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 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 Taste provides a moment of malt sweetness, which is quickly superceded by hops which seem to grow in intensity as mouthtime passes.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 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 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 silenius
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm usually not very impressed by the many, many offerings of rogue, but this one was pretty nice.

Pours a slightly occulded pale yellow with a hint of gold. Carbonation in the glass is lively with big bubbles. Nice head. Nice lacing.

Smell is a good balance of malt an hops. Can really smell the Amarillo.

Taste has a nice balance of bitter and malt sweetness. Solid.

Mouthfeel is good and slides down easily. Hops an bitter leave a slightly dry sensation.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is an orange color with a hazy body, and a off-white head that leaves a trail of lace in its wake. The scent is a nice hoppy smell with a blend of bitter and floral hops. The taste has a nice malty start with a smooth hop bite in the back. Med bodied. Overall a nice smooth refreshing brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a crystal clear pale straw with an off-white long lasting moussy head.

The aroma was earthy with just a slight citrus and floral note. Malt was in the background with caramel aromas.

The flavor was smooth with English style bittering like that of an ESB or an Ordinary bitter. There was a caramel presence and a mineral flavor to the beer.

The finish was dry with earthy hop flavor lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

I think this is more of an ESB than an APA. I scored it as such, well done.

22 ounce bottle. Purchase at Donelson Pike Liquors in Nashville.

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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 yeagerbm
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured part of a bomber into my pint glass, this beer appears average. Smells sweet malt and hops. Very tasty with sweet malty hoppy flavor with a slightly dry finish. Has a little sweet aftertaste balanced by lingering hoppy herbal flavor. It has a very smooth full mouthfeel, but may be a little to sweet to drink more than a few. Another very nice ale from Rogue.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The last of three new Rogue Bombers that I picked up recently. This one has a two-tone look, golden yellow and a light green screen printed label. “Seahorse Pale Ale” is written at the Bottom of the bottle, and it has a picture of a yep, your ahead of me, a Seahorse, those most strangest of creatures. The Blurb states that this is “A Light and Fanciful Ale” whose characteristics are more scientifically expressed as 13° Plato, 45 IBU, 77 AA, 3.2° L.

Appearance: A huge rocky white head forms when poured. The surface of the head is crustaceous and pitted, yet the head slowly settles and with a swirl plus assistance from the above average carbonation, the head eventually slowly settles to a nice ¾” thick pillow covering. The body of the beer is a deep gold with some peach and orange hints; it also has a mild protein haze look to it.

Nose: What I love about this beer is that the Goldings and Amarillo Hops are certainly detectable in the nose and come through with a floral feel, whilst piney at times and quite bitter. Mmmm. Smells good.

Taste: Sharp and discernable clean start entrances the beer with a nice malt backbone but some juicy hops in the middle. Good levels of both make this beer entertaining throughout. The finish is bitter with a lovely clean fresh citric hoppiness. This is a cracking medium Hoppy Ale.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp and very refreshing, this beer has a profile that is most endearing and makes you want to return to it quickly.

Drinkability: This beer is nicely balanced; the malts are definitely perfectly placed to lend mouthfeel, body and poise, whilst the Hops add a kicking bitterness that is not that Over The Top, but just right for a Session Ale. This is a damn fine beer, and it drinks extremely well.

Overall: After the rather pedestrian ‘Sea Otter Amber Ale’ and ‘Shark Tooth Ale’, this one is much more like it. A beautiful light Bitter Ale with some crispy Hop Balls, or a Pale Ale with a nice Amarillo kick, either way, it’s a damn fine drinking 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 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 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 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 John
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. Hazy tarnished brass color. Half inch creamy head that yields to a steady layer. Big grapefruity hop aroma. Same holds true for the flavor, the hops really dominate - primarily citrus. Some faint, lightly toasted grain is detected with a bit of effort. This reminds me of Brutal Bitter, only lighter. Somewhere between the Brutal and the Youngers Special Bitter. Rogue isn't breaking any new ground here but a solid brew none the less. Now put this in sixers of 12oz. bottles and you got yourself a session brew.

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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 WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale golden color with a 1/4" bone white head that fades leaving a pretty lace. The aroma is of pale malts, yeast, and floral hops. The taste is great; a golden ale with bitter hops and a grapefruity taste. There is no scarcity of hops here. The beer is low bodied with a great mouthfeel. This is a good drinking beer. One that I will buy again. I have had a few beers from Rogues that were not that great. This is what I think of when the name Rogue comes to mind. Great beers, lots of character.

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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 marburg
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is, I think, only a few rungs down the ladder from Sierra Nevada, really. The color is very lazy; a cloudy, soft orange. Murky and gorgeous. Head dissipates but small islands linger for a while. Aroma is wet, malty, light hoppy citrus smell. Taste starts quite malty and finishes with a light hop bite. It's just a wee bit heavy on the malty flavor for my liking. But it's tasty nonetheless. There are other beers I'd pick first, but I'd have no reservations about drinking this again.

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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 budgood1
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this rogue pours out a murky and cloudy bright golden colour. plenty of baby seahorses floating around disguised as left over sediment. a slight but thick head adorns the glass. lots of sea foam lace is left as i drink. a surprisingly balanced spicy hop and malt aroma greet the nose. aromatic, but not overdone. tastes are quite subdued for a rogue product...medium malt mouthfeel is backed up by some spicy hoppiness, with a token bitterness to compliment the different hop flavors. definitely rogue, but definitely toned down for a rogue. slides down extremely smooth and creamy, making it highly drinkable. another quality product from rogue.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz botle brought back from a beer-soaked visit to Oregon, though I wish I'd been choosier. A muddy gold/amber color, nice white head. Aroma is citrusy, sea-foamy. Medium body. Good tang on the palate, though small on the hop side. Nice and yummy, not setting any woods on fire. Fresh taste, nice and easy-going, has a bit of zip, but nothing too special.

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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 ZAP
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy royal gold in color....fresh hops smell and some faint graininess....body is light and drinkable...a nice soft fresh hop flavor...very drinkable...would seem to be a nice thirst quencher in the summer months...nothing wrong with it but nothing real exciting jumps out at me....solid, no frills APA...

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