Glen Ale ( JLS Release #27) | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mikesgroove on 08-12-2007

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 33
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey golden with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma has a strong honey-sweet overtone of honey with a malty core and a hoppy hint. Flavor is mainly honey with a malty note and a whisper of butterscotch. Smooth texture is fairly thick and subtly tingly. Not Rogue’s best, but worthy of a try!

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy, dark copper body, topped by a small white head. The foam settles at a moderate pace, and leaves little lace.

S - Malty with some nutty toffee and light, herbal hops.

T - Sweet, bready malt with fruity orange-flavored hops up front. Spicy hop flavor in the middle with biscuit notes and some caramel. Finishes with more caramel and fruity hops, with strong bitterness acting as a counterpoint.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Spicy hops are the dominant characteristic in this beer though there is a significant malt backbone to support the herbal character. Not a bad beer, though it didn't really get me excited. It suffers from the harshness of hop character that sometimes plagues Rogue beers and the malt, while thick, just isn't that complex.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: dark reddish complexion. low head retention
Smell: roasty malts
Taste: it tased like a strong red ale. roasted caramel malts. The rep told us... This was dedicated to the memory of glen hay. It was also released as a aniversry release.

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Photo of Radome
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a goblet at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas, NV.

A - Color is a brilliant, deep copper to red. The tiny head is off white and mostly just a ring around glass. No carbonation is evident visually.

S - Aroma has some malt, along with a little fruiy hops. Aroma is very muted, which seems surprising given the rich color.

T - Well balanced taste. Mixes malt, fruity hops and moderate hop bitterness with some alcohol and even a little yeast character. As it warms I even get a tiny bit of cherry.

M - Light body, a bit of carbonation fizz.

D - This beer was very well balanced and enjoyable. It hides its alcohol level very well, but still leaves you satisfied and happy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, darkened copper body with a half inch-high, frothy, white head with admirable retention.

Smell: Opens with citrusy hops, notes of floral-scented hand soap, and backed by delicately sweetish toffee-brushed biscuits.

Taste: Pale malts with some additional hints of toasted biscuits and toffee. Medium level of clean malt sweetness. The taste, as is the case with the majority of Rogue products, is centered around the hops. Largely tasting of white grapefruit but also some underlying earthy, floral tones to it as well. Moderate bitterness. Finish is drying and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Modest creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good, smooth beer that remains fairly drinkable considering the ABV percentage. Pleasant choice to close out a round of Team Trivia at Summits.

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Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue PDX 11/12 $5.00 pint with Rogue Nation card.
Deep amber, one finger white head, nice lacing. Bready malts, pretty citrusy nose and taste. Pretty dry bitter finish. Decent mouthfeel, not overly carbonated. Fairly complex use of hops which aren't overpowering, a pretty balanced brew. A fairly hoppy interpretation of the style.

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Photo of m1ked
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Rattle n Hum while in laws are checking out the empire state building.

A- pours a slightly hazy bronzey orange with a thin skim of bubbles and mild lacing.

S- Low aroma, but a little floral perfumy hops and a touch of malt sweetness.

T- Floral hops with a metallic sweet toffe malty flavor. A touch of pine sets in, but that bitter metallic flavor dominates.

M- Light and thin, low carb....ho-hum.

D- Nah. I'll finish this one, but before I do I am already thinking about my next beer. That metallic bitterness relly turned me off.

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the 2008 release of Glen, I didn't see the point of starting another review thread. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy orangeish-amber color with an inch of off-white head that quickly dissipated a light amount of lacing.

A balanced, neutral aroma has a hint of hop spicieness at the end. The flavor has a richer malt taste than the aroma led me to expect, there is nice hop kick to even out the maltiness.

Decent body, lighter than I expect from a Strong Ale. Drinkability is nice, although I can see myself getting bored after a couple of these.

Strong Ale is kind of a catch-all style that doesn't seem to have a clearly defined set of parameters. With that in mind, I would have rated this higher if I were considering it an Imerial Pale Ale, or even an IPA perhaps. A good, solid beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Rogue SF
Not sure of it was 2007 or a newer.
Poured a light copper color with a small white head. Nose is like an IPA style with lots of hops, some pininess and floral notes. Taste is goood. Hoppy, floral with anice ABV. There was a taste note I could not put my finger on but it was pretty obvious. Very drinkable and a good brew.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the drafting room. Glen has a dark golden appearence with a off white head with minimal stick. Smells of apparent grain with west coast hops and a malt bill giving off caramel. Taste of citrus with the usual tropical fruits but subdued from the malt bill giving a bready taste as well. This borders on IPA and a strong ale. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. I could of drank another but I was driving.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal hop and a grainy malt.

