Rogue is an American craft brewery founded in Ashland, Oregon. By 1989 the company opened their second brewpub in Newport, where they are now headquartered. Today, they operate brewpubs in Oregon, Washington, and California and export their beer throughout the US and internationally. Rogue Ales have been described as “invariably fun and full flavored.” Now, almost 30 years later, they have spread their wings and are tackling ciders. One of their first offerings is a cider made with cherries, plums, apples, pears, peaches and apricots appropriately named Fruit Salad.
The cider pours a deep red color with a purple tinge. The thin pink head dissipates quickly and leaves to lacing behind. The carbonation is similar to soda in that the bubbles tend to stick to the sides of glass rather than rising to the top.
Aromas of fermented apples dominate the nose and are somewhat reminiscent of a non-alcoholic sparkling cider. Berry and cherry notes are also very prominent. There is a generic sweet fruitiness that screams fruit punch.
The palate shows sangria like flavors. There is a lot of fresh fruit but also a fermented fruit component. Orchard fruits, stone fruits cherries and berries are all notable. You will not find the sweetness that the bouquet suggested. Instead you get a very dry, tart fruit profile similar to a fruit punch without the sugar.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 2.5 Out of 5 Pints