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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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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 RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one pours a bright orange in color and kind of hazy with a big, foamy, retentive head.

Smell – This East Coast-style Pale Ale is full of light, grapefruity hops like Amarillo or Fuggles. The malt balance is big and sugary.

Taste – This one tastes like it smells. Again, it is very East Coast. The malt base is sugary with some biscuit notes, the hops are mostly grapefruit, and the beer itself is impeccably balanced. There’s a light nutty character that I like here as well.

Mouthfeel – This is big for the style, not quite full in the body but much bigger than medium. The carbonation is very light and the beer extremely creamy in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I love this take on the Pale Ale style and we just don’t get enough of it out West. Most of our Pale Ales are IPAs with a little less hops. Here though you have a Pale Ale with a character and identify all its own. I really enjoyed this offering from Rogue.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allways a treat to explore and enjoy an untried Rogue offering, this one did not disappoint. Bomber bottle, with nice graphics, pours light golden amber, fairly clear, some yeast lingering on the bottom of the bottle. Light and white head, with moderate retention and leaves respectable, stringy and scattered lacing. nose I pick up is of fresh hops, citrus and some light spicyness. This is a very drinkable and pleasant ale, floral hops evident, earthy and fresh tasting. Moderate body and nicely balanced. Simply stated, this is a nicely balanced and well put together brew. Fine quaffer and nice brew to go with a sandwedge, or other light fare.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Dewey0603
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The large silk screened bottle pours a hazy, light amber body beneath a creamy head of white foam that holds well and leaves some fairly decent lace. The aroma offers boldly floral and citrusy hops over a softly sweet and buttery malt. Very inviting! The flavor starts with a very nice, gently sweet malt that's laced with toasty biscuit and caramel. A creamy mouthfeel enhances the maltiness. The body is deceptive - seemingly fuller than it actually is - and the gentle carbonation is very fine. Hops emerge with both bitterness and flavor (earthy, lightly citrusy, fruity) just prior to the swallow, and the finish is dry with a lingering maltiness and some minor hops notes. Although I cannot determine just exactly what it is, there is something very distinct about this beer. It's quite a unique and charming beer that offers some good malt character (although not alot of complexity), but also retains the Rogue signature hoppiness. Very drinkable, and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of maleman
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 morimech
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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 AaronRed
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jmalex
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kind of a subdued orange colored brew, supporting a sticky sheet-white head. Head retention is good, but could be better. Not hugely aromatic, but the aroma is very appetizing. Slight citrus hop aroma and sweet bready, grainy malt. Maybe a bit floral. Hops are more pronounced on the palate, but are oily and bitter, citrus is hard to detect. Malt is right alongside, but is actually the main player here, which is a surprise knowing this style and knowing Rogue! More of the bread-like and grainy sweetness, which makes me feel like I'm eating really good bread, but with much more complexity. With all of these great flavors, you'd think I was talking about a more full-bodied brew, but it's actually more in the light-medium range. Crisp and refreshing, highly drinkable. Just plain tasty!

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Photo of scooter231
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This guy is a pale orange color, very clear, barely any head, no lacing. Innocent looking. Nose is weird- vinegar, red wine, and... donut. Yeah, donut. This reminds of a vinegary donut. I can't explain it, it just is what it is. Taste is slightly bready and fruity, but off. Tastes... old, stale.Mouthfeel is chewy but thin. This is not my favorite Rogue beer, but it's not disgusting. There are far worse brews out there.

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Photo of Brent
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I may have come to expect too much from Rogue, as this beer was something of a letdown. Slightly murky golden-straw. Aroma announces little. Moderate caramel malts and moderate slightly citric hops, not quite enough to balance the malt. A pale ale that aims for smoothness, but teeters on the edge of being a bit bland.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour a clear amber color, the head is off white, frothy, dissipates rather quickly, leaving a fine sheet of lace. Nose is malt, light hints of citrus, and just a touch of the hop flower. Front is malt, the top is light to medium, the finish is quite acidic, tart, dry, and fairly well hopped. A very drinkable beer, and well worth the sample. Ranks #659 on my current 1000 beer masterlist.

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Photo of Phatz
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden amber color that is very translucent.

Smell: Light muted citrus aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Oily, smooth and lightly hoppy. I like the fact that this APA does *not* go overboard with the Diacytel (I see too often in the style). Instead it is simple and clean with a malt backbone and hop blanket on top. The center is juicy smooth with some hop oils oozing out.

Drinkability: This is certainly a beer for drinking. If I could get a case in 12ozers I'd take it to a picnic this summer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is from a 22oz bomber sampled on 12-19-04. This appeared a fairly clear orange yellow color with about an inch of white head. Some rings of lacing were left around the glass as this was consumed. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with citric hops and a good dose of sweet malt to balance it out. Flavor is bitter and hoppy with grapefruit notes upfront before a slight sweet caramel flavor presents itself. Nice overall hoppy flavor with good malt backing. Finishes on a bitter citric note. Mouthfeel is a little thinner that I like with a prickly hop feel. Pretty good stuff that is easy drinking and would make for a good session beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had this since I developed my intense love of Pale Ales. I didn't remember being too particularly blown out of the water by it about a year ago when I last tried it, but I figured my tastes had developed quite a bit since then. I still was not all to fond of this Pale Ale, but it wasn't bad by any means.

The beer poured to a golden color with a slight ruby red haze and a decent frothy white head. The smell was probably the highlight of this beer. It was very fruity and floral... a lovely bouquet, but quite malty for a Pale.

The taste was also a little too malty for what I would expect for a Pale. The hops were present, but they should take center stage from the malts in an APA, in my opinion. This, of course, didn't seem to be the case. The aftertaste left no bitterness, but rather a malty sweetness fading to a citric sourness. Also detected a bit of spiciness. Not my cup of tea.

This was rather disappointing for a Rogue. They are known for their rather generous use of the hops, but their Pale Ale failed to deliver in that department as far as I'm concerned. I do respect their dedication to doing something different, but I also believe there are other ways to do so without robbing my APA of the perfect blend of hops and malts. It almost tasted like a witbier or some funky malty belgian brew. Not recommended for hop loving APA fans, but not necessarily a bad choice either.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22ozer bottle from Oliver's Beverage. Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" off-white head above the lightly amber golden brew. Head lasts well, and lacing is great. Aroma is crisp, piney hops, with some malt underneath for support. Taste provides a moment of malt sweetness, which is quickly superceded by hops which seem to grow in intensity as mouthtime passes. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent for the style. Nice APA.

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Photo of xoqx
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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 TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper and gold color, with a big white head that fades to about 1/8" of an inch. Good sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is of light floral hops, and a good biscuit maltiness. Taste is about as good as any pale ale I have had. The hops make their presence felt, but unlike some PA's, it has a full mouthfeel and satisfying malty backing. A great PA, for a great cause.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: the bottle is eye catching in the store with it's bright colors. It pours a clear golden yellow color with some orange highlights. Short 1" head falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: weak orange slices and soft bitterness are hard to detect.

Taste: mild malt base with some biscuit tones, orange, and a mild floral bitterness. Simple and somewhat dull.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light-medium bodied. Aftertaste has a short burst of citrus.

Drinkability: quite nice, but down a bit as I was looking for an alternate next choice of beverage when the bottle emptied. Maybe worth a look, but there are better Rogue beers out there.

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Seahorse Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 75 ratings