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 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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Photo of duffextracold
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a thick, 2 finger head from my bomber into a pint glass. Settled down to a manageable amount within a minute or two. Nice orangey-amber color.

Smells slightly hoppy, sort of soapy.

Tastes bitter, but not in the good, usual ipa kind of way...almost sort of sour.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, sort of sticky consistency.

overall drinkability is below average, especially for a rogue product. this is probably their first beer that I have tried and not enjoyed very much. it just doesn't taste right.

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Photo of trbergman
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Cloudy yellow-orange topped with two fingers of sticky taupe head.

S - Grassy, floral, and lemon zest hop aromas. Some doughy malt in the background. A little odd for an IPA and somewhat metallic.

T - Decent malt backbone, but kind of a weird, tangy lemony characteristic. Good hop bitterness that lasts into a long, dry finish. It's odd, but this beer actually tastes yellow - and not in a good way.

M - Spot on here. Medium body, good carbonation.

D - Really suffers from the unusual taste. The whole lemon custard thing doesn't work for me in an IPA. On the other hand, I don't want to be too harsh, because it's pretty well put together otherwise. Call it a 'meh.'

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

From the 22oz. brown bomber with silk-screened label and no freshness date, pours a very yellow gold with a finger of just off-white head. Theres a slight murkiness to this melted snow, decent carbonation and head retention. Patchy, clinging lace left behind on glass. I must say, if I didn't know better, this stuff looks like (and could pass as) yellow snow...really.

The smell is even similar too yellow snow. The Amarillo hops and the combination of the malts used, render an earthy piss like aroma. It's not bad, but it is interesting. The hops are dominant in the nose, with the malt and a subdued sweetness in the background. It actually smells a bit like a nice Pilsner.

The taste is quite earthy, with a nice malt backbone and a potent dose of Amarillo hops pulling through to a balanced finish. A nice combo of mild sweetness and hop bitterness. The alcohol doesn't seem to play much part here...I would guess around 6% ABV, perhaps less.

While being somewhat full in the mouth, it has a medium fat body with some brisk carbonation. Really easy to drink and I really enjoyed it...much like the last one I had, some time ago. Why do I think of Frank Zappa when the thought of yellow snow comes up??? Ohh, yeah...I remember now!

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Photo of dqderrick
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Light brown/orange. Cloudy. 1/4" white head. Awesome lacing as head dissipated while I waited for beer to hit optimal temp.

Smell - 3.5
Not much there. Smelled like a slightly hoppy beer.

Taste - 3.5
Interesting bitter IPA. I pick up a lot of bitter and hardly any malty sweet. No sweet on the backend. To me, it doesn't taste like a well balanced beer. Maybe they were going for the hop dry blow out of an IPA.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Loved the mouthfeel. It hits the back of my through with a nice carbonation. I still miss the balance. But I do like the overall hopness.

Drinkability - 4.0
The more I drink, the more I pick up some sweet aftertaste. Maybe it has numbed my tastebuds and they are just confused. I'm confident that I'll enjoy the rest of this 22oz.

Overall, I wouldn't talk much to this beer if we met in a bar. I'd seek out the sweet talking but bitter and balanced DIPA. I love Rogue and have to wonder how this beer is on draft.

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Photo of elricorico
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper in colour with a big rocky off white head. Lots of visible carbonation rushing up to the head and good head retention.

Citrus aroma, with a fair amount of lemon zest to it. Quite obviously a hoppy brew, but some sweet malt aroma can be detected underneath.

Citrus from front to back, starting out with just a hint of sweetness and becoming more bitter as it goes across the tongue. Lemon/lime up front to grapefruit in the lingering finish. Just what I want in the style.

Light - medium bodied with ample carbonation, though it doesn't come across as coarse. Pretty good mouthfeel.

I like it, a break from malty winter seasonals, and a refreshing beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronze with a slightly off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, grass, hints of cotton-candy fruity esters; slight toffee sweetness.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, a little rind, pine & steelie grass (plenty of flavours from this all-Amarillo brew); Some underlying toffee & tropical fruits; plenty of bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a little hop acidity & a dry finish.

D: If you like a big IPA, it's quite drinkable.

Thanks to my wife for this stocking stuffer!

