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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
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
164
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.32%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 164
Photo of stonermouse
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

The look is an amber that looks yellowish and/or reddish in different lights. Interesting. Good persistent head with pretty solid lacing.

The smell is super mild, and doesn't really give anything away. I took a couple of good whiffs to try to get some suggestion of what's to come, and nothing really shows itself.

The taste was good, if only representative of an ordinary style. There was nothing overwhelming here, but maybe that's part of it's charm. Just a little bitterness, and a little bit of floral. Otherwise, it has a lager-like cleanliness that belies the "wet hop" on the label.

Again, the lager-like qualities to this beer make it pretty smooth, and it has a surprisingly (disappointingly?) clean mouthfeel. Each sip disappears without much of a trace.

The drinkability here is quite high. It's too bad this isn't available in a mass-produced six pack, Sierra Pale Ale style. It could be a successful go-to sessioner if it were a little more available.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel

A - Pours a hazy amber colour, with an of white head that hangs around and laces.

S - Not as hoppy as I would have expected, but hoppy nonetheless.

T - Plenty of hops up front followed by malts and a decent dry finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - An interesting beer but not exciting.

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Photo of philbertk
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brew Chatoe Rogue First Growth Wet Hop Ale--Independent & Revolution Hops--Grow The Revolution 22 oz. Bottle 40 IBU's 6.25% ABV. $5.99 each. Rocky lacy off white head. Sediment dusting turns clear rich bright amber color orange. Aromatic unique hop light fruit front. Creamy mellow sweet mild caramel fruit ester malty mellow hop resin body. Mellow hop spice fruit citrus refreshing smooth tasty end.

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Chatoe Rogue First Growth Wet Hop Ale--Independent & Revolution Hops--Grow The Revolution--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.63% 65 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Harvest Ale--Dense foamy lacy off white head. Sediment hint. Dusted rich bright pretty dark amber orange color. Rich floral wet hop malt fruit hint front. Cloying creamy mellow sweet doughy toasted caramel fruit earthy hop resin hint malty body. Clean mild bitter hop end. Purchased and Tasted 2 @ 6.49 from The Ballard Market on 10/1/2010.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy amber body. Aroma wet sock hops, light pine hops and breads. Flavor is both very resiny and piney with a nice bready and caramel malt base. This one is piney to the point of being very metallic and medicinal. Medium body and moderate carbonation with an oily finish. This one grows on you. This one seems like its hopped more as an IPA than APA

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Photo of olmatty
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a low off white head with light lacing and low retention, an orange amber hued beer.

Smell- A light aroma with more malts than hops.

Taste- Robust malt body, Munich comes through at the fore, followed by a powerful hop presence that is piney, earthy and bitter

Mouthfeel- Somewhat sticky and mouth coating. Hops linger nicely.

Drinkability- Goes down easy and is quite flavorful. Also, pretty cool that the ingredients are produced both nearby and specifically for the brewery.

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Photo of Docer
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a nice fresh bottle at New Seasons... a brand new fresh hop ale from Rogue with their Independent and Revolution hops.... it is however on tap at their pub locations as well. I grabbed a bottle.

- Nice dark semi-cloudy amber color with foamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing all about. Looks sweet and rich.

- This fluid is masking its goodness... a very light mild caramel scent with a bare hint of fresh hops.. slightly floral and zingy bitter. Must be a characteristic of wet hops.

- A well balanced ale.. packed with a pleasant malt profile of caramel and slight sweetness.... and not really a hop bomb of sorts... but the bitter portion is there with a nice pull of pine and grass.

- Little chewy and tongue curling because of the bitterness.

- Overall a very well balanced ale... balanced well with malt and pine hop bitter goodness. Not a bad fresh hop ale, and I am sure different from all the rest.

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

First beer ever at the SF Rogue Ale House. Poured clear orange-gold with a bubbly white head. Good lacing. Fresh pine hops. Kind of that "wet forest" smell that is so nice. Sweeter malts, but overall a light nose. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very fresh hop taste. Piney, bitter, with just a little sour grapefruit and white pepper. True to the single IPA style gives it a refreshing quality. Liked it.

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

A: Pours out a light brown hue with orange highlights. Thick, thick, thick, two finger head subsides to a crown of large bubbles

S: Light pine, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, malts are like cinnamon raison bread.

T: Very similar to the smell. Light pine flavor with luscious tropical fruits like mango and guava. Malts and brown sugar and cinnamon breakfast bread.

M: Medium bodied with a slight creaminess to it.

D: Quite a subdued and dense IPA. I'm enjoying it, but once is probably enough.

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

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Excellent deep amber/carmel coloring. Creamy 2- finger thick long-lasting head yielded a good amount of lacing.

S - Smell is delicate but lovely. Malty sweetness with a fresh, citrus hop aroma.

T - I liked this APA. It was fresh tasting, not as hoppy as some, not as cloying as some.

M - Light body, not overly carbonated, light and refreshing on the tongue.

D - I find this a very nice, drinkable APA. I enjoyed it!

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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 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 Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber. Pours full amber with a strong off-white head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is resins, pine, bready.
Taste is immediate bitter piney citrus hops that are quickly subdued by the large amount of malts. A bit of alcohol is apparent but mainly when warmed up a bit. The hops are very full and complex which is expected in a wet hop beer. Mouthfeel is spot on for a Pale Ale. Drinkability gets a slight hit due to the fairly high abv for a Pale. Not extreme but I have had many tasty PA's right around 5% and I think if they cut the malts it would both reduce the covering up of the tasty hops and lower the abv a bit. Value wise this is a spendy Pale Ale but not out of line with Rogue's usual premium pricing. I believe I paid about $5.29 for the bomber. I don't mind at all 'cause I want to support locally grown hops (about 20 miles from where I live) and local farmers.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle for $6.99.

