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Yellow Snow IPAYellow Snow IPA

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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 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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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light hop bitterness along with a pale and bisquit malt aroma. It's crisp and refreshing with a slight dry element. The taste is good. It has a light pale and bisquit malt taste with a moderate hop bitterness. It goes down easy and finishes clean with a considerable hop component. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. The malt bill is flavorful. I'm a big fan of this one.

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

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick white head that boasts tons of retention. It hangs around for a while.

S - Smells slightly less hoppy than it actually is. Pine, hops, and some sugar are present here.

T - A sweet frontend compliments a hoppy and bitter backend. Hops, pine, sugar.

M - Medium to thin bodied, light carbonation.

D - Not so bitter that it binds your cheeks up. Niiice.

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Photo of prosper
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a craving for a hops overdose, so I swung by the liquor store and grabbed a dozen of the biggest, hoppiest looking brews on the shelf. This was one of them (was tempted to go for the 1/2 gallon growler, but settled on two 22oz bombers instead).

Pours a hazy pale gold, with a moderate but very dense foamy head.

Smells phenomenal. Dry malty, slightly grassy with a balanced presentation of dry hop character. Some faint candy-like esters behind those hops.

Taste is exquisite - there's a nice nutty dry-maltiness to it with some bread-crust toastiness. The hops, however, immediately begin to dominate the palate with a very crisp bitterness and lots of grapefruit-like astringency and big citrus flavour. The bitterness isn't overpowering, and is nicely balanced with the malt and fruitiness. The balance creates the impression of a beer that's much bigger than this one actually is, at 6.5% ABV. This beer is very, very dry, but the herbal fruitiness of the hops makes it seem slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is gratifyingly full. Carbonation is kept relatively low to showcase the hops.

This beer is big, and leaves behind a lot of hop character which diminishes the overall quaffability, but the crisp dry edge and clean maltiness keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of SerieDNo3
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into a regular (i.e. not beer glassware) 14 oz. glass. (not at home, and my folks don't keep beer glassware in the house)

A: Pours a hazy gold with a foamy, white, three-finger head that recedes to one finger. That stays as I drink the beer. Excellent head retention, and solid lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like a forest of coniferous, pine, and the like. It reminds me of hiking through mountains.

T: Very pronounced hop presence...very piney, and with a mild alcohol burn. Delivers a slight pucker factor that's actually quite appropriate for this beer.

M: Reasonably crisp, and pretty well carbonated.

D: The pucker factor limits the speed at which and amount of which I can drink this, but it's still a pretty drinkable brew, and every sip makes me want more. So it's a sipping beer...with all the flavor here, I don't really mind that.

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

A deep orange to amber color, very hazy, with a quater inch head forming on top. The head is off whote in color, it dissolves to a slight film on top. A strong citrus fragrance hits the nose at first scent. That is followed by grassy and floral aroma. First the is malt in this beer, but it make such a quick appearance in the taste that you forget that it was even there at all. The taste, as one would figure, is very hop dominant. Starting with a very strong grapefruit citrus flavorat the start. Then it blends to a bitter earthiness, with a touch of tobbacoat the end. The feel fairly consistant, a light medium body, with a slight foaming sensation from carbonation. This IPA brings the hops, in the flavor, with solid feel and strong aroma.

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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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Yellow Snow IPA from Rogue Ales
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,048 ratings.
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