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RATINGS: 1364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Beeston Stout, Chariot Pils, Melanoidin, & Cara Foam Malts, Amarillo Hops. 15.5 PLATO, 70 IBU, 76 AA, 14.2L

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
On tap at McLaughlins, Kyoto. Cloudy orangey amber with a smallish head. Complex herbal and citrussy hop aroma and flavours. Quite dry. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
pours a hazy orange color with lively white head. The nose is quite floral with some slight citrus. The citrus comes out a bit more in the taste. It has a good hoppy bite but is not overbearing and doesnt linger to long. As such it is quite easy to drink. The carbonation dissipates nicely to a level that doesnt interfere with the taste or mouthfeel. Overally a good IPA and one that I would try again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1762) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2012 I absolutely love India pale ale beers and when people ask me why, I tell them because theyre usually the most flavorful beers on the market. Rogue Yellow Snow IPA is a great example of this as it gets the style down perfectly. Its bursting with tart, bitter flavor and yet its not salty, syrup-like or gimmicky. Thats what I call a great beer!


The pours fairly smoothly to a hazy orange body and forms a thick layer of white foamy head which lingers throughout the life of the beer and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a strong floral scent with indications of citrus notes. Before I even took a swig, this beer already impressed me.


Where to begin to describe the taste? Rogue Yellow Snow is the absolute epitome of what I desire in an IPA an intense, tart, bitter and yet juicy-like taste thats an all-out assault on my palate. Grapefruit is definitely the most distinct flavor here as the beer has a borderline sour taste.

And at 70 IBUs this is a very bitter brew, but it doesnt have that salty or syrup-like quality so many ultra-bitter IPAs tend to have. The flavor is very drinker-friendly with its delicious taste which is so tart its almost sweet in a way.


Just because a beer is bitter doesnt mean its difficult to drink. Not in the case of Rogue Yellow Snow anyway. Its intense in the mouth, but it doesnt burn or sting. It goes down smoothly, although it does leave a strong bitter aftertaste. Its like I had sucked on a grapefruit instead of drank this beer.


Surprisingly, I wasnt able to get official statistics on the beers weight. Unconfirmed sources place it at about 6.3% ABV, which I would agree with. However, whats nice about Rogue Yellow Snow is that it does not feel nearly as heavy while drinking it, and there is zero alcohol taste to the overall palate. One 22oz bomber bottle satisfied me, but I would have gladly drank more if it wasnt so expensive.


Other beer connoisseurs have told me Rogue is one of the best microbreweries in America, if not the world, and after only my third beer Im starting to believe it. Yellow Snow IPA is just that impressive.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7682) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Tampa, Fl - Citrus Park Mellow Mushroom - on tap. Medium gold pour, white head, good lace. Somewhat of a neutral aroma with just a hint of spiciness. Flavor is that of a subdued IPA - not overwrought with bitter grapefruit hoppiness. Pick up some saffron-like spiciness, some pears and just a hint of citrus. Clean, even mouthfeel. Good accompaniment to the pizza I had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
Floral citrus and tropical fruits in the nose with underlying candied malt sweetness. Hazy golden body is topped by adecent white head that recedes to alastimf cover with some lacing. Slightly soapy and floralwith some citrus up front. Decent supporting malts with rather strong bitterness. Sweetness and bitterness blend well and battle it out in the long aftertaste. Medium light body is quite dry with strong carbonation that is a touch too hard on the tongue. Really quite surprised I hadnt previously rated this one. Sampled on tap at the village taphouse in north Vancouver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 Bomber, Drank while going on a DTF Tour around California. Gold pour, white head, nose and taste are citrus, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
22oz bombers for round 3 of amateur beer tasting night. Pours hazy yellow with a semi-rocky off-white head that leaves pretty good lace. Nose is grapefruit, orange peel, orange juice, sweet caramel. Taste is nutty, bitter, fairly one-sided stale amarillo hops overpowering the malt backbone. Meh. Spritzy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a nice, pretty, hazy golden brown with a hint of orange and a thick, off-white head with nice lacing. Spicy, citrus hop nose. Nice, hoppy flavor, especially at the end, but also something different than most IPAs up front . . . a softer, malty slightly roasted woody flavor. Great transition and a lot of flavor. A delicious IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bomber. Pours a cloudy gold with a small head. Aroma of citrus fruits, hops, and some pine. Flavor is hoppy, mildly bitter with a strong finish. Pretty good IPA with plenty of carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9690) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
From bomber. Pours cloudy gold with an attractive beige head and an enticing fruit and pine aroma. There is a tasty and refreshing caramel malt flavor with plenty of hop bitterness. Its a good summer drink.

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