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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from LCBO. I like Amarillo. Although the orange potential taste was not fully realized by me, this is a very nice drinking IPA. Well malted, and about the standard bitterness for American IPAs these days. Good looking head on golden yellow body. Bit above average mouthfeel. Satisfying. Good on tap, 2.8 years later at West 50, good hop delivery.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice one finger pure white head. Nice looking.

Peach/stone fruit nose, light malt nose. Fresh clean mouthfeel, no creaminess but bright fresh character, nice light/medium carbonation and a quality feel to it. Nicer mouthfeel than most Rogue's I've tried.

Flavor is all fresh, clean and pure grapefruit pine resin hops of medium to full intensity. This is a wonderfully balanced IPA with intense, although somewhat single dimension, bitter grapefruit hops.

Nice pine resin/grapefruit skin long finish. A remarkably pure, flavorful and drinkable IPA. Nice example and one of the best Rogue's I've
had; really bright character all around.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger with some lacing on a golden with crimson hues body. Light citrus and hops. Very nice aroma just not very strong. Initially this one is very bitter but it mellows out some where the hops are more dynamic. The hops are well represented. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very complete but simple IPA. A nice offering from rogue.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly intense hop bitterness that lingers long after each sip.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The deadly yellow snow from right where the huskies go! Sorry about that, every time I see this beer I think of the Frank Zappa song. Anyway this beer poured out as a lightly hazy light yellow colored brew. The head was white and kind of think looking. The smell of the beer was pretty hoppy and had some grain aromas in there too. The taste of the beer was a little off in my opinion. Not really sure what they used but I wasn't a massive fan of it too much. The mouthfeel was really thin, kind of watery which I thought was lame. Overall it's an Ok IPA but nothing really worth having again and again.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color with some orange highlights and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The beer is a moderate to strong amount of hop bitterness and has flavors of citrus and hints of caramel malts. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is quite drinkable even though it is packed with hop bitterness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard about this beer for a while, finally got a chance to try it. Pours a nice golden color, nice head to it. Typical hoppy aroma, a bit subdued even. Taste has a nice creamy mouthfeel, very malty upfront, the bitterness comes through on the back end and finish. A well balanced IPA, but really nothing sets it apart from the thousand others available. Cool to try and original bottle, but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaah, back in name. Different in style. If yellow snow really did taste like this, then I'm the filthiest mofo in Lexington.

The beer opens with a very froathy golden-straw color, lots of creamy textured looks, a firm and protien laden head forms above the hazy beverage and held firm through the sesssion. Much lacing/legging shows as the beer somehow evaporates.

Earthy and pungent hop aromas shine with assertive pines, oranges, grapefruit, and fresh-cut grass. Softer, sweet malts follow closely behind with a delicate biscuit sweetness (shortbread), and a moderate fruity yeast character that harkens to brittish IPA's.

Flavors carry on the sweetly breaded malts. The cookie dough sweetness is followed with a burst of hops that range the gammot: first with orange zest and grapefruit, but later morph into the resiny pine and grassy (dry-hopped) fresh flavors. These complexities are joined by an estery fruitiness that brings out apples, appricots, more oranges, and pineapples (along with other tropical fruits). Though the fruits take a lesser role, they back up the malts and hops well, adding another layer of complexity that does the beer proud.

The sweetness lingers a bit on the tongue, while the hop dryness combats the notion of residual sugars. Very robust, full, and rich up front; the drying beer works hard to clean a lot right up to the finish, leaving a light fruity but ultimately hoppy flavored finish on the throat.

The original Yellow Snow Ale was kind of a mangled mess of a beer that never settled with me. The new IPA with the name has a much better defined style with dependant character and identity. I feel that the beer is true to the English IPA ingredients (yeast, malt, sugars and all), but with an influence from American hops and American gravities. I know that eating yellow snow is a bad thing, but drinking it... might actually be incouraged.

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

I schlepped a bomber of this back from Vancouver, only to discover that I can buy it locally now too. Dammit.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium apple-juice-like tarnished golden yellow colour, with a large amount of puffy, rocky, and creamy off-white head, which settles rather slowly, eventually giving up some decent eroded limestone cliff lace around the glass.

It smells of big orange and grapefruit hop bitters, a touch of pine resin, somewhat muted tropical fruit (pineapple core, mostly), crackery, grainy caramel malt, and further floral, herbal hops. The taste starts with a mixed domestic and foreign citrus and generic pine forest hop smack to the senses, which is duly mellowed out by the same cereal grain malt of recent olfactory memory, but then rejoined by those floral, increasingly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is above average in its probing frothiness, perhaps causing an initial bit of burn on the tongue, the body a so-so medium weight, and not all that smooth. It finishes with a hefty warming, and not in a particularly good way - the alcohol is very evident upon swallowing, and is fairly unpleasant, as it seems to stick to the roof of my mouth.

