Yellow Snow IPA
Rogue Ales

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IPA - American
Ranked #5,368
Ranked #30,460
3.79 | pDev: 12.66%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: 8 Ingredients:
Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Amarillo & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

70 IBU
76 AA
14º Lovibond
Reviews: 677 | Ratings: 2,126 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky dark orange color.

Frothy white head; a curtain of lace.

Grapefruit notes in the nose; bitterness lingers.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Taste follows; grapefruit up front & lingering bitterness.

Too unbalanced for me but not a bad brew.

Jan 01, 2020
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iguanodon from Utah

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

[Original rating 2013-07-19] Hazy gold with a thin white head. Not much aroma, a little citrus, grass, but faint. Taste is bitter up front, hint of sweetness, then bitter finish. I like to think I enjoy bitter beers but this seems unbalanced to me.

Oct 26, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Rogue "So You Want a Revolution?" tasting glass I picked up: color is dark copper/light amber, head is off white with mainly fine bubbles, head presents 1/4 inch thick in the short pour glass, but still lingers well.

Smell has a bit more malt forward flavor - picking up on the melanoiden with light honey and biscuit notes with good depth, hops seem to be subdued with a mainly herbal, earthy note.

Taste follows the aroma with a malt forward ipa - melanoiden notes of honey and biscut are quite noticeable, the hop balance seems to be subdued but notes of earth, herbal, spice and pine are noted.

Mouthfeel seems to start full with any potential malt sweetness being overtaken by clean fermentation and hop bitterness, lingering presence is strong on the tongue with bitterness and dryness.

Overall a brew that I may have picked up past its prime - I like the malt forward notes but the hops seem a bit undertone or aged with a stronger lingering bitter presence.

Jul 27, 2018
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brodericksloth from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of those that you either love or just think its ok. some piney (spruce) aroma and taste but not overwhelming. nicely hidden alcohol; no bite; spruce tips must be instead of hops. Good ski patrol beer (after hours). light amber color; light feel; ample two finger head

Mar 09, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 12/7/13: Very hoppy but bitter beyond expected hoppiness even with the warning on the label. Bitterness not well defined by its 70 IBU designation. Las too long on the back of the tongue, even for my hophead taste.

Jan 02, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark gold color with a large white head. The aroma is hop driven. The taste follows the nose.

Dec 31, 2017
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange straw with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus hops, and slight sweet grain. Tastes of thick citrus hops and nice full light grain body. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, slightly heavy carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Oct 16, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've heard that the snow in Oregon isn't the best - sticky and wet, but plentiful. You just have to "Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow."

This pours a deep golden, like a pale or a double. The head is negligible as is the aroma, which has just a hint of funkiness.

The taste is bitter and malty. Balanced, and not as hoppy as expected. The can could be old?? The aftertaste is a nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue. I got this from a dealer that is new to me, and I have reason to question the freshness, which would be important for this style. The can would certainly help over a bottle.


Aug 10, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: light citrus, pine, leaves.
TASTE: light citrus, pine, leaves. A touch hoppier, but not as tasty, as Rogue’s Brutal IPA.
FEEL: smooth, sipper.
Still a good beer. Love the name.


Jul 24, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am breaking out my box of Crayola crayons for New Colorful Beer Sunday (Week 646), drinking & reviewing some CANned beers with colors in their names. I had stocked my reefer with CANs for the 4th of CANuly & since I did not run through all of them as planned + I do not want to pull them out since they are already chilled, only one option remains - DRINK 'EM!

From the CAN: "Dedicated to Common Sense"; "Rogue Yellow Snow IPA is pale golden on color with a hoppy, fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complimented by medium body and hoppiness mid-palate. It finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness."; "Dare*Risk*Dream"; "16º PLATO[,] 82 IBU[,] 81 AA[,] 14º L[ovibond]". They seem to have upped the ante(s) since its initial release.

