Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale

My oldest cousin on one side of the family (she's still a decade behind me) sent me an invitation to her wedding today. I'm not going to read too much into the mid-October date in Philadelphia, except that I'm pretty sure she's expecting a Phillies World Series victory for a present. If the Phils keep playing like they are right now, though, they may be golfing in Hawaii at that point! They are winning 9-8 right at this instant after only scoring 9 runs in the past week, and still might lose!

This evening I am drinking Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale brewed by Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon. This is the second beer I've had in this series, where Rogue grows all of their own ingredients. The first was their Dirtoir Black Lager. They use GYO meaning Grow Your Own. Again, this one is dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters.

Fruity peach and mango aroma, surprisingly, but also hoppy with plenty of citrus. Fruity flavors start but are immediately attacked by lots of bitter lemon rind and other citrus, too. There is a dirty and medicinal band-aid flavor that starts up about that point. This beer leans way bitter with rough carbonation and off flavors. Much too lemony as well. A little sour with some bad aftertaste. Not good, and Dirtoir Black Lager kicks this beer's ass in every single way! I'd skip this beer for a few dozen other Rogue beers!

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I'm starting to get a little bit annoyed that I can't find pictures that I have taken. But lucky for you, I found the Acai Berry Wheat one from yesterday.What I'm saying is that you are not going to see this one, today, but go to the Dirtoir post from above. The picture is practically identical minus the name.


Vanessa said...

Now, I loved this one! For me it's a perfect summer session beer :)

All I can say is I'm glad you'll be leaving more on the shelf for me to drink sir!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, Vanessa. Keep it. Overpriced crappy beer.

Tell me. Have you tried Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale, I think that's its name? Now that is a luscious super-awesome Rogue summer beer!

Anonymous said...

I love hoppy/citrusy, but when are brewers going to quit putting bandaids in their beer??

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I know, seriously, right?

Chalie said...

I agree with Vanessa I liked the beer. I did not get much of the dirty medical band aide, but I agree with the fruit bitterness, but I was thinking more apple cider.

I will have to look for the Dirtoir Black Lager, if you say its better than the single malt, its worth picking up!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hmmm. Seems to be a lot of dissent today. LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Chalie, and for sure try the other First Growth offering.

Vanessa said...

Gotta love the banter Rob! :)

Chalie, I didn't get the bandaid either, and I noted apple cider in the review I did last week; great minds think alike, eh?

A.J. Smith said...

While Rogue isn't the first to grow their own malts and hop vines are all around breweries now, I'm glad to see an effort to return to local ingredients. It's breweries like Rogue with this Chatoe series and their hop farm with tours and tastings that really promote education about what beer is-something many, many beer drinkers in America have no clue about.

As for this particular beer, I didn't experience many of the off-flavors that you wrote about the few times I've tasted the Single Malt. I fully respect your opinionsas I know many people often disagree with my own reviews, and I'm not fighting for you to like this beer, but I'd recommend trying it again if you see it somewhere else. I've had my share of Rogues which tasted oxidized, stale, or otherwise bad but since they have no inidcator of batches or dates on the bottles, I'm often suspicious of just how old they are. Granted this a newer release, but it sounds like it may just have been stored improperly before you got a hold of it.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Cool, AJ. Thanks for the input. Yeah, three dissenters makes me think I might need to try it again. I still think the price point is much too high, though, even if this was way better.

Dos Beer-igos said...

I wasn't overly impressed with this beer either Rob.

It was better than the Dirtior Single Malt that was released last....but that doesnt say much.

Kel bought me a bottle of it and I'll prb just end up opening it someplace to share with others....not impressed with this line at all.

Actually maybe I'll trade my bottle to Vanessa for some of Brent's Homebrew! lol

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Phil. I liked the Dirtoir MUCH better, but I like your idea of trading with Vanessa for some home brew. There's a thinking cap for you!

Vanessa said...

Definitely happy to trade (not that I don't love our homebrews)! :)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I like your home brews better!