Oregon Golden Ale | Rogue Ales

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 225
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma, hoppy initially satisfaction, then rather plain and lighter mouthfeel. Fine and drinkable for a late summer afternoon dinner. Medium golden colour, citrus notes, otherwise not that much taste here. Well carbonated, dry and malty finish. Competent but nothing special.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew wasn't too bad. It pours out as a very light yellow color with a billowing head on it. The aroma was of grains and some light citrus. The taste was on the light side, not a whole lot going on here really. It's got just some grains up front and a little bit of a tart hoppiness in the aftertaste. I wouldn't need to have this beer again. I wasn't really impressed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a deep golden color ale with a nice medium foamy head with some quite good retention and some really good lacing. Aroma of cascade hops is providing some floral notes as well as some medium bitterness. Taste is mostly dominated by the mix of hops and I thought was lacing some malt characteristics. Body is not as full as I would have expected with some great carbonation. I personally think that this beer could have been more rewarding with a bigger malt profile.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a light head that does leave a light sheet of lace down the glass,aroma is on the malty side with some iron notes not much hop trace here.Taste is a little sharp at first with some light hop biterness with a nice malty cracker-like finish that lingers for a few seconds.A highly carbonated beer that at first was a little hard to swallow,I like the mild finish of this beer it is pretty easy to drink.A little rough around the edges but not to bad.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Under the new Shark Tooth Ale special bottling name.

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of foamy off-white head. Peters down to a thin fizzy retention that doesn't leave much lacing behind. The aroma smells of tight bready malts, herbal hops, citrus, pepper, and coriander.

The taste is sweet malts, a light fresh herbal hop profile, lemon, orange zest, and various spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a easy feel and poppy carbonation.

Not bad. Well balanced and flavorful with an easy drinkibility, this is a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Particulate-laden orangish amber. The small, dense, pale ecru head deposits thick rings of lace on the glass as it deflates. The nose is restrained initially, but becomes a little more lively with warming. It's moderately hoppy and a trifle spicy.

The flavor is subtly spicy as well and is also fruity. It's somewhat reminiscent of a weaker, lower alcohol version of a tripel. Flavor elements include sweet cake-like malt, earthy-citrusy hops, honey and spice. There are a lot of things going on, but it all works well together.

Alcohol peeks through, but only slightly. The beer dries out on the back end and becomes increasingly--but still only moderately--bitter as the finish fades away. The mouthfeel is typical Rogue; mouthfilling and close to creamy.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this less well known Rogue offering, but what I expected wasn't what I got. I mean that in a good way. Oregon Golden Ale is more flavorful and bigger of body than I would have guessed. Another good one from a brewery that almost never disappoints.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden/straw with 1 finger of eggshell white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & slight citric hops

T: Big breadyness & lemony hops up front. A hint of grainyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with just a hint of lemon & white pepper

MF: Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation & balance

Fairly drinkable for a style I don't go wild about. This would be alright for a pint or 3

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted on label, and oxygen cap is fitted for a longer shelf life. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep golden in colour with a wispy white lace that keeps well.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of fruit and a very mild whiff of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: A malty brew to start off with, crisp mouth feel with a touch of chewiness. Hop bitterness does its job to balance quite well with a slight citric note. Though there is a punch of sweetness and biscuity malt that shows off a bit. In the finish is more lingering residual sweetness, some grain and a light herbal hop flavour.

Notes: Tame on the hops for a typical Rogue brew yet still holds its own with a bigger than average malty body. Better than decent and enjoyable to say the least.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright shimmering gold tone I guess they hit their mark Oregon Golden ale froms a nice full white head leaves behind a decent thicket of lacing can't beat it. Light biscuit malts great sweetness flowery hop profile comes out to the dominate Williamette variety thrown in here not bad at all. Taste: Once again the flowery hops hit my seneses with a clean sweet cereal grain of a hop profiel, did I mention that I love Rogue beers and their signature Pac Man yeast has something to do with it. Mouthfeel: Smooth crisp wonderful staple of a golden ale evenly carbonated goes down sessionably. Drinkability: Excellent all around go to golden ale you don't come by much remarkable examples of this style this is one.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark but clear amber. Nose is bitter with a touch of citrus if you really dig for something different on the nose. Flavor is doughy and definitely pretty bitter, but in a controlled and smooth type of way. Definite dough on there on both sides. Feel is thick on the liquid, and kind of feels a bit too much so I think. Bubble is nice. Overall very drinkable. I found it went down very smoothly and was definitely nice.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed golden amber with a thin head that soon disappears and returns briefly only upon swirling.

The smell is malty - caramelish, honey-like sweetness. A vague aroma of pine in the background. Very mild.

The taste is of malty sweetness upfront with earthy, grainy notes. A touch of pine, caramel and honey. Noble hops come in to give it balance. Finishes with a mildly herbal.

