Rogue Ales Doubles Down on Cherry Beers with Debut of Cherry Choctabulous & Double Time Cherry Lime

Double_Time_Cherry_Lime_Single_Can_16ozRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will launch two new cherry-themed beers – Cherry Choctabulous Milk Stout and Double Time Cherry Lime Imperial Berliner Weisse – in November 2019.

Here to put an added cherry (or two) on top of its 2019 Release Calendar, Rogue Ales is introducing these two new Limited Release offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

Cherry Choctabulous

Cherry Choctabulous, a new addition to Rogue’s seasonal line-up, drinks like a cherry cordial in a bottle. This rich and creamy stout opens with a luscious cherry aroma and flavor that quickly gives way to indulgent and satisfying notes of dark chocolate.

“Cherry and chocolate are the star ingredients in this rich milk stout that we made for sharing during the holidays,” says Rogue Vice President of Marketing Bliss Dake. “This delicious stout tastes like candy in a bottle and is the ideal treat for sipping on a cold winter night.”

Double Time Cherry Lime

Double Time Cherry Lime, an imperial Berliner Weisse juiced up with cherry and lime, is a light-bodied brew that packs a big punch. This beer offers a delicate balance of sweet cherries and tart lime for easy sipping during the busy season. The sour base sets the stage for the tart and sweet cherry notes to play off the citrus from the lime.

“Double Time Cherry Lime pushes the boundaries of beer,” says Rogue Brewmaster Joel Shields. “It mixes two unique styles for a naturally sour yet still sweet taste. This surprisingly refreshing and fruity beer will brighten up the cold and dreary winter days.”

Cherry Choctabulous and Double Time Cherry Lime are scheduled to debut in November 2019 with plans to hang around for a limited time. Cherry Choctabulous will have availability in 22 oz. bottles and on draft while Double Time Cherry Lime will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find both of these new offerings at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cherry Choctabulous from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Limited; November 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 8.4%
IBUs – 30
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Vital Information for Double Time Cherry Lime from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited; November 2019
Style – Imperial Berliner Weisse
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 14
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Tasting Notes – Spirits Edition: Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz from Rogue Spirits

RogueCucumberPour2For this special edition of Tastings Notes, we get acquainted with the new line of Sparkling Craft Cocktails from Rogue Spirits (Newport, Oregon) by getting into a can of Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz.

Crafted to “embody the spirit of the DIY ethos of mixology”, Rogue’s new selection of gluten-free Sparkling Craft Cocktails are made “with award-winning Rogue Spirits and 100% natural ingredients.”  Coming in at just 7.5% ABV, each Sparkling Craft Cocktail “delivers a sophisticated, yet refreshing experience with bona fide craft cocktail credentials.”

This new line launched back in August with the following three offerings (descriptions sourced directly from Rogue’s press release):

  • Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz – Inspired by cucumbers grown on Rogue Farms, Rogue Spirits Gin forms the base of this cocktail while the cucumber and lime provide a farm-fresh citrus balance.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda – Inspired by the cranberries that grow on the Oregon coast, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while the cranberry, elderflower and lime add a refreshing tartness.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Ginger Lime Vodka Mule – Inspired by a favorite at the Rogue Pub in Newport, Oregon, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while ginger and lime provide a refreshing balance of citrus and spice.  ABV – 7.5%

All three Sparkling Craft Cocktails listed above are currently available in 4-packs of 12 oz. slim cans at select retailers located in Florida, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Michigan only.  Nationwide availability is scheduled to begin in January 2020.

With all of that background information now out of the way, what do you say we crack open a cold one . . . er, cocktail and get into these Tasting Notes?

Tasting Notes for Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz from Rogue Spirits

Appearance: Poured over ice into a highball glass, this Sparkling Craft Cocktail is a foggy, icy white in color and builds a 1/2 finger of spritzy bubbles that dissipates almost immediately.  Despite its cloudy appearance, you can still see a steady carbonation presence bubbling away within. It basically looks like a mix between a cocktail made with soda or tonic and a hard seltzer.

Aroma:  The aromatics are pretty subtle overall, but you can immediately pick up on an incredibly clean note of fresh cucumber.  Juniper and a mix of nondescript botanicals then surface to hint at the presence of gin.  The profile closes with the soft minerality of quality sparkling water.

