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

consumed at a tasting. review from notes.

A: hazy light amber. excellent lace. plus retention.

S: orange, sharp cheese, pine.

T: Pine, grass, citrus, dry, garlicky.

M: Quick hop bitterness is fleeting. carbonation is spot on.

D: As drinkable as an IPA of this abv could be. finishes pretty clean.

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

22oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy golden amber hue with a thick two finger rocky head that slowly settles to an incredibly thin cap. Webby lacing from the large bubbles appears in its place.

Sharp and aromatic hops make up most of the aroma. Sharp piney and grapefruit along with a light biscuity backbone.

More grapefruit immediately hits the tongue, giving off a strong citrus flavor. The malts add a slight bit of a slightly toasty and biscuity background. Full bodied.

A good all around IPA. Solid hop flavors with just a little bit of malt giving a balance. The beer has some sweet characteristics, but those are quickly met by the bitterness. Recommended.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky golden-orange color with a thick, lustrous off-white head. The nose is all hops; resinous pine dominates with hints of citrus. The hop presence in the taste is not as prevalent as in the nose. The piney, citrusy notes are replaced with more of an earthy, grassy hop flavor. There is a decent sweet maltiness at the start and is quickly subdued by hop bitterness yet finishes decently smooth. The mouthfeel is light in body with a fairly heavy carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer but not Rouge's most impressive.

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's moderately hazy and light golden brown in color. There is a slight orange tint to it. On top is a vanilla colored head that's foamy and about two fingers deep. It took its time dissipating and left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose could use a few more horses under the hood. It features light citrus orange and pineapple scents first. Smells sweet. It's more malty and yeasty than I was expecting. Hops are noted and smell a little citrusy and floral. It tough to tell, but it's smells pretty well balanced between the sweet malt and hop aromas. No alcohol is noted. No clue what the abv is in this one. All in all, above average. A little work would go a long way here.

Taste: It gets back on track here. It is sweet, malty, and yeasty initially. It's not an overwhelming malt flavor. It actually acts a nice springboard for the light citrus flavors that follow. Those mostly consist of orange, lemon, pineapple, and light grapefruit. Hops kick and provide a really nice bitter surge. Tastes like they're pretty evenly split between citric and floral varieties. Hops easily overtake the malt flavors and have a really aggressive bitter taste. I like it. Edit: As it warms, floral hops are the dominant variety. Personally, I think it'd be a little better if it swung the other way. No alcohol is noted. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium bodied and is above average as far as feel goes. Carbonation seems a little high and prevents it from being smooth. Drinkability is good. This beer's got a nice flavor and goes down pretty easy. No clue what the abv is, but it doesn't present itself as an overly strong IPA.

Yellow Snow. Nice name. There's still some snow on the ground. Perhaps I'll test it out and see if this bomber delivers. As far as the beer goes, it's good. The nose could use a little more "ooomph" and I think the hop varieties could be skewed a little more toward citric hops. Those would be improvements. Maybe dial the carbonation back a little, too. But, it's a solid IPA as it is. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of CMW
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy dark yellow almost orange with a nice two finger head. Good retention and heavy lacing.

S - I was surprised with how little I detected. Hops but not much else.

T - Hops and some light malt. Very bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation and very smooth on the tongue.

D - Very easy to down. Very smooth and would have no problem drinking more than one.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle.

Hazy cider orange with two and one-half fingers of white froth atop it; excellent duration and ample lacing earn full marks for appearance. Nice citrus hops smell, oily--could be stronger, however.

Hops pervade the taste--oily, chewy--but more through texture than taste, oddly enough. The orange and grapefruit citrus flavors are nice but should be more pronounced. Instead, malt flavor especially caramel is more apparent. This isn't exactly off-putting but, for an IPA, a surprise. That the texture, at least, speaks IPA s loudly is gratifying and unmistakable, with hop grittiness layered over a smooth malt base--very delicious.

Overall, a solid and visually pleasing if somewhat imbalanced IPA that, with some ramped-up hop flavor, would go from rather good to outstanding. However, it's well worth grabbing as it is now.

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

I've been on the lookout for this bottled brew ever since I sampled it on-tap at Tyler's in Durham, where I liked it, but I never got around to drinking a whole glass... to be honest, the brew got lost amidst all the other premium taps. The label art brewer-guy sports ski goggles and a black Lab in this current incarnation of "Yellow Snow", and though it's fine advice not to eat the namesake of this brew, I'm having no qualms about drinking it! Crack open that bomber bottle, buddy! Let's Roll!