Appearance: Really nice looking beer. Clear bright orange-gold. Decent retention of a white head and some reasonable lacing.

Smell: Sweet biscuity, caramelly malt. That pacman yeast smell is there too, which I like. Very subdued citrus hops for a wet hop beer, although it is a few months old. For an APA, its above average, but putting wet hop on the label makes me expect more.

Taste: Again, the juicy hops explosion isnt there, but its a solid APA. Sweet citrus and a nice caramelly and slightly crackery maltiness. Quite a bit of bitterness through the back, then a little sweet and bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really good. Smooth with a slightly resiny feel. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, for the fourth or fifth time-- good for a pale ale, subpar for a wet hopped beer. Some of that may be the few months of age on this one. Would I pay more than 20 bucks for a sixpack?? Never.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is a nice amber that pours with a decent amount of head. A disturbing trend I've noticed with Rogue beers is that the head disappears almost immediately and leaves zero lacing. This beer continues that disappointing trend.

Smell: Luckily the beer smells great for an APA. Very balanced with a nice fresh hoppy scent that meets your nose. This mixes nicely with the barley/malt notes.

Taste: A nice balanced beer that is quiet juicy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Nice and juicy from the hops. Doesn't finish dry but leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent ABV for an APA but that doesn't prevent me from wanted another pint as I relax tonight.

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

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark amber, almost brown color. A good inch of dirty white head. Lots of bubbles. Not quite transparent.

S - Very fragrant. Sharp citrus and softer floral smells.

T - Moderate hop bitterness. The different flavors of the hops roll over my tongue in waves. The malt and hops battle it out at first with some nice sweetness followed by the bitterness... and then more hops. It is quite nice.

M - Going towards a softer feeling. Not as carbonated as all the bubbles suggested; moderate carbonation and body.

D - Very drinkable. I would have to concentrate but I think I can taste each of the five different hops as they flow across my tongue. Great use of the hops without going into the "hop bomb" mode.

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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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a decent head. The aroma is herbal, somewhat waxy, and with intense tropical fruit notes, particularly guava. The wet, green herbs take on more prominence as the beer opens up. The taste has even more of the guava, plus fresh squeezed tangerine juice and more wax in the backend. Less herbs here. Definitely has the flavor profile of a fresh hop ale, but the guava is very interesting. I also love the idea of chateau beers. Nice.

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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 sprucetip
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. on tap at Belmont Station in Beervanna.

Very attractive clear copper ale, with moderate activity and head that fades fast.

Deeply floral and slightly fruity with a surprising nip of booze and some malty sweetness. Enjoyable.

Malty sweetness is prominent and the hop flavor is subdued. Very balanced and only vaguely bitter. Super smooth.

Smooth, creamy, medium body and viscosity, clean finish.

Super clean, smooth and easy drinking. I really enjoyed this one, though I am more of an IPA/DIPA kind of guy when it comes to pale ales. I probably caught it in just the right mood. It didn't strike me as exceptional, or anything to write home about. But it was well made and probably hit the mark for what they were trying to do.

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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 argock
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 13oz tulip at Sunset Grill (Boston, MA).

A: Dusky auburn with soft cap of off-white, foamy head with good retention and several thick rings of lace.

S: Hops are resinous with sopme pine and orange rind while that malts provide some light caramel/toffee.

T: Flavor is an explosion of resinous hoppiness -- pine, orange citrus, and plain old-fashioned resin without the leafy, grassy dank character that I am not such a huge fan of. Malts are even and fairly complex to lend some caramel sweetness and provide balance to the resin attack. The bitterness is medium-high but not over the top. The Pacman yeast mybe contributes some light fruity esters, but it is hard to pick up with the resin character.

M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel with medium body and even carbonation.

O: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer -- big resiny hoppiness if tha's what you're after.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a nice large bubbling beige head, chunks of sporadic lacing. Aroma contains citrus, earthy notes going on. A nice malt driven breadiness, with hints of yeast and a touch of diacetyl. Sugar coated earthy hops, mild citrus tones subtle hop flavors but excellent home grown malts backing up the adventure. Flavor is nice not overly aggressive with hops but very nice and subtle mix of earthy citric hops. Great malt base almost sugary sweet but very nice once blended with the hop base here, earthiness, citrus stand out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is upfront sturdy but never overdone, not a lot of resins just a nice malt base girth to it. Drinkability is super solid easy to drain a 22 ounce portion without effort, one of the better all around organic beers I've ever had to date.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $6.49 at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach, and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice copper, slightly amber hue with a fat head and big patches of fluffy lace from start to finish.

S: Big brown ale smell - earthy and grainy, roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate, with a prevalent smell of fresh cut grass.

T: Real similar to the smell, but the hop is there from start to finish, but at the same time not dominating the flavor at all. This is a real nice Fall ale - fresh and tasty!

M: Medium bodied, buttery smooth, slightly sticky and perfectly carbonated for this style ale.

D: Ridiculously easy to drink - the overall freshness of it makes it quite enjoyable and easy to drink in large quantities.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Big, off-white head, high retention atop a bright copper body, slightly hazy. Soapy, sticky lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma has an air of freshness with pine and grass dominating. Taste is pretty spicy, bitterness throughout, mild sweetness in the back but faint compared to the very forward hops. Smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink, very tasty brew.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better wet hop brews available locally.

Light brown appearance with some haziness, medium head. Great, fresh, piney, hoppy nose. Flavors of medium roasted malt, fresh hops, hay, and pine. Great balance with a noted presence of bitter, fresh hops. Great finish with the acid, alcohol, and tannins in balance.

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Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale from Rogue Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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