Seahorse Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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Seahorse Pale AleSeahorse Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Special aquarium series beer, made using the Juniper Ale (Yellow Snow) recipe, less the juniper berries.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 75
Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of spice/herb, slight hop, dry hop, sweet malt, citrus (grapefruit), and earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a herbal dryness present. Tastes of hops, herbs/flower, sweet malt, citrus (grapefruit), earthy malt, and slight butter. Overall, a rather unusual APA, but still good.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden hue with a frothy white head about a finger thick. Head retention and lacing are both good.

S: Very good malt profile. Some sweet bready and caramel notes, with a nice floral hop backround.

T: Fresh dough, caramel, and some toasty flavors from the malt. Hops provide hints of flowers, straw, and citrus. There are also other fruity characters which are somewhat hard to describe.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, and full of flavor. It is very clean, and the finish is dry and crisp.

D: Typical Rogue. I don't know what it is, but there is something about every beer they brew that gets one's attention. This is another solid example of what they are capeable of.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from a 22 oz. bottle.

The pour is a hazy golden yellow with a tall white head. Retention is decent, and there is moderate lacing.

The nose is very subtle. What I do get is bready with just a tad of sweetness. The taste is the same with a mild bitterness throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good if only because there is nothing offensive.

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Photo of maleman
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - palest Rogue I've seen, almost colored like a pilsner. One finger head that soon became visible only on the edge of the glass, minimum lacing. Average carbonation.

S - Didn't really smell like an ale to me...some caramel...just not too much there.

T - Must admit it tasted better than it looked or smelled. A little orange rind, a little bready taste that lingered, some resin.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel. Not overbearing in any area. Some sustained feel in the back of the throat, but not much.

D - Again, a better taste than I was expecting after I poured it and smelled it. Would make a decent session beer if it wasn't so relatively expensive.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy light gold with some light tan head. It smelled like oranges and caramel, with some copper hops. It tasted like sweet oranges and caramel malt, with some bready yeast and sweet honey. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a light bitter aftertaste. Overall this was nice and clean, and super easy to drink. It was a refreshing late spring / early summer beer, but it was fairly generic tasting. Like so many other Rogue beers, it really needs to better distinguish itself. This was worth trying once, but it's not worth seeking out or drinking again.

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Photo of TCog
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold with a 1 finger short lived head.

The nose was slight but pleasant and slightly sweet.

Tastewise, it had a mellow citrus feel going for it with a very subtle apricot hint.

The hops and bitterness were distinctly present but not overly aggressive. They could have been a bit more pronounced, but I think the current balance really lended to the overall drinkability.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is mostly a fruity malt with a small citrus hop character. The colour of the beer is golden with a one finger head with out much retention. The beer is balanced really well with a citrus/grape fruit, but almost no bitterness. The hop character and the malt character really shine off of each other. To bad the bitterness is lacking. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but not too bad. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one of the stiffest/creamiest heads on a beer I've seen in quite a while.

Beautiful looking beer.

Clear light amber to very dark gold in color, this beer also had a good amount of visible carbonation. The creamy head mentioned above remained on the scene for quite some time and then receded to a thinner version of the same creamy texture. There was a very high amount of lacing that was left in the glass.

Aroma was mostly of lightly roasted malt, but I noticed a peppery (spicy) aroma as well as some citrus notes, and ever so slightly floral notes.

I thought this has an excellent, well balanced, flavor. Roasted malt with an initial burst of hop bitterness that then calmed to a slight spicy flavor then ending with a subtle hop finish that lingered nicely. I also noted a light citrus quality to the flavor and almost a cocoa quality. There is nothing over powering about the hop bitterness here to take away from the fact that this is an APA. Lots of depth of flavor here that I found very interesting.

Mouth feel was as creamy as the initial head and I thought very nice. I think some of the spicy/peppery nature was heightened by the carbonation of this beer which you certainly felt as you drank the beer.

Very drinkable and I will be grabbing a few more of these when I see them in the cooler or on the shelf.

Excellent Beer

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Photo of shadow1961
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Seahorse Pale Ale pours a big stiff head over
cloudy golden brew. Carbonation is extremely active,
and the nose is light malts and lemon. The flavor has
a base of mellow malts and citrus hop with a more firm
medicinal/grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, and just
a little harsh as well. This is no IPA, but it is West Coast-
so the hops are dialed up a bit. I'm not a fan of that grassy
taste- but still and all, it's a pretty well constructed brew. It
does go well with this ewe's milk cheese and olive oil and
rosemary bread I'm having. And you gotta love the critters...

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Photo of danielharper
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow-orange body, very hazy, some effervescence from bottom of glass. Significant white head leaves considerable lacing.

S: Clean, sweet hops, slightly citrusy. Notes of coriander and grapefruit.