In my DFH shaped pint glass, Yellow Snow reveals a bright golden amber body with a bit of haze and a sturdy crown of milk-white foam atop. The head hangs around with fluffy persistence, depositing thick webs of sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and citrusy with oily lime zest and fresh, sugary flowers. A light toasted maltiness gains purchase as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is built on a mellow pale malt backbone that supports quite a bit of citrusy flavors and a stiff, persistent herbal bitterness. Wet cereal and a mild, silky, syrupy character languish in the aftertaste, accented by a lingering note of bitter citrus oil.

Yellow Snow is medium in body with fine carbonation, and is plenty quaffable, for sure, but like I said... I'm still not eating any. Nice hoppy brew, and a welcome addition to the local bomber botle lineup.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Mini Keg from my fridge into a Sam Adams cool glass.

Appearance: Yellow-true to its name-minimal lacing and a bubbly head. May be due to having the mini keg for a while.

Smell: Yellow hops-are there such a thing? Smells very inviting-heavy citrus aroma and fresh cut grass.

Taste-Oh yummy this one is. Very hoppy-but doesnt kick you in the teeth. Citrusy flavorful hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very good. Medium carbonation-nice considering this keg has been in my fridge for 2 months. Slight oiliness.

Drinkability: You can drink this puppy all night. I mean all night.

Get some. So glad I picked up the mini keg, and reasonably priced too. It has kept a long time in my fridge-as fresh as the day i bought it!

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Photo of dakid618
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a bourbon glass as that was the only glassware available. Pours a hazy light caramel color with a half finger of head. Decent lacing and head retention. Smell is all piney hops. Taste is straightforward, piney hops and biscuit malts. I really love this ipa. I hope this becomes a year round beer. Dry light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I could session this beer for sure.

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

Pours cloudy amber with billowing off white head. Copious lacings. Aroma is floral hops and some yeast funk.
Taste is bitter citrus orange grapefruit hops witha good amount of malt backing. Has that IPA crispness on the palate. Slight over carbonation. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber this one pours a very cloudy amber color with plenty of floaters and lively carbonation with a major big bubbled off-white head and a good mess of lacing. The aroma is solid pine hops with a malted milk ball background. The flavor brings out clean lemon citrus and sweet wheat bread, subtle chocolate malt. Not much more to say, it's marvelous and dangerously drinkable. Plenty of bitterness but nothing over the top. I love this stuff!

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

A: golden with a chill haze and a 1 finger white head

S: very fruity, tangerine, melon, pine sap and light mint

T: citrus, tropical fruit and juicy hop flavors

M: medium body with a nice carbonation bite and lingering bitterness

D: Nice IPA-I recommend

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

A- The reason its likely called Yellow Snow. Very yellow. Lacking the typical orange tint of an IPA. Slightly hazy. Thick foamy 2 finger white head.

S- Citrusy, bready and piney... much like a dry-hopped tripel.

T- Very citrusy, but not from the hops. More like coriander and bitter orange peel. Strong piney, dry-hop taste. Much like a Belgian IPA

M- Medium bodied. moderate carbonation.

D- Very pleasing.

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Photo of bort11
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one

22 oz bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Tall light tan head, standing two fingers width. Very slow to recede, and seems to go down from the inside out. Sticky rings of lace cling to the glass. Color is a hazy golden orange. Small flecks of yeast proteins float around with the last pour.

Smell has a sharp, floral citrus aroma. As it warms, there are hints of the malt, but really it's all about the hops. Taste is a juicy grapefruit with a mild pine resin. It's odd that I grab hints of chocolate in the malts.

Mouthfeel is slightly gritty Still has a solid medium body. This is a really good IPA, and I'm confused as to why I can't get it locally when I can get so many other Rogues.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is a great session IPA that is underrated by the masses. Throw a Russian River label on the bottle and this thing is cultish.

A- Hazy blonde. Strong lacing. Appears innocent enough.

S - Strong grassy notes, little citrus. Not overwhelming but you can tell up front this should be a solid IPA. Big pine needle undertone which hits the toungue as well.

T - Surprisingly hoppy IPA with a clean and strong hop presence without being overwhleming. Hits the front of your tounge ealry and lingers. Solid grassy notes with a strong pine kick that doesn't quit..

M - Tight carbonation, clearly a well made beer. Sits in the mouth like an IPA should.

D- This thing is imminently sessionable, yet still interesting.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= looks like yellow snow from someone who needs to drink more water. Huge head jumps out as well and sits nicely in the glass.
S= hops jump out and sting my nose. Piney and grassy hops.
T= the front is blank to me. I get nothing but water until I start to swallow. Even during the swallow its just hop bitterness. So dissapointed. A little more hop flavor comes through as it warms
M= high carb and average weight
D= high but I was dissapointed greatly by the taste. Where did it go? All I got was water to match the intense smell that burned my nose. Dissapointed.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Duvel tulip...

Huge, 3-4-finger head (eggshell colored) tops bright honey-colored body. Retention is rocky and solid, lacing is Florentine-esque. Carbonation is sparse with moderate speed.

