Sammy (7717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap, at Transit Pizza Plant. Yellow body with soapy head, and neutral aroma, though some alcohol present. Taste notes of yeast, wheat. Decent bitterness, but more on sweet side and on balance than another overhopped beer. Another style bender. Recommended.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a cloudy, muddy amber with a small whitish head. The nose is dense of toffee & bark and not as hoppy as I’d expect from Rogue. It’s almost creamy, almost dense in the mouth. A bit of apple, oak, sticky pear flavors make up the sweeter notes while a faint hop presence adds a slight bitter, drying finish. The sweetness is full and sugary throughout. The alcohol is more noticeable than I would like from a 7% ale with this density. Overall, the brew is peculiar. It is a really weird medium between big, hefty brew and session beer. It’s just all right.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ The Front Door in Boise, ID
Poured a dark auburn color with a thick tan head, nice looking at least. The nose is light and hoppy with some pine and caramel malts, a touch of alcohol, but not that much more than you’d expect from something like their brutal bitter. The flavor is balanced; crispy hops dance with the melodramatic melanoidins on a disco floor of ethanol and a so-so body. Finishes toasty, creamy, hmm. More light IPAish to me, the pacmans just kill what might have been a decent beer. Just tastes like a hoppy Rogue beer to me; not that that’s bad, but I was expecting Locker Stockable.
nigos (623) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly clouded bright bronze hue with a white creamy head. Citrussy nose with melon, tropical fruit and a hint of honey. Dry crisp, citrussy taste, with a long bitter grapefruit hoppy bite in the finish. Complex and most enjoyable beer with flavour that just keeps coming. Melon, fruits and more.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Issaquah brewhouse. This is a bit of a tricky one. Pours deep clear brown with a scant dirty-white head. Not much nose to speak of, some crackery two-row in there, and we can see that the alcohol is already asseting itself. The attack is weird; at a quaff, the flavors can seem subdued and purely sessionable in nature, but there’s a nice depth to the flavor, too. True, the malts are clean and unobtrusive and the hops give a nice lively pine finish without being so big you really have to think about them. But the booze is hot and bitey, even at 7.5--there’s just nowhere for it to hide against a grain/hop bill that’s essentially an ESB. There’s a heft to this beer on the tongue at times, and at times it seems to evaporate a bit, and that to me bespeaks too much alcohol for the body. This tastes more like alcohol than plenty of beers at near twice the abv. And I still can’t make up my mind if I liked it, two hours later, any more than I could sitting there.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml ceramic bottle via trade with 11026 - Cool bottle. Pours an amber color with a good size off white head. Light lacing. Has a light citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Has a lightly sweet caramel flavor. Medium body. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Nice easy drinking beer. Thanks Steven.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the ceramic bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a tall white head. Massive citrus hops in the nose with a sweet backing. Taste lightly toasty up front, caramel and honey in the sweetness. Finish has a strong bitterness to it. This beer still has a lot of alcohol showing, could use a rest for a month or two.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Rogue Public House in Portland. Golden honey yellow colored body, still, with a small white film of a head. Nose is sweet and sticky honey, cereal grains and mild English-bitter style hops. Palate is surprisingly smooth and creamy, mellow on the tongue, relaxed. I pick up mostly some honey and grain flavored malts, almost a malt liquor-esque flavor at times, with the hop levels either a bit too low, or I just have a hard time picking them up. An interesting beer, and I’ve never really been a fan of the YSB, but this was quite good.