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 Halcyondays
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent hazy orange, with a small white head which is remarkably long-lasting, good lacing.

S: Solid hop notes with the typical Rogue yeast character.

T: Strong bite of grapefruit and orange oil hop bitterness at the forefront. Malt sweetens it up a bit, adding a sugary pastry note. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, with some booze.

M: Solid mouthfeel, medium body, strongly resinous.

D: A good IPA from Rogue, a bit too bitter on the back end, drinkablity suffers on the second half, just a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of Slynger
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orangey bright, with a goldy lean to it, and a frothy-creamy lid of light beige.

Lightly lemony with bitter pine and grapefruit, a toasted grainy backbone. Long bitter linger on the palate. Medium bodied and smooth with a frothy fluff-style carbonation.

It is a fine ipa, I was just hoping for a little more from the boys at Rogue.

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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 JamesS
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color, although with no head and no lacing (surprising for any tap beer, really). Nice smell, decent hop aroma, but nothing very deep or strong, I really had to get my nose into it to get much. Good taste, quite the hop bomb; it had almost no other characteristics beyond the hop, but the hops were nice, good citrus and floral American hops. Went down fine, but nothing great, it lost a bit of smoothness from the slight overhopping. I'd drink it again, though.

(On tap at Black Bear Burritos, Morgantown, WV, approx 5:30 P.M. Dec 22, 2008)

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Photo of Brew33
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Bomber of this at the Party Source.

It looks like an IPA, orange/yellow color. Big, sticky head. Smells like floral hops, grapefruit.

The taste was pretty good. Nothing spectacular. Good hop flavor, nice mouthfeel. Decent malt backbone. Very drinkable for an IPA. Fairly crisp, nice bitter finish.

I would drink this again for sure. Pretty tasty, nothing special though. Better than a lot of IPA's I've had lately...

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

A: Thick and frothy head, loads of bubbles that clung to the side of the glass, a medium yellow with the slightest hint of pink grapefruit juice - 4.50, S: Moderate aromas of earthy hops, mild smells of grapefruit, solid backing of malts - 3.50, T: Lots of bittering hops which are mildly harsh, some slightly sour grapefruit flavors, tinge of sweet malt, a little zesty spice 3.50, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: A very West Coast IPA, lots of bitter, a solid IPA but not one of my personal favorites - 3.50

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Photo of HIFF
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise to find at my local beer bar. I was very excited to try it. Cloudy yellow appearance similar to that of my last drug test. Good thick carbonated head. Not strong aroma but a barley smell for sure. The bitter flavor is what stood out the most. I have never had a brew with such a strong presence on the tongue. Other than that it was pretty easy to drink. Like a light beer with lots of flavor. Could drink several of these and plan to in the future.

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

I have a Yellow Snow Ale pint glass that I have used since 2001 but this is a new take on the name. Cloudy slightly orange colour with a decent white head, the nose is pure grapefruit. This is a very hoppy PNW beer with lots of citrus notes and a pine like note to the finish. This is a solid IPA that isn't very winterish but still great to drink

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

Pours hazed golden with a thick foamy off-white head that descends to a lasting cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of lemony citrus with the signature Pac-man yeast. Something of a Rogue lemon merangue pie going on - almost. Interesting nose.

The taste is of lemony citrus. Bitter with a firm grainy malt backbone. The pacman yeast aroma comes through enough to know that this is a Rogue creation - and it's a bitter one at that. It has a nice bitter bite in the long finish.

It has a sturdy medium body.

A nice IPA, to say the least. A well-hopped with Amarillo and a "classic" Rogue touch. Certainly recommended for Rogue fans who want a bitter brew!

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

22oz. bomber into imperial pint glass on 12/16/08.

A - Slightly hazy golden, orange-tinted body with a swirling cyclone of carbonation and tightly packed cap of bubbly white foam floating on the surface. Head retained extremely well and deposited a good bit of sticky lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Aroma is chock full of hops with plenty of pine, citrus and resin with just the slightest hint of cat box. Malt is primarily sweet caramel and toasted grains. When I really dig in and inhale, there is also a cereal malt character akin to dry Cheerios.

T - Hop character blends citrus, pine and spicy notes with a sweet caramel malt presence. However, a more toasted grainy malt character emerges in the finish, accompanied by an aggressive spicy hop bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth with an oily texture that builds up to a poppy carbonated feel after several moments. Crisp, dry finish with a long-lasting, assertive hop bite.

D - I'd been wanting to try this for a while (based on the name alone), and I must say that this is a pretty damn good IPA. It's got a well-rounded hop profile with plenty of flavor and an interesting malt character, resulting in a well-balanced IPA that still retains an aggressive hop bitterness.

