Rogue Ales Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Yellow Snow India Pale Ale

Brewed by: Rogue Ales

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: American
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • IBU: 82

Notes: 2012 Great International Beer Festival, 1st Place 2009, 2010, 2011 World Beer Championships, Best of Year

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet. It finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness.

Hops: Amarillo

Malts: CaraFoam, Melanoidin, 2-Row & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts

Additional: Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast

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First Impressions

Artwork: A skier / snowboarder with his fist raised in revolution, along with his black labrador sidekick.

Color: Cloudy orange. But more on the color later…

Aroma: Mild citrus, with grains and wheat.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 5 Liter Keg Can

Served in: Pint glass

Rogue Ales first brewed Yellow Snow as a commemorative beer for the 2000 Winter Olympics as described here:

Yellow Snow IPA was originally introduced for the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Yellow Snow is Rogue’s tribute to winter sports everywhere—downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country, ice hockey, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and even curling.

Mike had seen Yellow Snow on Untappd last year and had to try it, just for the potty humor name if anything else.

We found the 5 liter can in Costco of all places. Not only were we happy to find Yellow Snow, but as a double bonus it came in one of those giant keg cans we had never tapped before either.

Added to shopping cart…

Pro Tip: (learned from rookie mistake)

These thicker keg cans take much longer to properly chill, and can’t be rushed, even though we were so eager to crack it open. Don’t hesitate to put the keg can in the fridge days ahead (if you have room or time), or fill a deep sink / cooler with ice.

I don‘t know why we were so excited to finally tap a keg can, but we were. It definitely added to the experience, and the Yellow Snow was flowing in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pop the tab, and twist to vent.
  2. Break the tap ring, and slide out to pour.
  3. Angle the keg can, and turn tap to dispense the beer.

We were immediately surprised by its color. “Yellow snow”, if we recall correctly, is usually brighter yellow, like a pilsner. This ale was cloudy orange.

So it looked like yellow snow made by somebody who was severely dehydrated, or has some kind of kidney problem. Alright, enough about writing our name in the snow…

What we enjoyed about the ale was it borrowed from other styles. A cloudy wheat body, Belgian citrus, and easy drinking of an American Pale Ale with dialed down hops.

In other words, Yellow Snow was not entirely typical of an IPA. But its medium body featured a refreshing grapefruit citrus kick you find in the style. The fruit flavor gave way to a moderately bitter finish.

Splitting the keg can 3 ways was not that difficult at all, so Yellow Snow was definitely a sessionable IPA.

Final Score: 3/5

3 Stars

Yellow Snow was a strong winter brew, yet it maintained smoothness, and drinkability. It might have been better off pushed up into the summer or fall schedule for its characteristics, but there’s not much snow to turn yellow during those seasons.

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