Monday, August 9, 2010

402. Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic Ale

It’s more of that pesky Rogue—they keep coming back around, and coming back around. And it is soooooo hard to say no. SO hard. After all, who doesn’t have a little rogue in them? (Rim shot, please!) This also marks our like gazillionth Rogue beer: our Rogue’s list includes John John Juniper, First Growth Single Malt Ale, Dead Guy, Shark Tooth Ale, John John Dead Guy, 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. OREgasmic Ale makes 14, including four from the Chatoe Rogue series.

Pouring a hazy orange copper, OREgasmic Ale has a thin eggshell head and a hoppy and biscuity nose—the hoppiness in the nose is a rather generic hop smell, but it is distinct in its hoppiness. Flavors begin with bready and warm bread crust maltiness coupled with dry biscuit; the middle has a good bitterness mixed with hop spiciness and resin flavors, and the finish has a slight return of sweetness—more caramel here than bready—and lingering bitterness. With a medium body and carbonation, and a bright, fresh mouthfeel along with some drying characteristics from the hoppiness, OREgasmic Ale is interesting but also has something of a homebrew feel to it—flavors are good although a bit muddled, and while enjoyable it could use a bit more balance. OREgasmic Ale is also bottle-conditioned, which, unless I’m mistaken, is something new from Rogue. While the flavors are muddled, the beer does finish clean—we said it has a homebrew quality to it, but it is still Rogue, and Rogue ain’t half-steppin’.

From the bottle: “Orange-amber in color, malty aroma, spicy fruity hop flavor with solid malt background and lingering finish. Brewed using 100% OREGON Ingredients. Micro Barley Farm first growth Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Willamette & first growth Independent Hops, Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.”

From the Rogue website: “OREgasmic Ale is brewed with all First Growth Oregon hops and malt grown on Rogue’s own micro hopyard and barley farm. OREgasmic Ale is the third Chatoe Rogue release, following Dirtoir Black Lager and Single Malt Ale. Available July 1st.”

ABV: 6.0%
OG: 15° P
IBU: 40


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