Lowe1983 (1621) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pours a darker golden color with think white head. Aroma is sweet with citrus and hops. Flavor starts off sweet with fruits and citrus flavors. Finishes with slight hops, not as much as I was hoping for. A little dissapointed with this Rogue brew but still a decent Bitter. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Not what I expected, but great. Flavor is big on citrus with that hop tanginess, but it doesn’t overpower. Instead it’s complimented by some malt, and the whole package goes down smooth with a clean follow. Verges close to IPA territory, but stands firmly apart. Good stuff. hurleymanvw (101) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Hazy orange in color with a nice head. Nice malt flavor with a good bitter bite. Not too bitter but very drinkable...good finish. Boutip (6486) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle: Poured a light hazy brown color ale with a huge bubbly head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma of cirtusy hops is clearly dominant. Taste is huge on cirtusy hops, which provide some bitterness, but is well back by some malt. This beer really seems to be halfway between an ESB and an IPA. Interesting and would definitely like top try this again. Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2006
pours out of the bottle a pleasant yet murky tangerine with blankets of thin white paisley heads on the surface and thin bubbly white froth around the rim. the odor is distinctively hoppy, with a hint of citrus. the simple, blunt aroma masks the bevy of tastes to come. bittersweet chocolate, acidic coffee, grapefruit and pine. The bitterness is solid but kind of hides throughout beneath the other flavors. finishes forcefully ALL bitter then the shock plateaus out until the aftertaste is gone. I’m not sure my palate was pleased by this concoction, but it was certainly interested and surprised. worth a try.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
From the bottle, pours a hazy, light orange color with a thin white head that disperses quickly but stays around the edges. Smells malty, with some floral hops. Spices and grapefruit? fills out the nose. Tastes surprisingly sweet. Lemons, but not as bitter, some cloves and other spices that are sweet at first, but finish quite bitter like the name suggests. I’m really not sure if I like this beer or not. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Had this on tap at Summits Wayside. Was pleasantly surpised at the strong hop aroma and taste. This ESB really went down well. Almost no head, but I think it had been sitting at the bar for a bit before the waiter brought it. I think I might some of these up to drink at home. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Small, off white head atop a cloudy, amber/orange color. Aromatic, spicy, hoppy nose with the emphasis on grapefruit. Well carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Taste was, aptly, bitter, and overwhelmed the descriptive malt profile. Much preferred over the Youngers Special Bitter. rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2006
22 ounce bottle with a yellow, purple and black painted on label. There is a picture of a rogue on the label holding a full mug. The label lists the 6 ingredients in this beer (nice) plus stats on the brew.
If you pour carefully out of the 22 oz bottle you can get a crystal clear orange colored beer. Let the yeast pour in and of course it gets cloudy, but still inviting. The head was white and chunky and rose to about 3/4 of an inch in my pint glass. It lasted for a couple of minutes settling into a small ring around the glass and light foam across the top. The brew leaves some nice lacing on the glass as you drink it.
This Rouge has a very nice citrus/piney hop aroma with a hint of malt.
The taste is Hops, Hops and more HOPS and then a little sweet malt washes over your palate. This is a brew that is showing its balance and fits its style well.
It has a light to medium body with just enough carbonation to keep it honest.
Very easy for a hop head like me to consume. The color is nice, the aroma is great, and it taste very good.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2006
22 oz bottle: Wow! A totally unexpected but great beer. This is huge departure from a traditional Bitter but definitely makes it own mark. A great hoppy citrus aroma. Signature west coast grapefruit and piney mix. Looks outstanding in my pint glass with a deep bright amber and light head and sediment. A great beer to look at. The flavor is grapefruit and malty goodness very well balanced. The hop bitterness while not "brutal" is definitely evident and thankfully does not linger on the palate. A brilliant variation on a great tradition. A super session choice.