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Rogue Farms Wet Hop AleRogue Farms Wet Hop Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carawheat, Carafoam and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Daretm and Risktm Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Freedom, Revolution, Independent, Rebel, Alluvial and Liberty Hops; Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

15º PLATO
65 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond

Added by Docer on 09-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Ego
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sitting in the cellar for a few months now.. totally forgot about it actually..

eyes...
rises to 2 fingers of head, retreats quickly, good to decent lacing, caramel towards orange clean hue, amply carbonated, nothing outstanding, nothing detracting.

nose...
soft citrus and pine, almost more of the malt profile is lurking here, caramel sweetness, very inviting, everything is blended and intertwined into a nice soft pillow, almost smells chewy.. diggin' it

taste etc...
slightly prickly carbonation, the smell matches the taste to the letter, what a balance! I immediately wanted more after the first swig, full bodied for the style but that is not a negative, mild hop bitterness rounds out the flavor, the bitterness is sharp but not bracing/over-powering, easy drinking and satisfying.

verdict:
if this was available for a reasonable price in my market year round.. damn nice option for easy back yard/hang out drinking. Is this the best beer ever ? errr, certainly not but man this would be what my "bud" would/should be. Enough flavor, enough body, easy drinking, and just good. You can really taste the quality here, it may not wow you but it is just plain solid.

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Photo of beer2day
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium amber with very active carbonation. 1-finger medium bubbled head. Excellent head retention.

Nose is much more muted than expected. Weak floral hops with a very light citrus touch. Light tangerine and a scant whiff of pine are all that comes through. It's very nice, just wish it had more oomph.

Now I know where the tangerine comes from. Never had a pale ale with orange or tangerine flavors and this one does have that as part of the profile. Initial hit is very smooth and creamy. Picks up the citrus midway through with the aforementioned flavors, along with a light tart fresh grapefruit and a twist of lemon. Very refreshing finish, tart and dry.

Body seems just about right for the style and their interpretation. Smooth and creamy enough to balance the hops.

Very easy drinker. I only got one 22oz'er of this?

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Photo of dirtbikejunkie
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright, almost clear orange. Very pronounced color. Only a light head with light lacing.

S: I could not distinguish anything in the smell except for light malt and hops. Nothing extraordinaire.

T: The taste followed the smell and nothing really good. Not bad, just not what I expected.

D: It was easy to drink. I can see my friends who are not craft beer drinkers enjoying this one more than me. I can't give it a great score for drinkability though because I simply had no desire for another.

OA: Not what I expected. At the price of this bottle I have no intention of buying another. I hoped for an interesting, flavorful beer but it was not so.

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Photo of avocadoz
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To my knowledge , this is the first wet hop beer I have had.

Smells of grapefruit and caramel; pours golden, slightly cloudy with little head.

Taste is relatively flat, not very hoppy. I was expecting more, but it's just not there. Very easy to drink though.

I would probably not buy this again, but will try more beers in this style to compare.

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Photo of froghop
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy amber with a small light beige head, and a little lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, a touch of spice, and malt in the back.

taste is of hops, some caramel, a touch of citrus, malt, and earthy, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear, bright orange body with a thin, bubbly ecru cap. Settles nicely to a thin collar with delicate lines and dots of lace.

A light aroma of tangerines and caramel. I really want more of a punch from my fresh, wet hop ales.

The flavor profile is a little subdued as well. Tangerines and slightly gooey caramel. Lightly bitter finish.

Medium body with a dry finish that leans more toward the bitter side. This might be the best part about this beer.

This is an easy drinker for sure. Nothing overpowering, a light, crisp hop bite--well more of a nibble--and easy to get through a 22. I just wish the hops were more of a showcase.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice slighlty hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, malty, nice citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice one from Rogue.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangy amber, little head, little lacing. Smell is almost non existant, light malt and light hops. Taste is almost non existant, light malt and light hops... theres just not much going on with this beer, there is just a touch of a bitter bite and a faint faint touch of pine, but there is very little fresh hop charachter here. Body is slightly thicker than the bland scent and flavors would dictate. I actually recommended this to a friend who usually drinks macro, as i knew the taste wouldnt offend him.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one I seemed to miss out on down here, sent to me by Rich. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/15/2010.

