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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Rogue 4 Hop IPA

56 overall and 36 style scores on RateBeer. No official ratings on Beer Advocate as of this post. 3.58 out of 5 on Untappd.


FOOD PAIRING: Poultry, Salad

TASTING NOTES: An approachable and aromatic session IPA.

12 INGREDIENTS: Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™, Dare™ R-1, Dare™ R-3, Maier Munich & Dextra Pils Malts; Rogue Farms Rebel, Freedom, Yaquina & Alluvial Hops; Pacman Yeast & Free-Range Coastal Water.

Crafted with 4 Hops Grown at Rogue Farms.
22oz Bottle & 6 Pack / 10° PLATO / 4.44% ABV / 55 IBU / 70 AA / 15° L

Recently picked up a 6 pack from Savor Pint. $11.99 for the 6 pack.

This is not my most favorite Rogue packaging. Rather plain compared to what they have on other products. It reminds me of what porno would come in, a plain brown paper wrapping.

Know who knows what normally comes in plain brown wrappers?

People who drink PBR.

After all, PBR swillers are into some freaky deaky crap.

Kermit knows what with those hipster PBR drinkers.

What needs to be said to those PBR drinkers who start going on and on about PBR.

PBR drinkers tend to hear that alot.

What everyone is thinking when they see someone holding a PBR.

What PBR drinkers are.

Don't know if I have ever pointed out some markers at Forest Cemetery in Circleville, Ohio.

My favorite marker in the cemetery.

Ted Lewis was a big band leader who played the clarinet.

Is Everybody Happy is probably his most well known song.

Maynard Sensenbrenner was a mayor of Columbus.

Some markers in memory of Revolutionary War veterans.

There is another Revolutionary War veteran in one of the military sections.

Some civil war graves.

William Johnson of Company E, of the 55th massachusetts infantry. The unit is a sister unit of the 54th massachusetts, the unit that the movie Glory was about. 

Have I mentioned how I think the packaging is somewhat plain?

The plain parts of the cardboard carrier carried over to the bottle as well. The label matches the carrier. Do think that Rogue could have put more thought into the design. Don't think it has an eye catching design. If I didn't already know anything about Rogue, I wouldn't really give this one another look.

With the ABV being just 4.44%, this one is definitely a session beer. Never have been a big fan of session beers. They almost always seem to be watered down to me. Some might have some nice flavor components that seem to get washed out. Just wish that there was a session beer that would have the full flavor of other beers. Is it really hard to do such a thing? PBR drinkers are probably wondering about beers that actually have a taste to it.

Poured into my favorite beer glass that I currently own. Head was kind of disappointing. Yes, there was some head, but it was small and fizzy. Some lacing, a bit better than the head. Aroma seems to have some hoppy qualities with pine. Slight citrus. Don't get that much malt.

Somewhat hazy in appearance. To me the taste does have a nice bitterness. Not too aggressive with the bitterness. Kind of like grapefruit rind type of bitterness. Slight citrus to it. Some biscuit like malt to it. Biggest drawback is the watered down nature to the beer. Had higher expectations for this one. It might be more of a starter IPA for a newbie. Just enough bitterness to make it interesting, but watered down to make it palateable for people that are used to the big box evil beers like Budweiser or PBR. Rated it 3.75 out of 5. That rating might be a tad generous.