Tasting Notes: Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

RogueMSpourFor this edition of Tasting Notes, our week takes a delightfully sour turn as we get into a pour of Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Originally introduced back in July with the intent of being “the most Oregon of all Rogue Farms beers”, Marionberry Sour is a “vibrant violet-hued” American Sour Ale made with Rogue Farms-grown prickless marionberries – “a bigger, juicier and more flavorful variety of blackberry . . . originally developed by Oregon State University researchers in 1956.” Marionberry Sour (6.5% ABV) was specifically brewed “to highlight the tart side of the Marionberry while ensuring a pleasant balance through the fruit’s natural sweetness.”

Marionberry Sour is out now and will be available through October 2018.  You can find this Seasonal brew in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, it seems this is the appropriate time to pucker up and lean in for some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

Appearance: A gentle pour fills the glass with a rose-kissed, cranberry-colored brew that is capped with over a finger of loose, pink-tinged foam.  When held to direct light, the beer glows brilliantly as its pink, purple and red tones all gain an intense vibrancy.  Despite having a slight cloudiness to it, a serious amount of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen surging throughout.  The head dissipates quickly to a creamy ring that does what it can to leave a few spots of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma: Lush berry goodness abounds as massive notes of blackberry and raspberry billow from the glass.  A touch of dark fruit and sweet grape sneak in to add a bit more depth and complexity to the fruity character.  The profile closes with sweet grains that are quickly overcome by an earthy, musty and slightly funky presence.

Taste:  As one would expect, marionberry is the star here as it quickly grabs hold of the taste buds with tart notes of fresh blackberry and raspberry.  That said, there is also a mixed berry jam note that offers some balancing sweetness to the beer’s more tart and acetic qualities.  Bready, slightly sweet grain further reinforces that balance, creating a note that is similar to toast and jam.  The flavors close out with a soft touch of musty grape and earthy funk.

Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, Marionberry Sour actually has a bit more weight than most sours out there these days.  Both tart and sweet on the palate, this thing is nicely balanced and dries out beautifully.  The 6.5% ABV is nowhere to be found.  Aftertaste is all berry.

Final Thoughts: There is no denying that this offering is an absolutely gorgeous representation of the marionberry, but the truly impressive thing about Marionberry Sour is its overall balance.  Sure, it leads with a sharp, attention-grabbing level of tartness, but that is quickly tempered with the perfect amount of sweetness from the grains and the marionberry’s more jam-like side. The experience is not jaw-clenching sour or overly sweet. It is a balancing act that is teetering confidently somewhere in the middle, resulting in an impossibly dry, incredibly refreshing, and supremely easy-drinking Sour Ale.  Around here, those marks earn this summer beer some space in the beer fridge.  Be sure to check out Marionberry Sour before its Seasonal run comes to an end in October.  Prost!

 

 

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Rogue Ales Turns Combat Wombat Loose on Unsuspecting Beer Community

22oz_Combat_Wombat_BottleRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced the Seasonal Release of Combat Wombat, a Sour Northeast-style India Pale Ale with Blood Orange and Grapefruit.

Created to be the ultimate weapon against boring beer, Combat Wombat is a “fierce combination of a Northeast-style hazy IPA brewed with Australian hops and a sour ale with blood orange and grapefruit.”  Clocking in at 7.2% ABV, the “weird and wonderful” Combat Wombat is “a collision of styles and flavors” that is absolutely “bursting with intensity and personality.”

“I love the idea of this tiny, aggressive, but lovable marsupial that’s ready to battle and brew at the same time,” says Rogue Graphic Designer Evan Bartholomew. “The beer is citrus-forward but sweet, sour but juicy, and I think the label mirrors those contradictions. I wanted the bright neon colors on the label to reflect the big flavors of the beer.”

 

“With thousands of beer options on shelves, and more joining them every day, label art is often a deciding factor for many consumers,” says Rogue President Brett Joyce. “Evan’s illustrations have set Rogue apart on the shelf since our Voodoo collisions and are part of the tradition of unique art on Rogue ales and spirits.”

