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<strong>The Disgruntled Chemist</strong>

3/29/2007

Beer Blogging - St. Rogue Red Ale

Man, today was a long day. We had a bunch of community members and other assorted interested parties coming through the lab taking tours, making sure their (and your) tax dollars are being spent wisely. Joke's on them - they didn't get to see us sitting around and drinking after they left!

I bring it up because my role in all this was basically to talk for an hour and a half straight about what it is we do in our lab. This has made me thirsty and tired, and nothing goes with thirsty and tired like delicious beer. Specifically, this beer:



This is a 22 ounce bomber of St. Rogue Red Ale, from Rogue Ales. This bottle was dedicated by the brewers "to Fukutsuru, a Japanese Waygu bull whose offspring produce the premium grade American Kobe beef that is served with St. Rogue Red." They note that "in his final days, Fuku was given the opportunity to 'socialize' with some fine, young cows. Instead, he chose to take a nap. [They] dedicate this beer to Fuku - a rogue to the very end."

That's sweet. Now, on to the beer. It poured a very dark reddish copper color, with a big foamy head that lasted for a couple minutes. It smells very malty with a note of the signature Rogue hops underneath. There's really no hint of the 5.2% alcohol, but that's not too surprising. The first thing you taste is roasted malt and maybe some toffee, but that doesn't really stick around long. This is a dry hopped ale, and it shows after the malt character dies down. The hops certainly aren't as strong as they normally are in a Rogue beer, but that's because this is supposed to be an Amber ale. For an Amber, it's pretty hoppy and not very malty, but the overall effect really works well. The aftertaste is pretty faithful to the flavor of the beer, with a little more sweet malt.

Rating: 7/10. This is a very drinkable beer. Recommended for people who think IPAs and pale ales have a little too much bite, or for people who are fans of both amber ales and pale ales.

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