Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA – Rogue Ales (Newport, OR, USA)

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Chipotle Ale – Rogue Ales, 8.02% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Newport, Oregon, USA)

printed on the back:

“In a bold collaboration with Mother Nature, we grow 7 varieties of aroma hops at Rogue Farms in Independence, OR. We also string, stake, train, test, trim, separate, sort, kiln and cool them. Brewmaster John Maier had 7 varieties available, but rather than picking from among them, he chose to use all 7 to create a proprietary palate for 7 Hop IPA.

Malts: Rogue Farms Dare,™ Risk,™ Maier & Dare™ R-3

Hops: Rogue Farms Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Rebel, Independent, Freedom & Alluvial

Yeast & Water: Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toasted toffee malt soft bitter orange grassy hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn (Hastings St.)
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, quite smooth

Visual: Pours bright brown-orange with a smallish dissipating head, a thin spotty layer of micro retention, lots of scattered slow steady streams.

Nose: fruity citrus vibrant hops, sweet toffee malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: malty-oily slick mouthfeel, smooth entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) malty toffee sweet, resin, orange citrus

Finish: tingly-light burpy, clean light toasted malt, soft bitter grapefruit grassy hopped finish.

Summary: A very palatable and approachable IPA with soft but prominent flavours that aren’t too taxing in terms of bitterness.

Chipotle Ale – Rogue Ales (Newport, OR, USA)

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Chipotle Ale – Rogue Ales, 5.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Newport, Oregon, USA)

printed on the front-right label:

“Dedicated to Spanish Author Juan de la Cueva, who in 1575, wrote of a Mexican dish that combined seedless chipotles with ale. This ale is deep amber in color with a rich malty aroma and delicately spiced with smoked jalapeño peppers to give it that extra bite!”

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  • Style: (chipotle) Spiced ale
  • Taste: Simple toffee malt smoky chipotle sweet amber
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn (Hastings St.)
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., February 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not super impressive

Visual: Pours clear medium brown with barely any head, a thin even layer of retention, no streams just several bubbles here and there.

Nose: dried smoky chipotle pepper mixed with sweet toffee malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sharp dry crispness, bubbly-tingly-creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, light acidity, (MAIN) toffee barley malt, orange citrus

Finish: lasting chipotle smokiness, very subtle spicy kick, soft light bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Not a whole lot of length other than the smoky chipotle, nor much depth. Just okay.

Roguenbier Rye Ale (Chatoe Rogue GYO) – Rogue Ales (Newport, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: [B-],  I gave it a (3.2 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Roguenbier Rye Ale – Rogue Ales, 6.6% ABV – 25 IBU – 650ml., (Newport, Oregon, USA)

on the back label:

“Dedicated to Farmers, Fermenters & Brewers. GYO is a Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own. We made this ale with our own rye, hops and barley.

Farming takes determination. Our entire first planting of Rogue farms Dream Rye was eaten by a wave of slugs in 24 hours. We were determined to grow and brew with our own rye, so we replanted. Dare, Risk, Dream.

Brewed using 9 ingredients: Rogue Dream™ Rye; Rogue Black, Rogue Smoked, Rogue Caramel 40 and Rogue Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Hopyard Independent Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Weizen Yeast.”

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  • Style: (also barley) Rye Ale
  • Taste: Caramel bready malty rye soft hopped ale
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $9 – 650ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, not amazing but solid

Visual: Pours nutty root beer brown with smallish foamy head, a very thin layer of micro retention, some decent lacing, some varied speed streams.

Nose: light brown sugar malts, smells like a brune (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: very biting crisp, yeasty sourness

Mid-palate: background hopped sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, caramel, bready, yeasty

Finish: hint of quick spiciness,, smooth-crisp mouthfeel malty off-dry soft hopped bitter finish.

Summary: Very drinkable especially while still cold. Overall good body, mouthfeel, and flavour. Forgettable but not regrettable.

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch – Rogue Brewery (Newport, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch – Rogue Brewery, 4.8% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Newport, OR, USA)

on the back of the bottle:

“Situated just across from 40 acres of Rogue hops, 119 colonies of bees were carefully kept and fed and the honey was uncapped, extracted, filtered, and finally infused into a refreshing Honey Kolsch ale.”

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  • Style: (Honey) Flavoured Kölsch
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: It says ale on the bottle which I bet is correct, but let’s just say it’s a lager because it drinks like one. Pours cloudy golden lager yellow with a smallish lasting creamy head, a thin layer of retention, some lacing, not that many slow singular streams.

Nose: faint citrus grassy malt (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp fizzy smoothness

Mid-palate: mellow (lvl-5)-lager sweetness, fizzy crisp, (MAIN) malts, honey, mild lemon citrus

Finish: persistent honey sweetness, very soft hopped bitter malty sweet finish.

Summary: Drinks like a medium-bodied lager, like an upgraded version of the big company beers out there (Kokanee, Bud, etc.). Not terribly complex or deep, it’s a nice meal beer.

Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – Rogue (Newport, OR, USA)

Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – Rogue, 6.5% ABV – 1 pt.9.4 oz, (Newport, OR, USA)

13 Ingredients: Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts; Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Independent Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast Specs: 14º PLATO 30 IBU 76 AA 30º Lovibond World Class Package: 750ml painted bottle.

  • Style: Smoked Beer
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Intense smoke->watery malts-> maple caramel-> lingering smoke
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $16 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours maple syrup brown, smallish head, some slow-moving CO2 streams. Very intense and aromatic applewood & hickory smoke on the nose. A burst of hickory smoke up front, light and watery malts in the mids, light sweetness (3/10), minor saltiness, light maple caramel, finishes with a long smokiness and a light bitterness. Some medium sourness as the beer warms. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, good drinkability. Definitely a unique beer and one of the best looking bottles I’ve ever seen.

MoM Hefeweizen ale brewed with Rose petals – Rogue, 5.2% ABV, (Newport, Oregon)

  • My Rating: D+
  • Why I don’t like it: rough going down; devoid of rose flavour
  • Where I got it: Sobey’s (Southbrook)
  • How much: $8, 1 Pt. 6 fl.oz., May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours marmalade orange, small head. Drinks very wheaty and airy, low depth and almost watery. No rose petal flavour at all, quite disappointing. Partially sour and not particularly exciting. Drinkable, but barely.

Imperial India Pale Ale – Rogue, 9.5% ABV, (Newport, Oregon)

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: intense flavour and smoothness
  • Where I got it: Sobey’s (Southbrook)
  • How much: $20, 1 Pt. 10 fl.oz., May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy peachy orange, with a nice foamy head. Strong aromatic tangerine nose. Drinks with a nice creamy mouthfeel, tastes of tangerine, bitter orange peel, apricot, and transitions in to a super long lingering 9/10 bitter finish. Hits hard and aggressive. Very drinkable, particularly when nicely chilled.