It was hot today in Atlanta, brutally hot, and while I was
out in Roswell shopping with my Beloved Barbara, it suddenly occurred to me
that I was completely out of wheat beer. Not of a mind to allow this tragic
state of affairs to continue, we stopped by Roswell Beverage such that I
might peruse their always well-stocked beer shelves.
I was not disappointed, though Babs did get a little excited when a gaggle
of scantily clad and highly decorated (with makeup) young girls gathered
around me, extolling the virtues of a newly imported Russian vodka. Sadly
for them, beer is my beverage of choice, though I did at least get a free
shot glass out of the encounter.
I got some good beer, too, amongst which was a bomber bottle of Rogue
Somer Orange Honey Ale. This was a new one for me, and as it had been a
while since I had seen a new Rogue Ale hit the shelves here in Georgia, I
scoffed a bottle up. Hey, it's a wheat beer, and I said I was looking for
wheat beer, after all.
I glanced at the bottle:
11 Ingredients: 2 Row Malts: Crystal & Rogue Farm Willamette Hops:
Wheat,Oats, Honey, Chamomile, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Free Range
Coastal Water, Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.
That was enough to get me to part with my hard-earned cash, and knowing how
good Rogue's brews usually are didn't hurt, either. So, I added a bottle to
my cart. Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale pours to a very cloudy orange-yellow
color with a very faint and short-lived head formation and a spicy nose of
honey and spice. The beer is very light bodied, with some crisp biscuity
malt and more tart, cracker-like wheat. Admittedly, that makes it very
refreshing, which is the whole idea here, anyway.
I like the spicing here. The citrusy orange balances nicely against the
fragrant honey, and the pungent coriander and vanilla-like chamomille add a
truly distinctive flavor. The honey is more noticeable here than in most of
the honey-brews I've tasted, imparting an almost mead-like character that is
Here in Atlanta, the mercury hit 97 today, and a 22 ounce bomber bottle of
Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale was decidedly welcome, indeed. It's refreshing
and uniquely spiced. My main complaint is the price, as I paid $6.59 for a
22 ounce bomber bottle-I think $7.99 or so for a six-pack of 12 ounce
bottles would be more appropriate.
Still, the bright and citric flavors were very refreshing and paired
wonderfully with smoky grilled wild salmon basted with lemon, olive oil, and
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For
reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.