It's creamy and full for the style.
Not an over-the-top brew, but good for the style. Smooth and flavorful enough to keep it interesting. Easy-drinking here.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright golden/ hazy orange color, smallish white head.
Aroma: BAM! Citrus, like a grapefruit smashed into your kisser, with additional notes of lemon, orange, and more, fruity, spicy, herbal, sweet.
Great buzzing hops at first, then swift to mellow. Nice, soft texture, light body, and terrifically tangy taste that carries through the medium-length finish.
Flavorful, but easy-drinking. The kind of beer you could easily get "non-beer-drinkers" into, crisp, lively, snappy.
Very giving, with each and every swallow!

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Rogue bomber, "Sharktooth ale". The etched on label tells us that part of the proceeds of this one goes to support a local aquarium. Nice tasty beer for a good cause. Pours almond Amber, with a typical off white semi loose head, dissolving to a spotty film and leaving minor lacing. soft malty nose. This is a fairly light, balanced (ie: low hopping rates for Rogue), refreshing and drinkable brew. Bready malts, notes of pound cake and perhaps a hint of minty spice. Drinkable and pleasant, good middle of the road craft brew.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/26/05- Purchased at the Rogue Publik House in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz undated bottle poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Golden yellow in color, a solid 1 inch head and decent lacing.

Smell- Smells of light hops and sweet malt.

Taste- Taste is of massive hops suprisingly. Lemon rind, grapefruit and other bitter fruits. Didn't sence this in the smell. Almost IPA-esque. Somewhat of a malt background.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably the most hoppy blonde ale I have ever come across. But, seein that it is Rogue, I should have expected it. Overall, tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy orange color with a medium sized head containing some bigger bubbles. The aroma was average, some malt and other sweetness (honey?) were barely detectable. On the flavor side, the malt seemed slightly dominant, as any bitterness was tough to pull out.

Crisp on the tongue. Malty finish created a dry tongue after swallowing. Any aftertaste quickly disappeared. Drinkable, but not overly exciting in the golden ale arena.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a semi-sweet, malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and bisquit malts along with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes toastey and bitter. The hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good English-style bitter. It has tremendous flavor and a fine aroma. It's not as dry as some bitters which sets it apart. This would make a good sessions brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, ginger, lemon, perfume and caramel. The flavor is wheat, orange peel, coriander, perfume and flowery hops, lemons and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer tastes like a hopped up Belgian White. Decent and somewhat drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue, with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was was 100% sweet malt. A bit too one dimensional though.

The taste was very well balanced. Excellent subtle hop bitterness supported by a solid sweet malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was nice and full. Nice dry finish.

Very drinkable and a nice example of the style.

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Photo of Zorro
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gorgeous golden brew.

Smell is malty and a bit grainy and a bit buttery in smell.

Taste is malty with a firm hop bite to keep it in check. Mild fruit flavor but this brew in mostly about the hops.

Good mouth feel.

Very drinkable brew, not too sweet and not a ridiculously high level of hops or alcohol.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear pumpkin orange with a frothy ½ finger dull white head that dimished to a thin layering minutes after the pour. Visible carbonation was light.

S: light in nature, with some fresh orange peels and light flowers.

T: light, tart oranges with a light spicy hop bitterness. Overall the flavor is pretty clean but basic as well. Orange peels and light caramel malt pretty much dominate the flavor with very faint traces of fresh apples and pears sneaking through from the yeast, but are very subdued and must work to notice and appreciate it.

M: light, slick with some tart orange bitterness.

D: Easy to consume but is limited in complexity and enjoyment. Pretty much begins to get boring half way through the drink. Nothing that really stands out.

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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 wl0307
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Under the label "White Crane Bitter Ale", at 6.5%abv.; coming in a 355ml bottle, BB 05/12/14, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a clear, dark orangey amber colour coming with a well-lasting light beige frothy head and constant streams of mild carbonation.
S: fairly aromatic gristy pale malts, burned sugar and caramelised orangey aroma come at the front; given a swirl, a clean-ish note of sweet leafy herbs, even more aromatic maltiness as of crystal malts and peachy+orangey blossom chime in, but overall the aroma retains a rather intriguingly clean profile.
T: effervescent on the entry, the foretaste is intriguingly sweet and malty, showing lots of quality aroma from toasted malts such as crystal/Munich malts and roast barley, with the former’s nutty toffee-ish-ness and a lightly dry-ish touch of the latter, plus extra candy-ish taste, and a mildly spicy-citric taste of hops as a balancer; closely ensued by a wave of dry-ish bitter hops which turns slightly chewy in the end, with a tinge of alc. warmth lingering in the end.
M&O: the mouthfeel remains refreshing and softly carbonated, against a moderate flavour profile and a generally solid but not thick body; overall, this malty brew is quite different to all other Rogue’s ales I’ve had so far, due to its emphasis on the aromatic maltiness on the balance. Very well made, although I’d prefer if a bit more hops were applied to render just a bit more bitterness overall, esp. at the relatively high alc. content based on a simpler flavour profile.

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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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