The taste was full blown herbal hops that lasted throughout the experience. Moderate malt backbone as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style with a lingering hop.

Overall a tasty ale.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Irish pub in Peoria, Illinois.

Pours very dark, more blood red than ruby, almost opaque from haze and topped with a indefatigable brown head. The balance between west coast hops and thick, syrupy pale malt is perfect in spite of the brew's intensity, though it seems to veer more towards the bitter end, for a Rogue, since their trademark yeast is barely present.

A strong ale in the vein of Arrogant Bastard. While it's not quite as ostentatious as Stone's brew, it's arguably more balanced and drinkable. Rogue's locker stocks are almost infuriating, they're so good and so rare.

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Photo of atsprings
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer, Charlotte, served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with thin head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma is crisp pine hops with burnt caramel. The taste is a nice blend of pine hops and burnt caramel dancing together nicely on the tongue. The beer is medium bodied, but crisp and refreshing. This is yet another enjoyable Locker Stock beer from Rogue.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Newport. The appearance was good, had a nice red color, active bubbles all through it, not too much of a head but the bartender was pouring full beers for us all day so none of the beers had a phenomenal head all day. Smelled of spices and sweet fruits. The alcohol taste was fairly strong for a beer that is only 7.8% If I had to guess I would have said it was higher than that. I'm glad I got to try this beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the PDX pub served in an XS goblet (when it's not even any stronger then some of their IPAs, WTF??), glen is a hazy rusty orange with a thin off-white collar that leaves no lace.

Smell is prett muted and unassuming, just a bit of spicy hops and sour fruitiness. Nice though, just underwhelming.

Taste is fantastic, wow. This is like an english BW meets NW IPA, hell yeah! Sweet caramel malt, loads of fruity esters, and a ton of citrus hops, a firm bitter finish, nice warming heat from the booze going done. Pretty smooth, with a spicy, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the syrupy, stiller side, but with a medium body, good for the style
yt it's a perfect night cap before my flight, and I appreciate the low carbonation all the more for it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany on 10-1-08.

A: Light honey-amberish-orange body with a small ivory head. Good rings of lace.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose -- some bready caramel malt with a hint of piney hops.

T: First impression is the finish of the sip -- a spicy bite at the back end is assertive. After a couple sips, the analysis yields notice of a doughy malt up front with a clean, dry, piney hop middle, followed by that spicy bite and lingering alcohol heat down the gulley and in the burps. I told my friends I was guessing it was bout 8 - 8.5% ABV; I wasn't too far off the mark at 7.8%. . . .

M: Medium in weight, decent all-around feel.

D: Pretty good, though the heat and spice detracted from it a bit.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and brown color with a foamy tan cap that sticks around well enough. Not much lacing, but what's there is pretty sticky.

The aroma is pleasingly heavy on the hops, not too bright, but definitely there. More power and I'd bump it up. The malts are biscuity and slightly caramel.

The hop flavors shine nicely on the palate, throwing out the gamut from bright citrics to menthol and pine. Candied grapefruit is front and center, with the more resinous pine also present. Shades of Yulesmith and SN Celebration here. Very tasty.

The malts are in the background for sure, and the body isn't quite as full as other Strong Ales. Not bad by any stretch, and any chewiness problems I have are mitigated by the pleasingly bracing and long, bitter finish. Really nicely done, another good one from "More Hops" Maier. Just what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, thin white head, some lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is very floral, citrus bite, caramel and grapefruit, sweet maltiness, grains, nice. Taste is grainy caramel, grapefruit rind, bread, floral/citrus, nice balance, tasty stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. I'm a sucker for that caramel/grapefruit combination, I really liked this.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Drafting Room.
Served as a medium brown colored beer with moderate off-white head.
Smell is subdued, being a light combination of malt and grassy hops.
Taste is extremely nice. The malt and hops blend nicely, with the hops just barely winning, But the malt background stands up weel. Nice dark fruit sensations present.
Alcohol well hidden. I was very suprised to find out what it was.
Very tasty. This was my last beer of the day, and it truly rewarding.

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Photo of perfectkaos
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank this one while waiting to pick up some Take Out burritos at the Monroeville Mad Mex. It was served in a snifter thanks to Happy Hora the beer was only $2.75. Deal of the Century.

lemme dig out my cell phone to read my notes...

Brownish orange color with a thin head an lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the snifter. smells like an IPA, big and hoppy. Tastes like an IPA-- big and hoppy. but the hop bite doesn't overstay its welcome-- it doesnt even last as long as your run of the mill DIPA. A faint taste of alcohol is there but is balanced well by the big hops up front. classic strong ale. good stuff.

