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 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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Photo of leegang
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden orange, with a bit of haziness. Slight head which dissipates quickly into a thick lacing around the glass.

S: Pungent citrusy and piney nose. Also which a scent of wet dirt.

T: The hop bitterness plays a over-dominating role in this one. Bready and biscuity malt flavor accompanied with a lemony, herbal and earthy hop profile. Long lingering piney-resinous bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: Flavor-wise was meh, with the bitterness in the center of the stage. But the brew was surprisingly drinkable despite the okay flavor. The lingering bitterness and mouth feel makes you want to take another sip again and again to wash it away. Quite a solid punch-in-the-face and no fancy-pancy kind of IPA.

Singapore, 1/12/2015.

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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 phrimplepoot
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting IPA. Note the wildly different reviews. I found the color very yellow as the name would suggest. I found both the smell and taste piney without backing substance. The mouthfeel was amazing, though. A look in the bottle revealed soap-like bubbles. This coats the mouth and has a great consistency unlike the average IPA. I'd drink it again just to talk about it.

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Photo of Justglkn
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured into tulip glass. Very little head.

Appearance: Nice deep golden orange. Very hazy.
Smell: roasty, grassy, orange and lemon. The end of it has grape notes.
Taste: Grapefruit, lemon peel, grass. Roasted malts and a floral hops. Medium bitterness at the end and dry.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body, light carbonation.
Overall: Its a very good IPA. It would pair good with some strong spicy foods, because of the bitterness. I enjoyed it though!

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle into my IPA glass.
A solid IPA not much more to say after 634 reviews. Always like Rogue Beers.
Rogue grows there own Hops and Barley,it makes a difference.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Do I have to Mom? Its like the ovaltine of IPA's. "Ralphie drink up your IPA's."
Ugh, here's the rest.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was, guess what, yup, yellow, ha, go figure. A semi-fizzy to light bubbly foaminess dies off and allows a fairly nice clingy lacing running in rings around the glass.
The smell takes bland overly cooked grassy hops and just becomes bitter all around. Don't expect any "IPA" sweetness in this one.
The taste pretty much copies the smell. Woee, harsh stuff.
The mouthfeel is about light to medium on the body. Carbonation runs fairly light. But that bitterness, once again, just is pummeling.
Overall, an overly bitter AIPA. I can't see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange color, cloudy look to it. slight head when poured with little lacing left on glass. very nice orange flavor and notes. for an IPA this was good.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Keg. Poured into tulip.
A: hazy deep orange.
S: intense citrus (orange), melon, and mint. Slightly grainy.
T: lemon, moscato, min, and pine. Medium bitterness. Medium to light malty. Well balanced flavor. Dry.
M: high carbonation. Light to medium bodied.
O: slightly above average IPA. The best beer from Rogue I've tried.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a minimal white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose sweet orange, papaya and passion fruit. Taste is more of the same with a nice juicy mouthfeel. Very fruity but with nice bitterness.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: April 5, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: Easter--truly, a blessed day... APPEARANCE: faint orange-yellow, hazy body that shows little life--the color of yellow snow indeed! frothy, articulate white head--as advertised... AROMA: strong pomegrnate and dull melon; tawny straw and haw; malts are biscuity and fresh... PALATE: impactful sour notes cause the taste to linger after each sip; smooth yet significant... TASTE: tangy hoppy, and biting, with a strong underpinning of dampening malts that balance the experience; mango, grapefruit and grain...OVERALL: the Amarillo provides the pungent citrus aroma and flavor that allow for a reasonable, drinkable IPA; glad to have found this t the Byram Shop-Rite, as I have not seen it around for a few lieu of the Beer Advocate strand "Why people hate Rogue," I coincidentally rated this and have little reservation with its high grades--fragrant, drinkable, flavorful, and at the high end of the price point I'm willing to shop...

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

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter, this nice IPA pours a medium amber yellow with a nice frothy white head that dies down to a thin pool and ring with light lacing. Nose of bittering hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, and caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose rather easily with waves of citrus and zest blending nicely with the caramel malts leaving a light bitter aftertaste and citrus note as well as a sticky pine flavor from the hops. Good carbonation, smooth mouth feel for being a bracing IPA. Name as off putting as it is, this is a decent moderately bitter IPA that is perfect for the hop head who likes citrus and piney notes.

