Rogue is an Oregon based brewery which comes out with some fun things. I’ve tried beer that they’ve made with Chipotloe peppers, chocolate, seaweed…. and today I had the opportunity to try a brew that they made only once in 2006, to commemorate 10,000 batches of beer that the brewer had brewed at the brewery. “It is not so much a style of beer, rather it is a new recipe using some of the best ingredients John Maier has ever brewed with… Vienna, French Special Aroma, and Maris Otter Pale Malts; Yakima Summit and German Saphir Hops, Free-range Coastal Waters, and PacMan Yeast,” says their website.
I bought this one several months ago and forgot about it, it sat on top of my beer fridge because the big ceramic bottle wouldn’t fit in there comfortably, until a week ago I decided it had earned a place in the ‘big fridge.’ Tonight seemed as good a night as any to take this one out and celebrate a year of being the Beer Babe.
I poured it out slowly from the great bottle (featuring a drawing of John Maier swimming in hops) and it poured very cloudy and very orange. The smell was mouth-watering maltiness that made me want to gulp it down. I’m glad this one isn’t a particular style, because man, is that smell difficult to pin down. I don’t think I’m too familiar with the type of malts that they used in this brew, but I was wicked excited, especially when I realized I’d probably never get to try this beer again…
The taste is a mix of a lot of things at once, and that’s a really pleasant sensation. The alcohol bites you a little, the malt smooths it out and there is even a lot of hoppiness present without being overwhelming or even bitter. This isn’t sweet, but it’s balanced and interesting. The alcohol (10% ABV) is obvious (I’m only 1/3 of the way through it and I’m feeling it) but it isn’t the warm alcohol like a Belgian, it’s more sharp and dances around your tongue. The brew is something to sip, certainly, and a triumph for a brewery that’s really puchsed some boundaries and tried some new things.
Kudos to Rogue, and if you come across a bottle of this… you should definitely share and sip it 🙂