portableparty (2379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bomber to my favorite snifter. Aroma is scents of sugary malts and mild grapefruity hops. Apperance is a golden yellow amber which appears hazy and nice frothy head. Taste is grapefruit and hints of sweet malt. Palate is chaulky and dry. This beer is very drinkable and one to bring to your friends! oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
Pours a nice deep amber color. Aromas of citrus. Strong hop flavors with malts and a dry finish.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bomber. Pours yellow gold with a fluffy off-white head. Sweet and citrus aromas. Fairly standard, balanced IPA with an initial sweet taste that fades into bitter--it is the long, long bitter finish that makes it stand out, especially since the linger is not overpowering but simply present. thebeertourist (5189) - 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. 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 doesn’t linger to long. As such it is quite easy to drink. The carbonation dissipates nicely to a level that doesn’t interfere with the taste or mouthfeel. Overally a good IPA and one that I would try again.
ChadPolenz (1847) - 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 they’re 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. It’s bursting with tart, bitter flavor and yet it’s not salty, syrup-like or gimmicky. That’s what I call a great beer!PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2010
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
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 that’s 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 IBU’s this is a very bitter brew, but it doesn’t 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 it’s almost sweet in a way.
Just because a beer is bitter doesn’t mean it’s difficult to drink. Not in the case of Rogue Yellow Snow anyway. It’s intense in the mouth, but it doesn’t burn or sting. It goes down smoothly, although it does leave a strong bitter aftertaste. It’s like I had sucked on a grapefruit instead of drank this beer.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to get official statistics on the beer’s weight. Unconfirmed sources place it at about 6.3% ABV, which I would agree with. However, what’s 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 wasn’t 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 I’m starting to believe it. Yellow Snow IPA is just that impressive.
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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. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, 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 hadn’t previously rated this one. Sampled on tap at the village taphouse in north Vancouver. 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. GT (10002) - San Diego, 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.