Counter Currant
Rogue Ales

Counter CurrantCounter Currant
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #450
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,722
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 17.63%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
22
From:
Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  3
SCORE
84
Good
Counter CurrantCounter Currant
Notes: Pouring a deep ruby with a dark pink head, this light-bodied ale features huge fruity flavors of black currant with a dry, tart finish.

11 IBU
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheSupremeAJ from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great use of currants.. beautiful rich color. I wish it had a little funk. The malt is a little weak. While this doesn't conform to a style I find it quite refreshing and enjoyable. I like the big cans. Sharp cheese pairs nice.

May 11, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 3/24/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy dark pink head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Honeyed grain, currant & concord grape notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Currant & honeyed grain flavors up front; mildly tart plum notes on the finish.

A bit heavy & ham-handed for a fruit beer, but overall it's not bad. Not one to seek out, though.

Mar 25, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can.
Pours dark purple with a dark pink head that has decent retention.
Aroma: berries and bread. A bit earthy.
Flavor: Sweet and tart up front but leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. Berries and hops dominate.

Mar 10, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours brilliant purple color with a one finger head of purplish-pink fizzy foam. The head fades very fast to leave a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is massive of a sour berry smell with some lighter notes of hay and grass. Along with these smells comes a good showing of tart apple and vinegar sourness.
Taste- The taste begins with a tart current taste that has lots of green apple and apple cider vinegar. There are some other dry berry tastes of blueberry and raspberry in there as well, all along with a decent showing of some hay. Throughout the taste the sourness and tart persist, and end up leaving one with a rather tart and sour, somewhat drier, berry taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is lower. The thinner body is great for the style, but more carbonation would have definitely been better to balance the sour and tart.
Overall – Not really my cup of tea. For a current beer, I loved the look, but otherwise, it was nothing too special….

Mar 07, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is big black currant/berries, almost like a berry pie. The flavor is black currant, berries, malts, a hint of vinegar and a big sweet/tart finish.

Feb 16, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on January 7, 2019. Pours a deep ruby with a dark pink head. Light bodied ale that features huge fruity flavors of black currant with a dry, tart finish.

Feb 05, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can bought and drank at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Looks blood red to me, the foam is dark pink. Good lacing while the foam is around.

Smells fruity, it's been ages since I have had black currants. Mild sour and mild sweetness going on.

Taste is pretty balanced with the sweet notes perhaps being slightly more noticeable than the sour. Delicious to me and very drinkable.

Light body with light carbonation.

I reckon I like it more than the majority and I am okay with that.

Dec 27, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but was just released. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/purple color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky dark pink head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy black currants, fruit skin/seeds, peach, plum, pear, red apple, red grape/wine, wheat, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of brown sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of currants, fruity yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy black currants, fruit skin/seeds, peach, plum, pear, red apple, red grape/wine, wheat, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of brown sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tang/tartness; and mild herbal, grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy black currants, fruit skin/seeds, peach, plum, pear, red apple, red grape/wine, wheat, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of currants, fruity yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly acidic/tangy, and lightly sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.4%. Overall this is an excellent fruit beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of currants, fruity yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Awesome balance of juicy/jammy currants, fruity yeast, and bready malts; with mild earthy hop presence against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Nov 10, 2018
Counter Currant from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 22 ratings