jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2005
(650 ml bottle) Very large off white head sits atop a cloudy golden pour. Slight hop nose. I like a bit more hops in the flavor but, nothing is bad here. Very dry finish with a touch of honey. I like RA but, I’m not excited about this one. WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Fresh pine and citrus aroma. Sweet malts to begin with a dry spicy finish. Definetely a dry beer with the abundance of hops. However, in the backround there is a perfect mellow sweet honey flavor. I love good Gin and after this soaks into your palate a little bit I definetely sense the dry herbal flavor that is so familiar. This is a tasty brew. GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Hazy honey yellow under a thick white very long lasting head with good lacing. Mildly sweet aroma with some hops, vanilla, a little malt and citrus. Crisp flavor that’s pretty much in line with better APAs. No real surprises, just a good balance of light hoppiness with some citus sweetness but with a firm malty backbone. Very dry finish - must have been the juniper berries ("gin effect"). willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2005
01.31.05 bomber bottle. Golden amber pour, clear, with foamy off-white head. Noticably Rogue aroma is also mineral and grainy with hints of some mystery fruits. Droopy palate with a back of the throat astringency and finishing driness. Flavor is meek, only middling bitterness balanced with appropriately subdued malts. I don’t get any Juniper in flavor or aroma: no juniper boughs, no berries, no perfume, nuthin’. I’m probably trying to hard to like this because it’s from Rogue. cathcacr (649) - Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Cue Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe album . . .
shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2005
(Transcribing some long-lost notes from ca. late ’02.)
A good representative of a "staple" type beer for beer lovers. Easy drinking but enough "oomph" to keep your attention. Deep yellow to orange in color, cloudy, decent head and good retention. The flavor doesn’t really jump out at you; this is like an American Pale Ale toned down, with more of a citrus and floral character. I don’t think Rogue has yet to be faulted for skimping on its hops, in terms of quality, quantity and diversity.
Light amber color with a thin white head and nice lacing. Very nice hop character that is well balanced. Aroma is attractive as well. I find this deserving of a bit more respect than 68 percentile. valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2005
True, it’s yellow. Lightly carbonated with white head, thin aroma, thin flavor. Nice effort, but this beer lacks completeness. piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
Deep yellow in colour, with minimal carbonation. Mellow malty aroma. Good creamy body. Not a whole lot of juniper or gin flavor, just some nice Munich malt, and a sweet honey like taste. A good sweet v. bitter balance too. Not really what I had expected (juniper wise), but still very enjoyable. MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
This isn’t really one of Rogue’s best, but still much better than the average beer. The most striking element of its nose and flavour is the addition of the juniper berries, which evokes gin. It also has a vague hint of unspecified grains. Wheat? Barley? I don’t really know. But the taste is almost rustic. Good stuff. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Clear golden with a thick white head. Floral hops, grain and lemon in the aroma dept. Taste is grainy, with floral hops and notes of grapefruit, lemon and some other fruitiness I couldn’t quite identify - the bottle says juniper berries. Moderately sweet with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body with lively carbonation. Good head retention. Solid.