Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rogue Ales' honey kölsch sips dry, refreshing, interesting

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 9:57 AM

click to enlarge Rogue's award-winning honey kölsch is a choice lawnmower beer with nuance. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Rogue's award-winning honey kölsch is a choice lawnmower beer with nuance.
When the county's flooding and the president won't stop attacking the news media, sometimes our only solace is the occasional free beer that shows up in the Indy mailbox.

Recently, Newport, Oregon's Rogue Ales sent us a few cans of its honey kölsch. It's available year-round. And the brew's picked up a handful of prestigious awards over the last two years, including a platinum award at the 2018 World Beverage Competition and best in show at the 2016 Honey Beer Competition. Here's our take.

The 5.2 percent ABV beer's a beautiful thing to behold in its striking orange can or fizzy and orange-gold in a glass that's for sure. On the nose, it's sweet with mild honey notes and a little acidity, nothing unexpected. It sips drier than most kölsches, thanks to the honey, still presenting a clean lager-like finish with the body of most ales. There's a depth to its boozy dryness, though, which is nice, as the style-typical pear notes are absent. All the same, it's a refreshing beer we'd be happy to sip all summer.

Rogue's honey kölsch is available on taps and in six-packs around town now — go here to find a liquor store or taproom near you. Cheers!

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