19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
I am not a big fan of anything Rogue puts out , however this fresh hop beer rates among the best of the genre I have sampled this year. Perfect malty base for foundation with light caramel notes. Wonderful hop lineup that are very floral and fresh giving off plenty of pine and light citrus without any vegetative problems. Very light astringency. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Hood River Hops Fest 2008. This was actually a really nice beer, often with Rogues small batches a lot of diacetyl shows up, but this was balanced and very floral. Hops had an earthy pine character, green and fresh in the finish. Balanced with a smooth malt base and crisp finish. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Clear bronze, dense creamy white head. Juicy fresh grapefruit aroma with a bit of dirty leaf character to give this a very nice spectrum of aroma. Enough malt to provide a base for the hops to jump off. More pine than citrus, this beer fits nicely with all of the other fresh hop beers I’ve had. The beer is very smooth in its presentation and the flavors slowly build over time. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2008
Big bottle shared among five. Dark amber. Strong hop aroma. Rich hop flavour that is very tasty and has an interesting quality that I’d like to believe is from green hops. raphael (1291) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2008
INDEPENDENCE HOP ALE is the name of this beer. got so confused with the new beer process. And a fine beer it is, a fresh hop ale from Rogue. Has that piny hops in a wet green forest aroma, crisp not soggy. some caramel in back. slightly cloudy copper (unfiltered) with an off white head that holds on a ibt. Real active int he mouth. flavors of pine, caramel, distant grapefruit.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Thanks to Ezra for the bottle of this nice beer--Deep hazy amber-orange body with a rich and thick bubbly off-white head. Sticky fresh unkilned and delicious. Centennial, Willamette, and Millenium hops give this earthy beer a hippie stink of delciousness...if this makes sense. carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2008
V - Amber colored with a super white headhayduke (5646) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
A - very nice astringent hop nose with a somewhat malty juniper undertone.
T - very pleasant malted hop taste.
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a hazy copper color with big off-white head and medium lacing. Aroma gives a nose of pine hops. Very slick and greasy mouthfeel. Flavor is a good balance between caramel hops and hops, and the finish is long and bitter. A very nice and easy drinking APA. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle from DA via trade. Appearance was cloudy orange with a very nice head. Aroma of sweet caramel an citrus hops. Initial taste was very smooth and earthy with a little bitterness afterwords. Very good carbonation. Overall I thought it was pretty good, it was nice to have tried this as I have never had it before. spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Dark amber with a one finger off white head and plenty of lacings. Aroma is piney hops.
Taste is piney resinous hops with a decent amount of sweet malts. Hops do dominate for sure. Some Rogue yeast funk. Palate is perfect carbonation with a bitter finish. Hops are not quite IPA level but close. A very bold APA for sure. Don’t know how sessionable this is due to no abv listed.