Oregon Golden Ale | Rogue Ales

Oregon Golden AleOregon Golden Ale
225 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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

comes in a gorgeous bomber, with a golden yellow trucker holding a beer. Aye!

Pours ruddy golden, with a nice thick head. Slowly dissapates, but the glass was wet so I can't judge the lacing.

Smells slightly fruity, mostly just sweet and malty.

tastes sweet at first, touch of minerals, sweetness is moderatly potenet, followed by a bitter hopping that is just slightly more than the maltiness.

Mouth is nicely carbonated. This is a great session brew, but nothing above and beyond spectacular.

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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 RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one had a nice, foamy head atop a gorgeous, cloudy, orangish-yellow body.

Smell – There’s a definite malt base to this Golden Ale. The hops are there too along with some dark spice and a bit of butter.

Taste – I missed the fruits at the nose, but they sure came out in the taste. They are light, maybe orange and melon, along with a healthy helping of lemon. The malt base takes a back seat to this flavor along with the hops. A sharp bitter bite finishes this one off.

Mouthfeel – Decently carbonated and medium-bodied, this one has an actual alcohol sting (although I can’t image the ABV is high).

Drinkability – This is not your typical light, refreshing, summer ale. This is more like a spicy BPA with bitter hops.

Comments – I’m factoring in personal preference here, because I happened to enjoy this ale. But, I can certainly see how one could be disappointed by this offering.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours an orangish-brown color with one finger of head. There is a bit of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell is mainly a fruity hop aroma that is a little spicy. The taste starts very malty with some cloves and ends hoppy. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is great, and this is a fair, easy-drinking ale.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.57/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma: A pleasant smell of grapefruit like hops, with some malt coming through. There is also a small hint of alcohol and a lemony trace.
Appearance: Hazy bright orange that started with a nice white head that collapsed back into the beer.
Flavor: The smell isn’t matched in the taste. All the citric notes are washed out by an overly aggressive hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers too long as well, and has an astringent character, possibly over sparged, or an oxygenation issue? I think there’s something wrong with this one. I’ll try to find another and update my review if needed.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy mouthfeel, which is a bit too heavy for a Blonde Ale style.
Overall Impression: A disappointing beer from the outstanding brewers of Rogue. This one just didn’t make the grade. I’m a big Rogue fan, so as I said, I’ll try to find another bottle of this to be sure I didn’t get an abused sample, but as for drinkability, I don’t want another.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Slightly cloudy, small head. Mild malts with a spicy hoppy character. Good flavor. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Tasty beer, light and refreshing, but enough hop bite to make it interesting.

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

Appearance: Deep amber with a bright white head that won't quit -- it starts off at about a half an inch and slowly settles down to an eighth leaving beautiful lacing down the glass before a sip's even been taken. Nice bubbles rising evenly to the top. A rare treat, here's a golden ale you should let settle for a couple of minutes. A golden beer cappuccino.

Smell: I spent five minutes just smelling it. What gets me is how wonderfully balanced the hops and malts are in the aroma. There's strong sweet diacetyl, very buttery and creamy and, at the same time, fruit and spice from the hops. Comparable to a hefe, actually.

Taste: Really doesn't live up to the smell. I find that the hops and malts conflict in this brew. Simultaneous taste of bread and bitters. Again, rather buttery. The bitters fade into smoky phenols.

I didn't know what to expect -- I don't know what a golden ale is. After looking it up, I only found descriptions of Belgian golden ales. If you could enlighten me, please do. However, this is along the lines of a strong pale Belgian, especially because of the phenols on the finish, only much maltier. A good representation of style, Oregon Golden Ale has decently complexity of fresh hops and malts against other brewers, but not against Rogue itself.

The malts are very thick; you will have to break this beer up in your mouth to taste anything. I can even taste the water in this beer; very clean. Washes out too much.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, like a filtered weiss.

Drinkability: This could have been a good session ale, but the phenols and bitters linger too long.

Like a worn mattress, Rogue Oregon Ale will support your old sores, but if it's something new that ails you, I'd find a new place to lay my head.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When this was poured at the brewery, the appearance was of a straw golden color with some head and very little lace. The aroma with of hops and a floral/spicey nature. When I tasted it, I was not impressed at all. I couldn't finish this ale because there was just nothing there. The taste of malts and hops was just not satisfying to my mouth or palate.

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Photo of BierReise
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy gold ale with a short and short-lived white head. Aroma is somewhat malty with faint citrus and hops. Crisp and slightly bitter with a dry finish. Malt and hops are quite balanced here but I crave more hops and don't find it quite satisfying. Not a bad ale, just lacking character in my opinion.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.

