Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rogue Brewery - American Amber Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

Rogue's American Amber Ale pours a deep, but clear, cherry amber with light visible carbonation. The head is huge and fluffy with a slightly frothy consistency and an off-white coloration. The retention is great and the lacing is commendable. Hops are prevalent on the nose with a light dusty dryness and an underlying malty sweetness.

The beer is super grainy with a gritty, coarsely cracked grain mouthfeel. There's a light sour mash component to the front palate. The beer is slightly earthy with toasted biscuit notes and sweet caramelized malts that add color and flavor. The hops are tight and turn the palate crisp and shift the focus of the beer. The finish is grainy, but carries a lasting hop dryness.

Final Verdict: A-

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