Rogue

ROGUE ALES

The brewery opened its doors in October, 1988 in Newport, Oregon.  They hired, the now legendary brew master, John Maier in 1989 and have since been one of the premier breweries in the West Coast.  They have a floor malting facility, which is rare these days, that they use to grow and malt their own barley which gives it that homegrown feel.  No chemicals, additives, or preservatives is their motto for the beer they create.  They are really passionate about their beers and you will notice so by the amount of information they provide on their labels.

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Year-Round/Seasonals:

CHIPOTLE ALE: 86 Points

Chipotle Peppers

This ale is based on Rogue’s American Amber Ale with the addtion of smoked chipotle peppers. They use Cascade and Willamette hops to produce an IBU of 35. Available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Roasted chipotle peppers produce an eye opening chile flavor in this deep golden ale with a malty, smoky aroma and smooth, crisp flavor.”

My Description: This ale starts off with a big and foamy head that is off-white in color and retains most of its body throughout. The lacing is also nice and it isn’t necessarily glued on but it remains present for some time. The aroma is mild and you can pick up on the smoked chipotle pepper scent that this accompanied by a minor malt scent as well. This beer has a strong smokey taste that is not spicy as I thought it might be. The malty taste is minor in comparison to the smoke but that is expected. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and smokey, which will linger long after you swallow. It is medium bodied and fairly smooth. It is best to drink this around 40°F because the warmer it gets the less enjoyable it seems to be. I would pair this with corn on the cob, grilled chicken, or anything with BBQ sauce.

ABV: app. 4.8% Color: Light Cloudy Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10

DEAD GUY ALE: 94 Points

The dead know how to drink

This Maibock has an IBU of 40 and is available year-round in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “In the style of a German Maibock, using our proprietary Pacman ale yeast. Deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor.”

My Description: This beer was initially created to celebrate the Day of the Dead, but it is so good that I could see celebrating with this beer year-round. It has a nice sized, tan colored head with a good amount of lacing and really good retention level. The aroma is mainly malty with additional fragrant notes of caramel, dark fruits, and molasses. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a fairly dry finish. This beer is easy drinking with flavors of malt and some grain notes up front accompanied by a touch of citrus. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a hint of spice. The alcohol is nicely hidden and overall the beer is well balanced. It is best served at 45°F and pairs nicely with BBQ chicken, pork, or beef goulash.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Honey/Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

HAZELNUT BROWN NECTAR: 91 Points

Hazelnut, nice addition

This Brown Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish.”

My Description: I love the flavor addition of nuts in my Brown ales and hazelnut does not alter that opinion. It has a good sized, light beige head, that has sub-par retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is quite mild with notes of sweet malt, some hops, and a touch of hazelnut. It is medium bodied with an average carbonation level but drinks like a light body beer; it is smooth and thin. You will pick up flavors of of sweet malt throughout with a finish that is minimally bitter with a touch of hazelnut. The flavors are not profound, they are mild. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with spicy burgers, BBQ chicken, or pork tenderloins.

ABV: 6% Color: Brown/Ruby Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

IRISH STYLE LAGER: 87 Points

Irish

Irish Flutists

This Euro Style Lager is available in the Spring season in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An Irish style lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish. Perfect for floating Guinness!”

My Description: This is a very clean, smooth, and mellow beer that makes for a great session lager. It starts with a large and fluffy, white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle with notes of light malts, a touch of honey, and there is also some grassiness in there. It is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is not too complex. Upfront, there are notes of malts with a touch of hop spice. This transitions nicely into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with a crisp finish. Overall, this is a nice beer to drink around St. Patrick’s Day. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, roasted salmon, or baby back ribs.

ABV: 5%  Color: Hazy Straw/Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

JUNIPER PALE ALE: 83 Points

Juniper Pale Ale

This Rogue pale ale is brewed year-round and available in 22 oz. bottles and 12 oz. six packs. The IBU is 34, with a 3.2° Lovibond, and 13° Plato which is approximately 5.2% ABV.

Brewer’s Description:  “A pale ale, saffron in color with a smooth malt balance, floral aroma with a dry spicy finish from whole juniper berries.” They suggest pairing this ale with turkey and hot & spicy foods.

My Description:  This is lighter in body then I expected but that isn’t a flaw because it does not necessarily go against the style.  Pale ale’s can range from light to heavy depending on the brewer’s recipe.  The head is pretty decent that lingers for some time with minor lacing.  This ale has a mild aroma with notes of berries and hops.  The taste is initially balanced with minor notes of juniper but opens up to a more hoppy aftertaste. It is overall very smooth but the tastes just don’t pop like I wish they would. I would agree with the brewer’s food pairing choices. The ale goes for around $10 a six pack.

ABV: app. 5.2%  Color:  Mango  Sweetness:  3/10  Bitterness:  5/10

MOCHA PORTER: 90 Points

Oops, pour slowly!

This Porter has an IBU of 54 and is available year-round in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Ruddy brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt and hops with a light cream finish.”

My Description: I am surprised by how smooth this ale is, it caught me off guard. I was also surprised by how big and dense the head is. It is dark beige in color, it retains very nicely and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is dominated by roasted malts with a slight chocolate addition. It is roughly medium bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is lead by a delicious roasted malt taste accompanied by a mild chocolate note. Coffee makes it appearance here and there but not as much as I thought it would considering it’s called “Mocha Porter.” However, that did not affect the overall enjoyment of the brew. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a lingering roasty taste. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with blue cheese burgers, fish & chips, or a dark chocolate dessert.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

MOM HEFEWEIZEN: 84 Points

Softness from the roses

Softness from the roses

This Belgian inspired Wheat Ale is released year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Mom Hefeweizen is a refreshing, Belgian style blonde ale, infused with Rose Petals from Eugene, Oregon.”

My Description: To me, it isn’t so much that there is a rose flavor in the beer but that the rose almost gives the texture an added softness, which is welcoming and different. The head is good sized and white in color. The retention level is decent enough and it leaves behind a so-so amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting with notes of coriander, pale malts, and what I sense to be ginger. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There is definitely a peppery background to the flavor profile, which added with the notes of fruit esters and some citrus, makes this beer rather refreshing. The finish is clean with a minimal hint of bitterness. This is an easy drinking beer with hopes that your mom will like it too! It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled fish, BBQ chicken, or shrimp kabobs.

ABV: N/A  Color: Sunset Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

SOMER ORANGE HONEY ALE: 87 Points

Good Summer Beer

This wheat ale uses Crystal & Rogue Farms Willamette hops to produce an IBU of 10. It is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Brewer’s Description: “This unfiltered beer  has flavors of orange and honey with a nice medium-sweet malt character.”

My Description: If you’re looking for a nice beer to sip and enjoy in the summer, Somer Orange Honey will satisfy your thirst. It starts off with a decent head that is thin for this level of ABV but it does produce some lacing which holds for a few minutes. The aroma is complex; you will get notes of citrus, yeast, coriander, spices, accompanied by a minor floral fragrance. All these scents work nicely together to produce an aroma that is welcoming. This beer is smooth and medium bodied but drinks like a lighter bodied ale. In the beginning you will taste some honey and some spice that leads into a slightly dry aftertaste with notes of citrus and spice.  The level of carbonation is higher than other beers to give you a more Belgian wheat ale style feel. This is a nice wheat beer that is best served at 40°F and pairs nicely with BBQ, buffalo wings, or a bistro salad.

ABV: app. 5.4%  Color: Hazy Light Gold  Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 1/10