Yellow Snow IPA | Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Avryle on 07-26-2008

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Photo of jwilcox767
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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
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.

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Photo of mintzmeet
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.

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Photo of Squire123
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.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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Photo of breardon1776
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of MaLu
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
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.

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Photo of lwcreasy
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.

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Photo of gandres
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

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of Sasquatch78
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle provided by @mr-jj served in a large mug. Only possible dating I can find is on the bottom -- 286 D-1 0919.

Pours clearish deep amber golden with a pile of head that sticks around. Not much carbonation. Smell is musty water, old hay, old flowers.

Taste is generic bitterness with a slight floral twist. Very strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good -- slightly airy, dry. Overall, it's probably not a bad beer -- I guess it's probably not that fresh, but it's hard to tell with such a well hidden bottling date.

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quality beer. Had no really high expectations for this one, but this surprised me in every way. 4/5 at-least and will recommend this one to friends. Good job Rogue.

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Photo of zac16125
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Dark golden, hazy, large light tan head, good retention and lots of lacing. 3.5

S: Lots of citrus with orange rind and lemon zest, quite malty, some soapy notes. 3.25

T: Tastes stale. Malty, faded hop profile that is mostly citrus rind and some piney bitterness. 3

M/D: Fuller bodied, carbonation ok, drinkability below average. 2.75

O: Meh. 3

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep gold with a white head. The smell is sweet and fruity and reminds me of orange and pineapple. There is also a pine scent in the nose as well. The taste is malty sweet with an orange zest flavor and a hint of caramel. This is washed away by the quite bitter pine resin taste from the hops.

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Photo of theIPAman
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange pour, thin head. Where this beer sets itself apart is the unique fruit quality it has on both the nose and flavor palette. This is the first time I have ever tasted tea berry in a beer. It is distinct at first sniff and the flavor follows. Big late bitterness is almost a bit overdone, I could have done with a bit less. This one is truly unique, and worth a try.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orangish golden color with white head. Floral notes, some light pine and light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with floral notes.

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Photo of PBIU
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Straw yellow with some nice lacing. Fluffy white head with some good carb.

Smell - Pine and citrus all the way on this with some herbal notes as well. Distinct yeast character as well.

Taste - Follows the smell. But for 70 IBUS somewhat balanced.

Feel - Decent body for the ABV. Dry finish.

Overall - A good offering but in this day in age, not worth the price point! Out here in Chicago a six pack is $14.99. That is ridiculous for all the better offerings here. It will be interesting to see how they sustain growth in this saturated market. 5 years ago it was a different story but now Rogue doesn't hold the same cache. Have seen some large breweries pull out of Chicago recently. Harpoon just did this past year.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I saw a pony keg of this brew and had to buy it as they didn’t have a 6 pack. It was a bit pricey, but it was a must. It sports 6.5% ABV and 70 IBUs. They use Amarillo & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops and Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare & Risk Malts.

Look-It pours a mildly hazy orange gold that looks delicious and has a foamy head that diminishes quickly settling into less than even a thin film due to the yeast and sugar content.

Smell-It smells of orange peel zest, citrus, and yeasty/malty background. I get lots of citrus and grapefruit and a mild piney aspect as well. I also get orange blossom and some spices perhaps.

Taste-The taste is delicious. I get a strong citrus component first that fades into a piney hop background. It has a yeast and bready component that shows up towards the end. I also get a peachy and apricot aspect as well. The alcohol is medium strength and is more noticeable as the golden orange liquid warms. The middle palate picks up on some buttered bread notes singing high above the tampered hoppiness and alcohol bite. If you pay attention you’ll get a hint of vanilla and an earthiness not unlike organic soil which goes well with the citrus zest and piney hops.

Mouthfeel-It has a medium carbonation and is medium-bodied. It feels like a cola which is nice, because it is refreshing and crisp as well as creamy and wet. There is a lingering coating on the tongue that is mostly alpha acids from the Amarillo hops, undoubtedly, that prepares the palate for another refreshing gulp.

Overall-This is a great brew and is possibly even a good starter IPA for those who are new to the ‘bitter’ beers. The pony keg keeps this brew very fresh and delicious. Try it!

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Photo of hophead723
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an awesome pony keg, fresh into my pint glass.

Look: Hazy orange-amber colour, slightly off white head, thin but sticky amorphous lacing. I believe the haze is from the dry hopping.

Smell: Mildly sweet citrusy hop aroma, orange blossom honey, honeysuckle, appleblossom, and subtle peppery yeast. A bit of caramel and dough as well.

Taste: Tastes uniquely peachy, with a nice honey and caramel malt character. The hops aren't bitter until the end, when they leave a piney lingering. There is a flash of sweetness in the middle that perfectly balances things out.

Feel: Medium body, very smooth, and almost chewy. Slightly dry with a desirable lingering at the back. Slick on the tongue with a wet finish.

Overall: Delicious, well balanced, high quality.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden light color with a fair amount of haze. Poured into a pint glass it settled and produced a thin white head and was absorbed back into the beer so there was virtually no head.

S: A mild citrus, organge and grapefruit nose, but certainly not as aroma powered as other hoppier IPAs.

T:The beer delivers orange, grapefruit, lemon and a bit of pineapple flavors but it also has some piney and earthy tones, and the hops accentuate a moderate malt base. The finish has some hoppy resin character with some bitterness

M: Malt body falls in the middle of the scale and carbonation is moderate to light.

O:A pleasing and refreshing IPA with citrus hop goodness, but it certainly isn't as distinctive or memorable as Founders Centennial IPA or Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA> Among the current crop of IPA, a decent entry but one that falls somewhere in the middle of the scale.

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