Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Amber Ale
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Sesquicentennial Ale, dedicated to Oregon: The State of Beer, was designed by Rogue brewmaster John Maier to showcase Oregon-grown ingredients. The initial brew features 5 ingredients: Two-row and Munich malts - a portion of which were grown in Oregon’s Klamath Basin - Willamette hops from Rogue Farms’ hop yard in Independence, Rogue’s proprietary PacMan yeast from Hood River and free range coastal water. Sesquicentennial Ale is brewed at Rogue’s Newport brewery. Even the bottles are from Oregon, manufactured at Owens-Illinois’ Portland plant and serigraphed at TriS in Tualatin. “With Rogue’s deep roots in the Oregon brewing community, their years of award-winning beers, history of charitable giving and new foray into growing their own malting barley and hops, they were the natural choice to brew Oregon’s sesquicentennial beer,” said Melisa McDonald, Executive Director of Oregon 150.In the fall, Rogue will brew another batch of Sesquicentennial Ale using malting barley from Rogue Farms’ barley ranch in Tygh Valley, making it the first all-Oregon ingredient artisan beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
In the battle of malt and hops I feel like the hops win by having the last word -- a lingering bitterness on the finish. That being said, for me, this fails as a traditional northwest amber. Next time, let the malt win. (Note: this beer is not bad, it’s just not what I was expecting from an amber).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Different bottle from the picture. Picked up at John’s Market Place in Portland, Oregon. Not very much of a head on this dark caramel-copper color. Looks damn good. Huge amber malt aroma. Very pungent, but I am not an amber fan. Caramel semi-sweet malt aroma and flavor with this beer. A very nice malty beer with a slight sbutle flavor at the end. This beer is pretty good. John’s Market had easily over 30+ different Rogues.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle said rogue Astoria sesqui. A good balance of hops and malts in the aroma. The flavor is also a nice balance of hops and malts battling for supremacy. A great smooth finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Hazy golden amber beer. Aroma is lightly bready and a little bit yeasty. A touch of light rancid melony fruit and a bit of vegetal character. It’s lightly yeasty and fairly bitter. Earty astringent hoppiness. Man, this is garbage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Cask at Rattle n Hum: Cloudy deep orange copper with consistent off white head. Dirty aroma- musty and almost sulfuric with some DMS (odd), and some nondescript grassy notes over oxidized citrus. Has a light velvety feel. Dusty and dirty flavor. Lots of earthy yeast and minerally notes followed by a nondescript, mainly grassy bitterness. I think this cask was in poor condition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
22oz bottle shared with jcr and UnclePete: Nice glowing amber body with a smallish white head. The aroma is very floral and bright, with some lighter notes of biscuity Munich present as well. The spritzy carbonation helps the healthy doses of both hops and crystal sweet malts play off each other. A nice, toasted malt character wins out in the end, making this more malt than hop, as an amber should be. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Hazy medium amber body. Off-white, fizzy, diminishing head. Floral hoppy aroma with a backbone of light caramel and biscuit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately bitter and lightly sweet. Medium body, chewy texture, lively carbonation. Rich body for an amber ale, more resembling an APA. Nice. Thanks Randy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2009
22 oz. bottle via trade with scrizzz - Pours a hazy amber color with a one and a quarter finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel malt and spicy floral hops. Flavor is the same. Palate is bitter and has a slight astringent aftertaste. Medium body. A decent beer. Thanks Clint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Honey amber color with a thick head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of spicy hops and yeasts, with a little bit of caramel sweet malts thrown in. Bitter flavor that doesn’t have much balance--no real malt taste. A little bit of peachy aftertaste makes it slightly interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Pours light light amber, more slightly darkish orange color. Lacy somewhat soapy looking white head. Strong aroma of yeast dominates with hops as well perhaps. Taste is mildly bitter. Bitterness is a too watery, not balanced with the malt or paired with floral or citrus characteristics. Okay, but easily improved.

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