Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Rogue – Imperial India Pale Ale

This is a beer which has thwarted my attempts at a review three times. The first time it was offered to me, I finished it down before realizing that it was something I should have reviewed (this often happens to me when I drink away from my own apartment). The second time I bought it with all intentions of reviewing it, but at the bottom of the glass, the strongly-flavored dinner and potency of the brew made me unable to write something meaningful. But at each turn I knew that I had to write one for this because it was something I’d highly recommend to others. The key was just paying enough attention to it with the intention to review it.

It pours a bright orange with a strong smell of sharp hops. The smell is th typical IPA smell, that from halfway cross the room you can identify as being an IPA. The head stays on long enough to remind you that its an IPA and the smell just entices you to take a sip.

The taste is one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had, and I’m glad to have reviewed this one, finally. It has a very strong and sharp hop flavor but the bitterness is still drinkable. This is one to drink slowly and really admire all that character, all those hops, and all that alcohol.

The price tag is a little hefty for this bottle, but the reward of its taste and quality are way worth it. (I know that some homebrewers love this for bottling their brews in, and I’ve amassed a small collection hoping to learn to homebrew… one of these days.


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1 Comment

  1. Chipper Dave

    I’ve been looking for another good IIPA to try. This sounds like just the thing. Thanks for the recommendation.

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