Combat Wombat is rolling out now and has plans to hang around through October.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Combat Wombat from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal, July – October 2018
Style – Hybrid of New England-style India Pale Ale & American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 49
Malts – 2-Row, Acidulated, Wheat & Oats
Hops – Citra, BRU-1, Vic Secret & Galaxy
Yeast – Imperial Barbarian Yeast
Added Ingredients – Blood Orange, Grapefruit & Lactose
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Given only the name and a pint of Combat Wombat, Rogue Graphic Designer Evan Bartholomew got to work drawing and designing Rogue’s newest creation.”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Ales Introduces Marionberry Sour

Marionberry_Sour_6-Pack_Bottles_AngleRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release Marionberry Sour in July as the latest beer to come out of the Rogue Farms project.

Now known to be “the most Oregon of all Rogue Farms beers”, Marionberry Sour is a “vibrant violet-hued” American Sour Ale made with Rogue Farms-grown prickless marionberries – “a bigger, juicier and more flavorful variety of blackberry . . . originally developed by Oregon State University researchers in 1956.”  Marionberry Sour (6.5% ABV) was specifically brewed “to highlight the tart side of the Marionberry while ensuring a pleasant balance through the fruit’s natural sweetness.”

“We made Marionberry Sour this year because it celebrates the delicious berry we love so much,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “I’m constantly inspired to brew new beers based on the crops we grow at the farm. They come to the brewery at peak ripeness and I always know exactly how the crops were treated when I get them. That quality matters.”

 

“We grow our own ingredients because it gives us an unlimited well of inspiration and innovation,” says Rogue President Brett Joyce. “If we add a new crop that is delicious and tastes great in a beer, we’ll increase the acreage and brew more beer with it. We’re all a part of the relentless innovation here at Rogue, but the farm is our greatest inspiration.”

Marionberry Sour will officially enter distribution in July and will hang around through October 2018.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal, July – October 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 5
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare™, Munich, C-15 & Acidulated
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty & Rebel Hops
Yeast – Kolsch II
Added Ingredients – Rogue Farms Marionberries & Plums
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Ales Takes Hop Family Series into Double Digits with Release of 10 Hop IPA

10_hop_ipa_hero_image_22_trimmed_top-175x574Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that 10 Hop IPA will officially join its Special Release portfolio in May.

Cultivated to round out Rogue’s Hop Family series of beers, 10 Hop IPA is brewed with ten hop varietals grown at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon: Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina, Alluvial, Keven and Adair hops.  This massive hop bill yields a 10.10% ABV Imperial IPA filled with “tropical aromatics and notes of pine.”

“The eight hops we grew before made great beers, but we needed a few more,” says Brewmaster John Maier. “We started growing Keven and Adair hops to round out the profile of 10 Hop IPA, adding citrus and melon aromatics (from the Keven hops) and notes of lemon, lime and dill (from the Adair hops). I love being this involved in the hop growing process, and working with our farmers; it lets me truly grow the ingredients I need to innovate.”

10 Hop IPA releases this month (May 2018) and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Special Release offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for 10 Hop IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited/Special, May 2018
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 10.10%
IBUs – 75
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina, Alluvial, Adair, & Keven Hops
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare™ & Weyermann Pils Malts
Yeast – Pacific Ale & Pacman Yeast
Fun Fact – 10 Hop IPA joins 4 Hop IPA, 5 Hop IPA, 6 Hop IPA, 7 Hop IPA & 8 Hop IPA to complete Rogue’s Hop Family series
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Ales & Brew Dr. Kombucha Collaborate to Release Kulture Clash

RogueKulturebottle_editedRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that it recently partnered up with Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha (Portland, Oregon) to create Kulture Clash, a Limited Release Blonde Ale blended with kombucha tea.

