Rogue is one of my favorite breweries. It’s hard to find a beer in their lineup that I don’t like. My only complaint is that I can’t get most of their brews down here in California anymore. One of these brews that have been getting rave reviews and not reaching our stores locally is the Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red. Thankfully, Wes brought me down a bottle during his last visit and I got a chance to open this up over the weekend.
I mentioned rave reviews about this beer, most of which has been word of mouth from beer geek friends of mine, so I didn a little research online before drinking this. A lot of online reviewers compare this beer more to an IPA than an Amber, so I really wasn’t all that sure of what to expect.
On the pour, you’re greeted with a deep red as you might expect but also a rich hoppy nose. Not too aggressive, the hops are very soft in texture, they should go well with a rich malty brew. The first sip is what you would expect from a red ale, or amber; very rich, silky malt, robust and filling. There’s a lot going on with the yeast here, creating tons of fruity esthers in the malt. The hops also mingle with the malt, but don’t overpower the palate. The finish is nice and bitter, but again, the hops are very soft, not a harsh bitter hops finish you would find in an IPA.
It’s depressing that beers like this, that only a few months ago made their way to our markets, are being kept up North in the name of distribution profits. Granted, it’s not my paycheck we’re talking about, but I would think the availability of your beers would trump a few extra dollars.
While I was finishing up my glass, my wife tried a sip and really liked it, saying it was nice and fruity. I find it interesting that last weekend she liked the Pliny the Elder and this weekend she likes the Dry Hopped St Rogue. She might be resistant, but I have a feeling she’s developing a taste for hops.