Barley’s Irish Rogue
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Brewed to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, the Rogue was our fourth beer and the first to which we added whole hops in the fermenter. A refreshing, hoppy ale that won’t slow down festive celebrations. Please -- no green dyes!

A little lighter in body than Barley’s Pale Ale, and just a wee more hops make this one a great year ’round session ale.

Unfortunately, we only brew it once a year, in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s an amber, though we wouldn’t object if you called it a red ale. What better way to celebrate the life of the patron Saint of Ireland? Certainly not with green beer.

Shall we attempt to guess how this umm, tradition started?

First, it couldn’t have been in Ireland. There, traditionally Guinness is the drink of choice on St Patricks Day. Would the Irish really foul good beer with green dye? Besides, it would be pretty difficult to dye black beer green, wouldn’t you agree?

The Germans have been known to put colored liqueurs into their wheat beers (Berliner anyone?), but they don’t celebrate Saint Patty’s Day, do they? They’ve got their own fish to fry--Oktoberfest.

OK, so that leaves someone in the good ole USA as the probable perpetrator. Some person, most likely not Irish at all, decided to desecrate beer in the name of St. Patrick. Real classy.

Then with plenty of help from slimy news types and big corporation breweries, it took off. Now it’s a part of American holiday tradition. Which is of course, take something and change it into something opposite of what it used to be.

It helps when there is a excuse to drink. Any excuse to drink is the sure fire bet into American tradition. Like football and NASCAR and beer pong.

Make up your mind. You want green, eat a salad. You want beer, drink Barley’s Irish Rogue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
On cask. Murky reddish-brown color with loose white head. Nice hop aroma with caramel malt background. Thin-bodied. Malty/biscuity taste with a mild hop finish. Very drinkable. Pretty good brew for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2006
On tap at alehouse #1 - Pours bright amber with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma consists of pleasant floral aroma over grains and caramel malts. Flavor is surprisingly quite hoppy. Lots of floral notes, some orange as well, and a touch of grapefruit. Backed pretty well with caramel malts and some grains as well. Palate is medium bodied and rather creamy. Very drinkable and a nice compliment to the food. I was pleasantly surprised on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Dark copper body with a thin head. Nothing notable for the aroma, very plain. Flavor is smooth with a medium hop complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1529) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 Amber with a small beige head. Malt aroma. Flavor of rye malt and strong hops. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAR 5, 2005
Wasn’t expecting much from this one, but I got more than I had bargained for. This beer pours a pale reddish color with almost no head. Looks very watery. Taste is very hoppy with a good malty backing. A little thin and watery, but the hops are done very nicely, better than any other irish ale I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Draft, comes a clear, reddish color with a small off-white head that diminished to a ring of bubbles. Sweet malty aroma, smooth sweet flavor with a crisp hop finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4/18/03: take home growler at ale house #1.
rich amber in color. no lace. spice, some hops (carameled hops) and malt to the taste. somewhat bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Well with St. Patrick's day nearly upon us, it was time to sample the new batch of Irish Rouge before the bar hoppers on that day drain the cask dry. This beer was an medium reddish amber color and formed an off white bubbly head that left circular lace as it subsided. A subtle aroma of malt and citrus with a slight grain element to it. The flavor was of malt and lightly of cirtrus. The finish had a slight bitterness to it, but nothing overpowering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1558) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Not as I expected but far better than I had hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2002
Didn’t have the body or head that I expected. Flavor was a little bitter, but I liked the roasted flavor. Tiny buttery aftertaste. A pretty good beer. I prefer the Russian from Barley’s.

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