SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bomber brought back from the brewery by larryLSB. Opaque gold color with some chunky sediment and a thick white head that has good retention and lace. Papaya, lime, pine, and mango aroma. Fruity and sweet flavor, though mostly hop fruity and not yeast fruity. Thick pineapple and papaya hop flavor. Bitterness is firm but doesn’t stick out. Orange creeps in there as well as sweet pale bready malt. Medium body with lighter carbonation. Hop candy that isn’t super pungent but gets all tropical and fruity in a fun way. No way this is 90 IBUs. Definitely a standout "Rogue" beer. pintbypint (3640) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
650ml brown bottle. Colour is a deep golden with orange hints. Beer is hazy. Decent fluffy white cap on top. Foamy, clingy, thick lacing. Aroma has some pineapple fruitiness and a bit of light pine spiciness. A lot of hop flavour - spice and pine, also some fruity notes, again pineapple, also some sweet orange. Dry and hoppy bitter finish with grapefruit coating the tounge. Also notes of grass in the aftertaste. Fairly strong carbonation, medium bodied, good drinkability. Found this one to be a bit of a quaffer. Nice. larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Poured from bomber, picked up at the brewery last week. Cloudy golden with medium white head. Nose was fruity, tropical, with a sweet malty taste. Medium bodied, carbonation, with a long bitter finish. Good IPA. TimE (5816) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2010
cloudy yellow color, very heady and hemp nose. Light body, a bit rough, but very drinkable, not much backbone. Moderately hoppy finish. Fairly piney mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
[3008-20100628] Tap. Fresh orange hops aroma. Murky, medium brown orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter orange lemon hops flavour is strong with a long sweet orange aftertaste. Medium-full body. Very tasty, the bottom of the keg!
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
(@ Rogue Ales Public House, Astoria, OR)
2010-06-28. Murky orange body, small white head, I am informed by the brewer (?) that it doesn’t normally look like that - this was the last of the keg apparently. Hoppy aroma, citrus, orange, modest leafy notes. 7+ Flavour is similar, with pleasant orange citrus hops, light leaf and resin touches. Decent amount of bitterness throughout. 7+ Average plus bodied palate. Not super complex but rather enjoyable. A pleasant surprise. On tap at Rogue Ale House, Astoria. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off.
Pretty tasty, very dry, bitter, moderate hop flavor and aroma. one of the better pale rogue beers ive had. KUEric (976) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2010
I’m shocked to see this beer rated and ranted so highly. I was also completely unaware that Eugene/Tracktown/Rogue weren’t in fact one and the same.
That said the beer looks good, and smells nice enough (although not as textbook as some IPAs).
Of course I say that and still gave it a 3.8 my notes and scores were better than the overall opinion. I’m also surprised to see the level of IBUs this little number had. KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 500 ml bottle
Aroma: roasted and yeasty, hoppy and flowery, papaya and citrus;
Appearance: golden to light brown, hazy, small head but diminished slowly, goods lacing;
Taste: sweet-ish, hoppy bitterness and fruity yeast;
Palate: full bodied, slightly sticky, semi-sec dry, hint of sour and astringent finish;
Overall: very hoppy, robust - holds the Hashigo Zake record for fastest disappearing cask: time - 45 minutes edwardbass (837) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Bottle from Friar Tuck’s in Springfield, IL. I didn’t get a lot of aroma from it, but the appearance and taste were very good. A nice lingering palate of bitter hops. I’m not quite able to describe things like "grapefruit" and "resin", etc., but I definitely tasted "grapefruit". Very, very good IPA.