GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy honey yellow under a thick white very long lasting head with good lacing. Mildly sweet aroma with some hops, vanilla, a little malt and citrus. Crisp flavor thatís pretty much in line with better APAs. No real surprises, just a good balance of light hoppiness with some citus sweetness but with a firm malty backbone. Very dry finish - must have been the juniper berries ("gin effect").
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
01.31.05 bomber bottle. Golden amber pour, clear, with foamy off-white head. Noticably Rogue aroma is also mineral and grainy with hints of some mystery fruits. Droopy palate with a back of the throat astringency and finishing driness. Flavor is meek, only middling bitterness balanced with appropriately subdued malts. I donít get any Juniper in flavor or aroma: no juniper boughs, no berries, no perfume, nuthiní. Iím probably trying to hard to like this because itís from Rogue.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cue Frank Zappaís Apostrophe album . . .
(Transcribing some long-lost notes from ca. late í02.)
A good representative of a "staple" type beer for beer lovers. Easy drinking but enough "oomph" to keep your attention. Deep yellow to orange in color, cloudy, decent head and good retention. The flavor doesnít really jump out at you; this is like an American Pale Ale toned down, with more of a citrus and floral character. I donít think Rogue has yet to be faulted for skimping on its hops, in terms of quality, quantity and diversity.
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber color with a thin white head and nice lacing. Very nice hop character that is well balanced. Aroma is attractive as well. I find this deserving of a bit more respect than 68 percentile.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
True, itís yellow. Lightly carbonated with white head, thin aroma, thin flavor. Nice effort, but this beer lacks completeness.
piscator34 (2081) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep yellow in colour, with minimal carbonation. Mellow malty aroma. Good creamy body. Not a whole lot of juniper or gin flavor, just some nice Munich malt, and a sweet honey like taste. A good sweet v. bitter balance too. Not really what I had expected (juniper wise), but still very enjoyable.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This isnít really one of Rogueís best, but still much better than the average beer. The most striking element of its nose and flavour is the addition of the juniper berries, which evokes gin. It also has a vague hint of unspecified grains. Wheat? Barley? I donít really know. But the taste is almost rustic. Good stuff.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden with a thick white head. Floral hops, grain and lemon in the aroma dept. Taste is grainy, with floral hops and notes of grapefruit, lemon and some other fruitiness I couldnít quite identify - the bottle says juniper berries. Moderately sweet with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body with lively carbonation. Good head retention. Solid.
regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - JAN 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden yellow color with a small white rocky head.No lacing on my glass.Strong hops smell with some malt also present.Taste had butter,caramel,grapefruity sweetness, and a malty finish.Light body with mild carbonation.Worth a try, but I will pass on this again.
DerWeg (1547) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2005 YELLOW SNOW labelled bottle Hops and juniper berries integrate in a floral/grassy dry bitterness that invokes a whiff of Orval herbal bouquet. It is much less medicinal (and more approachable) than the wonderful trappist Belgian, with a balancing light malty sweetness that is totally apt. Unpretentious name. Weird bottle graphics. Good show Rogue!