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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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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 197
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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Photo of Quaffer
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy, amber-orange beer that had a semi-dense, almost white head. It disappeared quickly into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The lace was minimal.

Smell: There were some nice fruity aromas on the nose, combinded with a roasted smell that reminded me of saltine crackers. A nice hops bite was present as well.

Mouthfeel: Sorry to say that this beer was fairly thin and too rough. I realize that since this was a lighter ale, it wasn't going to be huge, but it should have been better than it was.

Taste: This beer started out dry from the start. There were hardly any malt flavors up front. From this dry nothingness emerged a good hops flavor. Then, well into the finish, maybe even more in the aftertaste, there was some malt sweetness.

This wasn't a bad beer, but there needed to be more flavor up front to balance out the bitterness. Luckily the bitterness was pretty tame for Rogue standards and didn't cause too much of an imbalance.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good looking brew pouring a foggy golden color. Small head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring around the glass with good lacing. Smell was very sweet and malty but could also pick up the hops. Taste was sweet to start with followed by a fruity, flowery flavor. The hops add a nice kick at the end, but overall the brew is balanced well. I enjoyed this brew and will purchase again. This is a good summer time beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally (Cental Market refrigerated shelves), 6 weeks in my refrigerator, served 45F, reviewed 45F-55F.

I somehow ended up pouring a HUGE head: cream-colored, bubbly, implodes slowly leaving big cavities in a foamy landscape. Head clings to the glass. The beer is a very slightly opaque orangey-gold with a little bit of brown flake sediment.

The aroma is subtle, sweetish, a little fruity and suggests the hops. The front is malty, sweet, very tasty. The middle is clean and gives way very gently to a nice, fresh, hoppy finish. Slight caramel. Almost herby at the end (or is that my dinner). Extra hops for the style, I think, but pretty well balanced.

Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. It's fresh and slightly fruity. A good, light but tasty beer.

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

The beer poured deep gold with a big lacy white head the stayed with the beer.

The aroma what there was of it was malt. A very slight bit of hops in the nose.

The beer was sweet with more hops than malt on the tongue. The bitterness was not balanced as the style dictates but does not make it a bad beer. The bitterness lingers long after the liquid is swollowed.

The mouthfeel is medium and the tingle of the carbonation is quite noticeable.

I find this a fairly drinkable beer, but the hops do overwhelm the malts after several swallows. This beer does not meet the BJCP guidelines for style but is a good session beer.

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

Pours a clear golden/amber with a medium sized slightly off-white head. Aromas of semi-sweet wine-type notes with malt fill the nose. It is not a highly complex smell. The taste is lightly sweet malts with mild hops. Again it is a pretty basic beer, but not bad. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and finishes with a lightly bitter taste and slightly sticky at the end. There’s just not a lot to write about on this one. Rogue is still a top notch brewery in my book, but this is not the reason. Cheers!

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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 johnrobe
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By color, and more importantly taste, I think this brew would be much more accurately categorized as a Blonde Ale. It pours a light gold in the glass with a densely knit bright white head. Both citsrusy and English style hops dominate the nose. The taste has a pretty good hops bite, but there's also some light caramel malt and a tiny bit of butteriness (diacetyl). This brew reminded of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold (although I think the GL brew is better). It's a very lager-like ale. It's light-bodied, yet fairly full-flavored. This brew would make a great summertime quencher.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden/light copper in color, with a finger-thick head which quickly dissipates into a silky thin top. Aroma is quite mild, a bit malty with very light citric hops. Taste starts slightly sweet, a bit sugary, with a pleasantly mild hop spiciness toward the finish. The label describes this as a "hop bite," though it's hardly the sort of bite one would expect from a "shark's tooth." More like a mildly ill-tempered guppy. Light bodied with a slightly dry finish. Munich malt lends this beer something of a European character. Drinkable beer, but nothing too exciting.

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

Rogue Oregon Golden Ale: Nice looking Golden hue, with a creamy off-white head. Very noticeable aroma, I can smell it from at least two feet away. Malty aroma, with a hint of apples in the background. Very aggressive malt tastes, sweet and even a little smoky. The taste is consistent throughout and leaves a very long lingering after taste. The hops are understated, and assert themselves primarily toward the end. Tangy carbonated mouth feel. Not bad.

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

Chill hazed golden in appearance. A thin light beige head recedes to a thin coating and a nice collar. Nice lacing is noted. Floral and spicy nose. Malty as well. The body is surprisingly close to full for this style. Smooth, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt. Some nice malt tones blend with a spicy, yet herbal, hop mix. A very slight lingering bitterness and dry finish begs one to take another drink. That I will. Solid brew.

Bighuge Thanks to Budgood1, ZAP and ZAP's buddy (Road Warrior) for the combined effort to bring to myself a wonderful mixed package of Rogue Goodies. Still 7 or 8 to go of Rogue beer's I haven't tried before or haven't rated.

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Photo of marc77
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper hue, w/ copious tiny specks of yeast. Fluffy, ivory white head slowly recedes into a thin and tight layer. Loose lace remains. Hop nose is mostly floral, w/ citrusy notes of Cascade secondary. Pronounced toasted malt, with trace caramel in aroma. Assertive grapefruit laced bitterness upfront in flavor, immediately followed by mellow, dryish, toasty Munich malt and pseusosweet residual dextrins. Understated malt character, with a minimal caramel malt presence. Well rounded, lightly citrusy hop flavor. Dextrinous and slightly slick mouthfeel perhaps from a high mash temperature. Finishes cleanly bitter w/ note of dry crackers perceptible with an exhale. Yet another unique Rogue brew. Take a golden ale grist, mash high to favor alpha amylase, hop it very well and you'll have this brew. Tasty and very drinkable, though not a beer to be sipped and savored.

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

This doesn't seem to be a red ale to me....definitely the lightest bodied and flavored Rogue I've tried...a grainy nose....taste has some sweet graininess up front but then a real dry hop bite emerges....I like it...refreshing...easy to drink....thirst quenching...a nice every day ale from Rogue...not terribly complex but still enjoyable

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

orange with a little cloudiness to it. the head is small, but it holds strong and will leave you a little lace. the aroma is dominated by hops with a little kick of pine and some sweetness in the back.

the beer was extremely smooth with very mild carbonation. it was very light, but it had enough body to keep it as a good ale. there is a very nice citrus flavoring combined with the malts to start you off. the malts dominate while you also get zaps of hops, and maybe a little bit of yeast here and there. this is a very interesting ale from rogue

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Photo of Brent
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of Rogue's special "aquarium" support editions. I checked Rogue's website and learned that this is a 2001 edition of their Oregon Golden Ale. The silkscreened bomber bottles are a thing of beauty - I feel guilty tossing them into the recycling bin.

Poured a nice golden bronze color, which, rather surpisingly, did not deliver on the promise of malt heft. Quite tart, and somewhat dry, almost astringent. Hops are moderate, and hit the back of the tongue in a rather wheat beer like manner. Overall, the beer is on the thin side.

Perhaps I'm just drinking this at the wrong time of year. What seems thin in December might be "refreshing" in August. But for now, this Rogue seems a little sub-par.

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