Coming together as a beautiful collision of two brews, Kulture Clash combines “the unique tangy flavors of a custom-brewed kombucha” from Brew Dr. Kombucha with an Imperial Blonde Ale that the crew at Rogue Ales “specifically brewed to complement it.”  This union results in aromatic “bursts of bright citrus” and a flavor profile that sees “spice notes from the imperial blonde ale transform into notes of black tea from the kombucha.”  Clocking in at 6.9% ABV, Kulture Clash promises to be “a flavorful, invigorating balance of blonde and bold that both kombucha and beer drinkers will enjoy.”

“Kulture Clash is perfect for drinking in spring—the flavors pleasantly collide, oscillating from beer-forward to kombucha-forward and back again,” said Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “It’s a great tasting beer, easy to pair with food and ideal for sharing.”

Kulture Clash is hitting shelves now with plans to stick around through June 2018.  You can find this Limited Release offering available in painted 750ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon, and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Kulture Clash from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, April – June 2018
Style – Imperial Blonde Ale
ABV – 6.9%
Added Ingredients – A custom-brewed kombucha from Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “When we opened our first tea shop in Portland, Ore., we had a friend paint an animal tea party scene to display by the front door of the teahouse,” said Townshend’s founder and CEO Matt Thomas. “One of those animals was a contented-looking sloth, slowly stirring his cup of chai with his pinky claw. He captured the ideal embodiment of what tea (and Townshend’s) is about: taking your time and enjoying each moment. When we started Brew Dr. Kombucha, we snuck Otis Sisgood (a play on, oh this is good) on the label of every bottle, but this is the first time he’s been anywhere major. We’re excited that he’s getting a chance to be front and center and share his story.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Tasting Notes: Cold Brew 2.0 from Rogue Ales

RogueColdBrew2.0x1000This week’s Tasting Notes satisfies our mid-day cravings for both coffee and beer with a look at Cold Brew 2.0 from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Developed to be a bit of an unconventional union of coffee and a lighter beer style, Rogue’s Cold Brew 2.0 is a Seasonal Blonde Ale that “explores the intricacies of coffee aromatics and delicate malt notes.”  Beer and coffee fans alike can expect Cold Brew 2.0 (5.6% ABV) to supply them with an enjoyable experience that “opens with a big hit of coffee aroma and flavor” – thanks to the recipe’s use of Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee – and closes with the subtle “nuances of the hops and malts.” This Seasonal offering is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft, and you can find it through June 2018 at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Now that all the pertinent details are out of the way, let’s take a little coffee break and get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Cold Brew 2.0 from Rogue Ales

Appearance – The look is that of a straight-up Blonde Ale.  It pours a pale golden in color and wears a solid finger of creamy, bright white foam.  When held to direct light, the gold gains some intensity and picks up a more vibrant honey-like appearance.  The body is clear and displays an exuberant carbonation presence coursing within.  The head falls quickly to a thin cap that leaves behind pencil-thin streaks of lace on the glass.

Aroma – The nose is greeted by a pronounced note of lightly roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate.  A sugary cream presence builds and comes across as a bit of a marshmallow note.  All of this is supported by a soft maltiness that is most notably characterized as toasty cereal grains.

Taste – This brew hits the palate with a heavy dose of cold brew coffee and a touch of cream. Lightly sweet notes of vanilla and cocoa support the coffee before the experience settles into a full-on Blonde/Cream Ale mode filled with clean malts and balancing hops.

Mouthfeel – Light in body with a medium carbonation, Cold Brew 2.0 still has an impressively sneaky weight to it.  The beer puts those taste buds to work by playing with a soft roastiness, a pleasant level of sweetness, and a gently contrasting bitterness.  All in all, it is nicely balanced and does not overly exhaust any side of palate.  ABV is light (as expected) and keeps things easy drinking and refreshing.  Aftertaste is just a bit of toasted grain and cream.

