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Oregon Golden AleOregon Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not really a APA. This thing is a Frankenstein. Half British and half American. Either way it is very good. The beer pours a dark, murky (yeast?) golden color and has a fat white head that sticks around like Rocky in a big fight. It smells very much like a fine British Pale Ale. I should almost give it a 5 here, but considering that it is supposed to smell like an APA it is lacking the cascade aromas. Other than the initial floral bite the cascades are destroyed by the Kent Goldings and the heavy malt profile provided by the Munich malt. I just read on their website that this is a 2001 limited edition bottling? Can this be so? If it is 4 years old then this beer holds up really well, if not then they need to update their website.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is for Rogue Sharktooth Ale, which BA forwards to this beer.

A - Fluffy head poured out 4 fingers high with a loose bubble structure. It gives up it's height in a hurry, but leaves some nice creamy peaks. The liquid is a yellow gold.

S - Wonderful malt, and lightly earthy.

T - Great malt character. Nice yellow cake sweetness. Touch of herbal hops and spicy ginger. Clean and delicious. A fantastic flavor combination.

M - Round and medium bodied. Finishes pleasantly sweet.

D - Perfect drinkability in my mind. Nice carbonation and a soft, well rounded, well balanced, flavor profile.

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Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold with a touch of copper, topped with an over two finger light tan head, leaves thin webs of lacing that somehow puff out despite being thin.
Great well balanced aroma, citrus, wood, herb and tea. Toffee and biscuit for the malt side of the equation, nothing overwhelms even though the hops come out on top.
Citrus and pine taste, bread (like Irish soda bread), green vegetables (in a non DMS way), sweet juicy fruit and butterscotch.
Medium bodied to the light side, excellent session beer - one I wouldn't mind being stuck on a desert island with.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer bottle from Town & Country, West Springfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the lightly amber golden brew. Head shows some staying power, and lacing is good. Aroma is crisp and clean hops, with some light malts beefing things up underneath. Taste is surprising sweet of pale malts upfront, with medium bitterness dominating the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Not as over-the-top hoppy as many APAs, and that's fine with me. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal-clear, dark-golden to light-amber in color with orange accents. Forms a thin white head atop small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is poor, lacing is good. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is pleasing with sweet toasty malts, subtle hints of light maple syrup, modestly restrained Cascade hops, and a wonderful complementary butterscotch note. There is also a hint of grassiness that I usually detect in light lagers and pilseners. Mouthfeel is initially sharp with a sweetly smooth finish and moderate body. Taste begins with sharp floral flavor hops, followed by a delightful toasty malt body with a delicate butterscotch sweetness, clover honey, and notes of sweet bread (I love the PacMan yeast strain...the residual complex sugars really enhance all of Rogue's Ales). The finish is smooth with continuation of the above. I agree with Venom...there is a definite lemon-honey tea character going on here. The bittering hops are pleasantly balanced by a honey sweetness lingering in the finish.

Northwest Harrington, Klages, and Maier Munich Malts (18% speciality grains, .19 lbs grain per bottle). Kent Golding and Cascade hops.
13 degrees Plato, IBU 34, Apparent Attenuation 77, Lovibond 3.20.

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Photo of inebrius
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had smaller APA's than this Golden Ale. Deepstraw Gold, pushing light amber with a decent lace. Considering the fact that many brewers make a Golden Ale for the swill drinking masses I give a nod to Rogue for a tastier gold. Malty and slightly fruity with a mild citrus hop finish this ale works well as summer brew. Refreshing when cold but tastier as the sun warms the brew and the brew warms you.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of stirgy
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dull and slightly hazy golden orange. A small and creamy white head topped the beer off. The aroma has sweet creamy malts with a sweet citrus hop character. The taste is clean and simple, well balanced with a interesting tanginess. Bitterness is dead on and finishes crisp. Nice body of malt. This is a simple and flavorful golden ale. Very nice.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great looking beer. a little cloudy (i really like cloudy beer) smell is a little citrusy and and a lot of maltiness. and maybe a snap of grain, maybe not.

very well balanced taste. first thing i taste is smooth sweet malts. then the hops come alive and surprise you, seems that they were hiding in the smell all along. damn you hops and your sneaky ways! they linger a bit and then fade away.

i thought that this was a very good beer. those rogue guys...they like makin good beer you know!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've read that this one is simply the oregon golden (or was in the past), however the specs seem to be slightly different on this newer version. whatever minor changes were made were for the good, methinks. it pours a nice copper/orange colour with a big fluffy head that leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass. the nose is sweet but hoppier than i can recall the oregon golden being. there's a nice biscuit base as well, which mixes nicely with the citrus notes. the flavour is fairly close to the smell, with perhaps more floral notes than citrus, but overall pretty much the same. the finish is hoppy and sweet and quite nice here. this is as basic a rogue brew as your gonna find, as far as i can tell/have experienced with them thusfar. still, it's very tasty and has a nice hop kick to it thats not overpowering by any means. a nice session brew.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given that golden ales are not overly charismatic by design, Rogue’s effort is notable for its frolicking malt profile smacked forcefully by a wallop of hoppy bitterness. It starts with a fast traveling malty aroma bursting with ripe, fruity sweetness. Next comes a tall, creamy head atop a hazy blonde body. The flavor is similar to a common pale ale and is well composed. The overall body and mouthfeel are consistent with Rogue’s customary standards of excellence.

