Beer of the Weekend #410: Yellow Snow IPA

In honor of the 1.8 inches of snow we received yesterday (according to this morning’s CRG; I was way off on my estimate last night, but still think we received two to three inches), the beer of the weekend is Yellow Snow IPA, brewed by the Rogue Brewery of Newport, Oregon.

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is truly similar to yellow snow: hazy yellow with a slight amber tint. Three fingers of fluffy, off-white head dissipated slowly and unevenly.

Smell: Muted citrus, which is mostly grapefruit, mango, and orange. The hops offer an earthy graininess and it smells a little skunky, too — which I suppose is fitting.

Taste: Thick, grainy mouthfeel. Loads of bitterness with a tinge of grapefruit and mango citrus. And that is about it. The flavor does not make much of an impression. It is there, but it is mostly inconsequential.

Drinkability: Though there is not much to it, it is okay.

Fun facts about Yellow Snow IPA:

-Style: Rogue calls it “India Pale Ale” while BA further refines the definition as “American IPA.”

-Price: $14.99/six-pack at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

-Serving temperature: 45-50ºF.

-Alcohol content: 6.5 percent ABV.

-Food pairings: Rogue suggests pairing it with “Beef, Hot & Spicy.”

-Here is a little history via the beer’s webpage:

Yellow Snow IPA was originally introduced for the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Yellow Snow is Rogue’s tribute to winter sports everywhere—downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country, ice hockey, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and even curling.

The 2000 Winter Olympics? There were no Winter Olympics in 2000. The Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City were in 200_ (the worst year of my life, which I refuse to write).

-Also according to the beer’s webpage, Yellow Snow IPA is “available November 1st in select states where mountains and snow can be found.”

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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