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

A - poured yellow with a small frothy, bready-looking head
S - smells of hops with a bit of sweet malt
T - tastes of hops with a touch of malt. The hops had a pine and grapefruit taste to them. The malts were very sweet but not very detectable.
M - the mouth feel was smooth, but thin
D - this was a pretty decent IPA. It wasn't too overpowering and was very easy to take. It was good enough to order a second...hop heads will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a somewhat cloudy/dark "Heathchiff" orange color. My smell is of tonight, but still unable to sense strong aromatics on this one.

Gulp. Grapefruit, tangerine, annis gives way past a delightful power of hops. Not too much lining on the pint glass with several sips and gulps in between.

Will I recommend, yes. On the confines that it is a hophead trying to get his next fix.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a chilly looky, hazy orance in my pint glass. The head filled half of the glass and had great retention. It had a sudsy off white head with an abundance of lacing. This beer poured so cloudy it resembled a hefeweizen.

Smell: There is no question that the hoppy aroma is easily dominant. A nice citrusy and grassy bouquet. I caught a little malt background but nothing overly impressive.

Taste: A bitter hoppiness floods the palate, there is a lemon zest flavor that sticks in the mouth long after the beer is gone. There is a lot of yeast in the beer but I didn't notive an overly yeasty flavor. The malts are defintely noticeable in the finish, and a little piney as well.

Mouthfeel: A skinny medium bodied ale with a good bit of bitter hops. The malts coat the mouth and create a sensationally smooth finish. A bit light on the carbonation, but all in all it feels good.

Drinkability: The bitterness is not for the weak palate. Very tasty and I thought it would be a good session beer, no mention of ABV on the bottle. It is smooth, tastes good, and its refreshing, what more could you ask for?

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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 flexabull
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember the old Yellow Snow. Now Yellow Snow IPA? Sounds good to me.

Pours a very cloudy gold color with a nice big white head. Looks more like a Hefeweizen than an IPA.

Aromas are of hard candies, slightly sweet malts, and pine like hops.

Taste is very bitter. Very citrus like hop flavors, mostly of grapefruits, lemons, and some bitter mineral like notes as well. There is some sweet malts, kind of hard candy like, a little creamy and some sour tartness on the finish. This is a pretty tasty and unbalanced hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is good and full, feeling is thick, but not overpowering, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I love hop bombs, but this a bit too bitter for my liking. I would like a little cleaner taste. Nice IPA that is worth trying.

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Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Peachy yellow with typical on-tap thin head but sheeting foam and liberal lace.

S: Pine sap and grapefruit with average malt sweetness

T: Sharp pine and grapefruit hops bitterness most of the way through with good but not great malt backing. There are many IPAs that succeed in producing a more substantial flavor package, but this is pretty good.

M: Solid IPA mouthfeel with good coating, low carbonation, and the usual Rogue aftertaste.

D: A solid but unspectacular IPA that went well with pepperoni and sausage pizza.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great name for a beer, just wanting to through that out there.

looks decent, has a nice golden color to it with a white head that laces quite a bit.

aroma is very piney with some flowerly hops in there as well.

taste is really good, piney hops give it a nice bitterness to it, no malt at all. alcohol is definetly present, seems a bit stronger than alot of other ipa's

good beer, just like almost all of rogues beers

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Dark golden beer, nearly a light amber, somewhat hazy. Bright white, frothy and rocky head. Retained nicely and provided extensive lacing over time.

S-Some citrusy hops at first, but followed closely by much more thick, dark resiny and earthy hop aromas. Some fruitiness comes through, as well. Some enjoyable maltiness is also present, bright malts and bready.

T-An initial up-front bitterness persists as resiny hops take charge of the hop flavors. This eases nicely to a clean maltiness under the persistent, strong bitterness. A slight fruitiness even has a chance to represent. Finishes quite bitter and dry.

M-Medium-full body, this beer feel a bit overbearing sometimes. Slight graininess.

D-I really enjoyed this beer. Although it could be pretty wearing on my tastebuds if I tried to tackle another bottle, this is a great beer to enjoy, sipping it and contemplating what to do in the snow for the weekend. Complex and enjoyable, a real winner and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice hazy light amber color with a nearly white head that fades but stays a full sheet throughout. the aroma is full of hops a lot of citrus and hops and not much else. a good ipa smell. the taste is full of hops from start to finish, the nice full body and good carbonation make it a beer worth looking for.

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