Beer of the Week: St. Rogue Red

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Clean Plate Charlie will

select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it: How

does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find it?

But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer

you'd like featured in Beer of the Week, let us know via a comment.

Look out, folks: Red is the new pale.

For years, pale ales and IPAs have dominated the craft beer market with their huge hop flavors and big bodies. Meanwhile, less-stylish red ales have seemed to dwindle in number. I remember that in college, Killian's Irish Red was huge -- you'd find it everywhere. Granted, Killian's is a crap beer, but its disappearance from most pubs and bars may have as much to do with the style as make (after all, it's a Coors beer, and Coors has enough retail clout to push it if it wanted to). Basically, reds haven't been too popular.

Enter St. Rogue Dry Hopped Red Ale, a big, bold, gloriously hoppy brew from Rogue that's gobbled up acclaim as of late. And... this just in, St. Rogue was today named the World's Best Pale Ale at the Third Annual World Beer Awards in London, England. Take that, Mr. IPA.

What did the judges have to say about St. Rogue? Welp, Rogue's big red won its style, category, and overall round at the five-month-long competition (talk about a bender). Judges said St. Rogue sports...

"Great fresh hop flavours but also the right malty balance... Brilliant

and big... Really classy... Ruinously drinkable... A brave beer, intense

and rich hop nuances..." 

Ditto here. My previous favorite hoppy red, North Coast's Red Seal (which we reviewed in August), is similar in build but different in character. Where Red Seal is crisp with a deep, mouthwatering bottom and plenty of bitter hops, St. Rogue has a much more even midrange. It's not tinny or coppery sweet but balanced throughout, like a well-played chord. Thanks to the dry-hopping, St. Rogue's bitter hop component is balanced by a floral, honeyed scent. And it's great with food -- absolutely stunning, actually. I'd kick a bottle back with a plate of smoky barbecue or spicy chicken wings slathered in creamy blue cheese. (Strong cheese in particular pairs excellently with this red.)

You'll find St. Rogue at Whole Foods, BX Beer Depot, and Total Wine & Spirits. So what are you waiting for, hopheads? Get off your IPA wagon and give this Big Red a try.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.