jetboy (32) - USA - MAR 20, 2008
They just don’t get any better than this. HOPS, HOPS, HOPS. Spicy, flowery aroma that absolutely fills your head with that hoppy goodness. Gold amber color. Nice head and lacing that sticks around throughout the drinking experience. I was in heaven this was great. Cybercat (5828) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2007
A must for anybody who is a hops fanatic! Color is a dark honey-golden brown with a tan head that fairly persists. Aroma is strongly hoppy. Taste is VERY hoppy and strongly bitter, not complex. This is one of the hoppiest beers I have ever sampled. It leaves a lingering hop aftertaste. Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Holy crap! The beer gods of Rogue have come up with a hell of a beer, or wait, maybe I mean Heaven. Pours a dark reddish Amber. Littlehead, but what is there is creamy. Tastes like candy, butterscotch sweet delicous taste....oh yeah and a shit load of hops. The malts are so smooth and rich with an awesome kick of bitter and aromatic hops. This beer I’m almost certain has made it into my top ten. Thank You Rogue, and for god sake brew some more, please!!!!
fourway4 (4) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
Drank this on tap at the Summits in Snellville. I am a hophead so I absolutly loved this beer. Probably the best of the Rogue special releases this year. The beer is amber in color and loaded with fresh hop flavor. Due to all of the hops the beer has that "grapefruit" flavor begining to end. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Tasted at the RFD Wet Hopped Ales tasting on 11/11/04. From what was said at the tasting, this recipe was the result of a errantly using the grain bill for Dead Guy Ale. At any rate, if this is a screwup, they need to screw things up more often. Vaguely hazy deep amber. Simply amazing nose, just stunning amounts of rich, lovely toffee with a few hints of cocoa and caramel. Initial flavor is again a massive blast of toffee with a nice kick of citric hops in the background at the end along with a bit of toastiness. Could have been carbonated a bit more, but didn’t matter. Really good stuff, it’s like a wondrous piece of Christmas toffee with a hidden pocket of grapefruit juice in the middle. Very nice.
ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Numerous draught pints at Redbones on 1/8/06 and 1/13/06. Pours a deep bronze-golden with dark caramel and beige notes and a very lustrous shine to it. Typical Rogue head retention and lacing (perfect). Head is white and quite dense. Juicy fruits seep from the liquid, intertwined with pale malt sugars, light caramel and fresh, dry yeast notes. Sort of like DdC’s Chaman in its fruity watermelon-like hop aroma, with light strawberries, ruby red grapefruits, cherries and lemons. Leafy, tremendously fresh and full. Dry grass and light hay notes finish the aroma. The flavor continues with the fresh, fruity hop notes. The wonderful thing about these fresh hop ales is how much hop flavor you get without so much of the bitterness. Even after two pints in a row of this stuff, only the faintest bit of acidity builds on the palate. Malt sugars sweeten the fruitiness of the hops, like a sprinkle of sugar atop a juicy red grapefruit. Moderate carbonation and a substantial malt texture as always. Light leafy bitterness keeps the balance and no alcohol is apparent. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Tasted a 2006 Fresh Hop Fest In PDX--Very floral rose scent and flavor. This beer tastes like Portland’s Washington Park, stinging your taste buds with delectable Centennial hops. TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Draft: Deep orange-rust. Sticky, semi-rocky, creamy off-white foam. Stellar retention. Clean scents of nutty yeast, caramelized malt and piney hop whispers. Considerably fruity with refined raisin, strawberry preserves, and candied plum esters. Gracefully snug carbonation. Dense yet with a feathery weightlessness. Deceptively bitter pine captivates the palate as beautifully nutty and buttery yeast lends a soft sweetness that quells and complements the bitter hop sting. Deep malts continually blossom and enhance the nutty yeast with dainty caramelized nut sweetness. Juicy suggestions of raisins lurk beneath ever so quietly. Hop bitterness is remarkably clean and deceptively forceful. Delicate acidity uplifts while adding another layer, soon giving way to the fluffy malt and cottony bitterness. Finishes full and rustic yet wonderfully polished and focused with a symphony of toasted nuts fused with pinesap and cottony hops. Yeast deposits a coating on the tongue which accentuates the nutty and bready malt. Masterful balance with astonishing complexity and quaffability. Has that signature Rogue leathery/nutty/buttery yeast character, clean and well-placed hop bitterness, savory malt fullness with lots of nuance, texture, and depth. Doesn’t get much better than this. Fantastic stuff. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Tasted at the 2004 Bistro Hop Fest. Orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is floral hops and malts. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, citrusy and piney. Interesting mix. Definitely a beer from Rogue. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
dark, orangish-brown color with a very nice, lacey head..sweet & spicy aroma tingling with piney hops and a superb christmas cookie feel to it...very dark, spicey flavors come through..almost toasty and definitely soothing. Absolutely drinkable beyond belief. High regards here.