Taste: That gin note blooms a bit more here to offer soft tones of juniper, citrus peel, coriander, and various other botanicals, This sets the stage nicely for a refreshing note that can only be described as slices of cucumber dressed with fresh squeezed lime.  Everything wraps up in the finish with a wash of sparkling water.  All of these notes may be light, but they still somehow remain distinct and absolutely present.

Mouthfeel:  Light in body with a bright carbonation presence, this Sparkling Craft Cocktail is wonderfully easy drinking.  None of the flavors are aggressive or dominating on the palate. Everything is just nice and balanced against a backdrop of very clean sparkling water.  The 7.5% ABV is nearly undetectable, further adding to this offering’s high level of refreshment and drinkability.  The aftertaste is just a soft whisper of fresh cucumber.

Final Thoughts:  Just like its appearance, the overall experience provided by Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz falls somewhere between a hand-crafted cocktail and one of those hard seltzers that are so popular right now (yes, we have dabbled in the dark art that is hard seltzer).  With that said, this Sparkling Craft Cocktail quickly sets itself apart from those often-artificial tasting hard seltzers by showcasing nothing but good ole natural ingredients.  The cucumber and lime notes combine with the gentle gin character to create a genuine cocktail experience that reads similarly to a bit of Hendrick’s Gin topped off with a heavy pour of high-end sparkling water.

All in all, Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz has quite a bit going for it:

  • It is filled with fresh and natural flavors and aromas
  • It is ridiculously easy drinking
  • It is wildly refreshing
  • AND it conveniently scratches that cocktail itch with just a pull of the tab on a can

It is a truly unique and delicious offering, and – if you are at all a fan of cucumber and/or gin – we highly recommend that you give it a try whenever Rogue Spirits’ Sparkling Craft Cocktails hit your area.  Prost!

Rogue Ales Celebrates Hop Harvest with Limited Release of Coast Haste Hazy IIPA

coast_haste_hero_image_16oz_can_trimmed_top-175x369Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Coast Haste, a Wet Hop Imperial Hazy IPA, in September.

Developed to take full advantage of the “bountiful time” that is the hop harvest, Coast Haste is an Imperial Hazy India Pale Ale “made with hops that are harvested on the Rogue Farm and quickly transported, while still wet, 71 miles to be brewed in Newport on the Oregon Coast.”  These incredibly fresh hops ensure that Coast Haste (8.6% ABV, 51 IBUs) is jam-packed with “bold tropical, citrus notes.”

“As farmers and brewers, we believe the best products come from the best ingredients,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “We love harvest season, when ingredients are at their peak and beer is begging to be brewed.”

Coast Haste is scheduled to roll out in September 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coast Haste Imperial Hazy IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited; launching September 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.6%
IBUs – 51
Malts – 2-Row, Breiss Synergy Pils & White Wheat Malts; Rolled Oats, Flaked Wheat
Hops – Galaxy, Vic Secret, Mosaic, Citra & Chinook; Rogue Farms-grown *wet* Centennial hops
Yeast – Imperial Juice Yeast
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Spirits Rolls Out New Line of Sparkling Canned Cocktails

RogueSparklingLineRogue Spirits (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it is entering the ready-to-drink arena with the launch of three Sparkling Craft Cocktails – Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz, Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda and Ginger Lime Vodka Mule – in select markets on August 1.

Crafted to “embody the spirit of the DIY ethos of mixology”, Rogue’s new selection of gluten-free Sparkling Craft Cocktails are made “with award-winning Rogue Spirits and 100% natural ingredients.”  Coming in at just 7.5% ABV, each Sparkling Craft Cocktail “delivers a sophisticated, yet refreshing experience with bona fide craft cocktail credentials.”

This new line will launch with the following three offerings (descriptions sourced directly from Rogue’s press release):

  • Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz – Inspired by cucumbers grown on Rogue Farms, Rogue Spirits Gin forms the base of this cocktail while the cucumber and lime provide a farm-fresh citrus balance.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda – Inspired by the cranberries that grow on the Oregon coast, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while the cranberry, elderflower and lime add a refreshing tartness.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Ginger Lime Vodka Mule – Inspired by a favorite at the Rogue Pub in Newport, Oregon, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while ginger and lime provide a refreshing balance of citrus and spice.  ABV – 7.5%

“As brewers we love the convenience of beer in a can, and as distillers we enjoy the complex flavor profiles of a good mixed drink, launching a line of canned cocktails just felt right. Leaning on our 16 years of distilling experience, we developed three amazing cocktails and put them in a can, so you don’t have to worry about mixing up your favorite drink on the go,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “Made with flavors that rival our freshly made bar equivalents, our sparkling craft cocktails are perfect for summer, whether it be camping, at the beach or in your backyard. They can be enjoyed right out of the can or poured over ice.”

Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz, Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda and Ginger Lime Vodka Mule will all experience an initial launch on August 1 in Florida, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Michigan only and a nationwide release is scheduled to follow in January 2020.  All three Sparkling Craft Cocktails are available in 4-packs of 12 oz. slim cans.  Prost!

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Kulture Clash Clear Mind Set to Release as Latest Hybrid Offering from Rogue Ales & Brew Dr. Kombucha

kulture_clash_2019_hero-photo_trimmed_top-175x588Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it has teamed up with Brew Dr. Kombucha (Portland, Oregon) once again for the April release of Kulture Clash Clear Mind, a new beer- kombucha hybrid.

Arriving as the follow-up to Rogue’s 2018 release of Kulture Clash and a continued celebration of “two Oregon fermenters”,  Kulture Clash Clear Mind is a hybrid-style beer that combines an Imperial Blonde Ale from Rogue and Brew Dr.’s Clear Mind kombucha.  This “otherworldly” union supplies its drinker with “bright notes of citrus” alongside “subtle flavors of rosemary, mint, sage and green tea.”  Coming in at an “incredibly smooth” 6.9% ABV, Kulture Clash Clear Mind is “perfect for incorporating into a self-care Sunday routine, whether it’s a spring hike or a relaxing afternoon off.”

“We loved last year’s Kulture Clash so much we knew we had to do something with Brew Dr. again this year,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “Our imperial blonde ale rounds out the mint and sage notes of the kombucha. The combination creates a really delicious spring beer.”

Kulture Clash Clear Mind will release on April 1 and is scheduled to hang around until the end of April 2019.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml painted bottles at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Kulture Clash Clear Mind from Rogue Ales & Brew Dr. Kombucha 

Release – Limited, April 2019
Style – Hybrid Ale (Imperial Blonde Ale & Kombucha) 
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 4
Featured Kombucha – Clear Mind from Brew Dr. Kombucha 
Fun Fact – Matt Thomas, founder and CEO of Brew Dr. Kombucha, on the label artwork for Kulture Clash Clear Mind: ““The image of Otis the sloth levitating and meditating on the front of the bottle embodies how we like to feel every day, but especially on Sundays.  He’s so mellow and serene, and after drinking Kulture Clash Clear Mind, so are we.”
Availability – 750ml painted bottles 
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Tasting Notes: Outta Line IPA from Rogue Ales

RogueOuttaLinePourx600For this installment of Tasting Notes, we continue to steer our recent IPA-fueled adventure westward as we get into a pour of Outta Line IPA from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Brewed to be a celebration of “those who have the courage to do their own thing”, Outta Line is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale “that opens with tangerine and mango, balanced by malt sweetness and a crisp hop bite.” Clocking in at 6.9% ABV and 66 IBUs, Outta Line is a perfect go-to beer “for those who live outside the lines.”

Outta Line IPA is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Ok . . . now that we are all caught up on this brew’s background info, what do say we get a little Outta Line in some Tasting Notes?

Tasting Notes for Outta Line IPA from Rogue Ales

Appearance: Outta Line is a deep, honey-like orange in color with bright yellow hues bursting at its sides and capped with two fingers of slightly off-white foam.  When held to direct light, the orange hues brighten and the yellows radiate with vibrancy.  The beer is pristine in clarity and displays a steady carbonation presence streaming within.  Head retention is decent, falling to a fine ring that scatters foamy patterns of sticky lace across the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma: Coy at the start, the hop presence builds slowly with notes of mango, orange, peach, blueberry and grapefruit. The hops gain confidence and open further to reveal a soft pine note, a firm floral character, and a super enticing presence of spicy dankness.  The malts hang back here, lurking in the background with notes of caramel and lightly toasted grain. The aromatics close with a gentle waft of alcohol. Nicely reserved but filled with complexity.

