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

A - I found this at Brewhaus labeled as 'White Crane Bitter' with Asian calligraphy on the bottle. The beer is a clear deep amber with a big two finger rocky head of khaki foam. Lacing is abundant, and head retention is pretty good.

S - Big time hops with an underlying honey-comb sweet malt note. Smells assertive, sweet, and hoppy as hell. Green, dank hop buds are apparent.

T - Big time hop flavor makes me think that this is really an IPA in disguise. Gritty waffle and honey-comb malts support the green hops. Nice.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and sufficiently dry. Leaves my mouth wanting another sip to quench the gritty dryness left in the wake of the hoppy flavors.

D - This is a damn good session beer. Blonde ale? i don't get it...When drinking this, I thought that it was a nicely hopped ESB or American PA. Whatever it is, it's good.

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

The beer poured hazy pale amber golden. The head was white and fell fairly quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel and some earthy fruitiness.

The flavor was malty and nicely bittered with English hops. More of an ESB than and APA but there were present some citrus flavors and fruitiness.

The finish was dry and bitter. The body was medium.

22 ounce bottle. A very nice drinking beer!

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

I had Rogue Sharktooth Ale, which BA forwards to this beer.

A - Fluffy head poured out over the glass... OOPS was not expecting that but quickly lost ist composure. Left very little lacing but what was there was extremely bubbly and foamy. The beer was a hazy golden straw.

S - WOW!!!! What a great scent profile. Malty with a sweet corriander and ginger scent. Smelt great... Cannot wait to drink!

T - Great malty flavor and the spices are right on! A bit of the bitterness from the hops and the spicy ginger and corriander finish it off! Great new flavor combo for me.

M - Great balanced beer and good carbonation to it.

D - Definately a spiced beer but for me, I thought this was great. It really suprised me becasue I was not expecting it and normally am not a fan of such beers. If you can find it... Shark tooth or whatever, I think it is worth a try.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich orange gold with a white head that subsided quickly.
The aroma was of faint fruity esters and a cereal like toastiness. The flavor is perfect as the initial bitterness has a very pleasent taste without being rough or earthy at all. The clean maltiness is the main flavor of this ale with a complex flavor that hints at munich malt flavors blended with dryer pilsner malt flavors. The body is nice for an ale and the carbonation is smooth with no carbonic bite. Very drinkable, this would make an excellent session beer as well as an excellent beer to give to macro drinkers as an eye opener.

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle i have is called Shark Tooth Ale and has a shark and a stingray on the front along with the usual Rogue spiel about the brew i gotta admit im a big fan of Rogue especially the way they tell you everything about the brew the only thing that they leave out is the ABV anyways onto the beer it pours a vibrant golden colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger cloudy sky looking head and a nice neat rim of lacing a very attractive looking brew if i do say so myself,the aroma is straight out corriander mixed with ginger,freshly cut grass and a little paw paw,it has an above average mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated with the herbal combination of Ginger & Corriander first to the hit the palette which is followed by a nice hit of grassy fruity hops to beautifully balance out the tailend of this brew to make the Herbs not as dominant as they first smell and i wont say suprisingly cos it is Rogue but this beer is very sessionable especially for someone who doesnt like their Ginger or Corriander in their brews and think if you closed your eyes and smelt it you would say its a Witbier and if you didnt smell it and just drank it you would say more of a blonde and would be interested to see how it tastes with less or different Herbs or even none at all,will buy again.

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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 twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber under the alias of 'Shark Tooth Ale' without a freshness date. I am surprised the shark on the label does not have a fin raised in salute! Gentle pour yields a mildly hazy light gold color with a soapy white foam. Retention and lacing are average at best, especially for a brew containing wheat.

Nose is pretty interesting as the saaz is readily apparent as well as some other hop notes and the ginger really sticks out. Nice, unique.

Alot going on here with the ginger being refreshing and zesty. The coriander softens things a little bit, but then some wheat tang comes out and is finished off by an ample supply of grassy, floral hop flavor and plenty of bitterness. A nice progression of flavors parade across the palate but the carbonation might be a bit high. This is one of the better Rogue beers I have had, a nice summertime brew. Still a bit pricey at 6.99 a bomber, but worth a try every now and again.

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Photo of wingman14
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a crisp white head. The smell is a nice mix of malts and some hops with a bit of floral citrus. The taste starts with some malty flavor with a nice balance of hops and a slightly bitter finish. A nice balance of flavor and plenty of it there. The mouthfeel is good, not as smooth as I expected, but still pleasing. This is an easy drinker, very flavorful but not overwhelming. Definitely worth checking out, a great blonde beer!