The pour was about what I expected. Nice medium amber in color with a light cloudiness to it. A nice one and half inch head of white foam rises up from the bottom of the glass and caps the top very nicely. Smooth and even break down leaves behind a nice bit of side lace. Aroma was light, piney hops with a light touch of orange mixed in. Warming up brings in a medium amount of biscuit like notes and a smooth bready aroma. Medium feel here, coats the tongue with a sticky pine hoppiness at first sip. Mellows considerably after a few moments and settles down with a lightly dry, and considerably balanced profile. Incredibly drinkable as the flavor really seems to be well balanced against the feel and overall led this one to be quite sessionable.

While not the best harvest ale I have ever had, it certainly was enjoyable and that is all I could ask for.

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Photo of saccro
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably my least favorite Rogue beer. I'm done with wet hop beers. I haven't found one I really like. The hop flavor is there I guess, but no punch. Pales in comparison to double ipa hop flavor. Classic Rogue malt flavors though. Hard to believe it's just Munich malt and 2-row. Just disappoints on the hop flavors and aroma.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with 1/2" head sporting some large bubbles. No lacing develops.

Smell: light floral hop aroma with some mild caramel sweetness in the background.

Taste: caramel, some ripe fruit sweetness, and a floral hop bitterness that is mild. Flavor profile is a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Very short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Not one that will excite you but a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head. As the head receded, it left some nice lacing, but the surface of the beer resembled a bacteria culture plate. Very herbal aroma, but also a nose of flowers (lavender), and clover. Some malt flavor, but it was very piney. Mouthfeel was dry and oily. Definitely not as hoppy as I expected.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and surprisingly thick orange amber colour, with a slight haze that just lets in enough light to make it glow. Two-fingers of yellowish-cream head sits slightly filmy on the top, leaving some lacing, but collapsing in short measure. Carbonation is extremely fine and it looks wonderful pushing through the residuals in the body. Overall, a really lovely looking brew.

Subdued nose, with not a huge amount of hop aroma. Some subtle sweet orange characters, spiced raisin bread and some honey-like malt are more dominant. Almost a cleansing ocean-spray type of note to it as well. Nothing that screams Wet Hop Ale to me. Also, I'm unfamiliar with Rogue's unique hop varieties, so I was looking forward to experiencing their flavours.

Taste is also very subdued, almost obnoxiously so. Very little in terms of flavour on the front, not even much malt - surprising given the body and the sweeter notes on the nose. Some savoury orange characters start to linger a little later, and there's a slight rosewater character that releases a little fragrance, but it's all very toned down and muted. There's a somewhat grating bitterness on the very back that lingers more as an aftertaste than anything present on the beer itself. It all comes together to speak of a mediocre beer to me. Mouthfeel is sparkling with tiny bursts of effervescence, but it doesn't have much to work with.

I think it's fair to say I found this a disappointing brew. It's not just that I expected more luscious fresh hop characters given the style, I found the beer itself to be a bit tepid and lacklustre. It's drinkable enough, but I would have had issues with it no matter what it styled itself as. Rogue does much better.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangey copper with tangerine and amber highlights. Small whiteish head which dissipated into a pool of hop oils. Some decent light lacing.

Fresh citrus, lemon and grapefruit, and herbal hops. Although not a as big as one would expect a fresh wet hop harvest to be. Sweet toasty tangy malt.

Fresh herbal and citrus hops. sharp and crisp. Toasty, caramel, nutty malts. mild smooth resinous herbal bitterness. Decent, but needs to be turned up a notch, esp in regard to hops.

very smooth, med body, dry, oily

Good fresh APA. Not quite as hoppy as one would expect a wet hop to be, but a decent brew, glad i tried it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a creamy white head that leaves strands of lacing.