I Crack!ed the CAN open and CANtemplated my next move. Yes, it was a pounder CAN, but I actually had a glass large enough to handle its CANtents in the standby position. What to do? You guessed it - I attempted an inverted Glug which became so out of CANtrol that I may never even CANsider such a reckless, Rogueish maneuver ever again! Well, if you like head, then that is one way to get it. I generally use flowers & CANdy, but in this case, I had just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was ... who's zoomin' who, here?!? Yellow? Feh! Try Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of many things - pine, caramel, freshly-turned earth, light grapefruit, tangerine/orange & an unidentifiable secret ingredient, which may have been melted yellow snow. Eeek! Oh, those Rogue boys & their adjuncts ... JK. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of pine & pine tar & I always flash back to George Brett & his pine tar incident meltdown in such instances. As a hophead, I often get overwhelmed by Citra hops & their inherent grapefruit citrusiness, so when an AIPA comes along that is not reliant on them, it is like a cool, refreshing breath of fresh air. This beer had that taste - cool, minty, refreshing, Finish was cool and dry with a seemingly dichotomous caramel taste as the lingering aftertaste.

I CAN't lie to you & tell you that this was my first time drinking Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, but I never reviewed it on here + it was my first exbeerience with it from a CAN. I feel like a born-aCAN virgin!

Jul 09, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears orange/yellow with mild sediment on the bottom. The head is minimal and short lived.
S: The aroma is earthy and malty. I was hoping to find a more prominent hop profile in the aroma but it's just 'regular'.
T: The taste is mildly resinous and bitter fruit.
M: The body is medium. Carbonation is perfect. Bitterness is mild.
O: Good enough for me, I liked it. Dunno if I'd buy it again, but I'd definitely drink it again.

Apr 15, 2017
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Bombelsky from Poland

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, nice frothy head, persisting , excellent lacing. Medium malt aroma, caramel. Very low aroma of citrus hops, mostly orange. Very high bitterness, medium sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation, oily, long dry finish , bitterness linger into aftertaste but is not harsh. Smooth beer. Some rusty notes, which is I think old hops. That would explain lack of hops aroma. Expiration date is October and we are in April... so I would like to try it more fresh I think.

Apr 04, 2017
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge foamy head on this. Love it because the head reminds me of snow. Solid IPA. Flavor not too surprising, somewhat light actually. Beautiful complexity to the color of this brew.

Mar 25, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light hazy golden color with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma of spicy, citrusy (not grapefruit), piney hops and rich malt with the malt playing a minor role. There is something fruity as well which I can't place as the hops or the yeast. Good clean scent.

Taste on entry is hop brightness quickly followed by malt richness. As in the scent the malt steps back from the limelight but it's voice can still be heard. The fruity element is still there in the taste but changes to citrus notes mid palate, as if there were a key change in the music, and that's the remaining theme through the finish with a resinous hop note lingering in the aftertaste which is also slightly bitter.

Texture is full and creamy. A lighter sort of creaminess but it's still there.

Overall it's a fairly simple brew with just two voices, hops and malt, but they duet well together. Should stand up well to spicy food. At 6.5% it gets my juices flowing.

Mar 18, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit sweet. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some pine, very easy drinking. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall, it's not a hop bomb, but it is an enjoyable beer.

Mar 04, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unfortunately poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is orange with some yellow hues on the bottom. The head is minimal but shows some retention and minor lacing.
S: The aroma is earthy, resinous and a bit malty. I was hoping to find a more prominent hop profile in the aroma but it's alright considering the lack of freshness of this bottle.
T: The taste is mildly resinous and sweet coming from the malts and the fruity profiles. But basically there are only two profiles here, one resinous and another malty, having too much strength when compared with other profiles.
M: The body is medium. Carbonation is perfect. Bitterness is mild (freshness again making its victims).
O: It's true that I never had a really good beer from Rogue but this one might be the closest to it, even if the freshness is not helping here.

Dec 28, 2016
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breardon1776 from New York

3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Color is a cooper. Aroma is mild and do not get much hops in nose. Flavor is average. Feel is metallic/chalky. Overall I wasn't impressed. I am a huge IPA lover and love what Rogue puts out. This was only a single, not a Homeric.

Dec 27, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one I have seen a million times at bottle shops and finally decided to try. Pours pretty, with a steady cloud white head atop a bronze body and copious lace appearing in the slow retreat. Nose is floral and citrus hops, with buttered bread malt notes slinking around the perimeter.

