trith1 (53) - - MAR 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Look, I'm all about ales, lager just ain't my thing. That might be why this is getting a higher rating than usual, I will admit.
Hoppy and thick through the nose; a clean, yet golden haze on sight. The head was thick initially but faded too quickly (bottle poured), yet whilst there it held a lovely citrus, hinting on something sweet, like a light caramel. The palate carried those hops through and this is where the malt character drove its way home. "Hedonistic"** is how those Rogues described it, but the malt had a tingle and bite that draws away from the pleasure (hey, don't get me wrong, I love a tough IBU to chew through), but it had interest and tang and a freshness that made this "Aleman" turn his head and say "hot damn". It still had a lot of lager essentials (that Yeastie flavour, that bites and kicks back, but it just turned its nose to all the bad, and gave a good nod to what I hope is a new world of the lighter, simpler style).
Best Lager I've had, by far. How "true to form" it is... I can't say. But if you're of my opinion, and steer clear of Lagers, find this. Thank the Rogue guys later.
**Hedonism: maximization of pleasure over pain.
AgentAle (1528) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is clove, honey, yeast, and light caramel. Taste is a somewhat rich roasty malt body met with a fairly deep hop profile. Appearance is a clear gold/orange with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
Eructoblaster (3842) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brothers Beer Bistro (Ottawa, ON). Beautiful, slightly hazy, orange body with a thin white foamy head. Nice malty/hoppy aroma with fruity (orange, mango) hints. Its robust hoppy taste carries malty, woody, and citrusy notes. Ends with a long, sharp, bitter finish. Good stuff.
Emeister84 (2078) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas of bread crust, booze, doughy, some grassy hops. Hazy straw-golden with a mostly fading white head. Dry, strong. Full bodied.
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fût au Brothers. Blond doré légèrement voilé. Fine mousse blanche. Belle effervescence. Malté. Sucré. Bonne amertume. Légèrement épicé. Poivré. Florale. Herbacé. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Bien équilibré. Finale sèche. Très bien.
mecafilo (207) - Perugia, ITALY - FEB 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Elfo’s Pub, Perugia, Italy. Pours with a hazy golden colour, small long lasting rocky white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with notes of bread, and medium to heavy hoppy, with notes of resin and grass. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.
ChewyBeer (256) - SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy gold colour with good fluffy head. Sweet honey like nose. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Sweet malt flavour and big bitterness following through that lingers. Not bad but not sure I’d get another
BeerdedDave (1351) - Beckley, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Morimoto in Philadelphia; gold color; light, floral hop aroma; smooth, light malt with bitter, floral hops and citrus notes; dry, bitter finish
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with Yuriko. Sweet almost honey perfumy nose with a big dose of floral hops for some balance. But it just doesn’t meld all that well. It’s like a super sweet syrupy beer immediately followed by an uber hoppy earthy bitterness, rather than a sweet and hoppy balance. Good for what it is I guess. But definitely not a style that I’m seeking out. The bottle itself is the biggest selling feature.
samsmith33 (772) - - OCT 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: slightly hazy yellow. Bubbly. Big white airy head that lasts awhile.
Aroma: fruitty ethers, fresh rain. Slight woodyness, but light.
Taste: crisp, grapefruit, lemon, some pine-like earthyness. A little tart with a bite at the end,
Feel: Very crisp and lively. Excellent with dinner (pulled pork).
Excellent beer. Bottle is also awesome. Wing top stopper allows me to save some for a glass tomorrow. Hail Rogue and the Iron Chef for another job well done.