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this is a From Dusk til Dawn kind of a beer - seemingly on spec, but very rough at the end - not what I expected. Perhaps the association inherent in the name is having a psychosomatic effect on me, i.e. be wary of late-arriving trip-ups. I guess that I should try a different bottle of this, but at close to 10 bucks a pop, I'm not so sure.

Addendum, Jan 30, 2009:

I succumbed to seeing this in a local store, and got another bottle (admittedly, on the company dime). I must have had a bad bottle the first time, because this bottle appears, smells, and tastes the same as before, but with less carbonation, and none of that lying in wait booze blast, just a nicely balanced amount of dry hops and caramel malt on the finish now. Scores updated accordingly; I'm glad I didn't give up after a promising but underwhelming first blind date.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served on draught at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Serving vessel was 20cl Mikkeller stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention - especially for the ABV. Colour is a caramel orange.

Sm: Bittering hops, mint, and cream. Maybe some light lime. Me broken nose isn't real good at identifying notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Bittering hop climax is standard fare for the style. Some bland fruit esters comprise the weak body. A generic build for the style. Poorly balanced. Not bold or inspired. Rather simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thankfully, its not coarse on the climax like so many awful IPAs. Complements the flavour of the body. Bravo in this category.

Dr: Drinkable for a mid range IPA. Fairly high ABV, and rather expensive (at least in Denmark!). Will only satisfy fans of the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with medium citrus notes as well. Taste is a mix between some bitter hops with nice fresh citrus notes and a light cereal hidden in the back. Body is quite full with some good carbonation. Well done but hardly stands out from the pack.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a cream-colored, bubbly, two-finger head of pillowy foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, citrus and pine. It had subtle roasted malt notes.

T - This was very spicy with tons of bitter, piney hops. There were mild grapefruit flavors with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a spicy heat.

D - This is an okay IPA that had some unbalanced bitterness. Okay, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a bit of a head that doesn't last terribly long. The nose is citrus, pine, and a bit of excess lemon. The taste really lets the nice hoppy notes from the nose fade out and what's left is some light bread and caramel notes. Decent body with normal carbonation levels. Drinks fairly well but isn't really the quality I expect from a Rogue beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; no bottle dating, but was released fairly recently. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, bread, light honey, pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of resinous pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops with moderate malts; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of bright and sticky hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of just slightly off-white head on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - An aroma of bready malt and caramel with some toffee. Pine hops work well with the malt and reveal some light orange and grapefruit notes as well.

T - Resinous pine hops up front with moderate bitterness and lots of moderately dark malt. Toffee and caramel notes compete with the velvety pine hops and increasing bitterness through the middle. Finishes bready with mild pine hop flavor and strong grapefruit-like bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a classic west coast IPA. It has more of an emphasis on bitterness than some of the more recent contributions to the style that rely on fruity hop flavors. While I generally prefer hop flavor to excessive bitterness, Yellow Snow doesn't quite go over the top on the bitterness and I can appreciate its appeal as well as the nice pine aroma. The thick, bready malt really helps to balance out the strong bitterness and allows the pleasant, grapefruit quality to assert itself. Worth trying, but there are other, commonly available IPAs that I would stock my fridge with before this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a hazed peach color with a very tight formed 1/2 finger white that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled into a creamy mass.Ahh the aromas of Amarillo hops,ya gotta love it,they seemed to peter out just a little though,quite citric with a bit of a leafy note in the nose.There is a bit of a sharpness in the mouth that never really mellows out completely.Flavors are good but not great,it seems the hops seem to not pack as big a punch as you might expect,citric notes seem to spread out instead of packing a big punch.Its pretty well hopped and flavorful,but it could have been better I think.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great name, and Rogue makes some decent beers, so here goes.

A: The top popped off with a loud thud, and pours with a decent fluffy 1 finger head that seems to stick around for a while. It also leaves a nice lacing on the glass. A hazy pale golden yellow piss colored liquid reveals lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

N: American hops burst out the top. Lots of pine, citrus, earthy grassy hops, and very light malts top off the aroma. It also has a decent fresh wet hop earthy hop aroma that comes out a bit after more nosing.

T: Again, lots of American hops. A very strong musty earthy fresh wet hop taste dominates first. It also reveals some light piney hops with some citrus. A very slight chewy hop taste. A little bit of a spicy hop taste as well, but pretty light in that area. Not really any malt to be found, a typical west coast style IPA but still somewhat lacks in the hops comparatively.

M: Medium body with good carbonation and slightly spicy hops.