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

Pours a deep orange, slightly brown color, reminiscent of apple cider. Not too much head, after a conservative pour, but what is there is pure white and sticky. Smells of spicy hops and carmel malt. Taste is more subtle than I expected, but it is still good, a lot of malt for a PA. Still, enough hops to sate me. Overall and above average beer.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with an off-white head that builds quickly and aggressively, large bubbled but still substantial, before dissipating back to just a thin layer over the surface of the beer. Leaves moderate lacing. Smell is malty first and foremost, bread and yeasts taking the lead, with mild spiciness and a hint of light fruits as well. Hops are noticeable, just a light citrus aroma floating in the background. Taste is very well balanced, leaning to the malty side but with an obvious hop presence as well. Bread, lightly toasted, is the first impression, with butter and sweetness as well. Orange and spices in the mix too, with a light herbal hop finish that is drier but doesn't overwhelm the rich malt profile in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and rich, very well carbonated, and drinkability is very good. Nice brew, light on the hops but with a distinctive niche all its own in the Rogue lineup.

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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 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 Reidrover
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the brown glass bomber..the screen printed label is the same apart from colouration of another Rogue beer I have dad but cant recall which one now.
Nice ,handsome beer, deep gold in colour and slightly hazed..no head to talk off..some lace.
Very honeyish sweet aroma..very much to style.
Nice taste..sweet golden honey tones followed by slightly medicinal ( eucalyptus) spices..well done.
Nice and remarkably noy watery for a blonde on the palate.
A good golden/blonde ale..very drinkable..not your usual Rogue..but nice none-the-less.

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

Purchased as Sharktooth Ale in Kalamazoo MI.

Pours a clear yellow amber with a two finger head that leaves a light lacing in the glass.

Nose is light hoppiness with an equal amount of malt character. Pleasant and balanced.

Taste is a nicely balanced hop/malt character that pleases.

Nice moderately slick mouthfeel.

A great all around drinkable beer.

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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 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 Maudite
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great beer. I am not fond of many Rogue beers, and grabbed this one since I had neither seen it nor heard of it before. it also attracted me by its label, which was very different from many other Rogue beers. Rather than feature a variation of the many Rogue characters, this on was blue and red with a shark and a sting ray. Hmm... Grabbed it out of the cooler at New Upper Terrace grocer on Uranus in SF.... in case you want one.

A- Nice deep gold, looked like Paulaner hefe... dense, thick, cloudy gold. Almost like a big glass of orange juice with a Hoegaarden head, starch white, about a finger and a half, frothy, small bubbles.

S- Smelled wheaty, citrusy. I wasn't sure what type of beer this was at first, it's aromas being kind of pilsner-ish, mainly wheaty like the many Texas wheat beers I am used to. Smelled good. Like summer.

T- Much like its aroma, very wheaty, crisp, dense, thick. Like a bowl of shredded wheat washed down with orange juice. Really good. Slightly estery, a small amount of banana, a bit malty, juicy... This was a very well constructed brew. Hard to place its exact style while drinking. Refreshing, easy-going, medium bodied. Reminds me of Freestyle from Independence, or even Sunshine wheat. There was a nice lager-like quality in there as well, though, making it a very multi-faceted brew. A crisp bite, pilsner-like, a bit of a hop in the mid-body, and a definite hop presence towards the end. The Cascades it's brewed with were definitely in the nose, and the Kent were for sure in the body, and strong in the finish. Good hop balance and profile.

M- Thick, but not stout thick. Again, like shredded wheat. Rich, chewy, wheaty. Dense. Filled the gills, flushed the mouth. Stayed behind for a long time with its citrus twang.

D- I could drink many of these in a sitting. Definitely a friendly and inviting ale.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Head is a thin layer of fairly sticky foam.

Smell: Somewhat more subdued than I expected. Notes of a grainy/malty smell predominate.

Taste: After expecting a hop overload like in other Rogue's brews, I was surprised to find this beer mostly malty and a bit sweet at first. Flavor tends to fade to a nice mellow hop bitterness at the end. Finish is a lingering balance of the two.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean. Carbonation level is good, and alcohol is noticeable but not overly so.

Drinkability: A surprisingly well balanced beer from a brewery that seems more catered to the hop heads among us. Nicely done. This beer is going to be in the cooler I take when I get back to skydiving again, I really like this beer and want to share it with some friends.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12 oz poured into a pint. The painted on label shows a boat sailing the N44# between Monbetsu Hokkaido and Newport Oregon. There's a paragraph in Japanese underneath. Interesting package.

Honey/amber with lots of carbonation supporting a two finger head of rocky foam that clings to the glass in layers and lumps as it goes down.

The nose is caramel malts, floral hops and a little butterscotch. Overall, not very strong smelling, but there's enough to show some subtle complexity.

Starts off with a good dose of malt, some caramel, and then hops that are juicy then fade into bitter/dry. I wonder if these were the same hops they use in the Brutal Bitter. Moderate mouthfeel with just enough body and carb tingle. Great session brew.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark orange amber color with a fizzy medium head that disappears very quickly. The smell is very strong with malt, bread yeast, floral, and earthy spices. The smell is surprisingly strong for a lighter beer. The taste is a creamy mixture of sweet malt, bitter hops, and a "bisquity" flavor. The m/f is light and the flavors mix very well. This is a damn good beer except for the ginger ale like carbonation. Cheers.

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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 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 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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Oregon Golden Ale from Rogue Ales
3.67 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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