Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Single Malt AleRogue Farms Single Malt Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jsh420 on 03-13-2010

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Ratings:
344
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
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Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a pretty clear yellow orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malt, some yeast aromas, and then a nice citrusy, piney hop aroma at the end.
T: The malt was sweet upfront and then it moved to bitter while mixed with yeast flavors and a piney/citrusy hop finish. Not a bad taste and certainly an interesting idea with using only one malt variety.
M: Pretty smooth, fresh, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, pretty good feel.
D: Pretty drinkable, overall it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love, love, love my local bottle shop! Man, but those guys get various and sundry and they will call me to make a stop-in! They brag about me to their distro and act like I'm a king when I hit the joint. This was one of the first Firsts and I'm getting anxious ...

From the bottle: "Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters"; "GYO is Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own. We made this beer with our own hops and barley"; "Malty aroma, deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. Medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare (TM) malt."

I spied, with my little eye, a good bit of sediment, so my pour was as gentle as it would be for my baby doll's skin. Color was a deep orangish-amber. BUPGOO! No head, thanks to the gentle pour. Nose smelled oddly familiar - it was the characteristic Rogue hop strain, underlain by the malty sweetness. Wow! I have noticed this in their beers before (a certain commonality), but to have it appear in a home-grown form is just impressive. It had a very bready, toasty malt flavor initially on the tongue, but also an earthy, grassy (Saaz?) hops flavor underneath. Finish was very dry, just the way I prefer my beers. Best Blonde I've had in a while!

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy with some grapefruit aromas.

T - Mostly sweet caramel with some spicy hops. Not bad for a blonde ale.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice blonde ale. I like the concept.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an impressive brew, mainly for its good balance and very good drinkability.

Pours rich amber color with lush, creamy head. Very appetizing to look at; not much in the smell, though, beyond easily expected citrus, bread and caramel.

The taste is quite good - exceptional balance is noted right away. Notes of lively citrus, toffee and pleasant floral hop bitterness are present. Nothing extraordinary, yet very very drinkable and friendly. Excellent thirst-quencher and thirst inducer. Calls for savory accompaniments, such as grilled meats or hot-smoked fish. I'll have another one anytime - really.

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Photo of madjr80
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 bomber straight into a perfect pint glass.The was an uruption of carbonation once I popped it open,so I lost some of it. It poured a hazy, golden color with plenty carbonation. The taste was vey smooth with a solid hop kick. It had a very earthy mouthfeel and plenty of residue was left on the empty glass. Overall, a quality brew.

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Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy amber topped with a large tan head. Head fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet aromas of pineapple, citrus, and some malt.

T- Sweet pineapple at first that is soon wash away by a slightly bitter grapefruit middle and finish. The finish is dry and clean.

M- Medium in body and decent carbonation.

D- An easy drinker for me, not sure of the ABV but my guess is that it is low 4-5% range. I think I could session this one.

Solid beer not stellar but solid.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: It opens with a very loud hiss. It pours a hazy golden-orange with an enormous 3 and a half finger head that lasts forever and becomes quite rocky, leaving huge clumps of lace on the sides (and this was with a gentle pour).

S: Very floral and medicinal, grass, and some light citrus notes.

T: Flowers up front, grass, sweet citrus, and aspirin.

M: It has a medium-light body with lots of effervescence and palate-sticking flavors.

D: This is strange. The carbonation is way too high, the floral aromas are over-bearing, and it tastes like I'm licking a Bayer aspirin.

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Photo of numenor1
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first review i've written in years.

Do not drink this beer too cold!!!

Consumed at near room temp. Pours a pale hazy shade of yellow, and shows gorgeous lace. Maintains its head incredibly well. Very floral nose with honey and lots of pine. You gotta keep in mind the ABV here, under 5...The nose is alright, just subdued. Hits the palate with honeyed toast, and fresh baked bread. Hops take control through the middle with pine, earth, lemongrass and flowers. Mouthfeel is quite dry with chablis-like minerality, but airy, soft and slightly creamy carbonation. Really dry, and clean. Makes me wonder what the apparent attenuation was, there really can't be much residual sugar here at all. This dry backbone offers an excellent stage for the malt and hops. Hops win out in the end leaving your mouth watering for more. Drinkability doesn't get better.

Very expressive beer, and very impressive balance, though for sure skewed towards the bitter end.

I really like this beer. I've been through a lot of beers and i've seen my tastes change a lot through the years, but at some point in time i really got off the high gravity beer roller coaster. There are exceptions of course, but so many are overdone and completely neglect balance. I'm really tired of beer shakes with too much residual sugar, caramel malt, concentrated hop juice, coffee, indiscriminate use of rye/spices/fruit/honey!...you name it. And there are exceptions to everything, but i've really found that my tastes have migrated, permanently it would seem, towards drier styles where balance and subtlety become most important. Often this turns me towards lower alcohol styles...pilsners, bitters, hefeweizen, saisons (ok not lower alcohol, but certainly dry)...inevitably old world styles where balance takes precedence.

