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:
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Added by kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 197
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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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lightly "Hazed" copper color, the head mammoth, but is does seem to settle a bit quickly, the lace is in thin sheets to coat the glass. Nose is mostly malt, light citrus tones. Begins malt, and somewhat sweet, the top is unsubstantial, the finish insignificantly hopped, slightly dry, and middling in acidity, drinkable, and pleasant enough.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow-brown color with a large off-white head, lots of tiny bubbles constantly rise, good lace. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts and perhaps a slight mustiness. Taste begins with well-balanced malts, neither too sweet nor too grainy, followed mild bitter grapefruit flavors from the hops, finishes with a slight sweet note and bread flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, quite a bit better than usually seen in this style. Would make a nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of Jon
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's another solid offering from Rogue. This golden ale actually pours to a deep honey color with a pretty durable head. The smell is, as is characteristic of Rogue, hoppy with some solid malt lingering beneath. The taste is of hops, honey and some tasty malt. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, making this a pretty easy drinking beer. This has to be one of the better blonde/golden ales produced in the US.

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Photo of dpend
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's good to a least see that a brew called a "Golden Ale" is actually gold and not a heavy variation of yellow.It had nice color and good clarity. I found this ale to pour a little aggressively, but developed and maintained a substantial head for at least 4-5 minutes,which made for sporatic lacing.
Aroma had to be coaxed when cold, but as temp increased so did the presence.I look for full balance in an ale, but this one just didn't invite the front of my mouth to the festival.Mouthfeel was smooth with good weight.The brew had a quick increasing bite as it finished(which I like), but almost as if it was digging its nails in on the way down.
Don't get me wrong about this ale, I live in Florida and I should be grateful I can even get beers like this here.The container laws have been lifted but the "Evil Empire" still has a large influence on distribution.
Rogue in general is a welcomed label and I will gladly consume many more of these watching the summer storms roll in.

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Photo of budgood1
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


pours out a slightly hazy copper colour with a nice thick pillowy head that laces down the glass. rogue hop aroma, some spiciness and sugary sweet maltiness. solid malt backbone...a little light on the hops for a rogue but very drinkable. a soft buttery undertone delivers the deliciousness. slightly "english" in feel. mouthfeel is on the lighter side. a nice summer ale, but a bit lacking in all the things that make rogue so delectable. for a "blonde ale"...not bad. within the style one could easily put down multiple bombers of this stuff. mostly average but worth a try.

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Photo of Wildman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay this beer poured a light amber color with a off white head which left some lace. The aroma held elements of hops and malt in it. The taste also held elements of hops and malt. The finish was lighter and not what I usually expect from this style. Not as good a some of their others, but still a good beer.

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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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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 aracauna
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had an odd experience with this beer. I popped the cap and the head wouldn't stop coming out of the bottle. I was going to just take this one out of the bottle, but I ended up pouring it anyway to keep from having to clean up a mess from the ever-increasing head. Even after poured, it took a bit for it to stop increasing. Good beer though. Not much special, but I'd very likely buy it again.

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Photo of hooligan
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful golden with slight chill haze, clinging thin white foamy head. Strawlike yeasty character with definate mild herbal hop and sweet malt aroma in the nose. Buttery, with thick malt and a mildly grassy, strong citrusy hop bitterness throughout. Very clean strawlike yeasty taste. Very one-sided, no true blending or complexity. Thick mouthfeel for a golden ale... Not very impressive in my opinion.

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