HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Manderes. Hazy golden pour with thin white head. Herbal nose of hops and juniper berries. Very interesting and good taste. Big flavors of bitterness and cereal Malta. Pretty balanced but the juniper gives an extra bitter splash. I was doubtful of this at first but It’s not bad.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. poured a light copper color. aroma: sweet sticky aroma, smell the gin, pine. taste: little sweetness fromt the berries and the hops first off, then nice twang from the gin, tastes a little christmasy and a nice dry finish.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to MOBE for the hookup. Pours a yellow orange slightly hazy color with a minimal head. Malts are soft and slightly sweet, hops are dry and slightly citric. Hints of juniper, gin, and pine. Light bodied and slightly fizzy. I really like this beer!
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I found this boring and disappointing. slight floral aroma. Body is thin. Pours pale golden with thin head. Slight sweetness and uninspiring finish.
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft version dispensed to a shaker with a fairly clear, golden/amber hue, moderate, off white head foam, and average lacing. The aroma was a little perfumey, fruit, and citrus. The flavor added moderate hop bitterness, some balancing malt, and gin hints that seemed to coincide with the dry finish. Rather light in the body, but crisp and sessionable.
degbert (1345) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Floral, citrus, and juniper on the nose; there are gin-like notes, but they’re subtle. Pours a medium, hazy gold with a moussy head. Flavor is clean and brisk; you can definitely taste the juniper, and there’s another note -- almost a savory one -- that reminds me of yogurt? Butter? It’s good, so maybe that’s not a good comparison -- but there’s definitely a faint lactic edge to it. Finishes clean and bright. Good beer.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. So, when is Gin in a barrel? Pours a brighter straw yellow with a nice fluffy creamy white head and spritzy carbonation. Not the freshest beer at this point but not really any off-putting oxidation flavors. Fairly simple and balanced beer actually, gin is hardly noticeable. No clue there was amarillo in this, there was a touch of orange though looking back on it.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice light cloudy colour with a nice white head which dissipates quickly but leaving a little lacing. light aroma of spruce and juniper, taste is very smooth with a might earthy spruce and gin finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Aroma of ale esters and juniper. Nothing too complex here. Just pale malts and gin, with a balancing herbal bitterness. A little thin mid palate. I like gin, and I like beer, but this was sort of boring. I think the juniper dominates this one too much.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bottle in an English pint glass. The beer pours a slightly darker than straw-colored yellow, with a moderate but quickly fading white head. The nose is curious, showing a fairly unpleasant yeast/ester profile. One must imagine it to be the juniper berries, although the scent is certainly different from the nose of gin. Hop/malt notes are not evident. Carbonation is not inaccurate, for the style. The palate shows the flavor version of the "juniper/yeast" nose, before transitioning to some back-end earthy bitterness. Specific malt characteristics aren’t detectable, but there is enough residual sweetness to provide near-balance. The finish leaves a slight yeasty/junipery note that lingers for a moment before subsiding. Overall, not brutally flawed, but not really memorable, either. Another indication that Rogue has far too many offerings.