Rogue bottles this same beer under the name Shark Tooth Ale with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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Photo of Lepley
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle labeled Sharktooth Ale.

A: Poured murky orange-yellow with one finger of white head with little retention, but good lacing. Lots of sediment left in the bottle which I wasn't expecting.
S: Flowers, sweetness, citrus.
T: Sweet, citrus, fruity. Hoppiness and bitterness which I really enjoyed. It left my mouth watering and craving another drink.
M: Smooth with good carbonation.
D: Very good, I recommend it and would drink it again.

The sediment left in the bottle got me thinking about this beer. I know Rogue relabels beers so I checked the ingredients against their "hefeweizen" and they matched what was listed on a bottle of Mom Hefeweizen. They didn't match what was listed on their website for the Oregon Golden Ale. It's hard to say with Rogue.

Just for reference my bottle listed: Great Harrington, Klages, & Wheat maltsl Saaz Hops, Coriander, Ginger, Free Range Coastal Water, & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast
The Mom Hefeweizen claims to be an ale brewed with Coriander and Ginger

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Photo of mcallister
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharktooth ale as the bottle reads.

Deep bold golden almond color. Nicely frothed head; half inch resides on top and slowly fades away leaving little lace in it's path.

Floral grassy classic Cascade hop aromas with a sweet malty twist. Very flowery; smells delicious. Fruity esters through out.

Honestly on of the better golden ales I've had in a long while. Extremely balanced with a buttery malty finish.The same Cascade hops are showing there muscle with the flowery hop taste that tickles the tongue. A toasty, biscuity treat in a bottle.

Nice round glyceral mouthfeel and a very easy drinker.

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Photo of KoG
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hope this is the right one as my bottle looked different but here goes.

I got this at a local restaurant served to me in a bottle, I quickly snagged a clean glass from a water tray nearby.

Poured out a nice rich, hazy gold tone with a decent amount of head that lasted for a bit then faded leaving good lacing around the glass.

The smell was a bit weak but consisted of a good hoppy character with a touch of citrus.

The taste was great. Honey, nuts, and citrus dance around the palate and create an excellent flavor that is quite mellow, until the hops kick in on the aftertaste... lots of hops that leaves like a stout or big IPA.

Mouth was good with a nice amount of active carbonation that didn't sting the tongue.

I could almost drink this stuff all day, until I got tired of the super bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Crane Bitter bottle. Love Rogue's Japan export bottle designs.

poured vigorously into a tall mug for a huge scoop-of-french-vanilla-ice-cream head atop a semi-hazy dark peach/golden beer. absolutely gorgeous.

smells of sweet fruits- peaches, apples, white grapes. a biscuit malt character. vanilla ice cream probably influenced by the visual association with the head, but present nonetheless. like a thick, sweet peach dessert. awesome.

the taste is thick biscuit/caramel malt with fruity hop presence & piney bittering. sweetness of brown sugar is quite present in the middle with a long lingering peach cobbler aftertaste. feels thick and desserty with just enough carbonation.

When I bought the bottle expected this to be an English Bitter--a style I'm not extremely fond of but can enjoy from time to time. This is just completely different and a really really delicious beer. Very drinkable unless you shy away from sweetness, but I want a whole case of this stuff!

(review edit: from what other people have said this seems like it might not completely be the same beer! but what do I know)

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sold as Shark Tooth. It's been a real long time since I've had Oregon Golden so I figured it'd be neat to re-review it with a more mature pallet.

Pours wonderfully, beautiful Duvel-ish gold orange with a big, retentive white head.

Smells smooth and crisp, big nodes of pac man yeast, light wheat spices, and a good kick of hops.

Tastes like it smells, crisp and smooth and perfectly balanced. The flavor ain't all that strong, but that don't matter when we're talking about a beer that's this smooth and this well-brewed.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shark Tooth Ale pours a clear light copper color with a frothy white head on top that quickly dissolves to a thin ring on the surface. The aroma is of citrus, pine and toasted malt. I thought the aroma was slightly subdued compared to other hoppy beers.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is a bit sticky with a slight tingle on the middle of the tongue. The flavor begins with some hoppy citrus and pine then the dry and toasted malt moves in to balance out each sip. The hops are not overpowering and the flavor is well balanced. It finishes with a mild caramel malt flavor.

I thought the hops in this beer were going to over power each sip, but was plesantly surprised by the ever present malt taste in the background. This isn't a hop monster and is not overly bitter. A great beer!

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Photo of Loki
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy, dark honey color with with a 1/2 inch head and fantastic lacing throughout the sampling.

