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
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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 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 bboven
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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 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 Quaffer
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, orange with a rough, white, two-finger head. It settled down quickly and left a thin cap of foam on the beer that barely managed to last for the entire pint. There was not much lace left on the glass.

Smell: This beer had a heavy, sweet malt aroma mixed with a little bit of citrus. There was a hint of caramel buried within the depths of the smell. Surprisingly, there was little hop aroma to speak of. At least, not as much as one might expect from a self-professed pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. It was smooth on the tip of the tongue, but developed a tingle as it slid into the back of the mouth.

Taste: Upfront were flavors of sweet malt and butter. Then, up through the center rose a floral hops taste that persisted into the finish. Also on the finish was a second bout of sweetness that coated the inside of my mouth. This sweetness was reminiscent of buttery caramel.

This beer is not anywhere close to being one of my favorite pales. Too buttery and way too sweet for my tastes. It's not cloying, but not what a pale ale should be, in my opinion.

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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 HardTarget
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big yellow seahorse on the 650 ml bottle hand carried back from Hawaii. All ingredients listed and all the technical info you could ask for except abv.
Aroma: Blend of perfumed and citric hops roam free in a sea of light malt sweetness.
Appearance: Hazy thick golden sea with a light chop and white breakers against the circular shore of my glass.
Flavor: Very firm bed of malt supports the fairly spicy and bitter hops. Given this is a Rogue, I have to say the hops are somewhat restrained, but they are fairly potent in the finish leaving a borderline harsh bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with a slow fading coat.
Overall Impression: A little heavy and bitter to be refreshing and gets a bit grassy in the finish. Not a bad beer, and I like the fact that they are supporting a cause, but on a related note, I felt tricked into buying the Sharktooth and Sea Otter Amber, they just being repackaged beers I had already had. This one is a bit bitter for me, I doubt I'll have another.

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Photo of powdersoldier
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy, yellow-orange color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is malty, slightly fruity, and somewhat bready. The flavor is malty and spicy with a slight fruitiness. It is light-medium in body and is easy drinking. It is well-balanced. An average pale ale, nothing special.

Sampled 3/19/04

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. The beer poured a hazy yellow/straw color with 2 fingers of head that fell to 0.5 cm over the brew. The nose was caramel malt, light citrus hop and a more dominant peppery hop. . The flavor was just okay. Caramel malts and dirty hops wtih slight spice from the hops. Not my favorite. The feel was moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. The flavor kept this beer from going higher in my list. Its right at okay in my book.

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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 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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Photo of chakadrum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly light in color. Looks like your stereotypical macro brew actually. Fluffy head and some good lacing.

S - A light wisp of hops in the scent. Nothing too special.

T - It reminds me of Grolsch with a bunch more hops in it (which is funny since Grolsch lager is a lager). Strange. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness in this one but light enough to be enjoyed in quantity.

M - Feels very dry on my tongue but it is pretty smooth overall.

D - I don't think I'll purchase this beer again but I would definately be happy to drink it if someone else is buying.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orangy-gold, slightly hazy colored with a decent head. Smells grassy, hoppy, botanical and a little bit diacetyl. Tastes somewhat botanical, too. Hops are prevalent, yet not overbearing; the malt cuts that. A little too earthy tasting for a pale ale in a way I'm not sure I can describe. It's a bit on the weak and watery side, but I think it's still a solid brew. Bought one just to try it out and could have another-- some other time, though.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is floral hoppy. A medium bodied pale ale. Citrusy and somewhat dry. A crisp and light, lighter tasting pale ale. Very drinkable. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is a little bitter and somewhat citrusy. Etched/painted beer bottle. A % of the proceeds go to support the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm anxious to try yet another Rogue brew, so in my eagerness I give this ale a vigorous pour. The result is a smallish, foamy head which quickly fades into a constellation of medium-sized bubbles. The beer itself is a slightly orangish coppery amber; a bit of haziness gives it a gemlike quality. It has that pleasantly bracing hop scent that's so characteristic of Rogue, along with some citrus notes.

My first impression of the taste is of a citrusy sweetness which brings diluted lemonade to mind. It reminds me vaguely of a witbier but with a woody, metallic bitterness. The citrus has a somewhat sour quality which I find unappealing.

As I near the end of the pint I've examined the two stages a bit further. First comes the citrus and hops, and then there's a bitter, dry, singe on the back of my tongue. This bitterness is not just metallic but slightly ashen. This unpleasant, overly bitter aftertaste lingers for some time. Although this corrupts the taste and drinkability for me, I find that all the interesting sensations make for an enjoyable mouthfeel. I think that this is a well-crafted beer; it's just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 sopor
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pale clear amber with two fingers of sticky, clumpy, frothy offwhite head. Leaves nice lace and seafoam looking lily pad. Smells bready and slightly salty/caramely.

Good stuff! Small caramel and biscuity malts under an assertive hop profile. Not IPA assertive, but one of the hoppier APAs I've had. An American Bitter perhaps, due to the light malts and stronger hops. Hops taste like noble hops. Due to the Styrian hops I suppose? Some resinous aftertaste. Typically light body with also light carbonation, but very refreshing.

Very drinkable, IMO a very good APA.

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Photo of zerk
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed copper gold, with a thin white head. Aroma of toasted malt and herbal hops, with some cut grass. Flavor begins malty, with some bread and husk qualities, then becomes grassy and herbal with a prounounced bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with low to medium carbonation. This is a good example of an English Style Pale Ale.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly chill hazed deep golden appearance. Not much of a head, rather just a bubbly collar. This APA has a sweet caramel/toffee-like aroma with spatterings of piney and citric hops. The flavor is pretty balanced with a crystal-like malt backing and a bitter, piney and almost husky-like hop presence. This beer doesn't trip my trigger like a lot of the Rogue products do, but it is better than average.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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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Seahorse Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 75 ratings