Final Thoughts – This beer definitely plays with your mind’s expectations as the look and feel are all Blonde Ale while the aromas and flavors possess characteristics that you would expect more from a Porter or a more playful Brown Ale.  That said, the cold brew coffee note is spot on and runs this show.  This dynamic coffee presence rides upon a light Blonde Ale experience to mimic the satisfying nature of an iced or cold brewed coffee.  Rogue Ales absolutely accomplished their mission here by creating an easy-drinking and refreshing coffee beer, and Cold Brew 2.0 can proudly sit alongside Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA as shining examples of successfully innovative and unexpected approaches to using coffee as an ingredient in the brewing process.  Be sure to get your hands on a pour of Cold Brew 2.0 before its Seasonal Release comes to an end.  Prost!

Rogue Ales Adds Cold Brew 2.0 to Seasonal Lineup

CB2.0sheetRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially released Cold Brew 2.0, a Blonde Ale blended with cold brew coffee, as the brewery’s newest Seasonal offering.

To expand upon the success of their bold, hop and coffee-focused Cold Brew IPA, the brewers at Rogue developed Cold Brew 2.0 to be a Seasonal Blonde Ale that ventures into the opposite direction to “[explore] the intricacies of coffee aromatics and delicate malt notes.” Beer and coffee fans alike can expect Cold Brew 2.0 (5.6% ABV) to supply them with an enjoyable experience that “opens with a big hit of coffee aroma and flavor” – thanks to the recipe’s use of Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee – and closes with the subtle “nuances of the hops and malts.”

“We love brewing with cold brew coffee because it is bold and smooth, but it also has less acidity than regular drip coffee and it blends nicely with the malts in the beer,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “Our beer and Stumptown’s coffee collide to create something sessionable and really damn tasty. I love it after a bike ride.”

Cold Brew 2.0 is available now and will hang around through June 2018.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cold Brew 2.0 from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Rogue Rotator Series, February – June 2018
Style – Blonde Ale
ABV – 5.6%
IBUs – 30
Malts – Pilsner, Flaked Brown Rice, Chit & White Wheat 
Hops – Sterling 
Yeast – American Ale
Added Ingredients – Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee & cacao nibs
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Tasting Notes: Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2018) from Rogue Ales

RogueRollingThunder2018_editedAfter barreling through another awesome week of beer news, we close it out in proper fashion by jotting down some Tasting Notes on Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2018) from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Just last week, we hit you with the news that Rogue Ales had officially begun the limited release of its Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2018).  If you happened to miss that post, Rolling Thunder can basically be summed up as a massive Imperial Stout “brewed with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms, and then ocean aged for nine months in barrels made by hand at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works.”  The house-made Dead Guy Whiskey that once filled those barrels lends notes of whiskey and vanilla to complement the base beer’s dark roasted malts while raspberries – the special ingredient for 2018 – provide a unique thread of lightly tart sweetness.

Rolling Thunder is available now for a limited time in 16.9 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located throughout Rogue’s nationwide distribution footprint.

That should just about catch everyone up on this release, so let’s keep this thing rollin’ and get into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2018) from Rogue Ales

Appearance: From a bottle hand-numbered as Barrel #4 of 17 & Bottle #249 of 413, Rolling Thunder pours an inky black in color and has just over a finger of creamy, chocolate milk colored foam resting on top.  The beer is completely opaque and remains so when held directly against a light source.  Head retention is good, but the foam does eventually fall to a thin but lasting top cap.  The beer itself does leave a yellow-tinged slick on the glass after each sip, but some spots of lace are just stubborn enough to grab hold sporadically throughout the experience.

Aroma:  The aromatics begin with a defined sherry presence that is loaded with nutty and sweet dark fruit character. This elegant note gracefully transitions into a subtle raspberry tone that is quickly overtaken by a closing barrage of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and oak.

