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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

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Added by kbub6f on 03-14-2001

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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 197
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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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