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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheSixthRing on 07-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,800
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
476
pDev:
14.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
100
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thin head with nice lacing on a hazy golden with copper hue body. Aroma of cherry, strawberry, candy sugar, bread dough. For the style you want more from the aroma. Flavor is mild also leave you wanting more with dark fruit, banana, yeast and breads. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I guess the premise is interesting but the beer isn't.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

cool concept and a strange beer overall. somewhere between a Belgian tripel and a Belgian pale, I am surprised how much Belgian character has come out of the yeast in this cats beard. a slightly tart, two row and wheat based brew with some haze and a lot of carbonation. funky Belgian fruit esters from the yeast meet basic saison strain dryness. the malt has some added sugar character, more in line with the tripel style, but the sweetness is mostly fermented out. not sure where that citrusy tartness comes from, its kind of weird but I like it a lot. some lingering funk on the finish long after the swallow that I like more when its warm than when its cold, but a fun project and a very drinkable result. id like to see more of this bizarre yeast harvesting, makes some cool beer this time around.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Its a love hate story: when you hear that there's a beer that's made from the cultivated yeast from the brewmaster's beard; you think, "awesome!". But then when you're asked to taste it, the though of chucking down a bristle or two causes the throat to clinch. Its both the masterful part of their campaign and its greatest hindrance all in the same.

But as the beer pours, its a lightly milky gold color with glimmers of both straw and copper. Its dainty rise of foam gives the beer a scattered head character after just a minute or so. With retention being light and retention in question, the appearance is slightly faltering as if dispensed from cask.

Zesty and acidic, its aromas are lightly of bread and citrus. A little on the doughy side, the scent of lemon, apple and lime ride along side of the yeast and malt. Modestly spicy with clove, white pepper and mint, the beer seems quite Hefeweizen-like- especially with its light vanilla character.

Then to taste, the beer quickly sheds its short-lived grainy-sweet taste in order to favor a vivid citrus and grassy taste. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples and berries all play into its mix while light zinfindale acidity, saltwater taffy and mild sandalwood add subtle complexities just before the beer finishes grassy with bitterness and with a tinge of peppercorn.

Mid-light in texture, the beer edges quite near to thin and watery texture, but never crosses the line. But its refreshing acidity saves its reputation as the lightness is easily understood as drinkability. Clean and crisp in finish, its modest alcohol comes across as minty rather than warm. Its quick aftertaste is banana-like and with light cellar-like must.

Though I applaud Rogue's assertive brewing inspirations and even more, its marketing transparency (perhaps to a fault), I find that the cultures in John Mayer's beard to lack the depth of flavor, complexity or full fermentation that's necessary to result in a formidable American Wild Ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Another novel, if slightly nauseating concept from Rogue. I do like the reference to 'old growth beard', though. The trope of beards in the beer world is thus perpetuated.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of smoke tendril lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of zesty lemon and orange pith, dry sourdough malt, a weak earthy yeastiness, a bit of apple skin, clove and black pepper spice, some soft leafy, weedy hoppiness, and a faint wooden vanilla essence - more witbier than wild ale at this point. The taste is lightly tart lemon and lime rind, an ethereal funk (band name copyrighted), semi-sweet doughy caramel malt, laid-back clove and tropical fruit notes, white pepper, and nicely lolling earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, just a wee underlying hum, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a tacit attempt at introductory smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the sour maltiness playing keep-away with the floundering clove and funk malingerers.

A rather drinkable affair, after that (innocuous, I know) scare tactic marketing angle. Anyways, the overall effect is that of one soft, lightly spiced witbier, with only the mildest of funk, no more than the remainder you would find in any version of the proscribed style here. Hardly your typical wild ale, flavour-wise, but if it was this particular 'wild' yeast that got us here, then I'm not complaining.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On-draught @ Rogue San Francisco.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/14/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, bananas, some spice, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, bananas, citrus and faint spices. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't sure where to catergorize this beer so I'll keep it where it is here on BA.Poured into an impy nonic a clear lighter golden colot with a nice tightly formed half finger white head atop.Yeasty phenols in the nose that gives off a little chalkiness and herbal notes.Flavors of chalk and herb with mild citric notes,the yeast is dominant.Not bad but it's par for the course in my opinion.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
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