Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rogue - Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Ale

I always like Rogue ales... they tend to be flavorful, hoppy and well crafted. The St. Rogue is exactly what the name indicates... a dry-hopped red ale.

5.2% ABV

This one has a dark copper-chestnut color and translucent appearance. The cream head is tall and foamy, and leaves some serious lacing.

There's a lot going on here... it has a strong, hoppy aroma complemented by a lighter roasted maltiness that puts out sweet whiffs of caramel with a bit of woodiness mixed in.

Taste & Feel
Good amount of hops flavor and bitterness, but not so strong that you'll be overwhelmed. It actually has a smooth, medium body. The hops are balanced with a sweet malt flavor that gives way to an evergreen and citrus finish. It leaves a bitter taste on the lips, but only a modest aftertaste.

A good beer. It's flavorful, but not overly aggressive. Rogue suggest pairing it with Kobe beef, but my frugal ass will settle for a good burger.

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