Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (742) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 3, 2010
I absolutely love India pale ale beers and when people ask me why, I tell them because they’re usually the most flavorful beers on the market. Rogue Yellow Snow IPA is a great example of this as it gets the style down perfectly. It’s bursting with tart, bitter flavor and yet it’s not salty, syrup-like or gimmicky. That’s what I call a great beer!


The pours fairly smoothly to a hazy orange body and forms a thick layer of white foamy head which lingers throughout the life of the beer and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a strong floral scent with indications of citrus notes. Before I even took a swig, this beer already impressed me.


Where to begin to describe the taste? Rogue Yellow Snow is the absolute epitome of what I desire in an IPA – an intense, tart, bitter and yet juicy-like taste that’s an all-out assault on my palate. Grapefruit is definitely the most distinct flavor here as the beer has a borderline sour taste.

And at 70 IBU’s this is a very bitter brew, but it doesn’t have that salty or syrup-like quality so many ultra-bitter IPAs tend to have. The flavor is very drinker-friendly with its delicious taste which is so tart it’s almost sweet in a way.


Just because a beer is bitter doesn’t mean it’s difficult to drink. Not in the case of Rogue Yellow Snow anyway. It’s intense in the mouth, but it doesn’t burn or sting. It goes down smoothly, although it does leave a strong bitter aftertaste. It’s like I had sucked on a grapefruit instead of drank this beer.


Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to get official statistics on the beer’s weight. Unconfirmed sources place it at about 6.3% ABV, which I would agree with. However, what’s nice about Rogue Yellow Snow is that it does not feel nearly as heavy while drinking it, and there is zero alcohol taste to the overall palate. One 22oz bomber bottle satisfied me, but I would have gladly drank more if it wasn’t so expensive.


Other beer connoisseurs have told me Rogue is one of the best microbreweries in America, if not the world, and after only my third beer I’m starting to believe it. Yellow Snow IPA is just that impressive.

Grade: 10/10

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