heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2007
On tap at The Sanctuary in Iowa City. The body was hazy medium orange with a slightly off white head on top. The aroma was oranges with some caramel and a little bit of grass. The taste had some decent grapefruit rind with some spice of black pepper. I thougth that this was more of a hoppy amber than a strong ale. A good drinker. NachlamSie (3572) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2007
draught. Pours a semi cloudy orange with a lasting white head. The aroma is very herbal in nature with hints of chamomile, orange, and crackers. I didn’t feel that this was brewed with the typical Rogue hop strength. This is one of those weirder Rogue brews. I can’t say I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’d never guess American strong ale because it tastes like some kind of spice or herb was used, though apparently that is not the case. Flavors of ginger, dry leaves, and flour abound. The finish is semi chalky with a grapefruity, peppery taste. meh. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Draught at Barley’s in Knoxville. Pours hazy copper orange with white head. The aroma is saltines and zest. The flavor is hops, crackery malt, and herbs, like the herbs in a tisane. There’s a bit of a sticky malt in the finish, and the aftertaste develops a husky bitterness. Some ginger notes get more distinct as it warms. Not that impressive, really. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Draft at Sanctuary in Iowa City, IA. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was thin, white, and left some tattered lace on the glass. Earthy, chalky, and fruity aroma with light toasty malt, grassy hops, and a whiff of peach. Delicately sweet on the tongue with plenty of hop bitterness. The flavor was again punctuated by it’s chalkiness, grassy hops, and fruit with a hint of malty cereal grain that lingered a bit. I didn’t really detect much in the way of raw alcohol, but I’d say there was a decent amount of alcohol. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Decent pale ale, light and slightly bready malts up front feeling slightly earthy towards the finish. Hops are a mix of citrus and slightly grassy. I’m not sure about thi sbeing a strong ale, didn’t taste strong and i’m not sure of the ABV. Tasted like a nice pale ale though, refreshing and crisp in the finish.
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
[Draft @ Max’s] Poured a hazy copper color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, citrus fruits, some vanilla, and a bit of toasted dough. Taste of grassy hops, toffee, caramel malts, citrus fruits, and perhaps some styrians? A bitter, metallic taste in there as well, with light alcohol in the finish. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Draft at the Flying Saucer Fort Worth. Didn’t know this beer existed until I asked if Monk Madness was still the Rogue Seasonal and was told this was it instead. Checked the website, and the info is there. Pours a dark gold color (if possible, without being amber), and a decent enough head. Smells pretty light, but there’s a burnt caremel and toast to it, and some light wood. Tastes pretty mellow, and similar to the aroma, with some light caramel and stronger toast flavors. Finishes with a medium bittnerness and the hops are slightly burnt and woody, which blends very nicely with the malt. Good mouthfeel, medium body, overall the beer seemed incredibly unassertive, but well-made and thought out. I have more respect for it knowing that only one malt and one hop were used to make this. Knowing that makes this beer worthwhile, cause there’s a lot of flavor coming from just those two ingredients. Still, the beer is drinkable hoppy somewhat strong ale. Eh, give it a try.