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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of kaseydad
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

American wild ale? Hmmmmm.

Tastes very much like a belgian influenced saison. But that might be from the stuff falling from the dude's beard. On the fruity side, bready, with a bit of light hops on the swallow. A tad funky but not on the harsh side.

Just ho-hum for me.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a pint glass at Dog in Yard, Bangkok.

Slight hazy golden amber color, it tops with very thick fluffy white head that stands with great retention. The head slowly sinks to everlasting foamy crown along with plenty of sticky lacing patch on the glass-side, rather high carbonation with lots of bubbles pushing up fast.

Mild fruity aroma reminds me of pear, apple and kind of berries, all these aromas are nicely mingled with sweet crackery malt and a note of honey. A bit of funk and a bit of cooked veggies too.

The taste is quite similar to the aroma which is quite balance between all of the following flavors; start with mild fruity in kind of pear, apple and berries then some yeasty funk and slight acidic as well as honey and sweet crackery malt. Not much of bitterness to speak with, only just a subtle touch at the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation that is good enough to carry its body and generates semi-smooth mouthfeel yet refreshing feel, dry finish.

Some part of this reminds me of Belgian Blond Ale like mild fruity ester and honey notes (must be from that beard yeast!). Interesting and not bad at all.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is yeasty. Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow color. Belgian wang, but otherwise tasty. Not like eating a man’s beard. Banana like, squash like. Medium carbonation. Shared with Mike D and Russell."

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and yellow with a small white head, fades but never disappeared. Smells like a saison, a wild ale, a brett ale, strange. Tastes slightly sour, a little funky, a bit fruity. Crisp and dry finish. Unique, at the intersection of several styles.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a little haze, a moderate amount of slow rising bubbles, and a finger of white head.

Very lager-ish, with hints of apples, pears, Belgian pale ale-esque phenols. (I can tell what his beard's been brewing:)).

Totally follows the nose. Very light and lager-ish with Belgian pale ale phenols, apples and pear juice. It ends with hints of bananas, and an adjunct lager dry cardboard quality. A little bitterness but not much. Pale malts all throughout it.

Medium light body, medium to high soda pop like carbonation.

As much as I expected but more. Feels a little gross to drink the contents of some guy's beard. Almost a queasy awkward closeness to a person you don't know. I love beards. Love my beard. Hail to the beards! CNX July 17th, 2016.

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Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I have to admit that I was apprehensive about this beer. Something about beer, made from beard yeast, seemed offsetting. However, it's not half bad. Mostly clear gold in color, with a two finger white head, the beer is attractive. The smell is fruity, like apple and citrus peel, and the taste is moderately tart. Some sweetness, that really comes out in the mid-taste through the finish. Medium-full in body. Earthy. Not bad.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/31/16:

First pour has a cider-like in appearance, orange-gold amber, very clear, but for suspended web of fine haze. Second pour, much more opaque and thick with fine haze. Topped with fine, foamy, creamy-white head. Moderate retention, superb lacing. Aromatically complex, and all that I hoped for. A bit fruity along the lines of apple, pear, light berry suggestion. Grain and cooked green notes that I suspect derive from the yeast, not at all unpleasant. Definitely notice the Belgian influence. A little less fruity to the taste, but still akin to pears or apples. Tart. Fairly grainy, would be harsh but for the balance. A little candy sugar perhaps? Also, cooked greens again, very subdued. Mild, rindy, metallic, and spicy hopping fits well. Some Saison-like character, so spiciness in part could be derived from the microbes. Dry, fairly clean finish. Medium-bodied, dense with fine carbonation, first tingly, then gulpable, consistent, and almost velvety.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first wild ale. Copper in color and a very thick head. taste between a cider and golden ale. Went down smooth and was worth the try for this beer.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a light mostly clear amber color with a very nice head and good lacing.

Smell – A cidery funky yeast.

Taste – A slightly bitter pilsner like taste, crossed with a Belgian golden ale. The cideriness is light.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation, crisp, dry, and just slightly cidery.

Drinkability – This a decent beer, though I didn’t find it special enough to want more.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, yeast, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a yeast profile that makes this one somewhat like a Belgian blonde to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bomber.

Appearance: Bright golden with plenty of carbonation leading to a fluffy off-white head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma: Not super aromatic. Some dry grain and Belgian-esque esters. A bit of vinegar. Not sour per-say.

