BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 [bottle] Pours a nice amber/orange color, with a decent head. Sweet, hoppy aroma. Flavors are malty on one end, bitter on the other (as expected). Kind of a let-down, I had higher expectations.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good beer, but I guess I was expecting a little more. It had plenty of bitterness, but felt a little thin in the mouth. Not very full bodied at and didn’t have much to it. Perhaps I’m just too spoiled with all of the barleywines, stouts, and IPAs that I ususally drink.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet cirtus nose, intense bitter mouth with sour orange/grapefruit overtones. Bubbly head with very nice lacing. This is a great beer. I wish I knew the enthaol content and as an earlier poster mentioned, the production or shelf date.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours hazy copper with a creamy, light-tan head that left remarkable lacing. Aroma is dominated by American C-Hops: flowers, grapefruit, pepper and pine. Flavor is nicely bitter. A crisp & strong malt profile helps tame the 59 IBU’s of hops very well, but the C-hops still take center stage. Rogue’s proprietary yeast is more sublte in this ale, with only a bit of that ’peppered plum’ characteristic coming through in the middle of a sip. Full-bodied, moderately-carbonated with a dry finish. A great ale.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this bottle was a little on the old side. there was no freshness date on the bottle but the store tagged it back in april, and it was not refrigerated.......anyway, the beer was not as crisp and puckery as the last time i had it, very cloudy orange color. heavy grapefruit in the aroma, less grapefruit in the taste than i remember, and less bitterness. also tasted a little roasted tobacco, faint coffee, a hint of cardboard......great beer......it is the shiznit-o-bam if you can get it fresh.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Small head that dissipates slowly. Honey opague coloring murky. Bitterness hits you upfront the malts tone it down throughout. Slight sweet citrus taste. At the end the bitter aftertaste makes its presence known.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange color with thick fluffy white head. Great aroma, very fragrant. Hoppy, but not over the top. Taste is grapefruit hop with some malt. Acidic, not in a bad way, but in that good Rogue way. Nice bitter finish. Seems more similar to a west coast IPA than an English Bitter, but this is good.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 Cask at the GBBF 05’, orange colour with nice head, the aroma is very fragrant, hoppy, woody, the flavour is bitter but not brutal, woody, spicy, hoppy, cirtus, some sweetness, very refreshing and enjoyable, great with a sausage, can’t wait for the next time i’ll drink this great beer.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured a murky, active amber-orange with a decent straw-coloured foamy head - decent lacing. Aroma lush hops - not too sharp - sweet lightly roasted malt, a touch of peat and vaguely of sour grain. Taste - oh, yeah, there’s that Rogue signature - medley of grapefruity acidic hop bitterness, a little bit of malt and grassy cereal grain in there, perhaps some dried wildflowers. Nice long linger, starts hoppy, finishes hoppy, but not harsh and not too much for a non-hop-head like myself. Palate is lively, a bit acidic, decent body. Excellent west coast take on an ESB, could be a bit maltier.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange with a nice creamy head and lacing. It sure looks good in the glass. Nose is all hops. Flavor is a fairly strong hop hit on the first sip, but then it settles back to a smooth malty goodness. Hoppy and bitter throughout but not so much so as to overwhelm. I’m not much of a Rogue fan, but this was better than I expected. I think my “low beer light” was on after a long day/week at work, and this hit the spot. Nice.