The smell is of the Rogue Pacman yeast house character with orange, with a bready tart character.

The taste is yeasty/tart with some sweetness. Bitterness is muted, making this more sweet and tart than bitter. At 40 IBU's, I wasn't expecting a bitter hop bomb, but being "wet hopped" and the IBU level, while rather tame today compared to others, and even considering it's an APA rather than an IPA, I expected more hop character. Things are a bit out-of-whack/ clumsy. It isn't "bad", have some character- but the pacman yeast strain is a nice one and makes up for the muted hop and malt character that don't clash, but don't exactly mesh either.
Finishes on dry side, with a brief aftertaste.

It has a creamy, medium body. Carbonation is right here.

I don't know that the hop bill is all that thrilling. The house character and feel save the day here. In the end, it's worth having if you're a Rogue fan, but isn't one of the brewery's greatest creations by a mile or so...

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Photo of farrago
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gets you a solid finger plus of dark tan, oranged-tinged foam for a head, solid mixture of bubble sizes, above average retention and medium level stickiness to the lacing. Soft translucency adds richness to the red, copper colored liquid, holds the light and glows, more orange rust around the rims. Wet hay, grain, green corn husks, sour mandarin oranges take up much of the nose, the apricot to peach scents more pit and skin than flesh, little bit of pine, the malt and caramel very muted. Medium-bodied, there's a "fine bubbles" quality to the carbonation, lightly prickly but not really contributing to the whole. Seems more to strive for a bitter zing than deliver it, grassy with that hay/straw, corn husk, wet fallen leaves thing going on, sort of stemmy. The white and pink grapefruit, orange citrus about the sweetest element as, with the nose, the malts are persona non gratis. Dried breakfast biscuits, minimal depth to the peach, pear, yellow apple fruit flavors. Overall, it's not a bad beer and is certainly not something you'd pour down the sink, however, it is somewhat clumsily executed or in need of clearer goals at the outset.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2+ fingers of soapy looking off-white head. Retains with a smooth layer of foam, which leaves some decent swathes of frothy lacing behind. The aroma is mostly grassy and herbal smelling in the nose, with citric tones and bready malts giving this a tangy backing. More herbal qualites carry into the back of the profile. Just very dank and earthy overall.

That dankness carries over to the taste, with an earthy and spicy bitterness sticking on the tongue and leaving a gritty dryness behind. Some bitter resins, citrus, and toasted grains hang on the edges, working themselves inward but this is mostly about the hops here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp prickly carbonation that sits on top of a much smoother feel underneath. The sharpness of the feel up front gives the bitterness a bit of extra oompth. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

While this wasn't absolutely dripping with the resins and oils that you would normally associate with a Wet Hop Ale, this overall wasn't too bad. Plenty of herbal dankness and spice kept this interesting and the body felt spot on in the mouth. Hopefully they will tweak this up for future releases and really let that fresh hop character rip.

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Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright orange,copper colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head and average lacing,the aromas are brown sugar,hard candy,alcohol and piney fruit filled hops,it has a nice medium mouthfeel and the the first taste i get is a caramel,toffee,brown sugar taste followed by a nice hit of piney bitterness at the end,overall this beer is not bad and will easily finish it i just expected more from one of my favourite US breweries.

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Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-brown, light-tan head, thin ring of retention, some lace.

S: Orange rind, peach, apricot, alcohol, brown sugar, cotton candy fruity esters.

T: Orange rind, caramel, good bitterness, nut, bread.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker... though a little light on the fresh hops (I expected a little more punch).

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks Derek. Already waiting the second growth. Attractive orange appearance, with a great head and spider lace. Full mouthfeel, very mild, only 40 IBU so its its own style and a wet hop not your typical IPA. Blind tasting winner because this is something for supper, without being intrusive. Munich malt.

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive looking beer. Hazy amber colour with a solid, fluffy pale tan head. Decent head retention. Great lacing.

Good tropical fruit aromas. Pine, some caramel. Overall, good but it could be brighter.

