Monday, December 17, 2012

Rogue Ales Yellow Snow IPA - Gus #28

Today's review is a brew that has an awesome name, Rogue's Yellow Snow IPA.  One of my favorite breweries in the craft beer world.  It seems to be a fairly popular brew and it's seasonal so that makes it more desirable to some.  It comes from a renowned Rogue Ales brewery out of Newport, Oregon.  Their brews were some of my first craft brews.  They use their own proprietary yeast (called Pacman Yeast) and grow a lot of their own hops at their own farm located near the brewery.  They really do put out some great brews.  The one in the review today is one that I have wanted to try for a while.  It is their winter seasonal brew and has never been distributed here until this year.  I snagged a couple bottles of it when I saw it at the store.  It garners a lot of respect and has good reviews from the two big review websites.  I haven't reviewed many brews from Rogue but I'm going to make it a point to hit some of their regular offerings here soon.

How it rates with others:

YouTube review:
Peter - The Master of Hoppets

ratebeer review:

Information from the brewery's website:

About the Beer:
Style:  India Pale Ale (IPA)
Alcohol by Volume:  6.2%
IBUs:  70
Serving:  Draft, 22oz Bomber, 64oz, 5L can, now in 6-packs

Tasting Notes:
Pale golden in color wiht a hoppy fruity aroma.  Big hop flavor up front complemented by a medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet.  Finishes with a characteristic lingering bitterness.

7 Ingredients:
Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Great Western 2-Row Malts; Amarillo & Perle Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

Yellow Snow IPA was originally introduced for the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  Yellow Snow is Rogue's tribute to winter sports everywhere - downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country, ice hockey, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and even curling.  It will be available November 1st in select states where mountains and snow can be found.

I poured this brew into my stemmed Jester King glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured from the 22oz bomber a dark golden yellow.  Slightly hazy but I was able to see a bit through it.  A little bit of orange in the appearance as well.  Tow fingers of right white head.  Not just bright white but not exactly off white either.  Ever so slight alcohol legs but nothing just really big.  Very thick lacing that stuck on every edge of the glass the brew touched.  Good carbonation but nothing crazily streaming up the glass.  Just a steady slow stream in a few places.  Really nice looking brew.  Pretty much standard in the appearance for an IPA.

Aroma:  The front of the nose on this brew is surprisingly sweet and malty.  You do pick up hints of citrus and pine in there too, but the sweetness is really big.  It mixes very well.  Sweet grapefruit, lemonade type aroma as well.  Big on the pine notes when you pull a little more from it.  It smells balanced with a little more malt than other IPAs.  Sweetness really reminds me of caramel and kind of a candied fruit aroma.

Taste:  The taste was more upfront with the hop presence.  It really shined with the ruby red grapefruit, sweet orange juice, more hints of a tart lemonade.  Then the malt backbone washes over.  You get the sweet caramel and hints of tart candy as well.  Fruit punch and hints of pineapple in there too.  Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is very nice.  Right where it should be.  Aftertaste is dry but has a nice sweetness.  It makes you want to drink more!

Verdict:  Overall I really enjoyed this brew.  I've heard stories of how good it was and how it should be a year round offering.  It's a good B brew and that's what it will get from me.  That being said it's definitely above average.  But, I do have some other favorite IPAs.  I'd really like to have this with some nice spicy nachos.  I think the brew would work well with some nice jalapenos in the nachos.  I wish I had some when I reviewed the brew!  I'm going to grab a couple more of these to enjoy while it is around.  It's definitely a tasty brew.

If you've grabbed this seasonal brew, let me know what you think.  It was definitely on the top of my list to try.  I'm really glad I did! Comment, follow, subscribe! Tell your friends!