AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love Rogue’s signature on its hoppy beer. Orangey amber in color with a thick, rocky head from bottle conditioning. Aroma is fragrant with hops that show some perfume, spiciness, and a subdued, though round orangey citrus with a sweet, cotton candy malt foundation. Flavor and aroma are one with the addition of some hard water character giving a chalky nuance to the palate. This is very balanced for a big beer and it is as brutally sweet as it is hoppy.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 Lively hops, and nice and smooth on the palate, without the sticky texture. slightly sweet and fruity, but not overdone by any means. I was expecting an ass kickin on my palate. But bitter, it is. Always great brews from Rogue.
tennisjoel (1271) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color. Impressive carbonating bubbles racing to the top of the beer. Long lasting white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Grapefruit/citrus notes. My type of beer. Hoppy but very smooth finish; not brutal, as the title suggests. Solid beer! Another Rogue winner.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque amber. Creamy head. Not as bitter as the name suggests. Dry, crisp, hoppy with citrus notes.
thebeertourist (5161) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy amber with a big creamy off-white head. Complex citrus aroma with oranges and grapefruit. Flavour start with malty sweetness, but develops quite bitter with a dry finish. Medium body.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bottle. Murky orange amber with a small offwhite head. Large caramel malt aroma with herbal hop accents. Caramel malt, some toastiness, with some citrus/resinous and some spicy/herbal hop characteristics. Finish is somewhat astingent with residual maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry.0
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rich O’s Pours a medium copper with a thin hazzy head. The hops really come through in the aroma. nice hop flavor which changes over to the sweet English malts. Very pleasant, not quite brutal. A great tasting beer.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy coppery orange color with a small yellowish head. Aroma is very strong floral hops with hints of lemon and orange and sweet malt. The amount of carbonation is about perfect, and it has a real nice complexity on the tongue. I guess I’ve never really had an ESB before, but this tasted an awful lot like a top shelf IPA. You had the strong hops flavor with some orange and other citrus coming through, a bit of caramel and sweet malt and some bitter on the finish. Like most every other Rogue I’ve had, it’s excellent. Makes me wish I took a trip to Oregon.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Medium copper with a slight chill haze that clears rather quickly. Medium off white head settles after a few minutes to a thin coat of fine bubbles. Citrus hop aroma over a backdrop of malty sweetness. Wonderful mouthfeel and very mild carbonation. Light roasted and caramel malt flavors are punctuated quickly by citrus hops and light bittering. Finish is dry, mildly astringent. Perfectly balanced. A truly enjoyable beer.
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy and murky orange-copper, almost like a harvest moon, with a small fizzy white head that becomes a patchy rocky film shortly. Fragrant floral fruit and citrus hop combined aroma with a lightly roasted caramel sweet malt (cookie) background. Flavor is heavily bitter and sour citrus rind hop with a light acidity and caramel malt body. Medium bodied and fizzy palate, goes a tad dry but very drinkable and refreshing. Lives up to its name in a pleasant and inviting way.