Taste: Tangerine peel gets the flavor profile off to a tangy, hoppy citrus start.  The fruitiness then blooms to offer tropical notes of mango, pineapple and grapefruit.  The hop presence then shifts as resinous pine and straight dank herb settle in to create that classic, in-your-face West Coast-style goodness.  The malts sneak in near the end to lend a touch of balance with some lightly sweet, crackery and earthy (wet grain) tones.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side of medium in body with a medium carbonation level, this IPA has a soft, silken texture but still dries out nicely.  It leans to the hoppy/bitter side, but that is kept in check with a stealthy and balancing malt presence.  Only really present in the aroma at times, the ABV is well tempered and gives off very little heat.  Pine resin and citrus zest are left behind in the aftertaste.

Final Thoughts:  Outta Line is a solid nod back to the good ol’ days when West Coast IPAs ruled the craft beer scene, but it is one that is still willing to adopt an aspect or two of the IPA trends of today.  Sure . . . it has a good deal of that resiny, ultra-dank hop bite, but the hops’ juicy characteristics get equal billing, the IBUs feel as though they have been dialed down a bit, and the bitterness does not come close to approaching anything that hit during the IBU wars of yore.  Is that a bad thing? No. This West Coast IPA avoids shock value and palate wrecking so that it can embrace supreme drinkability while still holding on to a satisfying amount of hop flavor, aroma and bitterness.  It aims to reach daily drinker/go-to status, and it hits that mark squarely.  Be sure to grab a sixer of Outta Line IPA the next time you find yourself roaming the beer aisle in search of something new and incredibly easy-drinking.  Prost!

 

Rogue Ales Introduces Rhubarb Schmubarb as Newest Seasonal

RogueLogoRedRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that Rhubarb Schmubarb will officially join the brewery’s Seasonal lineup in March 2019.

Created with inspiration sourced from “the seedlings grown in the Rogue Farms Revolution Garden”, Rhubarb Schmubarb is a fruited ale that is “delightfully tart from the rhubarb, but balanced by the sweetness of Oregon strawberries.”  Weighing in at an easy-drinking 5.9% ABV and 8 IBUs, Rhubarb Schmubarb is “a little sweet, a little tart and ideal for late-spring and early summer sipping.”

“We dedicate our farm-inspired beers to farmers and gardeners everywhere because we know the hard work and dedication that goes into growing incredible ingredients,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “As farmers and gardeners ourselves, we believe the best beer comes from the best ingredients, and our beers are our way of toasting all the hard work that goes into the things we most enjoy.”

Rhubarb Schmubarb will officially launch in March and is scheduled to hang around through June 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rhubarb Schmubarb from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal, March – June 2019
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 5.9%
IBUs – 8
Grains – 2-Row, Munich, Dextrapils Malts; Flaked Corn & Rolled Oats
Hops – Mosaic 
Yeast – Pacman
Added Ingredients – Rhubarb, Strawberries & Lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Ales Adds Outta Line and Batsquatch IPAs to Year-Round Lineup

Rogue2019IPAsRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will launch two new Year-Round IPAs in 2019: Outta Line West Coast IPA and Batsquatch Hazy IPA.

Brewed to be a celebration of “those who have the courage to do their own thing”, Outta Line is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale “that opens with tangerine and mango, balanced by malt sweetness and a crisp hop bite.”  Clocking in at 6.9% ABV and 66 IBUs, Outta Line is a perfect go-to beer “for those who live outside the lines.”

Swooping in from the other side of the IPA spectrum to serve as the first Hazy IPA to join Rogue’s Year-Round portfolio, Batsquatch boasts “bold tropical aromas, flavors of stonefruit and tangerine, and a fruity citrus rind finish.”  Batsquatch weighs in at 6.7% ABV and 45 IBUs.

“In the beginning, 30 years ago, we were told that nobody would ever drink Rogue beers because they were too hoppy,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “People started calling me ‘More Hops’ because of my love of hop-forward beers and I still wear it like a badge of honor.” Batsquatch and Outta Line aren’t palate destroyingly bitter, but they are intentionally brewed with strong hop character. “These beers are the epitome of their respective styles,” says Maier. “We hope people will enjoy and have as much fun with them as we do.”

Outta Line is scheduled to release nationwide on January 1, 2019 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Available only in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft, Batsquatch will initially launch in Oregon and Washington only in January with a nationwide release slated to follow on March 1, 2019.  Prost!