Appearance: nice golden color, great clarity, some lacing

Aroma: Minty citrusy hop nose, some "hop cheese"

Flavor: aggressively hoppy for a golden ale, tangy hop flavor and a hard to miss bitterness, malt is overwhelmed

Mouthfeel: pretty astringent, light body, good carbonation

Overall Impression: I know it's probably blasphemous, but I'm not a huge fan of Rogue's beers. I've tried 9 or 10 of them and they were all pretty aggressively bitter, even their American Amber was assertive. Finely crafted beers and a brewery that deserves a lot of respect, but I find the high hop rate a bit boring. It's pretty easy to throw a ton of hops in a beer. I must admit, I'm not much of a hop-head, so take my Rogue reviews with a grain of salt. If there's a Rogue ale that is balanced, I'd like to try it.

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Photo of marburg
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of Rogue's more "mere mortal" offerings, Sharktooth does pour with a gorgeous, hazy orange marmalade color. Moderate aromas of lemon Pine-Sol and citrus fruit buried underneath. Obvious hop presence in the nose. Very quick and fleeting citrus sweetness progresses into a piney hop finish, accentuated by the lack of strong malt presence. Thin-to-medium bodied. Pretty decent and probably very pairable with a lot of non-descript, "simple" foods.

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

Deep cloudy gold in color, thin loose white head, faded quick to leave a good ring and loose spotty lace. Smell is light sweet malts, crisp, fresh, with a light hop presense. Crisp and slightly sharp, quick, sweet, solid hop grap and texture thats mellow flavors of Cascade's but sharp and quick with lingering sweet dryness and a grainy sweet malt backbone. solid medium fullness and grainy texture feel. Pretty good refreshing beer, nothing to worthy of a Rogue standard though.

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Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden--almost coppery color with a medium-sized, white, fluffy head. Smell is dominated by a caramel-y, malty sweetness. Low carbonation. Hops apparent upon tasting. Reminds me of a milder Dead Guy Ale, perhaps more drinkable. Finish is bitter, and the overall taste isn't as balanced as I would like it, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of TheDM
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a small head of finely sized offwhite bubbles and a carboanted cloudy yellow brown body. It has a very plesant mild malt aroma. Initially, this brew comes off a bit fizzy and masks the flavor then settles down to reveal a malt-hops and mild spice flavor with a finish that smooths then tingles the tongue.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass this brew had a very small white head with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. The body was cloudy, carbonation was present and the hue was golden. The aroma was malty and it had a bitter taste to it that lingered. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass.

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

Clear light amber with a 1/8 inch white head on a very hard pour. Laces don't hold on the glass. Aroma is malty, butterscotch and cling peaches. Flavor follows the smells fairly closely in a medium bodied first statement. Hops add a very subtle grapefruit astringency but don't rally dry the finish as much as I expected and there is a continued sense of sweet fruitiness in the aftertaste. Better brew than I anticipated, though low on the "hop juice" for a Rogue beer in my view.

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Photo of clvand0
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light orange color with almost no lacing and a very small head. The aroma was full of citrus and small hints of alcohol. The taste was better than most other Rogues that I've had, but nothing too wonderul. Fairly smooth and full of character. I could see myself drinking several of these at a time.

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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 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 Naerhu
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: golden orange relatively transparent body with tiny white head.

aroma: citrus and sweet malt aroma. something else. Some odd spice.....

taste: no bitterness to speak of for a Pale Ale. why bother. Definately orangy flavor

mouth:average medium body.

drink: why bother. it costs three bucks per 335 ml bottle to buy this beer in Japan, so I would ask for something more exciting for that type of money.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing orange-gold color with a small head that had poor retention. On the nose it was floral hop bouquet with citrus notes and a smooth honey aroma. The flavor was a mix between Rogue's honey cream and a pale ale - very smooth and refreshing with plenty of hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel was overall very dry, while having a little wetness at the start - very interesting. A good light body beer.

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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 AudioGilz
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's a pale golden color and a touch cloudy. An average head forms and doesn't last. Some of the typical Rogue hop character is in the aroma, as well as some sweetness and maybe even a touch of apple or some similar fruit.

This is a very very smooth, refreshing, drinkable brew. It just goes down like water. Carbonation feel is perfect. Malt and hops balance wonderfully. There isn't an overwhelming hop character like I have experienced in past Rogue bouts. This is an awesome beer that's definitely worth a try. Pick up a six-pack, it'll go quicker than you think.

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Photo of texascarl
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = hazy translucent orange/copper. Foams up quickly, head dies away to light lacing. Medium carbonation.

Nose = light, fruits, hops

Taste = a touch of sweet from the malt, just enough hops (less than most Rogue ales) and a taste that makes me think of summer fruits.

Going down well with today's indoor faux picnic of imported sausages, cheese, baguette and Delbert McClinton CD's. I'm tired of snow, doing what I can to pretend it's summer. Recommended if you like hops in your pale ale but don't LOVE hops in your pale ale.

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Oregon Golden Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 225 ratings
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