Friday, February 5, 2016
Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch (7/10)
Their Honey Kolsch is brewed with malt grown on their own farm and honey from their own hives - along with a variety of ingredients from other sources.
Honey Kolsch pours a hazy yellow with thick white head that lasts a while as a thin disc on top of the beer.
The aroma is a mix of what seems to be noble hops and honey.
Flavor is a fairly balanced mix of citrus, honey, and hops bitterness. There is a slight imbalance toward hops, expected for a Rogue Ale product. Finish is mildly bitter and lingering.
All things considered, it's a nice Kolsch. The addition of honey offsets to a degree the typical hop-forward nature of a Rogue brew. I'm giving it a 7 out of 10. Beer Advocate rates it an 84 or "good" and RateBeer gives it a 70 overall.
The Rogue web site says it's a 5% alcohol by volume beer with 26 IBUs of bitterness and a 12 Plato starting gravity (1.048 SG). This makes the beer's BU:GU ratio 26:48 or approximately 0.54.
I found this particular bottle at The Andersons General Store near Sawmill Road, and have also seen it at Kenny Road Market when in season.