Yellow Snow IPA | Rogue Ales

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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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Ratings: 2,114 |  Reviews: 671
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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 metter98
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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