Cheers----and watch out for where them huskies go....

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Photo of joe12pk
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After 187 ratings/reviews, this is my first Rogue beer. Let it warm a bit. Starts off with fruitiness. Mid-palate shines with grapefruit and lemonade. Ends with bitter pine resin and lemon peel. Solid IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Yuk, it actually looks like someone pissed in snow. I love it though. It's got a coppery gold hazy piss like body, with a generous off-white head to match the body, leaving licks of lacing behind on the glass. The head stands about 2 fingers tall, eventually descending to 1 finger.

Aroma : Cascade hops and what the shit is this...either an armpit like smell or some rank ass vagina. Yes, definitely rank vagina. Yes, my glass is clean. Double clean. Dude, pissy vagina. Seriously. And it's not on my goatee, this is in the beer dude. I'm laughing hysterically. This is actually a pissy vagina smell. Dead on. Bahahahahaha. Gold. Not even going to describe beyond that. Just wow.How do I rate this? Is it amazing? It's effin' gross. But yet just blows my mind. It has drawn a picture and etched a smell in my mind that I will never ever forget Yellow Snow IPA.

Taste : Well if it don't smell good, don't eat it...but since I know it's a beer...

It's got some pretty good flavor, some very double-sided hop - clean hop, as well as some dirty hop. Beyond that is some salt, grassiness, a little dirt. It's very complex for an IPA and I do like it. It's not too intense, and it's easily drinkable. Some grapefruit notes linger on afterwards.

Mouthfeel : Mildly creamy, buzzing carbonation, lots of smoothness overall. Ends slightly dry on the palate.

Overall : As hysterical as this beer sounds and smells, it is actually worth a shot. I didn't actually expect piss in the smell, much less from a dirty vag, but we've all been there let's call a spade a spade, and try this beer for yourself.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft. Copper and cloudy but not unappealing look. Smell crisp and fresh. At first I thought the taste was merely decent but this grew on me. A hint of citrus. Had a second one. Smooth all the way down.

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Photo of rblib
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very crisp, bright and clean with moderate carbonation. Not much lacing retention. Surprised by the lingering biting bitterness @ 70 IBU. Overall very nice and unique IPA.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, amber beer with an almoust two finger high head.

Nose: Grapefruit, citrus, ornge and honey.
Taste: Grass, butter, herbs, grapefruit and orange.
Body: Medium body with a light carbonation. Oily texture. A bitterness that kicks in at the end.

I enjoyed this!

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow poured from a 12 oz bottle. An easy drinkable winter IPA suited to the mild winter here in Midlands Ireland. Won't be easy to find more of this but would buy again if I do.

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Photo of therica
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One-dimensional, sour-dry, and as it turns ot only 6.5%ABV for my $15.99/sixpack. For price comparison Dead Guy was $12.99.

I would be disappointed with this brew even if it were free or a gift.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into std pint glass. Slightly hazy gold color. Decent head with medium retention. Nice persistent lacing. The aroma was a bit subtle and underwhelming. The flavor was nicely balanced with grassy, earthy hops and with a bit of astringent bitterness on the back end. Overall nice round mouthfeel. All-in-all, a very nice beer. Some of the more prominent IPAs have a more forward aroma and a little less bitterness on the back end but I would happily drink this any time.

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Photo of muchos
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first review ever....

22 oz bottle given to me by Walls on 12/24.
No date on the bottle. Consumed on 12/24.
Into the Duvel.

L: Orange-ish. Small foamy head. If it doesn't look like a glass o' soda pop, then I don't think there's anything wrong with the look.

S: Smells sweet, malty. As it warmed it smelled like marshmallows. And fruit. In a good way. Kinda like that bag of flavored marshmallows you got once. Yum. Not smelling ipa-ish tho.

T: Taste is bitter. Yes, she's an ipa. Lemon peel (ah, yes, yellow snow), watermelon, pine. Just enough sweetness. Very unique.

M: Mouthfeel was fine. What?

O: Out of the small handful of ipa's I've had, this is one of the best. Dy-no-mite. I'll be enjoying this one again soon.

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
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