steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hmm... that typical... slightly musty, ya know... is it cheese? no itís that malt, yeast, hop... thing, damn it. but i pour: golden straw into a hazy golden yellow body with tight, frothy, and soapy white head. it tastes more interesting than most APAs, and this is for sure. thereís juniper berries? shiii* ... hmm. whateví itís tasty, simplified shiii* ... yeah, i need to rate it again. yes, itís fair enough and quaffy enough. meh--itís yellow snow because itís APA! screw this style!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours orangish golden, hazy, large foamy white head, sticky lacing, with mild carbonation. † Mild hop aroma, slightly bready/yeasty as well. † Smooth hop bitterness up front, with a mild malt background. † Fairly well balanced. † Goes down easy. † Very light spices on the back end, Juniper berries perhaps? † Medium to full bodied, with a medium or less mouthfeel. † This is a mild, yet fairly tasty American Pale Ale!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite well carbonated, it generates a frothy 3 inch thick pale off white head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep gold color that has some copper highlights. The aroma has surprising note of toasted biscuits, lemon, perhaps a hint of buttery character, and a hint of spiciness that must be the juniper. The tasty is buttery (I am pretty sure this is diacetyl), though luckily it is not so much that it detracts, really. The beer is lightly sweet up front, but finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness. The diacetyl is what lingers though, but it is joined by a bit of lingering toasted biscuit notes. The juniper contributes a sharp spicy character, which has notes of lemon, a hint of ginger, and a smidgeon of astringency. This beer is fairly good, but it is just not all that interesting to me. It is certainly nice and quaffable though, but I could definitely do without the diacetyl component, though like I said it is fairly subtly, and I am particularly sensitive to it.
Gorbalev (2988) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark yellow (how appropriate) pour. Long lasting white head. Great active carbonation visible. Aroma of fresh hops, fruit, and some spice - combined with what could best be described as the "rogue smell". Lovely crisp mouthfeel with a little added body to back it up - a very nice medium bodies pale ale. The bottle speaks of juniper berries, but all I got was a subtle fruity finish. I quite enjoyed this.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich golden amber with the requisite Rogue hoppy nose. Slightly maltier than other hop assaults by the mad Oregon brewers, with a thin mouhfeel. Hints of honey and flowers and mild hops. Pleasant but not outstanding lingering sweet blended with bitter finish. Decent.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rogue has so many good beers. This doesnít make that list. Yellow snow? You know what they say, Donít eat yellow snow. Donít drink it, either. Okay, went for the cheap humor. This isnít that bad. Some floral and citrus hoppiness. Drinkable.
Tessic (917) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ale pours a dark yellow with a foamy white head. Nothing out of the ordinary for scents though. Sweet scents like corn syrup and malt. Almost a beefy note to this one. First sip is smooth and under carbonated although very good. A little watery. Slightly bitter in the finish and palate. Thick finish.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a dark golden body with minimal head. Aromas of hops, citrus, and slight malt. Tatses of hops, and very bitter. Aftertastes of slight corn. Leaves a bitterness through out the mouth. Very different! Way to go Rouge!
SilkTork (5358) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nov, 2003: This comes in a bottle which is just over a pint, so as I was filling my glass I kept slurping until I could pour the whole bottle. This stuff tastes so vile, that now I have my full glass Iím thinking - shit, do I have to drink all that! Later... Ok, Iíve drunk the whole thing and it turned out to be a reasonably pleasant ale. The hop bitterness was rather muddy, perhaps due to using Golding rather than some more exciting American hops. I canít say - apart from the initial gulps - that the juniper berries were that noticeable, unless they were responsible for making the hop profile so confused. The sweet malts are pleasant rather than attractive. Acceptable, with flaws.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rogues distinct hops are blended on top of the aromatic caramel malts instead of nicely balanced as they usually tend to be in their other selections. Regardless, the apricot ísaffroní colour is spectacular... thereís no head to speak of. Really quite typical of the American IPA. Pines, the juniper is quite bitter and prevalent, florals are nice as well. This is a great brew.