I have a strange relationship with Rogue Ales: I often see their bottles at the store and think “They’ve made exactly what I want in an experimental beer!” and then end up bizarrely disappointed when I drink them. Is it my fault for setting an unrealistic standard? Possibly.
Don’t ask what I was expecting when I saw Yellow Snow IPA on the shelf. I think I was mostly intrigued because it was one of the few bottles I hadn’t tried before. In the craft beer game, you have to be willing to take a chance.
Almost as expected, this beer missed the mark for me. A good hoppy start, but an odd finish that’s almost reminiscent of lemon… but I’m not even sure. It’s a challenging paradox. I want brewers to push the envelope of flavor, but I also want to enjoy a beer.
This one wasn’t that bad. 3.5 out of 5. I don’t plan on buying it again, but I like what it represents for the craft.