Rogue Hot Tub Scholarship Lager
Reviewed by Brady White on September 15, 2017 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Rogue Ales
- Origin: Newport, OR, US
- Rated On: September 15, 2017
- Best Before: canned May 11, 2017
- ABV: 5.4%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Munich Helles Lager
- Rating: GOOD !
This 12oz can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and chunky off-white head, which leaves a bit of roiling wavecrest lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.
It smells of bready and crackery pale malt, lightly toasted white biscuits, a wee pome fruitiness, and some understated earthy, leafy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, saltine crackers, subtle honey, a touch of apple/pear skin, and more easy-going leafy, weedy, and floral noble hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice aerosol creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad (even more reason to pop one of these in the Jacuzzi!). It finishes off-dry, the malt still large and in charge.
Overall, this is a more or less well-rendered version of the style, with just enough crispness to pull it all off. Tasty, refreshing, and worthy of the cause (more fermentation!) it promotes. I recommend checking it out, even if, sadly, like me, you don’t have ready access to a hot tub.