Yellow Snow IPA
Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,302
Ranked #22,989
3.76 | pDev: 12.77%
Feb 17, 2021
Jul 26, 2008
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
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3.88 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
3.64 by JamesStreet from Louisiana on Dec 29, 2019
3.67 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 16, 2019
3.5 by StevenMilligan from Florida on Mar 26, 2019
3.88 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Feb 12, 2019
3.5 by ptat from Delaware on Dec 31, 2018
2.75 by boszormeny from Canada (ON) on Dec 26, 2018
3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Dec 10, 2018
3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
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2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by iguanodon from Utah

[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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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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
3.91 by Zaktcc from Maryland on Jun 11, 2018
4.44 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 24, 2018
3.95 by JunkPuncher from North Carolina on May 06, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by brodericksloth from Oregon

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
4 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Mar 06, 2018
4 by RogueClimber from Canada (ON) on Feb 23, 2018
4.21 by OriginalWayOut from North Carolina on Jan 21, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothmanscott from Georgia

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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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ordybill from Georgia

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
3.78 by Giangio from Italy on Dec 22, 2017
3.69 by Tarheel219 from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2017
3.5 by Ecxeeder616 from Massachusetts on Nov 22, 2017
3.73 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Nov 04, 2017
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5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by rickeyklly from Washington

Strong, bold, but smooth IPA taste. I start drinking yellow snow during the fall holidays season and it's a nice IPA taste and cool look.

Oct 16, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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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3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by schoolboy from Ohio

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
3.25 by imperialking from Illinois on Aug 02, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


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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4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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
3.33 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Jun 24, 2017
3.83 by derdtheterd from Canada (AB) on Jun 23, 2017
3.5 by mpenske from California on Jun 07, 2017
3.56 by pveilleux from Massachusetts on May 04, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jwilcox767 from Ohio

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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3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by Bombelsky from Poland

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
4.09 by Bitburger from Vermont on Mar 27, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mintzmeet from Washington

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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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Squire from Mississippi

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
Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
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