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


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
21 Ale is dedicated to Art Larrance and Teddy Peetz, the founders of the Oregon Brewers Festival.

21 Ale is brewed with 14 ingredients: 2 Row, Briess Amber, C-40, Wyermann Carafa & Rogue Farms RiskTM Malt; Willamette, US Goldings & Rogue Farms Revolution Hops; Simpsons Golden Naked Oats; Franco-Belges Carawheat; Molasses, Brewer’s Licorice, Wyeast Old Ale Blend Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Rogue remains committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing our own.

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SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured a gentle and soft mahogany brownish hue and was topped by a thin layer of film head. The initial scent of the beer was of a fruity lotion, but there are some note worthy malts that need to be recognized after a few deep sniffs. The flavor is subtle and has a undertone of some sort of fruit flavored medicine with a presence of sweet syrupy malt and sugary caramel fashioned malt. Way over priced and I sort of feel ripped off that Rogue made such an average beer in such an expensive bottle.

FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, richly amber stained, tan colored head; even after I pour my first glass the beer still foams up out of the bottle. The beer is a rich red color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, gold-tinged, red hue when held up to the light. The aromas smells of sweet, rich, caramelized malt, herbal, slightly woody hops, some pine like notes, and a berry / citrus like hop fruitiness that lightly infuses the beer. There is a spiciness and peppery character to the nose that seems influenced by hop and malt notes; this also has a touch of plastic leaning phenolic like character to it.

The beer has lots of caramelized malt character to it; slightly nutty, it has a rich caramelized sweetness (without being cloying), and some light toasted whole grain notes. The rich caramelized sweetness accentuates a nice berry fruitiness that seems mostly derived from the hop character. A bit of menthol, some herbal notes, and some pine like flavors also show that this beer has some hop character to it, but it is quite well balanced between hop and malt character. The beer has a certain heft to the body, but remains fairly light and quaffable overall for a beer of this strength. The finish has an almost phenolic spiciness to it that is a bit medicinal.

Not bad, but not all that inspiring either; there might be a touch of funkiness to the finish, though this is still quite light (the Wyeast Old Ale Blend I believe has some Brett in it).

shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

3/29/2011: Rogue 21 Ale... Aroma: Resin, heral hoppiness; yeasty middle; dry malts; slight alcohol. Appearance: Deep amber color; cloudy; big, lush ivory head. Flavor: Mild maltiness; floral hops; hints of ginger?; fairly non-descript. Palate: Medium, smooth; average body. Overall: Decent,

1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (7.79% Alcohol by Volume) shared by Rob. Thanks! Rating #72 for this beer.
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7/13/2011: Rogue 21... Aroma: Sugar. Appearance: Flavor: Candy citrus flavor; sweet toffee maltiness; cotton candy. Damn, this beer is SO sweet and candy-like, TONS of sugar and just a touch of candied dried fruit with a really yeasty characteristic in the middle. Palate: Medium-bodied, smooth, calm texture. Overall: OK.

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. capped flip-top bottle (20.75* Plato; 30 IBU; 69 AA; 21* L; Alcohol by Volume 7.79%) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Score: 3.2

Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Sampled at Raleigh Rare and Vintage 2013. Clear brown pour with reddish highlights. Sweet candi sugar aroma was nice, but it went downhill from there. Just maltiness on top of more maltiness. Kind of a muddled mess. Didn’t like this one. Maybe it was good fresh, but age has dropped out all the hop presence, and I couldn’t really pick out any specific flavors.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
In short: A sugary-sweet, very spicy and very wild/bretty mess of a beer. Fun mess. Strangely entertaining accident.
How: Ceramic 750ml bottle, capped + flip-top. Consumed when probably over one year of age. Shared at a Montreal tasting.
The look: Cloudy dark amber topped by a large beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is very wild and spicy, out of control brett in some kind of weird mix of spices. Taste is sugary crunchy cereals, a whole lot of spices/herbs/plants (buckwheat, coriander, cooking herbs), an overload of brett. Obviously this so-called Old Ale didn’t turn out as planned, this beer was a total mess, but a mess I found somewhat enjoyable. If it was made by a more experimental brewery (Evil Twin or others) and sold as a sweet-spicy-funky beer it could probably get good ratings. But this beer, at least the bottle I opened, was an out-of-control accident. Drink at your own risk. And to think I paid big $ for this one-shot Rogue in a fancy ceramic bottle, however know that because you are not wasting your money on overpriced beers doesn’t make you smarter than me, you probably are anyway, most people are, for many reasons other than me buying overpriced beers, for instance apparently most people never forget how to operate shoes.

TaktikMTL (8013) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
Bouteille de grès de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur d’épices avec une pointe chocolatée. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût d’épices et de brett. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #4599)

Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Draft. Aroma smells like closeted raisins. Not impressed and don't ever need to try this again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Brettanomyces pierces through this strong ale’s still sugary profile, sharing spicy and herbal flavors with the resident hops.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A touch of foam sits atop the cloudy dull reddish brown.
-If I rely on the label, the wild yeast was not wanted in here. It was present from nose to finish though...
-As a result, the mouthfeel is relatively flabby. Something’s still working in here...
-Rogue, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas... Seems like I can’t tell them apart sometimes. So many sugary, rough brews trying to be salvaged by characterful hops or exotic ingredients....


reebtogi (6488) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
750ml swingtop bottle pours a reddish brown color with a 2 finger light beige head that settles down to leave some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is slightly sour with some caramel and licorice and floral notes. Taste is caramel malty sweetness with some licorice and a mild hop bitterness with a bit of a sourness in the finish. Medium bodied with some light carbonation. A very interesting brew that is quite tasty and surprisingly easy to drink.

alexsdad06 (11392) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2012
750 ml flip top shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a small off white head. The aroma has sweet caramel, dark fruits and a hint of tea. The flavor is caramel, dark fruits, tea, some green leafy notes and a splash of chocolate. Overall, not terrible, but far from worth the price you pay because of the bottle.

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