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

Rogue- Yellow Snow IPA

A- Bright hazy orange with a moderate size head. Good lacing.
S- Light on the nose but sweet pine/ grapefruit hops dominate.
T- Big bitter grapefruit/ pine hops with a nice creamy caramel malt. Slight taosted grain/ sunflower seed flavor in the malt.
M- Big thick sweet malt with an equally balanced bitter hop bite. Finishes creamy.

Overall- Solid throughout. Sessionable and a good beer to drink on a snowy afternoon.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy IPA with a nice lingering half-finger head.

Smell: Oh god! So good. Citrusy hops and pine. Lots of earthy aromas come through and a bit of molasses as well.

Taste: Very bitter. It lists it as 70IBU on the bottle and I'd say that's a pretty conservative estimate. The pine-tree hoppiness complements the citrus flavours exceptionally well. There is a slight alcohol flavour as well as some caramel from the malt.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with good bitterness hitting all parts of the tongue. This is just a joy to savour. A slight sourness mixes well with the maltiness and creates a nice balance in such an overtly unbalanced style of beer.

Drinkability: The bitterness is so high that eventually your palate would be shot so I could definitely drink a few pints, but after that it would be a waste.

Overall: This beer reminds me a lot of Stone's IPA. Huge bitter hop profile and a nice malty balance makes this a well-rounded beer.

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Photo of roan22
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Edit 1/10/10:
2009 version is also awesome! Had it on draft too this year. Increasing taste to 5.

Original Review:
Yellow Snow IPA I purchased mainly because I had seen some beer advocate buzz about it, and being an IPA lover, I had to check it out.

Comes in a typical Rogue bomber, the appearance eshews traditional paper labels and uses burnt on images (usually featuring a real idol, or a collaborator, or a Rogue employee, or maybe a cariature of one)....creative of Rogue to go this route with their bottle appearances, IMO.

Appearance is a "Tang" colored orange with nice puffy off white foam. Typical to IPA style.

Aroma is mainly citrus fruits: melon, grapefruit, orange, maybe apple... with a hint of piney mint resin.

Taste is awesome...the hops are piney bitterness and zesty grapefruit. Puckery! mmmm

Excellent choice for me being a beer I have ever had from Rogue!

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Photo of vtbeerman
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy and smooth with a big white head. Lots of lacing and sticky foam all down the glass. Fantastic Amarillo hop taste and aroma. What an American IPA should be. Nice malt backbone. I could drink this one all day long. Even at $5.75 for a 22 oz. I would buy it again.

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

Yet another solid beer from Rogue -- this is a very enjoyable brew.

Appearance: Cloudy, light orange in color -- lighter than I thought it would be. A massive 3 finger pillow/thick head with tons of carbonation bubbling through the glass. The head eventually worked itself down to a about a 1/4 inch head and left a solid sticky lacing the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Smells bitter - very bitter, citrusy and fruity.

Taste: Bitter, very very bitter. I like it. It's like biting into a grapefruit first thing in the morning. There is also a strong presence of alcohol running through it as well.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky and oily -- very nice coating and it lingers. The bitterness makes the mouth water almost uncontrollably. It's pretty great!

Drinkability: I like it a lot and this is a great beer to work though. If you don't like bitter, don't drink it, but if you enjoy sipping through it and picking up on the various notes it's amazing.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one on-tap at the Daily Planet in Burlington. The beer was poured for me a hazy, deep gold color with a one finger head. Average retention that left streaks of lacing. The aroma was pleasant and clean, citrus hops and floral hops with hints of malt behind it. The flavors were bold and defined, a flash of caramel malt sweetness followed by lots of expansive floral and citrus hop character with a good malty balance. The finish was sharp and bitter but not crisp per se because it lingered on my tongue. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium/full and the carbonation nice for the style. Another good Rogue offering.

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

Poured from a bomber ($4.99 at Whole Foods in Columbus). I bought this 90% based on name, 10% based on it being from Rogue. It looked really good, hazy-opaque dark orange color with a huge laceable head. The smell is amarillo hops (I think), spicy and pungent, with bready yeast in the back. The taste is nice, all citrus-style hops, just like an IPA should taste. More than worth the money, a very good IPA.

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Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so glad rogue brought this one back. hazy honey gold. white head. good lace. nose is cirtusy amarillo style and leathery bread. i think it is the best part of the beer. and yes, it is there... you know you smell it. the brewers at rogue didn't use the combination of amarillo and melanoiden for nothing. yes... you'rein rogue territory. get it? youre in? well done. yellow snow. well balanced for a hop bomb, and nice long lemony grapefuit finish. i'm getting the 5l because apparently i like the taste of yellow snow.