Anywho, this beer exemplifies those ideas, and unfortunately i think most of the reviewers are probably just drinking it way too cold. You should really be approaching this as if it were an english bitter, 60ish degrees fahrenheit. If this were ever served on cask, it'd be a showstopper for sure. Best new beer i've tried in recent memory.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is interesting that breweries are going the way of high-end wineries and going for an "estate" kind of concept - growing and brewing and bottling the entire product in house. And in this case, Rogue has managed to take the concept and produce ... a perfectly good beer.

Pours a light, clear, straw yellow with a fluffy white head. The aroma is sharp, sprightly, and bitter, with straw and slight lemon. The flavor is primarily bitter, with a sharp pine sting. The flavor has a light, pilsner character, with a lemony edge and some pine. The mouthfeel is prickly.

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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper in color with a two finger, not dense head that settles out to a wisp in short order but laces nicely considering it's a blonde ale.

Whispered smells of biscuits, pines and Juicy Fruit gum.

Flavor is largely grassy and husky, with somewhat of a jagged hopping. It's mostly back of the tongue. Up front it's got something of an acrid, aspirin type of notion. The malts just aren't quite doing their job here. It does finish off really clean so the notions don't linger at least.

The mouthfeel saves the day here, washing out quick and easy, with carbonation leading to a dryness that makes for repeated full cheeked quaff.

As for drinkability: This is homebrew-esque. If a friend made it, I'd give them compliments. But, while I'm certainly not here to tell the fine folks at Rogue how to brew, I think this one could use a little tweaking, and a little balance.
As silly as it seems to say, I think this one would be made great by honey.

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Photo of curasowa
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with two finger of head that fade slowly with thick lacing. Grainy malt and piney hops combine in the aroma. The body is much thinner than I was expecting, and along with a strong, slightly harsh bitterness is the dominate characteristics of this beer. The bitterness is sharp and earthy, with just the slightest hint of malt sweetness. The finish is lingering with an unpleasant bitterness. Not a great beer - the single malt bill doesn't have what it takes to balance the hop profile and really holds this beer back.

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Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that their GYO idea really appeals to me. The beer is a rich amber color, with a touch of haze. Modest white head. The most notable thing about the beer is the intense malt aroma. It's wonderfully complex and appealing. The taste is moderately sweet, with a malt-centric trait. Medium in body, the beer is not as heavy as expected. On the low side in carbonation. The concept is fantastic, and the beer is solidly good...just not great.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with slight amber hues, lively with a very impressive thick and fluffy head, slow to dissipate with some minor lacing left over.

Citric, tangy and earthy hops, light honey in the malt with some very nice crispy wheat aroma's.

A very lively and crispy bite right off, earthy wheat in the malt, the hops are very tasty and complex, nearly wet-hop style flavor's with hearty aspects, dry earth and tangy. Really good balance overall.

The feel has a fresh, clean bite, full of life and really easy going down. light and then medium in body, the "Dare" malt imparts major flavor and smoothness. The only downside to the feel is if this is not consumed within a short period of time it becomes a bit lifeless and flat feeling.

GYO indeed!

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dude! Talk about living the beer dream.

Grow your own? Roll your own? Smoke your own?
[DISCLAIMER: Mr. Darth has never tried the Bud]

This is like some kind of Golden Delicious beer! I would say session beer, but it's much too wholesome for such a whoreish moniker. I'm pretty sure this is the kind of homebrew I always dramed of making: malty, creamy, lightly hopped--good stuff!

No techs on this. It's a Rogue. 'Nuff said.

Time for Darthy to start trolling the farm co-ops.

Inspirational!

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Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice golden amber with small streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Head was a solid 3 fingers off white froath that lasted a few minutes, but then left a nice head akin to whip on a mocha. Aroma was mildly hoppy, small amount of kick but not overwhleming. Malty did come through a bit as well. Taste was a sharp hop, not bitter. Different than I normally expect for something classified as a blonde. Felt good in the mouth. A strange mix of textures, but yet still coated well with enough to it to be interesting. Seemed to me to be one to savor, definitely not something to slam.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I seem to enjoy this style more than many others do. For me it merges aspects of English pale ales and well hopped pilsners. This rendition happens to be a tasty example of the style.
The hop character here reminds me very much of Saaz. The overall feel strikes me as a hoppy pilsner. Very light bodied, very drinkable but still with a lot of flavor. There's a freshness to the drinking experience, perhaps due to the First Growth ingredient tactic. I was curious as to what Rogue itself had to say about the beer but the Rogue site seems to have accidentally listed one of the First Growth beers twice to the exclusion of this one.
This is the kind of beer I'd like to have a six pack of in place of a fizzy yellow lager.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid, but not overly aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass still produces four-fingers of lightly tanned froth that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, dark copper / red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-stained, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest and a hint of pine (much like Cascade hops), but finishes with a touch of soapy malt and grassy grain. The hop notes seem to have a touch of juniper to it at times, but the nose on this is fairly clean and perhaps a touch simplistic, but certainly enjoyable.