T: Hops up front, clean and smooth. A strong citrus flavor follows, like lemonade mixed with orange juice. Slightly bitter, leaves a strong aftertaste.

M: Moderately thick, heavily carbonated. Hops bite a bit, but gives a clean finish.

D: Overall a pretty drinkable beer. Rogue doesn't always produce quality beers in "lighter" styles, but this one isn't bad. Not a replacement for my favorite pale ales, but I'd love to try this on-tap.

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Photo of younger35
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this on my recent trip to Newport. Apparently this is just Yellow Snow Pale Ale/Juniper Pale Ale, minus the juniper berries. I loves my Rogue! Drank out of my snifter while watching the Cowboys vs. Giants with my roommate.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with definite orange highlights throughout and a decent half finger bright white head. The head is sticky and recedes fairly slowly leaving a small cap and collar with plenty of lacing.
Smell- Nice and fruity with bits of fresh orange and even hints of something like blueberry. Bits of peaches and pears are floating around in there somewhere, I’m sure of it. Subtle raw and grainy malt profile is somewhere in the background.
Taste- Wow, not as fruity as I was expecting. Lightly sweet with a raw, husky, bready taste that is really light and nice. The fruity west coast hops are indeed there though leaving light citrus tones of tangerines and pears. Almost no aftertaste but sometimes I get an earthy grass bitterness and maybe some Pacman yeast.
Mouthfeel- Light body with nice zesty carbonation.
Drinkability- Nothing fancy here, just a good solid brew. Nicely balanced and very crisp and refreshing. I honestly don’t really know what the juniper berries add to the other brew because for the most part they taste about the same. Recommended!

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Photo of demcorhip
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr and manaryp for bringing this north.

A very attractive pale ale. Big three finger, tight, off white head sits over a slightly hazy amber hued ale. Decent head retention, and very nicely laced with sticky clumps of lace.

Spicy, floral and grassy hops greet the nose with underlying aroma of citrus, specifically grapefruit. Yeasty aroma fairly pronounced, with some esters of apple and pear. Malty scents of fresh baking powder biscuits and a hint of grain husk.

Baking powder biscuit and some grain husk give way to a fairly pronounced yeasty taste, with mostly pear like esters. Some residual malt sweetness with a honey like quality. Hop flavours also come through much like in the nose, grassy, floral hops with a mild peppery bite from the Styrian Goldings that gives way to a subdued grapefruit bitterness from the Amarillo.

This is another well made beer from Rogue. Light in body, with a nicely balanced interplay between the malts and hops. Yeasty flavour slightly over pronounced. Mild level of carbonation present.

This is pretty drinkable and certainly sessionable, even with the yeastiness present. A decent pale ale, more balanced than hop forward. Would serve as a decent introductory brew, as well as a good pale ale for those looking for a more restrained offering versus some of the hoppier versions of the style. I'd drink this again, although it would be better suited to a summer night than a cold one in December.

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Photo of jmalex
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never seen this one before except at State Line Liquors so I made sure to grab one before this disappears.

APPEARANCE: Pours a mostly clear golden color into a shaker pint. It's one of the more yellower beers I've seen with just a touch of amber. The head is white and starts out modestly. It eventually shrinks to a medium collar with constantly refreshing patchwork of bubblage across the surface.

SMELL: A clean smelling beer with a nice malt and hop balance. Bready malts are featured on the sweet end of things, with the bitter being a combination of some mild spicy hops paired with a citrus bomb of an American hop (Amarillo, now that I look at the label).

TASTE: The taste is much more skewed toward the hoppy end of things. The resinous west coast hops show themselves more than anything sending their citrusy goodness through the taste from start to finish. A tasty malty base serves as a somewhat balancing background to the much more prominent hops. The finish is quite clean with only reminders of the hops staying behind.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is quite thin with a sufficient and piquant carbonation to match with it.

DRINKABILITY: A great beer for a warm day. This would be just what the doctor ordered after a day outside. Unfortunately for me, it freezing cold out and raining, but hey, it was still good.

I was a little afraid that this beer wouldn't be too much without the juniper berries, but it can stand on it's on. That's not to say it has anything that makes it stand out. As it is, it's a solid but very regular beer.

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

Interesting -- I didn't know that this is the base for the Juniper Ale -- I much prefer this (even though I sort of like gin and really liked the other juniper beer I've tried -- odd...). Hazy gold, nice head retention. Left a unique sparkly lace on the glass (the bar gave me a chilled glass -- may have affected retention...)

Subtle aromas (maybe because it was originally crafted to highlight the juniper), but well-balanced. Sweet bready malt, light herbal hops. These come through on the palate, with a pleasantly bitter finish to offset the caramel notes in the attack. A typically well-crafted pale ale from Rogue that doesn't try to do too much, and is eminently drinkable as a result. I'd say it leans towards being an English-style ale much more than a typical Rogue bitter.

