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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale

Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale, yet another offering from the always prolific Rogue team, lefy some sediment at the bottom of the bottle as I poured it into the glass and settled into a hazy iced-tea color topped with a thin, cream, sticky head.  Flowery hops with hints of tropical fruit led the nose.

Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale opened big and flowery up front, with a mild, grapefruit peel bitterness that crept in as the ale settled in the mouth.   The ale carried less of Rogues eponymous Pacman yeast flavor than most of their offerings, and there was autumnal cider spiciness to it before fading into a sustained finish of bitterness.

 Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale is very IPA-like, and the hops tasted seem slightly higher than the 40 IBU would have led me to believe.  Despite the bitterness being a bit out-of-place with the flowery nose, this in an enjoyable ale worth checking out.  Kudos to Rogue for another homegrown, all Oregon offering.  

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