Taste: Like a Belgian blonde ale with a bit of tart flavor. Any yeast acquired from a beard is likely wild, which would explain the wide range of pear and spice esters along with the slight tartness due to a high attenuation. Overall though, quite light on the flavor and refreshing if a bit dry in the aftertaste. Bitterness hits a high point during the finish but still remains well balanced.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with a little too much carbonation. A bit cloying from the dryness. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: An interesting concept and pretty well executed. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My advice: read the bottle first, then ignore what you read, and then drink it for the experience, because it's not a good enough beer to pay a lot or go out of your way for, but it is good enough to add to that beer bucket list of yours. "Yeah, I once had a beer brewed with the yeast of the brewer's beard..." ""

Pours a hazy pale yellow with medium fizz and a good deal of carbonation. In all honesty, aside from a bit of lemongrass and a biscuity, yeasty (don't gag!) smell, this one kinda reminds me of Yuengling a bit. Odd for a really pale ale, but that's where it takes me. A bit sweet at first with more lemongrass on the palate, and then a dry, crisp finish, and again, pretty heavy soda-level carbonation.

Like I said, this beer didn't blow my mind and I won't be craving a second anytime soon (sadly, I bought two though), but worth it for the story and a reasonably tasty brew anyway, so extra overall points for being cool.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This pours with an exceptional two finger thick dense creamy white head that retains quite well. The color of the beer itself is is slightly hazy and is copper/golden/brown in color. The carbonation looks quite aggressive with many columns of bubbly goodness rising to the top. Lacing is awesome as well....lots of thick, clumpy foam sticks to my glass!

S- Yeasty pastries, sweet bread, creamy biscuit aromas are dominant, with less dominant smells of berries such as strawberry and stone fruit like apricot and/or peach. There is a mild spice about this and tart leafy finish that at the same time is rather smooth.

T- Very fresh flavors overall with a unique mild tartness from the yeast, which doubles up flavor wise with creamy bready notes....just slightly of lemon...quite nice! Malt flavors are caramel sweet and balance the funk of the wildness this one brings. Slight spice that is peppery....this lingers on the palate with just a burst of heat. Very nice!

M/O- Light to medium bodied brew with fairly aggressive carbonation, as noted in the appearance, but super refreshing with the citrus flavor and mild spice blended with berry fruits and sweet malt! This is a very unique brew and the wild beard yeast contributed to something I wasn't expecting nor necessarily wanting to try, but I'm glad I did! I recommend this and would definitely purchase again! Great job by Rogue!

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: medium brown/ dark honey color, smell: lemon, grass, hops., feel: light and not overly carbonated., taste: not overly sweet or bitter, has a sort of Belgian beer taste. Overall, in my opinion, a very drinkable beer for those warm summer days!

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Photo of doktorhops
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From Baird Beer we go to Beard Beer [There. See. Did. I. What?]. Yes, I hear your collective groans at yet another review of another Rogue brew... What?! That groan was about my terrible Baird/Beard pun? I thought it was rather clever and dashing, like James Bond’s underpants - the Sean Connery James Bond of course... anyway I’ve got this and another Rogue beer to review as they were the only examples of styles I’ve never tried that I could get my hands on - in Beard Beers case ‘American Wild Ale’ - though I have [spoiler alert] read reviews saying it was a lacklustre example of the style, I don’t care - I want to review one of every style *evil chanting* “one of every style, one of every style”.

Poured from a ye olde weird American-sized 650ml tallie into a Duvel tulip.

A: Oh yeah, before you drink this beer do yourself a favour and DO NOT READ where it gets its name. This fine brew presents itself with a hazy orange body and an immense 1 and a half inch white head that soon whittles down to a less-immense 1 cm, because I love throwing metric and imperial in the same sentence. 7/10.

S: Stewed vegetable alert: This brew smells like stewed vegetables. That is all. I hope this isn’t going to be a Delirium Tremens [I’m talking about my review of DT not actual DT which would also suck] introduction to the American Wild Ale style. Hints of sweet caramel malt and some spiciness struggle to overcome the stewed veggies but they have a real fight on their hands with this funk. 2/10.

T: Flavour is a huge step up (though I still suspect this is an infected bottle) with a Belgian Tripel-esque profile: Sweet candi sugar/honey base, coriander spice, cider apple and cloves. The stew vegetables still comes through if you breath in whilst sipping - it’s a bizarre and distracting note that kind of ruins this beer a little. It has a hint of tartness and is dry in the finish. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a prickly but light carbonation. 7/10.