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Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light golden color with a large head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. This is not a standard pale ale because there isn't much hop in the nose or the tongue. A little malt and hops balanced out to leave a crisp, tingly feeling in the mouth. Very easy going down. Not the most flavorable ale but it is easy to drink. Probably won't buy again but it is worth a try. Reading the writing on the bottle it appears to have every hop there is in the brew but I can hardly taste any hops.

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Photo of bboven
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great pillowy head that doesn't go anywhere, pretty heavy lacing as well. The color seems too light for a pale ale, though, more like a clear wheat beer.

Lots of malt coming through in the smell, but I'm definitely getting a tame variety of hop.Smells a lot like sourdough bread.

Again, really malty but not a lot of oomph. Needs a bit more hop taste in there.

This was the only area that really suffers. It's way over-carbonated and leaves me with a mouth full of foam. When it does settle down in there the body is pretty thin, much like the flavor.

I'd drink this if I was looking for a tame but tasty beer. I look for more hop flavor and aroma in my pale ale, though.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy dark yellow. Small bits of sediment, but only a few. Yellow like a traffic light. Decent layer of head.

Nicely balanced smell; first hops, then malt. It's a pale, for sure. The hops allow the malt some stage time, as well. Good but I wish a shade more fragrant. Hops a bit woody. Minor chlorine scent.

Very nice hop flavor, but with an apricot hint too. Sweet, flowery aftertaste. The sweet is a bit cloying in the aftertaste. Strong flavor.

Creamy and bubbly. Nice feel actually. Pleasant thickness, post-swallow. Flowery hops, creamy feel. A bit too sweet, but very solid to have one.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and smooth beer. Straw pale color combined with a nice white head give it a appealing appearance. Slight honey and floral aromas prevail at first but it is not too assertive. Faint bitterness upon first sip, but this is works for this beer- a good beer to drink, nothing fancy.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seahorse Pale Ale pours a nice gold color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy, like most Rogue beers. I like the taste, it's hoppy like I expect from Rogue, but I really like the toasted malt character of this one. Coolest graphics of any Rogue bottle too.

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Photo of xoqx
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange in color with a one finger offwhite head that didn’t stick around very long and left minimal lacing on the glass. There is not a lot in the smell, with some light malt notes. The taste is somewhat restrained balanced between hops and barley, but possible could do with a touch more of both. It has a medium long finish with the bright citric Amarillo hops here. A little insubstantial on the mouthfeel, not watery but lacking in body. Drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light golden with a fizzy-like this white head it formed and was gone in an instant,ahh but the aroma makes up for lack of appearance pine juice there is ammarillos in there and its profile shows thru pine overtop of caramel malt but anticipate sticky piney hop when popping this open.A bit thin on the mouth not quite to watery stage but not as full bodied as one might hope for,hop dominant no doubt piney to the core and very resiny a sweetish caramel malt base is there and shows itself but ammarillo hops show there dominance even more so late into a big lingering finish.Just a little fine tuning and this would be one of my top 10 beers but as is its a fun beer to drink.

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Photo of beerdeity
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a cloudy apricot, thin head with a malty citrus nose.
The mouth-feel was smooth, with a very low fizz. The taste began with a prelude of hoppinessand concluded with a citrus finish. The beer was very enjoyable, and was the nicest thing I have had from this brewer in a long while. Hard to find locally, but well worth the effort to seek it out. Would love to find this one on tap.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange gold with a medium white head that disappears quickly. The smell is light with some malt,bisquity yeast and hops. The taste is more bitter than I expected. Hops are the most dominate feature in this beer. The taste is creamy with the bitter hops and abit of sweet malt. The m/f is light and even alittle thin with the flavors mixing well. A damn good beer that easily could be an everyday beer.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uniformly hazed light amber color, nice pile of a head rising up to close to an inch in the pint glass. Laces in dripping rings, fairly simple. Nice aroma, not bracing but soft with a firm orange blossom sense. Mouthfeel and carbonation work well together, about medium in both categories. Good flavor, nice Pale Ale rendition with trademark Rogue balance. Hops have a creamy citrus quality, possibly as a result of an Amarillo addition, malt is simple with slight caramelized sugar tones. When I think of this style, a good balance followed by a light bitter close works well, and in this beer, that comes through for me.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly dark for a pale, seahorse comes out a deep tangerine, with a big 'ol off-white head that fades slowly. Aromas are suprisingly subdued, but smell nice, hard to get too specific since this was sampled in a smokey environment. Actually, everything about this beer shows a restraint fairly uncharacteristic of Rouge. This is just a nice, balanced, very British style pale. It has a rich, biscuity, malt base, with a nice blend of bittering hops that come through beautifully without stealing the show. This is a lovely beer, but don't expect anything flashy.

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Seahorse Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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