Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Review

Pint of Dry Hopped St. Rogue RedOn the same visit to the Yard House, when I tried Avery White Rascal, I also had a pint of Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red by Rogue Brewery.This beer is made with Chinook and Centennial hops giving it a piney hoppy smell.

St. Rogue Red beer is an award winning red ale that has won Best Amber at the 2006 Celebration of Suds, a Silver at the 2004 World Beer Championships, and more.

Where I Found It. I enjoyed this beer at the Yard House in Pasadena, CA.

Serving Type. I tried St. Rogue Red on tap served into a pint glass.

Appearance. This beer has a typical off-white head, which lasts an average amount of time. Despite it’s amber color, it is crystal clear with a medium amber golden color.

Smell. Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red has intense floral hops with citrus and pine notes. The pine is a smooth scent and not harsh and scratchy. There is also a hint of grapefruit with a touch of orange.The malt aroma is almost completely masked by the hop bouquet.

Taste. The hop bitterness can be characterized as being smooth and not very harsh. I was surprised when I tasted this beer because it is not as bitter as you might expect from the very hoppy nose. It gives it a refreshing quality. I would consider this beer to be more roasty and toasty but less malty. It does, however, have a nice balance between the malt and hops.

St. Rogue Red tap handleMouthfeel. This is a medium to light bodied beer. I actually find it to be on the lighter side of body and almost feeling a bit too watery for my taste. The hop bitterness finishes well and does not linger too long. Although it seemed watery to my, my gravity calculations don’t agree so take this part of the rating for a grain of salt.

Drinkability. This beer is very drinkable. It is smooth and well balanced which makes it feel like it is not too bitter even though it has 44 IBUs of bitterness. Although it felt a little watery for my taste, this lighter body makes it more refreshing.

Rating. My ratings below are on a five point scale with five being the best score.

  • Appearance (20%): 4.0
  • Smell (20%): 4.5
  • Taste (40%): 4.0
  • Mouthfeel (10%): 3.0
  • Drinkability (10%): 4.0
  • Overall: 4.0

Information

  • Style: Red Ale
  • Brewery: Rogue Brewery
  • Alcohol by volume: 5.1%
  • Original Gravity: 1.053 (13° Plato)
  • Final Gravity: 1.014 (3.6° Plato)
  • Hops: Chinook and Centennial.
  • Malt: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Munich & Hugh Baird Carastan 30-37 & 13-17, Crystal 70-80.
  • IBU: 44
  • Yeast: Pacman yeast
  • Color: 27° Lovibond
  • Beer Advocate rating: 3.85 (on May 19, 2009)

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2 Responses to Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Review

  1. Mike says:

    This is the king of red ales. I have found nothing that compares to it. Great amber looking beer that is a bit cloudy from the yeast. Complex finish which is due to all the different ingredients master brewer John Maier uses. Grade – A+.

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