Big, powerful flavor with heavy hops up front and a long, lingering bitterness in the finish, which eventually becomes pretty astringent. There is some malt balance, which asserts itself more after a few sips. Pine resin, biscuit, wildflowers, grapefruit rind, and yeah, I guess soap round out a motley assortment of flavors. The key to this madness is the tight, thick texture that holds it all together, as it really could devolve into sloppy messiness.

Not what I look for in an IPA most of the time and not a beer for sessioning. However, I am glad to have finally tried it and it does have its off the wall charm. Definitely worth a try.

Dec 22, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost light orange in color, 1/2" white head. Aroma was nice especially for a single hop beer, they often falter in this category, the same hop often doesn't come off as forgiving when used as a bittering and dry hop. Its citrusy and floral.

Taste lacks the heavier crystal malts that Rogue often uses in their other hoppy offerings. Pretty drinkable, relatively light body, 6 pack prices seem to always be in the $13-15 for this, so not the greatest there, but not terrible either like bombers would be.

Sep 15, 2016
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MaLu from Japan

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The smell of this IPA is wonderful. Very unique, sweet straw smell. The taste nearly matches it, with a nice sweet finish. I was very happy to find this at a local world beer store in Tokyo.

Apr 21, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 03/28/16:

Semi-hazy honey amber, with very fine suspended sediments in addition to general haze. Lemon-white, fluffy, crisp-surfaced head of great retention. So much lacing, especially sticking to rim of glass. At first, surprisingly clean smell, but quite good. I detect tea and tea spices, resin, light honey, light pine, a little white bread. But as head dies down, the addition of slightly stronger vegetal, piny character. To the taste, parts vegetal, piney, soap, and rind. Subdued honey notes, peppercorn retro-olfaction, tea, orange peel, and alcohol finish. Long-lasting rindy bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied, watery, and sloshy. Carbonation is soft sparse tingles interspersed with loose, fine suds.

Apr 02, 2016
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lwcreasy from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured aggressively and a large, 2-finger head was the result. Beer is a hazy deep gold, with a near-brown tint coming up to kiss the off-white head. This foam stays for a bit, collapsing into a creamy ring which accompanies the whole drink. Lacing is nice.

Moderate intensity, blanket citrus aromas emanate with the pour. There is also a slight toast present. Malt aromas- including toast, toffee, and a rising nut character- increase as the beer warms and hold their own against the hop character. Orange, tangerine, and a minimal and general flowery aroma are the main components of the moderate-intensity hop on the nose.

Malt flavor- particularly a toasty character- is very prevalent in this IPA. The hops have a slight spicy note in addition to the orangey citrus coming through, though this is not quite as strong as the aroma might indicate. Nut flavors increase as the beer warms, following the nose. Overall- the hop flavors are moderate and decently balanced with the robust malt character of the beer. There is a lingering bitterness.

Fuller bodied than most IPAs. Features a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a medium level of carbonation. Very pleasant. Astringency lingers, and cuts in to the following sips.

A good IPA! The somewhat dull and strong bitterness that finishes each sip is salient, but doesn't completely crash the beer. The malt character is the highlight of this one.

Mar 21, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance; Dark yellow/gold color, medium off white head, lacing, hazy. Cloudy
Aroma: Malty aroma, not hoppy for an IPA
Taste: medium bitterness, light sweetness,
Palate/Mouthfeel: medium body, sticky, lively carbonation, long finish, bitter,
Overall: Very good beer, not a strong pacific northwest IPA, but good to repeat
Drank March 19, 2016

Mar 19, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with creamy white head. Aroma has sweet citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines. Taste is sweet and fruity at first but gets quite bitter and herbal on the finish. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Really nice IPA overall, classic and well made.

Feb 25, 2016
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Sasquatch78 from Canada (BC)

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

im a fan of Rogue beers in general, but this one was disappointing. They definitely weren't kidding about lingering bitterness but overall not memorable due to flavour. I would not recommend this to any beer drinker.

Jan 30, 2016
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