Strong malty caramel up front tastewise. Some hops in there to balance this out but it seems unusually tilted to the malt. The hop character is generally fruity with hints of pine and cat's pee. Some lingering bitterness and some green dryness which may be tannic.

Medium mouthfeel with slightly lower than average carbonation which increases the perceived thickness. Slight tingling on the tongue but that is nicely acting as a palate cleanser.

Overall this is quite good. Lots of flavour and a near perfect mouthfeel. Well worth drinking.

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Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was hoping for a dood fresh hop-style ale here,I was left a little dissapointed.Poured a slight hazed burnt orange with a nice tight one finger white head that held well.Aromas are very muted,dull leafy hop shows thru but honestly not much more,maybe a passing caramel note,flavors are alot like the aromas,quite plain with little hop presence other that some leafiness,slight caramel/biscuit sweetness shows thru more than the hops.Eh pretty lackluster beer here,again I was left wanting much more.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A curious little offering from Rogue. It is a sneaky surprise in some ways.

Pours a frothy amber, with lively carbonation and a sprightly head. The aroma is distinctly malty, more like one of Rogue's characteristic amber ales than a pale ale. The flavor too is surprisingly muted considering Rogue's sometimes punishing hop character. The flavor is a bit malty, again rather amber in character, with a herby, grassy character, fairly mild. It's only on the finish that you get the full hop effect, with a sneaky, spreading bitterness that coats the entire back of your mouth and throat. The bitterness has a piny, sharp edge. The mouthfeel is a bit clingy, and surprisingly flat, which highlights the bitterness.

Good overall. Not astonishing, but drinkable. I can't testify about the stated 6.4 Percent ABV, but based on the slight fuzziness between my eyes after one 16 ounce glass, I wonder if it might not be higher.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, should be said that I had this beer described to me as 'more of an ESB'. This helped. It doesnt stick to the APA style as much as it seems people would like.

Good brown appearance. Not clear (which i like). Good head with fine lacing throughout, reasonable retention.

Smell was lacking. I got some hops. A little malt. thats it.

Taste was good. Piny, rich fruit hops mixed well with a caramelish slightly biscuity malt. Not overly bitter.

Felt really nice in the mouth, enough carbonation to lift any lingering malt off the palate making it highly drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautifully blurry bronzed orange peel that practically glows when the glass is backlit with bright morning sunshine. The lovely looking lid is closer to ecru than ivory and is seriously sticky. Salt water taffy-like bridges of foam deposit attractive sheets of lace when they break.

For a fresh hop ale that is barely two months of age (first released on September 25th), the nose is disappointingly meek and mild. In fact, the Munich malt is barely appreciated. However many pounds of hops were used clearly weren't enough. Considering the fact that good beer of this style has an amazing aroma, the score doesn't deserve to be average.

When it comes to the intensity of its hop flavor, Chatoe Rogue First Growth Wet Hop Ale tastes like it's at least 10-12 months old. 40 IBUs tastes and feels pretty accurate, so for whatever reason, the brewers failed to unlock the lupulin goodness of the Independence and Revolution hops.

The malt tastes mostly biscuit-like pale, with a bit of toasted nuttiness in the background. Too bad there isn't anywhere close to enough hop flavor to make any comparisons to the better known varieties. From what I'm able to appreciate (oranges and apricots mostly), these particular hops aren't blockbusters that will take the brewing world by storm.

The beer is impressively bitter if that's important to you. Actually, now that it has warmed a little, CRFGWHA is improving just enough to earn higher taste and drinkability scores. Anyone who isn't a hophead probably won't be as kind.

The body/mouthfeel has a wonderful contrasting combination of creamy smoothness and serrated alpha acid edges. No matter what else is going on, this brewery almost always comes through in the areas of appearance and mouthfeel.

In my opinion, there are few things more delicious and drinkable than a well-crafted fresh hop ale. Unfortunately, Chatoe Rogue doesn't fit that description. If a reasonably fresh beer of this sort isn't dripping with juicy hop flavor, then it isn't a success. It really is as simple as that.

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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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