Vital Information for Outta Line West Coast IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 66
Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Rogue Farms Rebel
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, GWM Brūmalt & Wheat
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Vital Information for Batsquatch Hazy IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round; launching in Oregon & Washington in January 2019, nationwide March 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 45
Hops – Mosaic, El Dorado & Belma
Malts – 2-Row, Flaked Wheat & Malted Wheat
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “Batsquatch is a Hazy IPA dedicated to the half-bat half-sasquatch creature that, according to legend, resides in the woods on Mount St. Helens.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Rogue Ales Kicks Off 2019 with Return of Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon DIPA

RogueSTONO4packRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that its fan-favorite Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon Double IPA, a liquid celebration of the Oregon Coast, will return in January 2019.

Back for a second year in a row, Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon is a “huge” West Coast India Pale Ale that squeezes “intense notes of tropical fruit and citrus” from the featured Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops.  Clocking in at an “uncompromising” 8.7% ABV and 73 IBUs, Straight Outta Newport is sure “to satisfy the thirstiest hop heads” out there.

“This is our biggest and boldest IPA packed with ridiculous amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops,” says Innovation Brewer Michael King. “The beer upends expectations for double IPAs—it has huge hop character and flavor but is surprisingly easy to drink.”

Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon releases in January 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, January 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 73
Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Comet, Hallertau & Magnum
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare, Pilsner, Goldpils Vienna & Dextrapils
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Straight Outta Newport’s label art pays homage to Newport’s iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge and the Rogue brewers who collaborated on crafting this beer. ‘By looking at the Straight Outta Newport can, you can see exactly what matters to us: our coastal roots and the brewers who create the incredible beers we drink,’ says Rogue General Manager Dharma Tamm.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Tasting Notes: Counter Currant from Rogue Ales

RogueCounterCurrantPour_editedTasting Notes is back to close out yet another week and this time around we are focusing our attention on Counter Currant from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Born out of inspiration sourced from the black currants grown at Rogue FarmsCounter Currant is a “ground to glass” Fruit Beer that features “rich flavors of black currant and a dry, tart finish.” Light in body and a “deep purple in color”, Counter Currant (6.4% ABV) is an eye-catching, “food-friendly” brew that will be at home on just about any table during the holiday season.

Counter Currant launched earlier this month and will be available through February 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Now that we are all a bit more familiar with this beer’s background, let’s dive into these Tasting Notes and see where the Counter Currant takes us!

Tasting Notes for Counter Currant from Rogue Ales

Appearance:  A gentle pour produces a beer that is an incredibly rich purple in color and wearing over two fingers of dense, dark pink foam that rises well above the brim of the glass.  When held to direct light, garnet tones push through to add a pop of vibrancy.  The beer is far too dark to provide any visual indication of the carbonation level.  Head retention is fantastic, falling ever so slowly to a creamy 1/4 finger top cap that leaves some seriously chunky lace patterns on the glass after each sip.

Aroma:  The first thing to hit the nose is an aroma that is strikingly similar to straight up cranberry juice.  This opens further to offer a bright note of black currant and a slightly sweeter presence of blackberry and blueberry.  An earthy and slightly spicy hop character comes in near the end of the profile to attempt some balance, but this beer is all about a sublime level of fruitiness here.

Taste:  Black currant is quick to grab the palate with a sharp level of tartness and a slightly tannic presence.  This sharpness is rapidly tempered with a rush of sweetness that takes the form of blackberry jam and cranberry cocktail.  Earthy hops mingle with those tannic notes to offer equal parts balance and support.  A bit of biscuity malt slides in near the finish but is quickly lost in all this tart and tangy fruitiness.

Mouthfeel:  On the lighter side of medium in body with a middling carbonation level, Counter Currant has a nice weight to it and a silken texture on the palate.  The beer’s tart, tangy and sweet notes all work together to find a sense of balance and achieve a pretty dry finish.  The ABV is nicely masked by the tartness and does not feel anywhere near 6.4%.  The aftertaste is all berry goodness.

Final Thoughts: After finishing off this glass, one thing has become quite clear: Counter Currant pulls zero punches and does all that it can to let every characteristic of the black currant shine.  This beer is considerably tart/sour – almost aggressively – and it does not appear that Rogue wanted to avoid that for the sake of accessibility.  Instead, they put themselves out there, focused on the main ingredient, and just allowed those black currants to do their thing.  This was a risk for Rogue and we could not be happier that they took it.  It shows that a brewery of their size is still willing to take a chance by embracing an assertive ingredient/flavor profile to produce a beautiful and memorable beer.  We may have already used this word in the description above, but “sublime” is truly the best way to describe Counter Currant.  Be sure to give it a shot before its Seasonal run comes to an end in February.  Prost!