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Rogue Ales

Official Web Page 
2320 OSU Drive, Newport, Oregon 97365, USA
Tel: 541-867-3660

Opened: 1988
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For fans of microbrewing, there are few more interesting breweries in the USA than Rogue. Ever inventive, the company brews a very impressive range covering about 30 beers. Their stout, named Shakespeare, is instantly recognized by beer lovers as one of the best of its breed.

The brewery, based in Newport, Oregon, was founded in 1988. Although the name Rogue can be attributed to its role as non-conformist in the brewing industry, it was actually taken from the name of the Oregon river. The company’s slogan is, “Dedicated to the Rogue in all of us.” If you want to know more about the campaign for the smaller guys in the brewing industry, check out Rogue’s website.

Beers Reviewed

(click on beer name for full review)
Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Maierbock) Type: Maibock ABV: 6.6%
A Maibock that's actually top fermented. Sugary pretty much defines this beer, syrupy, toffeeish with slight tang in aftertaste. Refreshing and characterful. Not a true bock, but a good introduction and interesting style by itself.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 9/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 17/20 Score: 4.1


Rogue Honey Cream Ale Type: Cream Ale ABV: 4.8%
Pale golden, moderate carbonation and head formation, distinctive haziness. 
The nose suggests signs of pale and caramel malts (I wasn’t aware of what malts were used at the time), while a honey sweet aroma is evident as well as little lemon. The citric hops sit in the background, and it seemed that every time I was detecting them the honey quickly suppressed them. The palate is lightly carbonated and remarkably smooth. It’s somewhat light to medium bodied, just thickening slightly in the finish. If the nose had suggested something sweet, I was about to be corrected in the flavor. There’s a lemon fruity tip that turns a little malty. The middle is smooth and expectedly honey-like although this latter quality is much briefer than I would have expected. There’s a detectable hop dryness throughout the palate while it does turn very tangy and citric bitter in a crisp finish. The middle honey sweetness does provide a slight balance against the more bitter finish, but this is remarkably well hopped for the style. Refreshing version, typically Rogue-ish.
Ratings: Appearance: 2/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 14/20 Score: 3.3


Rogue Saint Rogue Red Type: Amber Ale ABV: 5.2%
A flagship beer. Great balance and great full flavors for what is essentially a full bodied amber ale. Nice roasted malt, toffee, caramel mix well with tangy hop finish with nothing being too dominant. Great sociable drinker.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 5/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 17/20 Score: 4.2


Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Type: ABV: 6%
A variation on Saint Rogue Red with more hops. Very foamy, dark brown color, impressive head. Initially light on the palate a little sweet, smooth, buttery silkiness. Finishes very hoppy and citrussy.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 9/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 18/20 Score: 4.3


Rogue Shakespeare Stout Type: Dry Stout ABV: %
Very dark and impressively foamy. Burnt coffee-like aroma. Hops dominate with sweet roasted barley and chocolate. Aftertaste is dry, but mellows and should be savored. Further tasting reveals nice creaminess. One of USA's best beers.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 9/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 10/10 Overall: 20/20 Score: 4.8


Rogue Yellow Snow (2001) Type: Pale Ale ABV: 5.2%
I was disappointed with this one. It's hoppy enough to be an IPA but the malt just doesn't balance out. Also there's a lingering alcohol/vodka-like aftertaste. The first few sips were fine but I kind of lost interest before I'd finished it. I'll try it again in 2002.
Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 6/10 Overall: 13/20 Score: 3.2

Last Updated: 09/04/2001

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