Taste:  The barrel grabs your attention first here with a big ol’ pop of vanilla and oaky whiskey.  This shifts into those sweet sherry notes of dark fruit (fig mostly) and molasses.  The raspberries are slightly jammy and pull double duty by bringing both complementary sweetness and a contrasting dose of tartness.  Those bright raspberries refresh the palate just as the beer stoutly settles in with satisfying, decadent notes of caramel, brown sugar, roasted grains, dark chocolate, and fudge studded with pecans.

Mouthfeel:  Full bodied with a moderate carbonation level, this enormous Imperial Stout has a chewy, viscous feel to it.  The beer takes its time on the palate, allowing the flavors to linger and fully develop at their own pace.  Sitting at 14.4%, the ABV certainly has a presence that establishes a building warmth in the throat and belly.  The aftertaste is all vanilla, chocolate and booze-soaked oak.

Final Thoughts:  From the first sip, it is quite evident that Rogue built this year’s Rolling Thunder to come out swingin’ and clear a place for itself among the highest echelon of barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.  It achieves this with an artful composition that sandwiches that raspberry addition between oaky whiskey notes and the base stout’s chocolaty, roasty goodness.  Simply put, this Imperial Stout is pretty much a whiskey-infused raspberry truffle . . . and it is heavenly.

Over the last 30 years, Rogue has amassed a long list of beers that have become standards in the industry, and we confidently predict that this year’s version will add Rolling Thunder to that list.  Yeah . . . it is that good, and you need to get your hands on a bottle or pour of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2018) before this Limited Release dries up.  Make it happen.  Prost!

Rogues Ales Rolls Out Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout 2018

RTIS_2018_Ocean_Aging_Room-5Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that it has officially begun the limited release of the 2018 version of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout.

With every aspect of “the only farm-brewery-distillery-cooperage” being put to use in the creation of this beer, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout can basically be summed up as an elaborate and highly-involved DIY project for Rogue Ales.  This massive Imperial Stout is “brewed with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms, and then ocean aged for nine months in barrels made by hand at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works.”  The house-made Dead Guy Whiskey that once filled those barrels lends notes of whiskey and vanilla to complement the base beer’s dark roasted malts while raspberries – the special ingredient for 2018 – provide a unique thread of lightly tart sweetness. This all results in a 14.4% ABV Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout that features “deep sherry notes accentuated by hints of raspberries, brown sugar and vanilla, held up against a dark roasted malt backbone with earthy hops.”

“We chose raspberries for 2018 because it seemed like a natural, Willamette Valley-driven progression from last year’s cherries. They add a whole new dimension to the beer through a slight hint of tartness, followed by a deep dark fruit flavor,” said Rogue Innovation Brewer Michael King. “This marries perfectly with the dark roasted malt flavors and vanilla characteristics highlighted from the aging in Oregon Oak.”

Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout 2018 is officially available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in hand-numbered 16.9 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s national distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout 2018 from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, February 2018
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 14.4%
IBUs – 63
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Hates AC Smoke, Kiln Black, Roast Barley, C40, C60, C75 & Brown malts; Rolled Oats
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty & Freedom 
Added Ingredients – Brown Sugar, Raspberries & Vanilla
Yeast – Pacman Yeast
Treatment – “Aged for 9 months in hand made Rolling Thunder Barrel Works barrels previously used to age [Rogue’s] Dead Guy Whiskey”
Availability – 16.9 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Rogue Ales Releases 2018 Product Calendar

RogueHop_editedRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has come forward this week to unveil a 2018 Product Calendar boasting 13 Year-Round offerings, 9 Seasonals, and 10 Special Releases.

It appears that beer calendar season has caught a second wind as we kick off the week with a look at Rogue Ale’s 2018 Product Calendar.  The brewery’s full calendar is available below, but let’s go over a few highlights real quick.

That should cover most of the new releases, but there are still quite few beers left for you to find on the calendar below.  Give it a good look and settle in for another tasty year of beer from Rogue Ales in 2018.  Prost!

2018 Rogue Beer Calendar update