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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 GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, golden-blonde coloring with a ton of carbonation and a big, thick, foamy, off-white head that starts around an inch and slowly settles into a low profile coat. Aromas of berries all over the place, with some tart notes, a toasted backbone, and an overall tangy sweetness. Flavors are toasty forward, with a blending of cherry and berry sweetness to follow, but a slight bit underwhelming for the anticipation from the aromas. There is a hint of tart and slightly sour in the back of the tongue, but only an inkling. Overall, the toasty notes carry through a smooth, easy going palate. Light and crisp from the carbonation, there is a toasted and slightly floral aftertaste, with hints of tart shining through once again. The finish is surprisingly smooth given the body, although there is a definitive crisp end to the fruity characteristics shortly before the body of the beer is finished washing over your palate. Interesting brew, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a little smoke, green olives in brine, aged creek water and old vegetables. Not awesome.
The taste is younger creek water, mild lemon bitterness and a watery finish.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
I would never drink this again. An idea worth enjoying as a homebrew experiment.

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Photo of BVukelich
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think my wife wanted to throw up when I had her read the label on the back about the origin of this beer. Yes, inspired by head brewer's beard and the "who-knows-what" that is found within. I feel like this isn't a serious attempt of making anything great that will be around season after season. Plus what would they do once the guy with the beard moves on or passes on?

Beer poured a medium, golden with little to no head. Aroma was musty, earthy with a bit of funk. Original sips were prickly on the lips due to medium+ carbonation. Taste reflected the aroma, on the funky side. It has a low IBU and wasn't bitter at all. Viscosity was average. As I let the beer warm, it left more of a fruity aftertaste. Been there, tried that. Won't be drinking this one again unless it was the only option.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I really didn't know what to expect from this one. Thanks to one of my co-workers (Joe) he picked up this beer after reading the history behind it. (Wild yeast from the beard).

Without pouring it, it looked like a wheat style beer, a bit cloudy. The aroma was a combination of a wheat ale and a saison ... lots of aromatic spices.

The taste to me was a cross between those two types of beer with somewhat of a leading edge towards the saison/farmhouse ale style

Worth trying - once

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast notes and bready wheat along with pear-like esters and banana.
Equally refreshing flavours. More pear notes and doughy wheat along with some sweet malt and peppery notes. Amazingly refreshing.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with yeast cultivated from the brewer's beard, that's probably enough to put some people off. But I'm game for anything. 22oz bomber purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a slightly hazy orange colour, strange because it looked quite clear in the bottle, so had maybe been disturbed. Head is a pancake-pocked film of pure white that leaves some streaky lace. Powdery carbonation. It looks decent enough.

Nose is slightly Belgian in character, with some hint of funky Brett-like aromas. Slight vegetative overtones, some green olive and a bit of spice. In any case, most of the aroma comes from the yeast, and it's fairly neutral otherwise. I guess that's the point.

Taste is bright, light, and fairly clean. Slight bready yeastiness on the back, along with a hint of astringency and a touch of spice. Finish is smooth bur rather empty: perhaps just a touch of salt or acid. Feel is light, but relatively smooth.

It's pretty drinkable, and honestly, pretty dull. Apart from the gimmick of its genesis, there's not a whole heap here that makes this stand apart. Unless you care, and know, what it is, it's a perfectly decent, perfectly forgettable brew.

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

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patch foam and a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, light citrus, Belgian yeast (well travelled beard), light Blegian spicing, mildly vegetal. Flavor is biscuit and lightly bready malt, mild tartness with hints of Bretty yeast, citrus, finishes with mild wild yeast and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. Not really a wild ale, or at least a mild one. It seems not sure if its going to be a dry Belgian saison or sour wild ale, so kind of unexciting and unorganized. Much better than the name and origin would suggest and an interesting concept, but not much here to return to for me.

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Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in imperial pint glass. Beer is neutral amber in color with a moderate white head, and big soda bubbles rising from the bottom. Fairly neutral ale-type aroma as well, with a little hint of adjuncty sweetness. Doesn't smell like a sour ale, which I'd feared from the "beard"/wild ale description. Flavor brings a little bit of funk but is actually quite restrained, while bringing in some clove and coriander flavors. The zesty carbonation actually works well with the mild sourness profile and gentle dose of NW hops. All in all a super well balanced brew if not necessary any more interesting than could be hoped from the label.

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Photo of fitius5150
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle from Freddy's. Seems like a marketing gimmick, and maybe it is, but this is an outstanding beer. Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) - this is a Belgian clone using wild yeast strains, apparently from the master brewer's beard. That's the gimmick part. Wild yeasts are nothing new, and add a wonderful layer of complexity. The banana and fruity esters aren't overpowering like some Belgians can be - very balanced with a great aroma. Pours a hazy orange with little head. A little pricey but definitely a nice treat.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale yellow and bubbly like soda. Vigorous pour to bring up the head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet maltiness with apples and grapefruit

T - Big sweet malts, lots of citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Only slightly bitter and not much presence of alcohol.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Very soda like and not very sticky.

O - It's an ok beer but nothing really exciting other than the source of the yeast. Definitely a good conversation starter but not a beer I'll come back to.

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Photo of Sekhmet
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know much about rating beer. With that being said, I thought this beer was not bad tasting, but the idea of it being made from the yeast of a man's beard messed with my mind so much that I wouldn't finish drinking it. However, I like the novelty of it. I like being able to say I drank a beer made from a man's beard! @.@

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I guess the brewmaster cultivated some fairly well behaved yeasts in his beard. This is a nice Belgian-y light copper ale. It throws a bit of peach and very, very slight sour notes. Hop notes are very, very light which accentuates the yeast. Not a lot of complexity to the malt flavor.Overall, an enjoyable Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at Liquor Shed with some apprehension.