Curious scent...maybe it's the Pac-Man yeast strain I haven't been around too terribly much. Boiled light malt has a silage feel. Hops are somewhat piney with a little flora in there.

Hate to say it...not feeling this one. I'm reading the label and understand what they're going for, but the Amarillos are a little too light here. The whole package is very austere with a little Champagne-ish, almost even Imperial Pilsener feel. It tastes good but not what I expected. Little citrus/white grapefruit rind emerges with warmth.

It's good on the palate but extremely light. Decent balance and finish.

Again, it's not bad at all...drinks well, but for an IPA it really needs to grow a pair.

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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 Hokies
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange colour with nice pillowy head. Their is a thin lace left on the glass.

Aroma is filled with a biscuit malt nose and a nice piney hop aroma and grapefruit.

The taste is filled with a bready malt taste and then the bitter hops take over with the piney taste.

A pretty good IPA with a smooth creamy texture and nice carbonation.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured medium yellow with some cloudy haze and a great head with sticky lace.

Smells of light grain, some pine/citrus rind notes.

Light malt, with a bread-like sweetness, and a pine and grapefruit hop bite. Finishes with hop bitterness. Decent, but not mind blowing.

Medium bodied, with good carbonation make this one more drinkable than it should be. A decent IPA, but pretty middle of the road.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of and split with dkachur. Thanks, Dan!

A: Hazy golden blonde with a fantastic head... retention is amazing and it leaves a lacing that has me trying to pick out shapes like in the clouds. I can swear I see continents in there.

S: A kinda unusual scent of cereal grains... almost like bran flakes or something. An herbal and somewhat spicy hoppiness.

T: Less malty grains, with more emphasis on the hops in the flavour. Spicy, some pine needles notes, a little bit resinous. Rather pungent.... not too shabby at all.

M + D: Minimal carbonation and a medium-heavy body. I could go with a bit more crispness. Not a bad brew from Rogue, though it perhaps falls just a little short for me

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. Bottle into my pilsner.

Poured beautifully, with a nice one inch head. The pour was pretty careful, so as to not disturb the considerable sediment inside. Hazy honey amber. Pretty.

Wonderful on the nose. There's a light swell of malt, but mostly a twang of citrus, lemony with a few drops of grapefruit. The flavor is delightful. Nicely balanced....right up until the first mouthful is on its way through the out door, bound for different clubs the deeper regions of the body. Right about then, a hulking beast of hops emerges from the shadows and goes apeshit all over everything and everyone in its path. Malt flavors are running about like goats on fire, ducking for cover to avoid the debris, sent cartwheeling through the air by the hopmonster's wrath. On all sides, the cacophony rages. To the right, it's a deluge of shattering glass, and on the left, theres a thud and clatter of a body crashing through a lounge table. Then, in a moment, all is still...and you take another drink..., there's a decent kick of bitterness on the finish, in other words.

Mouthfeel is nice. nice and soft.

I could drink these crazy beers all night. In fact, the current one might have already affected my review...

A+, but only just.

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Photo of Blybloke
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-light orange with a finger or so of tight, white cap that dropped to a thin sheet of bubbles. Slightly cloudy with a little lace.

Aroma has a sour, lemony aspect that I didn't really like/wasn't expecting. There is also just a touch of funk that seemed out of place. I like more grapefruit or orange and some pine in an IPA. The aroma wasn't awful, but below average imo.

Taste has a lemony and fruity pinch offset by a faint bready sweetness. A bit sour. Red grapefruit shows up late with an acrid hop bitterness that lingers.

Medium to full bodied that finishes dry and semi-sticky. Carbonation is good.

I'd put drinkability at average.

A rather run-of-the-mill IPA from Rogue. It's decent, but I'm not sure I'd seek this one out again. Perhaps if I knew it was fresh.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy orange color.Heavy 12" off white head with good lacing.

S-Heavy sweet citrus and pine aromas with a hint of some malts.

T-Bitter hop flavor up front,big malt back but has a odd hoppy aftertaste.

M-Somewhat dry feel,medium body with good carbonation.

D-Another good offering from Rogue.Worth a try.

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

Pours hazy, bright gold with a thick, one finger white head. Spotty lacing. Musky aroma of pepper, honey, hay, and dough. Not too much citrus, what there is of it is a candy-like orange/pineapple. Tart, bitter taste at first, but becomes sweeter as you drink. More of a Chinook/Noble hop taste; grassy, some pine, with a herbal bitterness. Sweet yeast and malt combo give make it a more gentle IPA. You get the bitterness, but it is surrounded by a bready sweetness. Leans more into the English IPA than the typical West Coast version from Rogue. Solid mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easiyl drinkable.

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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,093 ratings.
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