Brewery: Rogue Ales
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Bend, Oregon
Style: American Wild Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.60%
Clever name, huh? Yeah… This beer was brewed with… Well, hair. Hair from the brewer’s beard. Hence the name! It seems to be a trend with craft brewers. They all have beards. Just look at the guys at AZ Wilderness. They all have beards. They did recently hire a GM that doesn’t have a beard… I bet he is working on that right now. I heard about this beer several months ago, and we were recently at Sun Devil Liquors and I grabbed a bottle. I didn’t see this anywhere else, and I was actually surprised to find it at Sun Devil.
The bottle has been sitting in the fridge for a few weeks, but tonight we decided to drink it. I actually wasn’t planning on reviewing it, although I wanted to from the time we bought it. Then I looked over and Sheryl was writing a review. Here goes nothing.
In the Glass: I don’t see any hairs in the glass… Or do I? No, no hair. But the thought is there. Hair DID help the production of this beer. The beer has a nice cloudy look to it. Almost like a hefeweizen. There is a nice thin white head on top, and the lace is subtle, but present. The lace actually leaves a nice thin layer on the inside of the glass.
Nose: This is an American wild ale, and those typically have a grassy aroma, but this doesn’t. It almost smells like dirt/mud. Not what I was expecting, that’s for sure. For some reason I also expected this to be somewhat sour, but it’s not. We will get to that. I didn’t expect this to blow me away, and it didn’t. But it’s not a bad beer.
Flavor: Again, I was expecting an earthy almost sour flavor. It isn’t sour whatsoever… If there is anything “earthy” here, it’s dirt and mud and weeds! Smell it and taste it… You all see what I mean. I will say, I did let this heat up a little bit. But it is at a near perfect temperature right now. There is just enough flavor coming through that cold, I doubt I would have experienced.
Mouthfeel: There is a lot of subtle carbonation that I didn’t expect, but it helps provide an overall enjoyable mouthfeel. I haven’t had an American wild ale lately… Besides the sisters, that were all sour. But I can imagine this is a common experience that one would have with this style. It’s good, but not great.
Aftertaste: That same muddy flavor that I was smelling and tasting sticks around. There is a subtle saltiness to it, too. Not like a gose salt, but a weird almost salty aftertaste like what it tastes like after you lick the side of a baked potato 10 minutes later. Sorry… That’s what I am getting. I wouldn’t order this beer again, but it’s good/gross to know the yeast was produced using the beard of the man that brewed this. Cheers… I think.
If I had to guess just by looking at this beer, I’d guess it’s an IPA. But you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, right? To describe it, it’s kind of an orange color in the glass, with not a lot of head. It had some to begin with, but the head was gone pretty quickly. It’s a little cloudy, but not too much, and it looks a bit carbonated, as there are some tiny bubbles floating towards the top. It smells… not really hoppy. More fruity, like kind of orangey. Guess it’s time to taste it.
Well, I was wrong about it being an IPA. It’s definitely not really hoppy at all. It’s actually better than I expected. It does taste a little fruity. There’s some citrus in there. It’s also a little carbonated. But neither is overpowering. It’s kind of light, refreshing, and tasty all at the same time. (I sound like a beer commercial, don’t I?) I like the balance of flavor here. This, to me, would be a good summer beer. Probably not one for everyone, but I like it. Depending on price, this might be one I’d pick up again.