Rogue Northwestern Ale is a punch in the mouth of a beer. I like hoppy ales so if you don’t, this one probably isn’t for you. It pours a very ruddy mahogany colour into the glass with a lively off-white head. The carbonation is not too high, and feels like a bottled British Ale. The biggest flavour is by far and away the Pacific Northwest hops. Cascade and Amarillo are used to bring this beer to a mighty 80 IBUs. Floral and grapefruit citrus notes abound, from the initial sip right through to the aftertaste. There are nice roasted malt notes in the background, but they never quite give way. I feel it just misses out as a slightly stronger malt character would have balanced the hops a bit better, but that is my personal taste. This is a love it or hate it beer, but it is true to the style of American interpretations of old world ale made on the West coast, especially in Oregon. Not only that, but it is a fine example made by a fine brewery, and so deserves the 4 Tankard rating.
* Best Served: 10°C