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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass at around 45 degrees.

Poured a hazy pale-golden color with a nice foamy head that lingered for a little while. Smells of herbs, hops, and orange. Went down very smooth; the hops and herbal taste were well-balanced and it had a crisp finish.

This made for an excellent beach beer. Goes down very well.

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

Bottle. Poured clear amber with a huge rocky white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy hoppy sweet citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate sweet citrus flavor with a light bitter finish of long duration.

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

I thought this beer was Japanese but it really a Rogue beer brewed for the Japanese market. The beer was a dark gold colour with a good head. It was fairly bitter but finished with a sweetish finish. It tasted a lot like an ESB and I will say that this is very drinkable. One of Rogue's session beers.

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

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.
77 AA 32 L

Purchased at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

According to the label…
A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this ale supports the Oregon Coast Aquarium and its mission to expand our understanding of the ocean.

Appearance – tangerine body; massive, foamy white head; nice early rising carbonation; lace is formidable

Smell – a bit tangerine rind, dark caramel, candy cane, a light dose of alcohol and a zip of spice from the Cascade and Golding Kent hops; not overpowering but it’s a cool elemental mix

Taste – nice German malt base with hoppy ride throughout; here’s a taste that’s more approachable by the masses

Mouthfeel – slightly coating and pleasantly smooth; light to moderate body; gentle carbonation; really clean, a bit crisp and not overly dry for the close

Drinkability – easy drinking from start to end

This one strikes as a summer BBQ companion.

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

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this one, under the Sharktooth name.

Pours a hazy straw gold color with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell colored head. Average retention leaves nice lacing. Smells of honey, coriander, wheat, citrus zest, and grass clippings. Tastes of honey, wheat, orange peel, coriander, lemon juice, and peppery spicy hops. Medium in body with low carbonation. Sweet and spicy with a nice amount of hops. Refreshing, zesty, and easy to drink.

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

Pours a hazy orange with thin white head.
Smells a little hoppy with a little citrus and malt there too.
tastes unique like a cross between a good pale ale with a little citrus hop flavor and the biscuit malt of an ESB. Tasty brew. I could probably drink a bunch of it.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked "White Crane Bitter Ale," with Japanese inscription.

Slightly hoppy aroma. Nice, golden color with a thin, off-white head.

Hops are nice and bright in the mouth, balanced perfectly by a creamy malt profile. This is a really nice sipper.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shark Tooth Ale version. Poured out to a hazed golden orange with a nice thick 1 inch head. Minor notes of lace. Aromas of citrus fruits and yeast are most present, with afterthoughts of herbs and earth. Taste is well crafted and enjoyable; flavors of malts, citrus, bitter hops, and some grain to add depth. Mouthfeel was light and medium bodied, yet still had a touch of texture which was nice. Overall drinkability is fair. This isn't a bad brew by any means, but it lacks depth and inspiration. Nothing fantastic, but a solid example of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark golden color, hazy body, nice sized foam head, cream colored. Light malts and hops in the nose. This brew is surprisingly (or not so much if you know rogue) hoppy, light malts. Creamy mouthfeel, pretty bitter for this style, but this is a nice beer. Wish it had a slightly bigger malt profile.

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

Disclaimer to my review: (I already notified the bros. about this). I got in touch with a Rogue rep. about this beer and they told me that this is just a 2001 batch of their Oregon Golden in a different bottle, but since I drank it from the Sharktooth bottle that is how I'll review it and I won't make an additional review to the Golden.

22 oz brown bottle.

Large foamy, bright white head that has nice layers of lacing that stick well. Plenty of noticeable carbonation. Faint burnt orange in color. Very crisp and clear looking.

Some mellow sweetness notes in the aroma, but I wasn't really able to detect much else.

A warming malt-sweetness drives this blonde to an earthy, biscuit flavor. This is followed by a pleasant dough flavored bitterness that is quite nice.

A medium bodied ale, that is a bit grainy, but more than acceptable for the style.

