New Crustacean | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer - just drink it and enjoy.

88 IBU

Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-23-2012

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Photo of EMV
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a big blue bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Goofy crab-themed artwork.

L: Cloudy dark golden amber pour with 2+ fingers of foamy white head. Great sticky lacing. Chunky sediment at the end of the pour.

S: Stale-smelling hops... super malty. Resin and pine.

T.F: Big caramel malts... sweet toasted grains. Bitter pungent hops... still taste a bit stale to me, and they assault the sweetness rather than balancing so there are some flavors here that don't play super nicely together. Then again.. the booziness at 12% can cover up a lot of flaws and this isn't lacking for flavor. Pine and leafy... slightly medicinal. Thick and sticky on the tongue... well carbonated. Absolutely warming.

O: Kind of a hot mess of a beer... but with a lot of flavor and I can see what they mean. This isn't a barleywine... this isn't a DIPA... but rather something different and interesting... if not the most drinkable. That being said... I don't hate it... and it kind of grows on you as it warms up. Not one I'd seek out again, but one I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours a hazy rusty orange with a 1 finger tan head that quickly recedes to almost nothing; spotty lacing

Smell- doughy malt, black tea, leather

Taste- starts off with sweet doughy malt and leather followed by an earthy, minty bitterness. At first the transition from sweet to bitter seems a bit sudden and harsh, but as the beer warms the flavors start to meld and it becomes quite enjoyable

Feel- medium bodied with medium-low carb; long bitter finish

Overall- A nice beer with some intense flavors that really come together as the beer warms towards room temp

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This one pours a rusted looking light amber, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like potent booze, big leafy hops, caramel sugar, and piney hops. This smells harsh and uninviting.

The taste is similar, as the flavors clash pretty horribly here. The dominating flavors are boozy and hoppy- as this is exceedingly bitter as these two flavors clash. It's pretty malty, but doesn't have enough richness to balance these flavors out.

This is also kind of thin, with a normal level of carbonation. It doesn't have much drinkability.

Rogue is far from one of my favorite breweries, and this beer only confirms that feeling. It may get drinkable in about 10+ years.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of byronic
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber tinged gold with not a lot of head, essentially a cap and collar.

Smell is hoppy, but very malty. The booze is very present to my nose.

Taste is much like the nose, with the malts and hops reversed. There is a hotness to this beer, bringing that booze forward more than I would normally care for.

The feel is full and sticky, and there is a higher carbonation than I would expect from a barleywine.

Well, they call it in the title...not really a barleywine, sort of an IIPA. The fact that this one couldn't make up its mind certainly detracts from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Blue 750mL bottle served in a chimay chalice. I've had this for a while and been saving it for a special occasion, so this bottle is most definitely not fresh. Pale Golden and not quite clear color, with minimal white head. Strong, sweet aroma of ripe fruit, apples, pears. Smells like a remarkably pale barley wine. Flavor is 180 from that though: strong, bitter hop flavors of pine sap. Reading from the labels, 88 IBUs is not necessarily all that much for an 11.6% double IPA, given the amount of residual sugar that usually comes alone with a beer of these proportions. And yeah, this sure is sweet. But you absolutely taste the alpha bitterness, which combats the malt sweetness rather than harmonizes with it. If the aroma is underwhelming, the flavor just falls flat for me. Interesting? Maybe. Good? Nah. Would it be improved by being served fresh? Anything's possible, but I'm unlikely to bother to find out.

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Photo of mltobin
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 8444dodgers01
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden appearance. Two-fingered, frothy head that does not want to collapse. Aroma is dank, peaches, grilled hamburgers and potato salad. It definitely has a harshness to it. Sticky mouthfeel. The finish is long and bitter. There is some floral notes to it as it sits in the glass. Salty. When drinking this beer you can tell its percentage. But i think it will mellow out alot as it sits while i drink it. Thanks Nick Reid for going to the brewery to get it for me.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethcroisant
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bshefftz
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kds2437
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kvgomps
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor shared this beer with me. It poured a hazy orangish with frothy white head that left a very nice lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus and sweet malt. The taste started sweet like Barley wine then turned grapefruit bitter. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's an interesting beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of sanitarium16
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, pretty clear, head presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to ring on the sides; head is off white.

Smell is hot - and i mean boozy, then comes the malt which is pleasant and much more neutral/biscuity than traditional barleywines; the booziness is fairly strong once warm but there is some lighter hoppiness - a little citrus, a little grass.

Taste is less boozy, more neutral/biscuity malts - which play very well in this intermediate style beer. Malt is starting to age but there is no sign of caramels; hops are there but the flavors are hidden behind the booze and modereate maltiness, but the bitterness shows up well - hops notes are subtle citrus and floral.

Mouthfeel starts a bit sweet and full, then dries and lingers as bitterness.

Overall a unique brew, big booze and full lighter malt flavor with a big bitter finish.

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Photo of RobertJBeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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