argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
(RBSG04) Cloudy golden body with white head. Aroma is sweet, perfumy, orange. Taste is medium sweet, floral/orange hoppy. Watery, light-medium body with above-average carbonation. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of perfume, pine, and oranges. Flavor of sweet malt and light hops. slowrunner77 (12471) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Rogue has made some good, hoppy beers, but this is a very average pale ale. Why the special release treatment?" 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Hoppy nose of pine, pacman yeast too, a little spicy, silky dull palate, flavor a little bland at the end. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 Bottle pours a hazy dark straw color with a small creamy white head. Appears much like an unfiltered wheat with a bit more transparency. Aroma is of light hops but heavily barnyardish and a bit of skunk. Luckily the taste yields better results. Malty up front, quickly turning mildly bitter like a normal APA. A bit of a grainy aftertaste. While I normally like most of Rogues offerings, this definately isn't one of them. That aroma just doesn't work for me.
ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2005
2004 bottle big thanks to Jeff for the trade (radiomgb). A year old when I opened this baby. Bright orange-golden colored beer, brilliantly colored APA with a fine white head that is both lasting and moderately thick. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of hops, light alcohol and a bit of dry yeast. Seems like there is some dry herbal spice in there, like white pepper or cumin or something. Must be the hops or yeast. Flavor is just a straight up, solid rendition of an American Pale Ale. Beautifully hoppy, moderate to high bitterness, with a dry caramel and toasted grains backbone. Bubbly, frothy mouthfeel does not water down on the finish. Perfume like aroma given off when swirled. Light alcohol notes, more citrus and dry floral hops on the finish. The malted wheat is not terribly discernable. Typical Rogue yeast apparency. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Very pale golden color with a small foamy head, very light and fizzy with a bit of islandic lacing. The aroma is toasty with biscuits and a fresh light hop note, very clean and floral, the oposite of purfumey. The flavor has a moderate bit of hops and some tangy malts. There isn’t too much malt body, very dry. Lots of sediment in the bottom that was carefully not poured in. The finish is dry and hoppy with a more herbal hop note. Good APA, you’re the man Brian! unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
I picked up the bottle at the Brewery in 2004. It had a cool label on it. I honestly don’t remember what the beer was like. But I have the bottle to prove that I had it. I remeber it being basic but still great. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Fresh hoppy but mild aroma. Cloudy yellow-orange with some white lacing. Perfume sweet in flavor, with a hint of mint, moderate in flavor other than the hops and a broad murkiness. Not especially disstinguished palate, somewhat flat, with the life given by gentle bitterness. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Light golden. Effervescent carb. Light, but velvety-smooth malts. Unfortunately, they were only mildly flavorful. Hops were on the light side as well -- herbal and slightly spicy. Dry finish. Two things made me curious: (1.) This beer was pretty mild for Rogue, not to mention a 15th anniv. beer, and (2.) What’s the point in lowering a 4x4 truck? It’s like putting a lift kit on a Yugo. Oh, and it’s pink! I thought "4x4" was a cool name until I saw the label.