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Photo of younger35
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rogues Public House on August 31st, 2007 on a Labor Day vacation to Newport. Drank out of a Rogue XS goblet.

Appearance- Pours a medium orange yellow with a fantastically foamy one finger head. Leaves a fantastic cap and collar along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- The hops are at the forefront of the nose with a nice fruity quality. Strawberry (hope this just isn’t stuck in my head because of the Chamomile brew I had before this) and citrus fruits shine along with a very subtle sweetness from lightly roasted malts.
Taste- Starts with a huge bitterness that is very citrusy and intense. A very light tartness comes through as well as a light doughy sweetness. The alcohol seemed to show a little more than I would have liked but once it wore off this beer finished bitter.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with light carbonation with some alcohol warming and a dry finish.
Drinkability- The alcohol is rather present but overall I thought this was a pretty tasty brew. It’s a big beer that drinks stronger than it actually is. One of the top three or four I had on this short weekend.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this and wondered what the heck it was. So I drank it.
A light mahogany color, dark ruby with a bit of golden highlights mixed in. somewhat mediocore head, but not knowing the style I didn't expect much. Still, a 1 finger, off brown head, settle to a splotchy film.
Smells like an IPA, lots of hops. A bit fruity, moreso than piney. A slight sweetness enters, sticks a bit. Smells really nice.
Tastes good, too. Light prune and caramel, powered by lots of hops and some malt. Nice and dry, refreshing, but also a bit warming. Felt a bit thick towards the end.
Quaffed it down in no time.

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Photo of sloejams
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draught at Father’s Office in Santa Monica, 9.6.07

I knew very little about this going into, but the chalkboard read “new Rogue – malt and very hoppy” so I was sold. It was served in a chalice for an unbecoming $8. The color was a reddish brown, nicely poured with a finger-width cappuccino head. The aroma was very subtle. After some searching I came upon some chestnut, caramel and a slight grassy scent. The taste too was subdued but the roasted malts were the most prominent flavors, slight bitterness. I definitely noticed the higher ABV. This reminded me a bit of Lagunitas’ Big Shugga though not quite as tasty. In all, I was glad to have tried it but won’t drop $8 on it again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Fathers Office, September 2007
This beer is a brilliantly clear, dark reddish tinged, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially one and a half finger thick, tan colored head that even leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma is quite muted, even a bit murky or even musty. After some digging I start to get some malt aromatics of toasty, biscuit-like grain, and caramelized bread. Touches of hops (leaning towards the citrus sides of things) round out the aroma, but mostly I am really disappointed, even confused by how lackluster and muddy the aroma is.

The tastes I much better than the aroma would have suggested; it is quite a bit hop focused than the mostly malt focused aroma too. The hop notes are a mix of menthol like pine notes and candied citrus zest flavors. The finish has a nice biting bitterness to it that lingers on with a slight astringency and even a almost refreshing menthol like notes. Overall this beer is quite good, the flavor really saves this beer as it would be quite a dud based on the aroma.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Barleys tonight and they had this one on tap. I was shocked to come here and see that noone has reviewed it yet. I always love to get my hands on the JLS releases, and this one was no exception!

A - Poured a nice deep brownish amber with a one inch head gracing the top. Slowly faded and really left nothing in its wake. Some light carbonation bubbling up through the clear liquid, and a tiny bit of lace struggling its way up and down the glass.

S - Aroma was nicely hopped, but with a twist, a definate hint of fruit in there. Maybe some peach or pear, but it was definatly there. Some sugar was evident in the back as well. Nice well rounded aroma, and the fruitiness gave it a little bit extra.

T - Strong is the first word that came to mind. The first sip was intensly hoppy and bitter, very nice. As it settled some of the more complex flavors started to come out. Again nice little punch of some light mixed fruits in there was a welcome treat. Orange, banana, maybe even some peach floating around in there. Nice caramel back, a touch of roasted malts, very well balanced flavor. A little bit harsh on the alcohol, but very nice overall.

M - Good solid feel. Not too slick, not thin either, a little less carbonation then I usually like, but not detrimental to it in any way.

D - A sipper, definatly. This tasted stronger then its listing. I actually did swig back the last few sips, but this is one that I would definatly enjoy more as a sipper.

Overall this was really good. Ilove strong ales and this one was a monster. Another solid JLF release, go and get some while you can, no telling how long this one will be around!

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Glen Ale ( JLS Release #27) from Rogue Ales
3.83 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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