Rogue Brewery – Farms 7 Hop IPA: Brewed in Newport, Oregon right near the jetty (go there, it’s fun) this IPA comes in at a strength of 8% with 90 IBUs. Interesting enough, Rogue starting a significant hop growing program in 2008 during one of the many hop shortages the craft beer world has encountered – note they also grow their own barley – and years later they now harvest 7 different hop varieties, all of which are used in this beer (see their website for more info).
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a typical IPA orange copper colour with two fingers of foam and some super slow rising bubbles. The aroma is tangerine, bready malts, with some floral, herbal and piney hops finished with a touch of caramel.
Flavour: The malt is doughy and a bit chewy with some caramel notes in the middle and a lot of floral and herbal hops that finish very fry, woodsy and bitter.
Overall Impression: It is pretty bitter, with some nice malt balance but I found that the hops fought with each other a bit too much for me to rush out an buy this again.
Rating: I give it a very good rating of 7/10, nice but not a repeat anytime soon. Super hop heads will like this more than I did, if you are one be sure to try it.
Food Pairing: On their web they suggest spicy beef, it sounds like a good idea so I will echo the same suggestion.
I just realized this is my first posted Rogue review, I have probably sampled over 50 of their beers in my lifetime. They are always worth a pick up, generally a little bit over priced however one can appreciate their innovation and bottle designs. If you are ever in Newport, Oregon be sure to hit up their brewery, the food and beer are great.