A hazy medium gold/yellow colour, the foam does it's thing with a good head and good lacing.

The nose, to me, has a lot of citrus and clove, maybe not so much citrus, more of a coriander smell. I get some sweet that reminds me of candi sugar, a hint of something directing me towards the tart but maybe not.

Okay, the taste doesn't live up to the smell. Clove, some coriander, a hint or 2 of pepper, some sweetness that, how do I put this, comes from a low grade candi sugar, if that even exists. The smell was lively and vibrant, tasting leaves a bit to desired for my palate.

This beer does pretty much nothing for my palate. Yeah, I glad I tried it and got this review in but this is definitely a one off.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Surprisingly saw this sitting on the shelf at the local beer store, so intrigue forced me to pick one up. Going in as unbiased as possible; I haven't got much idea what to expect.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a bright burnt orange colored body with some bubbles streaming topside. Just under two fingers of soapy off-white foam. Some spotty lacing, but none of it really sticks. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Smell is more witbier than it is American wild ale, but this was to be expected based on the reviews of others. Baked banana bread, brown sugar, honey, hint of yeast, and some cloves.

T - Taste follows the nose: banana breadiness, clove spice, white pepper, faint citrus, and just a hint of yeast funk. Definitely more of a witbier than it is American wild ale.

M - Feel ends pretty clean with just a bit of stickiness lingering. Crisp and clean. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking beer, although clearly more of a witbier than it is an American wild ale, despite the 'wild yeast' involved. Not entirely sure I would want this again, but it was well worth the try. A unique beer.

Rogue Beard Beer ---4/5.

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3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mildly translucent golden color with little head to speak of initially, though the dregs of the bomber produced more when poured. Color is quite pleasing though, for what it's worth.

Smell has notes of fresh wet laundry from the washer, corn husks, and white bread.

Taste is mild and pleasant, with bready, grainy undertones sprawling all around and a surprisingly snappy, mild peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is quite lively. The body is fairly thick but there's a good, interesting carbonation that makes this a pleasure to drink.

I always enjoy a good wild ale. While this one is pretty tame compared to many, the idea is novel and also hilarious, and comedy earns points in my book. The product is certainly enjoyable enough too.

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Photo of Auraan
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber/orange with a thin white head. Pretty good appearance, nothing amazing though. Scents of fruity esters, clove, banana, bready yeast, sweet malt, some pepper, faint hints herbal hops, faint citrus zest and a bit of an earthy aroma. Very similar in nose to a witbier or hefeweizen, with just a bit of a wild earthy scent, none of the sour notes of other wild ales. Quite nice, but not really wild. Flavor begins with a bit of an apple-like flavor, moving into a bready, yeasty, flavor with a bit clove spice, some slight apricot notes, a bit of herbal hop bitterness, a bit higher than your usual witbier or hefeweizen, some slightly sour citrus flavors and faint citrus pith hints appear in the middle of the sip, finishes with a big hit of wheat cracker and herbal hops, with a bitter herbal hop aftertaste. As it warms the sweet fruity and malt flavors come out a little more however the herbal hops stick around, especially on the finish. Good, again quite similar to a witbier, in fact almost entirely a witbier in flavor, but with a bit more hops than usual and some very faint sour notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, a somewhat drying mouthfeel and a drying finish. It's easy to drink, and the drying quality urges you to drink more. Overall this is a pretty good beer. It's essentially a witbier, but with a bit lower carbonation and some slight wild character. It's certainly not that wild of an ale however, and it's no where near as bizarre as one would expect from the yeast source. It's quite good though and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Rutager
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks (I think) to my parents for bringing this one back from the brewery.

Appearance. Pours an "apple juice" amber-gold with a finger almost white head that fades fairly quick. No hairs floating around, thank god.

Smell. Sweet grainy malts, light citrus hops and bready yeast.

Taste. Light citrus acidity and some grassy hops. A little bit of that lightly sweet grainy malt, but nothing as strong as the smell. Light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-low body, medium carbonation.

Overall. I wish I didn't know that one of the main ingredients in this didn't come from some beardo's face. That being said, it's not a bad beer. Still gives me the creeps a little though.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow color with a half finger head that went away fast.
Smells yeasty with hints of apple cider.
Taste was really good with a strong apple juice flavor and bready flavor.
Also got some flavors of strawberries and banana surprisingly.
Got better as it warmed and it was never very carbonated.
I had this beer with dinner and it was very nice. By itself it's probably most enjoyable on a hot day. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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 biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Etan
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still can't believe I bought this. 22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice-looking auburn with a small white head.

S: Smells like a hefeweizen or witbier. Mild cloves, honey, a little floral, pale malt.

T: Likewise, the taste brings delicate clove and light apricot notes, along with pleasant bready maltiness and a bit of leafy hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with fine carbonation.

O: So the yeast they harvested from this guy's beard ended up being another mildly boring hefeweizen yeast? The beer tastes fine, but I was at least expecting something interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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 KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very clear almost filtered appearance presented itself with a very cohesive head and some sporadic lacing.

The scent was phenolic with a clovey, bubblegum aroma but it had a mellow sweetness.

The flavors were less Wild and more Hefe with clove and banana, some wheat like flavor and a touch of doughy malt. A little sweet with a little bready, doughy and dry malt this is more mellow wheat beer and less Wild Ale.

The feel is dry and slightly astringent but it's also quite crisp and refreshing. Despite the strange origin of the yeast it serves as an easy and tasteful experience.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates to a wispy film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt and citrus. Full-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, sweet malt and ripe fruit. The finish is syrupy with a honey and fruit aftertaste. Above average overall.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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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