Sunday, April 11, 2010

285. Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale

We’re going Rogue again (I hope you’ll forgive us for that terrible, terrible pun); this is our twelfth Rogue beer, and our third from their GYO series. We’ve previously imbibed Dead Guy, Shark Tooth Ale, John John, Mogul Madness, Dirtoir Black Lager, Yellow Snow IPA, Chipotle Ale, First Growth Wet Hop Ale, Juniper Pale Ale, Maierfest and Capt’n Sig’s Northwestern Ale. Here’s to more Rogue!

Single Malt Ale pours a bright, hazy copper with a thin ivory head that does leave behind some lacing. With a malty bready nose accompanied by a slight bit of fruitiness, Single Malt has a soft but chewy mouthfeel. The beer starts with a malty sweetness that is also rather dry; there are low levels of bitterness and some spiciness in the middle followed by bready maltiness and some lingering bitterness. Single Malt is medium bodied, with a medium to high carbonation bite in the final third that helps dry out the beer; there is some spiciness on the palate, leaving a bright sensation behind. This beer is a good example of a Northwest Blonde; the spicy hoppiness is a bit aggressive, but helps cover over some of the graininess found in a more traditional Blonde.

From the bottle: “Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters. GYO is a Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own. We made this beer with our own hops and barley. Malty Aroma, deep golden in color with a dense dreamy head. Medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare malt.”

From the Rogue website: “Single Malt Ale has a malty aroma and is deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. It is medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare™ malt. Single Malt Ale and all Chatoe Rogue brews are all GYO Certified, First Growth, Appellation products made with hops and malt from our Department of Agriculture’s Hopyard and Barley Bench.”

OG: 12° P
IBU: 35
Malts: Rogue Barley Farm first growth Dare™ malts Hops: Rogue Hopyard first growth Revolution Hops


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