Rogue Hot Tub Scholarship Lager

Reviewed by on September 15, 2017 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Oregon’s Rogue Ales have made this brew that benefits students studying Fermentation Science at Oregon State University.  And supposedly it’s good to drink whilst in a hot tub.

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.

Brady White

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