F: Finishes pretty bitter. A slightly spicy hop finish lingers a bit with some of the earthy fresh hop taste. More of the musty earthy hops seem to come out at the end, as if they got a second wind. The bitterness doesn't smash you, but it never seems to fade either. A decent IPA, but no malts to speak of, and nothing that really sticks out from a typical west coast IPA. It could have used something else to help it stand out more.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

Pours with a hazy copper body topped by a durable and creamy off-white head. Fine patterned lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smooth medium body with medium+ carbonation and a touch of dryness in the finish.

Aroma; herbal, floral and earthy hop notes with hints of baked bread and vanilla.

Flavor: follows the aroma but with prominent tropical fruits; moderately bitter with grapefruit peel in the aftertaste.

O: a solid IPA. Ignore Frank Zappa this one time and eat the yellow snow.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big ole' head of foamy eggshell white head. Finally settles down into a thin creamy layer of retention that begets some thick and sticky rings of lace. The aroma is resinous and floral with citrus and notes of sweetness underneath. The sweetness really stands out to me for some reason.

The taste is an aggressive hop bite right off the bat that offers up notes of spice and pine first. This is well balanced by citrus, bready malts, and sweet caramel character. The hops return to the forefront with a finish that is dry, bitter, and lingering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation up front that then spreads out and gets creamier with a nice amount of oily slickness in the feel.

Solid IPA from Rogue that offers good balance and a nice aggressive hop profile. I'm not sure what the ABV on this was but it definitely felt a little higher to me. One bomber was plenty for this sitting.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very floral with citrus and hops, then some caramelized malts in the background.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with a strong citrus flavors and some caramel. Then a strong hops presence comes in the floral aspect distinctly pronounced. There's a hearty not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. I know I used the word "floral" a couple times already, but it's certainly the most prevalent characteristic of this beer. I like hops and expect that type of flavor but in this case it throws off the beer's balance a bit too much.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I'll give them credit for making a different IPA, but I don't particularly think that its difference makes it better. Objectively speaking, it's a drinkable beer, but it's not one that I would drink again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a clear burnished gold color, with a small layer of white bubbles for a head; not much in terms of retention or lacing. Smell of good old west coast ingredients, citrus and resin. Strong no-nonsense IPA profile on the tongue, hops filling the senses, notes of citrus zest, bready yeast in the background. Light-medium body, oily, flavorful, and quite drinkable if you're in the mood for the style, which I often am.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, burnished gold body with a frothy, creamyish, off-white head.

Smell: Bready scent spritzed with brightly fruity citrus oils and their accompanying citric juices. Supporting light hints of crisp toffee and white pine blossoms.

Taste: Pale malts with a firmly bready, biscuit-toned quality to it, a round sweetness, and even a small hint of toffee. Though, this is quickly slapped away by a staunch, sharp bitterness and big hop tastes of fresh tangerines, resinous pine, and both white and ruby grapefruits. Modest yeastiness. Final flourish of fruity hops on the bitter, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel stands by its smoothness.

Drinkability: Just a good, solid, smooth India Pale Ale with an aggressive hoppiness, but a sufficing malt character .

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could've sworn I reviewed this beer...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Hazed at the end, great good head retention & good lacing

S: Pine & citrus, faint breadyness

T: Breadyness followed by grapefruit. orange rind & woody hops up front. Breadyness & slight caramel sweetness try to wade through the grapefruit, pine & dryness. Finishes with a slight apricot fruit, a touch of sour wood honey, much grapefruit & a bit more dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks fairly easy, I would like some more malt to balance this out, but one of Rouge's better offerings IMO

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice suprise to see this one on tap at Barleys tonight. I had been wanting to find a bottle of this one, but the tap will do much nicer. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/31/2008.

Decent enough of a pour with a light amber color and nice clarity to it. A small head of maybe a half an inch rose up from the bottom and settled down to nothing rather quickly with little in the way of any fan fare.

The aroma was rather light. Lots of malts in this one at first, not really getting the strong hop nose of an IPA. As it warmed though some nice touch of pine came through, but again nothing very heavy. Same can be said for the taste which was nothing to write home about. Light citrus hops, touches of grain and a bready malt base. Not bad really, just nothing really pushing it any direction at all. Smooth, low carbonation and easy drinkablility, though the profile lacked.

Overall I am not blown away by this at all, in fact I am left wondering where it came from, not the usually goodness from Rogue this time around.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woah, 4/5 head on the initial pour. Leaves lumpy lace in concentric circles on the glass. Quite rocky. Very cloudy, dark gold color.

Piney, grapefruit hop aroma. Is it the name, or do I detect a touch of uric acid? Nah, but there is something unusual--I'll describe it as Grapefruit rind.

Lip-smackingly bitter. The aftertaste is like licking a hop-sickle. Thinner than the taste would suggest, which it means it's a typical IPA body. Low carbonation. Falls on the extreme side of IPA's.

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
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