RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Rogue Alehouse in Newport. This was much more of a "wheat" to me than a "fruit" as far as style goes. Pours a cloudy gold/straw color that looks a little more tan than orangey. After visiting the Rogue brewery and taking in its strangely engrossing aroma of "beer processes," I was able to smell that in this beer. Totally smelled like the brewery, even if it’s not brewed there. Some orange, light cloves, light bread, sourdough, and a vague sense of something old. The malts and/or yeast smell like the brewery though, no other way to pinpoint it. Taste is fairly sweet, with a mild and perfect amount of citrus for this non-fruit lover. Wheat flavor is more effervescent than anything, and there’s some nice lingering earth. Mouthfeel was creamy and light and the carbonation was a bit lower than other wheat beers. The honey was aromatic and not necessarily sweet, making the flavor more interesting. Not my favorite wheat beer, but this was very good and had plenty going on.
bhensonb (13737) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Now denoted as Track Town Honey Orange Wheat Ale. Sweet aroma of honey and light orange. Maybe some dusty wheat. Hazy golden color and a white head that wasn’t much and then was less. Starts a bit thin bodied. First there is some complex stuff. The orange is immediately noticeable, there seems to be a sweetness that’s arguably honey. A bitterness that could be orange peel oils. Tastes of wheat and yeast. At the finish there is something in the back of the mouth that might be hop bitter, but it could be citrus oils. Drinkable. It is what it is.
hayduke (4485) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy orange with a medium white head the left minimal lacing. Nose is mostly orange peel with a touch of yeast. Mouthfell kind of fizzy and flavor far more complex than the nose with orange, coconut, honey, and spices. Finish shows a hint of hops. This is a very decent fruit beer.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2009 On tap at El Bait Shop. Pours a cloudy pinkish yellow color with a thin white head. The orange flavor really blooms in this one at the end. Discernable hop bitterness and wheat flavor. When it warms up, I smell a coconut aroma. UPDATE 7/2009: In the bomber bottle. Still an underwhelming beer. Could have much more fruitiness to make this work.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strange mix of flavors that actually worked pretty well together. Not much of a wheat ale but the honey accents and hints of orange really made this a light and sweet, crisp drink. Very refreshing - just like the logo indicates!! ha ha. Definetly worth a try.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Hazy off yellow, no head. Kinda ugly for a beer. Aroma is lemon, honey, orange peel and light hops. Taste is initially hop bitterness, followed by spicy orange citrus. Hop profile is leafy, earthen, bitter. Finish is dry, bitter. Light bodied. Not very agressive. I love the bottle though, a great tribute to Eugene’s celebrated running culture.
ABUSEDGOAT (2539) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled and picked up at the Rogue public house in Portland. I had this on tap (sample) there about a month ago but didn’t bother rating it since I had this bottle. Hazy yellow with a small and diminishing fizzy head. Aroma is honey, oranges, spices, not much else. Light bodied, not a lot of beer here. Somewhat interesting flavors, but overall boring.
harrisoni (16849) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Rogue Public House, Portland. Cloudy green gold colour with thin white head. Fruity wheat, plenty of orange in evidence, but then not much else. Refreshing, but just a little dull.
BuckeyeBoy (5500) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap at Rogue Brewer’s on The Bay Newport OR. pours out a Hazy light orange topped with a white head. Aroma of a little orange but not to much. Over all ok.
skoisirius (1904) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a very thin white head. Aroma smells of a light orangey yeast note. The flavor is nice and refreshing, quite light. At first it brings on a sweet honey touch that mixes into an orangey (almost candy like) body. From the orange, a thick wheat flavor that has hints at a Belgian Wit step in and move it into the finish. It’s very different... I enjoyed it!!