Day 7 brings Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA from Rogue Ales in Newport Oregon. And in case you aren’t familiar with Rogue, they make really good hoppy beers. I’ve always been a fan of their beer, and this particular beer has always been one of my favorites.
Why is this beer one of my favorites? 7 hops, that’s why! This beer does an excellent job of blending many different hops into a superior product.
From the Rogue Ales website:
This is John Maier’s secret recipe that blends all seven hops grown in the hopyard of Rogue Farms. It is a true taste of the terroir of the Wigrich Appellation, the oldest hops growing region in Oregon.
Here are the seven hops in this 7 Hop IPA: Rogue Farms Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Rebel, Independent, Freedom and Alluvial. And I’ll be honest, I’m not even remotely familiar with many of those strains. Nor should I be. A few of these strains are proprietary strains unique to Rogue Farms.
Here’s a picture of my Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA:
Rogue Ales: Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA
Style: American IPA
Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA presents a great balance of hops and flavor. The bitterness of this beer is recorded at 90 IBU, which is pretty close to the predicted human threshold of 100-110 IBU. But I don’t feel that this beer is any more bitter than other lower IBU beers; a testament to the crafting of 7 Hop IPA.
Yes, there is bitterness, and yes there is lip smacking happening after a sip. But the complexity of the hop profile elevates this beer to the next level. The hops just keep hitting your palate in waves upon waves of hoppy goodness. The flavors are citrus, earthy, floral, woody, and pine; pretty much all the hop flavors you have come to expect from West Coast hops but with additional dimensions.
And what’s not to like about Rogue’s mission statement? Great words.
This is Day 7 of 12 Beers for the New Years. To see the other reviews, click here:
Day 6: Sixpoint Brewery: Global Warmer
Day 5: Upright Brewing Five
Day 4: Dark Horse 4 Elf
Day 3: Ommegang Three Philosophers
Day 2: Two Roads Road 2 Ruin
Day 1: Brooklyn Local 1