Some time ago, the Rogue Brewery – one of my favorite brewery’s of all time – began producing a special series that takes the term “locally sourced” to new heights. And after many months, I finally managed to secure a third sample from their growing Grow Your Own (GYO) series! Known as the OREgasmic Ale, this pale ale is made using strictly local ingredients, which include Rogue Farms Dare and Risk malts and Rogue Hopyard Revolution hops.
And much like their Dirtoire Black Lager and Roguenbier Rye Ale, this beer was rich and complex in flavor and tasted like it was from the earth. It pours a dark amber, is slightly cloudy, and has a thick, foamy head and good carbonation. The taste is reminiscent of an amber ale, with syrupy, slightly sweet malts with discernible baked bread flavor; but with some additional strong, earthy hop notes that are at once piney and citrusy in flavor.
Appearance: Dark amber, slight cloudiness, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt nose, good hop notes, citrus, grassyness and pine
Taste: Deep, slightly sweet malts, earthy hop flavor, pine and citrus rind
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness, slightly coarse and syrupy malt flavor
Well, that makes three beers out of the total eight in the GYO lineup that I’ve tried so far. It’s an unfortunate and wonderful thing when a craft brewing operation explodes and begins producing a seemingly endless stream of brews, with multiple series, and a ton of limited releases. But it does make for plenty of surprises and new experiences!