Again a Cascade hop like flavor is found here in my first sip. The beer is a touch warmer than cool and has a bit of a fizzy texture to it, but has a lightish body overall and is fairly quaffable. The finish has a light'ish, but still slightly biting, smooth bitterness to it and there is also a touch of menthol and pine like hop flavors mixed in that linger on the tongue as well. A touch of menthol adds some interest and there is a fair amount of biscuit like malt character underlying the more dominant hop character. More specifically the dominant character here is definitely the fruit hop character; it is most like Cascade, but does have a few more touches of lychee and perhaps some tangelo notes that Cascade doesn't have and it is quite a bit smoother without the cattiness that Cascade often has.

A fairly simple beer in some respects, but this is actually a very nice drinking Pale Ale. I almost wish it was a bit bigger so that I could better zero in on the Dare(TM) Malt and the Revolution hops. I could see myself enjoying quite a few pints of this brew. My biggest gripe is that it is a bit over-carbonated, but luckily a few swirls of my glass can get rid of the excess carbonation.

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Photo of weller1js
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow with heavy carbonation, heavy bubbly foam leaving just-as-bubbly lacing.

smell: light hop scent with floral undertone, maltiness is subdued yet smells consistent.

taste: first impression gives off an readily mistakeable subdued taste, hops have adequate flavor and complementary bitterness, and the malts came off as nothing spectacular. But after a few sips, it becomes apparent how consistent in flavor and bold in character the taste is. Well-balanced and not hoppy for the sake of being hoppy.

drinkability: while it can be assumed that a single-malt ale is intended to be consistent in its attributes, it is definitely recognizable and pleasant to drink as such. It has everything it needs.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, with leggy small-bubbled lace. Aroma is sedate but balanced.

Taste is lightly sweet to start, lemony in the middle, with a Saaz-like crisp hoppy close that lingers. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Good brew, and admirable concept.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

american blonde ale? ok. seems more similar to an english style pale ale. and if it were, it would be the best american version of one i have ever had.

A- hazy dirty swampy golden orangeish brown. nice puffy buff colored head is stable and buildable. it's got that raw biscuit look. decent amount of webby lace as well.

S- sweet caramel toffee malt with a berry tartness and light citric hops. lemony-orange. and a touch of meaty pork. not too forward, but light, pleasant, and welcoming. woodsy, some vinous notes, and cookies.

T- delicious malt profile, its got that marshmallow thing goin on. herbal hop flavors linger continuously in the background hand in hand with a savory meatiness. caramel toffee butterscotch perhaps intentional diacetyl which i think is delicious. it is that characteristic that i associate most with english pale ale here. hops are like oregano and thyme, with some pine and lime pith. very well balanced. finishes with the same balance and lasting flavor. hops and cookie malt swing back and forth until they both fade away.

MF- soft medium carbonation, rolling feel, fitting to whatever style i feel like it is. grainy texture, not too light and not too heavy, falling somewhere on the fence of mouthfeel associated drinkability. dry enough, kinda sticky on the lips, and leaving a leafy feel in the back of the palate.

D- tastes very fresh and very rogue. estimating the abv at somewhere round 5% i think this bomber is da bomb. D through the roof homey! flavorful and modest, i dig the organic nature.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale

Appearance: Orange-amber, medium head, and little lacing.

Smell: Apple, hops, and slight malt.

Taste: Warm malts, hops, and barley.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Overall:
This isn't strong flavored, but it is very pleasant. There is a slight bitterness at the end.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale slightly hazed bright orange golden hue with a thicket of off white cream head, billows above the edge of my new DFH curved pint glass. Aroma is simple yet very nice, a touch of light lemon citrus hops and pale biscuit malts with a nice air of fruitiness. Flavor has an assertive herbal/citric rind bitterness from the hops and a pleasant malt tones coming through. Way more interesting than your average blonde ale, this is a single malted ale that gives of nice biscuit/fruit malt character that really makes the beer along with grow your own Revolution hops kickin' in to balance things out. Way more hops than your average beer very well balanced excellence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, never thin or boring on the palate. Carbonation is perfect goes down very easy, drinkability overall is solid a nice big bottle of GYO from ROGUE, I will drink whatever offerings come out of this series.

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Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While the whole grow-your-own Rogue venture is an interesting concept, this resulting beer is a bit lackluster. Moderate malt with pleasant grain and some honey sweetness. Not that everything this brewery makes has to be over the top, but here the level of restraint makes for a rather one-dimensional and unengaging beer.

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Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle purchased from American Beer Distributers, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, effervescent, 2" head with foam that clings well. Very hazy, golden brew with some carbonation.
S: Definitely a malt-driven aroma, hinting of dark, dried fruit and caramel, while given a bitter hops texture.
T: The taste brings the bitterness of the "Revolution" hops into play. Subdued sweetness gives way to the explosive and lingering flavors brought on by the hops.
M: Light/moderate body, good carbonation
D: A refreshing beer with some interesting characteristics, but overall kind of simple and--while very drinkable--leaves something wanting.

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Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 pale malt scent along with a powerful hop aroma. It's bitter as hell and totally dominates the nose The taste is decent as well. It has a solid pale malt flavor with a very bitter hop taste. It's light and quaffable; an enjoyable blonde. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking blonde ale. It's simple in composition, yet flavorful and sessionable.

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Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales
3.64 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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