Very drinkable given the style and the low abv%. Not one I would drink all night (not a favorite stylistically), but I would recommend this as a good example of the style.

You're typical solid Rogue creation!

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured it straight out of the characteristic screened bomber into a pint glass; very little cascading, and it settled to a mostly clear middling to dark amber with just a bit of a white foam. The smell is enticing: subtle hops, lightly filtered by sweet citrus, cedar, and caramel, suggesting a solid malt backbone. The mouth feel is thin to medium, accentuated by some uptempo carbonation, and there is an underlying buttery smoothness. The taste is rather fine; the ale opens with a tartness, dulls a bit in the middle act, but finishes strong with a balance of bitters and hops.

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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 Raymond69
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight hazy appearance , small head , a little lacing.

Aroma of faint hops, not much else.

Smooth hoppiness on tasting, rounded out by some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Good carbonation.

Overall a very easy drinking brew.

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

It pours a dark golden color with little head and lacing. The nose has some faint hops in it.

The taste is crisp, but a little drier than I expected. That's a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. Fairly flavorful for such a light ale. It's not my favorite style, but I'd definitely drink it again on a hot day. Refreshing.

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

Picked up a bomber at AJ's back in mid-August for $4.99.

Pours a hazy golden orange with an OK head that faded quickly. Nose is somewhat bready and sweet. Taste starts with a bready sweet malt and is finishes with a nice dry-sweet hop. Mouthfeel is fuller than your average blonde ale. Drinkability is good. The ABV I would guess to be between 5 to 6 %. This brew has grown on me as I have progressed thru the bomber. Worth a try, especially if you are more inclined to stick with lighter colored ales.

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation and very little head. No retention at all, no lacing either.

T - It's better than I thought it would be. There is a mild hop taste, biscuit-like malts, hints of coriander, and a hint something sweet/fruity.

D - I could drink a few of these, they taste good and go down easy. The alcohol content also seems low, I doubt it's over 5% abv.

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

Creamy light-tan head, golden and clear beer with lots of bubbles.

hoppy scent and mild, pleasent and inviting

Tastes sweet and a hint of peach; good balance of bitterness and hoppiness.

Smooth, with a lightly citrus and caramel aftertaste.

Drinkable, and enjoyable. Perfect for a nice day, as I drank it after a few hours of mountainbiking.

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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 Ego
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

found @ DeCicco Market, Pelham, NY (thanks zen).. $1.99 for a single (got this a few months ago), younger's bitter by rogue is a personal fave, we'll see how this honkey crane stuff measures up.. crakka.

cool anime looking label.. well ok, it has japanese writing on it, very stylish looking for a wee 12 oz.
snap crackle and pop off white/almost clear-ish head that rises 2.5 fingers up but quickly simmers down to the beer, no lacing whatsoever it seems, well maybe a smidge at best. it settles down into an oring within a minute or maybe less. caramel brown and not "bright" looking, not quite hazy but not quite clear. some carbonation rising up from top.. a pretty average looking brew.

dead on for an english bitter, maybe a touch more hop aroma than fullers but damn this is nice, toasty, caramel malts... all subtle and in balance.. the toasted aroma is very well done and inviting as your friend's hot mom in high school (cmon.. we all had one...). it has an almost "dry" feel to the smell also, I am digging this.

taste etc...
prickly carbonation, medium mouthfeel to near chewy, in some strange way this really reminds me of the Otter Creek Copper Ale. Is this a "true" british bitter.. hmmm, it's close but it goes off the reservation a little in places (not in a bad way imo), it coats the mouth well and really feels more substantial in the mouth than it is making it a great drinking experience, the bitterness is blended with the toasty tones near perfection. This is subtle and easy drinking... too bad it is not around, it kicks the ass of "brutal bitter" by rogue...

if this were around I would buy it, sure, I prefer the Younger's a smidge but niether of these are found in NJ right now. a really nice bitter, I enjoyed it.

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