which has quickly become my favorite brewery. I will revisit this again if I am able to find it, especially if I could have it at a meal. I especially enjoyed the lighter-medium body that was satisfying and refreshing yet not too filling.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ended up pouring this beer for about 20 minutes at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Surprised to find out it was an American Strong Ale, considering the distributor couldn't explain what style it was and told me to "just tell them its hoppy." Seemed like an avergae IPA to me, therefor the alcohol must have been balanced out by the malts and hops. Nice color and head retention, but nothing else was that exciting. Did not care to try too much of it.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light tan head over a light foldern beer with a bit of amber color. Full thick lace around the galss. Hoppy nose with lights fruits, and spicy w/o being overwhelming. Dry bite on the tongue but an astringent taste in the center. Good, with a bite, but not great.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice rusted gold. Foamy white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell- Biscuits with some floral hop notes.

Taste- Roasted malt and bisuit flavor hits the tongue initially then you have the floral hops, which offer a nice contrast to the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with active carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinkablity- Refreshing and sessionable!

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3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Flying Saucer, Addison, TX.

Poured a clear, dark gold/light copper color. A small, light tan head formed to cap it. No legs or lacing.

Not much aroma, maybe hops? Just a bit of caramel sweetness. Not impressive.

Taste is bitter more than sweet. Crackery. Hint of caramel and fruity sweetness swimming around in there, especially near the finish. Grass aftertaste.

Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Very refreshing.

Strong Ale? Never would have guessed that. Hats off for a great job hiding the alcohol. I was thinking it was an ESB or an amber. My notes suggested it would make a pretty good session beer, as it was easy to drink. If it is a high ABV strong ale, then it is a very sneaky one...

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Photo of claytri
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured copper with a light tan head. I the aroma was of light malt and hops. The taste was of sweet malt moving to a bitter finish. The feel was medium and wet. A pleasant beer, almost a session brew, not at all the type of beer one would expect from a 20th anniversery beer.

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rather clear amber orange. A finger of off-white, creamy head takes a little while to settle. Drizzles of lacing sprinkle the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a bit vague, at least at first, but does give up a touch of malt background blanketed by a considerably more strident grassy, raw hop bitterness.

Upon tasting, the hops drive the cart, with a very green, wiry bitterness that speaks of green, fresh-picked flowers and a more understated herbal reference. Deep below but discernible is a grain-sweet caramel malt dollop that lay on the tongue. The malt sustains a beat or two before the edgy bitterness retakes the limelight and fades gradually to a very dry memory. There's no pretense to balance, but the result is a sassy potable.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt makes some small impression on the palate, but the hops crisp, dry, and singe with a bitter glow.

I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but the fresh-hop component makes a strength out of being very assertive, at least in the flavor. And the peek of malt in the depths adds to the intrigue. Granted, if green hops are not your thing, look elsewhere, but if they are, this is a good example of the concept done well. It's ends up quite refreshing, and I would have had no issue at all with another of these. Simply, there was nothing here for me not to like. And so, I like it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

I was jacked up to try this one and came away slightly dissapointed...not as big or full bodied as I was hoping it would has a zesty, herbal like flavor to it but to me that also gave it a slightly skunky aroma and taste too...this place moves through their Rogue beer so I am fairly certain this was relatively fresh....just not a beer that did much for me...I wish I would have had two of their batch 10-thousand and none of this..

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Photo of atsprings
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a crisp amber with a decent head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of light malt with a strong earthy hop kick. The beer was dominated by smooth bitter hops that leave a slight pucker in your mouth. The malts provide a decent backbone, but the hops play great for a hophead like me. The bitterness can likely be overbearing for many, but for someone like me, this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An offering from Rogue I had never heard of until last night but I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed.I guess its brewed with just one malt and one hop varietal anyways....Poured a hazed orange/brown with a thinner slight off white head,aromas of earthy,leafy hop intertwined with dryer bicuity malt really not much sweetness detected.Pretty basic flavors light citrus and piney notes together with dryish biscuit dough maltiness with just a hint alcoholic sweetness that shows up after a bit.Eh kinda boring but it still has some Rogue qualities to it as in a decent hop profile but its not a earth shattering experience by any means.

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Photo of matthewfuchs
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a light amber color into a snifter. creamy one inch head. subtle aroma, may have been due to the bar i was in. very light hop taste up front, with a smooth malt finish. not to exciting of a beer, but very smooth to drink. good for sessions if i knew the ABV. sorry, should have looked into it. I heard it was big though, so maybe not so good for session. Worth a try.

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Photo of Chefremarkable
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Pizza Plant in Williamsville. I was drawn to the name(same as mine) They had no description so I asked for a sample.

I enjoyed it immensely, had a nice malt flavor with a good hint of hoppiness.
Would drink again, found it to be a good session beer.

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Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was on tap at the Front Door, Boise Id. Drank out of a nice big grenade.

Appearance- Pours a nice rusty golden orange. Had a huge creamy white head with lots of lasting spider web like lacing.
Smell- Very mellow. Light floral tone that reminds me of lilacs. Very subtle doughy malt aroma.
Taste- More than you’d expect from two ingredients. Light bitter floral hops that match the smell. Has a nice light roasted malt sweetness that compliments the bitterness well. Has a nice alcohol kick that warms the tongue as it evaporates.
Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation with a nice crisp finish. Light alcohol warming.
Drinkablity- Not sure of the ABV here but it’s present. Very tasty brew that has surprising complexity from only 2 ingredients. Another very tasty and drinkable offering from Rogue.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Flying Saucer, where it is described as as American Strong Ale brewed w/ only 2 ingredients, Special Aromatic Malt from France, and Mt. Rainier hops. O.G.=15.6, F.G.=3.9, 65 IBU's.

Pale golden amber in color with a fluffy, loose off-white head that has moderate retention and a bit of sticky lace.

Aroma is earthy, biscuity, crackery malt with very little sweetness and a nice citrus and floral hop note. Smell is on par with an APA or something similar.

Flavor is dry, peppery, earthy, and biscuity with a hefty kick of citrus and herbal hops. Quite bitter and achieves moderate complexity from only 2 ingredients.

Body is nearly medium with a slick, smooth mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. I don't really taste the ABV, but i can feel it going down. An interesting offering.

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Latona 20th Anniversary Ale from Rogue Ales
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