kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - DEC 9, 2004
This is another ho-hum ale on the market. Nothing too memorable about this one but has decent flavor Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2004
Tried the same night as the disappointing Dogfish Raison D’Etre...
Difference here is that the flavoring - juniper berries - doesn’t overpower the hops and malt.
Really liked this ale - mouth watering aroma, hint of juniper, creamy, smooth and full bodied. Great flavour lingers in the mouth.
A winner, plain and simple. steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
hmm... that typical... slightly musty, ya know... is it cheese? no it’s that malt, yeast, hop... thing, damn it. but i pour: golden straw into a hazy golden yellow body with tight, frothy, and soapy white head. it tastes more interesting than most APAs, and this is for sure. there’s juniper berries? shiii* ... hmm. whatev’ it’s tasty, simplified shiii* ... yeah, i need to rate it again. yes, it’s fair enough and quaffy enough. meh--it’s yellow snow because it’s APA! screw this style! 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle pours orangish golden, hazy, large foamy white head, sticky lacing, with mild carbonation. Mild hop aroma, slightly bready/yeasty as well. Smooth hop bitterness up front, with a mild malt background. Fairly well balanced. Goes down easy. Very light spices on the back end, Juniper berries perhaps? Medium to full bodied, with a medium or less mouthfeel. This is a mild, yet fairly tasty American Pale Ale! FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Quite well carbonated, it generates a frothy 3 inch thick pale off white head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep gold color that has some copper highlights. The aroma has surprising note of toasted biscuits, lemon, perhaps a hint of buttery character, and a hint of spiciness that must be the juniper. The tasty is buttery (I am pretty sure this is diacetyl), though luckily it is not so much that it detracts, really. The beer is lightly sweet up front, but finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness. The diacetyl is what lingers though, but it is joined by a bit of lingering toasted biscuit notes. The juniper contributes a sharp spicy character, which has notes of lemon, a hint of ginger, and a smidgeon of astringency. This beer is fairly good, but it is just not all that interesting to me. It is certainly nice and quaffable though, but I could definitely do without the diacetyl component, though like I said it is fairly subtly, and I am particularly sensitive to it.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
Bottle. Dark yellow (how appropriate) pour. Long lasting white head. Great active carbonation visible. Aroma of fresh hops, fruit, and some spice - combined with what could best be described as the "rogue smell". Lovely crisp mouthfeel with a little added body to back it up - a very nice medium bodies pale ale. The bottle speaks of juniper berries, but all I got was a subtle fruity finish. I quite enjoyed this. beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Rich golden amber with the requisite Rogue hoppy nose. Slightly maltier than other hop assaults by the mad Oregon brewers, with a thin mouhfeel. Hints of honey and flowers and mild hops. Pleasant but not outstanding lingering sweet blended with bitter finish. Decent. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Rogue has so many good beers. This doesn’t make that list. Yellow snow? You know what they say, Don’t eat yellow snow. Don’t drink it, either. Okay, went for the cheap humor. This isn’t that bad. Some floral and citrus hoppiness. Drinkable. Tessic (1206) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
This ale pours a dark yellow with a foamy white head. Nothing out of the ordinary for scents though. Sweet scents like corn syrup and malt. Almost a beefy note to this one. First sip is smooth and under carbonated although very good. A little watery. Slightly bitter in the finish and palate. Thick finish. JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
Bottle: Pours a dark golden body with minimal head. Aromas of hops, citrus, and slight malt. Tatses of hops, and very bitter. Aftertastes of slight corn. Leaves a bitterness through out the mouth. Very different! Way to go Rouge!