The nose revealed aromas of floral and light malt, hops, sweet fruit.

Tasted of very crisp light malt that was balanced by a slight bitterness and a very slight citrus twang. There is some sweetness and a biscuit yeast flavor. Medium body and a smooth finish. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of moocey
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hot damn. Now this is my idea of a "light" beer.

Appearance - Low degrees lovibond golden and unfiltered as usual for a Rogue brew.

Smell - None other than the glorious pacman yeast is the dominant aroma here, and not much else. Although pacman yeast is one of my favorite things to smell in a beer, I can't give it higher than 3 because it lacks other wonderful aromas.

Taste - Light sweetness from the malt balanced out by a crisp, citrusy hop kick for the finish. It reminds me of moderately-hopped sweet tea. Lip-smackingly good. I want another.

Drinkability - HIGHLY quaffable.

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Photo of Murph
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a decent white head and some nice yeasties floating around. Nice citrus and piney hop aromas dominate in this brew with the faintest of biscuity malt in the background. Smooth malty qualities provide the backbone of this brew from start to finish. some nice biting hoppiness towards the beginning of the brew with definite piney qualities to it. The brew finishes with a nice biscuity maltiness that leaves you yearning for more. Very nice creaminess that combines with the hop bite to make this brew rather crisp and very refreshing. Nice medium body to this on. This would make a superb session brew as I could drink one after another of these.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came out of a 12oz bottle and into a standard pint glass. It pours out a nice shade of dark yellow and amber. It is almost completely translucent with only the slightest hint of haze. Lively with carbonation as soon as the bottle is cracked and a respectable white head is produced.

The smell is nice and subtle. I pick up fruity esters and an almost round nutty aroma. I pick up the sweet malts and a slight twinge of earthy hops.

Again like the smell, the flavor is subtle and delicate. The front is light and a bit astringent. The malts come across in the middle with a sort of honeyed sweetness. The finish is powdery malts with a nice sprinkling of subdued (for Rogue), earthy hops.

Overall a nice experience, sweet and mild. This makes a lovely session beer.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The White Crane bitter poured a hazy golden orange with a 3 finger foam head and some encompassing lacing. The head looked like a scoop of ice cream that was part pancake batter.

The smell was dry and of yeasty bread. The taste is buttery malt and dominated by that malt with a solid bitter finish. Little bit of sweetness in the middle. It is a wonderful tasty brew. I would like to see more of this in bombers. This has more to it than any blonde I have had, ales that is.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple of 22oz bottles that were sitting on a helf. They had red stickers on the caps with $2.25 on them. Hmm...I *never* saw them in the cooler so I don't exactly what is going on with the. On to the review:

It pours a clear and very bubbly gold with a 3 finger head of foam. Btw, I only put this bottle in the fridge for about an hour.
The head retention is very good and the lacing is ditto. Also, revelent to my comments further down, there are no "floaties" to be found here. It only got slightly hazy with the second pour.

The smell is well, nice. I'm getting a big note of caramel and bread and a touch of some wheat. No sign of any hops to my nose and that's a bit unusual condsidering who the brewer is. ;^)

The taste has a lot of bready malt followed by some grain, some caramel, and when I swish the beer in my mouth, I could swear I taste some milk chocolate. I'm not kidding. Maybe this is old stock that has morphed some, I don't know but it tastes good to me and that's what counts.

The hop presence is very minimal here. Just a bit of citric tartness right before the finish.

It's clear to me that the Malt is ruling this American Blonde Ale whether by design or by an unknown amount of "aging". Whichever the reason, this Malt dominant, medium bodied and silky smooth Ale is very pleasing and easy to drink and at the ridiculous price I bought it for, I'm not going to hesitate in buying more. And soon, before they take them off the shelf. (I had a similar experience with Rogue's Brutal Bitter, what, a year or 2 ago?)

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Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a creamy white head that dissipates into a nice amount of lace. Nose is fresh sweet malts and grains with a hint of fruit. Taste is sweet malts up front followed by a bready and biscuity flavor. Nice amount of hop bitterness in the finish to balance things out. Another great beer by Rogue. I just wish that more Rogue beers were available here.

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce Sharktooth Ale.
Pours an orange, opaque, hazy color with a moderate (and quickly falling) head. The aroma on this brew is remarkable: bread-like malt, butter, bubblegum, esters, yeast, malt, and hops. There’s a lot going on in there. There’s a lot of flavors that come out in the taste as well…citrus and caramel, and a lot of sweetness. Hops get turned up in the hindtaste, and balance the whole affair very nicely. It’s pretty highly-carbonated, and of medium body. Slightly slick on the tongue. Resiny, notably acidic hops poke out into the flavor from time to time, but aren’t nearly as assertive as a lot of west coast brews. Complex, but the flavors seem somewhat haphazard, and don’t always mesh together in a seamless manner. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s not a masterpiece, but I have few complaints. I’d have a few more of these if I had them on hand.

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