D: The story behind the beer didn’t get me retching - yeast is yeast no matter where/how it was raised so really there’s little difference between beard yeast and the cellar yeast where Lambics are brewed. What did make me retch, and really struggle to finish this brew, was the stewed veggie aroma that I’ve only encountered before in Delirium Tremens - I did a re-review of that brew and found that it must have been an infected bottle - I don’t have that luxury with this being a one-off limited release, however it served its box-ticking purpose, NEXT! 5/10.

Food match: Vegetable stew anyone???

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Photo of MUTINY
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. This is a pleasant, un-challenging wild ale. It's light on the palate, very drinkable with only a slight funk. There's a neat spicy note that colors the entire palate. Typically when I think wild ale I expect a bit more funkiness, but this really delivers a milder, malty, quaffable brew with an interesting backstory.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing a huge & aggressive, moderately lasting, shaving cream foam, white head that leaves clumpy rings & splotches of lace. Aroma is white bread, pie crust & lemon-lime sherbet with peach, orange, green apple, hay, floral & beard yeast funk hints. Taste is similar but more robust: bready & fruity green apple, white grapes & peach, with a yeasty mustiness that is faintly phenolic. Throughout the sip a nice balance of sweet & sour with sour becoming more dominant in a lightly acidic & drying finish that develops a petite astringency in the sour-bitter but shortlived aftertaste. The aftertaste provides the only bitter offering in the brew. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy but crisp, dry, lightly astringent & chewy.

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Photo of --weezl--
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a much better beer than i was expecting, much more emotionally damaging also. wish i had read the bottle before drinking, but didnt stop drinking once i knew the taste and the truth!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind

S- crisp and toasted malt with a hint of candied lemon peel, just a hint of yeasty funk, otherwise pretty clean

T- sweet and malty base with just a trace of lemon funk tartness that gives flavors of lemon peel and coriander, sugary sweetness continues through to the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a gimmick beer that was certainly palatable, but not what you'd expect from a wild ale

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short Review. Not bad, I think if I tried it blind I would just think it was an american brewed Belgian wit or something, so it looks like the brewers yeast took a lot of Belgian yeast like characteristics, I thought it would be more like a slightly funky pac man yeast and since i don't care for pac man yeast too much I'm happy it wasn't like that. It's not bad and I think it's funny how the concept can really freak some people out.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly malty and moderately funky in an OK way. Nothing to write home about, but it has an interesting wild-ale character: grassy, farmhousey and earthy.

Taste: sweet malt with a little butteriness and just a hint of funk. It's actually balanced and subtle in a way that the aroma doesn't quite achieve. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and creaminess, befitting the style.

Overall: this is not a bad beer at all. It's a bit on the sweet-and-subtle side, but really pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've toyed with the pros and cons of drinking a brewmaster's beard. At the end of the day, this was a worthwhile experience. This is a yeasty, gamey brew - not unlike some of the homebrew I used to make. I don't imagine I will go out of my way to buy this again.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
1.81/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - 2.25 - Poured a clear gold with lot of murky haze. For the ABV being so low, this beer has absolutely pathetic head potential and retention, pretty much nonexistent.
S - 1.75 - Smells like a domestic beer. There MIGHT be the absolute most faint trace of a grapefruit hoppy smell far far in the background, but aromas of beers such as Bud Light, Keystone and Coors take center stage.
T - 1.25 - There is a decently pleasant sweetness upfront with a nice bite of carbonation, but suddenly a foul farmhouse-esque funk sets in, ending with a sharp metallic bite. Not pleasant in the least. After taste is quite pleasant though.
F - 3.5 - Decently crispy, medium thin body. Slight bit of oiliness to it.
O - 1.5 - The upfront flavors and after taste are decent, but the main bulk of the experience is a harsh and metallic one. I'm glad I purchased for the novel concept of the beer and to keep the bottle, but the experience of it was pretty bad.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: very oily, thick straw gold, sudzy head creamy and rich, decent retention
S: tart, funky, not to dumb it down too much but smells like wild yeast, piney
T: tart, a tad fruity subtle lemon and warm clove, apricot maybe some peach even?
M: oily but not in a bad way
O: this was in a premise a disgusting idea, I don't know why I bought it but I did, this is a good and pleasant beer, tastes alot like the lips of faith gruit from new belgium, it is good but not enough to get past the gimmick,what i mean is that while it's an interesting and really kinda gross idea, this could so easily be done without beard yeast this is a standard, though solid, wild ale

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high fluffy white head that died down, leaving a layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast and bready malts are present in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of bready malts along with some hints of funk from the wild yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot more drinkable and pleasant than my initial expectations. It is an interesting twist on the style.

Serving type: bottle

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