BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Standard hoppy pale ale aroma but much cleaner, like a Pacific coastal breeze ... "The answer is blowiní in the wind" ... quite a bit of malt shows through as well, some of which could well be the similar scent of juniper. Appearance is rather lackluster with little head or lacing at all - definitely the low point of the beer. Personally I find this flavor combination to work extremely well -- the juniper either analogues or helps to allow malty elements to shine through the supurb Northwestern hops, especially in the finish. (Perhaps a little more juniper would complete the job.) Two extra Overall points for ingenuity.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best before 01/05. Hazy orange beer with a thin white head. Sweet caramel malt, citrus aroma with a bit of pine/juniper. Flavour is quite refreshing, sweet caramel, maybe some raisin. Slightly floral/herbal character as well. Lingering sweet and spicy finish. Not bad.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Some mildly grassy citric hops and a fair bit of malt. Not much bitterness leading into a slight peppery finish. Juniper not really apparant but presence does grow slightly.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
May I add before I even begin my rating, that the strangest attribute of this beer was trying it in Lynnwood, Washington, where the beer actually got COLDER after i poured it into my glass. It apparently is so cold up here that this phenomenon CAN occur. Anyhow, this beer pours an amber color with a billowing thick white head and good lacing. The aroma is citrusy and piney with some vinous qualities as well...i smell grapes baby! The flavor is medium bodied and surprisingly light compared to what I had expected. A light caramel texture and silky mouthfeel caress the tongue. Citrus, apricot and pine cones are also sub notes present in this beer. Long-lasting bitter sweet finish, dry, but not horribly overwhelming. Iíve yet to really find anything from Rogue that Iíve been disappointed with.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(650 ml bottle) Very large off white head sits atop a cloudy golden pour. Slight hop nose. I like a bit more hops in the flavor but, nothing is bad here. Very dry finish with a touch of honey. I like RA but, Iím not excited about this one.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh pine and citrus aroma. Sweet malts to begin with a dry spicy finish. Definetely a dry beer with the abundance of hops. However, in the backround there is a perfect mellow sweet honey flavor. I love good Gin and after this soaks into your palate a little bit I definetely sense the dry herbal flavor that is so familiar. This is a tasty brew.
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 (646) - 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 (2055) - 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.