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

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Decent head that folds into a thick lace that sticks untill well after your done.

Smell: Hops and citrus notes with subtle bread like malt.

Taste: Bold hop flavor that is chewable, this gives way to citrus notes and subtle undertones of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that finishes wet.

Drinkability: Good IPA not sure of how sessionable this is due the the hop profile. This all depends on you and your taste.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent IPA from Rogue. Golden honey colour with a nice thick, creamy white head that sticks all over the glass.

Hoppy, floral smell with a low malt profile. Smells almost like a double IPA. Hints of bread tease the nose.

Full-on hop flavour and a noticeable bread flavour from the malts. A little heavy on the hops, but the malt holds it own, and keeps the hops from running away.

Carbonation could stand to be a little lower, but otherwise a decent drinker.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber

Appearance: Honey colored golden in appearance, a bit cloudy, bottom of the glass looks a bit thicker then the top, minimal to no head, lacing is good though.

Smell: Huge orange citrus hops in the forefront, trumps most of the other aromas in the glass, a bit of clementine spice, and some other fruity florals. Can't really put a finger on it but it's sweet to the nose.

Taste: What a grand finale in the finish! HUGE HOP FLAVOR, this might take a page exactly from the nose but the grapefruit esque, citrus aromas explode. Doesn't taste like a true IPA until the finish, a bit of sour bitterness in the front, but the finish is the huge explantation point.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, mouthfeel tends to think it will be creamy yet this one gets wet on the palete once it sits there. Light in the body, yet keeps a decent amount of complexity.

Drinkability: Good for one or two of these, not very sessionable due to the fact that hops overpower the actual finish of the beer, not that it isn't tasty, but yet I wish there was a bit more going on then just the usual "throw a lotta hops in there" type of brew. I'm not a big IPA guy yet this one is still a decent beer, maybe "good" for an IPA.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. brown bomber (although it was damn tempting to pick up the mini-keg!). Pours out a cloudy marmalade in appearance, impressive billowing off-white head with equally impressive retention.

Leathery and biscuit malt in the aroma, fragrant floral and citrus hops, and....well, how does one bring this up? Maybe it's just in my head, and I haven't read any of the other reviews yet to see if this is regular for this beer, but I'm picking up some slightly briney/earthy urine aroma as well, nothing overly pungent, it's faint. My hands are clean, the glass is clean, I'm nowehere's near a WC or animals at the moment. Curious....and in a way brilliant if they were able to reproduce such a thing with the malt, yeast and hops!

The taste however does not reflect that last aside regarding the aroma, thank goodness. Earthy biscuity malt up front along with immediate citrus zing from the hops, they're neck and neck right from the beginning. The hops pretty much take over by the middle, leafy and an assertive presence of pine. Zesty white grapefruit rind on the finish that shreds its way across the palate, but in a cordial manner.

Mouthfeel is a bit of alchemy, full and rounded texture, yet watery and quaffable enough that it easily slides across the palate and down the throat, all the while leaving a faint trace of stickiness in the mouth, like a lingering kiss.

Nice work with the Amarillo hops, they provide a nice twist from the usual PNW hop-bomb results of Cascade hops, and are pretty much kissing cousins when all is said and done. Even from near the bottom of the glass I'm still getting a hint of that faux urine presence, and shaking my head in wonder. After all, up here in the Great White North, we're taught at a very young age not to eat yellow snow, as there's enough of it around in abundance (or at least it used to be, global warming these days and all....). All that said and done, I think I'll be picking up the mini-keg next time, this is a mighty tasty IPA, and one worth sharing!

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

Found this in the back of a store, who knows how long it had been there. What's not to like about the appearance of an IPA? In my pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head that left abundant lacing. Aroma was a little weak, I could detect a floral aroma, and not much else. Primarily pine taste, tiny bit of citrus, and a nice lingering bitterness. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle

Nice yellow golden colour witha thick foamy head. Little bit of effervescence throughout the drink

Smelled like hops and caramel malt, but the change from one to the other was remniscent of yellow snow itself!

Tasted fine, citrusy hops up front and a little malt finish, not bad at all.

Slightly too effervescent for an IPA for my liking, but better than some others out there

Drinks well

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

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, malt and yeast. The flavor was of hops, pine, citrus and bread. The body is medium light and the finish has some astringency, bitterness and a touch of pepper. A pretty good IPA.

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